Fantastic Sam’s: A Review and a Giveaway

Years and years ago, like six kids ago, I used to get my hair done at a very froofy salon in Santa Barbara. Back then I paid about $45 every six weeks or so to get coiffed and primped. We lived in an affluent community and we were dinks, so why not? Then we moved […]

WebPrinter Review

Pop over to my review page and see what I saw today.

Review of HP Photosmart Premium with Touch Smart Web

The handsome guests I took with me. Today I attended an HP Blogger Event at a San Diego County movie theatre. The Hewlett-Packard team treated their guests to a complementary movie (with popcorn!) as well as a hands-on demonstration of the HP Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web. In the last 13 years since FishPapa and […]

Sweet Treat for Your Sweeties – Giveaway Opportunity

We got to taste a new sweet treat this past week. Read my review of Jolly Llama Sorbets and enter to win a case for yourself!

Jolly Llama Squeezable Sorbets – A Review giveaway closed

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, MOLLIE! Frozen treats go pretty quickly at our house. It wasn’t too many months ago that I stocked up on 6 or 7 “sorta half-gallons” of ice cream. We’re down to the last one or two. Even when the weather has got a little chill to […]

Susan Branch’s Autumn: A Review

For the past sixteen years I’ve been a great admirer of Susan Branch’s work and cookbooks. I have collected her books over the years, and the pages of Heart of the Home, Vineyard Seasons, Christmas from the Heart of the Home, and The Summer Book are well stained and dogeared, as all good cookbooks should be. […]

Adventures with Evaporated Milk

Ever substituted evaporated milk for fresh? I tried that recently — with my little helpers here — and share my experience in this review.

The Cooking Milk: A Review of Carnation Evaporated Milk

When I lived in France during my junior year in college I developed a taste for coffee and tea. I loved to have it with cream, but fresh cream was expensive. And I was, after all, a “starving college student in Europe.” One of my fellow Americans introduced me to canned evaporated milk. Sold in […]