Saturday, May 26, 2012

More photos from Sagebrush

   Look at those pretty cars! Just makes one drool...
   Aaaahhhh...M6 convertibles...
   I love a black car! This wasn't a test drive car, but a 740i. Love the almost muscle car styling of the front end...I need to post Lilac festival photos. Looks like I'll be doing some backwards posting again!

Crazy Busy 7 Days & BMWs!

  Boy, am I exhausted! In the last 7 days, I worked Lilac 8 hours & 9 hours, threw a Family Math Event, attended MCCOC & Pinon Pines HOA board meetings, Griffin's Open House, AND worked at Sagebrush Annies Tues. - Friday. They hosted over 150 journalists for lunch on three separate days for BMW USA. The lucky writers, from all over the western hemisphere, got to test drive the new 640i and M6 convertibles!
Even the CEO visited Sagebrush!
   I was so nervous, since the only restaurant experience I have was hostessing at the Malibu Carlos & Pepe's in the '80s, but I did fine, & got tipped with three bottles of wine! Woohoo! I'll post more photos later; now I have to get ready for my storytime/craft at the Bonfield Horse Farm today!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Michi Le Fermiére

   Je une fermiére! Yes, I am a farmer! This is my new, upper tier (ignore the massive foxtails) with my corn patch. The fenced area is my baby pumpkin patch with the seedlings that sprouted in my compost.
   This is the bottom tier, with asparagus (they look like dead weeds), strawberry and Japanese eggplant.

   This is the middle tier, with artichoke and asparagus. I plan to add spaghetti squash as well. In fact, I may have some spaghetti squash seedlings sprouting amongst my corn.

   I also have tomato, strawberry & petunias in pots...
Basil and more petunias...
   We had so much fun at the Mother's Day dinner Saturday, I only snapped one shot. This was the amazing first course, with the handmade pasta & spicy shrimp/crab. Note my friends doing the classic Japanese peace sign shot in my!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fantastic Mother's Day!

   I am having an awesome Mother's Day weekend! Look at the gorgeous tulips the hub gave me, from our wonderful local florist, Dragonfly's Garden...and, he remembered no baby's breath!
      I had fun yesterday, puttering in my yard, where we are enjoying our first beautiful massive iris bloom. I also have planted asparagus, artichokes, pumpkins, corn and Japanese eggplant in my vegetable garden. Flower-wise, I am weeding out my flower patch out front, and planted a snowball bush. I also worked on the pinecone wreaths for the PMLC Lilac Festival booth. I had to undo the wiring the kids 'helped' me with the other I took photos of the garden, but left my camera with them at our neighbor-friends' last night.
   Speaking of which, we had one of the best meals of our lives there last night! Their son & daughter-in-law, N&C, made an amazing gourmet dinner. First course was handmade, fresh pasta, with a cream sauce and spicy shrimp/crab. The main course was filet mignon, with a peppercorn sauce, cumin carrots, & broccoli rabe. Just amazing... Of course we had some awesome Laetitia sparkling, & an array of fantastic wines. I made creme brulees for dessert, with a macerated blackberry/strawberry sauce on the side. I need to learn a new dessert, as I'm becoming a 'one-trick pony.' However, the brulees were yummy...
   Even though I'm working today, I am having a great day multi-tasking in the real estate office, printing out listing brochures while I update this blog. I'll have garden & dinner photos tomorrow!
   This photo is of the monkey last weekend on Boys' Day, hence the koi nobori. Note the nice scratch marks on my front door. On my long list of desired items, is a new Mission-style front door, so I don't mind so much...

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Cub Scout Weekend!

   On Saturday, our cub scout Pack 27 helped with the first mountain cleanup. They were hoping for 100 total people, but got 160! Lots of groups and families from around the Frazier Park area helped. Even our school superintendent drove in from Bakersfield to help.
   We had a challenging area of Cuddy Valley, with a wide area of rolling mountainsides to clean. There were only four boys and two leaders, but we did a great job. That pizza was sure good, after our hours of cleaning.
   There was beautiful lupine in bloom...
spiky thistle...
and other wildflowers, like these pretty yellow flowers.

   What is amazing, is how much larger the area really is when you are on foot, as opposed to whizzing by in a car...
   On Sunday, we joined forces with the new PMC pack to hold a joint Pinewood Derby. The boys had fun racing their cars, & the adults did a nice job with the food...
   Here are the cool cars...even the adults raced some cars. My car is the 'girly' one next to the checkered one: purple/blue leopard print w/purple tiger stripes...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Beautiful Sunset

   The other day, we were driving home from cub scouts, & I was struck by the beautiful sunset, and had to stop & snap some pics. Imagine how gorgeous it was in person, with that huge expanse of sky...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Limoncello is Aging!

     So, I finally
started my first batch of limoncello (thanks to my buddy, K, for the vodka & lemons). This is day two, & the vodka has already taken on a pretty yellow cast. Don't the lemon peels look like rose petals??
  My Petaluma bestie gave me the recipe when the monkey & I went to visit in December. The toughest part is scraping the white fleshy part off the lemon peels. In 7 days, I will boil sugar/water to make a syrup to add, then it will need to age another 20 days. Then, voila! Limoncello for K & me! BTW, @K: these bottles are made from recycled glass in Spain!