A Whimsical Christmas tea…

We are having a Whimsical Christmas Tea event this Sunday at my home in Southern California. Highlights are The Pampered Chef by Barbara and she will be giving a cooking class. Cupcake design by Dora and she will be showing us how to create little jewels with cupcakes. Holiday table setting by Cheryl, and I will have three different ways to create beautiful tables and dramatic center pieces. And we will have lovely Christmas gifts by Brianna. Maria’s Antiques is our sponsor and she  has given us some beautiful tea gifts for our drawing.

Should be lots of fun ! Please join us on my blog…

  • Spiced Tea Punch
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cups apple juice
  • 8  blackberry tea bags
  • 1 Navel orange, cut crosswise into rounds.
  • Wrap cloves and cinnamon sticks in a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter and secure with kitchen twine. Bring apple juice and spices just to the boiling point. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 4 to 6 minutes then remove tea bags. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold

Celebrate …

Our family has lots to celebrate this holiday season….

for all our blessings, new baby Logan,  Brandon is 26 today and Leonardo is 4 on Sat., and congrats to Tanya, Justin and Hunter for new beginnings at work and at school.

 Celebrate the joys of the season with simple pleasures…

and each other

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

xoxo Cheryl

San Luis Obispo….

A weekend jaunt  to San Luis Obispo for some window shopping down Haguera street with some out-of-town guest .

This street is so very quaint with all the outdoor sidewalks and old brick buildings and earthy boutiques…..

It’s that time of year from some warm socks and this sock boutiques was certainly fun !

Have you started your holiday shopping yet ? I am just now starting a little late this year…

Time to pick up some holiday cards and I found the perfect place, The Paper Sky…a whimsical and fun paper shop, I adored the perfect little cards hanging all in a row.

or some simple paper tags in a jars ready for your Christmas gifts …

This small town takes me back to my youth as I use to come spend my summers here with my girlfriend Trish and  ride her horse captain,  I wonder if she still lives here.

This is a town to ponder, to explore and to shop…

have a great week

xoxo Cheryl

Spice Merchants Old town Temecula

Are you ready for Thanksgiving ? I know I’m not ready, but the 1st thing I do is head to Spice Merchants in Old town Temecula for all my spices.  I use their spices for my Rosemary turkey, cider, yams and for my herb stuffing.

What I love about Spice Merchants is that the staff here is very helpful with any recipe you might have, or any question you have about what to use. And they have ready blends for just about anything you might be making, including dips.

They will also mix and bag any combination you might need for any of your personal recipe.

My favorite blend is Rosemary Rapture. Blend this rosemary based rub with a little oil.  Rub it on pork, chicken or turkey and feel the rapture. An aromatic blend of rosemary, garlic, savory, white pepper, parsley, and lemon zest.

A friendly staff will greet you  at the door and keep you coming back to Old Town Spice Merchants of  Temecula for all your spice needs. Here are their hours.
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday  9am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
You can also order any spice blend online here at spicemerchants.
Have a great week xoxo Cheryl

Today is the 1st day of our new earth…

(Photo from photobucket)

Things on our Simply beautiful earth are changing rapidly. Today is 11-11-11 a day I have spent my life as an astrologer and world traveler wondering what might transpire. A portal into a new world where we are the creators. Every single person on this earth is a creator, and what you are thinking at this moment has been sent out to the universe to be created. Good or bad, right or wrong (is there really a right or wrong ?) What we might be fearing or wishing….what we have visualized NOW AND IN THE FUTURE EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE YOU ARE CREATING YOUR WORLD. Shouldn’t we as co-creators start creating a peaceful , beautiful earth. For ourselves and for our children. All the billions of dollars spent on fighting wars should have  been spent on survival, for ourselves and for our earth. It’s time to take a new step forward into our new lives and be completely responsible for what we do, what we think, what we create. Take a moment on this day and walk into nature and reconnect to ourselves and to our simply beautiful earth. I hope I can inspire just one of you, and you inspire one more, and more….

have a great day

xoxo Cheryl

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Viennese Coffee…

Now that we can make a great cup of coffee from a french press, I thought I would give you the recipe for my favorite coffee drink, Viennese Coffee 

 I had this coffee in Venice , Italy and I will never forget how enchanting that day was, or how wonderful this coffee drink taste. It was a cold and brisk day and I was wearing black gloves, a tweed gray coat , jeans and black boots. Funny how a smell or a taste can send you back in time. My recipe is for two of course. 


2 cups of coffee, dark roast

1/2 cup heavy cream whipped

ground cinnamon, nutmeg 

Pour the coffee into two cups. Top each cup with a large dollop of whipped cream, swirl the whip cream with a spoon and sprinkel with cinnamon and nutmeg.

My next post is two simply enchanting shops in Old town Claremont that takes me back to my youth, have a great day !

xoxo Cheryl

The Barn House

(photo by Faded-prairie )

Have you heard of the Barn House ? I  came aross this picture from Pinerest and I knew this is a setting I would love for a shower , a wedding or a Whimsical Christmas tea that I am having in December. Love these guys, talk about talent . Visit the Boys of barnhouse , you will be delighted !

Have a great weekend

xoxo Cheryl

Making coffee from a French Press

How to make the perfect cup of coffee from a French press is a question I get asked a lot , so I thought I would create this post.  I have four French presses, from $39.99 from Starbuck’s to $5.99 from a thrift store. I use all of them . Bodum is recognized as a leading maker of a French press, and you can pick up a Bodum from Target or Starbucks  for $39.99. I get my coffee from Trader Joe’s and I grind the coffee coarse . A French press requires coffee of a coarser grind , as finer grounds will seep through the press filter and into the coffee.  I keep my coffee in an airtight stainless steel container.

I measure 1 tablespoon of coffee for every cup of boiling water. If you like stronger coffee measure 1 1/2 tablespoons for every cup of boiling water .  Most French presses are 6 to 8 cups.

Pour in your boiling water.

Stir it and leave to brew for four minutes, then press the plunger all the way down to trap the coffee grounds at the bottom of the beaker.

Because the coffee grounds remain in direct contact with the brewing water and the grounds are filtered from the water via a mesh instead of a paper filter, coffee brewed with the French press captures more of the coffee’s flavour.

Pour your coffee  immediately into your coffee cup.

Now you have a cup of rich robust coffee.

I love to use cream for my coffee with raw suger…

add a french cookie and enjoy !

Please let me know if you have any more questions and I will email you back, and thank-you for all your emails,

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 xoxo Cheryl.