Grocery Store Plants, Summer Dresses, Tomatoes & Bubbles … All That + More on Weekend Meanderings

Happy weekend, friends!

Today I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

Do you have big plans for the weekend?

We’re hanging out at home.

And will finish watching The Dropout.

Have you seen it?

We’ll also spend lots of time on our back patio.

Earlier this week I revealed some updates I made to our outdoor living space.

RH Provence Sofa on patio seating area with fire table

Monica Vargas Photography

What’s on my mind this week?

I thought you’d never ask …


Sometimes you find the best things in unexpected places. Everyone raves about Trader Joe’s flowers, but do you ever hear anyone doing the same about (insert name of your local mega-chain supermarket here)? Recently I picked up a couple of wonderful plants at our local Safeway. I went in for taco shells and came out with taco shells, a big healthy fern, and a bright pink ivy geranium. I plopped them into pots I already had and voila, our back patio – at least how I feel about it – is transformed.

Outdoor patio stone wall and water feature

Monica Vargas Photography

The fern adds a wonderful pop of color and breaks up our large, stone retaining wall. And the ivy geranium does both of those things AND it hides the water feature’s electrical outlet. Bam!

Patio stone wall and water feature

Monica Vargas Photography


Like me, our patio has a few problem areas and earlier this week I addressed a few of them. And then I zhushed things up a bit

Monica Vargas Photography

A few patio sources ~


Do you love the Jenni Kayne clothing brand? I love the Jenny Kayne clothing brand. Especially how all the pieces work together to create a single, cohesive wardrobe. The brands catalogue, which frequently graces my mailbox, feels like a capsule wardrobe.

It’s also very coastal grandmother (remember, the coastal grandmother aesthic has nothing to do with being a grandmother … or living on the coast) which is totally my vibe. Simple, neutral, and classic. And I love that because I’m always trying to simplify and edit my wardrobe. In fact, I set a goal to get all my clothes into our primary bedroom closet. My half of the closet. I currently overflow into a small walk-in closet in one of our guest bedrooms. Jim overflows into the other one.

For the past couple of years, I’ve added one Jenni Kayne piece to my closet each year. The last two years it’s been the Summer Dress in difference colors. I started with the Summer Dress in willow along with the Cotton Cardigan in ivory. Last year I bought the Seersucker Summer Dress in ivory (it reads white). I love and adore this dress style. Obviously.  It’s light weight, can be dressed up or down and, topped with a cardigan, it can go from spring to summer to fall.


Summer Dress / Seersucker Summer Dress / Cardigan / Panama Hat / Sunnies / Sandals  / Puffy Slides


I love a little high/low and included a well-priced Nordstrom cardigan. Target has a couple of great options as well. I like this one and this one.

Aunt and three nieces in park

Out Aunting in my Jenni Kayne Seersucker Summer Dress


Because I bought several … ahem, investment dresses … at Flaunt in Danville this year, I may forgo my annual Jenni Kayne purchase.  The Jenni Kayne price point is on the higher side. That said, if Jim were not looking over my shoulder, I’d be tempted by one of these dresses.



Jenni Kayne has a home brand too. And true to her clothing, her home style is neutral and restrained. It’s a very popular look right now, but for Snowberry you know I lean into color.



Last week a reader commented that she enjoys book recommendations. So, Barbara, this is for you.

I’m not sure how I heard about this book, but it was in my Kindle downloads, and I started it last week. It’s fun, easy reading. I’m halfway through I can recommend it so far. Here’s how Amazon describes The Truth and Other Hidden Things


On the same day Bells Walker learns that her IUD has failed, her husband, Harry, is denied tenure at his Manhattan university. So, Bells, Harry, their two adolescent children, and her baby bump move to New York’s Hudson Valley, where Harry has landed a job at Dutchess College in the town of Pigkill.

When the farm-to-table utopia Bells envisioned is anything but, she turns to the blogosphere. Under the pen name the County Dutchess, she anonymously dishes about life in Pigkill, detailing the activities of hypercompetitive parents and kombucha-drinking hipsters. Suddenly, Bells has a place to say all the things she’s been secretly thinking about being a wife and mother. As Bells turns the focus of her blog on her new neighbors, her readership continues to grow, but her scandalous posts hit closer to home: she puts Harry’s new job in jeopardy, derails her children’s lives, and risks the one real friendship she’s built.

When Bells uncovers scandals right under her nose, the Dutchess goes viral, and soon everyone is asking, who is the County Dutchess? Now Bells has to ask herself if it’s worth losing the people closest to her to finally feel noticed by everyone else.


The Truth and Other Hidden Things



Week before last I was sick, this week it was Jim’s turn. And we missed a bunch of great stuff including two fun events last weekend. The first, grand-niece Haddie’s first birthday party.

baby on blanket in park

Happy 1st Birthday Haddie!

And we missed Chateau Sonoma’s annual Bubble Club pick-up party. The party, held at the incredible home of Chateau Sonoma’s proprietress, Sarah Anderson, is something we looked forward to. I’ve mentioned the French bubble club here. But have no fear, the bubbles were retrieved, and party attended by Kyle and Melody. And a couple of their friends. You can read about Kyle and Melody’s recent wedding here.

The party had a Bastille Day celebration theme and paella on the menu. Here are Melody’s meanderings …


The paella, Zuzu Wood Fired Paella, by Chef Ben Robinson, was incredible.

We ran low on lemon wedges so Ben made an amazing lemon saffron aioli.

A winning solution!

 Sarah was just super welcoming, and I loved all the different areas set up for

guests to sit, sip, and enjoy Chef Ben’s paella and take in the beautiful surroundings.

We sat on her kitchen porch.


In addition to paella, there were many other goodies including an All-Things Lavender Cake from Taart by Aline, a local artisanal baker. I watched the cake being made on Instagram a few days prior and you can see it too right here. It’s a work of art.

Chateau Sonoma French Bubble Club Party Collage

Chateau Sonoma French Bubble Club Party


Look, Kyle and Melody got in front of the camera!

Couple being filmed at Chateau Sonoma


After the party Kyle, Melody and friends went to SIGH on Sonoma’s Plaza. Melody says,

SIGH is an adorable champagne bar

that’s woman owned, and I loved it.

 Incredible flights, and to Kyle’s surprise,

froze with Nerds topping.


I think Nerds is some sort of candy topping … but this is new to me.

Chateau Sonoma is a wonderful French inspired shop on the Sonoma Plaza. If you haven’t been, go. I frequently make the trip for birthday, hostess and holiday gifts, and, of course, to pick up my bubbles. I always come home with something for me too. Chateau Sonoma also has an online shop.

If you’re interested in the French Bubble Club, you can learn more here.



Yesterday I harvested our first tomatoes! Bruschetta is on the menu tonight. You can find my favorite bruschetta recipe here. It’s from Valerie Bertinelli. I leave out the olives, because yuk, I don’t like them. Feel free to leave them in. I won’t judge.

Bruschetta on Board


I bought these mini cheese boards at Target a couple years ago to serve individual charcuterie. They’re only $7.00 a board! I use them for everything. Bruschetta, charcuterie (see below) and even s’mores and other desserts. When sitting around our fire table its nice guests do not have to get up and down or reach around.  Oh, I always include a tiny jar of Dalmatia Fig Spread on each board. So good with a slice of baguette and cheese. This mini board is a fancier (and pricer) option.

Target Mini Charcuterie Boards


My friend, Karen on Bainbridge Island, saw my tomato harvest on Instagram and told me about a new way she recently learned to made bruschetta. Here’s what she said …

Heat chopped garlic in olive oil and let it steep for a time.

Cool, strain out the garlic and use the flavored oil in your tomato mix.


I like the sound of this, but I’d leave the garlic (diced) in the oil in lieu of (or in addition to) the raw garlic in Valerie’s recipe.


Everybody has a method for toasting bread, and this is mine ~
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Slice baguette about a ½” thick on the diagonal and lay out on a cookie sheet.
  • Line it with parchment for easier clean-up.
  • Rub one side of each piece with sliced garlic, brush with EVOO and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  • Bake for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn the slice over and brush other side with EVOO, sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake another 2-3 minutes. What closely so they don’t get too brown or  burn.

I could eat bruschetta for lunch and dinner every day all summer long. An Aperol Spritz is a great accompaniment.


So, there you have it my week in review.

Now let’s see what Kim and Elizabeth are up to.





My favorite home renovation show has been renewed and will move to Magnolia Network! For updates and behind the scenes, follow the host here.

Best lobster rolls in Maine … delivered to your door!

Look who has a debut book coming out! Pre-order here.

-I’ve mentioned this podcast for woman over 40 before (I’d argue it resonates for woman of any age). It’s so good it’s worth another mention.

In case you missed it, last weekend I celebrated my

2nd Blogiversary and five women who inspired and influenced me.

I bet you know a few of them and love them too!

As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

Pottery Barn Gathering Basket and little dog on patio

Cheers from Snowberry!


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  • The Truth and Other Hidden Things book looks like a winner. Wouldn’t we all like to be anonymously snarky about the silly people around us sometimes?

    • Haha, Kelly, yes, we would!!! I read until I feel asleep last night … I’m enjoying this book a ton! xo

  • Hi Juliet

    I just left a comment and it disappeared. This post was chock full of goodies. I don’t know why I have resisted buying those charcuterie boards from Target. I think because we had nowhere to store them in the Salinas house. I am glad you are feeling better and I hope Jim is on the mend as well!

    • Oh no, Cindy … I’m sorry. Contessa said the same thing. Oof, hate when blog stuff goes haywire. Looks like your fabulous new home has plenty of room for minicharcuterie boards! When I bought them I had no idea who often I’d use them … and how much everyone loves them. They are a great buy. Hope you have an amazing weekend and get some use from your awesome outdoor rooms. xo

  • Juliet, So much to love today on your blog. Loved your outdoor post! Everything in your yard is gorgeous. The Jenni Kayne dress is on my radar. I love it on you. I think the stripe is super cute., I have her leopard shift dress. I get that catalog and want all of it!
    I don’t know about Chateau Sonoma, but it looks amazing..You have the cutest family. Don’t you hate missing things?I am so sorry and we missed you too at the conference so much.
    Great idea about the bruschetta.. I like the idea of the garlic oil, not the garlic. And I need the mini-boards. I must order that book. What a fun read! I also so appreciate your recommendation of Kym Showers! She’s fantastic. I have listened over and again to her podcasts! Thank you for that..
    Well, I am off to Safeway to see if we have any of these pretty plants. I agree about it vs Traders. Safeway also has great hanging plants now and I have a few in ceramic pots.. So cute! Their asparagus ferns are also awesome and hard to kill! Sadly I need that. Have a great weekend Juliet and hope you’re feeling better. xo Kim


    • Good morning, Contessa and fellow olive disliker. I don’t get it either, but people go nuts for them. As for the fern, not to worry. It’s not in full sun. It gets a little morning sun and then its shaded, by an umbrella the rest of the day. I water it each morning and so far it seem very happy. I’ll keep my eye on it more closely when the weather warms up. I love that you knew Sarah way back … I’d love to hear your stories. She started out in the marketplace across from Gloria Ferrar I believe. I never visited her there, but her Sonoma Plaza shop is a delight! Perhaps a field trip to lunch and shop?! xo

  • I have never had tomato envy but I do now! Your mini charcuterie boards are so amazing.

  • I also just harvested a lot of tiny tomatoes and will try your bruschetta recipe. And that book, will definitely be on my list of must reads, sounds so intriguing!!
    Can’t believe it’s almost August and my boy went back to college already!

  • Juliet,
    So many fun things on this post. Happy you are feeling better, hope that Jim is on the mend too and there is no relapse. Haddie is ADORABLE, and I always love seeing you with your nieces. Such a special relationship.
    I made your bruschetta! My tile many has been bringing me heirloom tomatoes all week and so I decided to use some for your recipe. Scrumptious!
    I love those little cutting boards, I have a few but I have never thought to use them for serving, such a great idea.
    Your patio is beautiful, love the refresh although I always thought it was beautiful.
    I’ve never shopped Jenni Kayne, I am off to check out your suggestions.
    Have a wonderful week Juliet! It is always fun to see what you and Kim are up too!
    xo Elizabeth

  • Okay, just ordered The Truth and Other Hidden Things! Thank you, Juliet! It’s so hot and humid in San Diego at the moment. This sounds like the perfect book to read as I lounge on the sofa nearest the air conditioner vent 🙂

  • Ooh! Bruschetta! I need to make some! I am looking for my next read and your recommendation sounds like a good one! And thank you thank you for the linking my lobster blog post!

  • Juliet,
    So much good stuff today! first, love your Jenni Kayne dress and how you are wearing it! So perfect for a hot California day or any day with a cardigan! Your outdoor space looks beautiful! I agree with you on finding great plants at the grocery store! I’ll go in for eggs and leave with a monstera!

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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