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Farmer’s Market

Denio’s Farmers Market, Roseville, CA.

This was  a light Saturday at Denio’s. The highlight is the produce but in this multicultural and local favorite weekend spot you can get furniture, clothing, jewelry, pottery, antiques, fabric, painting, shoes, tattoo equipment, tools, toys, plants, sunglasses – you name it and you’ll find it. It is one big open air market and giant garage sale too. Check it out if you’re in the Roseville/Sacramento area. The Sunday after church crowd makes for some great people watching. Denio’s is open year around, rain or shine.


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Finding Beauty in the Old City Cemetery (Sacramento, California)

Now that things are cooling off, it is the perfect time to visit historic parks and cemeteries.If you’re in Northern California there are so many places that go back to the Gold Rush Times.

Click here for full article and dozens of photos of beautiful grounds and stonework: Finding Beauty in the Old City Cemetery (Sacramento, California).


Beautiful Bruchetta – Canning Magic

There is something about summer canning that makes me feel calm and makes everything feel right. It is simple, thoughtful and keeps summer alive all year long.

And it isn’t bad for the ego either because everyone loves the stuff I make. My rule is that if you bring back the jars I’ll give you a refill!

I can salsa every summer but this hear I canned a small batch (13 jars) of bruchetta topping.

10 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dried basil
1 cup fresh chopped basil
two bunches green onions chopped
1 large shallot chopped fine
2 Tbsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
8 pounds chopped cored plum tomatoes
lemon juice


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE garlic, wine, wine vinegar, water, sugar, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes or until garlic is heated through. Remove from heat.
3.) Mix everything together and put in jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
Prepare tomatoes the night before. Put them in the fridge with a splash of lemon juice (about 1/4 cup, a dash of salt and a handful of basil, add in the onions too. Let them sit overnight to soak in the flavors.
Serving: Serve on nice toasted bread. Rub bread with garlic and brush with olive oil before serving.
Let this sit (like a nice wine) for 30 minutes to an hour and the flavor will mellow. You can also add olive oil to taste.


My gentleman companion

Oscar - my gentleman companion
Oscar – my gentleman companion

A true gentleman living in a world full of wonder and delight. His conversations are loud but always entertaining – even when he visits the neighbors who always listen with great humor what he has to say. He is my cat and friend and my gentleman companion.

Click here for more on Oscar: You wait at my door