Creating, crafts, gardening, quilting and life on a little ranch.

Foto Friday.

artichoke

Artichoke growing in a garden in Cambria.πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

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Christmas Cookies. πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ

Many years ago when our kids were youngsters, I did a lot of baking at Christmas time.

c & h sugar cookbook

 

I would start on December 1st Β and continue baking until the 23rd. Β My plan was to bake a batch of cookies every day and then freeze them.

cokie cookbook

All our relatives would receive a plate of cookies for the holidays. Β They all enjoyed the goodies and I think they actually looked forward to receiving them.

Our son confessed that he would sneak into the freezer and take a few of his favorites Β out to eat secretly.

Our oldest daughter has taken over now and bakes as much as she can. Β This year, I feel like baking and plan on taking a few of Β my favorite cook books out to use.

I’ll be posting some favorite recipes and hope that some of you will try them out.

hershey cookie

It’s still a little early for baking but I’m getting myself ready for sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies, chocolate crinkles, gingerbread cookies…………..

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Wordless Wednesday.

 

georgeous sunset

Another gorgeous sunset at Mi ranchito.πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

Foto Friday.

shenzen garden

The perfect setting at our Shinzen Japanese Gardens.πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

Wordless Wednesday.

squirrel and persimmon

A squirrel and his persimmon.β€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œ

Mi Jardin.

Some of my plants are still showing some blooms although they suffered through one of the hottest summers we’ve had here in the valley, and theyΒ also had to deal with our Β polluted air filled with smoke from all the California wild fires.

I’m loving the pink and blue.

blue plumbago

Some of my roses continue to bloom and continue to receive visitors.

grasshopper

Right now we are enjoying some beautiful autumn weather which will make it possible for me to get out there and do some cleaning in my rustic garden.

autumn garden

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Girls Trip.

No, not like the movie, but a fun trip with two daughters, a granddaughter and myself.

We laughed at silly things that probably no one else would laugh at. Β We teased each other without getting mad, and we shared one bathroom without yelling at one another.

Every girl needs a trip like this.

We visited Mission Santa Barbara, which was beautiful and full of California history.

santa barbara mission

 

The beaches were lovely. Β We watched the sunset at Ventura Beach.

sunset ventura be

 

 

In downtown Santa Barbara we tasted a new food, Goa tacos, which were different from what we are familiar with, but were very tasty.

On one afternoon we managed to beat everyone else to the spa at our hotel.

spa

And because we had such a successful trip, we celebrated by treating ourselves to some yummy ice cream treats.

ice cream treatIf you’re ever in Bakersfield, California, you’ll need to visit Rosemary’s Ice Cream Shop in the downtown area.

Next year, same time, different place.πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’—πŸ’œ

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