Lifestyle Picks

Editorial picks featuring lifestyle posts–food, travel, pets, bicycling, film, etc.

A Girl And Her Fork
Summer’s Harvest: Savory Tomato Bread Pudding

Aug 18, 2014
Summer’s Harvest: Savory Tomato Bread Pudding

Man, this has been a year of changes! New job in May. A brand-spankin' new car this month--I get to pick it up this weekend. Woo-hoo, I'm sooooo excited! And now a new home next month. Yep, you heard right...I'm moving! Out of my beloved Grid but not t...

Girls on the Grid
Review: Ruhstaller’s #downtownSac Tasting Room

Aug 18, 2014
Review: Ruhstaller’s #downtownSac Tasting Room

By Laura Braden There’s a little gem in the basement of 630 K Street that has a chill vibe, plenty of comfy seats and delicious (LOCAL) beer … and that place, ladies and gents, is Ruhstaller’s new tasting room (Facebook, Twitter). They welcome visitors on an appointment-only basis Th/Fr/Sa between 3-9pm. To make a reservation, call...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014

Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014


Dear Farmer Fred,

"Can you identify the pink and little brown balls growing now on our oak tree? I don't remember seeing these before.
Is it some kind of parasite? If so, what should we do? Thank you. We enjoy your weekly show very much." Margaret of...

Undercover Caterer
Got Tomatoes? Easy Tomato Sauce for Freezing

Aug 18, 2014

So.  I went on vacation.  It was quite lovely actually–we went to Washington D.C, then I went on to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob houses, then spent a few days in Pittsburgh.  I’ve gotten to see quite a few American cities that I’d never been to this summer and I’ve loved...

Sacramento Vegan
Can Healthy Soil Save Us from Climate Change?

Aug 17, 2014
Can Healthy Soil Save Us from Climate Change?



Recently, I attended an event at Sun & Soil Juice Co. to hear from author Kristin Ohlson about her new book, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet. The event was a fundraiser for Green...

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Finding Our Way Now
How to make the most of your wine festival experience

Regardless of whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just entering the scene, a wine festival is a great way to expand your knowledge of wines. OK, who are we kidding?  It’s a great way to TASTE a wide variety of wines without driving all over the place.

This simple guide covers everything from how to...

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Crazy for Crust
Some days you just need … Rolo chocolate chip cookie cups

Aug 17, 2014
Some days you just need … Rolo chocolate chip cookie cups

Some days you just need a cookie. Some days you need 5 dozen. Some days you also want chocolate and caramel. Those are the days you want these cookies: Rolo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups. Melty caramel, anyone? When Jordan was about 1, she started talking. At some point that year, we realized she thought her...

Appeal Democrat
Hot time at ‘Cool Cars’ event

Johnathan Ohmer, 5, of Olivehurst tried to get a closer look and photo of the interior of a 1950 Ford two-door sedan, but he was too short.

Appeal Democrat
Marysville couple keep on truckin’ – on TV

Todd and Tamera Sturgis are taking in all of the sights and sounds along the winding road of life.

Foods for the Soul
The skinny on the sweet and easty: Peanut butter banana bread brownies

Aug 16, 2014
The skinny on the sweet and easty: Peanut butter banana bread brownies

An easy recipe for dessert bars with the taste of banana bread & the fudgy texture of brownies. Sweet, skinny & seriously addictive!     Twice every week, I toss my reusable grocery totes into my car and drive across town to Trader Joe’s. After easing into a shady parking spot and grabbing a...

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