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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos


Although I make this dish year round, this is football food at it’s finest– tasty, healthy and easy to make. Fix it and forget it and you won’t miss any of the game.


  • 2- cups salsa (my favorite is a local Santa Cruz brand, Roberto’s pico de gallo)
  • 2- tablespoons chili powder
  • 2- tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2- tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1- 2 1/2 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
  • Corn or flour tortillas

In slow cooker combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa and 1 tsp. of salt (I like coarse salts like kosher or sea.) Add the pork and turn to coat. Cook covered on high for 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours. You will know it is done when the meat is tender and pulls apart easily.

Before serving, heat tortillas and keep warm. Shred pork with two forks and stir up the juices. Pile on tortillas and serve with sour cream, cilantro, lime, some avocado, shredded cheese and extra salsa. (And beer.) Makes great leftovers too!

Battle of the Sea Lions

Watch as these two Santa Cruz Sea lions battle it out to see who gets to sleep on the dock.

Imagine a Pollution Free Ocean

I came across the Seabin Project on Indiegogo and was so impressed I simply had to share. They have come up with a way to clean marinas with an automated marina rubbish collector. What a fantastic invention to help clean up our oceans and rid them of plastic pollution and marine debris. There are only 10 days left to fully fund this project. Click here to donate now.

Seagull Munching a Sea Star

SeagullI have a passion for seagulls. I see them as the symbol of freedom and the serenity of being at the beach. I captured this photo while taking a sunset walk with my husband, Bill to the Santa Cruz Lighthouse  Point. A sea star dinner. Yum.

Announcing SeaweedBotanicalArt Shop

Botanical BottlesI recently decided to return to a hobby that had been dormant for the last several years. When my children were small, I had a large flower and herb garden and my girls and I used to press flowers and then decorate bottles and other glassware with our creations. Pressed flower art was the stepping stone to my passion for pressed seaweed collages and therefore the birth of  SeaweedArt. I find the pastime very therapeutic, satisfying and huge stress reliever. These bottles are available for individual sale on Etsy and this new cool online shopping store, Sello.

A Visit to Andrew Molera State Park

Our German exchange student, Ramona, who spent the school year with us last year, is visiting us again for the month of July. She wanted to go to Big Sur because it is so famous for its majestic beauty. Before we hit the trails of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, we stopped first along the way at Andrew Molera State Park. In the 23 years that I have lived in Santa Cruz, I have never been. I cannot believe I have been living all this time without having experienced this hidden jewel.

Such a peaceful, relaxing setting! We walked the one mile trail to the beach where the Big Sur river meets the ocean forming a fresh water lagoon. The water was crisp, clear and refreshing. And the views were spectacular! I highly recommend it!

Sea-Inspired Glass Bottles Decorated with Seashells


colored glass bottles decorated with seashells

Colored glass soap dispensers decorated with seashells.

SeaweedArt has something new!!! I’m so excited about these wonderful sea-inspired, “beachy” bottled  created from found objects- seashells, sea stars, sand dollars and seaweed. Available now on Etsy. These are unique, one-a-kind gifts.

A Sailor’s Metaphor for Dying



My husband Bill’s father, our beloved Pop Pop, passed away a few weeks ago and we buried him over the weekend. Avid sailors, Bill and his dad spent many relaxing days sailing here in the Monterey Bay and on Lake Tahoe. At his father’s memorial service, my husband read the following poem:

What is Dying?

I am standing upon that foreshore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There. She’s gone.”

“Gone where?”

“Gone from my sight, that’s all.” She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying.

(See you on the other side of the horizon, Pop Pop.)



Save Our Shores Toast of the Coast

I just donated a SeaweedArt original seaweed pressing to the Save Our Shores” Annual Fundraising Toast of the Coast Event honoring this year’s Ocean Hero, Congressman, Sam Farr.

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100!

I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing first ever event celebrating the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Foundation. I will be exhibiting my SeaweedArt, along with many other fantastic ocean friendly vendors. Come on out and join us for the First Ever Municipal Wharf celebration. Did you know that it is 100 years old?