Walkway leading to the Happy Trails Catering garden in Pasadena.
I saw all these overflowing flowers in pots lining this walkway a few weeks ago and wanted to try it — on a smaller scale at first — on our balcony at home.
My mom bought me this copper tea kettle years ago for my birthday. It was such a special gift, and it has always just felt right. The whistle is softer than other tea kettles and round and loud at the same time. It sounds the way a tea kettle should sound. It’s easy to keep clean with copper polish if you use it regularly, but I like the patina the copper gets over time. I like the warm color and its curved silhouette on my black and white stove. I’ve had it for more than a decade — since long before I met Gavin — but I still love to see it and touch it and use it every day. It’s one of those things that makes moving easier, because when I see it on the stove top, I feel at home.
It’s fruity and tart and mysterious.
To make it, mix together:
- 1 part Zwack
- 6 parts Jack Daniels
- 10 parts citrus juice (two of our favorite combinations are orange and grapefruit or lemon and tangerine)
- 2 parts simple syrup
Shake with ice.
Pour into a martini glass and add a couple of cherries and some cherry syrup.
To make these toy basket labels, I ordered self-sealing luggage tags and then took pictures of a few representative toys for each basket. I experimented with my printer to get the photos to print out small enough to fit inside the tags, and I printed out text for the opposite side of each tag. I put each photo under the paper with the text on it and traced the corners of each picture to make sure I cut out the right sized rectangle of paper. Then I put the words and pictures back to back and sealed them inside the luggage tags to make basket labels that both kids and adults can understand.
Docks are not allowed,
but rafts that look like docks…
Sea slug sighting!
(Photos by Gavin.)