Ireland - 2019
Some 25+ years ago my husband bestowed the esteemed title of  “Cook” on me - however, little did he know my repertoire at the time consisted of pasta.  And sauce.  From a store. Mixed together.   Sometimes pesto... sometimes tomato.  Occasionally white with peas. But pasta mixed with sauce, nonetheless.

It took about 7 days of my not so creative combos before he arrived home bearing a gift - my first cookbook.  Today he sometimes kicks himself for beginning a collection that 25 years later still continues to grow, but he continues to reap the benefits as my former accountant brain learned to love cooking creativity.

Together we learned about food - nutrition, fresh ingredients, the beauty of spice. And with the addition of kids, (both now in their 20's) the importance of getting healthy foods into growing bodies.  Lactose and milk allergy issues turned us into a dairy-free family early on, and family health histories along with research turned us to a Whole Food Plant Based diet about 8 years ago - organic when possible.  That said, we do know the importance of the occasional indulgence, and gooey cinnamon rolls or multi-layered chocolate cakes most definitely have an esteemed position in our lives.  The older I get the more I find life is all about balance.

Living in a small, coastal surf town in San Diego we treasure our weather, the beach and golden sunsets, but when time and money allow, travel expands our world and introduces us to cultures and foods so different from our own.

Over the years we've watched the kids grow as they wandered the canals of Venice or learned the history of Dubrovnic from above the historic city.  Today the kids have flown the nest and my husband and I have found ourselves with time to travel in the shoulder months and even in the deep of winter.  Exploring this world is something we love.

Oceanside, CA ~ 2014
Photography combines my two worlds of cooking and travel, and you won’t often find me without my beloved Canon slung over my shoulder.  Focusing on food and landscape, I’ve recently entered the world of portraiture and love that special feeling of knowing the click of my shutter has forever captured a magical moment in time.

Liv, our beautiful, spontaneous, brilliant girl, was born with a smile on her face and has lives her days with a sense of balance and love.  Her example at “living life” to its fullest is the inspiration behind this blog, and this girl continues to motivate me to "Liv Life" and find the joy in every day.  

Feeling incredibly blessed with our place in this world we hope to share a bit of life as we live it.  From recipes to far away places to simple photos of a local beaches, we’re Living Life and hope you will join us.

Liv - Living Life on the stage | National 1st Place Overall Solo ~ 2011