Tutus, tiaras and tinted toe nails

“Are you a smart cookie?” I hear middle bear ask baby bear. I turned to witness her nodding head implying “Why yes, I am!” She certainly is a sharp one and knows how to beat the heat. While most of … Continue reading

A Thyme to Celebrate

We are homing in on our finals weeks of fond farewells to a season and to our beloved teachers. We hail them with undying gratitude for carrying us forward and steering us to another summer where days are void of … Continue reading

Prep Kitchen

How fortunate baby bear is to have such endearing older brothers that coddle her. They are eager to show her the ropes and our chef-in-the-making is always devising new recipes for his little bear. He couldn’t wait until she tried … Continue reading

Por qué no?

“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.” LATIN PROVERBRecently we welcomed the arrival of not a … Continue reading

A Dash of Luck in The Galley

There has been lots of cheer and merry making in our nest, thanks to a certain visit from someone in a fuzzy red suit. We look forward to this time of year, a break from it all without plans only … Continue reading

Cardamom & Cashew Clouds

There was a time in my life when I merrily sent off holiday cheer on pen and paper of my own creation. This was before the World Wide Web and way before any little bears came into the picture. While … Continue reading

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Tucked in drawers and cupboards, I have an arsenal of powders, seeds and other garnishes and condiments in my nest that intensify the flavors of food, adding an element of surprise to our palettes. While the avocado holds an esteemed … Continue reading

Shaking Up the Summer

Nothing tantalizes the palate like a summer pineapple oozing with juicy goodness. Sliced, muddled, chopped, blended, stirred or sinking your teeth directly into the soft, fleshy sweetness…this nectar of the gods never fails to disappoint. We’ve been blending it lately … Continue reading

Expanding Your Horizons

Sometimes I wonder if I push myself to stretch beyond the boundaries. I know that I am my children’s biggest (and sometimes loudest) cheerleader and do my best to send them off with a boost so that they crave to … Continue reading

The Goods

“Do you get money for beating Bobby Flay?” my seven-year-old asks. I think you secure a little degree of prestige and a whole lot of valor that you are one of the very few that beat Bobby Flay and glee … Continue reading