Category Archives: San Clemente

Pad Thai with Lime, Chicken & Shrimp

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Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano

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One of my favorite places in south Orange County is the Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano. Lots of history, lots of old houses, but beautiful gardens and great little shops. Exit at Ortega Highway and follow directions to the mission. It’s right across the street at the train station. Cross over the tracks and you’re in a different world.

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Hanging Succulent Art Part 2

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Okay, so today we made a new succulent hanger, thanks to some wood donations. Have you checked out freecycle.org? If you need something for free or want to give something for free, it’s the place to go! I posted a need for used lumber and thanks to Nicole in Irvine, was hooked up with several nice pieces within the hour. I used this slightly bigger board with a burlap pocket much the way I made on my previous post. This board will lay flat in the sun for about a month, and then I will post new photos on how it has filled in. All cuttings are from my garden! 

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Succulent Candles

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Candace sent me this link to some awesome succulent candles at one of my favorite stores, Tuvalu in Laguna Beach. Only $6 each, they would make a great accent for a dinner party placesetting. Also says you can float them in water. When you visit Tuvalu, make sure to check out Candace’s Neckcandy jewelry creations!

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Today’s post features our latest yard sale find – three rustic green wine glasses for 25c. Yes, a whole quarter. My daughter Chelsea snapped them up and brought them home – I filled them with a layer of spanish moss, added potting soil, and snipped some of my backyard succulents. I dipped the snips in a little rooting hormone, then added some more spanish moss to the top to lock the cuttings into place. Because there is no drainage in the glasses, they require very little watering – maybe just once every two weeks, and never to the point of soaking. Great find Chelsea! Image

Yard Sale Find!

BKTA Kale Salad

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My new favorite vegetable is KALE! I’ve been eating mostly whole foods for the last six months, and kale was something new to my diet. A cruciferous vegetable, it’s said to be one of the healthiest veggies around. It’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and also a good source of fiber, protein, vitamins K, A and C. Kale has anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight many types of cancer! This recipe serves two but I make it and eat the whole thing for lunch. You can also make it with the dressing and store it in the fridge, as kale stands up to salad dressing and does not get soggy like lettuce.

BKTA Salad

Serves 2-4

4 cups thinly sliced kale, spine removed

Lime juice from half a lime

2 t olive or grape seed oil

1/2 t cayenne pepper

dash of sea salt

12 grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 avocado, cut into chunks

1/2 cup sliced english cucumber

2 tablespoons bacon bits

1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese

Put kale in large bowl and squeeze lime juice over top. Sprinkle with olive oil, cayenne and salt; toss to combine.

Add remaining ingredients, toss and serve! Can be made one day ahead. Leave out the bacon bits for a meatless Monday dinner.

Nutrition Facts 

2 Servings

Calories 272.2

Fat 17.7 g  Cholesterol 17.6mg Sodium 461.4 mg  Potassium 832.9 mg  

Total Carbohydrate 23.2 g   Dietary Fiber7.8 g   Sugars 5.2 g  Protein 10.9 g