We got a bit of a #thunderstorm in #temecula today.
Washed away most of the ash from the #fairviewfire – fortunately 👏👏👏😁
Here are details in the video below. If you plan on being out in the middle of the night, make plans to avoid the freeway!!
From the City of Temecula:
We’ve got some highly anticipated infrastructure news to share! 👀📣
The I-15 French Valley Parkway Improvement Project (Phase 2) is officially starting! 🚙🙌
In order to kick-off these improvements, Southern California Edison (SCE) will be doing preliminary work to accommodate the new bridge that will be built at the I-15 & I-215 junction. 🏗️
This will result in a FULL freeway closure as follows:
📅 Sept 11, 2022 at 10 PM until Sept 12, 2022 at 5:30 AM
⛔ SB I-15 and SB 1-215 at Murrieta Hot Springs Rd
⛔ NB I-15 at Winchester Rd
🚧 Please follow detour signs and reduce your speed near the work zone
We made some ‘heirloom tacos’ for lunch. Inspired by one of our favorite places, located in Escondido California – craftandtaco.com 🌮
Featuring homegrown tomatoes and basil, with homemade chili-lime aioli. #Tacos #Vegetarian #HomeChef #FreshFood #Temecula #Escondido #FlavorTown #FoodNetwork
Not everybody knows how to start a charcoal barbecue, I’m here to change that! Picture and video instructions below. 😁👍
#GrillingSeason #WeberGrill #Food #BBQ #Temecula #Grilling #FoodPost #Summer #Outdoors #Survival #Backyard #FamilyLife
It’s been several weeks since Whitney Dagner had to save her brother from being framed for murder. Things on Catalina Island are starting to return to normal. Her souvenir shop, The Dame of the Sea, is keeping her busy, but not raking in the profits like she hoped. Tomorrow, Goldy (do not call her grandma) has a surprise delivery to the shop and this evening she is delivering another treasure map for Pops. Things are bound to turn around for the better, right?
As Whitney motors up to the golf course to bury her treasure, she finds a scene a little too familiar. Right where X marks the spot is the body of a young local man by the name of Leo Franklin. Conveniently pinned to his shirt is a questionable suicide note that one of the island rangers determines to be the deal sealer.
After discovering the deceased was set to marry a young lady from the Ahern family and the century old feud between the two families, the whole thing doesn’t sit right with the sassy sleuther. With the police chief making it clear there will be no investigation, Whitney calls to action her best friend Maribel and her boyfriend Felix to help get to the bottom of this mystery before a murderer goes free on the island.
She’ll have to play dirty while sorting through the local gossip and microfiche news articles to unravel the mysterious cause of the feud and uncover the unsavory truth behind young Leo’s death. She’s just hoping no one puts her on their radar for dirtier deeds.
Something Fishy This Way Comes is the second book in the Whit and Whiskers Mystery series by promising new author Gabby Allan. Jam packed with details to keep you guessing and witty banter amongst the lovable characters, you will be hard pressed to put this book down before you’re done.
Due to be released on July 26th, you can pre-order this book at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09KP3169L/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1
This afternoon we had a little bit of time to kill as we were waiting for something to be completed at our home. Jeney came up with the idea of stopping by the Deines Cultural Center to check out their exhibits.
We’ve been meaning to stop in here over the last couple of years since we bought our home here in Russell, today provided the perfect opportunity.
In this particular instance, we were the only guests in the gallery. That worked out well, because we were able to take our time and enjoy each particular piece without being in anyone’s way. We also had a very nice conversation with the executive director Shannon Trevethan.
This particular exhibit “At The Lake” features art by Steve Read of Switchgrass Studio. Although not particularly well known, we really enjoyed Steve’s art and ended up buying one of his acrylic on canvas paintings for our home, titled “What time is it?”.
To be clear, none of the photographs do the paintings justice, but here is a sample of the one we bought. More are posted below.
Whether you live here locally or you’re traveling through the area, we definitely recommend this as a must-see place if you’re looking for interesting art.
There are multiple exhibitions scheduled throughout the year and they are even part of the Ad Astra Music Festival every July!
This meal was absolutely fantastic. The two of us split duties on this one. 👍
The day before we made this, I had smoked the tofu over charcoal, mesquite chunks and pecan chips for 5 hours at about 250°.
For the tofu rub, I used a combination of berbere spice from Old Town Spice Merchant, dried New Mexico red chili powder, granulated garlic, ground black pepper and smoked sea salt. I let the tofu chill in the refrigerator with the rub on it for about 3 hours prior to putting it on the grill.
About two and a half hours into the smoking process, I sprinkled some of our ‘Campfire seasoning blend’ on (it will be available to buy online soon 😁).
On the night we prepared this meal, Jeney used the instant pot to make the quinoa and I warmed up the smoked tofu with a little bit of roasted garlic olive oil from the Temecula Olive oil company. Jeney lightly pan fried some vegetables that we bought from the Temecula Farmers market.
We put down a serving of the quinoa, the vegetables and then the smoked tofu. Topped with some fresh cilantro and green onions, this meal served up big flavor, lots of protein, no cholesterol and relatively little sodium.
Much Ado About Nauticaling, a book written by Gabby Allan
Reviewed by Jeney Kingsbury
After ditching the corporate lifestyle in Long Beach and moving herself and her cat, Whiskers, to quaint Catalina Island, Whitney Dagner is looking for life at a little slower pace. She has set herself up with helping her brother, Nick, run their grandparents’ tour boat business and opening her own small souvenir shop on the island.
Things are going great, that is until the local bigwig and “self-proclaimed Master of the Island,” Jules Tisdale floats by underneath her family’s glass-bottomed tour boat. Yikes! Local police seem to only have Nick in their sights as far as suspects, sending him into hiding and forcing Whitney to investigate all other leads to clear her brother’s name. Not exactly the laid-back life Whit had anticipated.
With the help of her friend at the police station, her island local grandparents, and her ex-boyfriend who just happened to follow her to Catalina, Whitney digs deep into suspicious business dealings and local rumors to solve the case.
Much Ado About Nauticaling is the first book in a new series by up-and-coming author Gabby Allan. Filled with clever plot twists, vivid scenic descriptions and interesting characters, Much Ado About Nauticaling is a fabulous start to the Whit and Whiskers series. The book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TB5M4K8/
Don’t miss my review of the series’ second installment, Something Fishy This Way Comes, coming soon!
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