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Hot Chocolate

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Haley's morning hot chocolate.

Kids in Joshua Tree National Park

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We spent the day at Joshua Tree National Park today.





My Silly Kids

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Another Roadrunner

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Roadrunner in Palm Desert 





The Hawk that Killed a Duck

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In the morning we sit out on our patio and enjoy coffee and the view.  Ducks waddle by and visit us, hoping for a crumb of food.  This morning a hawk flew out of nowhere, grabbed a plump duck, and took it to a nearby tree.  About an hour later the hawk was 'kneading' the duck and feathers were flying from the tree.





Palm Desert Pictures

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Dustin mountain biking in the desert.


A roadrunner on out patio, spotted and identified by Simone!

Palm Desert View

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We are on vacation in Palm Desert.  This is the amazing view from my bedroom patio this morning:



Today's Drive

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Afternoon sun and clouds, as seen on Camino Diablo near Marsh Creek Road in Contra Costa County.

Dessert Tonight: Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

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....or as Michael calls it, 'The Cake of Deliciousness'.  We finally got to try the cake we made yesterday and it was delicious!



Click here for the recipe.

Baking With My Little Kids

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Today the little kids helped me make a persimmon cake.  I am convinced they would have never liked this cake if they didn't help make it!



My cute little helpers!

Photo Challenge: Purple Mountain Majesty

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Time for another challenge at Project 64: Out of the Box. Each week a random crayon is chosen from a 64 count box of Crayola Crayons. That color is used as inspiration for the week, the challenge is to find and photograph the weekly color in the world around us.
This week the color is Purple Mountain Majesty. My photo submission was taken with my cell phone on a stormy day.  This is Mt. Diablo, as seen from the Bypass Road in Brentwood.


Dinner Tonight: Peppers Stuffed with Bulgur and Beef

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Peppers Stuffed with Bulgur and Beef

Saturday's Brunch

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Pancakes with Vanilla Yogurt and Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Photographic Scavenget Hunt

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It's scavenger hunt time again at Ramblings and Photos. Each week 5 items are listed and participants photograph their interpretations of the items. The items this week are Food, Purple, In Disguise, Shapes, and Photographers Choice. 
Here are my items:
Food: Cupcakes served at my daughter's high school golf party


Purple:

In Disguise: One of these trees is actually a cell tower in disguise.  Bet you can't tell which one!

Shapes: Legos!


Photographers Choice: My windshield at the car wash

My other scavenger hunt entries can be found here.

Dinner Tonight: Herbed Pork Tenderloin and Wild Rice Pilaf with Fennel and Cranberries

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Dinner Tonight: Herbed Pork Tenderloin and Wild Rice Pilaf with Fennel and Cranberries.  Lots of ingredients and very labor intensive recipes but well worth the effort, especially on a cold fall evening.

Photo Challenge: Dandelion

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Time for another challenge at Project 64: Out of the Box. Each week a random crayon is chosen from a 64 count box of Crayola Crayons. That color is used as inspiration for the week, the challenge is to find and photograph the weekly color in the world around us. This week the color is Dandelion. I took this early morning picture on the Byron Highway near the Delta-Mendota Canal.

French Ovens and Beef Carbonnade

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Tonight I made Beef Carbonnade from America's Test Kitchen. This recipe was delicious!

I got a new 6.5 quart French Oven for my birthday and this was the first recipe I tried with it.  The beef browned beautifully and the meal cooked to perfection.  I will definitely make this recipe again and can't wait to use my French Oven again! What is a French Oven you ask?  It is a very heavy enameled cast iron pot that can go from the stove to the oven.  Le Creuset has a model similar to mine, but since theirs retails for around $240.00 I opted for the Kirkland brand French Oven for a mere $79.00.  The only differences are the color of the interior and the closed handles.
Snubbing me because I got a knock-off?? HA!  Here is an article in Hungry Mouse's blog about a battle between Le Creuset French Ovens anf  Lodge.  I imagine the Kirkland preformed just as well.
Beef Carbonnade America's Test Kitchen 3 1/2 lbs boneless chuck roast or blade steak, trimmed and cut in 1-inch cube…

Halloween at Michael's School

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