Archive for January, 2011

Middle Sister Wine: Rebel Red

Posted by: Frances

January 30th, 2011 >> Cooking, Uncategorized

So, I went to Henry’s Farmer Market for the first time to check it out.  I was very satisfied with the store and found a bunch of things there to try.  While I was there, in the Wine section I found Middle Sister Wine!!!  How cool is that!!!  I ended up buying the Rebel Red Bottle they made.  I have not tried it yet, but when I do, I will let you know what I think.

Check out their youtube video just click here.  They also have a Sisters Giveback program you can find out more about on their link.

They make a variety of wines.  Here is the picture of the Rebel Red Middle Sister Wine that I purchased.



Book update

Posted by: Frances

January 25th, 2011 >> Educational

1.  I finally finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown!  I really enjoyed the book, although I am not a fan of his writing style.  This book was interesting and kept me wanting to read more.  If you want to read something with some history in it and suspense with a twist… this is the book for you.

2.  I also finished reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.  I absolutely loved her book!!! I am going to test out some of her recipes too.  Her book was exciting and liberating at times.  As I was reading it felt like I was sitting right next to her as she told me her story.  She was very enthusiastic throughout the entire book and made me think about some things.  I have to say, one part in the book really made me question if I wanted to eat red meat again!

“Our intestines tell a story, too.  A carnivore’s intestines are only about 6 feet long, because meat isn’t meant to hang out in the gut forever.  Our intestines are 20 feet long; when we eat meat, it teks a full 72 hours to pass through us.  That’s 3 days, and your body, my friend, is 98.6 degrees inside!  It’s like having a steak sit out in the hot sun for 3 days straight.  Eventually it will start to rot and putrefy.  And that’s what’s happening inside of you.”The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone Pg. 33

I have really enjoyed reading her blog as well.  It is and has a lot of information available to you.  If you are looking for something different to cook and an adventure in challenging your diet, I suggest you read her book.  Half of her book are recipes just for you to try and hopefully love.  I liked her style of writing because it felt like we were talking.

Making my 1st Terrarium

Posted by: Frances

January 20th, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational, Outdoor Activities

Matt and I were watching CBS Sunday morning the other day.  They had a special on Terrariums and I was inspired to make one of my own.  So… I ended up making four and Matt made one.  So, come to find out they are quite easy, but require some patience.

Supplies: Gravel or Rocks, Horticulture Charcoal, soil, weed stopper mesh, plants and a container (i.e. fish bowl, or something enclosed)

Step 1: Buy a jar or glass bowl of your choice

Step 2: place about and 1 inch to 2 inches of rocks on the bottom

Step3: cut a piece of the mesh to lay on top of the rock to act as a barrier for the soil to stay above the rocks

Step 4: mix about a cup of charcoal with the soil.  You only want enough so that if you take a handful you can see some of the charcoal mixed in the soil

Step 5: add water to the charcoal/soil mix until it is moist.  You have put too much water if there is water pooling in the bottom of the bowl you are mixing it in.

Step 6: put a very small scarce layer of the charcoal on top of the mesh

Step 7: add the soil on top of the scarce layer of charcoal (about 2 to 3 inches deep)

Step 8: plant your plants into the soil in the order you like

Step 9: Slightly water when completed

Step 10: put on display

These are the ones I have made:





Books and Magazines

Posted by: Frances

January 8th, 2011 >> Cooking, Crafts, Educational

So for Christmas I asked for a bunch of different books and a magazine subscription.  I am really excited about all of them and can’t wait to read them.

Currently I am reading  The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown Absolutely intriguing so far.


I am also reading  MaryJane’s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook by MaryJane Butters and  MaryJane’s Stitching Room I also have a subscription to her magazine Mary Janes Farm.  I just love these:



I have The Kind Diet By Alicia Silverstone that I have already began reading.  It is interesting and there have been a few things in the book that have really put a spin on my head.  She also has a website blog called


Lastly, I received two of Alice Waters Cookbooks.  One is Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook and the other is The Art of Simple Food.



December 2010

Posted by: Frances

January 8th, 2011 >> Concerts, Holidays, Movie Mania, Travel

Since Thanksgiving I have done a ton of things.

First, Matt and I attended the Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) The Wall performance at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. We had dinner at the Wolfgang Puck, which was DELICIOUS! The Wall performance was really interesting and parts of it were kind of disturbing. Overall, I enjoyed it though.


Second, Matt and I went hiking at the Chino Hills State Park for hours one afternoon. That was our first time to explore the park near us. It had views of rolling mountains and valleys… gorgeous!


Third, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from Widener University. I am done!!! I am going back to school at Western Governors University for a Forensic Accounting Degree beginning in February. I am very excited and can’t wait to start the program.

Fourth, Matt and I had two weeks off for the holidays. We drove to Austin, and then flew to Asheville, NC. We were very fortunate and were able to see all of our friends and family, exception of one or two people. We had a fantastic time, but it was really cold! Christmas at his mother’s house was quiet and relaxing.  We went to the Gingerbread Competition at Grove Park Inn for an evening that ended us up in a dual piano bar.  The Gingerbread houses were amazing.  (My favorite is below)  They had all kinds of Christmas trees decorated and displayed that were beautiful.


Next, we flew back to Austin on the 23rd for Christmas with my family and friends. Christmas was crazy, but lots of good food and fun. We went to see Tron at the Texas State Museum Imax in 3D. It was OUTSTANDING!!! I really enjoyed the movie and was very excited to see Disney do such a great job. We also went to the Alamo Drafthouse on 6th St for the Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long. That was full of fun and laughs!

New Years was quiet at home in California and I played with all my new gadgets from Christmas. As always, I watched the New York Ball Drop too.

Here is to a new year full of new experiences and lots of fun and adventure….