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The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

The Cal Poly Universities float: the cow figures out how to jump over the moon After a hiatus that was precedented only four times before due to World War II in the over 130 years of the Tournament of Roses, in a hopeful sign of normalcy, the Rose Parade has returned to Pasadena, California. This… Continue reading The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

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The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

The holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends. These gatherings are often centered around food, and in our circles, an abundance of sweet treats and fun- sometimes adult- beverages. Holiday baking is a long family tradition, especially with my girls. From preparing for winter school events to family gatherings, there's nothing… Continue reading The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Český Krumlov

From the moment we stepped off the bus at the station in Český Krumlov, it felt as though we were stepping into a fairy tale. The sweeping views of a medieval town nestled into rolling hills with the vibrant colors of autumn were like those one could find in a story book. And of course,… Continue reading Český Krumlov

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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