June 26, 2015

Penelope Approved Bento

When Penelope saw her lunch she said "that looks gooood".

Turkey and cheddar sandwich on a roll, Funyuns, baby carrots, broccoli and celery, sweet cherries, blueberries and raspberries.

June 22, 2015

Summer Fun: San Diego County Fair

It's summertime and your town is probably abuzz with all the kiddos excited about your local county fair or yearly summertime festival. We live just an hour from the Del Mar fair grounds where every summer the San Diego County Fair is held. The fair brings thousands of people to enjoy shows, animals, rides and of course crazy food concoctions like peanut butter filled deep fried pickles, what?! We visited the fair just a few days ago and had a blast. Before I share some of our fair pics here are a few tips to help you enjoy your day.

Tip #1 If possible I would plan to hit the fair during the week. It's less packed and parking won't be as crazy as during the weekends. I remember one year we were at a standstill in freeway traffic forever waiting for our chance to search for a parking space. No fun!

Tip #2 Check out your local fairs web page and look out for special discount days. Our fair has certain days of the week where kiddos get in free, military discounts and so on. We hit the fair on a "Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride day. This meant we were able to purchase a wristband for Penelope to ride all the rides to her hearts content. It beats dealing with tickets and then hearing your kid whine because you are all out.

Tip #3 Pack light! You don't want to be lugging around your purse or bag all day. Especially when you will probably end up leaving with more then you walked in with anyway.

Tip #4 Don't forget your sunscreen, hats, sunglasses. Even when the sun isn't shining you still have to cover up. We learned this the hard way when we assumed there was no way we needed sunblock on a cloudy day. Wrong! We all came  home with sunburns despite the sun being covered up.

Tip #5 Stick to a budget. We hit the bank beforehand and took out cash. The plan was too spend only what we took out and once the money was gone so were we. It actually worked! Despite the fact that there were ATM's all over the grounds, once we spent our cash we headed out. You can end up spending a lot more then you planned if you don't stick to a plan.

Now go enjoy your day at the fair!


Because happiness is riding a pony
Checking out the farm animals
Just because
Stopping to smell the flowers
Fair Food!
Chicken Fried Bacon

Philly Cheesesteak
Bad idea


 Don't forget the souvenir's!

June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

June 16, 2015

Green Beans with Pancetta

Penelope has not only been having fun so far this summer but she has also been working and learning new things. Just the other day after helping me with the laundry and helping Chris "un-paint"  his car (sigh, don't even ask), I taught her to wash and trim some fresh green beans. She really enjoys helping out in the kitchen and I enjoy not having to do all the prep work myself.

Green Beans with Pancetta

1 pound of green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half. Penelope used kitchen shears to trim off the edges and halve the beans.
1 small package of pancetta chopped up.
2 to 3 green onions chopped
2 to 3 minced garlic cloves
A couple pats of butter
Salt and Pepper

Put the beans in a pot of salted boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove the beans and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans. Take your pancetta and fry it up in a pan. Add the green beans, onions, garlic and butter and sauté making sure to get everything all mixed together. Add salt and pepper and enjoy, preferably with a nice steak and sautéed mushrooms like we did.

June 11, 2015

Yummy in my Tummy- Devilicious Eatery

Do you recall seeing the Devilicious food truck on Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race a couple of year ago? The food truck is still touring all around southern California but recently they opened up shop here in Old Town Temecula. The menu includes all their food truck favorites like Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese and their Pork Belly Melt as well as several other appetizer, salad and sandwich options.

We stopped in for lunch on a Sunday, oh did I mention they also serve brunch on Sundays?
There was so much on the menu I wanted to try and it was hard to pick. We decided to try the Bacon Wrapped Mac and Cheese appetizer.

It's gooey cheesy mac and cheese wrapped in bacon and deep fried, need I say more. These were delicious dipped in a Chipotle Aioli.

For my meal I ordered the Soft Shell Crab Club and Truffle Parmesan Fries. The club is a whole tempura battered soft shell crab on buttered sourdough toast with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a Sriracha aioli. It was pretty good and filling, I only ate half. I think I would have enjoyed one of the other sandwiches a little more. The fries were tasty with just a hint of truffle but they could have been a bit more salted.

Chris ordered the Grilled Chicken Mole' sandwich. He loves Mole', but this wasn't the traditional Mole' sauce he was expecting. It was a pistachio Mole' on top of a grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, onion and Cotija cheese on a brioche bun. He said it was very fresh tasting but had a strange herb flavor he couldn't quite figure out. He also wished he would have ordered a different sandwich but it was good non the less.

They also have  variety of local and craft beers on tap.

I recommend the Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout. It's delicious but very heavy and rich. You might want to order some after your meal as your dessert. Did I mention dessert? They have that too. The Smores'wich sounds especially dangerous. Nutella, marshmallow and chocolate sauce on butter toasted sourdough dusted with powdered sugar.

There is too much on the menu that sounds intriguing that I am sure we will be back a few times.

Devilicious Eatery
28693 Old Town Front St, 104
Temecula, California

Summer Fun: Library Summer Reading Program

Looking for some fun things to with the kiddos this summer? Why not check out your local library and see if they are having a summer reading program. Our library here in Temecula has a fabulous one. They make it so much fun for the kids. Each year the program has a different theme. This year it is Read to the Rhythm. Kiddos and teens alike can sign up to spin the prize wheel every week for checking out books and reading them. They also have weekly events for the kids that fit along with the theme. This year there will be a musical puppet show, an opera singing musician, fun pajama storytimes and more! Oh and did I mention they also have free face painting! Temecula is very family oriented and the summer reading program is wildly popular and even better it's free! I am all bout promoting reading to Penelope so this just happens to be one of my favorite summer activities. Check out Penelope having some fun on the first day of sign up.

Your local library is a safe place for your kids to enjoy some computer time.
Our library has several activities where your child gets the chance to win some fun prizes.
Just for fun!

 This years summer reading program is sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Menchie's among other local businesses.

Don't let your kiddos stop reading over the summer just cause school is out. Reading is a fun activity to do all year long.

June 10, 2015

Bake Happy Cookbook Giveaway

#28 Joan

Bake Happy: 100 Playful Desserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frostings, and More by Judith Fertig is the latest cookbook for those that love to bake. Filled with 100 recipes for cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes with all the works sure to delight your sweet tooth.

C'mon, Bake Happy!
Learn how to use color, flavor, aroma, a playful spirit, a nod to the past, and a giving attitude to make your time in the kitchen more pleasurable.
Find out which flavors play well together: Meyer lemon and pomegranate, orange and passion fruit, chocolate and chipotle, strawberry and rosewater, and more.
Serve your dessert on a colored plate to enhance its flavor and appeal.
You can find your copy online or at bookstores wherever cookbooks are sold starting this month.

Want to win a copy of Bake Happy?

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite dessert is. You can get extra entries for following me via GFC and liking me on Facebook.

This giveaway will end on June 24, 2015. I will choose the winner using Random.org. Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. US entries only.

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