Friday, February 28, 2014

Before The Storm

Rain is on the way, we're told.  The storm is out to sea, coming down from the north, circling around and then moving in from the south, probably tonight.

 A woman in a wedding gown was on the sand, getting her makeup done and having photos taken.

Two hooded hunters searched for buried bounty.

And upon my return, a warm greeting from a cool cat.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yesterday On The Beach

It was low tide in the afternoon yesterday, sunny and bright with a cool breeze.

The outgoing tide left flowing patterns all along the sand.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How Scrabble Went Awry

Every Sunday my dad comes over for breakfast and a game or two of Scrabble.  At 87, he still finishes the New York Times crossword puzzle daily, so besting him is a challenge.  Yesterday my daughter stopped by and joined us for a round, which ended abruptly when Thomas the cat decided he wasn't getting enough attention and jumped onto the table, scattering tiles. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winter Sky

Yesterday's sunset, out my kitchen window.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Yesterday On The Beach

Lots and lots of sand on the beach yesterday at low tide.

Although the water is still cold, the air temps were in the mid 70s.

One quick look back after seven flights of stairs to the top of the bluff, with my daughter waiting patiently for me to head for home.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Morning

Just now, dawn rolls in on waves of clouds.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


My sweet daughter turned 35 today.  Time flies when you're having fun!

Friday, February 7, 2014

White Cat In Winter

Thomas has been sleeping here more than usual, sometimes even on his face.

Monday, February 3, 2014

From The Bluff Top

Yesterday's kickoff at the Super Bowl was the perfect time to drive up the coast for a burger.  Hardly a soul was about - a rare treat to have the Coast Highway to myself, with a storm moving in and clouds gathering along the horizon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lemon Cheesecake

Here's a super simple recipe for lemon cheesecake - we made the one above with fresh lemons from my dad's trees.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

You'll need:
2 blocks 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temp.
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

8 ounces sour cream
2 tbsp. honey

2 cups graham cracker crumbs, or crushed up vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies (or a combo)
1 stick butter, melted

Crush the cookies or wafers with a potato masher, right in the pie pan you're making the cake in, then add the melted butter and mix well, form along the bottom and sides of the pie pan - press the crumbs down well and set it aside.

Mix your softened cream cheese with the eggs, one egg at a time, then add sugar, keep mixing, but not too much, as that will introduce air into the batter and cause your cake to crack.  Add lemon juice and vanilla, mix them in - pour into the waiting pie pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  Pull it out and top with the sour cream/honey mixture and bake another 12 or so minutes.  Don't worry if it's a little jiggly - it will set up in the refrigerator.

Let it cool on your counter for a half hour and refrigerate overnight.  You'll end up with a dozen servings.