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Poppy Super BOOM

Poppy Super BOOM

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography. Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore. This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the […]

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

Pasadena Heritage is embracing the modern world. Well, modern architecture that is, and modern meaning post 1945. (We are talking about our heritage here.) The houses on the Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour, on March 26, spans from “hyper-contemporary” to experimental and from “Mid-Century post-and-beam to late modern glass-and-steel wonders.” This is a drive-yourself tour. You […]

Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes

With these 80-degree daytime temperatures, I hope you’re inspired to start planting your spring and summer garden. I already have six different varieties of tomatoes in their beds. My nasturtium groundcover has literally turned my hillside garden into an ocean of green, with blooms popping up amongst 5-inch-round leaves, thanks to all that rain! Other bloomers—including […]

Light Through the Apertures

Light Through the Apertures

    Light Through the Apertures Want to enjoy your travel?… pack little of your belongings Want to enjoy life?… keep to a minimum your yearnings We foolishly think that the foothold of earth is quite strong Haven’t we ever experienced slipping on a marble floor? Don’t take this mortal life so seriously… dear partner […]

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Enjoy this pie—it’s so easy. Especially if you cheat and use Trader Joe’s pie crust (my fave since they use real butter in it).   Fridge: 3 eggs 5 Tbs butter, melted Freezer: Pie crust of your choice- I use Trader Joe’s Pantry: 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips […]

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

Now more than ever, the topic of immigrants has been on most people’s lips. Our family’s immigrant story begins with our great-great-great grandfather Hugh Ward who came to America, sailing aboard the ship “Charlotte” from Belfast, Ireland on July 28, 1885. His son, Robert Boyd Ward, became a first generation American success story, founding the Ward Baking […]

Cherished Memories

Cherished Memories

Being just “one of the kids” is paramount. To be unable to participate in school activities, from field trips and organized sports to attending the prom is humiliating for students and should be unacceptable in our society. Thankfully, people care. The Salvation Army Tabernacle Pasadena once again presents “Cherished Memories.” Students wishing to attend prom, […]

Crescent Farm Series

Crescent Farm Series

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and […]

Seeds of Transformation Garden Party

Seeds of Transformation Garden Party

Great food in an outstanding location is a lure for charity-goers and the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy has nailed it for this year’s Seeds of Transformation benefit. On April 29, Chef Bruce Kalman of the highly praised Union Restaurant provides guests with a buffet of northern Italian cuisine. Union’s spaghetti “must be some of the best in […]

Apple, Pomegranate & Kale Quinoa Salad

Apple, Pomegranate & Kale Quinoa Salad

Make this recipe because it’s plain ol’ fabulous.   Fridge: 1 cup pomegranate seeds 1 to 1 1/2 cups baby kale, large stems removed and roughly chopped 1/3 cup scallions, thinly sliced 1 1/2 Tbs mint, finely minced 1 1/2 Tbs Italian parsley, finely minced 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard Counter: 2 cups apples (I used […]

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