Lifestyle Picks

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

The Grand Adventures of a Food & Wine Diva
First impressions of The Porch: Less Paula Dean more Southern-style Californian


Baked Bree
Recipe: Sunflower cupcakes

Jan 29, 2012
Recipe: Sunflower cupcakes

Happy 151st Birthday Kansas!  On Friday my children celebrated Kansas Day at school.  Ava’s teacher asked me if I would make cupcakes for the class.  I immediately knew what I wanted to make, Kansas is the Sunflower State after all.  Even better, it was an excuse for me to go to Sweet! to buy...

A Girl And Her Fork
Recipe: Southwest chicken chili

Jan 28, 2012
Recipe: Southwest chicken chili

I'll admit sometimes dating someone with kidlets can be a bit trying...instead of cocktails with friends or a romantic getaway to the City, weekends can be full of meltdowns, pouting and attitude. But more often then not, they'...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Plum crazy at the Sacramento Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers annual exchange

Plum crazy at the Sacramento Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers annual exchange

Outside the CRFG Scion ExchangeDear Mom:These are my kind of people. They're weird. I'm going to learn a lot from them!Much Love,BillSuffice to say -- I've been looking forward to this event for the better part of a year. The event I'm speaking of? The...

Bamboo and More
Liberating succulents from smothering grasses

Jan 28, 2012
Liberating succulents from smothering grasses

A few years ago—before I started this blog, which is why I have trouble remembering—I bought a six-pack of blue fescue (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’) and planted them in the two small succulent beds in the back yard. At that time, the succulent...

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Sean Ferguson’s Corner of the Universe
An interview with Hugh Jackman about ‘Real Steel’

An interview with Hugh Jackman about ‘Real Steel’

HUGH JACKMAN (Charlie Kenton) is a native of Australia. He made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the “X-Men” franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful “X2” and “X-Men: The Last ...

Foothill Agrarian
Last of our major preparations for lambing

Jan 27, 2012
Last of our major preparations for lambing

Vaccination workshop participants learning how to tip the ewes and give injections.This past week has marked the last of our major preparations for lambing.  Last Sunday, we started vaccinating the ewe flock for enterotoxemia and tetanus - we host...

State Park Closures Trip
Fort Tejon State Historic Park highly recommended if traveling over the Grapevine

Fort Tejon State Historic Park highly recommended if traveling over the Grapevine

I highly recommend Fort Tejon State Historic Park for anyone traveling over the Grapevine on Interstate 5 and in need of a driving break or a place for a picnic lunch. It's located right off the highway about three miles north of Gorman (or thirty min...

in these small moments
We have to start somewhere: Kids and decision-making

We have to start somewhere: Kids and decision-making

Katie’s Monday ballet class at 9:30 am seemed like an okay idea when we signed her up for it. But once we added in the 45-minute drive each way, what was a minor inconvenience at first, in time became a torturous way to start the week. So, after her last performance, I went online...

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Sac Foodies
Lunch with Grange Restaurant & Bar’s new executive chef

Jan 27, 2012
Lunch with Grange Restaurant & Bar’s new executive chef

It’s not the first time we have been to the Grange – we have been big fans since it opened in 2009. But the invitation to come and dine with the new executive chef – Chef Oliver Ridgeway – got us excited about stopping in and seeing what changes Grange has been up to....

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