Archive for January, 2010

“the best babysitter”

 

sooooo much fun!!

This was our first experience with Black Friday.  My husband got up at 6:00 to go and get this wonderfully awesome trampoline, it was a $100.00 less… and so worth it.  We should have gotten it years ago.  The kids and their friends have been on it every day, even in the rain!!  We love it. A family that bounces together stays together.

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Part 1 of a very good story…

 

THE BAJA STORY

December 26, 2006, somewhere in the middle of Laguna Salada, Baja Mexico.  We are not “lost” yet. No, our oil pan hasn’t dropped yet, our van hasn’t stopped working just yet. We are still trying to get to our destination, Guadalupe Hot Springs.  Little did we know that we got severely off track and somehow managed to get on the Baja 500 loop.  And the story continues…

Trying hard…

 

it works in big sur

 

I am really trying to love this car… but it is taking a bit more time.  I am still sad for what we let go.  We decided to take it for a mini road trip down to Big Sur- which was fabulous.  We spent the day beach combing, after an exciting river crossing,  at Andrew Molera State Beach.

Local Food Tastes Better

I consider myself lucky having been born and raised in Northern California.  I have traveled extensively and have lived in other states and countries, but I have always managed to come “home” to California.  I really don’t think my parents would have it any other way. And being that I am Californian I have never been of want,  agriculturally speaking.  We grow everything here…practically, and sometimes year round.  But for the first time, which is kind of surprising to me in a good way, is that I am buying what is really in season- LOCAL, and therefore lessening my family’s carbon footprint.  What this means is that I have not eaten tomatoes in a few months, our last batch of apples was just before Christmas, and we are slowly learning to love the root vegetables and citrus.  Oh I must confess that I do still  buy bananas though, because I do have a baby and we love our tropical acai smoothies.  I thought of posting this after my husband came from our local foods marketplace and our box was filled with these lovely tangerines:

yummy

 

I told my kids that this is what “in season” fruit should look like because it has not been transported more than 100 miles.  We also got carrots, potatoes and greens.  To help me out in staying local I try and buy all my produce from our santa cruz local food marketplace.  I also picked up this great local food wheel for the San Francisco Bay Area.  It has really been a fun teaching tool for our whole family.

the food wheel

 

Here’s a super easy recipe with root vegetables:

  • saute one onion and  some garlic
  • add any combination of cut root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, beets, potatoes, carrots, celery root, etc.  and saute for about 10 minutes.  
  • add chicken broth
  • mash or put in blender  and return to pot.  Add dash of apple cider vinegar (b/c I do that with all my soups) and salt and pepper.
  • enjoy

Now, of course the  best way to stay local is to plant your own garden or participate in a community garden, as well as to preserve  your summer bounty… but I am not always so well organized!  I am going to try better this year with a garden.

1.1.2010… and the Front Page

 

out celebrating the blue moon in our local renegade parade

 

Last night we rode in style and made the front page  of our local newspaper.  And as my husband repeated a few times throughout the day, “in color.”  Happy 2010… I am looking forward to the new year and the new decade.   In looking back at the first decade of the 21st century, it makes my head whirl.  We bought a house, had three kids,  had some minor health issues, traveled to eight countries, seven states, had 6 careers between my partner and I,  and made many memories.  I know this decade is going to be defining in ways similar to the first; when it finishes my children will be 17, 16, and 10.  Oh,  the fun we are going to have… it just makes me smile!!