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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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California Fun Along the 110 Corridor

Last weekend, on a day that was not so fun, I found one silver lining in the middle of life's metaphorical hurricane. My trip required a drive on California State Route 110, also known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway. One of my very first freeway driving experiences was on 110 from South Pasadena to Los… Continue reading California Fun Along the 110 Corridor

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The Beaches of Orange County

The temperatures in Southern California are forecasted to rival the surface temperature of hell this Labor Day weekend, and while it's going to be unusually crazy hot at the beaches, there is a good 15-20 degree difference between the coast and the valleys, making a beach escape very tempting. For our family, a trip to… Continue reading The Beaches of Orange County

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Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Over our nearly twenty years of travel as a family, Flagstaff, Arizona has become a place we frequent, either as a stop on our road tripping adventures or as a vacation of its own. Located along Interstate 40 and U.S. 89, Flagstaff is in relatively close proximity to two national parks. The South Rim of… Continue reading Flagstaff Area National Monuments

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San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach

For many, San Diego, California evokes images of beaches, craft beer, and Mexican food joints on every block. And while this is totally true- some of the best Mexican food with craft beer I've ever had was in San Diego- there is a lot more to do than hang out at the beach with your… Continue reading San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach