Top Picks This Week

Have a colorful weekend! (& Friday Links)

Any fun plans for the weekend? We’re heading up to Tahoe for a couple of nights at the cabin. And after my post about the youth kayak, our friends offered to lend us one! So I’m looking forward to some time on the big blue. Have a good one!

Some links if you’re in the mood…

Keep Reading >

Kayaks for Kids

A couple of weekends back, we stopped at Angora Lake in South Lake Tahoe to see some friends who were spending a week there, and someone let Hudson try out this 6-foot Wave Kayak for kids. It was incredible!

I’ve take Hudson Kayaking a few times in an adult-sized double, and couldn’t believe the difference it made for him to have an appropriately sized paddle and platform. He and another 6-year-old friend took turns paddling around the lake, pulling out onto rocks—they had so much fun with the autonomy of it, and the kayak seemed so stable.

Just wanted to share in case anyone might be considering introducing kids to some special water recreation this year—with life vests and adult supervision, of course!

P.S. Hudson’s first time kayaking with me—in Monterey Bay. And more photos from our stop at Angora Lake.

**Also, today is the last day for the Closet Sale on Instagram, if you’re interested!

Keeping Cool: No-oven summer meals

The summer heat has arrived! We’ve already survived a few heat-waves in Davis—passing as many hours in the pool as we can before retreating back into the air-conditioning. Cooking indoors can raise the temperature in a home by up to 10 degrees, so the last thing anyone would want to do, when that thermostat is hitting those triple digit numbers, is turn on an oven or spend time over a stove.

Today I’m partnering with Lennox, who provides the efficiency, control, and (cool) comfort we expect from the most valued and innovative appliances in our homes, to offer up some menu suggestions that will keep you cool inside and out. When all is said and done, nothing beats the heat like a high-quality HVAC system that’s well maintained during hot summer days, but these are some of my favorite things to serve whether it’s just us or it’s a crowd. You could pare this down for a very simple afternoon.

Think fresh, crunchy salads, stone fruit sliced with creamy mozzarella, the bright acid of tomatoes with mint. Think shaved summer squash, melon with prosciutto, and grilled meat that can hang out for a while. I’ve discovered my favorite meals come from imagining a hot day near the mediterranean sea—where lemons and olives, basil and lavender reign supreme.

Keep Reading >

Travel Guides

Browse By Category