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I’m going to tell you about a dream of ours. Imagine this, it’s early morning. Sleepy-eyed and groggy, I stumble out to begin my daily ritual of espresso while I snap myself out of a fog. I step out back to greet the chickens and grab some eggs. The dew on the grass is sparkling in the morning sun.

I take a deep breath, inhaling my gratitude for this life. Looking out onto our yard, I imagine when it was an old citrus grove. I bet it was beautiful.

The kids are still fast asleep, tuckered out from chasing each other around the yard the night before. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they wake up excited. Their papa told them they could take turns on the riding lawn mower with him this morning.

In fact, I hear him rummaging through the yard equipment about 100 feet away.

A lush green garden

Holding a basket, I walk through our garden and check on our crops. I pull greens and fresh herbs from their beds. Their amazing aromas filling the air. Making my way to the tomato plants, I run my hand along its leaves. That smell is heaven on Earth. But eh, the tomatoes are not quite ready yet.

Taking my morning stroll through our almost-acre lot, I collect the juiciest Cara Cara oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes and ruby red pomegranates. I stop by the black raspberry patch and pick some of those too. Lastly, I check the banana trees, give them a drink. The banana tree still too young to sprout bananas, but we’re on our way.

On the way back in, I pick walnuts off the ground one-by-one. The tree is so huge it’s towering over our entire neighborhood. There’s my little gal, poking her squinty-eyed-sleepy-head out of the back door and says in a raspy voice, “hi mom.”

more about that dream

I dream about this, because it hasn’t happened yet.

The Flower Bungalow is a nod to the beginning of a new chapter in our family’s life. After almost five years in our current home, we’re picking up and moving. Our new home is a charming mid-century bungalow on a lush plot of land. With the most perfect street name, Flower Street.

We’ll be sharing mostly food and cocktail creations from our home as well as other things that bring our family joy. As for the cooking and cocktail part, I’m pretty new to those things. That’s why this blog will be more about sharing what we’re learning along the way.

We hope this blog inspires you to try something new or appreciate the magic in every day.

The Flower Bungalow is managed and written by Audria with production and cooking assistance from my sweet family Clara, Henry and Tom. Thank you for stopping by. Read more about us.

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