Archive for November, 2012

Now that San Francisco and San Jose have gone plastic bag-less there is a need for re-usable alternatives. While examining my fabric stash a few weeks ago, I realized that I had a pretty nice thrifted collection of Hawaiian mu-mu type fabric. It is all light weight but has a bit of heft to it (kind of like a light weight barkcloth). I thought these prints would be just right for some shoppers. I took a plastic bag apart and used it for my pattern. I lined the handles for some stability but left the interior unlined so I could make these bags quickly. I sent a picture of them to Samba in Sac and she declared they be called “Happy Bags” because how could you be bummed looking at all those outrageous colors and prints?


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Ok, maybe not glamor shots but Farrah is like my third child so every picture of her looks beautiful to me… We just returned from camping on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. We all took a turn with the camera (I encouraged pictures of Farrah at our site for our memory book). Here are some of the shots we took…

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Chestnut picking

Even though I have been singing “…chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” for as long as I can remember, I have never really known much about chestnuts. A few weeks ago my friend Sallie told me that one of their family traditions was driving to the Skyline Chestnut Orchard in the Santa Cruz mountains to pick them. The kids had the day off of school so we decided to go and check it out. I am so glad we did! The orchard is located on a very steep hill right off of Skyline Drive. When we arrived, we were given thick leather gloves (chestnuts are covered in a very dangerous needle like outer shell) and buckets for our findings. We were also told to only pick the chestnuts off of the ground, not off of the tree because those are not ready yet. We found the best ones on a super steep hill which included spectacular views of the mountains. We also came away with our yearly Christmas card picture. A win-win for sure. We have tried several methods for cooking the chestnuts, none of which I am quite happy with. If anyone has a recipe that they like, we would love to hear about it! We gathered four pounds and still have plenty left…

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