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The Institute of Domestic Technology


A few days ago, on a whim, I decided to treat myself to a day of culinary adventure at The Institute of Domestic Technology. I’d been wanting to emerse myself in one of their classes, since the first time I read about them in the LA Times.


The Institute was established in 2011 and their mission is “to reignite the passion of how we make food, the ingredients we source and the farms on which they originate”. They provide classes, workshops, tours and events all centered around the domestic arts.


Although they hold classes and events at various locations, their headquarters are based out of the Mariposa Creamery on the grounds of the Zane Gray Estate in Altadena, CA, which is where I attended my day of classes.


Let me just say, I was captivated by the creamery goats. They were very friendly and curious. The one above, named Ice Cream, walked right up to everyone for some attention, or possibly a treat. They were completely adorable!


There are scattered plantings of edibles on the grounds of the estate. I noticed artichokes, rhubarb, citrus and nasturtiums, just to name a few.



It’s also home to a large flock of happy chickens wandering about…



And I loved the vines that climbed wildly up and over the top of the estates main house. It almost gave the feeling of being in another country and I appreciated the fact that the grounds were not neatly manicured like a theme park, but that the landscape seemed to be quite content to meander on it’s own.


Tomorrow, I’ll take you inside the creamery’s kitchen where our classes were held and show you what I made. To give you a hint, they focused on the staples of a healthy diet (or a well stocked pantry)…bread, jam, mustard, and chevre. And it was all delicious fun!




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Hello, how’s things? I just returned from a Country Living shoot near Seattle. The weather was divine. Everyone kept saying how fortunate I was to be there when it wasn’t raining. Lucky me!

One of my favorite things while preparing for a shoot, is to source local farms or farmstands to pick up fresh produce and flowers. On the way to this location, I happened across “The Flower Guy”.

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He was set up in a church parking lot, on a Wednesday morning of all days! I like to believe it was fate, since I had no other flower shop alternatives other than the grocery stores.

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He grows everything on his nearby farm and gave me his number in case I needed more. As you can see, they were abundant and gorgeous! One of the perks of living in the rainy Pacific Northwest climate. I scooped up bundles and bundles!

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I also had the chance to stop by a fantastic antique shop, M & M Antiques, to pick up a few props. The staff and selction were both amazing!
I got a kick out of this little fabric sign they had hanging up….

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That’s sort of what we are….a little Blog Gang!

Hope you are enjoying beautiful fall weather, hot ciders, cozy blankets and warm boots!
xo, H

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Sweet Pea Bakery


Sweet Pea Bakery is the sweets & treats vendor at Rutiz Family Farms…among other places. Kelli Smithback has a passion for baking which is quite evident in her offerings….







She has a LOT of cookie choices….everything from Snickerdoodles to Thumbprints and more. The ones below are called Bleeding Hearts, a cookie she developed as a nod to the Twilight phenomenom. They’re so delicious! Reminiscent of a Pop Tart but made with whole wheat flour and homemade raspberry jam. So really, nothing like a Pop Tart.


One of Kelli’s friends, Kirsten, went to pastry school to learn breadmaking and brings loaves of freshly baked breads to the farm stand.




Doesn’t it all look scrumptious? And I can’t think of a better way to shop for produce and a few treats. It’s much more pleasant to be outside on a farm than inside a flourescent supermarket!

Well, that’s the end of my calorie laden post. Let’s all get on the treadmill, shall we?
PS. My next post will have nothing to do with food. Promise.