Welcoming Summer!

With the first day of summer a week away, I always like to brighten things up around the house as a way of welcoming the season’s change. Depending on your specific weather situation, this is a fun thing to do for all seasons. Summer is an especially fun one because it you get to be … Continue Reading

Packing Tips. Travel like a Pro!

As May turns to June this week and we’ve passed Memorial Day, you probably have a vacation planned. Or perhaps you have a last-minute work trip you need to take. If you’re like me, you probably wait until the night before or even the morning of to pack! Well, here’s four ideas that will allow you … Continue Reading

Summer Parties!

Summer is almost in full swing. Graduations have come, teachers are off, and I bet you are planning a BBQ or two sometime this month. As I’m sure you all know, I love to entertain. Here’s some ideas that I used to use at the Manor and still use for friends and family. SUMMER PARTY … Continue Reading

Let’s Drive Away!

Last week we talked about vacation travel, with exciting ideas about up-and-coming travel destinations like Madagascar or the Pisco Provence. This week, in honor of Memorial Day, here’s a couple driving distance ideas for some of us across the country. Obviously here in Los Angeles, Palm Springs is one of our go-to driving vacations. One … Continue Reading

Where to travel in 2017?

As we move from spring to summer, many of us start to plan our travel for the year. School breaks are coming up, and who doesn’t need a vacation! One of my favorite magazines, Travel + Leisure puts together an annual list of recommended places, and it’s so fun even dreaming about these exotic locals. … Continue Reading

Spaghetti with Bacon, Peas, Mint & a Touch of Cream

My last blog post was all about eating cleaner for spring, and using fresh seasonal vegetables to do it. Here’s a great everyday dinner that’s quick, easy, and relatively healthy— even with that small bit of cream.  It’s an extremely satisfying meal that even the pickiest eater will love. If you put bacon in with the peas, even … Continue Reading