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Do you love great design, kitchen gardens, Birria Tacos, and more?

Join Mary Ann, Annie, and me for our Sunday favorites.  Do you love great design, kitchen gardens, Birria Tacos, and more? You have come to the right place. Happy Sunday!


If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t please do here), you have seen some snaps of our new landscape here in Santa Ysabel Ranch. It is very different from my old garden which was more of a french inspired one. This garden is filled with many beautiful mature trees and plantings, but not many flowers. Over time we plan to change some things (to make it more water-wise), but this year we have mainly left it as is to think and reflect on what we might change and how. Here are a couple of shots of what I will call the kitchen garden. The former owners had these great raised beds in which they grew tomatoes and some cutting flowers. We didn’t move here until the end of May so we got a late start on our tomatoes. The Dahlias are now blooming.


We had a bumper crop of green and purple grapes. Next year I will be more prepared and harvest them sooner. The birds and bees have a heyday if you don’t pick them quickly!


If you are new here, you might enjoy this post about my former garden The Collected Look in my Garden and How to Get it., My Rose Garden and What’s Blooming Right Now, The Importance of Structure in the Garden, and The Importance of Structure in the Garden Part Two.


So I have been doing some serious walking.  My walking pal and I walked 5.5 miles on Friday.  I need to purchase a pack for long-distance walks.  I think I would like something like the Athleta Excursion bag that can be worn at the waist or across the back.  I am about due for a new pair of shoes.  The New Balance Fresh Foam is wide in the toe box and accommodates my bunion on long walks.  I am including a great lightweight parka from H&M that you can throw over your workout wear if you need to dash out for a few errands.  The Athleta Coaster Luxe sweatshirt is a standby for me.  It is lightweight and covers the bum.

Fashion over 50 Activewear



I know you probably all already follow Sherry. On the off chance that you don’t, and you love great design, and over 70 (yep that’s right) style, you will love her.  Oh, and did I mention she could do stand up on the side? You can follow Sherry on Instagram hereYou can also view her wonderful portfolio here. I love Sherry’s style.


sherry hart styled coffee table



Have you tried making Birria Tacos? There are a couple of places in the Salinas area that make fabulous ones. The Mexican food offerings here in the Paso area are not quite what they were in Salinas. I have long wanted to try these but most recipes sounded too time-consuming. This Birria de Res recipe from Muy Bueno will take a bit of time as well but the red sauce can be made ahead and the Birria is made in the slow cooker for a win-win. Traditionally Birria is made from goat meat in Mexico but this recipe uses beef. Once it is made it can be served as a stew (traditional) or as tacos. I love a recipe that can serve a crowd or has multiple uses. Don’t they look delicious? I am going to make then in advance and have them on hand for the labor day crowd.

Slow Cooker Birria  Tacos from Muy Bueno

Thanks for reading, Do you love great design, kitchen gardens, Birria Tacos, and more? I hope you are having a great Sunday. We are off for a long walk and coffee downtown at the Amsterdam Coffee House. I will be back on Tuesday with tips for arranging beautiful leaves from your garden. On Thursday Jennifer and I will be talking about fall jackets and how to enjoy them.




Reader Interactions


  1. Juliet says

    Your new garden looks fabulous … those dahlias! What fun exploring walking trails and hikes in around your new digs. Love your walking ensemble … and the new new way to wear those sport bags. Oh my gosh, Birria tacos … I just had lunch and STILL they’re making me hungry. I adore Sherry’s style and would love to see her stand-up act. 😉 xo

  2. Kathy says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sherry Hart!!!!! And your not so bad yourself , Cindy!!😉 I enjoy everything you post! Your personal style is so very relatable & elegant. You encourage me to step outside my comfort zone & the results are so appreciated!!! Your interiors are so comfy & welcoming. Your gardens are envious!!!! I share your love of our 4 legged babies & am so very sorry for the loss of Beau. He will be greatly missed. He enriched your life! ❤️❤️

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Kathy

      Sherry is the best isn’t she? Thank you so much for your sweet comment and kind words about Beau.

  3. Karen B. says

    I walk 7 days a week, 4 miles a day with my good friend. We feel it’s the best thing we ever started. It got us through the Covid time and lifts our spirits every single day. Your garden is beautiful, and the tacos look delicious. Goat? How does it taste? I love Sherry Hart’s posts. She’s talented and incredibly fun to read.
    Karen B.

  4. Heidi says

    Hi Cindy
    Your garden looks wonderful. I love the raised beds. You can do some fun plantings nest spring.
    I’m thinking it’s time to update some of my workout clothes. I’m getting bored with my jacket especially. Need to find something that is lightweight, waterproof, and not horrible looking. Looks like you found it for me!
    The Burris tacos should wonderful. Yum the photo makes my mouth water. My daughter swears by her insta-pot for recipes that normally take hours to cook, maybe I’ll convince her to try this and then share it with me!
    Hope all is well and you are feeling a little Heidibetter this week. So sorry about your sweet Beau.
    Xo Heidi

  5. Wren says

    I bet you’re getting out early for the walks in the N County heat! Remember fanny packs that everyone wore in front? I never owned one since they were considered super nerdy. When my daughter in law was wearing a little canvas tummy pack by Herschel recently, I ordered one too. I figured it must be cool since she’s a stylish girl. It holds a small water bottle and phone but not much else.
    The Athleta sweatshirt looks like a winner for cooler weather, obviously. Thanks for putting together another winning post after what you’ve just been through.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Wren

      That Athleta Sweatwswhirt is surprisingly lightweight. I have a similar one from Nordstrom that is quite heavy. We walk at 6:30

  6. Pamela Whitcomb says

    A great post, as always! I just ordered the Athleta bag..we have a trip to Israel coming in the fall. I think it will be perfect for travel and for the hiking/sightseeing we will be doing! Thanks for the link. 🙂

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Pam

      I hope you enjoy your trip to Israel and the Athleta bag. Great to hear from you as always!!

  7. Sandra says

    I’m looking forward to your post on arranging leaves from the garden. I’m new to your blog but I love your style.

  8. Diane says

    I’m definitely trying the barrio recipe……probably for Sunday dinner with the family. Have you tried Brook sneakers? After hearing friends and relatives rave about them, I finally tried them and bought a pair. These are amazingly comfortable. I love that Athlete bag and will check it out.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Diane

      My husband loves the Brooks sneakers. I should check them out for me as well. If they would accommodate my bunion I would be willing to try them.

  9. Debbie says

    I think the links to your outfit are missing. I would love the link to the New Balance tennis shoes. Thanks

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Debbie

      The links are under the graphic where it says shop the outfit of the week or shop the post.

  10. Homebeforedark says

    Sundays are always better with Cindy! The recipe looks amazing. I made a low and slow roast yesterday….hummm. Looking at the recipe, and being in a lazy mode, I will try this with Hatch’s red sauce/enchilada sauce. I think it is as my late neighbor used to say, “close enough for government work”. I know peppers are sacred and not the same to those in the know…but we are still in high 80s-90s and I’m sick of it.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Patricia

      Is the Hatch’s sauce good. I am always up for a shortcut! It has been hot here as well, but it always cools off at night thankfully.

  11. Kandy says

    I’m missing the links to Maryann and Annie’s on your site. It is so easy and prominent to find your link on their sites???

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Kandy

      Thank god you told me! I posted and ran and did not find that until I got back.

  12. Kim says

    Cindy your kitchen garden was a lucky addition to your beautiful home! I imagine you’ll
    Have some gorgeous tomatoes next year. The weather there must be perfect for them. The flowers look beautiful. I love Sherry her personal style as well as her rooms! Now having met her in person, even more. She’s funny and a very sweet person. Yay you for walking! It’s so good for you!
    Cute outfit too!
    x Kim

  13. Nan, Odessa, DE says

    I.enjoy your every post! I don’t use Instagram?
    Why do you use it? You are blessed to have them.

    Enjoy the week end.

    On grape vines, they are beautiful in a vase alone or as filler for an arrangement and free.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Nan

      Instagram has become such a big extension to our blogging now. We older bloggers had to force ourselves to get on board. You are right about the grape leaves and vines. I am enjoying them.

  14. Janet Arden says

    Always love your Sunday posts! Thanks for reintroducing me to Sherry Hart. I follow her IG, but you know how sometimes people disappear from your feed and I plan to have long, close look at her portfolio — just love her clean aesthetic. Looking forward to your next garden! Have a great week!

  15. Kim says

    Thank you for posting the Birria recipe. Had always steered clear of it because of the goat factor 🙂 Rediscovered them when I realized they were also made with beef. Delicious! Some restaurants make them, but it typically costs more because of the additional effort. A local restaurant makes all things birria, including birria ramen. So delicious. Making the birria ahead of time is a wise idea because of cooking time, etc. You won’t regret it and neither will your guests. The recipe looks promising and will have to give it a try. Thanks again!

  16. Mary Ann Pickett says

    5.5 miles! Fantastic! I just need to get out earlier before it’s too hot here. Your garden is going to be amazing! Maybe you will start making your own wine with those grapes. Love the backsplash that Sherry did…thinking of something similar for here.
    Have a great day.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      We walk at 6:30. It is usually fine until about 8:00 and then it starts warming up!

  17. Francesca B says

    Lovely post thank you Cindy. Love the walking outfit and love doing long walks with a friend deep in conversation. Happy Sunday 🙂

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Franncesca

      As my aunt would say …we put the world back on it’s axis with our conversations…

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