Its Banana Time at The Little Farm! YAY~

We grow our own bananas – and make banana bread. I have also adapted the recipe for banana bread to make papaya bread, and persimmon bread and banana date bread and more – and we do not like nuts in any of them!

Here is a picture of our bananas! They are ripening as we speak! Organic, sweet and fresh off the tree! WOW!

Bananas Little farm 2015

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Teaching the grandsons to fish – a guys weekend with grandpa’s and dad – lucky boys!

What a great weekend – camping under the stars, swimming in Lake Castaic – hot and sweaty just like the boys prefer and no mom’s grandma’s or others around! FUN!Clvie Mike JAck Jonah fishing gJack Fishing

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Wall Street Journal – starting at 8 years old……my grandson Jack…never too soon…

Last month when our grandson Jack came to visit I found him in the kitchen reading my Wall Street Journal. I asked him he if would like me to get it for him? He was very enthusiastic. And so here he is. Amazing…..he taught himself to read at 3-4 years old….so I am not surprised….


Jack reading WSJ in morning having breakfast

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The Larraine Segil Scholars – LSS – my passion to mentor and support the next generation of women leaders

As some of you may know, some years ago I set up endowment funds – and am so proud of the young women who are benefiting from them. They call themselves the Larraine Segil Scholars. We will be creating a dedicated website to the group soon and will link from this site.

The Larraine Segil Scholars ( LSS) are appointed from candidates at Southwestern University School of Law and The Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, Presidential Key Executive MBA Program both in Los Angeles, and The Kingsmead College for Girls in Johannesburg South Africa. I attended and graduated from all three institutions.

The criteria for choosing the scholars are:
1. Women who walk the road less traveled
2. Women who are square pegs in round holes
3. Women of integrity
4. Women who are good students but do not have to be the top of the class                            5. Women who have an interest in strategic collaboration, alliances and partnering – on which I have written 6 books and spoken all over the world to companies, executives and governments.                                                                                                                                          6. Women who are prepared to be mentored by me for the rest of my life and willing to mentor each other and those who come after them in this group for the rest of their lives

I have an extensive network and credibility and am making that available to these very special women whom I have chosen. They will in addition receive a small financial scholarship – small compared in value to the mentoring they will receive. The group will continue in perpetuity – and creates its own leadership so that the LSS are not dependent on me for their sustainability.We are changing lives for the better – one by one. These women are already leaders – and will be the future generations of leaders enabling others to excel at the same time as paying it forward to others.

Two new winners have just been selected. They are Leila Curic and Jacqueline McCauley – both are MBA PKE candidates at Pepperdine.

 Leila Curic

Global Partner Account Executive Microsoft

Leila is a global partner account executive at Microsoft. In this role, Leila works with Microsoft key global partners on joint go-to-market strategies. She works with Microsoft leaders to find and prioritize Microsoft investments in partners and joint partnership opportunities. Prior to this role, Leila was account strategist at Microsoft. She was responsible for building and growing relationships with large enterprise customers. She advised large enterprises on how to leverage technology to meet business demands. Before joining Microsoft, Leila owned her own system integration and advisory business with focus on mid-market. Leila has strong working experience in financial services, healthcare, construction, logistics and retail sectors. She started her career as a software developer and moved through engineering, networking and management roles. Leila holds a Computer Science and Computer Engineering degree from USC.         LinkedIn:

Jacqueline McCauley


Jacqueline is a successful entrepreneur based out of Colorado. Her career began in finance within the non-profit sector then moved into the telecommunication industry. As one of three executives, she assisted in the launch of a successful startup called GoLive! Mobile, a mobile content provider and an Inc. 500 winner – #1 in Media and #47 overall in 2011. She then helped facilitate another startup from inception, AirPush Inc., a mobile advertising platform provider where she held the position for the last four years as vice president of finance. AirPush ranked #2 in the 2014 Forbes list of “Most Promising Companies” among many other awards. Navigating the waters of outsourcing to India and the Philippines, she has more than 9 years of experience working virtually across the globe including overseeing the acquisition of a Pvt. Ltd out of India. She recently launched her own organization, Cubed Communications, assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area of outsourcing, HR, Finance, & IT. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Entrepreneurship while raising her six children as a single mom. She loves practicing yoga and scuba diving.


Leila and Jacqueline join the other 8 amazing young women who are already part of the group. And within the next few months we will be welcoming our 10th grade South African High School Scholar who will win not only the financial award but also a trip to Los Angeles to meet the other LSS women and visit their businesses and both universities,  when she matriculates in three years time.  Since between 2 and 4 new scholars join the US group every year, she will have many hosts and mentors including myself. Lucky girl!

What is making me very happy is that this program is inspiring others to do the same – a professor at Columbia University who is mentoring women is planning to create a similar program after we spoke, as is another woman philanthropist in Los Angeles – what could be better than that!

More to come on this….. welcome Leila and Jacqueline! And below them are some of the LSS ladies!Leila Curic Leila Curic above Global Partner Manager at Microsoft

Jacqueline McCauley below – Serial Entrepreneur
Jacqueline McCauley

Phoebe Dewing below –  PhD UCLA in Human Genetics and MBA Pepperdine – Senior Director at major cancer contract research organization
Phoebe Chang Pepperdine 2014 awardeePhotoPaulette Pantoja

Paulette Pantoja above, MBA Pepperdine and CEO Of Blufocus and President at BluEvo

Linda Lore below Pepperdine MBA and former CEO of Georgio of Beverly Hills, Fredericks of Hollywood and Entrepreneur owner of InJoy Consulting

Linda Lore

Meredith Lierz below JD MBA Drucker School,  Practicing Attorney with Class Action Law FirmMeredith Lierz

Lauren Plunkett below  – JD and IT Enterprise Architecture Expert and Practicing Attorney in Construction and Land Use  (picture pending)

Esme Williams below MBA Pepperdine and Chief Content Officer at Master and Muse

Esme Williams

Mehrnaz Hadian MD Intensivist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Candidate for JD at Southwestern
Mehrnaz HadianAnd Hindi Stohl   ( OBGYN and Neonatal-Perinatal Specialist – UCLA Harbor medical) Candidate for JD at Southwestern – photo to come!

Aren’t they amazing ?

The Larraine Segil Scholars now have their own website – check it out!



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Recipes for Ice Cream Cake – Carol’s best dessert – yum!

My good friend Carol makes a divine ice cream cake. It takes time which is the only little problem -but it is divine – and so – it is worth it! Enjoy!

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Carol’s Ice Cream Cake


  • Oreo’s with cream inside – 4 boxes
  • 1/4 lb of butter – softened to the point of liquidity
  • Ice cream of any flavor – three kinds – a quart of each kind
  • An aluminum baking pan ( rectangle)


  1. Put four packets of Oreos into the blender plus butter liquified and mix
  2. Pour into deep four inch aluminum foil baking pan – press into pan and up the sides – Freeze the mixture.
  3. Then spread the first layer of ice cream and freeze again.
  4. Then add more crumbled cookies/butter and freeze again
  5. Then add more ice cream ( different flavor) and sprinkle the crust onto it again and freeze
  6. Then add one more layer ( different kind) of ice cream and freeze
  7. Then turn the aluminum pan upside down just before serving and peel off the pan and serve immediately



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Africa – a continent of contrasts – enjoy!

Someone sent me these photos – for those of us who come from Africa – we can appreciate the humor. To those who do not – it may seem unreal or staged – but believe me, it is real! Enjoy a giggle!

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There is nothing like the love of a dog for a child or a child for a dog

A very good friend of mine sent me this. Her 4 year old granddaughter – who still naps in the afternoon – was away with her parents for a few days – and her puppy ( about the same age in doggy years – a large dog) missed her so much that when her parents came to see if she was asleep taking her afternoon nap – this is what they found. If possible, all children should be raised with pets – it teaches unconditional love in both directions. You will notice that both ‘babies’ have their heads on pillows – too adorable.Two babies taking a nap - Saylor and her dog - both about the same age 5

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A great side dish for all seasons – but especially when cherry tomatoes and asparagus are plentiful

I love cherry tomatoes and this dish combines them with asparagus. Very good and fairly low calorie too! The kids were not crazy about it – but the adults loved it!

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  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese ( we make our own – if you want a lower calorie version as I did – I left off the cheese and it was still wonderful)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.
  3. Alternate recipe – which is what I did since I had run out of time and had a ton of other things to do before dinner – I threw everything into the pan – the tomatoes, the vinegar, the garlic ( I added some sliced onion as well as chopped chives as I had some in the fridge as we love those roasted too) and the salt and pepper. Put it into the oven and it was divine!
  4. Enjoy!
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Making Dulce De Leche Cheesecake – yum! HIGH calorie but SOOO good!

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake 2015This was absolutely delicious. Truly amazing. SOOO many calories ( about 450 a slice) but so worth it. For a special occasion to be sure. I used Keebler’s ready made Shortbread Pie Crust. Short cut to be sure – and their recipe as well which I got from the internet – from their site – and made a number of changes. YUM!

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened* ( I used my own home made ricotta – whole milk but coarse compared to cream cheese – you could also use LOW FAT cream cheese – I tried that too and it came out fine)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 egg
  • Keebler® Ready Crust® Shortbread Pie Crust


  1. In heavy small saucepan combine 1/2 cup cream and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to moderate, steady boil. Boil, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally. Stir in sweetened condensed milk. (CHANGE FROM THE RECIPE ON THE KEEBLER SITE: I added the WHOLE can of sweetened condensed milk – since I didnt know what to do with it and reckoned it could not be bad to have more caramel sauce).I then cooked the whole mixture until the sweetened condensed milk became browner. I then FROZE most of the caramel and  refrigerated just enough to use on this pie. That worked fine! I actually froze the whole pie since we didn’t want it all – and used it a couple days later (defrosted it in an oven that I had used for baking and so was still a bit warm, with the frozen sauce on the side which also warmed up.) It was amazing!2. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and flour on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add 1 tablespoon cream, vanilla and peel. Beat until combined. Add egg, beating until just combined.

    3. Pour into crust. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle with half of brown sugar mixture. Gently swirl with knife. Bake at 350º F for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

    4. Before serving, in small saucepan cook and stir remaining brown sugar mixture over low heat until warm. Cut cheesecake into wedges. Drizzle with warm brown sugar mixture.

    YIELD: 8 servings

    *NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds.

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Baking with my grandsons – we made a Rainbow Cake – from a Betty Crocker Recipe ( take you back a few years?)

My middle grandson Jonah loves baking. So that is what we do when he comes to visit. This cake – although a Christmas one – took his fancy and so we made it! We found the recipe on the Betty Crocker site.

Brought back memories of years ago – for you too?

Jonah and Rainbow Cake Summer 2015

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