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Archive for February, 2012

Event: March Full Moon Hikes, Various Locations, Santa Monica Mountains NRA

February 26th, 2012 Comments off

From the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area OUTDOORS Calendar of Events

WED 3/7 6pm

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa

Howl at the Moon

Join a ranger for a hike during the full moon to look and listen for nightlife in the park, including coyotes, owls, and scorpions! Bring a flashlight. Rain cancels. All ages welcome. Meet at parking lot. 2hrs NPS

THU 3/8 6pm

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Full Moon Hike

Enjoy the mountains, meadow, and an ocean overlook as the moon lights our way. Bring a flashlight and meet at upper parking lot. Rain cancels. Reservations required: 310-317-1364. $4 parking fee. 2hrs CMPR

FRI 3/9 6pm

Franklin Canyon – Sooky Goldman Nature Ctr

Nearly Full Moon Evening

Enjoy a moderately strenuous hike after the sun goes down. The moon, stars, and views add to the joy of being in nature under a full moon. 2hrs MRCA/SMM

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Drinks: Downton Abbey Themed Cocktails

February 25th, 2012 Comments off

So many people are crazy over Downton Abbey, so it only makes sense that their love of the show sneaks into everything they are doing. I am a big fan myself and often find myself sipping a cup of tea and nibbling some biscuits as I watch.

Downton abbey

Over at The Kitchn, Nancy Mitchell is show her love for all things Downton Abbey with a collection of cocktails named and themed for each of the Crawley women. Most are champagne-based and each seeks to call out the identifying traits of each woman.

Downton cocktails


Lady Mary
makes 1 cocktail
1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4-5 basil leaves
brut champagne, chilled

Add the basil and lemon juice to your shaker and muddle. Add Lillet and ice and then shake and strain into a flute. Top with champagne.

Find other Downtown Abbey cocktails (and more) on The Kitchn


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Event: DelAir Rockhounds Annual Gem Show 2012 through Saturday, Feb 25

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

DelAir Rockhounds Annual Gem Show 2012

Continues tomorrow, Saturday, February 25, 2012


The Del-Air Rockhounds Club invites you to join us for our annual GEMboree Show

Friday February 24th 2012 from 3-9 pm and Saturday February 25th 2012 from 10 am-5 pm.

Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91325

Admission and parking is free!


Some photos from our visit today…

Showroom Panorama 2

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Show Room Panorama 2


Wirewrapped gem jewelry

Wirewrapping gem jewelry

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Historic Walking Tours in Downtown LA this weekend

February 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Downtown LALA Cowboy posted notice of these walks…

This Weekend’s Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore Presents….

The Secret Lives of Historic Downtown Los Angeles

Saturdays will have the HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES 101  tour and Sunday will have the HOW LOS ANGLES INVENTED THE WILD WEST (and why no one knows it) tour.

On Saturday February 25th and Sunday February 26th (and Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th) will be two different guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Los Angeles’s secret past, its present – and its future.

Read the entire blog post for more information

Product: Cookbook Cafe 2.0 Launches Today! – Get your cookbook on!

February 22nd, 2012 Comments off

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A few months ago, I created a cookbook for this iPad App and Web site. Cookbook Cafe allows anyone to create their own cookbook and deliver it directly to user’s iPads. (You can also access the cookbooks directly on the web site)

This new app allows anyone — individuals, charities and non-profits, restaurants, etc — to create (and sell) their own cookbooks. It presents the cookbooks complete with photos and videos in an attractive fashion, just like a paper cookbook.

My “beta” cookbook is entitled “Sharing Christmas with Friends” and includes a number of cookie recipes, beverages and even my secret Christmas Chili recipe! (LAUGH) – View “Sharing Christmas with Friends” cookbook.

You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store — Cookbook Cafe.

Want to create your own cookbook? Visit the Cookbook Cafe Creator.

Here is an intro video from Babette Pepaj, Founder of Bakespace




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Photo: Sally Lunn Bread

February 20th, 2012 Comments off
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Event: Livin’ in the Sticks at King Gillette Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains NRA

February 18th, 2012 Comments off

From the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area OUTDOORS Calendar of Events

SAT 2/25 3pm

King Gillette Ranch

Livin’ in the Sticks

Meet the dusky-footed woodrat on his own turf. Join a 1-mile easy walk with naturalist Tony as he takes you on a tour of the neighborhood where they build elaborate nests that are both a home and a time capsule. Meet at the parking lot to left of the pond. 2hrs MRCA/SMM

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Barrel age your own cocktails?

February 18th, 2012 Comments off

I came across this amazingly geeky idea in my RSS feeds recently. I love it when people take something to its apotheosis, such as using this small piece of aging barrel to “age” your own cocktails. I suppose you could also use it to age and season some of your own liquor if you distilled it yourself. $10 is a fairly cheap price to give it a try.

Barrel stave

From the original blog post at Man Made…

The trend of barrel-aging whole cocktails has emerged among mixologists (likely attributed to expert Jeffrey Morganthaler), and in the absence of your own tiny casks, you can aged your own “white” cocktails for a mere $10 investment.   The trick is a jar and a tiny piece of stave from an aging barrel. Available at Tuthill Town Spirits for $10.

Read the entire article: How to: Barrel-Age Your Own Cocktails for $10

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Event: Winter Sky at Circle X Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains NRA

February 15th, 2012 Comments off

From the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area OUTDOORS Calendar of Events

SUN 2/19 6pm

Circle X Ranch

Winter Sky

Join us for a ranger-led constellation tour followed by stargazing through telescopes. Bring your planisphere or telescope. All ages welcome. Rain cancels. Info: 805-370-2301. 4hrs NPS

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Geek at Work! – Photo-A-Day Nov 13, 2006

February 14th, 2012 Comments off

I have been using Flickr to share my photos since 2004 and have over 5,300 photos there which have been viewed over 33,000 times. I’ll be re-visiting some of my favorite pictures and also those most popular with other Flickr users.

I picked up a bunch of these standees at BarCampLA back in 2006. This photo was part of my Picture-A-Day series from that year. It is rated as the #1 most popular photo in my Flickr Photostream.

I still have that laptop, although the hinge is broken and it isn’t the speediest thing. It gets called into duty on occasion for displaying videos at Halloween and other static displays.

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