January 2013

Photo Essay: Yosemite National Park, Part 1

January 31, 2013
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Yosemite National Park is one of those magical places that I could never get tired of. While there, AJ and I often wondered if the rangers and national park employees ever stop being in awe of their surroundings. After working there all season long, does Half Dome just become another ho-hum backdrop? Are [...]

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The only granola recipe you’ll ever need, plus a hike in Yosemite.

January 28, 2013
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“Hand me the old person cereal…” said AJ as he stuck out his hand. I rummaged through my backpack and found the heavy duty freezer ziplock bag of granola that I had made a few days ago. AJ and I were in Yosemite National Park and had decided on doing what we optimistically [...]

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Photo Essay: San Francisco’s Mission Murals

January 24, 2013
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Sometimes I forget that I live in a great city. Sure I know San Francisco is a great tourist destination, but after living here for 15 years, the sparkle of the city starts to look more cubic zirconia than grade D flawless round brilliant cut. What seems charming to someone visiting can be [...]

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Double Ginger Almond British Flapjack

January 21, 2013
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“We’ll always have London…” I quipped to AJ as we boarded the Tube for the last time to go to Heathrow and head back to San Francisco. About ten years ago, on a whim, AJ and I decided to go visit Great Britain because I had found us insanely cheap tickets (it was [...]

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Photo Essay: Peter’s 40th Birthday Black and White Masquerade Gala

January 17, 2013
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“All I have to do now is find a mask…” emailed my friend Stephanie, sending me into a slight panic state. I hadn’t paid too much attention to the invite that my friend Peter had sent me for his 40th birthday party. Peter is notorious for throwing thematic parties, and for his milestone [...]

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Sour Cream Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Cocoa Filling and a late Christmas dinner

January 14, 2013
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Even though Christmas was three weeks ago, the season always gets extended in my household because my own family tends to celebrate the holidays in January when we can all get together. I’m usually in Indiana with AJ celebrating Christmas on December 25th, while my sister and her husband are out in the [...]

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Photo Essay: Joshua Tree National Park, California

January 10, 2013
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“I want to feel sunlight on my face…I see the dust cloud disappear, without a trace. I want to take shelter from the poison rain…Where the streets have no name…” cried out Bono from the car stereo as AJ and I drove through the alien landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park. I [...]

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Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart and dinner with AJ’s brother

January 7, 2013
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“Now how come you didn’t feature photos of us on your blog last time you were here visiting Indiana?” asked AJ’s sister-in-law while we cut into the Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart that I had just made for all of us. This happens every now and then, when [...]

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The 2012 Recap, along with my annual year end Giveaway!

January 3, 2013
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Holy cow, I can’t believe 2012 went by so fast and despite the end of the Mayan calendar, we’re still here! Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was an intense year, with some wonderful happenings and a few tragic events as well. Taking a look back at the year, all I can say is [...]

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