My kitchen essentials #1 equipment

I organize my kitchen in September for all the fall and winter holidays. I love  to cook in the fall so I make sure my kitchen is ready and in stock.  My kitchen essentials #1 is the first  in a series of  kitchen essentials posts I will be doing. Maybe I will post these on Friday’s  for weekend shopping .  I  have my Sunday farmer’s market day and I look forward to that day. Here is my  bare bones essentials that I use daily.  Good if your just starting a kitchen and great for making most of my recipes.

1. Large canister filled with large spoons , whisk, soup ladle, spatulas.

2. Cheese grater (any size is good)

3. Toothpicks

4. salt and pepper

5. coffee press (makes great coffee)

6. potato peeler.

7.egg slicer

8. cutting board (any size will do )

9. 10″ knife and 10″ fork

10. small strainer

11. cake spatula

12. hand mixer

13. measuring cups ( a must )

14.  hand-held juicer ( I use this all the time )

1. wine opener

2. cheese slicer

3. can opener

4. desert spatula

5. ice cream scooper

6. pizza cutter

7. food scissors

8. sharp steak knife

9. bread knife

10. 10″ knife

11. carving knife

1. cream napkins (I use these for bread baskets and guest napkins )

2. good pot holders (make sure they are thick )

3. canvas bag (My fresh and easy bag I carry everywhere)

4. a good apron (this one is from Target)

5. garden shovel

You can buy coffee beans and  use the grinder at your local Trader Joe’s and store the coffee in a stainless steel container. With a French coffee press  you will have great coffee to impress any out-of-town guest.

 Thanks abeachcottage for good life Wed !

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What I eat now…

food kitchen 0171I have had some emails and some friends asking me what I eat now to keep me heathy and fit .

I start my day with a half of grapefruit and green tea with a slice of spout bread and  all natural peanut butter with a teaspoon of honey.

I have a mid morning snack of trail mix from Trader Joes . ( A protein shake if I exercise )

Lunch I have a salad with  spinach, cucumber,spouts and lime juice and lemon pepper. or a spout and turkey sandwich.

For dinner I have broil salt-less chicken and  spinach salad and a vegetable with a pad of real butter.

 And maybe a orange or apple with green tea for a late night snack.

I will have a protein shake after I exercise or maybe in the evening. I use coconut milk or soy milk for my shakes and a banana and muscle milk protein from Costco . When I go to Starbucks I have a bagged tea latte with soy milk. And I carry a water bottle with me at all times everywhere I go, and I have saved so much money not buying sodas. I don’t count calories .

It’s a life style change and I feel so much better…

thanks for the emails, xoxo Cheryl

Today is one year of blogging.

Today is one year of blogging. Wow have I learn a lot in one year. I look at some of my post from a year ago and boy are they pitiful. I have change my header numerous times and I am still trying new ways to improve my blog. There are so many beautiful blogs out there and I have enjoyed so many of them. I am excited to reach a blog stat of 6,000.00 for one year I hear that’s pretty good. My views are about 50 to 100 everyday and thank-you all for visiting. WordPress has featured my blog for the California coast, and Al Fresco dinning, thank-you wordpress. So please if anyone has any comments on what you would like to see more of please let me know.

         and  Joyuex Noel from Simply Earth Blog !!

Shells from our travels

 

 

Shells from all the beaches Leonardo and Hunter collected this summer. Shells remind me of distance beaches yet to be discovered. The wanderlust of travel. Maybe it’s just a trip to a local beach or a park. It really doesn’t matter as long as you find a treasure.   I have some beautiful rocks too but I’m not sure what to do with them. 

 

 

 

I’ve added some of my personal treasures,  white flowers from my garden, scented candles and my antique silver.

 

 

 

California avocados and limes are perfect for any salad, and California’s treasure. They are the  perfect  shade of green.

 

 

 

The perfect setting for a romantic Friday night dinner at home.  I think I’ll make shrimp and avocado and lime salad.

 Hope you have a nice weekend, I’m relaxing. Next week we’re heading to a distance beach yet to be discoved for some more beautiful shells, and I am taking you with me. So pack your bags and I will see you next week in Hawaii ! 

The Gilmore Farmers Market in L.A.

      A weekend with the girls in West Hollywood,  Kim , Danielle and I hopped into my cousins  Vintage Classic V.W. bug and headed to the Gilmore’s Farmers Market in L.A.   Established in 1934, when a dozen local farmers parked their trucks on an open field, once a dairy farm, to sell fresh produce to local residents, the Market remains true to its roots today.

 

It’s still the best grocery store in L. A. offering a remarkable selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats , poultry and fish, baked goods, ice cream and nuts. I am wearing 1960’s vintage baby blue earrings and a 1980’s orange dress.

 At patio tables and sit-down restaurants people gather daily to visit and eat some cuisine from around the world, French crepes, Mexican,  and Brazilian fare to name a few.

Vintage L.A. at it’s best, history lives here, when Arthur Fremont Gilmore came west from Illinois in 1870, he and his partner purchased two sizable farms. When the partners decided to part they drew straws and Arthur Gilmore became the sole owner of the 256 acre dairy farm at the corner of third and Fairfax in L.A.

I love this old Ford truck on display here, I can imagine the farmers loading up this truck with all their fresh fruits and vegetables and selling them right off this truck.

A great weekend with the girls and a great day of shopping at the stores and the  Gilmore’s Farmers Market, for more information, www.farmersmarketla.com.

 Hope everyone has a great week !

Postcards from Paris

 

 

If there is a city that is profoundly feminine , it is Paris, I said it before and I will say it again.  Everything about the city is for  women, to walk ,  savor,  enjoy all the wonderful things just for us…..the flowers wrap in colored  papers tied with simple strings, where you bring your own straw bag to fill at the colorful street markets. The shop windows with their tumbling wares, their message that women’s concerns with finery and food are important. Or the language, which lends itself to whispers. Ahhh  the women themselves, who stride by with scarves just so, and handbags tucked elegantly under their arms. The postcards from Paris, so romantic and written in such a feminine way.

 

 

Postcards from Paris , just for you don’t forget my give away at the end of June.

 

 

 

Farmer’s Markets Old Town Temecula

One of my favorite farmer’s market is on Saturday in old town Temecula and one of my favorite organic stands Trethowan Organic .

I love the way they display their foods, and I also love the way  they put herbs together.

 

I bought this beautiful organic salad, it has been said to it looks like a Monet. 

Sweet pea’s…..what a great price !!

Organic Bay leaves .

What I like about this stand is you can taste the organic honey, and organic fruits.

Now there are a lot of wonderful organic stands here at this farmer’s market , and a lot of beautiful flower stands , and some great buys , I highly recommend coming here on Saturdays. 

Hope everyone has a fresh and fun weeken !!