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Stuffed portabello mushroom with garlic herb butter

Portabello Stuffed Mushroom

  • 6-8 Portabello mushrooms, de-gilled and cleaned with a damp paper towel
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 scallion chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • grape or roma tomatos


Preheat oven to high heat with rack in the center

Combine butter, garlic, oregano and put in microwave or on stovetop until melted. Brush outside of mushroom caps with mixture and place on baking sheet.

Mix breadcrumbs, parsley, scallion, salt and pepper together, then pour in the remaining butter mixture and combine.

Spoon breadcrumb mixture into the mushroom caps, slice tomato on top. You can also sprinkle with parmesan (optional).

A Space that Speaks

There’s something about this little room that I love.

Maybe it’s because it’s completely open…

Or has bright views…

Or because my favorite angel is watching over it…

It’s still a work in progress, but I love it all the same.

A New View

We’ve been in our new home for about one month. Sadly, we said goodbye to these views of skies and mountains…

and said hello to these…

They’re not as spectacular, but it was a worthy swap for this…

A backyard for a future pool.

Morning Visitors

Nothing’s better than walking out on your porch to see some other early risers.

This cute little kitty comes often to our front and backyard. This morning she decided our front door was a good place to start her day.

She spotted me watching her through the window and decided to move on.

Then I saw this guy. From the looks of him, it seems our yard is keeping him pretty healthy. He is huge!

Covet Corner-January 2021

Artemest floral nesting boxes.

Bird Buddy will be available this month. It’s a bird feeder/camera that tells you who is coming to visit your garden.

Van Gogh Alive Exhibit

Still lusting after this linen robe from Brook Linen. Maybe it’s time to pull the trigger.

West Elm Richmond Country dishes

CB2 Tea light candle holder

January Recap-Week 1 2021

The first day of 2021! We went to Punta Esmeralda public beach. A pretty beach, but WAY TOO crowded. So naturally, we opted for eating instead.

La Cueva del Chango. We were all super happy with our food choices in this jungle atmosphered restaurant.

This chair was calling my name after eating, but we walked for a bit instead.

Day 2 and we made it to the beach, Playacar to be specific. By far, the best beach in Playa Del Carmen. Get a day pass at one of the resorts, cop a squat, and enjoy the beauty.

Current read: Travels with Charley, written in 1962 and still relevant today.

I tried tacos arabe (arabic tacos) and they were pretty darn good. The tortilla is flat bread and the meat has different seasoning than the Mexican taco. Add a little white garlic sauce and yum.

Tulum has become insane with traffic and congested with people. Sadly, I feel it’s no longer worth a visit anymore.

And then we visited the polar opposite: Akumal Beach, where the turtles go to have their babies and you can help them back to the sea.:) It’s also a great place for snorkeling. If you just want to chill and relax, this is the beach for you.

2021 Mindset (via Hope Hall)

When I feel overwhelmed or stressed or lose my center, I draw on one or all of these things: 

Be kind & be useful. 

Slow way, way down. 

Let the world speak to you. 

Rest your mind on your breath. 

I am only as good as the company I keep. 

How can I best support my own vulnerability? 

Compassion is the highest form of critical thinking. 

My life—which includes my work—is only as good as I feel. 

Try to put how you want to feel ahead of what you want to be or even do. 

This is what I’m doing, this thing, right now; drop the words, stick with the feeling. 

Be ready for opportunities & openings as they come along; change is the only constant. 

Go toward the good—the good people, the good moments—& let the rest of the static, noise & drama fall away. 

While we’re breathing—which is miraculous, and won’t be happening some day—all we’re doing is learning and growing. That’s all, learning and growing. 

Follow your interests, wherever they lead will be somewhere that lights up your eyes, or floats your cork; notice when you get excited &/or confused by things, write down these moments & let them guide you.

When I realize I am distracted, I ask:
“What is standing between me & being present right now?”

When I’m confused by someone else’s behavior:
I try to imagine what it feels like to do or say what they’re doing or saying & feel that it is good, correct, right, justified, chosen, the way I typically feel about my own choices. More often than not, we believe we’re right. Everyone makes sense to themselves. Sometimes I call this personal logic.

When I’m humbled by a moment when I’m fumbling:
I smile & wave at the world and say, “This is me learning, right here & right now,” & to myself, gently, trying to
remember to laugh while I say it, “Challenges are opportunities for growth.”

When I feel myself shutting down in a stressful situation,
proverbially clenching my fist:
I imagine what it would be like to open my hand, gently, so that a feather or a bird could land on it (I know how cheesy that sounds, but I say it anyway). I dial down the seven inputs of experience (five senses, thoughts, and feelings) and tune in to the constant current of my witnessing consciousness. I notice my heart when it closes, then let the waves of feelings flow through my heart, unstuck.

The gifts my father left me:
I refuse to be insulted;
The trick is to be ready;
How lucky are we to live in this beautiful place?

I think I’m done blogging. Bye.:)

December Recap-Week 5

Had I known a BIG pork leg makes Sr. E this happy, I would have been buying him one every Christmas.

Sandy Toes completion date has gone from December to mid 2021. It’s called, “Mexican Time”.

A typical Mexican restaurant for tourists on Quinta. Art on the walls, table side food demos, skilled waiters, swinging barstools, and good food.

The last day of 2020. It seems even the planet is feeling happy it’s finally over.

New Years Eve. A quick dinner and rainy walk on 5th, then…Adios 2020. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

December Recap-Week 4

Love these that I bought from a Playa artist.

Lunch at Mayami Bich with swinging barstools and wall painted flamingos.

This little white house in Centro caught my eye. I could give it a little TLC and happily live there with Sr. E.

My 2021 custom made agenda book is here. I am a Golden Coil fan for sure.

I bought this mosquito spray from a chic boutique named, La Troupe. It smells like the super relaxing oils you get with a massage. I’ll be wearing it as perfume and floating along my merry way.

Christmas Eve dinner at La Briocherie at Quinta.

Merry Christmas!!!!