Happy weekend and welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday!
Here are a handful of things on my radar lately:
1 ~ An Engrossing Read
Looking for a suspenseful page-turner to read? Look no further than this novel. A friend told me about it a couple of months ago and I finally got around to reading it earlier this week. I sailed through it in three days, it was so riveting. I couldn’t help myself!
Have you read The Woman in the Window? If so, did you love it too?
2 ~ House Plants I Can’t Kill
I love succulents and have several pots filled with these darling and low-maintenance plants, but I find they only thrive when kept outside. When I bring them indoors they start looking very unhappy and sick so I have given up on decorating our interior with succulents.
I don’t really like faux plants in general. To me they always look so obviously fake. But I thought I would try succulents because I noticed some faux versions at my hair salon and I could have sworn they were real.
I ordered these a couple of weeks ago and have been placed a couple in small pots in our newly decorated guest room. I also got a set of tiny pots to use around the house in various places. They are just so darling! I used the pink one in our almost completed guest room (see #4 below) to add some color. And I also added my orange Glassy Baby vase that I bought in Seattle a couple of years ago.
3 ~ Super Blue Blood Moon
I am sure you already know all about the recent Super Blue Blood Moon. Having missed the solar eclipse last summer due to cloud cover, I was thrilled about seeing the lunar eclipse.
The night before the special moon, I went out at dusk and caught it creeping over the hills here in Kenwood. I managed to capture the silhouette of some burned trees.
What a cool experience to see the moon rise and even more exciting the next morning to see the red moon, hanging in the sky surrounded by stars.
Bill was nice enough to get up with me at 4:30 so we could go out and find a good place to shoot. We took turns with my Olympus mirrorless camera. Nighttime photography is so difficult! I had a hard time keeping the camera still as the shutter speed is very slow and stillness is crucial. Bill has a much steadier hand and he used his vehicle’s hood to aid in balancing. We are not 100% sure who took which photo but I am pretty certain this one, which made the morning ABC 7 news in the San Francisco Bay Area, is his.
I am so glad Bill and I share a love for photography. We discovered photography together, about 12 years ago, when we bought our first camera at Costco while on an RV trip to Wyoming and Montana. Our interest has remained and I love seeing both of us improve. Now if I could just do something about my shaky hands!
4 ~ Adding Color to the Guest Room
Our guest room re-do has been coming along nicely but it’s not ready for a full reveal quite yet. The original idea was to keep the color scheme neutral but that was looking a little dull so Bill had the idea to hang a favorite painting of ours, a work by our friend and artist Kathy Leeds called “Flamenco Inferno” on the largest wall. It was a brilliant idea and has added not only color to the room but sophistication and personality too. I love this room so much now, I want to move into it!
5 ~ Dried Cauliflower Rice
I saw packaged dried cauliflower rice advertised online and since I haven’t been using my dehydrator lately, I decided to dehydrate a bag of fresh cauli-rice I had on hand.
Boy, does it really shrink up! I want to try making cauliflower pizzas with the dry cauliflower. One issue with cauliflower pizza crust is it’s often too moist. I’m going to make pizzas soon and will let you know how the dry cauliflower works out.
Also, I can rehydrate the rice and add it to soups, make fried rice or risotto. It will come in handy when I don’t have any cauliflower or when it’s out of season.
6 ~ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Re-Opened
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park near our home was affected by the fires last October and has remained closed until yesterday. I am so excited to return to this scenic park today for a hike. I admit to being a little anxious about what it will look like now but I also know it’ll still be gorgeous and the regrowth of trees and plants has already begun.
These are photos from last spring. Isn’t it beautiful? I’ll be posting photos from our hike on Instagram today if you’d like to see what it looks like now.
7 ~ Instant Pot Class
I have still been using my Instant Pot a few times a week but haven’t used it for anything new lately. Every week I cook chicken breasts then shred them for various purposes and a batch of Greek yogurt, and sometimes I cook sturdy veggies like spaghetti squash and artichokes.
I know lots of people who have Instant Pots but don’t know how to use them or, like me, want to learn more ways to create delicious meals quickly and easily.
If you live in the Bay Area, you’re in luck! Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma offered an Instant Pot course last month and it was so popular they’re holding another again on March 3rd. The course is taught by my friend Chef Hollie Greene, whom I’ve talked about on the blog before.
I plan on attending and hope to see you there!
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