Some 25 years ago my new husband bestowed on me the esteemed title of  “Cook”, but little did he know, my repertoire at the time consisted of pasta.  And sauce.  From a store and 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 from an errand bearing a gift - my first cookbook.  Today he sometimes kicks himself for beginning a collection that 25 years later continues to grow, but he does enjoy the benefits as my former accountant brain acclimated to cooking creativity and the kitchen began turning out meals with style.

Together we learned about food - nutrition, fresh ingredients, the beauty of spice. And with the addition of kids (Both now students at the UCSB) the importance of getting healthy foods into growing bodies.  Lactose and milk allergy issues turned us into a dairy-free family, and family health histories along with research tunred us to a whole food plant based diet, organic when possible.  That said, we know the importance of occasional indulgence, and gooey cinnamon rolls or multi-layered chocolate cakes most definitely have a beloved position in our lives.  I've found life is 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.

Watching the kid’s grow as they wandered the canals of Venice or learned the history of Dubrovnic from above the historic city warms our hearts, and has us soon planning the next destination.

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 that the click of my shutter has forever captured a magical moment in time.

Liv, my beautiful teen-aged daughter, was born with a smile on her face and has lived every day with a sense of balance and love.  Her example at “living life” to its fullest is the inspiration behind this blog and she continues daily 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 as we make our way through it.  Join us?

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

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