Blogging is not my profession. I am neither writer nor photographer and, if you’ve perused the pages here, you’re probably not surprised. But I like it, so I do it. If you enjoy or learn something here, I’m grateful to have contributed in some way, even if it’s a laugh at one of my mishaps!

The eating part of this blog is the result of having been raised in an Italian/American family and so much that goes with it. We’re a hands-on sort of group and we all know, or at least think we know, we have something to contribute. Some of my fondest memories is when everyone would cram into the kitchen to cook a holiday meal, drinking wine and dancing in the kitchen, or sharing stories from back when or some new culinary trick. And living in coastal California and having an abundance of local produce and seafood readily available is truly a blessing!

The playing, well, hopefully this exercise in blogging will light a fire in me to get out there and have a little more fun, do a little more exploring, and to not to take for granted the beautiful area where we live. This is a diverse state in culture, cuisine, and climate and our pissars, (a family word for drive-abouts) always lead us to share-worthy destinations.

The DIY comes from years of penny-pinching out of necessity and ultimately out of habit combined with the curiosity to know if I could “do it,” whatever “it” may be at the moment. Besides, it’s more fun to hit up the local second-hand store to see what crazy things you can find instead of going out and buying it new. A funky, broken antlered, fake deer head, fixed and painted or a filthy capiz-covered lamp waiting to shine again – both become a little artistic adventure to see what comes of it.

So, eat well, play often, and do it yourself!

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