Authentic Filipino Flan

My aunt gave me this Flan recipe many years ago. I LOVE FLAN. It's my all time favorite dessert!

10 egg yolks
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
12 oz evaporated milk
3 TBS margarine
3 TBS brown sugar
1) Whisk together yolks and both milks
2) Melt margarine in saucepan, med. heat
3) Stir in brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture over bottom of 9 inch pie plate, let cool for a few minutes* then pour in egg mixture and Spread it over the bottom
4) Cover with foil. Steam for 65-70 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes. I put it in the fridge to cool faster!
*I added this because I just remembered that if you don't let the mixture cool, it will cook the eggs!


Sacramento is the city of trees. It  is also surrounded by trails, if you know where to look. I saw this today on a walk. I didn't notice the hikers on the trail until I uploaded the picture.


WOW. Gives you perspective, doesn't it?


Fall Paths

I love to run through streets
Covered in fallen leaves
I feel as though I'm running though crayon shavings
made only with Autumn hues
I hear the crunch
I feel the squish
I see the reds, oranges, and yellows
Under my feet
Above my head
Swirling in the sky









Nature's Fall Wardrobe

There are so many reasons why I love Autumn: curling up in my warm bed in the cold morning, relaxing under warm blankets in my cozy living room in the evening, wearing my warm, comfy socks while I am doing my chores, and the feeling that I could just stay home and watch the weather outside. This is a joy, especially after a very hot summer that didn't seem to end. I have to say, though, being the Visual Creative that I am, my favorite part of fall is what it looks like. Reds, Oranges, Yellows, even milk chocolate Browns; What other season gives us these earthy yet vibrant colors?

Earth is finally donning her Fall wardrobe.





I'm not lost, I just don't know where I am

Don't you hate it when you think you know where you are going but you don't, really? I went on a photography adventure today to Nevada City. I love the fall color there and the old buildings. I decided to go Old School, instead of using my cell phone for directions, I printed out the directions from the Chamber of Commerce. The directions said " The road will soon curve to the left, the pavement will end and you will be on a one-lane dirt road that parallels Deer Creek."

Sounds easy enough, yeah?

The road didn't curve; it instead went straight to a private residence, complete with warning signs about home security. I'm sorry, I didn't feel like trespassing today.

No matter, I turned to where I thought I saw a path, passed a brick wall, clambered down towards the sound of rushing water and this is what I saw:




I don't know if I was on the trail, but I thought the view was nice anyway. Someday, I will return and find that trail with the suspension bridge. Maybe if I am lucky, the owners of that house at the end of the pavement will point me the right way.



I saw this covered bridge at the EDGE of the park near Larsen Ranch. I loved the dappled light and the shadows made by the descending sun. Do you see the shadows? Delicate curved lines mirroring their metal pretty. I walked closer, looking to see a way into the other side...


I was thinking about those people walking from this side of the park (see yesterday's picture). Strange, because the gate is LOCKED. Where in the world did they come from??


A little pocket of Peacefulness

I rediscovered the Red Barn at Larsen Ranch last week.

I took some time to stroll around the park and it was time well spent - very lovely.
I remembered the last time I was here. My daughter must have been 9 or 10...There are blackberry bushes everywhere. She decided to pick one and pop it in her mouth before I knew what was happening. That night, she started to puff up and the next morning, she looked like a balloon. Off to the doctor - a lesson learned that you don't just pluck the yummiest thing you see and put it in your mouth! I guess I understand though - blackberries taste great fresh off the vine!

Looking for Color

I do this at the beginning of every Autumn. I drive around looking for color - the bright oranges, the deep reds, the flashy yellows - all screaming "It's Fall! Take a picture of me on this tree!" As I drive around, I think, "Surely, the trees know that Fall is here. Therefore, they are going to turn their leaves into the pretty colors I expect this time of year." And every year, I am too early. The trees do not have their Fall wardrobe on. They are still wearing their summer green. I feel impatient.

I visited Apple Hill last week. It finally started to feel like Autumn. The air was crisp up there, and I could see the hints of color that will come.

Soon, I think...

Folsom Renaissance Faire 2015

My family and I went to the Renaissance Fair a few weekends ago. I love these events - the costumes, the decor, the jewelry, the crystals, the hair, the metal apparel, even the food. The only thing missing was my own Renaissance cloak and dress. Perhaps next year?

Jousting is not for the faint of heart...


Wares for sale!
You could even get your hair braided like a noble woman - for a small fee of course...
Haggis was served, of course...


Period costumes galore!





Her Majesty and her Court




Musicians, Dancers, and Psychics


Hunting the old fashioned way


Who can forget the birds of prey?



Games for all!


And of course, the entertainment on the Queen's Stage