Pecan Cookies and a Flower

This weekend we had dinner with our neighbors Brian and Susan and their two lovely girls. Pizza Master Brian concocted some fresh dough and we all built our own pies, choosing from a huge variety of toppings: shrimp, chicken and pepperoni, cilantro, basil and jalapenos and everything in-between.

We brought Pecan Shortbread Cookies, which always makes us welcome guests. They’re buttery, crunchy, nutty treats, not so sweet that you shouldn’t occasionally enjoy one for breakfast! The Silverlake Cheesestore sells them individually with their fabulous lunch sandwiches — or you can buy them by the dozen online at We recently shipped some to our childhood pal in Switzerland who said they arrived intact, but didn’t last long …

And this is an epiphyte from our garden. These are the most unassuming plants; then, once a year, they burst into song with the most amazing flowers in a rainbow of colors. Squirrels attacked the buds last year so we didn’t have many to enjoy, but this one escaped and it’s here for you to enjoy.

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