Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday time in Sacramento, fun - fun!

Growing up in the Bay Area, my Grandma made it a tradition to take us each year to the "Nutcracker Ballet" in San Francisco. I loved what this brought to a child's eyes and the dreams that we envisioned after.  
Recently I ventured to downtown Sac to continue that tradition. I brought this into my own children's lives when they were younger, but this time with my two precious granddaughters. What a fun day we had!  
It included a very special dress for the day, (which I told them made them looked like princesses). I also reminded them thru out the day that the other children thought they really were really Princesses! LOL... I know this day will stay in their memories for a very long time! It was just as magical for me as well. =)

Below are some photos of our adventure.  We were lucky enough to turn it into a whole day event and had a blast.  

My little Princesses "Paytin 6 and Mikyla 7".

 Lunch at the Hyatt Hotel for my little ones.

"Nutcracker Ballet" pic with the Nutcracker himself.

Front Row seats for my Princesses!  It was great for them to watch the Orchestra in the Pit below as it was a live performance.  

 The view from the Grand Tier.

 The Grand Finale!

 Fun at the Capitol!

The Capitol Christmas Tree 

 The People shaped Bushes at the Hyatt Sacramento.

Hot Chocolate at Starbucks to warm up!

Mikyla found a pretty flower for her Grandma  =)

Our Capitol decked out for the Holiday... so pretty! What a beautiful Building, and a great place to visit.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A little Day Trip to Davis...

 I live a healthy lifestyle and I always love to go explore new places. Combining the two are always my perfect getaway!  Last weekend I had a nice, quick, day trip to the "Davis Arboretum". It's very close to our area and offers a quaint town to check out and grab a bite to eat afterwards, while the walk along the trails are gorgeous! You can also bring your bike and park in the "WHOLE FOODS" Parking Lot that will allow you to do the whole trail.  Here are some photos from my trip.... as you can tell it is very picturesque and a great way to relax and unwind.  Hope you can get away and enjoy as well!  For more information visit their site...  http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/


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Friday, November 21, 2014

A wonderful chilly weekend...

I love this kind of weather!! I know many of you may think I am crazy, but living in Maui you only get to experience one season. If you live Up Country as I did during part of the time I lived there, you get sort of two. yeah!!  Lol... So now you may understand why I love the change of seasons more. Once you live without something you learn to miss it, and appreciate it. So I will say again... I love the change of seasons!  
I grew up another part of my life in Lake Tahoe. I moved there with my family and I was able to enjoy some beautiful things and have wonderful memories of growing up there. My parents then traded our home on Mt Rose that we built for a beautiful home in Kapalua. I have great memories of life on Maui as well... I am a very lucky child, that I am forever thankful to my parents for a great life. My only problem has been trying to live up to that life!  
My up bringing has taught me to appreciate life, and the beauty it offers. I love traveling (of course) and enjoy the wonderful places I am able to visit and explore and have plans for much more in my years ahead. I own over 100 weeks in a Timeshare that I can travel anywhere in the world with so I have big plans ahead in life. Life is about the journey right, so make yours a legacy. 

I wanted to share with you one of my recent delights that is very easy to make and I love at this time of year. The pumpkin in it I always rave right after Halloween and is a great way to use up any left over pumpkins laying around.  I hope you enjoy this recipe very much.  Try it beside a nice fire and with a good glass of Merlot or Cab.  I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it.  Aloha...


Brown Short Ribs in pan with Onions and Garlic in a few tablespoons Butter. Transfer Riblets and onion and garlic to Crock Pot.

Cut up a Butternut Squash and peel sides then dice into cubes.

I had some tomatoes on hand and love to use fresh ingredients, so I cut them up and added them into the stew this time. You can add or subtract as you like. All my recipes are that way.  =)

Saute cubed Butternut Squash in a pan with a little Butter/Olive Oil mix about a tablespoon each. 

Cook until lightly browned on the sides then transfer into the Crock Pot.

Add 1 cups red Wine (can use any), I usually use a bottle that I open and don't drink in my cabinet and use them for cooking then. If you don't have any on hand can buy a inexpensive wine for cooking. Add in 1 cup Water and some Kitchen Bouquet - 1 Tablespoon or more, and 2 Tablespoons Beef Bouillon. This will give your base a good flavor.

Now let simmer for about 4-6 hours until meat is tender. I like mine thick so I add in some diluted Cornstarch that I have combined in a cup 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch with 1/2 cup water. If you like it very thick use 4 Tablespoons or more and follow with the same 1/2 cup water to dilute. Serve over some nice Jasmine Rice and enjoy!

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