Last night we had our first frost and had to bring in several house plants that had been sitting on our deck. Several of these potted beauties have been in the family for years and require much love and attention with temps above 45 degrees.

I didn’t get to garden this year due to working long grueling hours this summer. I miss seeing the seasonal flowers of fall growing in the garden and have placed deep orange- and rust-colored chrysanthemums around the house.

Friends on Instagram have been posting gorgeous photos of their dahlias this fall, and my heart aches at seeing such beauty, and having allowed myself to be so busy and preoccupied to garden.

I’m going to spend this winter and any snow days drafting and designing my garden for the next year.I’m excited at the prospect of having beautiful flowers bloom each season once again. I went through my files and pulled photos of dahlias grown at Heath to enjoy and attempt to replicate next year.

Stay stylish,

Trader Joe’s to the Rescue

On a recent flight across country our stewardess sauntered down the aisle to bring a veritable fare of stale pretzels and bottled water……yum, which I might add was not satisfying.  I’ve always been the one who has snacks tucked away in a tote when traveling, until two weeks ago, when suddenly my brother turned and asked, “where are the snacks”? I couldn’t believe I was without … right there on the plane! I wanted to hide, and couldn’t believe I left home without treats. The only thing that kept us going was knowing upon landing, we would have margaritas and shrimp/fish tacos from “Pink Taco”.

>> These “trail mix” crackers are a must, made with raisins, cheese, cashews and mung beans- perfect for that 10:00 AM snack at work. >> The cashews, fig cookies, and olive & herb mixed nuts are perfect for lunches during a busy work week or weekend snacks. >> Veggies with lemons and limes. >> Ciabatta and boules- breads for weeknight dinners or lunches. The Thai Shrimp dumplings and Kung Pao chicken are a perfect quick meal after a hard day at work.

The thing about traversing the neighborhoods of Los Angeles are seeing a plethora of Trader Joe’s on every other corner. I was thrilled upon entering the store when a salesperson approached and suggested trying the “trail mix” crackers. These tasty crisp have raisins, mung beans and cashews. I purchased a few bags for the return flight, and couldn’t wait to hit our neighborhood store the following week.

I’m already planning for our next trip to purchase a few seasonal treats that are always delicious and fun.

Travel stylishly,