YOUR CONTESSA with a WITCH HAT!
Let’s count the wrinkles around the eyes!
I can recall JUST YESTERDAY there were ONLY THREE around the eyes!
Looks like a PATTERN all the way to the neck!
EYES definitely sitting on THE EYE LIDS!
Scar on upper lip was a BEAUTIFUL BLACK MOLE I had to remove at AGE 16!
The scar has gotten Bigger and Bigger as the years march on………
I remember my AUNT was all for it as my MOM was NOT too PRO!
I would LOVE TO HAVE A BEAUTY MARK NOW!
Guess I could have one TATTOOED on!
What do you think of this TATOO PHASE that has been around now for about 15 YEARS!?
I gave it three years MAX……….I WAS SO WRONG!
I had a little luncheon on OCTOBER 31,ST.
Heidi who came years ago to one of my INSTAGRAM LUNCHEONS and her two GORGEOUS daughters drove up from the Santa Cruz area.
WE had been chatting on the phone and thought it would be a safe change of scenery for ALL…..
I knew Heidi FOLLOWED JULIET’s BLOG MAKE MINE A SPRITZER from the COMMENT SECTION……….
(THE THINGS ONE CAN DISCOVER FROM THE COMMENTS!)
SO, I invited JULIET to come for DESSERT as I knew that would be DELICIOUS as HEIDI offered to BAKE a GLUTEN FREE TREAT!I did NOT tell HEIDI about JULIET and I kept her a surprise AS I KNEW THE TWO WOULD ENJOY EACH OTHER!I think JULIET had purchased one of HEIDI’S paintings at one point.
WE BLOGGERS ARE ALL INTERTWINED these days which makes for LOADS MORE MERRIMENT!
WE ARE LIKE ONE EXTENDED FAMILY withOUT the DRAMA!
SO ENTER JULIET with her SPECIAL APPEARANCE!
I LOVE MATCH MAKING, meaning introducing others to people I think they will ENJOY!
WE had a nice lunch under the YELLOW umbrella………
It was DELIGHFUL to JUST SIT and CHAT………
The girls straighten me out on RACHAEL ROY verses RACHAEL RAY!!!
I thought it was JUST ONE PERSON!
Sometimes and OFTEN these days I MISS TRENDS and or IMPORTANT PEOPLE STUFF……..
Heidi and her paintings can be found RIGHT HERE JUST TAP!
I your CONTESSA can be found A TAP AWAY HERE!
Juliet who has renovated yet again ANOTHER HOME can be found HERE!!!
THE THREE GRACES TRYING TO DISTANCE AND ACCOMMODATE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WISHES!
SIR WINSTON getting into the SHOT……..he is NEVER far from me!
MAGNOLIA WREATH made from MY TREE!
WE took pre-orders for GARDEN CLUB for THE HOLIDAYS………..sorry to SAY WE ARE SOLD OUT!
Earlier in the week I had a little FLEA MARKET for GARDEN CLUB.
It was a warm day and sales were steady!
I am going to be BOLD HERE PEOPLE but I WANT TO KNOW IS THIS A CALIFORNIA THING or WHAT?
NOT even a glass of water was offered.
A SNACK lunch was made for the GARDEN DOCENTS as they were there from 11 till 2.
I was there from 9:30 AM until 2:30 pm.
I had brought some water and a GF BAR just in case I needed to EAT!
NO LUNCHES for the TWO OF US?
Perhaps, you would think OH she did not know about US!
SHE KNEW ABOUT ME AND My Co-Partner………
What has happen to MANNERS and KINDNESS……….
You know the ladies traveling from GARDEN to GARDEN
would have loved a sip of something cool to drink as the weather was in the high SEVENTIES!
TELL ME IS THIS CALIFORNIA TODAY or is it I’M TOO BUSY AND CANNOT BE BOTHERED ATTITUDE?
WE were HOSTING another CLUB.
They had water for us last month isn’t it CUTE!?.
If this STRIKES a NERVE with YOU let me know in the COMMENT section ……..I’m just curious!
THE ITALIAN WAS HORRIFIED!
HE is ALWAYS MISTER HOSPITALITY NO MATTER what the situation.
Meanwhile one of the docents was my friend and she shared with me!
KIND AND GENEROUS.
She ate the CRACKER and a few grapes. I got the rest of the grapes!
Which brings me to INSTAGRAM………….
AS YOU all know I was HACKED THERE……..SO AM NO MORE!
However,I DO RUN THE ORINDA GARDEN CLUB account!
WHICH YOU can SEE by Clicking or TAPPING,or HIT that RETURN TAB HERE!
NOW LISTEN TO ME NOW…………….PLEASE!
THIS IS NOT MY PERSONAL ACCOUNT AND FEED!
YES, I have slipped a couple of photos in there but it had to do with FLORAL FABRIC or an ORINDA RESIDENT.
I will be passing this account on to another woman…………..at some point in the future.
SO, I CANNOT COMMENT IN MY NORMAL WAY for example none of these!!!!!!!!!!!!
I MUST ACT MATURE AND PROFESSIONAL!
(I do not know if that is possible!WE SHALL SEE!)
BUT if you like on occasion and comment I will be sure to POP OVER TO YOUR FEED TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE UP TOO AND SAY BOO from time to time!AS I mentioned before I want to take a BREAK from INSTAGRAM until at least the first of the YEAR!
I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR NOTES and TRACKING ME DOWN EMAILS!
YOU MAKE ME SMILE ON A DAILY BASIS!
I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE FACT YOU MISS ME!!!!!!
Who would have thought a gal stuck at home most days who would DON an OUTFIT for THE DAY and share on her feed would create such a FAN CLUB!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I would like to PLUG my friend FIFI who has a new magazine out DEVOTED to PETS.
TO SUBSCRIBE and see what that is ALL ABOUT head to her website HERE!
20% will go to animal charities.
This is a WoMAN who really cares about the FUR BABIES in OUR WORLD!
If you can help support HER CAUSE I know she would APPRECIATE IT as I DO!
IT would make a WoNDERFUL holiday gift for Grandchildren or Friends!
AS A CHILD I wrote a magazine called PET MAGAZINE.
IT cost 25 cents.
MY FATHER would take it to the office and make my copies.
I would mail out to my SUBSCRIBERS!
It was my MONTHLY EXCITEMENT!
As I recall; I don’t think I have any copies to share but I would draw animals and write little Funnies in a bubble above their heads!
SIMILAR to what I do TODAY HERE ON THE BLOG!
I made BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP with celery root and that other BAREFOOT CONTESSA’s Eggplant Gratin for the LUNCH LADIES………….
HEAT oven to 425 degrees.Bake for 10 minutes then turn oven down to 375 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.
Fry eggplant slices in oil until golden.Both sides.Drain on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Mix in a bowl the ricotta, egg,half & half,& Parmesan.Salt & Pepper.
MAKE YOUR OWN MARINARA SAUCE!I KNOW YOU CAN HANDLE THIS……..
One can of tomato sauce and add crushed garlic.Let sauce thicken on stove top.
- Good olive oil, for frying
- 3/4 pound eggplant, unpeeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 extra-large egg
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup good bottled marinara sauce