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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award June 14, 2014

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A huge thank you goes to Amanda at Amanda’s Nose in a Book for nominating me for this award.  Amanda’s blog is always an enjoyable read with my morning coffee (between you and me, she is one of my sources for books to read). I highly recommend you go check it out.

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1.Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

1.  I grew up in Upstate New York, I moved to California when I was 17, to Texas when  I was 24 and then back to California when I was 28.

2.  I have a mild obsession with Tacos…they are the perfect meal almost any time of the day.

3.  One of my life’s goals is to hike all of the trails in the Yosemite National Park area with the husband. We have a book that we mark off the trails and keep track of the ones that we really liked.

4. I used to work at Disneyland. I picked up the job when I first moved to California. Not only did I meet some of my closest friends there, I also met my husband because of working there.

5. My first ever fandom was the Wizard of Oz. I even went to a convention.

6. The husband, best friend and I have a secret language that consists of obscure movie quotes and inside jokes all mashed up together.

7.  In addition to writing this blog, I have a column on cooking with the Examiner. I really have only just started writing it so there isn’t much there yet.

And without further ado:

I nominate the Following Blogs:


Bookshelf Fantasies

746 Books

The Erratic Project Junkie

Chrissi Reads

Finding the Skinny Geek Within

The Erratic Project Junkie

Amy @ Coffee and Whine Life

Kendell F. Person, The Public Blogger

Rebekah Loper

Rufus On the Web

The Obsessive Bookseller

Why? Because Science

Falling Down the Book Hole

Bitty Knitter


I regularly find inspiration along with enjoyable posts with these blogs, so when you get a chance go check them out.




Not Your Grandma’s Bingo June 4, 2014

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It’s a beautiful thing when a restaurant partners up with local charities. Sure, there are your standard fundraiser nights that many chain restaurants do where you get a portion of the proceeds..and then there is “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo” which is just a whole new level of fundraising. Every month they feature a different charity, this month happens to be my friend Sarah (also known on this blog as my organic produce pusher) and her mother, Dr. Nicki Pike’s charity West Coast Cancer Connection.


(Dr. Nicki on the Left and Sarah on the right)

West Coast Cancer Connection is a non-profit that shares resources, information and hosts support groups. The organization was created after Dr. Nicki’s brother was diagnosed with cancer so it has a very local and personal mission to it.

And then there is Bingo. Now, I remember the bingo my grandmothers and aunts talked about going to and I can attest to the fact that this is not their bingo. For a $10 buy in I got 10 cards plus a glass of wine (beer, cocktail or fountain drink was also an option) and then we played. When I sat down I was  warned from a fellow player that she was loud and obnoxious so hopefully I didn’t get offended easily…I knew I was in the right place.


And seriously, players were really getting into it, from our hostesses finding clever ways to yell the numbers, to everyone yelling out the same thing at key times to throwing our bingo cards at the winner it was a really fun way to raise money for a really good charity. It was also really great to get to know Dr. Nicki more and to hear about the charity. She told us some funny stories of her brother who sounded like a fun guy who would have gotten a kick out of the event. Which made it personal, there was a face to the name and tangible stories to go with the purpose. My money wasn’t just going into some bin as I walked past a door, I got to have fun while learning about a Southern California Charity that is doing something for the community.

Plus there is Chapter One’s delicious food. For one cannot play bingo without snacking.


The bingo happens every Monday but for the month of June the West Coast Cancer Connection will be the beneficiary. So if you are in the area come join me for some bingo and munchies! Because this is definitely not your grandma’s bingo.




Work in Progress Wednesday

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I have been on a hat making kick as of late. Over the last few weeks I put together these adorable little hats:

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I have been so proud of myself for using up the yarn I already had and I thought I had a proper green for this adorable baby tomato beanie. Turns out I was wrong. Apparently I had every other color of the rainbow.  So I made an exception to buy a new skein, I figure one new skein to help me use up some of my existing stuff is a good enough exception.


Since these are all kids hats, I decided to upgrade to a big girl’s hat.  I am absolutely in love with this Robin’s Egg Blue Hat pattern…though I am not making it in Robin’s Egg Blue as you can see:



This will make the perfect hat to go with my fourth of July camping trip.



Surfcity Street Fair May 27, 2014

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Last week my sister and I spent the evening at the Huntington Beach Street Fair and Farmer’s Market. The market is more of a street fair than a traditional farmer’s market but it’s still a fun way to spend the evening.


Though, we did find some strawberries that we simply couldn’t resist.



Walking down main street your entertained by street performers, enticed by the restaurants (Taco Tuesdays are a gift to modern civilization) and tempted by vendors like Dolce Monachelli’s. Seriously, how can a girl pass up Italian Butter Rum Cakes that look like this??


Street fairs like this are also great locations to pick up interesting accessories and art. My sister and I couldn’t resist these beachie accessories:


This is one of those instances where the sister differences kick in. She, like most people, has hair thinner than mine so this adorable star fish clip worked perfectly for me. I have given up on clips all together. So I opted for a decorative head band with seashells.



And after all that fun we were able to make it back home in time to binge watch Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown while enjoying tea and cake.





Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Like To See on Television May 26, 2014

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With the season ending and so many of my favorite shows saying goodbye forever (Ie: How I Met Your Mother and Being Human) I thought I would use this Top Ten Freebie topic to explore my television series wishlist. So assuming that the series stays true to the story and I approve of the casting these are the shows that I would like to see made:

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Ok, I have officially joined this fandom. I have read two and half of the books in the series within 2 week time span and am already halfway through book 3. This would make such a great television series. I already picture Sam Witwer as Akiva in my fantasy casting. Stay tuned, I will have more on my thoughts on this series later this week.

2.  Mercy Thompson Vampires, Werewolves and a kick ass heroine. So many wonderful casting options for this and so many juicy adventures that you could certainly make a great run of it.

3.  River of No Return. Just based on the first book there are so many adventures and so much that can be done with a television show with just this book.

4.  Parasol Protectorate. Seriously why isn’t this a television show yet? Victorian espionage in conjunction to Vampires and Werewolves would make an awesome television series. I still see Gerard Butler or my personal favorite, Henry Cavil, as Lord Maccon.

5.  1,001 Arabian Nights. This is the time for Hollywood to cash in on the fairytale retelling trend. So envision this with me, if you will, you have the main story of Shahrazad trying not to get her head cut off by the king by telling stories within the show, which of course would be great opportunities for some guest stars. And there are 1,001 stories and a thick main plot for audiences to sink their teeth into, it would give you at least 4 seasons.

6.  Thursday Next Series. This would make a fun tongue in cheek crime drama that I would actually watch and speaking of crime dramas…

7. The Chet and Bernie Mysteries. The books are told from the perspective of the dog, it would be fun to have a show narrated and told from the perspective of the dog. I don’t know how they would do it but at least the dog wouldn’t get killed in the first ten minutes.

8.  Neverwhere. Even though there is only one book unlike the others on this list, there is enough content for there to be a great television series off of the one show.

9.  The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club. The story of a woman having to start over in a sleepy little seaside village and finding success and renewed life through knitting. It would be a fun positive little show for lifetime or the Hallmark channel.

10.  Broken Heart. The premise of the books are like something made for the syfy channel. About a dozen people are attacked by a rabid disease infested Vampire and are then turned into Vampires as well, the town is then turned into a safe haven new community for vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Based in a lot of mythology with a fun twist these books would be so much fun on the screen. Likewise, it should be noted these books put 50 shades of grey to shame….yet one more reason why this would be great for Syfy.

Ok Hollywood, feel free to call anytime, I am free to write for the above shows….

So what books would you like to see be turned into a television series?

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A Trip to Downtown Santa Ana Farmer’s Market May 18, 2014

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A few days ago I made my way over to the Downtown Santa Ana Farmer’s Market.


One of the best things about summer time at farmer’s markets is all of the fresh fruit that comes into season.


My fridge is currently full of these peaches, plouts (a plum like fruit) and strawberries that I have been happily munching on.

One of the new flavors that I noticed is Blueberry Lime. The lime really enhances the blueberry flavor. I had the combo in a balsamic vinegar and with a homemade popsicle which was perfect for beating the heat. I love the flavor combo so much that I came home and made blueberry lime iced tea.



Oranges and Kumquats…Well Mostly Kumquats May 9, 2014

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Earlier this week I got a call from my friend Sarah also known as my Organic Produce Pusher leading me down a road of debauchery and mayhem wholesome goodness, with a great deal on oranges and kumquats.

Kumquats are a fruit I am not all that used to. You actually eat the whole thing, peel and all, which is just weird to me. The peel is the sweet part while the inside is quite tart. Fresh and on their own I can’t say that I am very fond of them.


Initially I was planning on making marmalade but making marmalade is akin to watching a toddler. Just like a toddler, if you turn your back for two minutes there will be an explosion of epic proportions….case in point: I am still finding marmalade bits on my ceiling a year after making my last batch.

So it’s time to experiment! As it stands I have found one recipe for Kumquat Chutney on pinterest (a.k.a. recipe/craft mecca).


I served it with pork chops and I have to say it was quite good. It had a really nice sweet and savory flavor to it.

As far as the oranges are concerned I plan on making Orange and Cumin Chutney this weekend.  I think chutney is my new favorite recipe of the season. Better and more flavorful than relish it’s the perfect compliment to summer dishes.