On this weekend’s post..a California spin on the chocolate chip cookie, day trip to SF’s Laurel Village and Presidio Heights, the winter coat you may be missing and more..
How are you all? It’s been another record week of rain and storms here and so many have been without power and roads have washed away. I’m sure many of you have seen it on the news, but the coast has been it hard, especially by Santa Cruz, and more big waves are coming this weekend for them. Our street has power down on half, with two live wires sitting on roofs and yards. One of our power poles is tilted and they finally got to some of it yesterday, but power cannot be restored they say for many days, so we are thinking of everyone, because we are some of the lucky ones and do have power.
My first purchase for the house this year is this scalloped placemats. I’ve had them on my radar for a bit, and saw them after Christmas and got six. I just love how pretty they are and I hope they will make any tables this year look festive and fresh. I found the exact same placemats afterwards on Etsy for a fraction of what I paid and a set of four for $32, so I if you like them, grab them on there!
Anthro has this darling scalloped serving board.. I adore all the scalloped items out now!
A day out in San Francisco’s Laurel Village and Presidio Heights…
We had a dry day this Thursday and it seemed like a miracle! We took the chance to go to a section of San Francisco we hadn’t explored yet- Laurel Village and Presidio Heights, which border the Presidio. What we usually do is first check out the shops, have a bite, and them explore on foot.
There’s a Michelin starred restaurant called Spruce to have lunch or for a casual local and organic spot – Proposition Chicken. We were in a bit of a rush so we opted to try Proposition, which was new to us and the chicken salad is excellent. You have vegan and gluten free options and they make everything from scratch.. There is a small new outpost in Los Gatos too, which I will be visiting.
For shops, in Laurel Village there is the new Emily Joubert, a beautifully curated home store. which does not disappoint. It’s gorgeous and three times the size of the Woodside location. I was excited to see this adorable Austrian china that they carry which I bought on a trip some years ago.
On Sacramento Street, there is fun boutique with gorgeous frocks, bags and jewels called Betty Lin, and it’s partner shop Mr Lin, right next door..
After lunch we opted to walk toward the Presidio and this is just a few of the homes and their curb appeal. Every home was manicured and polished and there were so many tiny gardens and pretty plants giving them great charm..
This is our path from Laurel Village…
At the top, you front the Presidio Park which you can see the beautiful woods and open space and the Golden Gate beyond. You can walk through the Presidio Gates and then right up a trail and back up towards the neighborhood again to get to the top of the Lyon Street Stairs…
Before we left we drove a few blocks to get croissants from Arsicault Bakery. This unassuming little spot was voted best bakery in America a few years back by Bon Appetit, and became a sensation.
The owner grew up in Paris, and after years of being unable to find the croissants he knew and loved, went to baking school and opened up his own outpost, named for his grandparent’s namesake in France.
If you have more time, I recommend a walk through The Presidio. There is so much to see there like the Andrew Goldsworthy Wood line and more.. ( That’s me a few years ago…)
Did you know you can live in some of the old officer’s historic housing at the Presidio? They have a special link to all those available in the park, including some unique places like Pilot’s Row right next to the Golden Gate! I love seeing these historic residences, some over 100 years still used.
The winter coat you didn’t know you needed..
It’s been extra cold in a lot of places this year. You may be asking yourself, do I have the right outerwear? We Californians can get by with minimal jackets many years, but this year is different. I have worn a long puffer jacket ( my sleeping bag coat), most days in December and January.
It keeps me warm, dry and insulated like a fragile fruit! If you don’t have one of these in your closet, and hate being cold, you might consider getting one before they are gone, and some are marked down..They can be chic and I have seen a lot of stylish people with them. Most of all, they can’t be beat for keeping you cozy.
Here’s a few to consider..
This Hobbs London Puffer at Bloomies comes in a pretty wine color and charcoal and has a terrific wind collar so you don’t even need a scarf for those cold day walks.
I like this pretty one by Barbour that also comes in black…
This option at Madewell comes in green and a camel and black and I like the contrast zipper…
Chocolate Chip Cookies with winter orange…
I’ve been trying not to bake after the holidays, but this week with the rain, I needed a little treat and I decided to experiment with my regular chocolate chip recipe and use the beautiful oranges from the Sisters Market, a kind gift from Juliet. I remember someone adding orange zest to cookies and thought I’d use some in my cookies along with macadamia nuts I brought back from Hawaii, coconut and walnuts.
Max thought they were the best cookies I have made yet, so that was a good as he can be picky. I lowered the amount of white sugar, and also used Muscavado Sugar instead of brown, which is unrefined sugar with molasses and has more depth and flavor than brown. I am remembering a neighbor who told me to play with your recipes and change them up and so if you want a California spin on traditional chocolate chips, give this a try.
California Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 C unsalted butter
- 1/4 C granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 C Muscovado sugar or brown sugar if you can't find this.
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 1/2 pkg dark chocolate chips I like Guittard super cookie chips
- 1 1/2 C walnuts roughly chopped
- 1 orange zest of one orange and 1/4 c of juice
- 1 C macadamia or other nuts
- 1 C organic coconut flakes love the 'Let's Do Organic' brand
- Mix the softened butter, sugars and baking soda on medium. Scrape sides and add in eggs, one at a time and vanilla and juice of orange. Beat in flour, careful not to over mix, and then chips, nuts, flakes and orange zest. Scoop onto parchment in rounded tablespoon size and bake 8-10 minutes until edges brown, but tops still look soft. Makes about 24 cookies.
Juliet did a great review of HGTV’s Dream House and I always love her reviews and posts as she is so detailed and leaves nothing out. This year’s home was a mountain house in Colorado and you can read her fun post here.
I also just LOVED this deep dive post by Joni of Cote de Texas about this historic Vanderbilt home.
And if you missed it, Annie, Mary Ann and Cindy, Carla and others talked about Design Trends for 2023 and you can start reading the link on Annie’s beautiful post about brown interiors and more..
On last weekend’s post– thoughts on starting 2023, adding citrus tones to the home, stylish jeans and white shirts, inspiration from Sylvie of Emily in Paris, and more..
Have a good weekend and I hope everyone stays safe in this storm,
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