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From September 28 & 29, 2012

(LOTS of photos ahead)

I made two yummy creations this weekend. One I have photos; the other I made at a friend's house and did not bring the camera. Jeff and I managed the beach after last week's car failure. We're experiencing the standard October heat in Southern California, so the beach is still very very nice.

Sugared ramekins

The little ramekins for the caramel chocolate soufflé.

Caramel chocolate soufflé filling

Caramel pastry cream with chopped bittersweet chocolate and whipped egg whites with sugar. Fold very gently so you don't deflate the egg whites.

Shrimp and sweet potato friends

The Saturday feast from Neptune's Net. Both Jeff and I think we ate a little too much fried seafood... thankfully we had comfy beach pillows and blankets to rest on while our stomachs recovered.

Calamari and French Fries

Part II of the Saturday Feast. Neptune's Net is a seafood restaurant north of Malibu on the PCH (or the 1- same thing). It has a fried side and a steamed side. Next time, we are definitely trying out the steamed seafood. It comes with corn... at least when it's in season!!


Pumpkins grow well in Southern California. We passed a couple patches of pumpkin farmland on our way home from the beach. The next few photos are from Underwood Family Farms. They have two locations, one in Somis and one in Moorpark.

Fall Goards

I like gourds.

Local summer berries

I love SoCal growing seasons. We get pumpkins AND summer berries in October. The blackberries and raspberries are from the farm.

Local heirloom tomatoes

There are also lots of local heirloom tomatoes still. I bought some tiny orange ones, plus the red cherokee and yellow pineapple variety. I ate them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil (from my garden), and Parmesan cheese.

My Pygmy Goat Friend

Goats climb things. This makes total sense when I remember the high mountain mammal enclosure at the San Diego Safari Park. It's not there anymore, sadly. But, they had goats! climbing things!

Goat Faces

Thank goodness for Jeff. Without him I'd never know what I looked like as a goat.

Fall Photo

Fall/Indian Summer/Heat/Light.

Pgymy Goat

Proof that goats climb things.

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From September 28 & 29, 2012 (preview)

Jeff and I had a food fun filled weekend. Here's a couple shots to whet your appetite...

Calamari and French Fries

My Pgymy Goat Friend

Don't worry- this goat was not part of the food we ate! He's a pygmy goat living happily at Underwood Family Farms.

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From May 25-28, 2012...

Last weekend, Jeff and I took a 4 day trip to the Eastern Sierras. We experienced rain, snow, and sun, plus sub-freezing temps at night. This time, instead of driving straight to Yosemite, we went at a moderate pace, stopping at the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and even places north of Lee Vining, the town just outside of the park.

La semaine dernière, Jeff et moi, nous allions en voyage à la montagne sierra pour quatre jours. Il y avait la pluie, la neige, et le soleil, en plus de les températures glacials à la nuit. Cette fois, au lieu de conduire à Yosemite, nous sommes allé lentement mais sûrement. Nous avons arrêté la forêt ancienne de bristlecone pine et les endroits qui sont nord de Lee Vining, une petite ville à la éxterieur du parc.

White Mtns

Big Pine campsite

Eric Schat's bakery

June Lake Scenic Loop

Mono Lake Basin

The "Awesome Meadow"

Wooden bridge to "Awesome Meadow"

Jeff in the snow

Tuolumne Meadows

Snow storm in yosemite

Aspen campground

Aspens in the sierra

Lower Cathedral Lake

Jeff took this photo at Cathedral Lake. He set up his camera and took continual shots during sunset. He used his wide angle lens. It was SO COLD!!

Lower Cathedral Lake

Another Jeff photo, facing the opposite way as the above photograph. Beneath the lake is the road into the Valley, just after the Meadow. To the left and down is Tenaya Lake. To the left and many, many miles away is Half Dome.
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From Sunday, March 11...

Jeff and I went to Idyllwild this weekend. Since 1995 or 1996, I've gone at least once a year to this small town in the mountains. It's about 2.5 hours from where I live. Idyllwild is one of my favorite places. Thankfully, Jeff likes it as well, so he now joins me on these yearly trips. When I was younger, I did little to no outdoorsy things. My mom, who came up with the idea to do a mother/daughter weekend annually, and I greatly preferred watching movies and shopping to hiking! Now, my trips involve a little shopping (to my favorite store in Idyllwild, the Spruce Moose), tasty food, and hiking.

This trip, the goal was to get all the way up Devil's Slide and try to get to Taquhitz Peak. Unfortunately, about 2.1 miles into the trail (out of 2.5 total, for the first part) we hit icy snow. There had been a little snow here and there before this moment... but the trail eventually became completely snow-covered. If we had remembered to bring the trekking poles, we could have continued. Oh well!

Jeff, pre-hike

Me in Idyllwild

Stone path

I love it when trails have stone steps. They can be a pain to walk on sometimes, but they are so pretty!

Snow covered trail

View of Mtns from Devil's Slide

The mountains in California give you perspective.

Lake Fulmor

After driving past it for a few years, we finally took a walk around Lake Fulmor. Quite pleasant, actually. The trail that goes along the lake is easy. Made for a nice post-lunch stroll.

Duck on Lake Fulmor



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