Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017

My first picture of the year. My friend Rio posted about talking a picture a day for the entire year. I felt inspired to to the same (or at least try). 

This is the view from my back yard today. I liked the contrast between the dormant trees and the foreboding clouds. 

Shot through the standard Samsung S6 camera app, no filters.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Riverside County Calendar of Events - January 2017

Brought to you by Full Value Property Management's friends at First American Title - Temecula

First Day Hike   Jan. 1
Come and go on a hike to explore nature. Docents and park staff will enhance your hike through interpretive checkpoints where you can learn about wildlife, history and more. This event is family and stroller friendly. After your 1 mile guided walk through the park, we will have a free tasting of fresh fruit off of our trees at the Visitor Center.
8am-12pm / California Citrus State Historic Park: 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside
(951) 780-6222 /

Citrus Heritage Run   Jan. 7
Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run. This unique and “sweet-smelling” course winds through the historic orange groves of The California Citrus Historic State Park in Riverside. We offer high quality technical fabric tees in men’s and women’s sizes, finisher medals, and age group awards. Along the course you will find entertainment and several hydration stops. At the finish line, you will be greeted with post-race refreshments!
7am-1pm / Arlington Heights Sports Park: 9401 Cleveland Avenue, Riverside

Calimesa Community Awards Banquet & Installation   Jan. 12
The Calimesa Citizen of the Year Award, Calimesa Small Business Award, Calimesa Commercial Business Award, Calimesa Charitable Service Award and the Community Awareness Appreciation Award. All awards will be presented at this event.  State Senator Mike Morrell will be our Keynote speaker and other representatives from the State, County and City will be in attendance.
4-6:30pm / Tukwet Canyon Golf Resort: 36211 Champions Drive, Beaumont

Friday, November 18, 2016

December 2016 Calendar of Events in Riverside County

Make-A-Wish Celebrates National the Believe Campaign in the Inland Empire   Through Dec. 24
“Believers” of all ages can mail a letter to Santa at the big red letterbox at any local Macy’s store or online at For every letter received, in store or online, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Macy’s at Galleria at Tyler 3500 Tyler Street, Riverside

Original Christmas Tree Lane   Nov. 25-Dec. 18
Come on by and check out our beautiful holiday Christmas trees with over $1,000.00 in gifts.  Proceeds from this event benefit: The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, Student of the Month Scholarships, Boy Scouts, Wildomar Rotary Club student training program and other local youth charities.
9am-8pm / Outlets at Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0087 /

Santa’s Electric Light Parade   Dec. 2
Enjoy the dazzling lights from the floats, holiday music from school marching bands and Santa’s arrival. All entries will be decked out incorporating this year’s parade theme, Family First for the Holidays.
7-9pm / Old Town Temecula
(951) 694-6444 /

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tortillas - one of the most wonderful foods ever

Like many packaged products in our kitchen, as a family of three, we end up with a few too many tortillas when we buy them for taco Tuesday. 

If you are looking for a way to use ALL of the tortillas that come in your Mission Brand Tortillas (as pictured), check out this very informative article:

Do you have any great recipes that use tortillas? Please share.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dinner in 30 minutes: How to make a terrific creamy pesto sauce for pasta

The other day I posted the picture to the right on Instagram. I got a great response from people, so I told folks I would post the sauce recipe here for everyone to enjoy. This meal takes about 30 minutes to cook and will certainly satisfy.

A few key points to consider before you start the sauce:

1 - Sure, you can make your own pesto at home, if you want. But if you don't want to go through that effort, head over to World Market and buy Cucina and Amore pesto. You will save a ton of time and it works as a terrific base to make a creamy pesto sauce.