First I want to thank you so much for being here and sharing your experiences and knowledge. This is a very difficult time for all of us. As many of you know I am 65 (how did that happen). Here in California, anyone over the age of 65 is required to stay at home. Perhaps it is a good time for all of us to slow down and enjoy life’s simpler things. I have my garden to work in and I have this blog. We will get through this as long as we all keep the greater good in mind. That being said I want to focus on positive thoughts, pretty interiors, and over 50 fashion and beauty tips, and hopefully add a little sunshine to your day during this time.
If you follow me on Instagram you saw these beautiful flowers that I received from a client and my pal Rusty.
Do you follow James Farmer on Instagram? His feed is filled with gorgeous southern interiors ablaze with color. Just what we need right now to lift our spirits.
Keep in contact with your friends and family especially the older people in your life. The lily has a good article on How not to Feel Isolated during this time.
Our daughter posted this picture of our little ray of sunshine on Instagram Saturday. We are going to miss her.
Elizabeth Mincilli Eating My Way Through Italy has a great post on what it is like in Italy under lockdown and what we should do to prepare for it here
If you are a baker you might enjoy Mary Ann’s Comforting Dark Cherry Streusel Cake
Now is a good time to read that book you couldn’t find the time to enjoy. Katie from Preppy Empty Nester is an avid reader and always has great selections. I just uploaded this one to my IPAD. I love a good mystery. Have you read it?
As you know Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have Covid 19. They are an encouraging voice to all who are in the same situation.
Rita has released a playlist on Spotify called Quarrantunes
My friend Kim from Northern California Style has a great post on how we can all be responsible during this difficult period.
My husband and I have really become soup lovers. I will be posting more soup recipes. I posted this Artichoke Bisque Soup on Instagram and many of you asked for the recipe.
Artichoke Bisque with Roasted Tomatoes
- 4.5 lbs roma tomatoes
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1 T sea salt
- freshly cracked pepper to taste
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 14 oz cans artichoke hearts
- 4 c chix stock
- 3/5 c parmesan cheese
- 1/4 c greek yogurt
- chopped fresh basil
- 1 small baguette
- 1 onion coarsley chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread tomatoes on a large baking sheet with 1/4 c olive oil, onions, garlic, and 1/2 t salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes.
Add tomato mixture to large dutch oven along with artichoke hearts, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat reduce and simmer for 40 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or in the cuisinart, leaving some chunks. Add salt and pepper to taste, finish with 1/4 c greek yogurt, stir,
Serve with warm baguette slice and chopped fresh basil.
Many of us are confined to our homes right now so fire roasted tomatoes could be substituted in lieu of all of the roasted tomatoes are part of them.
The good news…it is raining here in California. We are hoping for a miracle march. We are going to use this time to get our garden in shape.
Beau can’t figure out what all the fuss is about.
Please share what you would like to read more about here on the blog and what you are doing to pass the time. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what I am up to in the garden. Let’s get through this together!!