White Bean, Pasta and Swiss Chard Soup

February 13, 2014

“China tea, the scent of hyacinths, wood fires and bowls of violets–that is my mental picture of an agreeable February afternoon.” –Constance Spry I agree, Constance, and what about soup to take the chill out of you, such as one of my favorites, White Bean, Pasta, and Swiss Chard Soup. I saw this recipe in […]

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A Wreath For All Occasions

January 23, 2014

I love burlap as a medium, see my post, Beauty in Burlap for more ideas. Burlap is easily found in art and craft stores as a finished garland. Over the holidays I made this rustic burlap wreath and finished it with a plaid holiday ribbon. Now that the holidays are tucked away for the year, […]

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San Diego Magazine Feature

January 7, 2014

Last fall at harvest time, our gifted architect, Bill Bocken ¬†brought his partner, Paul Adams, a talented San Diego landscape designer, and his amazing photographer, Shelley Metcalf to photograph our home for the first time since the completion of our home remodel. San Diego Magazine took notice and¬†features Metcalf’s photos, article written by Kimberly Cunningham […]

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New Year 2014 Greetings!

January 6, 2014

Greetings to you all, and wishing you the very best in 2014! It is only natural this time of year to reflect on the fruits of the past year, as well as plan and dream for the year ahead. Consider gratitude as a foundation for your coming year. One of the blogs I follow, Liz […]

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Paris, Provence, Patricia Wells

November 5, 2013

Patricia Wells has a new cookbook out, The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. Last weekend, Owner and Founder, Susan McBeth’s Adventures by the Book hosted culinary legend Patricia Wells at Torrey Pines Lodge. Check out Adventures by the Book, you’ll never go to another regular book signing again. McBeth features […]

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Composting with Grape Pomace

October 29, 2013

I’m a firm believer in backyard composting. I love the idea of recycling what you have from your own garden, property, and kitchen scrapes into your own personal compost recipe. It is especially important to compost when you have backyard chickens. In fact, I really delve into this subject of backyard composting and backyard chickens […]

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Autumn Vintage Container

October 22, 2013

There is nothing like a vintage container with a beautiful “warn and warm” hue to fill for a simple autumn display. This is some sort of vintage bucket, which is big, and can be re-purposed for all kinds of objects that remind you of fall. I found the bucket on a whim at Gardenology. This […]

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Deborah Madison’s Book Signing at Chino Farm

October 7, 2013

                  If you love to grow and eat vegetables, you are going to love Deborah Madison’s new vegetable bible called, Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes. On Sunday, October 6, 2013, the world famous […]

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DDM Harvest & Bottling 2013

September 30, 2013

Here at Domaine de Manion we are especially grateful for the family and friends who help us harvest the grapes from the vines, sort the grapes before crushing, and share a delightful dish. This year, we had a bit of a heat wave right before our intended harvest, and so had to scramble and bring […]

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What I Am Reading These Days

August 31, 2013

If you are looking for help attracting more beautiful birds and butterflies into your garden, take a look at George Adams’ new book, Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard George Adams is not only the author, he is an artist including his pen and ink drawings, and contributing colorful photography, too. […]

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