Friday, 27 May 2016

Bonfire at Moonlight Beach


One of the few San Diego beaches that still has fire pits. 



Who doesn't want to build a fire, watch a sunset, eat some dinner and watch the flames dance in the darkness.



We went old school with wood from fence posts and tree limbs, a couple of matches, twigs and some newspaper.



 And it worked out fine.




And the sunset was beautiful.



And the fire really took off when it got dark.



Nearby, were little kids in pajamas, a large group of high schoolers and a couple of families.

And just off to the left of us, there was a group that really meant business.

They carried a gallon jug of gasoline down the hill.

And one of the longest pallets I have ever seen at the beach.



There was shock and awe and screams of "I think the fire department might be coming by."



So for fun and fire and entertainment, check out Moonlight Beach, it is never boring!




Monday, 23 May 2016

Meat Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting



I have a sweet tooth. Or perhaps sweet teeth is more apt.

I like chocolate and cake and candy and ice cream and all things sweet.

I have never understood people that don't have a sweet tooth.

Which brings me to my brother. Who always passes on dessert. Doesn't matter what kind. 

So for a milestone birthday, one has to be creative.

Hence a meat dessert.

That has an air of celebration about it.




Bake your favorite meatloaf or meatball recipe in individual portions in a cupcake tin (skip the liner, it will just get greasy). Bake, remove from pan and set them to cool on a wire rack.

Place on a pretty plate, platter or cake stand.

Whip up your favorite mashed potatoes and scoop into a piping bag (once they are cool enough to handle or use a kitchen towel to hold the piping bag).

Frost (realizing that it would have been wise to whip out all the lumps ahead of time).



Sprinkle/push in diced colorful bell peppers and thinly sliced scallions into the mashed potato frosting (in lieu of chocolate sprinkles).



Top with candles.



Light and sing Happy Birthday!




Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Paper, Cotton, Leather, Linen……Garage Door


Anniversary gifts by the year --- 1 is Paper and 60 is Diamond.

There is a chart of gifts listed for all the years in between.

Like 13 is Lace.

The first of this month was our wedding anniversary and apparently we have made it to the 'sculpture' anniversary.

We have never followed the chart but I think this year we accidentally somewhat followed the etiquette of correct gift-giving:

sculp·ture
ˈskəlpCHər/
noun
  1. 1.
    the art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.


As we had our new 'Happy Anniversary' garage door installed on April 1st.

Romance is alive and well.




Friday, 25 March 2016

Spring Planting


A trip to Pearson's in Vista to fill the trunk with herbs, vegetables, fertilizer and a few flowers for aroma and pollination purposes.

Love this place, see last year's post.

Filled two of our garden boxes with the following:

















Tomorrow the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, lavender, bush beans, strawberries and pink flowers will find a home in our backyard.

What are you growing in your garden?


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Citizenship

This morning I had the privilege of attending a swearing-in ceremony in downtown San Diego.

There were 724 people from 77 countries.

Stand up if you are from Afghanistan and on and on …... Sweden and Syria and the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

The largest groups represented Iraq and Mexico.

They all took the pledge and became U.S. Citizens.

Then we stood up (hundreds of family members and friends in the balcony) and all the proud new Americans in the Grand Hall below.

With our right hand over our heart.

And even for those of us who have repeated these words over and over since grade school, it meant something, it really meant something.


"I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all."


During the ceremony, there was a taped message from President Barack Obama welcoming the new Americans. We all chanted about the importance of registering to vote and then actually voting.

But what touched me the most was the speaker from the Department of Labor who reminded us that the group in front of us was what made America great and he went on to describe his own Thanksgiving tradition that was a mix of turkey and Chinese dumplings that reflect his heritage.

Reminding the crowd (and I am paraphrasing here) that although there is a lot of divisive talk and political speeches regarding immigrants right now, we are a country of immigrants and that is what makes us special and great.

Let us not forget that.



Wednesday, 9 March 2016

What Will They Think Of Next?

Have you been bowling recently?

By recently, I mean this decade. Or even the last one. Or possibly the one before that.

Because I don't know when this started but now little kids can use the dragon (seen below).

They simply perch their ball (or have their parents do it) on the dragon's head and give it a push (with the tail facing the pins).

Keeps kids in their lane. Avoids gutter balls. Brings smiles!



Almost as fun as the neon pink ball I used to try and break a hundred.



Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Dump Bucket

A container available at wine tastings.

So that you are not forced to drink the entire amount in your glass and can 'dump' what is left and move on to the next selection.

I didn't peek inside this shiny shell but I imagine it was empty……

because:

A) it is too pretty 

B) wine should not be wasted



This classy dump bucket sits at the bar of this beautiful winery on the hill along West Highway 46 in Paso Robles.



Love the enormous front doors.



And was tickled by the detailed descriptions.



The 2013 Sextant X-Series See Canyon Syrah:  

Wild black currants, cranberries, and blueberries are pronounced as hints of dark chocolate, nutmeg, and white pepper arrive conspicuously. This wine shows complexity with vanilla hints on the nose and an undulating mouthfeel of supple tannins and acidity. A touch of ripe pomegranate and dry sage linger on the intriguing finish.

…….And the Oscar goes to Sextant Wineries for coming up with the most flavor-packed description that we would have classified as 'lovely'.

Or gives a 'glow-y finish to the consumer'.