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Welcome Home to California!

Our daughter moved home from New York last weekend 
(after being away for six years for school and work). 
She transferred to her company's L.A. office.
Next to her bed, I put these fragrant flowers from the garden  
and a little gift from Blue Soul Designs.
I read about this Etsy shop on the Hyphen Interiors blog.
On her first night at home, we had dinner on the patio.  

Usually, I just grab what is around the house to set the table.
Lemon blossoms picked from our tree make a fragrant centerpiece.
The place mats are from Pier One.
On Saturday, Alie had to buy a car...this southern California!    
It gets great gas mileage.

On Sunday, her former room-mate's family was in town 
and we invited them to dinner.

 This book was used for menu inspiration.
The Menu
Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus (from here)
Minted Pea Soup with Proscuitto and Creme Fraiche*
Heirloom Tomato, Burrata, Basil Salad*
Lemon Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables*
Carol's Coffee Ice Cream Pie with Caramel Sauce

* from the above book

The first two appetizers were passed around outside

and then we sat at the table inside...
I folded a piece of embroidered linen for the table runner 
and used more roses from the garden and lilies from the 
grocery store.

On Monday, we took our kayak out for a spin.

This golf cart parked on our street sort of 
epitomizes the lifestyle here.
It's not as exciting as New York City, 
but I REALLY hope that Alie is happy here.
Thank you for visiting!