So hot here in southen California…

It has been so hot here in southern California(110 degrees here at the canyon hills)  so we spent the weekend at the coast, Malibu and Santa Monica beach post soon to follow. I think everyone who lives in Southern California had the same idea !  I must say it is so nice to be back home here  and enjoying my quiet  breakfast on my veranda…

…hope everyone has a nice week.

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Mora’s Antiques

I love this vintage boutique it has everything you need for a Murder Mystery Dinner, and very unique retro jewelry. I am selling my old telescope that I  used for my Mystery Dinner last year  here at Mora’s so stop by and take a look !

A UNIQUE ECLECTIC SHOP

Owned and operated by the Mora family.

142 North Main St. Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92530

Hope everyone has a great weekend !

What exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is not only a weight loss and maintenance diet, it’s also one of the healthiest way of eating in the world. It’s also called “Mediterranean cuisine” as it is the traditional eating lifestyle of the Mediterranean people. By following the Mediterranean Diet you will be able to avoid the frequent hunger pangs and increase your metabolism.

What is the easiest way to start the Mediterranean diet?

Choosing natural, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, olive oil, nuts, avocados, yogurt, and cheese to make up the bulk of your diet is the easiest way to make your diet more like the Mediterranean Diet.

  • Cook “Unique plates” (Plates that mix carbs and proteins together)
  • Make olive oil your primary source of dietary fat
  • Incorporate an abundance of food from plant sources, including fruits and vegetables, breads, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds
  • Reduce the consumption of red meat
  • Eat low to moderate amounts of fish and poultry weekly
  • Eat low to moderate amounts of cheese and yogurt daily
  • Drink a moderate amount of wine (up to one to two glasses per day for men and up to one glass per day for women).
  • It’s easy to follow the Mediterranean Diet because…It’s convenient, tasty and quick!

I have had some emails asking how I stay fit . (#8  on the ten things we want to do for the summer ).    I have always been on the Mediterranean diet, but  I stop eating fast foods and I cook almost all our meals now. Pasta is what I have around the house all week-long. I make a cold pasta salad with veggies, apples and green onions and olive oil and put it in a container and keep it in the refrigerator.   I eat fish and chicken at least 2 times a week and I love to eat breads and grains. I carry a water bottle with me everywhere. I exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week. I feel great !

My signature  dinner  has always been Spaghetti . I am a pretty good cook (my mom is a fantastic cook ) and I make a mean spaghetti  dinner , and the kids know what they are going to eat when they come over.  Spaghetti,  fresh basil salad and  french bread  and olive oil.  Now I have a sweet tooth so a double chocolate cake is always on the menu .

My breakfast is usually 2 soft-boiled farm fresh eggs, sprouted toast, 1/2 grapefruit, green tea with trivia or Greek yogurt topped with berries

My lunch is sometimes a sprouted bread cucumber sandwich or pasta with chicken and always  fresh fruit.

My dinner is basil tomato salad with french bread and olive oil and sometimes I add grilled fish and a glass of red wine.


I love to dine alfresco as you know just like the Mediterranean people, the food just taste better outdoors…. Italy will always remain a part of me, and I will take it with me always… la Dolce Vita !

Information from the mediterranean book. and this website will also send you a free Mediterranean diet plan.

Go to an outdoor concert… #9

Go to an outdoor concert …# 9 ,  on the list of the ten things we want to do for the summer. And Wilson Creek winery was the perfect place for an outdoor concert .

and we had a blast with Tanya and Fernando .

The are such a cute couple and soooo in love !

Tanya was always posing for the camera ever since she was old enough to stand .

My cousin Ronnie played percussion in  the band …

We dined alfresco on cheeses, crackers, nuts, grapes and brownies….and just a little wine.  They played till the sun went down…

a wonderfully enchanting evening…..

So far we only have #4 and # 10 yet to do for our list if you have been following along, and yes I have learned conversation French from my car CD. Leo has too which doesn’t surprise me as he is a little parrot ! Well I have a birthday party planned for Justin on Labor day and we just might  complete the list.. We will see !

4.Have a tennis tournament at night. (everyone plays)

10.End the summer with a  “Family dinner “. (Maybe labor day!)

Hope everyone has a great week !

Gratitude Affirmation…

I am grateful for life
And all
that I love
I am grateful for the Earth
And the Sun up above
I am grateful for my spirit
And my inner being
For the One that I express

And the joy of this feeling

( Waikiki 2010 )

When you awaken each day, even before you
get out of bed, think of ten things for which you are grateful. Finish your
reflections with the Gratitude Affirmation and, each day, you’ll feel inspired
to have the best day ever !

(  Affirmation from Owen Waters’ )

    Have a simply wonderful weekend and thanks  abeachcottage !

La Dolce Vita…

Summer has been very busy, with vacation days, beach days, pool days, birthdays and  lots of party’s and events,  I can hardly catch my breath. When I finally get some alone time I can honestly say I enjoy every minute . This special night  I gave Leonardo a big dinner and warm bath and put him to bed early. And this evening I decided to create a quaint alfresco dinner just for myself….la Dolce Vita (the sweet life) , complete with dishes I never use and lots of candles.

I bought these french blue and  cream  dishes at a flea market in Pasadena.  I love to find old gems like these plates. .. with a touch of yellow…Simply earthy.

I brought outside all my candles from the house.

 I decided to make a simple meal, a chicken spring salad and mint tea .

This salad is simple to make, fresh greens, cucumber, green grapes and grilled chicken. Topped with lemon , celery salt and olive oil.

I even bought a card for myself , and I wrote the menu on my chalkboard…

I enjoyed my alfresco dinner and I read my card over and over as I ate. Spending some quality time with ourselves is a perfect way to spend a summer evening. I had a cup of chai tea and strawberrys for desert .  After all  the work we do for our kids, we deserve to treat ourselves  !

la Dolce Vita … Ciao ! Thanks abeachcottage for Good life Wed.

A birthday dinner for Hunter…

A birthday dinner for hunter on my back veranda with my  simple white dishes, and jars I saved for a  candle holder. Yes I love  simplicity.

I used my small round table for a sideboard.

Tanya helped with all the details….napkins, ice tea, olive oil , french bread, salt and pepper.

the sun was setting and it was time for  dinner …

all the kids came, Brandon, Justin, Tanya, Fernando and of course Darrill and Leo .

Basil chicken linguine with lemon butter sauce , and basil  salad…simple but so good !

Double chocolate cake with whip cream frosting and sliced almonds with vanilla ice cream…for desert ! I baked the  cake just before the dinner so it  was fresh !

Happy birthday Hunter I hope you had a wonderful birthday, I can’t believe your fifteen !!

bEACH fUN wITH mARISSA !!

It was a long girls weekend with Danielle’s bridal shower(post on ” The paper mystique”) in Thousand oaks and then down to Long Beach to spend the weekend with Marissa. A lot of driving but well worth it as we had a blast  at Long beach and Belmont shores. Belmont Shores spans 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue near the southernmost part of the city between Bluff Park on the west and Naples Island on the East. Second Street and the fifteen intersecting side streets make up the business district of Belmont Shore. The neighborhood features Spanish-style homes from the 1920s and 30’s as well as beach bungalows. We were out late Sat. night and got up late Sunday morning but just in time for some yoga on the beach…

The yoga on the beach is free with a  donation and I was surprised to see so many people. The  mantra for the day was

” All my relationships are encoded in love and infused with joy “

I must admit the scenery was amazing ! I loved yoga on the beach it was so much more relaxing, and the connection to the earth elements made it that much more refreshing !

Next we headed to 4th street which Marrisa said was a great place for Vintage boutiques.

Elans Collections, vintage furnishings, upholstery and accessories.

A lot of very cool retro cameras…I should buy one.

Ok I did the one that is missing from the shelf, should be cool for some photo shoots.

Looks like a cool shop…

wow  these  clothes are very cute.

I really liked the shoes on the bottem roll. About $150.00 to start.

Now this was one of my favoite stores  “Liberty”

The dressing rooms doors are old refrigerators doors how clever ! So very sixtys !

We ended the afternoon with some  Alfresco dinning at the Portfolio. Mango ice tea and grilled pannini.

Next post to Naples Island and then to the beach to watch kite surfing.

 Also Marissas photo shoot on the beach… post on my Simply Natural Photography blog.http://simplynaturalphotography.wordpress.com/

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful week !