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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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Napa Valley here we come with "ALPINE MORTGAGE" - JIM SIEBERT'S TEAM~

I spent last weekend being whisked away in a Limp Bus accompanied by a few other Realtor friends, to enjoy a beautiful day in Napa Valley.  We began the trip to St Helena, Napa Valley where we arrived at our first destination of "Castillo De Amorosa" where we attended a Tour of the Grand Castle and learned about the Construction of the Castle, the original plans of the Builder/Owner Dario Sattui, and the reasoning behind the history. We visited the Fermentation Room and learned about the process of making Wine. Then it was off to the Caves to visit the Wine Storage and other interesting rooms as the Torture Chamber, the Grand Cave Room, where the Parties are held, among other interesting areas while all learning the reasoning behind each room Dario choose to include while building his dream.

Entering the Caves.

The Garden Room in the Caves.

Then we were off to do some tasting with food pairings.  Wow, that was a lot of fun and informative about what to serve with what wines and why. Delightful and delicious as well!

We were then transported to Dario's sister Winery, V. Sattui, where we were were served a very nice luncheon followed by more Wine Tasting. We then spent time visiting the ever so popular Gift Shop and Deli, before heading for home. Jim generously provided Wine to all attendees for the day.

Stacy Medinas of Alpine Mortgage, myself, and fellow Realtor and good friend Lidia Velici.
Yep... Best photo bomb yet by some stranger walking by.. lol.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

A lovely evening with on the town "SAFE CREDIT UNION" ...

Last night a few of us local Realtors were able to enjoy a beautiful evening at "Paul Martins" in Roseville for a Hosted event of Cocktails and Appetizers and an opportunity to learn about Safes Loans and Lending by our very own local Branches. Many of their Head Executives along with some great Insurance Providers were flown in to also provide a great evening with some useful information. A BIG thanks to SAFE in a well presented evening that I know was enjoyed by all.


My great fellow Realtors .... what a great evening. 

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Leslie from Northern California.
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