Carmel By The Sea and Try this Soup

Cindy Hattersley invited us to come for a visit to their ranch near Carmel, California.  

 First, we met them in Carmel for little sight seeing and a relaxing and delicious lunch at the charming Casanova Restaurant.
Even the fire station is pretty.
  We toured a quaint antique shop called Forget Me Not.



Another store called Jan de Luz has the most amazing monogrammed linens.

White sand and crystal clear water...so lovely!
 On the way out of town, we stopped at one of Cindy's favorite haunts...Tancredi and Morgen.
I loved all the French goods.

 Awesome soup bowls...speaking of which, try this easy Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup that I made last week.  The BACON BITS ARE DRIZZLED WITH HONEY.  Did that get your attention :) 
I used an immersion blender instead of a regular blender.  This is easy enough for a weeknight.

What a great day in Carmel! I will have some snippets of 
Cindy's beautiful Monterey Colonial home in my next post.


Inexpensive Pretty Indulgences

It's Back To School time so why not treat yourself to a bunch of freshly sharpened pencils?  These are from Target (widely available) $2.79 for twelve.  

Grab a branch from your backyard, or in my case the SF Flower Mart to bring some texture inside.

I just replaced an orchid with this, according to Sherry Hart from Design Indulgence, "Hard To Kill Plant".  She got hers at IKEA...mine came from the SF Flower Mart.  I like the new growth on it.
Speaking of new growth...look at the curly willow branches' new growth.   The branches transition into the Fall.

Here's another new "Camouflage the Cable Box Plant"...hopefully I won't kill this one.  It looks pretty hearty.

My sister told me about how long those green fluffy things live…I've had them over a week and just added new $3.99 roses from Trader Joe's...autumn colors.

If you want to see a gorgeous wedding, 
please check out Sherri Cassara's work…
Months ago, we were at the Costa Mesa Design Center and both recognized each other from our blogs...happy coincidence!

Look what I spotted at Home Goods in the East Bay yesterday...
Last night, we were giving visitors from Florida a tour after dinner.
And we went down Lombard Street, The Crookedest Street in the World...a good time to go without tourists.  

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!!