On this weekend, an inspiring Montecito home in AD, pretty spring yellows, an easy and delicious tortilla soup, and how to take action on gun violence near you.
How are you all coping this week? It has been another heartbreaking week in America again with gun violence. I feel at a loss and want to lose it especially when small children lives are gone. I know we all feel the same and want change now. I am going to a meeting about it this weekend for Mom’s Demand and I will share more in case you want to help too, at the end of this post.
I got my AD in the mail and it was filled with pretty home ideas. This Montecito home of Jamie Mizrahi, a fashion stylist is dreamy and has all the California feels with the prettiest details. She had help with the decor from designer Mike Moser, photos by Billal Taright. All the details here and more ideas on how to get the look, in this month’s AD magazine.
The bench seating and table are so adorable in this kitchen and I love the brown floral couch in the tv room.
How gorgeous is the kitchen backsplash tile? The pool house above with Jamie and sons.
I also adore the bottle green bar, the caning backsplash and this entry table and light fixture.
What a yard! They are living the Montecito dream.. Love the blue chairs and all the pots.
On My Radar …
I love following Nonna Pia on Instagram and her home cooking, so I was intrigued to hear of the book, Pasta Grannies. This looks so good with stories and recipes from all sorts of lovely Italian Nonnas.
It’s tulip season and Trader Joe’s has these $8.99 peony tulips and I am obsessed with them. This greenish yellow is so perfect for spring tables!
These Ikat Napkins from PB are beautiful and much more expensive looking than they are. How pretty for a brunch or dinner. I love the yellow, green and blue. For $40, for a set they look luxe.
I love this oversized linen blazer in soft yellow from Madewell. I can see this with white pants or a floaty skirt or shorts and a tank for spring through summer, and these fisherman sandals in a buttered scone ( they had me at that), color are pretty and versatile for your warm weather wardrobe!
Katrina Kenison, is an author I love to follow. Her books ‘Mitten Strings for God’ and ‘The Gift of an Ordinary Day.’ were very centering and calming books for me when raising my boys and reminders not to hurry through life. She periodically blogs and just wrote entry about her past year and as always, her writing touches on the joy and beauty of life and the struggles.
An Easy and Super Good Tortilla Soup
This week I sat in the grocery store parking lot waiting for a huge deluge of rain to stop and at a loss for what to cook for dinner, I Googled tortilla soup and happened upon a decent sounding recipe. They had me at easy! Shows you what kind of cook I am. This was a lucky find because this soup is one of the best I have made. Both Max and I loved it.
Besides coming together fairly fast, a bonus was it had enough spice for Max, and not too much for me. I thought it was perfect. It could have something to do with the fact that I did not add the jalepeno. What really makes this soup is the homemade tortilla strips and the fresh cilantro and lime. I added avocado chunks and sour cream and a little sprinkle of cheese on it too.. Full recipe here.
Mom’s Demand Meetings
If you watched my LIVE this week with Juliet, we addressed the continuing problem of gun violence in America ( and only America). I also shared my thoughts on this Instagram post that had over 100 comments.. We need change and one way is getting involved with the powerful organization Moms Demand Action, which is non-partisan, has chapters in every state and is 10 million supporters strong. Over 300 Moms Demand volunteers ran for office last year and 140 won.
This weekend they will hold a meeting at the local Jack Fisher Park in Campbell on Sunday and I and will attend with Max. They also have a monthly meeting at the Bean Scene in Sunnyvale. You can find your local chapter and also online gatherings too. Find more details here about how to donate, get involved and what they do. By the way, these meetings are for everyone who wants to end gun violence in this country, not only moms.
On Friday it was Max’s birthday, so we are going up to SF on Saturday to have a little hike and lunch out while the sun shines! I hope to visit a new area and will share next week.
If you missed last weekend’s meander, I shared tips for shopping Homegoods, an easy one pot dinner for weeknights, white jeans, a great moisturizer, a book and more..
Wishing you a sunny weekend,
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