Kaleidoscoping through Cape & Kruger chapter 4

Richard’s most favorite place to take friends & family is The Winelands. We did not plan to visit the Western Cape as traveling with young boys. After he said there is much more than wine and it’s  beautiful countryside.  Also his knowledge of the boys love for exploring he knew the right wineries to take…

Kaleidoscoping through Cape & Kruger -chapter 3

    We found the most adorable & quaint bakery at the V&A Waterfront. It was only a few minutes from where we were staying. The energy, ambiance and culinary art was delightful & so delicious. What a way to start off our early morning! Ready to explore the unknown to us together-Let the adventures…

Kaleidoscoping through Cape & Kruger chapter 2

    Looking forward to a few days with Richard that lives in Cape Town. We met him through a friend and past co-worker that travels to South Africa a few times a year. Our first stop bright and very early is St James Beach – St James beach is well known for its trademark…

Paris spring ’14 -taking it all in

Our morning photo on our balcony before the adventures begin.  A love that won’t die. The love padlocks have been a phenomenon in cities all over the world. My husband & I displayed and dedicated ours to our three children; our best accomplishments in life. Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love…

Paris France- Le Marais & Montmartre Spring ’14

Most people associate French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region. France doesn’t just have different cultures; the word “culture” actually comes from France. “‘Culture’ derives from the same French term, which in turn…

In Wonderment -Saint-Paul-de-Vence

What I know for sure is exploring new lands sets your soul on fire! Saint-Paul is also well known for the artists who have lived there, such as Marc Chagall and more recently the couple Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle. Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has a home there. One of the oldest medieval…

Ah, Autumn…

Explosive colors, long walks and taking in the crisp cool air… I was traveling for work a few months ago. I had the most incredible turkey jerk chili with one of my great friends and co-worker Jim. We both loved it and being major foodies we knew we could re-create this incredible dish. I also…

Wonderful wildlife

As we have been doing our best keeping the wild deer out of our produce garden. I also understand they need place to graze, nap and just hang out. We had two young bucks that stayed and visited on and off for a few days. I felt I needed to not chase them off as…

Falling into Autumn…

Pumpkins; all shapes, sizes and so colorful. We grew these all by seed. The long crazy cornstalk is also from our produce garden. I love all the imperfections and the rustic feeling. One of my favorite Lil pumpkins. One of the wild bunnies! You see them all over where we live. Homemade chicken noodle soup,…

Making Kimchi with kindness & love

Over this past summer we have enjoyed getting to know our new neighbors. We have exchanged veggies and also other garden needs. One day her granddaughter was walking by and I asked if her grandmother would be willing to share her kimchi recipe. She replied, well yes I believe she would. Within the hour they…

Update on our family produce garden

So thankful for my husband! He was out in this spring stormy weather all day. He knows how important this is to me. My stepdad came over and helped lend a hand building the beds. Can’t thank him & my mom for all the help, support and wanting to create this family garden together. Doing…

Many moments of joy

My son Jaden has a true passion for drawing. His grandma Susan, my mom is an extraordinary artist and hoping he follows in her footsteps. We picked up this sketch journal for our upcoming family vacation. He wants to draw our daily events. I was thrilled when he asked for this. I love journaling, especially…