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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy

Also officially known as Mt. San Antonio Mt. San Antonio, affectionately known as Mt. Baldy, is located in the Angeles National Forest and at 10064 feet above sea level is the highest peak in Los Angeles County. This famous feature is typically snow-capped from about December-April and is known for its skiing as well as… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy

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Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

In a sure sign that life is slowly returning to what used to be normal, Disneyland and California Adventure parks will be reopening on April 30, 2021. This is a huge for Anaheim and Orange County, as the parks' closure over the past year has cost the Disney company an estimated 2.4 billion dollars in… Continue reading Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

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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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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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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