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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Christmastime is probably my favorite time of year. Everything from the bright and festive decorations to spending time with good friends and family bring a sense of home and happiness during the season. But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the myriad of holiday treats that are oh-so-delicious. The Haasienda kitchen is… Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Christmas Greetings 2020

Merry Christmas from Owen and Penelope While Christmas present for us looks quite different from bright memories of Christmases past, there is still much to be thankful for even in the midst of what has been for us a difficult holiday season. I acknowledge that we are not alone; this year has brought for many… Continue reading Christmas Greetings 2020

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Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich

With apologies to Mary Berry. The pandemic has brought much binging of The Great British Baking Show (as well as many other shows) and a slightly slower pace of life. With that, we have been spending more time in the kitchen, and have practiced a bit more creativity when planning meals and baking treats. The… Continue reading Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich

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The Last Good Day

Jacob's Eagle Court of Honor took place the Saturday before the first shutdowns in March. Happy nine month anniversary of ‘14 days to flatten the curve.’ Needless to say 2020 has not been what anyone expected, and the loss of what used to be has brought about some difficult emotions, especially as we head toward… Continue reading The Last Good Day

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Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs

Enjoying the warm desert evening at Wyndham Indio Two weekends ago, Sami and I took a mini break to get away from the stress of virtual learning and life in Los Angeles County. I love Indio as it is an easy two hour getaway from where we are down Interstate 10, and the World Mark… Continue reading Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs