Embracing Spring and Sunday Morning Coffee


Spring is officially here and I have been pretending it was already here for months. My goal this month is to spend more time outside.

It’s time for Sunday Morning Coffee and I cannot wait to share how I am embracing one of my favorite seasons. (To be honest, I love all the seasons but this one is nearer the top of the list!) This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun. Join me!

The Art of Entertaining Outdoors
Season 4 Volume 12

About Me

The deck on our third floor with Arhaus furniture, a fire pit, and dinner decor items.

After spending a week in Texas and enjoying being outdoors all day long I have decided that’s my new goal! Whether it is time to enjoy a good book, spend time with our dog Sport, or just ponder the day, it’s going to take place outside if possible.

Of course, living in Southern California makes this a lot easier, especially in March. We are blessed with warmer weather, less rain, and very few bugs in the spring.

Which reminds me. Oh my gosh! There are a lot of bugs in Texas! In Waco and Round Top the bugs were crazy. I know they were harmless, but they would fly into the windows every night trying to come inside.

It was crazy!

Porch View
The porch at our Waco Home Airbnb.
My Latest Project

My Latest Project

A raised garden bed filled with vibrant plants and flowers, equipped with a trellis, on a sunny day.

The garden is growing! It’s only been a month and my garden looks amazing!

A variety of leafy vegetables growing in a sunlit raised garden bed.

This past week I harvested lettuce every night for dinner and it’s been so much fun. I have decided to plant a lot more arugula as it seems to be the most popular item in our garden.

So far the only issues I have are two tomato plants I think I need to replace. Considering I planted over 200 plants in my kitchen garden that’s not bad!

A thriving vegetable garden with a metal trellis, lush greenery, and plant markers in sunlight.

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

Freshly baked pizza with toppings of mozzarella, tomato sauce, sausage, prosciutto, and arugula leaves on a wooden surface.

I have made a shift in my cooking style.

For years I have prided myself that I can cook a weeknight dinner in half an hour. Or less.

But that is changing.

I don’t want to cook quickly. Instead, I want to cook healthy and authentically.

When we were in Round Top Texas last week we dined at a restaurant and ate the best pizza. It was topped with San Marzano sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, Italian sausage, pepperoncini, and hot honey.

Hot honey?

It was delicious and I knew I wanted to make it for my family when I returned home.

Unbaked pizza dough proofing in a floured banneton basket.

Instead of buying pizza dough and pizza sauce, I made the sauce from scratch with San Marzano tomatoes. I also made gluten-free pizza dough with yeast.

I enjoyed the time I spent in the kitchen making this pizza, which did not disappoint. The hot honey was magical. If you haven’t tried it, you need to get some. I am sure it would taste good on anything.

I certainly didn’t make this pizza in twenty minutes. It took a few hours. But I enjoyed every minute.

I promise to share the recipes soon!

This week's to do list.
  • Fill in spaces in my kitchen garden and add more herbs and arugula.
  • Replant hanging pots and replant the side garden in the backyard.
  • Spend some time in Ventura with family and friends bike riding!

Today is the last day of the Amazon Big Spring Sale so I have decided to share my Favorite Sale Finds here! Don’t miss out on these amazing prices.

It is nice to finally be back in town (after traveling to Texas and Palm Springs for 10 days) and it was still a busy week on the blog. I shared the spring refresh of our Waho Airbnb, ideas for kitchen islands, Easter brunch recipes, a spring table idea, a spring outdoor fun party, and how to use crocks with flowers.

Martha shared How to Tell if an Item Is Made of Real Silver. We all need to know this!

Next week is all about spring entertaining as I will be sharing a new outdoor grill, a twist on traditional spring colors, and the most amazing bridal shower ever!

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Elegant outdoor table setting with floral decor for a springtime coffee gathering.

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  1. Please share your pizza dough recipe. I am looking for an easy way to make the dough. Thanks so much, Debbie

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