Summer Pesto Pizza August 28 2018

Well, summer has been good to me, as I hope it's been for you.  I am so grateful to be a California native as each sun-soaked day with the kids is filled with adventure, and trips home from the beach with sandy toes and salty hair.

However, twilight is my favorite time of the day, as everything winds down from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  The Santa Monica Mountains that surround my Malibu home burst with golden colors and I find solstice and contentment as my eyes gaze upon them.  My family loves to venture outside and breathe in the Earth's beauty as we say good night to the daylight.

The stunning California evenings of summer remind me of our world's unique beauty. But lately, there has been too much darkness in both international and domestic events.  I believe humanity craves for moments of inspiration to remind us of who we really are, and all that we can do to make our world a better place.  I wanted to share some things that have been inspiring me lately...
I love making fresh pesto with organic basil from our garden. You can use it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes.  Plus, kids love it; at least mine do - my son Dakota is 7 and daughter Autumn is 2 and they can't get enough!!

My recipe:
2 cups chopped organic basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
a clove or two of garlic
3 tbsp of pine nuts, walnuts, or pistachios- I prefer pine nuts

Blend basil first and then add other ingredients
Put in a bowl and add pepper to taste.
 I like to add a tablespoon of parmesean cheese and pine nuts for texture
 I'm definitely going to try this recipe for pesto pizza this week I found on Pintrest. (Photo above from  It's the perfect summer evening treat with as glass of red or white. If you find yourself busy in the kitchen with one of these too, let me know how it turns out.