gratitude: eve

I am feeling grateful for the anticipatory feeling that inevitably happens on the eve of holidays. There’s a different feeling in the air, a renewed buzz, that’s contagious. Tomorrow I will spend the day with my closest family crafting all sorts of delicious and nourishing food and drink, making Thanksgiving my favorite holiday tradition. Here are a few things we will be making:

pumpkin spice lattes

rye pecan pie

compound butter

crispy potato roast

What dishes are you trying out this holiday season?


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!

floral friday: marigold

In honor of the upcoming October holidays, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the brilliant, somewhat smelly marigold…

common name: marigold
scientific name. Tagetes erecta

IMPRESSED by nature Floral Friday Marigold

In my Oakland neighborhood, marigolds are everywhere this month to celebrate the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), on November 1st and 2nd. It is a celebration of life during which individuals erect altars honoring the lives of their loved ones who have died. Marigolds are used to decorate as it is believed that the flowers’ bright colors and strong fragrance help guide the spirits to their altars.

Still looking to decorate for this weekend’s events? Check out fun October holiday DIY projects here.