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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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A Day in Bath

"Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.  You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan." Captain Wentworth, Persuasion It is… Continue reading A Day in Bath

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Bells On Cocktails Ring

'Tis the Friday before Christmas and all through the house, there's still work to be done with a wireless mouse.  But even with all the hustle and bustle of the season, there's time yet for happy hour and time well spent with friends and family.  And since no good holiday story ever began over a… Continue reading Bells On Cocktails Ring

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A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

Hello and happy 3.14. In honor of National Pi Day, here’s a recipe for a Hawaiian-inspired treat, macadamia nut pie. Enjoy! 1 cup dark corn syrup 2/3 cup corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 jar (6.5-8 ounces) macadamia nuts 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 9” pie crust, unbaked  coconut pressed… Continue reading A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

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Tournament of Roses: What was Missed

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: What was Missed