gratitude: night hike

Lately I have been so bogged down with work (and being sick) that I have not spent much time outdoors. Today, I finally made the decision to push aside the To Do list and get on the trail.

I have been hiking the same trail for the last three years now and it never gets old. It is a very steep fire trail that has breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area, and best of all, it’s practically in my backyard.

With the days getting shorter, I was working against the fading light, but made it far enough that the feeling of gratitude and rejuvenation could take hold. As a bonus, I spotted an owl in a nearby tree just before he swooped across my path! Tonight I am feeling immensely grateful for the fresh perspective that nature so effortlessly provides.

night hike

View from the first vista–the Golden Gate Bridge, though not quite visible, is directly in the center background.

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floral friday: rosemary

There was a time when rosemary was a flavor I was blindsided with in my teens and strongly disliked, but now, I have grown to love the sweet, savory complexities of this versatile herb.


common name: rosemary
scientific name: Rosmarinus officinalis

NOV rosemary

Rosemary is a prolific plant that can often grow out of hand in a small garden. Since it is a strong herb, it often gets underutilized save for a few sprigs here and there. I have collected some delightful recipes that will take you into the savory and sweet realms with rosemary, so you can take advantage of this lovely herb.

Ina Garten’s Chipotle & Rosemary Nuts

Martha Stewart’s Rosemary Sugar Cookies (one of my personal faves!)

Jamie Oliver’s Baked New Potatoes with Rosemary

101 Cookbook’s Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

The Kitchn’s 4 Ways to Preserve Rosemary (salt, dried & more!)

Stay tuned for an original rosemary cocktail recipe from my chief mixologist (and husband) on the blog next week–just in time for turkey day!

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gratitude: natural healing

As I get to the end of this pesky cold, I want to give a huge shout out to Angelica & Peony for the amazing Ginger Menthol Balm that helped me through the worst of the congestion and headaches. Kirsten, the fabulous maker, is a certified acupuncturist and physician of Chinese medicine. She uses her knowledge and creativity to create gentle, effective products that heal and rejuvenate the skin. Thanks to this salve packed with ginger root and menthol crystals, I am immensely grateful for breathing freely!


gratitude: sick days

Not the most glamorous of days and arguably one of the hardest to be grateful for, today I have been nursing a cold and trying hard to revel in small moments of ease and comfort. Here are some of those moments: bright sunlight warming a cold room, soothing throat coat tea and honey, spicy thai food and ginger tea, binge watching episodes of Ellen, serious rest.

gratitude: collaboration

As you may know, I am working on an exciting, new project and a big component of it is collaborating with artists. This weekend I met with one of the artists and discussed details of the collaboration, which refueled my passion for the project. I frequently make an effort to connect with fellow creative entrepreneurs, and this time there is new meaning in those relationships as we embark on supporting each other in making this project a success. I am grateful for the strength and enthusiasm that these collaborations are bringing to a new uncertain venture.

Stay tuned here and here as more details are revealed!