Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Walking the Streets of Santa Barbara

We'd been planning this trip for a long time.  What was supposed to be a 4 hour drive ended up being 6+ hours due to exiting traffic out of Vegas.  But alas, we arrived at the Pacific and it was glorious.

We stayed along the coastline at the Hyatt Centric, East Cabrillo Blvd.  Breakfast at The Shop Cafe on Milpas - best shrimp & grits I've tasted yet, and ventured out to the County Courthouse on Anacapa Street with its beautiful, Spanish Colonial Revival style.  Stopped for a little dessert at the Public Market on West Victoria and enjoyed honey-lavender ice cream drizzled in honey fudge sauce.  Did a lot of walking.  An early dinner reservation followed at Jane's on State St with the most romantic interiors.

We couldn't get enough of the scenery in SB, bougainvillea vines that delightful pinkish-orange tone.  And the Spanish Colonial architecture that respectfully establishes the Santa Barbara landscape...endless beauty.  'Til we see you again ❤.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's Saturday and it looks like The E Network is streaming Nancy Meyers' films tonight.
Love the scenery and set design in It's Complicated.  Not to mention the chemistry between an all-star cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin.  A couple of years ago, I downloaded much of the soundtrack from Spotify.  I think the musical pairing of Heitor Pereira and Hans Zimmer beautifully enhanced the storyline.  And Jane's (played by Meryl) home in the film?  It never fails to inspire me. 
We picked up a few treasures upon our recent trip to SB; the warm terracotta tiles remind me of the rich, earthy colors used in her home.  We purchased our tiles from The Santa Barbara Company store, an artisan shop on Victoria Street.  I hope we'll get to visit again soon.  Now, off to enjoy the rest of the movie...

Friday, September 8, 2017

Meatballs for Dinner

Today I snooped around in the freezer and pantry, and voilĂ ... 

Turkey Meatballs Alfredo | Steamed Rice | Sweet White Corn

Satisfying and simple.  Sometimes I miss the routine of preparing daily meals, the joy of seeing multiple dishes bubbling on the stove simultaneously.  I'm definitely entering a new season of life with my husband.  Our girls are grown and there is more time for exploring "other interests" (or responsibilities), ie: eating out or picking up take out or eating out. :)
One of my fondest childhood memories was hearing my mom's easy hum as she moved around in our tiny kitchen, her favorite place.  And, it's because of Mom that I love seeing food bubble in a pot, but yay for getting the freedom to schedule meals more loosely now.  Hands in the air.