Saturday, October 18, 2014

have a relaxing weekend

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.  We are off to Alisal Ranch for a couple of days to celebrate my upcoming birthday. 

Today is a perfect day to try one of our family favorite tomato soups, Pappa al Pomodoro.  You must serve this with gilled cheddar cheese sandwiches.

A few other interesting things…

Downton Abbey Season 5 premier is 12 weeks away, but here is a sneak peek.

Cool plates for your next get together.

How to cook an (almost) wood-fired pizza in your oven.

My best friend is heading to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

ciao! Fabiana

Friday, October 17, 2014

I love Lucy's persimmon cake

Lucy’s persimmon cake is a recipe that I tasted many years ago, and have often thought about making, especially when autumn rolls around.  It’s a sweet and rich cake, and I was so happy to come across the recipe recently in my vintage Celebrity Cookbook by Dinah Shore.  Luckily, here in southern California, persimmons are just coming into season, and my neighbor has a very fertile tree and always is generous in sharing with us.  This recipe originally comes from Lucy’s mother, Desiree and her Aunt Helen and was always a part of their Christmas tradition.  They usually made this cake for gift giving.  Read the article here about Lucy and her family’s Christmas traditions.  I will be trying this recipe this weekend.  I hope it’s as good as I remember!       

Lucy’s Persimmon Cake


·       2 c. sugar
·       3 T. butter
·       2 c. persimmon pulp
·       1 c. raisins
·       4 c. sifted cake flour
·       grated rind of 1 orange
·       1/2 t. each cloves, allspice, nutmeg
·       4 t. baking soda
·       2 t. vanilla
·       2 c. chopped walnut
·       1 c. dates, finely chopped
·       1 c. milk
·       2 t. cinnamon
·       3 t. baking powder


In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter.  Add persimmon pulp, nuts, raisin, dates and orange peel;  mix well.  Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and spices.  Add flour mixture alternately with milk beginning and ending with flour.  Stir in vanilla.  Turn batter into 2 well-greased loaf pans and bake approx. 1 ½ hours at 300 degrees F.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.  Garnish, if you’d like, with glazed fruits and nuts.  
Persimmons  - photo courtesy of Two Peas and their Pod.
Persimmon Cake - photo courtesy of Jessie Monds

ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, October 16, 2014

more of the cdm home tour

 A few more pretty spaces featured on this year’s Corona del Mar HomeTour.  This cottage-style home with separate play house is the home of the owners of Roger's Gardens. Don't you love the fun booth in the kitchen? It's similar to the ones found at Ruby's Diners.

Books aligned in rainbow order are right up my alley!  This study belongs to the home of the creative Kim Rodosky of 503found.  I love all the vintage accessories in this room.  And here is the adorable little girl's room that belong's to Kim's daughter.  So fun!

Traditional, but far from boring, this living room designed by McKee and Co. with their trademark animal print.   

Glass-front cabinets and red accents are my favorite part of this Harbor View home’s kitchen. 

A soothing and elegant outdoor space by Garden Studio Design, photo by M. Stetson Design

ciao! Fabiana

fun and spooky Halloween bottles

I have a thing reusing stuff when it’s kind of interesting, and when we recently  finished an old bottle of B&B, I really thought it would make a great Halloween “prop” for when we entertain, or just to have on our bar cart.  I soaked the original label off, found some fun free printable labels here, and simply cut one of the labels out and adhered it to the bottle with a glue stick.  To finish the look off, I added a simple silver tray and some fun dotted white and orange napkins, both from IKEA.  The wine glass is vintage from Gammy.  This was so easy to put together!

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ciao! Fabiana

bonus printables found here and here!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

corona del mar home tour

Yesterday was the Corona del Mar Home Tour, and here is an inside look at one my favorite homes featured.  Designed by Kelly Nutt, it’s a luxe ranch house in the Big Canyon area of Newport Beach.  The soft color palette really enhances all the beautiful rustic qualities in the home.  The openness of the floor plan is also amazing and keeps this California home easy and breezy!

ciao! Fabiana
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