Texas Hill Country

This past September I took a trip to Texas where I visited the Hill Country, which is located in central Texas in between Austin and San Antonio heading west.  The Texas Hill Country consists of 25 counties, which is rich in history and natural wonders.  The topography is gentle rolling hills with … [Read more...]

The Bounty of Late Summer

OK…I know…I've been M.I.A.  So you ask, "Teresa, why have you not post a blog article for the past two months?!"  The answer is I have been overwhelmed with house projects, my son was home from college all summer, and I've been busy canning!  When the tomatoes arrive you must turn your attention to … [Read more...]

Saint Remy de Provence

I have written before about a fabulous trip I made to Provence France in 2010 with my two oldest friends from childhood, Vicki and Janan.  On one of our two amazing days with our tour guide Laurence brought us to Saint Remy de Provence, to visit a well know farmers' market in the heart of the town. … [Read more...]

High Tea in San Francisco

Recently my friend and I enjoyed a fun filled day of Christmas cheer in San Francisco.  Shopping, dining, cocktails, and Christmas splendor are the course of the day!  This year we decided to try something new - High Tea at the Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus on Union Square.  As soon as you … [Read more...]

Something New in Paso Robles!

Every year in September my family visits friends in Paso Robles. Wine tasting in this magnificent valley has become an annual tradition for our visits. This year our friends decided to add something new –  in addition to wine tasting, we visited a spirits distillery and craft brewery. I was a little … [Read more...]

Vincent’s Irises

Lately I have been noticing the large bearded irises blooming in my neighborhood as I take my morning walks with my dog Callie.  Bearded irises are such a bold display of floral splendor!  They are so large and the colors are vivid and rich.  The flower form is quite distinct.  My father-in-law John … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 2

Each year during the Giovanzana family annual trip to the Paso Robles valley, we join our friends who live there, for a fun filled day of wine tasting.  We drive along beautiful country roads,  that lead us to an assortment of unique and charming wineries.  In an area that boasts more than 200 … [Read more...]

Strawberry Picking along the California Coast

Each year I anxiously await the strawberries to ripen at my favorite berry farm, where I annually make a pilgrimage and pick until my heart is content.  I find berry picking so peaceful.  I completely enjoy picking berries along side of a friend chatting, while searching for the perfect berry, and … [Read more...]

Truckee California

On my recent February ski trip to Lake Tahoe, my friends and I made a stop in Truckee.  Truckee is located right off Interstate 80 (aka California 89) on the east side of Donner Pass in the Sierras.  Truckee is about 45 minutes west of Reno, Nevada. … [Read more...]

Northstar Lake Tahoe

I love to ski!  I get excited when the first snowfall of the winter begins….it means swishing down the slopes is close behind.  Along with most Californians, my family and I enjoy Lake Tahoe year round.  We have a family home in Lake Tahoe where we have shared many happy memories with family and … [Read more...]