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  • Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    Feb 13, 2018 20:10

    Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    I have been making these muffins almost weekly. The family loves them and I have mot ingredients on hand. When fresh blueberries are not in season, canned blueberries will work fine. One batch makes 12 muffins but these go fast. Blueberry Muffins – makes 12 medium size muffins Ingredients: 1/2 […]

     
  • Southern Caramel Cake (Semi-Homemade)

    Jan 24, 2018 11:40

    Southern Caramel Cake (Semi-Homemade)

    This cake is my go-to potluck cake and I have had so many requests for the recipe. I have made it from scratch but in a pinch I use the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake Mix. I forgot where I got the original recipe but have modified it over the years. […]

     
  • Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jun 5, 2015 14:08

    Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I love ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies and some of my favorite are from Specialties Bakery in San Francisco. I have been trying to re-create the recipe and wanted a cookie with a little crisp on the outside but ooey, gooey on the inside. I added some sea salt to […]

     
  • Dulce de Leche from Sweetened Condensed Milk

    May 20, 2015 15:32

    Dulce de Leche from Sweetened Condensed Milk

    I looooove a good caramel, especially dulce de leche. Dulce de Leche translated means “Sweet of Milk” and this is a simple recipe made with 1 ingredient. You need 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.  I use Eagle brand but you really can use any kind.  You cook it slowly […]

     
  • Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh To Bo)

    Mar 22, 2015 11:17

    Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh To Bo)

    Avocados are now in season at my farmers market and they are absolutely perfect.  Creamy with a grassy flavor.  I have been eating them so often that I actually had to google to see if I was eating too many avocados. I have been putting them in salads, making a […]

     
  • Momofuku Crack Pie Recipe (National Pi Day)

    Mar 14, 2015 17:24

    Momofuku Crack Pie Recipe (National Pi Day)

    March 14 is National Pi Day.  You may think I have forgotten an “e” but I am talking about Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter….what better to celebrate National Pi Day than with some PIE!! You all know my love of pies….I prefer them to […]

     
 
 
 
 
  • Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    Feb 13, 2018 20:10

    I have been making these muffins almost weekly. The family loves them and I have mot ingredients on hand. When fresh blueberries are not in season,...

     
 
  • Cute Egg Molds

    Cute Egg Molds

    Mar 10, 2012 21:09

    It is springtime and we have an abundance of eggs.  My younger son loves scrambled eggs but I have not been able to get my 4 year old to eat...

     
 
  • Collected Juniper

    Collected Juniper

    Mar 18, 2013 16:01

    I’ve been preparing this Juniper in my backyard ever since we bought the house 5 years ago. I finally collected it yesterday and put it...

     
 
 
 

Recent Posts

  • Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    Tammy’s Easy Blueberry Muffins

    Feb 13, 2018 20:10

    I have been making these muffins almost weekly. The family loves them and I have mot ingredients on hand. When fresh blueberries...

     
  • Southern Caramel Cake (Semi-Homemade)

    Southern Caramel Cake (Semi-Homemade)

    Jan 24, 2018 11:40

    This cake is my go-to potluck cake and I have had so many requests for the recipe. I have made it from scratch but in a pinch...

     
  • Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jun 5, 2015 14:08

    I love ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies and some of my favorite are from Specialties Bakery in San Francisco. I have been...

     
  • Dulce de Leche from Sweetened Condensed Milk

    Dulce de Leche from Sweetened Condensed Milk

    May 20, 2015 15:32

    I looooove a good caramel, especially dulce de leche. Dulce de Leche translated means “Sweet of Milk” and this...

     
  • Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh To Bo)

    Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh To Bo)

    Mar 22, 2015 11:17

    Avocados are now in season at my farmers market and they are absolutely perfect.  Creamy with a grassy flavor.  I have...

     
  • Momofuku Crack Pie Recipe (National Pi Day)

    Momofuku Crack Pie Recipe (National Pi Day)

    Mar 14, 2015 17:24

    March 14 is National Pi Day.  You may think I have forgotten an “e” but I am talking about Pi, the ratio of...

     
  • Liege Waffles with Pearl Sugar Recipe & Pictorial

    Liege Waffles with Pearl Sugar Recipe & Pictorial

    Jan 4, 2015 17:02

    We have started skiing and snowboarding as a family and one of our favorite treats apres ski are the delicious waffles you...

     
  • Award Winning Pecan Pie Recipe

    Award Winning Pecan Pie Recipe

    Nov 1, 2014 9:19

    Over the summer I was hanging out at our family yacht.  Who am I kidding, some generous family members loaned it to us for...

     
  • 1000 Gallon Rainwater Collection and Irrigation Pump System

    1000 Gallon Rainwater Collection and Irrigation Pump System

    Sep 19, 2014 14:16

    Due to the drought conditions here in California I decided to install a rainwater collection system to capture rain water...

     
  • How to make Labneh

    How to make Labneh

    May 25, 2014 20:04

    Labneh is strained yogurt and is the consistency of cream cheese (some people make it looser of firmer depending on their...

     
  • Labneh Tart

    Labneh Tart

    May 25, 2014 19:55

    Well I am sure you have read about my weekly yogurt making ritual.  I love making yogurt and if you want to give it a shot,...

     
  • How to make Yogurt

    How to make Yogurt

    May 20, 2014 11:58

    My kids have been on a smoothie kick and their favorite is yogurt, banana, cherries with acai juice. We make them almost...

     
  • Creamy Rice Pudding (with Dried Cherries and Raisins)

    Creamy Rice Pudding (with Dried Cherries and Raisins)

    Apr 27, 2014 10:18

    I love a good rice pudding.  It is such a simple yet satisfying dessert.  It can also be made in less than 30 minutes with...

     
  • French Coconut Pie

    French Coconut Pie

    Apr 27, 2014 9:06

    Whenever we get invited over to a friends house for dinner, we always offer to bring desserts and pies are always a hit! During...

     
  • Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Wrapped in Bacon

    Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Wrapped in Bacon

    Mar 30, 2014 8:40

    We are prepping our garden beds for our summer gardens and I am really excited this year.  Usually we focus on tomatoes...

     
  • Microwave Caramel Corn in a Bag

    Microwave Caramel Corn in a Bag

    Dec 21, 2013 13:51

    When I was in high school, I took home economics and one of my favorite recipes from my teacher, Mrs. Barsha Elzey, was the...

     
  • How To Make Microwave Popcorn

    How To Make Microwave Popcorn

    Dec 21, 2013 13:41

    I used to love microwave popcorn from the store but after reading all the yucky ingredients in it, I banished it from my...

     
  • Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    Jun 19, 2013 9:45

    My boys LOVE cookies.  My husband especially loves cookies that are a little more toothsome and chewy and not too sweet. I...

     
  • Meyer Lemon Chicken

    Meyer Lemon Chicken

    Jun 17, 2013 21:36

    Many of us in California are lucky enough to have a Meyer lemon tree or at least know someone who has one and is willing...

     
  • Frangipane Pear Tarte (with Phyllo Crust or Pate Brisee)

    Frangipane Pear Tarte (with Phyllo Crust or Pate Brisee)

    Apr 13, 2013 13:54

    It has been so busy here over at our little homestead and I have not had a chance to update with any recipes lately. A couple...

     
  • 100 Year Old Olive Tree Installation

    100 Year Old Olive Tree Installation

    Apr 12, 2013 12:36

    We decided to purchase a mature tree for the centerpiece to our front yard landscaping project. Here are the steps we took 1....

     
  • Collected Juniper

    Collected Juniper

    Mar 18, 2013 16:01

    I’ve been preparing this Juniper in my backyard ever since we bought the house 5 years ago. I finally collected it...

     
  • Exterior Bullet Lights – MCM Eichler Lighting

    Exterior Bullet Lights – MCM Eichler Lighting

    Feb 19, 2013 13:03

    A few of my neighbors have asked where we found the exterior bullet lights that we have on the front of our Eichler, so I’m...

     
  • Profiteroles or Cream Puff Recipe (Pate a Choux Dough)

    Profiteroles or Cream Puff Recipe (Pate a Choux Dough)

    Oct 27, 2012 12:34

    I am a sucker for French Pastries.  I cannot walk by a bakery without filling a box full of croissants, eclairs, profiteroles,...

     
  • Lemon Ginger and Honey in a Jar (Cold Buster!)

    Lemon Ginger and Honey in a Jar (Cold Buster!)

    Sep 12, 2012 8:00

    The seasons are changing around here. Although the days are still warm, it is chilly in the morning and at night. The leaves...

     
  • How to make Vanilla Almond Milk (pictorial)

    How to make Vanilla Almond Milk (pictorial)

    Sep 10, 2012 15:42

    We have been on a juice cleanse kick lately (I’ll post more about it as well as recipes soon). You can tell from my...

     
  • Easy Santa Rosa Plum Jelly

    Easy Santa Rosa Plum Jelly

    Sep 1, 2012 19:20

    If you have not tried plum jelly, you MUST!  It is one of my favorite jam/jelly.  It is sweet but has great aromatic, floral...

     
  • Tammy’s Fresh Tomato Pie or Gratin

    Tammy’s Fresh Tomato Pie or Gratin

    Sep 1, 2012 19:13

    September is here and heirloom tomatoes are cheap at the farmer’s market.  Tomatoes seem especially tasty this year,...

     
  • New Tomato Varieties 2012

    New Tomato Varieties 2012

    Sep 1, 2012 15:10

    We have some great new tomato varieties in our garden this year. This year we added San Marzano Redorta and Aunt Ruby’s...

     
  • Yogurt Thyme Chicken

    Yogurt Thyme Chicken

    Aug 23, 2012 8:32

    I put some thyme in the garden 2 years ago and it never did much.  I would be able to get some sprigs here and there but...

     
  • Jam Filled Cream Cheese Cookies (aka Kolacky Cookies)

    Jam Filled Cream Cheese Cookies (aka Kolacky Cookies)

    Aug 21, 2012 20:24

    I have been a jam/jelly making fiend this summer.  I have enough jam to last me through the winter! I was craving some jam-type...

     
  • How to Learn Bonsai Online

    How to Learn Bonsai Online

    Jul 25, 2012 12:16

    Joining your local Bonsai club is absolutely the number one way that anybody should go about learning the art of bonsai. That...

     
  • Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

    Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

    May 26, 2012 14:18

    I love making this Meyer Lemon Tart for potlucks or when we have friends and family over.  You can make most of it the day...

     
  • Salad in a Jar | Canning Jar Uses

    Salad in a Jar | Canning Jar Uses

    May 21, 2012 10:29

    I have been seeing these jars all over Pinterest and thought they were adorable and so practical. As I mentioned in an earlier...

     
  • Meyer Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing

    Meyer Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing

    May 21, 2012 10:02

    It’s time to lose the extra winter weight I put on.  We have our trip to cabo and our weekly pool days so it is time...

     
  • Strawberries & Sweet Cream Sauce | Inspired by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

    Strawberries & Sweet Cream Sauce | Inspired by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

    May 18, 2012 21:23

    Spring is HERE and our garden is rocking away. The strawberries are ripening and we expect some blueberries and raspberries...

     
  • Swiss Chard, Leek & Bacon Quiche

    Swiss Chard, Leek & Bacon Quiche

    May 12, 2012 10:18

    One of my favorite things to make and eat is quiche.  I love great quiche.  It is great for brunch, lunch, dinner…practically...

     
  • Strawberry Lemon Jam | Easy Jam Making Recipe Pictorial

    Strawberry Lemon Jam | Easy Jam Making Recipe Pictorial

    May 6, 2012 16:19

    I love springtime.  The fruit trees are blossoming and setting fruit.  I know summer is right around the corner so we...

     
  • Butterscotch Bird’s Nest Cookies | Easter or Springtime Treat

    Butterscotch Bird’s Nest Cookies | Easter or Springtime Treat

    Mar 23, 2012 13:35

    Spring is definitely here!  The plum  and peach trees are blooming.  My chickens are laying and in a few weeks we will...

     
  • Meyer Lemon Curd (Recipe & Pictorial)

    Meyer Lemon Curd (Recipe & Pictorial)

    Mar 19, 2012 15:48

    My girlfriend, Becky, is coming over on Thursday for lunch.  I am super excited to see her because since the babies came...

     
  • Meyer Lemon Bars (Recipe & Pictorial)

    Meyer Lemon Bars (Recipe & Pictorial)

    Mar 10, 2012 21:38

    I’m RICH!!!  Rich, I say! I am rich in meyer lemons and eggs.  The ladies are loving the sun and warm weather and...

     
  • Cute Egg Molds

    Cute Egg Molds

    Mar 10, 2012 21:09

    It is springtime and we have an abundance of eggs.  My younger son loves scrambled eggs but I have not been able to get...

     
  • Truffle Deviled Eggs

    Truffle Deviled Eggs

    Mar 5, 2012 9:35

    My dear friend Wendy is expecting a baby girl so the ladies decided to throw her a small baby shower. We had a pretty mixed...

     
  • How to Boil Farm Fresh Eggs (Step-by-Step Pictorial)

    How to Boil Farm Fresh Eggs (Step-by-Step Pictorial)

    Mar 5, 2012 9:18

    We love our chickens.  They give us the most amazing eggs.  So fresh and full of nutrients. Many people do not know that...

     
  • Cannellini Bean & Artichoke Dip

    Cannellini Bean & Artichoke Dip

    Mar 3, 2012 17:57

    I love bean dips…hummus….yummy….mexican bean dip…delicious. One of my favorite dips to make when...

     
  • Massaged Kale & Mango Salad (Inspired by Aarti)

    Massaged Kale & Mango Salad (Inspired by Aarti)

    Feb 25, 2012 21:30

    I know…I watch way too much tv! I go through periods where I will watch hours of cooking shows…now I am more...

     
  • Trident Maple Bonsai

    Trident Maple Bonsai

    Feb 23, 2012 0:01

    I purchased this Acer Buergeranum from Lone Pine Gardens in Sebastapol, CA in December of 2006. It was on consignment from...

     
  • Garlic Roasted Crab and Truffle Noodles (Inspired by Thanh Long & Crustaceans)

    Garlic Roasted Crab and Truffle Noodles (Inspired by Thanh Long & Crustaceans)

    Feb 22, 2012 12:38

    My friend Kat came to San Francisco to visit.  Unfortunately I was not able to see her (sick babies) but I did get to live...

     
  • Ficus Bonsai Trunk Fusing Experiment

    Ficus Bonsai Trunk Fusing Experiment

    Feb 20, 2012 0:02

    This is an experiment that I began on 4/15/06 where my goal is to create a ficus bonsai tree that will appear to be very...

     
  • Japanese Maple Arakawa Bonsai

    Japanese Maple Arakawa Bonsai

    Feb 15, 2012 0:03

    I purchased this Arakawa online from The Growing Grounds bonsai nursery who are located in North Carolina. It arrived here...

     
  • Cryptomeria Japonica Bonsai (Japanese Red Cedar)

    Cryptomeria Japonica Bonsai (Japanese Red Cedar)

    Feb 2, 2012 0:02

    I purchased this Cryptomeria Japonica (Bandai Sugi) from Lone Pine Gardens in Sebastapol, CA in May of 2007. It is over 20...

     
  • Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

    Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

    Jan 29, 2012 13:40

    This is a really easy sauce to make and it goes with pies, on sundays, and much more.  It is a sweeter caramel sauce than...

     
  • Perfect Pie Crust Pictorial

    Perfect Pie Crust Pictorial

    Jan 29, 2012 13:32

    This pie crust is so superior to what you can get in the stores.  It is really simple to make and you can freeze it for...

     
  • Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust & Caramel Sauce (modified from Pioneer Woman’s recipe)

    Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust & Caramel Sauce (modified from Pioneer Woman’s recipe)

    Jan 29, 2012 13:24

    I watched a few episodes of Pioneer Woman on Foodtv.  I actually really like her show and seeing snippets of her  family....

     
  • Easy No-Knead Bread Pictorial

    Easy No-Knead Bread Pictorial

    Jan 29, 2012 13:01

    I love making this bread because not only is it really easy to make, it does not take any fancy appliances, AND it costs...

     
  • Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon & Eggs

    Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon & Eggs

    Jan 14, 2012 20:13

    This is one of my favorite salads and it has all of my favorite things in it: Bacon, carmelized onions, eggs, and brussel...

     
  • Easy Brioche

    Easy Brioche

    Jan 14, 2012 19:53

    Ingredients: 1/3 cup warm milk 2 tablespoon instant dry yeast 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 4...

     
  • Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Truffle and Raspberry Cheesecake

    Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Truffle and Raspberry Cheesecake

    Dec 25, 2011 14:25

    We have a Cheesecake Factory about 15 minutes from our house.  I LOVE their White Chocolate Truffle and Raspberry Cheesecake....

     
  • Tammy’s Scalloped Potatoes

    Tammy’s Scalloped Potatoes

    Dec 25, 2011 14:12

    My Family and friends love this dish and always rave about it. It is rich, creamy, savory and just delicious.  I usually...

     
  • How to Make Peppermint Bark

    How to Make Peppermint Bark

    Dec 18, 2011 14:18

    I LOVE peppermint bark.  It is the perfect holiday gift.  I remember when I worked in real estate, some co-workers used...

     
  • How to make Almond Roca

    How to make Almond Roca

    Dec 18, 2011 14:03

    Almond Roca is one of my favorite candies!  I have loved it ever since I was a child.  I remember one of my first cookbooks...

     
  • Last Minute Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

    Last Minute Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

    Dec 18, 2011 13:56

    This weekend I am scrambling to get some homemade gifts to friends and family.  It seems like there is so much excess in...

     
  • How To Build a Simple Eichler Atrium Cover

    How To Build a Simple Eichler Atrium Cover

    Dec 8, 2011 20:38

    We’ve been in our Atrium Eichler for 4 years now and after watching heating bill spike up during the cold months each...

     
  • Easy Scone Recipe

    Easy Scone Recipe

    Dec 2, 2011 6:54

    I love when my friends stop by for coffee. I brew a strong batch of my favorite Sumatra coffee and I can whip up these scones...

     
  • How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Nov 30, 2011 15:18

    I’ve decided this year to make gifts for my friends and family.  I LOATHE holiday shopping.  It stresses me out....

     
  • How to Make Vanilla Sugar

    How to Make Vanilla Sugar

    Nov 20, 2011 14:31

    The holiday season is officially upon us and baking season is about to begin. Right now is the PERFECT time to make Vanilla...

     
  • Homemade Corn Dog Recipe

    Homemade Corn Dog Recipe

    Nov 20, 2011 14:23

    In previous posts, I wrote about my LOVE of Fair Food.  I posted a really easy recipe on how to make funnel cakes. Lately...

     
  • Traditional Baklava Recipe

    Traditional Baklava Recipe

    Nov 13, 2011 13:41

    My husband is not a huge fan of sweets. He doesn’t like cake that much and prefers a crispy cookie to a mousse. One...

     
  • Polenta Lasagna with Swiss Chard | Gluten-Free Recipe

    Polenta Lasagna with Swiss Chard | Gluten-Free Recipe

    Nov 6, 2011 17:38

    One of my dear friends just had a baby so my nurturing tendencies kicked in.  I was raised in a family that showed love...

     
  • Tammy’s Easy Chicken and Dumplings

    Tammy’s Easy Chicken and Dumplings

    Nov 2, 2011 13:32

    My poor husband has been sick for the last few days so I thought I would make something yummy for him. At first I thought...

     
  • Silkie J laid her 1st egg

    Silkie J laid her 1st egg

    Oct 30, 2011 14:50

    I have been in a bad mood because 2 or the 3 chickens that were laying eggs went broody so I was only getting about 1 egg...

     
  • The Fig Tree Search is On!

    The Fig Tree Search is On!

    Oct 28, 2011 18:21

          My husband LOVES figs.  He likes that they are not too sweet and loves the crunch of the seeds.  I...

     
  • Grilled Figs with Balsamic Reduction

    Grilled Figs with Balsamic Reduction

    Oct 26, 2011 19:48

    We had a late summer this year and it did not really get hot until September but I am not complaining because we are lucky...

     
  • Serrano Pepper Jelly

    Serrano Pepper Jelly

    Oct 23, 2011 16:51

    It looks like we are having another Indian Summer.  It is the end of October and still 80’s out.  Time to harvest...

     
  • Tammy’s Carrot and Pineapple Cake

    Tammy’s Carrot and Pineapple Cake

    Oct 10, 2011 13:47

    I just got a membership to Costco.  I was going to make dinner and needed 4-5 carrots and bought a bag from Costco.  It...

     
  • How To Make Burrata Cheese (Step-by-Step Pictorial)

    How To Make Burrata Cheese (Step-by-Step Pictorial)

    Sep 10, 2011 21:33

    In this previous post I wrote about how much I LOVE getting a weekly milk delivery.  It has inspired me to make cheese!...

     
  • Mr. Moo: Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco Milk Delivery

    Mr. Moo: Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco Milk Delivery

    Sep 10, 2011 20:35

    As you can imagine with 2 little kids, we go through ALOT of milk. We use at least 2 gallons of milk a week and about a...

     
  • Marin Chickens: Our First Egg!

    Marin Chickens: Our First Egg!

    Sep 6, 2011 10:41

    We were so excited to come home from a family wedding.  We were only gone for the weekend but I did miss my chickens.  When...

     
  • Chipotle BBQ Sauce for Grilled Oysters

    Chipotle BBQ Sauce for Grilled Oysters

    Sep 6, 2011 10:29

    I have been craving oysters lately so Steve hopped in the van and made his way over to Hog Island Oyster Company.  We like...

     
  • Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) 2011 Annual Show

    Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) 2011 Annual Show

    Aug 29, 2011 17:26

    Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) 2011 Annual Show I had the good fortune to be able to visit the annual REBS bonsai show...