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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Easter is a big holiday at the ranch. Most years, after my kids look for the eggs that the Easter Bunny has hidden in our front yard, we put on Easter outfits and head down...

Calving Season

Starting from mid August until about mid November, our mother cows are calving. It is a busy time on the ranch, and we are out most mornings and evenings checking on the cows to make...

Honoring our Nurses

  It was one of those magical days on the ranch! The weather was warm with a light breeze and, no joke, a butterfly followed me around as I set the tables. This was my...

Candlelight Dinner with Richard Sanford

Although I might be most comfortable in Wranglers and a plaid shirt, I do love to step it up a notch to share the true beauty of ranch life. So, for the last of our...

Paella Gathering

One sunny Sunday this past September, we gathered to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall on Rancho San Julian. I had invited my talented friend Carmen Ruez de Huidobro to join...

Rancho San Julian Community Garden

For many years Rancho San Julian has had a pretty large vegetable garden. Some years we have used the garden just for our family meals, some years we've sold produce, and some years we've planned...

Strawberry Jam Gathering

This past Sunday, June 3rd, on a perfect, sunny afternoon, we celebrated the start of strawberry season with a strawberry jam cooking class at Headquarters of the Rancho San Julian. Katie and I gathered under...