Lifestyle Picks

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

Baked Bree
Recipe: Kit Kat ice cream

May 15, 2012
Recipe: Kit Kat ice cream

What I really should call this ice cream is “Kitty Cat” ice cream. My children are getting to the point where homemade ice cream is no longer impressive to them. They are so jaded. I try to tell them that not all mom’s make their kids ice cream from scratch. But they don’t believe...

A Girl And Her Fork
Recipe: Kinpira gobo (sauteed burdock root with soy glaze)

May 14, 2012
Recipe: Kinpira gobo (sauteed burdock root with soy glaze)

Lately I've been a bit stressed out and haven't really felt like cooking. At lunchtime I've been mostly nibbling on salads, raw veggies and fresh fruit but today I felt like eating something a bit more substantial so I decided to make a doubl...

Rubys Musings
Sutter Creek is a wonderful example of a gold mining town

A daycation post Yesterday for Mother's Day, after having a lovely breakfast of bagels and mimosa's with the younger two of our three daughters, hubby and I decided to brave the the horrid traffic and take a Sunday drive. The destination was a smal...

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Dr. Melissa Arca
The heart of motherhood: I found it in San Francisco

The heart of motherhood: I found it in San Francisco

Words have eluded me the last few days. They didn’t seem enough. I couldn’t quite capture the importance of it. All I know is that on Thursday May 10th at 7pm, I was exactly where I was supposed to be. And it felt damn good. I was lucky enough to take part in something...

Surreal Housewife of Amador County
The many faces of motherhood

I have a favorite quote. It goes like this: People are a lot of things. Oprah said that. I don’t know who said it to her; probably her mother. Anyway, I like it because it helps me understand the world. It explains a lot of peculiar behavior, my own ...

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Fun Tour Guru
Where in San Francisco? One Leidesdorff Place

May 14, 2012
Where in San Francisco? One Leidesdorff Place

My Evening in San Francisco I was invited to the Entire Productions Launch at One Leidesdorff Place in San Francisco the beginning of May by a friend, who is an event planning colleague. One Leidesdorff Place and the Merchant Exchange Building are w...

Nanny Goats in Panties
Occasions when cow bells aren’t good enough

Occasions when cow bells aren’t good enough

When we entered the very flowered courtyard of the Ryde Hotel (centrally located in downtown Ryde, California), a young man handed me a Yay flag. Trivia Nugget — Ryde (population: 146) was named after a seaside town on the Isle of Wight. The Ryde Hotel lies along the Sacramento River and is known for...

52 Kitchen Adventures
Eat, Write, Retreat: Reflecting on why I write a food blog

Eat, Write, Retreat: Reflecting on why I write a food blog

Last weekend I attended my first food blogging conference, Eat, Write, Retreat, thanks to a sponsorship from Jarlsberg. I thought I would leave the conference bursting with ideas and dive into writing new blog posts, but I have found the opposite to be true. Instead, I’ve been reflecting on why I blog, what I think you...

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Game to 100
Hair dryers and spitting in the shower

May 14, 2012
Hair dryers and spitting in the shower

I’ve been a member of the Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento for 12 years, and it’s helped to keep my athletic life going at the intensity level I like. I can work out to my heart’s content and relieve the … Continue reading

Undercover Caterer
How to make a spring chicken dinner, Pt. 1: Pan roasted chicken

How to make a spring chicken dinner, Pt. 1: Pan roasted chicken

Who doesn’t love a roasted chicken dinner?  Ok, I concede maybe not vegetarians—but I suspect if they tasted the crispy skin on this bird they might change their minds.  Usually I roast a whole bird but for this easy pan roast method, you start with pieces.  A whole cut-up chicken is fine, or you...

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