Temecula Farmers Market, Wednesdays #Life #Tech #Temecula #RealEstate

If you’re looking for the hometown feels, look no further than Temecula’s Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from 900a to 100p, shop from a terrific selection of beautiful produce, delicious foods, and various products for the home.

One of my favorite vendors is Wild Rose Farms. They carry a lovely selection of natural soaps, lotions, and candles. I am now on my fourth jar of their soy candles. I bought “Creme Brulee” the last two times. They use a cotton wick so I feel guilt-free burning it in my home. Their candles make my home feel so cozy. I recommended their products to my friend and now, she’s hooked!

At the market, there are several vendors from farms that offer an amazing selection. We buy our produce and even cruelty-free and natural ground turkey from them. As a mom, I’m very happy to be able to offer my family healthy, natural, and organic foods.

Well, enough about me – hope to bump into you this Wednesday. Look for the white tents in the Macy’s Men & Home parking lot. See you then!

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Betty’s Pie Whole | #RealEstate

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We went to Encinitas this past weekend and tried Betty’s Pie Whole for the first time. The restaurant had so much personality, the staff was helpful and genuine, and the sweet and savory items were AMAZEBALLS. They used real butter in their pastries – You could taste the quality in each bite. We can’t wait to go again!

Pictured above is their strawberry-rhubarb pie. So good!!

Betty’s Pie Whole
Address: 155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: (760) 230-6781
Menu: bettyspiewhole.com

Mom’s Go-To #Smoothie #Recipe | #RealEstate

Mom's Go-To Smoothie RecipeThe days can get busy. And parents need to eat. I don’t always have the time nor want to expend the energy into making a meal for myself though. I used to spend $6.00 on a smoothie at the local juice place two times a week or more after the gym. Fortunately, I didn’t do that for very long because it is a costly habit. I tried several other smoothie recipes but they were either too sweet or not tasty enough to commit to.

Finally, I created a really great protein smoothie – low sugar -which I love. It may not be up your alley, but I wanted to share with you just in case. 🙂 Caution: Contains peanut butter. No dairy.

Mom’s Go-To Smoothie

  • Choose your tumbler of choice
  • Fill to the rim with ice
  • Fill tumbler of ice with vanilla rice milk, unsweetened
  • Pour into blender
  • 2.5 tablespoons of organic peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small squeeze of organic honey
  • Premium choc chips, if so desired
  • Blend
  • Enjoy!!

This smoothie fills me up and there’s always a little bit left over in the blender for sharing or for refills.  Let me know how you like the recipe. Feel free to post pics!

 

East Coast Food Tour | #RealEstate

 

I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been busy! We went to the East Coast for our family trip this summer to visit relatives. While there, we ate at some fun spots throughout New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC. I don’t have a pic of all the yummy foods we chowed down, but I did post some photos above. 🙂

Rita’s – Evidently, there are some franchises here on the West Coast, but we regrettably never came across one. No matter though – our family took us to Rita’s every other day, LOL. Back East, they call it “water ice” and it can be mixed with their award-winning frozen, yummy custard, or served alone. After returning home, we tracked down two locations and we’ve heard of two more down south. Can’t wait to go!

Friendly’s – This restaurant is straight out of my childhood, had to take the family! They serve burgers, salads, and other items, but what they’re really known for is their amazing ice cream! The Jim Dandy is the biggest sundae. I didn’t dare touch it without assistance though so I just got small and medium sundaes – with my favorite, peanut butter. Separate times, of course, LOL.

BGR – Apparently, this is a very popular chain in the D.C. area. Their focus is specialized burgers made with high-quality ingredients. I ordered a mushroom-blue cheese turkey burger and garlic fries. So good! Their fries were insane – they’re topped with a ton of real, chopped garlic. The portions were big, we didn’t finish everything. The ambience was casual and hip, a little reminiscent of something one would find in New Orleans. The customer service was terrific, loved the crew. We’d definitely go again if we found a franchise out here.

Honorable Mention – Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ. Authentic, delicious, gigantic sandwiches served by a shop near the famed university. Warning – a “half” sandwich is about as big as a footlong. We took our hoagies and sat right on the lawn of Princeton University and ate underneath the trees. It was awesome.

 

Sushi Boat Restaurant | #RealEstate

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Went to the Sushi Boat for the first time with my daughter. We had never been there though we’ve walked past it many times, exiting the mall or going to the movies. The restaurant is located near the fountain, across from Edwards Theatre.

I ordered the Spicy Chicken Yakiudon and my daughter ordered the Shrimp Roll. The food was tasty, the atmosphere lively, and the decor elegant. My daughter had eaten here several times before with friends and liked it alot. I thought to myself, what took me so long? 🙂

Thanksgiving 2015

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We had the honor of hosting this year’s dinner. Usually, it’s our mom who cooks but the past couple years she’s passed the torch onto us.

My husband was completely in charge of the menu and being vegetarian, he opted for a full vegetarian menu. I was in charge of setting up. We had 20 guests that consisted of family and friends. Our goal was to do our very best and wow them.

Instead of getting elaborate though, we kept everything simple – we used chairs and tables that we already had, tablecloths that we already had, and dinnerware we already had. What we did buy is a garland of cedar greens.  They smelled like Christmas to me, I loved them! We laid them across the table tops and punctuated the garland with bright orange clementines. So simple, yet so very lovely.

For the menu, he chose all organic, locally grown produce. I think that was the key to the wonderful taste of everything. And of course, his cooking talent. He made three quiches, two types of potato dishes, string beans, brussel sprouts, beets, and three different soups. He really outdid himself and I’m so proud. The menu was outstanding and we all appreciated it.

Though the cupboards were bare by the time we ate, everyone was content and chatting happily with one another. We both knew then just how much we had to be thankful for. It was a most memorable Thanksgiving.

Luke’s on Front | #RealEstate

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If you’re looking for a great night out this Friday, try Luke’s on Front. They’re on the top floor of a building right in the heart of Old Town. We wanted to get away to the city but not have to drive far so this was the next best thing!

We sat outside on the rooftop patio and enjoyed the breeze and our dinner of Ahi tuna salad and a Portobello sandwich. We had a chaser of strawberry & chocolate mousse cake, of course. To top off the evening, we sat at the bar and listened to excellent live music.

We had such a great time. It’s nice to know something so fun is right in our own backyard. Can’t wait to go again!

Luke’s on Front:  28693 Old Town Front St #402, Temecula, CA 92590