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I have been picking Olallieberries (cross between a Marionberry and Blackberry)and making jam for many years now. It's a tradition that I look forward to every Spring. I am lucky to live really close to a picking farm that has Olallieberries. Last year was our first year here in Santa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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The smell of these sweet peas is amazing! So easy to grow really anywhere. They start off slow and then boom they bloom. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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Went yesterday to get some baby chicks from Dare2Dream Farm in Lompoc. It's a really cute place in a beautiful location. I got a batch of ten 5 different kinds. They are probably a few days old in this picture. I will post updates. They grow soooo fast. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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Picked some beautiful flowers today and put them in my new wicker trug. It was a gorgeous day! Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I planted Ollalieberries last year with the hope that instead of going to the picking farm I will have my favorite berries close by. I think my wish came true. They are bursting with berries. FYI an Ollieberry is a berry created for California coastal climate that is a mix... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I decided to give hand quilting a try. I always quilt my own projects myself rather than sending them out but this one was going to be too big for my machine and way too expensive due to the size. It’s 110”x110”. So I decided to do the old fashioned... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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It's always fun when Spring comes and your garden starts to give you splendid presents. I love David Austin roses very much so I planted a garden with just his roses. He actually passed away a few months before creating the garden. So it felt like it was a tribute... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I finished the top from the Japanese sewing book and I love the way it fits. I really like the Japanese design style. It's simple and classy.I find it challenging to do something that is in a completely different language. At first I used Google translate, but it didn't work... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
I love baking and always wanted to try making my own vanilla extract. I ordered the vanilla beans online. They came 10 to the bag. I also ordered these cute bottles. I happened to have really sharp razor blades that I use for my sourdough bread which was handy because... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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Happy Passover to whoever celebrates.I decided to sew a top from my Japanese book. It's a fun challenge and I love the look of their patterns. If you have basic pattern sewing skills you can follow a Japanese pattern even without reading Japanese. I'll post a photo when I finish. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I've posted days 2,3 and 4 (today) I peel very slowly so most people would have started to peel on the third day. It doesn't burn at all just feels a little tight. You can see the damaged skin peeling off. Don't peel! I take a small scissor and trim... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I've been doing TCA peels for years. If you haven't done one now is a good time. You shouldn't be in the sun without a hat and sunscreen and there is at least a week that you look ehhhh. You will peel and a look a little scary, but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
This is the fun part when you get to see your success or your failure. Hopefully SUCCESS! I hope some of you have tried to make the sourdough and are ready for my quick video of how I actually bake the bread. I put my pots in the oven to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
This video is pretty much self explanatory. When you buy the banneton they come with a liner. I didn't like using it, but you can try it. Mine seemed to stick and I just preferred not using it. I did mention something in the video that I would like to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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This is Billy and Silver, two of my neighbor Rebecca’s minis. She has 6 minis and one full size horse. They are so cute and playful. Like big dogs. It's nice to have horses nearby without having to take care of them. Kind of like when I'll be a Grandma... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
I have been practicing and taking notes on all my bread making lately. I tweeked the recipe and process and am very happy with my final outcome. I am writing down the recipe and will try to give some tips that I have acquired along the way. Note: Don't expect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
Today Dani and I planted most of my Dahlias. Most of them were pulled out from last year and stored in the garage for the Winter and then started again in the greenhouse. Some of them I bought from some local nurseries and potted them. I am a sucker when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
As part of the Master Gardeners program we went on a field trip to Brokaw Nursery in Ventura. This nursery has been in business for over 60 years and developed a technique of double grafting avocado trees. They sell over 400,000 avocado trees a year. Mostly all in the Ventura... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
When we moved to Santa Rosa Valley in August 2018 I was so excited to have a large flat piece of land to work with. I started going through Pinterest looking for my perfect garden. I wanted it to be closed in because in our last house every time I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
This is the second year we are using a greenhouse, the first one blew away on the first day of Santa Anas. Hopefully we anchored this one down better and we will be able to have it for a few years. These cheap plastic ones unfortunately don't last very long,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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Just started designing my layout for my next quilt. This one is using silk kimono fabric that I ordered from Japan on Etsy. I really like the Mid-century feel it has. I'll post some updates as I progress on the design. Drunkards Path can be done so many different ways.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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Santa Rosa Valley is a hidden treasure here in Ventura county and how lucky am I to be able live here during this horrible crisis. Creating our garden was important for me to enjoy nature daily. I am currently in the Master Gardener's program and have learned so much more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
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I tried a new recipe from King Arthur flour yesterday. The taste is great but the texture inside was not as good as my other loaves. The dough was a little too dry. I'll keep trying. Have a lot of time on my hands. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Lisi's Blog
How many times have I wanted to do a blog about all the interests I have? Maybe something really good and interesting will come out of this crazy virus. To know a little bit about me, well I have been called Martha Stewart on crack, Lucy (as in I Love... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Lisi's Blog