Thursday, January 29, 2009

High Tea with my sister and my daughter!

Our trip to my sister's house was wonderful!  We had a wonderful tea party....Paris loves her Auntie Shelle very much!

Things I got at my sister's house

When I went to visit my sister we went to a cute antique fair.  There I bought a painted sign on driftwood which completes my little bench area out front!  My sister also gave me my first ever chalkboard (I must've been in the dark ages!) which I've had fun writing on ever since!  Thanks sis!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Green Apple, Spinach, Celery and Cucumbers

Green Apple, Spinach, Celery and Cucumber juice

4 stalks of celery
1/2 bag of baby spinach
4 granny smith apples
1 cucumber
1/2 lemon (to squeeze over apples so they don't brown)

This juice may sound a bit green, but believe me when you put green apples (or any kind of apples for that matter) in this juice it's very sweet indeed!  Try giving this one to your kids!  It took my daughter some time before she realized I included spinach, celery and cucumbers in it, but now she loves her juice this way!  It's a great way to get good nutrients into their bodies!

Carrot Orange and Beets

Carrot Orange and Beet Juice

1 - 2 medium beets
4 navel oranges
5 carrots

Cut all together and juice!

Sunshine, Lemons and More Juice!

Yes it's sunny once again!  But not too hot thank goodness!  I looked outside my window and saw lots of yummy lemons on my tree so I decided it was time to juice again!  Today I'm making a couple of my favorites:  Carrot, Orange, Beet and Green Apple, Celery, Spinach and Cucumber!  It's so easy and gives me the energy boost I need for that late afternoon slump!  Won't you join me for a glass?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rainy Day in Southern Cal

We needed this rain!  I love how a nice rain leaves everything fresh again!

Monday, January 19, 2009

My Sister's Giveaway!

If you haven't already, visit my sister's blog at where she's giving away an awesome gift for her 100Th post!  My daughter and I spent the long weekend with her - it was like stepping into a virtual blog!  Everything you see depicts my sister's taste in life!  So sweet and chocolaty!    Good luck!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It's hot in Southern Cal!

Now that the holidays are over I'm trying to get back to healthier eating:) Here is one recipe I'd like to share that helps me jump start back into that mode. I usually juice once a week with various fruits and vegetables, but today it's soooo hot (what crazy weather we're having!) I felt like drinking lemonade so I opted for this sort of healthy lemonade - you can use a juicer or even a blender (which is better for you since it keeps the fiber). Enjoy!

4 granny smith apples
2 lemons
2 limes
4 stalks of celery
pinch of cayenne pepper

Wash and prepare all vegetables for cutting...

Cut into large pieces and place them in a bowl.

Cut apples last and squeeze lemon juice over them so they don't turn brown:)

Place all in juicer until liquified (or blender until well blended). If it's still too think you can pour through a sieve for more clarity:)

Pour into a glass or bottle for later. Add cayenne pepper to taste....but not too much or you may end up clarifying just your nose!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

My favorite getaway

Chateau de Noirieux was one of my favorite places to stay in the french countryside....a few charming rooms, scrumptious dining and a stunning view of the Loire Valley.  Where's your favorite getaway?  I'd love to hear about it!  Maybe we can all discover somewhere new to visit in 2009!

Back to school, back to work, time for tea and daydreaming of being back in Paris!

Looking forward to a quiet morning tomorrow!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Fresh Start

Every new year I like to get rid of a few things...needless to say my closet will never look this neat -- or this pink!  Happy New Year...Happy New Start!