I love Carlsbad it is my favorite village by the sea. I first found these great tasting spreads years ago at a street faire. The spreads are all natural made from Carlsbad strawberries and I suggest ordering some today. The strawberry and jalapeno is very good. I enjoy the spreads with rice crackers for a healthy snack. You will never want to go back to ordinary store-bought jams and preserves. The sugar content is very low and you know it has to good when the ingredients are under five and all natural. The Carlsbad Gourmet products have also been shown on the Food Network.
Playing Checkers at The Cracker Barrel My son and I were at the end of our road trip to see Santa at The Polar Express in Williams, AZ and The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff AZ. We were playing checkers at the Cracker Barrel one our favorite must-stops for road trips. I captured an impromptu moment in time with my son with a new app called Social Cam. The video can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Playing Checkers at The Cracker Barrel
Christians often complain how the meaning of Christmas seems lost in the commercialization of the holiday. The following video will bring you to tears as shoppers drop everything for a moment and embrace Christ, his love, joy and peace. To view the video click on the blue title link: Brought Me To Tears.
Perfect evening for a run, mild temps just a slight breeze, and Christmas lights up in the neighborhood. One could hear people having parties out in their backyards with the air just crisp enough for the scent of burning wood from a fireplace or two wafting through the air. Throw in the sound of crunchy fall leaves while running and the 45 minutes of pain was bearable. I love running in the Fall!
It took just one nationwide union strike to cripple Hostess Brands. After 82 years in business, an American company that created desserts such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs will close their doors. Children will never again be able to trade a Ho-Ho for a Ding Dong or lick the icing out of the middle of a Twinkie. The bad news traveled fast and in a single day store shelves were empty the stock rooms raided and pantries across the country were stockpiled with Hostess goodness. We are being teased and tormented with Facebook photos of those who scored boxes of Twinkies. E-Bay is selling the yellow cakes for $5 thousand and rumor has it the pantry filled Twinkie Hoarders are operating a black market Twinkie ring. These sweet treats I did not eat very often as an adult but I knew they were there. The Twinkie and Ho-Ho were like a childhood blankie just knowing they were there on the shelf as I grocery shopped was enough knowing I could have one if I wanted. Sigh…I guess I should have picked up a package or two more along the way to help keep them in business and to support the Hostess Brands. I hope that somehow this company gets saved at the thirteenth hour.
I always felt like a schelp when I skimmed through publications like the Williams-Sonoma catalog. What kind of kitchen do I have if I don’t own potato gloves or pumpkin tureens for that added organic whimsy to my dining table. The following is a great read on a holiday magazine enjoy http://deadspin.com/5959212/the-haters-guide-to-the-williams+sonoma-catalog
This holiday season please support local small businesses. The following is a list of bakeries that create homemade fresh desserts from pumpkin pies to sugar cookies. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/ocs-best-holiday-desserts-to-go/#.UKSt0knriUc.facebook
I had a friend who often invited me to hang out with her but over time I became perplexed. Why did she want my company when our conversations were interrupted by a mallard duck quacking, announcing a new text message or email. The interruptions were more than a mom with a 11-month year old hungry needing a diaper change. This scenario with my friend inspired the following article on where to wine and dine without digital divisions.