Sunday, December 23, 2018

Old fashioned winter wonderland carousel in Berkeley, CA!

One of our winter traditions is to visit the Tilden Park Cariusel in Berkeley, CA. Tonight, Santa Claus is here! There is the carousel, santa, lights, snacks, hot chocolate, etc.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Victorian Christmas festivals in Nevada City, CA

Visit the Victorian Christmas festivals in Nevada City, CA! Nevada City Chamber Of Commerce

Recommended holiday movie, “The Christmas Card.”

I recommend the holiday movie, “The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, CA. The movie tells the story of a soldier with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply, while on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City. Check out the Victorian Christmas festivals in Nevada City on various Wednesday’s and Sunday’s in December. Nevada City Chamber Of Commerce

Friday, December 7, 2018

shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, CA Holiday event- free!

On many Friday nights in Berkeley, CA there are free events at the Berkeley Plaza! Tonight is a holiday event with music, festivities, etc.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mary’s Italian Family Cookbook - recommended

I had lunch with my family today at Mary’s Pizza Kitchen in The Walnut Creek, CA. Mary Fazio opened Mary’s Pizza Shack in the Sonoma Valley in 1959. This cookbook tells the story of the real Mary behind Mary’s- a woman who created a business to keep her family together and ended up feeding everyone like family. It’s a tale of ambition and dedication, of generosity and Pizza, of hand-rolled gnocchi, Sunday dinners, and four generations. Mary’s Italian Family Cookbook By Toto & Peggy Albany and Anna Albano - Byerly. Original recipes by Mary Fazio, Founder Of Mary’s Pizza Shack from the Sonoma Valley Wine Country.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Recommended entertaining book- The Wildcrafting Brewer

I found the book, The Wildcrafting Brewer, Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients by Pascal Bauder. I found a fun recipe for root beer in the book: Rootbeer 1 gallon water 2 tablespoons of sassafrass root bark 1 tablespoon sarsaparilla root or 1/2 teaspoon of wintergreen leaf. 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root Small piece of ginger root 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar Yeast, (wild or champagne/ wine yeast beer yeast would work too.) Brown sugar 1 cup granulated cane sugar 1 tablespoon undiluted molasses for light brown sugar or 2-3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses for dark brown sugar.

Recommended book- Lone Wolf Leatherworking

This book would be a great gift or a wonderfful book for the bookshelf! Lone Wolf Leatherworking- A Complete How To Manual By Michael Gartner