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grilled lemon rosemary chicken

We're having a run of beautiful, hot days as summer winds down in Los Angeles. We're even enjoying some balmy nights by the beach (extremely rare here!), so I'm trying to cook outside more to avoid heating up the kitchen.…

links – labor day weekend fun

Having not grown up here, I love the Labor Day long weekend. Instead of symbolizing the sad end of the long summer vacation, I think of it as getting time to myself (the kids are back in school!), L.A.'s beaches…

lentil and feta dip

Want to bring something different to the party? This lentil and feta cheese dip is quick and easy and it tastes so good! The recipe was kindly passed on to me by a friend of a friend of a friend,…

prime – shopping, TV, books & groceries?

When a friend, who works at Amazon in Seattle, asked if I’d paid my $79 to be a part of Amazon’s Prime, I was skeptical. Was this just another subscription that seemed reasonable enough but wouldn’t really change anything? I…

links – modern door stops

Where to find these cool designs: Crane on Turtle, Gold Bar, Anchor, Plane, Leaf, Ball, Jack. Door stops seem a bit old-fashioned, but they've come a long way since the basic rubber wedges and we still need them to stop…

lemon lavender cookies

This light, lemony summer cookie (recipe here) is delicious with a cup of tea mid-morning, or afternoon. My husband declared it my best ever (he is honest about my cooking, when it works and when it doesn't!). After ordering the…

guest bathroom beauty

This guest bathroom was dark and narrow when we first moved in (see before photo below) so, without doing a full remodel, I replaced the vanity with a pedestal sink and removed the large mirror glued to the wall. The…