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/or dancing in the kitchen. And living in coastal California and having an abundance of local produce and seafood readily available was always 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 and do a little more exploring so I don’t 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, first out of necessity and then ultimately out of habit, combined with the curiosity to know if I could create something that I couldn’t find or afford. It’s so much more fun to hit up the local second-hand store to see what crazy things you can find and create.

So, eat, play, and do it yourself!

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