Saturday, July 30, 2011

Country Fair

For the past few years I've been longing to go to the fair to take pictures for the blog.
Well... that and the corn dogs and cotton candy!
But I haven't made it in years, so imagine my surprise when Kitty was the first
to discover the flashing lights from the ferris wheel 
on Tuesday night from our bedroom window!

So, as I sit composing this post, we are enjoying the last night of the twinkling lights and the sounds of children screaming and laughing in the distance with the cool evening mountain breeze.

The scrambler always used to be my favorite ride...
here's a little clip for you!

What's your favorite part about the fair?

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

B&B's for Sale

Travel Thursday

Forget staying in a bed and breakfast when you can BUY one! These B&B's in Northern California are currently available and have me wishing for investors...

The Ferndale Inn
Listed at a bargain of $924,500 in Ferndale, Ca.

The Brannan Cottage Inn
Listed for $1.3 million in Calistoga, Ca.

The Joshua Grindle Inn
Listed at $3.4 million in Mendocino.
This ocean front property features all kinds unique lodging
like the Dolphin House and the Water House (below).
Joshua Grindle Inn for a complete tour.

Happy Traveling!!
 Happy Hunting!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Truckee Evenings

Some fun things about Truckee in the summer are free Wednesday evening concerts which are conveniently located a block from home.

I packed a gourmet sandwich containing soppressata, arugula, and goat cheese paired with some white wine.

Another favorite thing of mine is the al fresco dining with mountain views for lunch whether it be at Starbucks for a chai or Dragonfly for their Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup with special cilantro pesto.

I've also been enjoying inventive salads on the back patio...

But so far my favorite thing about Truckee in the summer is Truckee Thursdays featuring the farmer's market with tasty street food I can wait to share with you!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Support Systems

This weekend was nourishing for my soul as much as I wished for some down time, I was busy 24/7 with support. Friday, I spent 2 hours talking on the phone with a best friend from high school restoring our friendship, and it's so nice to have things pick up like no time has passed at all.

Saturday, Mom and I drove the back roads along Lake Tahoe to spend the day shopping in Reno. An 8 hour shopping trip though exhausting, was fun and something I haven't done in years!

Today, I had a family retirement party in Granite Bay (near Sacramento) and it was exactly what I needed. I realized my support system is a lot larger than I think, as I've felt alone and lost lately. Friends and family I haven't seen in years were inspiring, uplifting, and slightly emotional when talking about how they enjoy reading my blog. (I know I've been horrible the past few weeks, but it's been hard.) Not only because I've been unsettled and in a disarray, but I finally bought a wireless router yesterday, and hope to be updating more frequently again. Also because I don't recognize my life right now, and I know many people have wondered what is going on with me. It's nice to know that sometimes when I feel alone... I'm not. It's been hard to get personal the past few weeks because my emotions change from moment to moment and it honestly hasn't been easy. But the blog is part of who I am, and I'm ready to get back.

My Mom & Step-brother's Mom.

Me with my sister-in-law and brother. 

Thanks sincerely to my supporters for your patience & encouragement!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Anniversary Ring

Allow me to indulge and share the photos of my beautiful new Three Stone Gem and Diamond Ring made of 10k white gold and .52 carat with garnet gemstones from Anjolee jewelers!

I've been so anxious to share these photos of my new ring that we shot on my Dad's property on the 4th of July in Tennessee.

Shooting the Anniversary Ring from Anjolee on America's own Anniversary was a fun celebration in the heartland.

To order your beautiful ring from Anjolee, check out their anniversary rings and diamond anniversary rings

Choose your own diamond anniversary ring to celebrate your special occasion, or select your own stone for that special anniversary ring!

Thank you Anjolee!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Evening Jogs

Peace along the Truckee River on a Monday evening...

Wishing everyone a good start to a new week!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hello, hello

Within 5 days of being back in California, I've started a new job! I regret that I haven't had much time to blog... but things are out of sorts and I'm in the midst of trying to find a routine.

Sorry I can't post as frequently as I would like in the present conditions.

Wishing everyone had a fantastic weekend! 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Birthday Girl

It's been quite an exhausting week with 3 straight days of driving 8-14 hours each, but I arrived on Saturday night to the beautiful town of Truckee. We celebrated my 7/11 birthday last night at The Cottonwood on the patio overlooking the rustic rail town.

Chocolate Key Lime Pie & Berry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

Buerre blanc Asian Basa fish with rice and veggies. Mmm!

Ring courtesy of Anjolee jewlers. More info soon!

P.s. Have you seen the new extreme photography show From The Edge with Peter Lik on The Weather Channel? I watched it on Wednesday night from my hotel in Flagstaff, AZ and they were shooting Death Valley, which I drove along the outskirts of on Thursday. Though I would have loooved to attempt photographing it, probably wouldn't have been smartest idea with my cat and long 14 hour drive.
But still there is a serene beauty to the desert. Maybe someday.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2 Year Blogiversary!

I can't believe it's been 2 years today since I've been blogging! To celebrate, Grandma and I whipped up a Texas Sheet Cake to celebrate... Mmmmm!

Texas Sheet Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of oil
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 tbps cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

1 stick of softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
7 tbsp of evaporated milk
1 box of confectioner's sugar
4 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)

Boil one cup of water, remove from heat. Add stick of butter and oil to pot. Set aside. Blend dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients in another bowl. Slowly combine. Add the water, butter, and oil mixture. Pour into one large floured sheet pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

For frosting, mix softened butter, vanilla, evaporated milk, cocoa, and slowly add confectioner's sugar with blender until creamy. Add nuts.

Pour frosting onto cake while hot, the frosting will ooze into the cake, but turn out thicker than a glaze.

Bon appetit!


Thank you for sharing this 2 year journey with me!

My very first post was on the picturesque Beaune, France... check it out HERE!

I will be on the road the next few days, so check in with you later.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Scenes from the Weekend

Sometimes simplicity is best...

 Good ole' fashioned charcoal barbecue.

Deluxe bacon cheeseburger on the 4th of July.

Sage relaxing next to my mop doll I made in Girl Scouts.

Dad's Martin birdhouses in Tennessee.

The peaceful view from Dad's front yard.

Quiet summer evening listening to the cicadas on the gazebo.

Have a great week!

P.s. Thanks to those who voted for your favorite type of blog post.
'Lifestyle' was the winner!

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