Sunday, 22 February 2015

Oscar Contenders


Whiplash
The Imitation Game
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
American Sniper


These are the eight Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture.

Just two hours ago the lights went on in our local theatre as the credits rolled for Birdman.

Done.

Watched every Best Picture Contender.

Which means I completed the list just in the nick of time. Ending on a very high note. The movie was a wild ride from start to finish. 

The awards will be given out in just a few hours.

Ready and waiting for the fashion parade, the speeches, Neil Patrick Harris and texting during the commercials.

Let the show begin!!!!!!



Monday, 16 February 2015

Harmony, CA

Along Highway 1, north of Morro Bay and south of Cambria, is an exit for Harmony.

A teeny tiny little spot on the Central Coast.

A place to sample wine, check out pottery, watch a glass blower in action, pose for a photo op….and stretch your legs.

It is peaceful and quaint and worthy of a detour.

Here is Harmony:



















Sunday, 15 February 2015

Love Among The Vineyards

What is it about the Valentine's holiday?


 Everything is shaped like a heart.

Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles



Sunday, 8 February 2015

Valentine's Day Healthy Chocolates



Not gonna lie.

On February 14th, I would like a box of See's Nuts and Chews.

But if you have been eating buckets of soups and barrels of salads (not in one sitting, of course) since the first of the year to counteract the affects of holiday indulgence, then these little jewels might, just might, surprise you.

Dense, flavorful and sweet enough.

As in sweet enough if you don't compare them to See's!


Place the following in a food processor:

1/2 cup of whole almonds (dry toasted in a pan on medium heat for approx. 5 minutes; then cooled)

(pulse a few times)

Add:

1-1/2 cups of dried apricots
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
pinch of salt

(pulse for 30 seconds)

Add:

1 cup toasted coconut

(pulse till desired consistency, about 15 seconds)

Roll a tablespoon, at a time, of the sticky mixture into a ball and place on Silpat (or waxed paper).

Melt 8 ounces of dark chocolate (72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe's works well) over a double-boiler on low heat.

Drop the balls into the chocolate and roll around until covered.


Place chocolate balls back on Silpat (or waxed paper) and chill in refrigerator  for 20 minutes to set.

Place in paper candy cups.



Serve. Package and share with friends. Or just take a bite.




Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Sunsets


Bright and sunny.

Cloudy and overcast.

So hot that ice cream is needed.

Light winds, gusty winds, wow, this beach umbrella idea is not gonna work winds.

Drizzle, light rain, the lawn is happy rain.

Seems we have had a lot of variety in our weather this month. In San Diego. Where weather is usually a constant.

The best part has been the spectacular sunsets.






I hope February is just as gorgeous.




Friday, 9 January 2015

Have A Seat


It looks exactly like an old Ford truck bench seat that was pulled out of a vehicle and mounted to a sidewalk in Morro Bay.

As if you would sit on the missing stuffing and kinda sink in a bit.


Except that the bench is hard as a rock.

Well done, bench designer.


Monday, 5 January 2015

Montana de Oro Bluff Trail


The Bluff Trail is a long stretch of coastal path inside the Montana de Oro State Park.



There are benches along the way.

Perfect breakfast spot.

For the olallieberry cream cheese muffin we picked up at Linn's in Cambria the day before. 



This dude thought we made an incredible selection.



So we shared a few crumbs.



Love this door in the rock or bridge connecting two rocks or a window in the waves.

See the trees in the distance that seem to be a continuation of the slope.



Never get tired of staring at the sea.



Or listening to the crash of surf against the rocks.



Check out the picnic table.

Wow.



What a view and you are surrounded by water on three sides.



Further down the trail, the docents told us to check out the blow hole as it was quite active that day.



Foam and sharp rocks.



And the sweet couple.


Docents at Montana de Oro.

Thanks for the tips!