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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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Repurposed Firepit

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My Good friend Candace from Laguna Beach sent me these photos of their repurposed backyard fire pit. Her husband Brian is a talented landscape hobbiest and created this great focal point in the middle of the yard. In the pot is flapjack plant or Kalanchoe luciae (red), blue fingers of Senecio mandraliscae, with some cascading Aeonium. Looks like Brian left the rock in the pit and added some ornamental grass. Very low water, hardly any maintenance! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

Dramatic red on the flapjack plant.

Dramatic red on the flapjack plant.

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The above ground firepit in front of water feature

The above ground firepit in front of water feature

Gulliver’s Creamed Corn w/Parm

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Time to pull out the favorite recipes for Thanksgiving dinner! I started making this 12 years ago, and it’s a hit every time. This morning my Colorado friend Mac asked me to email it to her, so thought I would post for you as well! The recipe is adapted from the famous Gulliver’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

Gulliver’s Creamed Corn with Parmesan

Serves 8

2 (20 oz.) packages frozen corn kernels
8 oz. whipping cream
8 oz. milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 good pinch cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons flour

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients up to cayenne pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer 5 minutes.
3. Blend melted butter with flour.
4. Add to the corn and cook on low until thickened, about 5 minutes.
5. Mix well and remove from heat.

Put finished corn in heat proof casserole, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 min at 350′, then lightly brown under broiler.

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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Hanging Succulent Art

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Today I am sharing a couple photos of a super easy and fun Hanging Succulent Art project. I originally made this for my front door. First, take  a piece of old board (this one is about 8″ x 16″ and I found it in the garage), and add a wire hanger to the top. Then take a piece of burlap, double it and staple a pocket to the board. Line the pocket with Spanish moss, and add a good amount of potting soil to the middle. Add more moss to the top. Then take your succulent cuttings from your yard  and, with a pencil, make a hole in the soil or in the burlap. Place the root in the hole. If necessary, use landscape pins to secure the cutting. I added a seashell, but you can add whatever you like that might give it a little more interest! Water about once a week in the summer, less in winter. This would be a great inexpensive holiday gift, so start now so the plants have time to root. Have fun!

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!

Here Fishy Fishy

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My friend Carrie moved from California to Colorado and back to California just like me. She’s a quilter and painter and crafter, so when I started this blog, she was one of the first to reply. Today she sent me her own succulent project – her brother just put in a pond and she found this fish container and added succulent clippings from her own garden. She’s gifting it to him, and I bet he will love it! Thanks Carrie!

Pumpkin Pot

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I saw this Pumpkin Pot in the Los Rios District of San Juan Capistrano. I had to take a close look because the pot looked just like a pumpkin…and it was – a real one! This would make such a fun Thanksgiving centerpiece. When the pumpkin starts to soften too much you could just repot the whole thing in a new container. Great idea!

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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!