Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All done!

Papa Bill entered the kitchen declaring, "We're done, where do I put him?"




Three Zero





No matter how you put it today January 18th, 2012  I turn thirty.

I just keep singing Tim Mcgraw's song "In my Next Thirty Years" probably because I am a die hard country music fan and I really like the song.

"Hey my next thirty years I'm going to have some fun.
Try to forget about all the crazy things I've done.
Maybe now I've conquered all my adolescence fears
Figure out just what I'm doing here
In my next thirty years."


I am 30.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back in the Engineer's Seat Again

Finally!... Matteo got to run trains with Papa Bill. The poor kid was nearly beside himself waiting for the railroad to get cleaned up, equipment to get fixed up, batteries to charge, and everything else Papa Bill has been doing to reinvigorate the railroad this past week.

But, today; it was train-running day!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Trippin' the Light Fantastic

Every once in a while, Robob will get a hankering to take the kids to Madonna Inn. There's probably no pinker, fancier eatin' joint in these here parts, but that's not the point. It's the dancing. Robob loves to see the kids enjoying the live "big band" music and ballroom dancing.

All the photos:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In the Raw – Really

by Nana

When Tracy and her brother, Trevor, were babes in grade school, a group of us "moms” started a cookie group.  Every Christmas for over twenty years we have met and exchanged homemade cookies and recipes specially wrapped for the holidays. Each year when I get home from the party, the family swarms the cookies to “taste” all of them. This year I decided to share with the cookie group my new passion – raw cooking (not cooking in the raw).  I am still cringing as I think of my friends’ families and husbands “tasting” the raw cookies I brought to the exchange – were they wondering if I finally went off the deep end? For the first time, I am actually afraid that I may not be invited back to the cookie group!  

Why raw?

Tracy and I are trying to develop healthy eating habits for our family.  The kids have a shelf in the fridge that they have “free range” to graze from 24/7.  You guessed it - it is full of fruits and veggies.  We are trying to practice what we preach so we are “attempting” to keep the kitchen free of sugary, empty-calorie foods for the health of us all.  (Okay, usually, this has not been true during the holiday season).

The problem creeps up in the evenings.  After the kids are tucked in bed the “boys” usually retire to the deck to discuss whatever guys talk about when they are free of “women folk” on dark starry nights.  Tracy and I end up in the living room with “chick shows” on the TV, working on our projects, sharing our own conversations.  Often it seems like the only thing needed to round out the evening would be something sweet to eat.  Get the picture?

Enter a favorite website –  Here I began this journey into a world of creating delicious, nutritious dishes that fed both the body and the soul.  Often when someone mentions “raw food” we think of carrots, lettuce, radishes – rabbit food.  Yes, that is a part of it, but it is the “raw” desserts that won me over.  When I want a sweet treat in the evening I grab a raw peanut butter cookie from the refrigerator.  It more than satisfies my sweet craving, I feel full, and the calories are not empty. What have I eaten? Mixed nuts, peanuts, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.  That’s it – no refined flour, sugar, or other ingredients one is used to seeing in baked goods.  These raw ingredients are dropped in a food processor, shaped into cookies, and are ready to eat – no need to bake!  Yumm!

Part of living at the compound is having a constant stream of folks from all ages and stages coming and going – sharing ideas, recipes, and habits, good and bad – so we learn from everyone; we try to embrace the good ideas and grow from the others.  Currently – “going raw” seems like one of the good ideas!

Here is a great peanutbutter cookie recipe:

I just used the nuts that I had. It doesn't matter which type, just 2 cups in all.

1/2 c. pecans
1 c. cashews
1/2 c. almonds
1 c. dates
3/4 c. peanut butter (with no sugar; ingredients should be peanuts and salt)
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend all in food processor, then mold/place into single servings. No baking, just refrigerate or freeze.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A little getaway for Jamie and Lynn

Lynn and I thoroughly enjoyed our little getaway to points south this Monday and Tuesday. After all these years on the central coast, we finally visited Nojoqui Falls (about 1.5 miles east of Highway 101 south of Buellton). If you visit the JF2 link below, you'll see photos from our trip to the falls along with: Cold Spring Tavern and the Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge, Lake Cachuma vista points, the Hotel Corque in Solvang, the Picasso/Braque Cubist exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, some State Street sights, and Gainey Winery.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 - New Year's Resolutions (revised by Nana)

Tracy's - get prego  Keep Lynn from getting a dog.

Lynn's - keep Tracy from getting prego  Get a dog.

Matt - keep Lynn and Tracy separated.

Jamie - stay out of it. 

Robob - it's 2000 and what?

And this THIS is life at the compound.