New Item: Organic Seedless Raspberry Jam!

I have a new item in my Etsy ShopOrganic Seedless Raspberry Jam!

Delicious, amazing and fantastic!  Everything that you would expect from Raspberry Jam; plus, no seeds!  Woot!  Woot!

Whitney and I headed up to Auburn on one summer morning, and picked these from a U-Pick Farm ourselves! We had lots of fun picking the berries, and there were so many on the bushes that we picked over 30 lbs. in less than an hour!  Before it even got SUPER hot (it turned into a 100°+ day).

Grown in the rolling foothills of true California Gold County in the small town of Auburn. These organic raspberry bushes have never seen a drop of pesticides or fumigants. Grown at an organic U-Pick Farm ran by an awesome Husband – Wife Team that has been in operation since the 1980s, each raspberry was selected by yours truly!

Crabbing

Crabbing is probably my favorite extremely early Saturday/Sunday morning adventure.  There is this excitement that builds when you wake up at 4:30 a.m. and trek for a couple of hours to the coast.  When you get a couple of miles out you can start to smell the intoxicating scent of the ocean.  More excitement, more pent-up hope.  Will this be the big day?!  Tons of crabs?  Lots of keepers?  Maybe a Dungeness or two?  You get to the coast, which is still enveloped in morning fog, but with a faint hint of the sun peeking over the hills.  The steady lap of the ocean with high tide coming in.  “This is going to be the day” you say to yourself. 

9 keepers in total, and being good stewards of the ocean, we tossed back the two females that we caught.  What could make crabbing even better?  Sharing the time with your younger brother (Who is an even more avid crab fan than myself).  

The first HUGE one

 

Caught ya sucka!

 

Crabs in a bucket

 

ラン!ゴジラ! (Run! Godzilla!)

 

Number 9 and the little brother is happy as hell!

I long for the Bay Area

Especially the East and North Bay during spring.  When I come over the Benicia-Martinez bridge and WHAM! Mount Diablo comes into view it starts tugging on my heart-strings. 

Stephanie came up from Phoenix and we went tramping through the Martinez hills looking for a good photo-op for Mount Diablo.  We were thinking of printing these on some t-shirts or coffee mugs to prove our mad East Bay love.  HA!

Mount Diablo

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Steph and Nick

Wild Mustard

Christmas Photo 2009

Our Christmas Photo for family members who asked.  If you want one just ask…   =)

Not the best background…  But we didn’t have anyone to take the photo that night, so we did the best we could.  We took close to 50 pictures and this was the one that came out the best.  Now if only dogs had opposable thumbs… 

Christmas Lights

Whitney and I put up our Christmas lights over the Thanksgiving break.  First time that we have had Christmas lights and they look awesome!  But I must admit, I would love to add additional lights, but it is sort of cost prohibitive! 

‘Tis the season! Woo Hoo!

Whitney untangling the lights

All done!

Go team Crespo/Ronan!

Art Hunt 11-20-2009

Let’s go with people named Nick…

Nick Brandt

Nicolas de Staël

 

Halloween 2009

Even the Bay Bridge being closed couldn’t deter us!  Dammit we were going to The City for a night of debauchery!  Started the evening in Berkeley at Kristen & Brian’s house, we all got ready and then headed for the naughty Broadway District to Horizon Ultra Lounge and Apartment 24.  When the two clubs didn’t suffice, we made the taxi ride to the other side of the city, to the middle of Castro.  Even though they still are not having the block party (9 people were shot in 2006) it was still jam-packed with some of the most imaginative, intriguing costume go-ers I have seen.  Being there again, made me wish people knew how to act right; because many people will probably never experience the “true” Castro Halloween circa early 2000’s.  After shuffling through the sidewalks single-file for a couple hours and realizing that we weren’t going to be able to boogie-woogie at Badlands, we made our way back to Broadway and danced until it was time to catch BART. 

BART did an amazingly SHITTY job managing the hordes of people who were trying to leave San Francisco.  A BART train finally came 45 minutes after it was supposed to be there, only for us to be jammed in like sardines a la this video.  It was hundreds of people shoving to try to get in and not wait another hour for the next train.  It’s okay though, despite the screw up, I still love you BART.  So finally we got home safe and sound with all fingers and toes.  A wonderful night, with great peeps, lots of fun and some inappropriate, but harmless groping!  😉 

Thanks San Francisco- you make me miss home even more…

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Sometimes…

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You can reach too far.  And find yourself in situations that you can’t seem to get out of.

Just remember, not everyone who shows up is there to help you. 

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Truer words haven’t been spoken, and no pictures can demonstrate this better.  =)

Nick’s Words of Wisdom:  Don’t get bent over today.

Impromptu Date Night

Whitney and I made our way to the Davis Farmer’s Market on Wednesday night, looking for the Chicken Lady from Cache Creek Meat Co.  hoping to score some pastured chicken, but to no avail.  I am guessing that she doesn’t come on Wednesday nights or she left early.  Wednesday night is full of food/street vendors which is cool, but we came to get chicken and produce!  So we know to come on Saturday’s for the good stuff.

We left and went to Jack’s Urban Eats in Natomas, which is a cool place that is half fast-food / half restaurant.  Not necessarily what we were expecting, but everything was really good.  They have these fries called the “Urban Fries”.  Holy sheep.  They are fried to order with a blue cheese dressing and spicy chili oil.  BEST.  FRENCH.  FRY.  TOPPING.  EVER. 

Urban Fries

Then we made our way to our favorite FroYo place in the Sacramento area:  Yog-Yog or their Yelps are here.  If you live in the Sacramento Metro area you need to get your ass there.  If you come and visit me, remind me to take you here.  After the great food and dessert, we went home to Nate Dog and watched the season premiere of House on TiVo.  Good times!

Sunday Funday

Well Kristen and Brian came up from Berkeley to hang out with Whitney and I this weekend.  On Sunday we had a great time gallivanting all over Sacramento.  First we went to Antique Trove in Roseville to check out all the antiques, but first we were lucky enough to happen upon an Antique Carshow in their parking lot.  There were some really nice cars and it was lots of fun checking them all out.  Some of the car clubs put weird stuffed animals in the cars for some reason???  We saw a HUGE teddy bear sitting in one, a possum driving another and a cat in an engine compartment of another.  I am sort of at a loss for words… 

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Whitney made out with some new Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and a bracelet.  I saw a section there that we are totally going to decorate our master bedroom with.  I am excited… 

Then we made our way to Old Sacramento and had a great lunch on the Delta King.  We all were starving and they aptly came through with some great food.  The table had their cheese tray, calamari, mushroom risotto, Portobello sandwich, chicken sandwich and a steak sandwich and I have to say all the food was fantastic.  Look out for my Yelp soon enough!

 
M is for Mushroom Risotto...  Mmmm...

M is for Mushroom Risotto... Mmmm...

Then we made our way to Evangeline’s to poke around and look for our Halloween costumes.  There were tons of people there, but it was fun to look around and get some ideas.  All in all a great day.  Good times!

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Brian, Kristen, Nick and Whitney

Brian, Kristen, Nick and Whitney