Hello Monday … Hello gratitude and a Beach Picnic


I'm coming off of a marvelous weekend today
one that was part refreshing and relaxing
and
 still filled with unbroken hours in the garden
spent cutting back summer's growth.
With still enough unhurried time
to shop with my youngest for clothes for college
which starts for him today.

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air
and out of no where the fog pulled in from the ocean
a perfect gentle reminder
to not only savor and enjoy these last weeks of summer ...

but even more
the suddenness of the change in weather
a reminder to me
to seek gratitude for all the beauty in a day
and 
gratitude for the health of myself and my family
for I have realized all to often of late
that too,
 can change on a dime
through no fault of our own.


This knowledge has me continually motivated to seek out the beauty in the  every day
and
 especially the weekend.

So  for Friday's  date night
 a picnic was packed 
and 
down to Crystal Cove beach we drove.

In a presently ongoing quest in
 trying to simplify my life
to be able to enjoy it more
I decided I wanted to know I could still have a 
luxurious date night
without feeling I had to be held hostage in having to spend for it.

For me a luxury date consists of 
a stunning vista
healthy beautiful food
wine
and 
the man I love.


We had the most marvelous meal
courtesy of trips to the farmer's market
and 
the creative efforts of my darling daughter!

I told her I would pay for all the ingredients
and
 she could make a picnic for 
herself and her love
as well as her dad and I.

She prepared the most perfect picnic
and 
we all had our own romantic dates!


Ellis packed everything for the picnic in
 mason jars
form the appetizers 
to the main course
and 
even desert!


The desert was a memory in itself!
A healthy version of cheesecake made with greek yogurt
and 
baked right in the jars
and
 topped with fresh berries!


I must admit
driving down to the beach I was missing 
just going 'out'
but it ended up to be the most magical and romantic night ...


The  sheer vastness …


of the ocean
and 
the sky being continually painted with the setting sun …


was so soul restoring
it had all the effort to get to the moments
so worth it all.

A moment filled with wonder and beauty
a moment
to be reminded
not only of the true beauty in the world
but
a reassurance
in the power above.

My heart is full of gratitude this week
for the reminder.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life












21 comments:

  1. Beautiful and that idea of packing each dish in a jar is great ! Have a fantastic week, Tamera !

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    1. Thank you my dear! Wishing you a fabulous week as well!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  2. Gorgeous photos, Tamera!

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  3. Dear Tamera, all so lovely, your thoughts, the scenery, the CHEESECAKE! It's a pleasure to read about your loving, stylish life.

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    1. Rosemary … thank you my dear! We have a recipe up today for the fabulous cheesecake in a jar!

      I so enjoyed the walk in your English woodland … and am utterly inspired by your success in the garden! I think I will be planting more tomatoes in your honor … as we still have several months of growing season left here in Southern California!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  4. Picnics are such fun!
    I love what your daughter made for you and your husband....perhaps you can share the recipe for the dessert?

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    1. My dear … your wish is my command! We are putting the finishing touches on the cheesecake in a jar post this morning!

      Thank you for your interest my dear!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  5. Tamera, your beach photos are always so magical. I haven't spent a sunset at the beach in FAR too long...will have to remedy that soon. The picnic in jars looks delish!!

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    1. Oh my dear Susan … yes you must remedy he lack of a beach sunset soon! For the soul restoring benefits alone! Like I mentioned … it did take some effort to get there … but the benefits reaped were priceless!

      Here's to hoping you make it down soon!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  6. What a beautiful and memorable evening on the beach Tamera dear. Your picnic looks amazing and your photos are stunning. That one of Jeff is frame worthy for sure (tell him I said so! ;). What a perfect late summer evening on the beach. Loved every grain of sand.
    xx

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    1. Thank you dearest Heather for your sweet, sweet words! I have been enjoying seeing you and Scott savoring your summer so beautifully! You my friend, are always a lifestyle inspiration!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  7. Wow Tamera, you really topped yourself with this writing and photo sharing. Your thankfulness is infectious!

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    1. Why thank you ever so much Joni! Thank is just the most lovely comment … and exactly my intent with my gratitude posts!

      So how are your Seattle dates going my dear! Your city is still on the top of our list to visit! I have loved seeing how ambitious you my dear, have been in your studio!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  8. What a pretty post, pretty picnic, and pretty spirit you have, Tamera. :)

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  9. Thank you Kathryn for your loving words!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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  10. You paint such a loving picture of Crystal Cove. I will be staying near there next month for a few days while my husband has business meetings. I will be sure to steal him away for an evening so we might have our own romantic picnic on the beach. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Oh my dear … you are so lucky to be staying near the area! Yes, you must steal him away … for a romantic sunset picnic … you will be so glad you did! Where will you be visiting?

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    2. We'll be staying at Pelican Hill. I'll be day tripping it to Old San Juan - your posts made it seem like something I shouldn't miss. Any other suggestions?

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    3. How fabulous to stay at Pelican Hill! A gorgeous property … right in between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach! You are in for a treat! I actually have many suggestions! Where will you be coming from? What days of the week will you be there?

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    4. Tamera, that would be great! We're just finalizing the travel arrangements. I'll message you with the details. For the benefit of any burglars out there, we have someone staying in, an alarm and a very big dog!!

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