Archives for January 2014

SOUR CREAM PANCAKES

SOUR CREAM PANCAKES Happy Weekend! I am the mother of 5 children and all but one of them have flown the nest.  I have a little over a year until I will have an empty nest.  In the meantime, however, my youngest chickadee, Austin, frequently feathers my nest with various and sundry other children that […]

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DUKE BASKETBALL – LIVE FROM CAMERON STADIUM!

My son, Taylor, is a devil, a BLUE DEVIL that is! So come basketball season we all get a little wild and crazy around here.  We don Duke T shirts, or in Taylor’s case, he dons blue paint…… Megaphones are used to proclaim our excitement.  We want to make sure that the entire mountain knows […]

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HOW TO WIN A CHILI COOK-OFF

Hi Guys! As you may know, my son, Austin, is an avid skier.  He races for Rim of the World High School.  As I’ve told you in this previous post, skiing is a very expensive sport!  So, every year the school has a Chili Cook-off to raise money for the team.  In past years, one […]

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MY BIG BEAR LAKE COTTAGE RENOVATION – PART 3

Hi There! Remember I told you we bought a real fixer-upper little cottage in nearby Big Bear Lake, California?  I showed you the before photos of the cottage here. And I showed you the demolition process here. Well, today I thought I’d give you a progress report.  Don’t misunderstand, the cottage is now fully completed and […]

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PEPERONCINI POT ROAST

WARNING!   To all my vegetarian friends, you’re excused now.   Carnivore commentary is ahead! So, now that that’s settled, I’m going to share with you a super delicious and super easy recipe I just got from my hairdresser!  I love my hairdresser. I drive over an hour to go to my hairdresser, Melinda.  Those […]

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TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA RECIPE

Buenos Dias. For dinner tonight I’m making one of my all-time favorite dishes. It’s my go-to dinner recipe when I want to make something quick, easy and delicious, with ingredients I always have on hand.  It’s my Tortilla Española Recipe, or Spanish Tortilla. I can just hear you saying to yourself: “That doesn’t look like a tortilla.” […]

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BIG BEAR COTTAGE RENOVATION – PART 2 – DEMOLITION TIME!

Do you remember this lovely living room?…… And this lovely entry?…… And this lovely kitchen?…… Well, we took a wrecking ball to it…… And a sledge hammer…… And a broom…… And a blower, and a rake, and a saw…… And we found really nasty stuff inside the walls because, after all, this charming, vintage cottage […]

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10 REASONS IT’S BETTER TO BE A SOCCER MOM THAN A SKI RACER MOM

Hi There! It’s winter up in these hills.  My son, Austin, just left town with his Rim of the World High School Ski Team for a race in Mammoth.  And the Winter Olympics are a few short weeks away.  So, I’ve got winter sports on my mind and that set me to thinkin’ that, as […]

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