Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One of My Greatest Blessings

Today is the 16th of April - which is our 9th year wedding anniversary to the love of my life, Don Garcia! He's my biggest supporter, makes me feel beautiful all the time, brings humor and laughter to my life, has lots of patience with my needs and stubbornness (not to mention our two little boys too), and loves me more than I'll ever know. I always say a little prayer of thanks to God when my hubby gives me a hug or a kiss because I'm so grateful to having such a great husband.


This morning a beautiful card with a loving message, as well as some shopping money (yay!) greeted me at the bathroom sink as I was getting ready for work. He even planned a wonderful dinner tonight, our annual steak and seafood dinner, just us two! I'm such a lucky girl!

To my hubby, DonDon. Thank you for being a wonderful husband and an awesome dad! Happy Anniversary!

Here's today's Wayback Wednesday for our wedding anniversary! 2005 at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley - ENJOY!

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Visit to the University of Nevada, Reno

My colleague, Eleina, and I had the opportunity to visit the University of Nevada, Reno, last Friday! We, along with a few dozen school counselors from all over California, took advantage of their first ever counselor fly-in program where we were flown into the city for the day to learn all about the school. We had a great time and learned about the great opportunities this university has to offer your students!



Check out my entire post on our trip at www.SUHIcounseling.com!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Foodie Friday: Beef Chow Fun

One of my husband's favorite dishes is Beef Chow Fun. The Chinese noodle dish is very easy to make and very filling!

Ingredients:
16 oz. dried wide rice noodles
1 tablespoon of garlic, diced
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced
1 14.5 can of beef broth
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
3 cups of green veggies (spinach, chinese cabbage, and/or pea sprouts)
2 cups bean sprouts
1/4 cup diced green onions
salt and pepper to taste

1) In a large bowl, soak the noodles in warm water for about 20 minutes. The noodles with soften a bit, but not entirely. 


2) In a wok, warm the oil with medium heat and cook the garlic until golden brown. Add the flank steak and stir fry until cooked thoroughly. Add the soy sauce, beef broth, and oyster sauce and bring to a simmer. 

3) Add the noodles making sure the noodles are submerged in the sauce. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes. 

4) Mix the noodles well and add the green veggies on top. Cover about for 5 minutes and allow the veggies to steam on top of the noodles. 

5) Uncover and mix all together until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with green onion. 


I hope you enjoy this dish as much as a husband does!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) PowerTalk21

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is hosting PowerTalk21, on April 21, 2014, a national day for parents to start talking to teens about alcohol.  Parents, kids and communities can take positive steps to openly communicate and work together to end underage drinking. 


MADD’s free, on-line discussion is designed to empower parents on how to have to have positive conversation with their teens about drinking alcohol.  The attached flyers describe PowerTalk 21 in English and Spanish.

If you have additional questions regarding this program, please contact Becky Wood, Youth Program Specialist at MADD, by phone at 916.481.6233, ext. 6634, or by e-mail at becky.wood@madd.org.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day Three and Four: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation

Day One and Day two of our San Luis Obispo vacation were filled with lots of fun!

Day three had much more in store for us!

First thing in the morning we headed to Bubble Gum Alley, which was pretty gross!




The obligatory stop at the local university was a must for this high school counselor! Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a beautiful campus!




We also had to check out the local "Cronuts" and compare to what San Diego has to offer! Cronuts at the SLO-Do-Co (San Luis Obispo Doughnut Company) were just as good and half the price!



Since it was Sunday, we decided to attend Mass at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. We visited the museum, the gift shop, and the beautiful grounds before Mass began.




Hearst Castle was next for the day. I'll have to admit, this was the least exciting part of our trip for our boys! I guess they aren't impressed with opulence and extravagance!







Not too far from Hearst Castle were the Elephant Seals of San Simeon. It was cold, windy, and a bit drizzly so we didn't stay long to watch the seals.




As we continued on the highway to our next destination, I couldn't help and make my husband stop at this cute little town with a population of only 18! Harmony, CA had a cute pottery store we browsed!


We had originally planned to captain our own little boat around Morro Bay, but because the winds were too strong, we were encouraged against it. We still explored a bit and enjoyed the sights!


With recommendations from friends and Yelp, we had dinner at the Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach. The clam chowder in a bread bowl topped with seafood was just soooooooooooooo yum!


We couldn't leave San Luis Obispo without visiting the famous Madonna Inn, so we stopped here for a little dessert before turning in for the night.
My goblet of water at Madonna Inn. 
For day four of our vacation in San Luis Obispo, we decided to let our kids get their sillies out before getting on the train to go back home. Avila Beach had a beautiful pirate themed playground just steps from the beach. It was a great way to spend the morning!




A quick stop for an affogato and some milkshakes at Scout Coffee before getting on the train.


We had a great weekend getaway in San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas! I hope you enjoyed the highlights of our vacation!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Day Two: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation

After Day One: San Luis Obispo Family Vacation, we were ready to take on the day with lots of sightseeing!

We first stopped at Pismo Beach Pier for a short walk and people watching. Our kids loved watching the surfers while standing on the pier.
Here are our friends, Joyce and Mikey, who joined us for our family vacay!
Pismo Beach Pier
The Luffa Farm was a curiosity from the tourist magazines we picked up from the lobby of our hotel. Our visit was VERY informative. Our boys were very attentive during our tour of the farm. We even took a few souvenirs home to share with family!






Before lunch, we explored the Arroyo Grande Suspension Bridge. Our boys were not scared at all running back and forth on the swaying bridge. At the opposite end of the bridge was the Santa Manuela School House and The Barn Museum which was another great learning experience for our boys.









We then browsed the antique shops in Downtown Arroyo Grande, then had lunch at Old Village Grill. For dessert we headed to Doc Bernsteins Ice Cream Lab were I had the yummiest "Elvis" nice cream: banana and peanut butter. So yum! My husband had a merlot wine, dark chocolate ice cream which tasted like black cherry ice cream, but sooooo much better!






The Farmers Market was on our way back to the car where our boys found some strawberries they ate up right away!


During our drive around town, there were lots of wineries to visit. We ended up at Laetitia Winery to put up our feet a bit and enjoy some wine!








To end our night, we enjoyed some local brews and yummy eats at SLO Brewing Company.




Visit www.GarciaMemories.com again tomorrow for day three and four of our fun in San Luis Obispo!