What We Do

 The husband and I love shopping for our produce and veggies at our local  farmer’s market.  In Santa Barbara we have them on Tuesday and Saturday.  It  really is the best place to get all of your fruits and veggies.  Everything is  grown locally and much of it is organic.  We try to eat fairly healthy in our  household, not that it always works that way, but we give it a good effort.  So go grab some local produce and chow down.
 And support your local farms!

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Food For The Skin

 I couldn’t pass up sharing about this wonderful product I was introduced to the
other day.  It’s a line of all natural beauty care, called Natura Culina.  The brain behind
this phenomenal product is Lenka Tinka.  She has developed products for the skin
that are all natural and made right here in Santa Barbara.
Lenka grew up in
the Czech Republic, outside of Carlsbad, one of Europe’s natural spa cities.
She was able to come to the United States and experience her passion.  I had the
pleasure of meeting her, and what a beauty she is.
Lenka gave me a
beautiful gift basket, to try some of her products, and I’m hooked.  The scents
alone attracted me.  Natura Culina has absolutely no parabens, sulfates,
artificial colors or synthetic emulsifiers.
You can go online to purchase
the products at naturaculina.com or if you’re in Santa Barbara,
Lily
1131 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA
93108
(805) 695-0625
Also, Natura
Culina is “giving back”.  Part of the proceeds go to American Cancer
Society.
I promise you that you will not be disappointed by these amazing
products.
(Pictures courtesy of Natura Culina)

Weekend Divertente!

 This weekend we have Madonnari, or street painters, transforming the Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images.  Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting.  Enjoy an array of Italian cuisine and specialty items.

Location: Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets

May 26, 27, and 28

10-6 Daily

Admission is free!!!

DIVERTIRE!

Go Honey, Go Natural

 We love honey.  Living in Santa Barbara we have fresh, local honey.

Honey is a natural sweetener.  Sugar can be substituted with honey for many drinks and foods.  I often substitute the sugar for honey when baking.

Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Commonly it contains vitamin C, calcium and iron.  Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body.  As a result, our bodies immunity improves.  Honey is a great antioxidant and cleansing property for our body.  It’s powerful attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations.  Honey not only fights infections and aids in tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scaring.

We drink Yerba Mate tea in the morning and add honey with fresh mint.  It is delicious.  Locally you can buy honey from Tri-County Market or San Marcos Farms; sanmarcosfarms.com.

Below is a simple, great recipe using honey.

Raw Brownies

2 cups ground walnuts

2/3 cup cocoa powder

2-4 teaspoon raw honey

2 teaspoon pure vanilla

Process all ingredients in a food processor, press into brownie pan, then cool brownies for at least a half hour to firm up.