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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

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The Legends of Winchester

Our last stop during the countryside portion of our tour was the city of Winchester. Like the other places we visited, Winchester has a long and rich history dating back to prehistoric and Roman times.  Today, the Hampshire County Councils are based in Winchester, and it is said to be one of the most desirable… Continue reading The Legends of Winchester

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Easy Dessert: Blondies

 Who, after a nice long hike or outdoor adventure, ever asks for a kale salad? There may be a few folks who will, but what I usually hear are requests for a nice double double hamburger from In-N-Out or some sweet and delicious carbs. So here's an easy recipe for an oft-requested dessert: blondies.  Blondies… Continue reading Easy Dessert: Blondies