Author: Melissa

I live in the high desert outside of Los Angeles in southern California with my 14-year-old daughter and my 6 yr old son. I love to help people, which is why I am a teacher! I find so much joy in helping others create a life they love. This little blog is about food. Growing it, cooking it and eating it! I hope it inspires you to try something new and stretch yourself!
The Garden

Moving My Plants

I was really worried about moving my plants to the new house, but I am happy to say that I haven’t lost a single one.Β  Actually, I think the abundance of indirect light and higher humidity is making them healthier.Β  I am also taking some time to learn more about each plant so I can get it in the best environment.Β 


The Shoots and Roots Kitchen

I am so thrilled with my new kitchen!Β  It has so much light!Β  The kitchen in my apartment was so small and dark that it was impossible to photograph anything while it was cooking.Β  Even photographing finished plates was extremely difficult.Β  So I am over the moon excited to introduce you to the new Shoots and Roots kitchen space!

The Garden

Settling In: Garden Plans

Yesterday was the first semi-warm day we have had in weeks.Β  It’s been so cold and wet this winter!Β  Lots of rain and even some snow flurries, which is rare.Β  Gavin and I took advantage of the warmth to make some plans for this year’s garden.Β 

Drinks Food

Why I Love My Espresso Machine with Recipes

It’s 5am.Β  My alarm goes off, but I have already been awake for a little while just lying in bed enjoying the silence of the early morning.Β  No other time of day is this quiet and peaceful.Β  I reach over and hit the off button on my phone before the ringing wakes Gavin, who has likely snuck into bed next to me sometime during the night.Β  After rising from the warmth of the blankets, the very first thing I do is head to my new espresso machine in the kitchen.