Autumn Wellness Tips!

With the leaves changing their colors and the weather getting colder our body sometimes needs a boost to adjust the seasonal change! We've put together a list of a few helpful tips when dealing with the new time and season change!

Buy in-season food. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great choices. Also trying new recipes if you love to cook, if you're not the most knowledgeable in the kitchen, challange yourself to learn how to cook, you'll be shocked by how much money you'll save and you'll really taste the difference and may drastically cut back on fast/ processed food!

Moisturize your skin. Harsh temperatures can make your skin dry. Seek out natural products, natural oils like olive oil and coconut oil work great for dry skin!  Also, you still should be wearing sunscreen.

Make some plans for the cold months. In the winter, we tend to hibernate if we don’t have things to keep us busy. Try to avoid alcohol, it's an easy go to when it's cold out but it can reek havoc on our skin and daily routines! 

Get yourself ready for Daylight Savings Time. Go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clocks change. Longer periods of darkness = longer periods of sleep! Try to set your time to meditate just before bed to relax your mind and body, aroma therapy helps with the calming process! 

Take some time to yourself. Autumn and winter are the Earth’s way of telling us to slow down. Start a journal or track your moods to get more in touch with how your feeling, looking back through the journal you can see where or why you maybe feeling a certain way. Was it lack of sleep, lack of energy, not enough quiet time etc

Do some “spring cleaning” in the fall. Clean out your closet, organize that back room, and rid yourself of things you don’t need. De-cluttering our surroundings helps clear our mind and keeps us focused on what we have to remember throughout our day! 

Get some books to read and shows to watch. Who doesn’t want to sit by the fire on chilly winter nights and read a good book or binge-watch some Netflix? Self help or insightful docs kind of feel guilt free to binge on ;)

Prepare your home for possible extreme weather conditions. Do you have a a roof that needs tending to before a rainy week? Do your flashlights have batteries? Is your heat working okay? Essential supplies in case of an earthquake?

Of course there are a ton of other great things that can keep you organized, prepared, stress free and entertained this fall! Share with us your favorite tips!

Happy Autumn! 

Pear It Nicely In Autumn!

Bartlett Pears have made their way back on the scene...as in season! Perfect time to start adding fresh pears to your daily snacks, teas and cozy recipes once the weather starts to feel like fall! Here is a sweet and simple recipe for those with a sweet tooth!! 

Grilled Bartlett Pears! 

  • 5 Bartlett pears
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, for serving
  •                                                              Directions:
    • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
      Cut pears into thick slices (4 to 5 per pear). Place slices evenly in a large pan or bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Pour melted butter over pears. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to pan and mix until pears are thoroughly coated with the mixture.
      Place pears directly onto hot grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove pears and place in individual dessert bowls. Pour remaining butter mixture into a medium, grill-safe saucepan. Place saucepan on grill and cook, stirring, until boiling. Remove from heat.
      Place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream over the pears in each bowl. Pour butter sauce over ice cream and serve. *Mint garnish optional*

Blistered Shishito Peppers!

Another seasonal find people ask how to eat, cook and prepare is the Shishito Pepper! They smell spicy but the taste is very mild so they make for a ingredient to add a spicy aroma without an intense kick! Although there are tons of ways to eat and cook these little guys here is just one way that I will be trying this weekend since it takes only 5mins!!! Check it out!

A hot cast iron pan creates the perfect char for this bite-size pepper appetizer tossed with flavored salts.
  • 8 ounces shisito peppers
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or flavored salts


  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until the pan is hot. Add the peppers to the hot skillet and cook the peppers, turning occasionally then add a few slices of lemon. Cook until the peppers become fragrant and begin to blister, and the nudge the lemons so they don't stick, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil plus a squeeze more lemon then sprinkle with flavored salts. Serve immediately.

Kabocha Squash, How Do You Eat It??

Like any veggies, the recipes are endless, here is the one way I love to eat kabocha squash!

                                      Sweet and Spicy Roasted Kabocha Squash!!


  • 12small kabocha squash
  • 3tablespoons light brown sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 14teaspoon cayenne (or hot chili powder)
  • 12teaspoon cumin
  • 14teaspoon cinnamon
  • 14teaspoon nutmeg
  • 14teaspoon salt
  • 12teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking liner or parchment paper.
  2. De-seed and cut the squash into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients. Toss the squash slices in this until coated thoroughly. Add the soy sauce and toss well again.
  4. Spread the slices in a singler layer on the baking sheet and drizzle them with the oil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn over, drizzle with more oil and sprinkle more sugar, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Potter the Otter at Heritage Farmers Market at the Terra Vista Town Center!

Potter The Otter Market Adventure
@ Heritage Terra Vista 

We had such a great event last Saturday with First 5 San Bernardino's book release of Potter the Otter Market Adventure! Here's a little recap of the fun we had at the Heritage Farmers Market @ The Terra Vista Town Center! 


Creating a Small Bee Garden...

Creating The Perfect Small Bee Garden: Hanging Baskets Provide Plenty of Options

Christy Ericsson (Guest Blogger)

Bee populations are rapidly declining as chemicals, parasites, and environmental changes make it difficult for them to thrive. Essentially, bees play an important role in pollinating not only the flowers that we enjoy, but a substantial number of the fruits and vegetables we eat in our homes. For that reason, individuals are looking for ways to support these insects in their quest to survive and for those with a minimal amount of space to use, hanging baskets can be an easy way to make an impact.

Hanging baskets can be great for attracting bees

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (RSPB) explains that hanging baskets are ideal for small spaces and with a bit of planning they can be gorgeous additions to a small courtyard, garden, or patio. There are plenty of options you can use in a bee-friendly hanging basket, and these can be a great way for beginning gardeners to help the bees while starting small.

One thing to keep in mind is that many popular pollinator-friendly flowers are too high to be used in a hanging basket, and you want to carefully choose plants that suit the size of the basket you're using. However, you can look for plants that will cascade over the edges of the basket, as those produce a beautiful look. Aim to use flowers native to your area and focus on plants with single blooms that are colorful, especially those that are purple, yellow, blue, and white.

Consider the basket location and make watering properly a priority.

Try to choose a spot that is sunny, but not exposed to extreme heat or high winds, suggests
SF Gate. Hanging baskets do need to be watered regularly, usually four to five times a week, as the soil tends to dry out fairly quickly. During the hottest summer days (and not the fall if you are in California), you may find that you sometimes need to water them twice a day. However, you don't want to overwater your bee garden baskets, or you risk killing your flowers.

Water the basket when the soil on top is dry to the touch and add water until you see it coming out of the drainage holes on the bottom. The Garden Glove explains that hanging baskets require more water than typical container plants and you want to keep the soil moist or you can permanently damage the root systems.

Plenty of plants work well in a hanging basket bee garden

Gardeners World suggests using lawn moss and conifer branches to line your bee-friendly hanging basket, and trailing lobelias or single bloom fuchsias are great picks to incorporate. Flowers like diascias, bidens, single-flowered marigolds, nasturtiums, sweet alyssum, and bacopa often do well in this type of setting too.

Feel free to experiment and get creative, as hanging baskets provide the opportunity to put together a variety of mixes and looks. When you can, incorporate several different types of flowers with different textures and colors, and possibly even different bloom times, to give your bees plenty of variety. If you are looking to branch out beyond simply flowers, try planting herbs, strawberries, or tomatoes in hanging baskets too.

One simple way to help the bees is to create hanging baskets geared toward attracting these insects. Look for bee-friendly plants that suit the size of your chosen basket and incorporate plenty of single-bloom plants native to your area. These baskets do not necessarily take a great deal of skill or work, other than frequent watering, so they are great for beginning gardeners. At the same time, they are helpful to the bees and add some added flair to your home.