By Rena Behar
Of all the DIY projects you might tackle during your days as a home owner, painting a room seems like the easiest. After all, people let their kids do it, right?
It all starts with some objects that are probably already lying around your house. Next time you break out the paintbrushes and trays, implement some of these handy hacks that will help you avoid much of the stress—and mess!—of painting. Read More
This dish keeps things wonderfully fresh for spring, with creamy polenta and vibrant radish sprouts and broccolini. The use of garlic scapes and pecorino cheese add an unsurprising depth of flavor to this savory dish.
- SERVES 4
How does one go about restoring an icon's work? That was the challenge facing interior designer Jessica Helgesson, who was tasked with reviving a Portland, Oregon, home that was built by a well-known local architect in the 1950s but had subsequently been renovated. Helgesson sat down with us to explain how she managed to modernize the home while staying true to its original midcentury design.
Avocado Pesto Mozzarella Tartines
Herbs are the easiest way to punch up flavor in your food (after lemons, of course). They can be expensive to buy in little packages, so I recommend trying to grow a few yourself, but I've had decent luck with basil, mint, thyme, oregano, and safe. When I cook with herbs, I always add the lighter herbs (basil, mint, chives) at the very end so they stay bright and vibrant.
8 slices whole-grain bread
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
16 fresh sage leaves, de-stemmed
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
Few leaves of watercress
Few sprigs of fresh thyme
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Drizzle the bread with olive oil, and then toast in a toaster or on a grill.
2. In a small skillet over medium heat, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil shimmers, add the sage leaves, and lightly fry until they turn vibrant green without browning, 10 to 15 seconds on each side. Transfer to a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
3. Top each piece of toasted bread with slices of mozzarella and avocado; some watercress, thyme, and sage; and dollops of pesto. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with extra pesto on the side.
Autumn is in full swing at Underwood Family Farms on Moorpark real estate. On this full working farm, located at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, visitors can pick their own produce, shop in the country store and spend time with friendly critters. In the Animal Center, children of all ages can interact with farm animals from horses to chickens. Youngsters can climb the haystack and play in the sand pit before hitting the playground.
These days pumpkins adorn the ground on this Moorpark property. Coming up orange in all shapes and sizes, the pumpkin patch is plentiful. The month of October is ripe for Fall celebrations. At Underwood Family Farms, the Harvest Festival is in full swing. Happy smiles and skipping feet can be seen all around during this seasonal celebration. Each weekend focuses on a different theme including a Western Weekend and All About Pumpkins. Live entertainment and delicious food add to a lively vibe.
There are plenty of activities to participate in. Watch the pig races and cheer for your favorite oinker, master the corn maze and chuckle along through Craig’s Chicken Show. Little wranglers may want to saddle up and take a pony ride. And, the budding artist in the family may choose to paint a pumpkin. Plenty of colorful scenes set the stage for wonderful photo opportunities.
Other festivals are held throughout the year at Underwood Family Farms on Moorpark property. Spending time on the farm is also educational. Families nearby may want to consider purchasing an annual pass. Think of all the memories to be made together year round on the farm.
It’s all about the surf and sand for beach goers living in Ventura. Beach life is the best life and those playing on Ventura real estate make the most of the Southern California sunshine. Whether relaxing in the surf or hitting the waves, perfect spots for all can be found along Ventura coastline. Surfers Point is a sweet locale for surfing and windsurfing alike. Large waves and river cobblestones mark this landscape. Local surfers can catch big waves pretty much any day of the year. Located off of C-Street, Surfers Point is just steps away from more fun in the sun.
While Surfers Point is great for riding the waves, neighboring Ventura Beach keeps the swimmers happy. This spot of sandy beach is great for making sandcastles and boasts a playground perfect for families. The nearby Ventura Pier makes an ideal stroll with people watching at its best. Sit on the deck at Eric Ericsson’s and enjoy a vibrant sunset. Watch as fishermen bring in a fish or two. Various vendors may be set up selling unique and quirky items to passersby.
Nothing beats a beach day. Scenic shorelines are second to none on Ventura real estate. Pack up the kids, grab the beach gear and get out into the sunshine.
Artistic endeavors abound on Thousand Oaks real estate at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. With two theaters in the center, the venue’s calendar is packed full of events varying from concerts to comedy acts. Upcoming shows include Mom-O- Palooza, a stand up comedy masterpiece dedicated to messy love of motherhood. All moms will relate to this unique yet commonplace humor. Eighties iconic band Culture Club rocks on with the one and only Boy George. The legendary Beach Boys also bring their magic to the stage. Top hits will be sung and memories relived by both bands. The holiday season gets into full swing with musical sensations Broadway Christmas Wonderland and Tis The Season. Classic favorites The Nutcracker Ballet and A Christmas Carol are time honored traditions.
Guests viewing productions in the Fred Kavli Theatre will be treated to art exhibits as well. In the lobby of this Thousand Oaks property, pieces of art are proudly put on display. Artists featured are both local to the Thousand Oaks real estate community and from further afar.
Dinner and a show make for a perfect evening. Several restaurants are adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza including Umami Burger, Sabor Cocina Mexicana and California Pizza Kitchen. Plan a night out appreciating the arts and enrich your spirit and your mind.