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It’s always a good day at the garden school.  Especially Earth Day; check out these awesome hats made in honor of  our mother.

Earth Day In the Garden

Earth Day In the Garden

Last year,  we got lots of fruit trees donated and they are flourishing this season.

We're baring fruit

We're baring fruit

Last week, when we foraged,  the kids picked all the green peaches, nectarines and plums.

OOPS. Good thing fruit is like hair… It’ll grow back.

This week I’ll have a more specific direction when they start searching for their second lunch, “forage on the ground floor only.” No trees.  It was a heartbreaking moment for me,  but they had a good time doing it!

Getting ready for second lunch

Getting ready for second lunch

Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride.

Emily and Blair

Emily and Blair

The guests were cozy in the Casita with a roaring fire to welcome them to this special day.

cozy guests

cozy guests

Outside the weather was giving us a thrilling evening –  we weren’t sure if it would rain –  and we didn’t care either way –  we were safe and warm, held by all the love in the room.

The bridge from the entrance of the Casita

The bridge from the entrance of the Casita

Right after the ceremony, we served chubby crab cakes to appreciative guests. Followed by a grand buffet with an emphasis on vegetarian selections.

People raved –  and joy abounded. Weddings are wonderful.

Chubby crabcakes

Chubby crabcakes

I’m checking things off my list  and one of them was a blog post about the Eat-In last September for Slowfood.

ready set...

ready set...

Lisa did a great review here. I added a few pictures and now… off my list !

gathering signatures and letter writing station

gathering signatures and letter writing station

good times, good eats

good times, good eats

I have friends in the hills.

I was on  the freeway when I took this picture headed toward Shelley’s.

210 North

210 North

I tried to drop by her house to see if she needed help, but the streets were already closed.

La Canada

La Canada

They were evacuated and  their house was untouched, thankfully. God Bless the Firefighters. After the fire during  a bike ride 2 weeks ago, these pictures were taken by Steve Elkins.  surrealscorchedmeadowUpper Arroyo Trail

landofmystery

I like to remember that fire occurs naturally.  It still makes me sad to see our hills on fire.

Please come.  We have a party going on now.  The POWER 106 music van is gonna be spinning tunes for us,  the bounce house will be bouncing, Marilu Henner will be networking for the Child Nutrition Act (our cause)  and the weather’s supposed to break by then, so we’ll be hanging in the Arboretum with a bit of cooler weather.

kids love fruit

kids love fruit

So come. Bring a dish for 6 people and share in the feast.  I’ll be making fig preserves with  my team from the North Hollywood High School Garden and zucchinis from the 24th street school garden.

they shoud have it in abundance

they shoud have it in abundance

We’ll have potato salad, green salad and baguettes – plus some delicious iced tea and a glorious table set for you. Show up, sign the petition and enjoy a beautiful day with your neighbors.

don't make me eat alone

don't make me eat alone

It’s a holiday weekend and I have the Eat-in  and all, but let’s give these guys a good meal.   During the 2007 Malibu fires,  I had a party for 100 planned and the host had to evacuate 2 hours before the party. We had already made the food so  we donated it to the firefighters and Chrissy took it up to the fireline.

Chrissy with her firemen
Chrissy with her firemen

They let her right in. They were mighty grateful.

Glad to be eating
Glad to be eating

Let me know if you can help me Saturday morning at 9 AM –  we’ll cook what’s in the cupboard and send somebody to the hills.  I’ll need  folks to help cook and if someone feels adventurous and wants to  head to the frontline, please please, step up!

Here’s a thank you note from one of the firefighters.fire fighter thank you so call me! 323.982.0052  and let’s say thank you with  good food.

Fifty pounds to be exact!  Rayna and Lisa arrived at 7 am (and called me to find out  I was still drinking coffee in my nightee at my house).  I arrived 5 minutes later because I live 4 minutes from the Shoppe, and the fun began. First we cleaned the grapes from the  stems.  This variety has seeds, which makes no nevermind to our process.

picking through the bounty
picking through the bounty

Then we grind and cook (this is called grape must)  and strain out the seeds –

grape must in the making
grape must in the making

it’s important to pose for pictures

Rayna with the perfect Bunch
Rayna with the perfect Bunch

Turn everything several shades of purple

Magnificent magenta
Magnificent magenta

Then sterilize, eat lunch and  put up.  37 jars of jelly, 3 jars of Saba and 4 quarts of grape juice.

Put up with me, I promise results
Put up with me, I promise results