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Product Review ~ Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven


An oven for the campsite. It blew me away when I saw this Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven – so I thought a Product Review was in order.

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Bacara Resort’s Drought Gesture ~ Clever Idea for California Gardens


California 2015, the drought carries on. We’re supposed to reduce water usage; I don’t believe many people do much to make a dent. Look at this option, thanks Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. Fountains are shut off and planted with succulents and trinkets.

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Myanmar Cultural Tidbit ~ Yellow Face Paint is Beautiful


Myanmar is Burma with a new name. And it’s on the brink of becoming more “new world” now that foreign travel to this Asian country (west of Thailand, on the Bay of Bengal) is opening up. Which will probably wreck it, my guess. Let me spread some Myanmar charm while I can… people paint their […]

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Charred Bone Marrow ~ Angels Sang When I Tasted It

Bone marrow ode

Maybe you won’t find this enlightening, as you have eaten bone marrow.  Larry and I watched a TV episode of Anthony Bordain wallowing in the consumption of a roasted bone marrow dish and we both went, ???   But now, I’ve been there myself.  Charred bone marrow appetizer.  It is, as I came to experience, […]

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Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

collage christmas gifts

Need an idea?  Cheap?  Do it yourself?  A little pricey but nice?   Blogger Dorothy’s recent post on Shockingly Delicious reminded me to post MINE.  I really DID have a gift ideas post in the works.  Where’s my list, where’s my list?  FOUND IT — under a pile of recipe pages torn from magazines.  Here you […]

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Breaking Bad Tour – An Albuquerque Phenom

Breaking Bad Tour The Candy Lady

Larry followed the TV show Breaking Bad from start to finish.  I gave up after season 3.  It creeped me out.  But now, having taken the Breaking Bad Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’ll get through the last two seasons on DVD with a lot more interest.  Hey, I’ve seen the CAR WASH now!!  The […]

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Valentine to Self: Little Ways to Live a More Romantic Life


This isn’t how to get more nookie. Romance doesn’t always mean sex. The definition of romance is an idealistic feeling, a desire for adventure, chivalry, and love.  Larry bought me two bunches of daffodils yesterday at Trader Joes. He knows I particularly love them because I get to watch them bloom. That’s romantic.

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Santa Monica to Carmel ~ Foodie Road Trip!


Nine hours – home to destination. Drive, stop, eat, shop, sightsee, gas up again, go!  Print this post out. Tuck it in your “California road trip” file.  Good eats on the horizon.

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“Think Pink” ~ Where to Stay in Carmel By The Sea


The Hofsas House is a boutique family-owned inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, run by savvy proprietress Carrie, granddaughter of founder Donna. The inn is famously PINK, and a perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway.

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Why Girlfriend Getaways Are A Necessity


This is the first installment of a series inspired by a recent Girlfriend Getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea with fellow food and travel bloggers, Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious and Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen.

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Day in the Life of a Background Actor, Me!


My new hobby takes little to no talent beyond being able to listen closely and walk without falling. It’s open to all ages, ethnicities, shapes, sizes. I background act – does this street look familiar? I’m parked in Gaby’s Wisteria Lane driveway (“Desperate Housewives” now off the air) for a Halloween episode of an unrelated […]

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In Escrow ~ Saying ‘Bye to Favorite Neighbors


The girls of Westwood, I’ll miss seeing you. Marilyn. Natalie.  Peggy. Farrah. Donna. Eve. Eva. When friends and family visited us, one of my fav spots to show them was this gem with walking distance.  Now our house is in escrow, we’re downsizing to move closer to the beach! Sure, we’ll miss some neighbors, but […]

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Host a Block Party and Reap Warm Fuzzies


First question you’re asking: “Why would I want to host a block party?”  Easy: to meet your neighbors. Longer answer: so neighbors meet each other, start sharing ideas, compare safety info, exchange resources like babysitters and handymen, indulge in a little kvetching (405 Fwy. widening project a hot topic here) and my favorite bennie, see […]

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