Thursday, August 29, 2013

Suicide Prevention and Awareness


Dear Friends,

I will be joining with thousands of people nationwide this fall to walk in AFSP's San Diego WalkOut of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

With my work at a high school counselor, I have worked with students who have a hard time dealing with the pressures and stresses of their daily lives. Unfortunately, some have contemplated suicide. Yet, with the help of caring friends and family, they have been able to heal.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause. If you would like to participate, please join my team "SUHi Lives" in honor of all the Sweetwater High School students who persevere every day! I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event as well. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Make a Donator" button below.

Thank you for your support!



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Who Wants Some Lumpia?

Lumpia, what is it? If you are Filipino, or have Filipino friends, when you hear the word "lumpia" you start to salivate. Lumpia, is the Filipino version of the Chinese egg roll. Crispy and all yummy goodness!



10 years ago when I first heard about "Lumpia: The Movie" I thought it would be a culinary move perhaps, a "how to" movie, or even a documentary of the history of lumpia. I would have never thought "Lumpia the Movie" would be about a misfit pack of friends who do their best to stand up to a crew of thugs by delivering justice one deep-fried lumpia at a time! 


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary "Lumpia the Movie" Join me and my friends at Filipino Food and Bakery for...
AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A LUMPIA SCREENING PARTY
SUNDAY, Sept. 1 2013 4pm-8pm
@ Filipino Food & Bakery 2852 Main St. San Diego, CA. 92113
(next to Del Taco)

Join fellow LUMPIA lovers & watch the Justice Defending LUMPIA fly, at the Limited Release screening party
*Q&A with special guest: Director Patricio Ginelsa
*Prizes
*Free Lumpia (w/combo purchase)
*All ages are invited but, this movie is UNRATED and contains profanity, strong language, comic book violence & bathroom humor. Parental Discretion is advised

**PLEASE NOTE:
Seating is Limited. RSVP is MANDATORY

RSVP through Facebook Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1407031086186958/

Hope to see you there!

Want more Lumpia?! Back that LUMPIA 2 sequel! KICKSTARTER has launched! Check it out!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Looking for Ideas for a Date Night?

For my last birthday, I had dragged my husband to take a painting class with me. Neither of us are "artists" to say the least. He always goes along with the random things I want to do to check off my "bucket list". Our "sunflower" painting masterpieces were a result of our first painting class together. My husband even got compliments from our teacher! At the end of it all, he said "This was fun! We should do this again!"


So, when I was chosen by La Jolla Mom and the Details Matter App to be a part of the 30 Dates in 30 Days project with a painting class with Wine and Canvas, my husband was all in!

Details Matter is the first app dedicated solely to sharing date ideas. Find different, creative, and unique date ideas by following what other local daters are posting. Return the favor by posting and sharing dates that you have discovered!

Our Wine and Canvas class was held at Cozumel's restaurant in La Jolla, CA. We were given a blank canvas, an apron, a few paint brushes, and a palette of paint. My husband and I, along with about 2 dozen other people, created "Moon Over River", a nighttime scene with a flowing river, shadows of trees, and a bright moon above it all.


For three hours, my husband and I turned ourselves off from our kids, our work, and the other things that keep us busy, day in and day out. It was just us, having fun! As we painted, we munched on yummy appetizers and sipped on cocktails. I had a delicious White Sangria and my husband had two "Cozy's on the Beach". With a drink in one hand and a paint brush in the other, we giggled at each other’s' paint strokes and techniques which were not exactly as the instructor had modeled.



The more we drank, the more confident artists we became! The blending of the paint to get the right colors and brush strokes came easy once the cocktails kicked in! The instructor explained everything in detail, encouraging us to channel our "inner artist".

Just like our first painting experience, "Moon Over River" turned out beautiful and much better than we expected! Thanks to Details Matter App and La Jolla Mom for a great date night with Wine and Canvas! My husband even won the raffle at the end of the night for another painting class! We can't wait for our next painting date to add to our growing art gallery!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Time for Adventure with the Octonauts!

Creature Report! Creature Report!

Mommies and Daddies! Do your kids love Octonauts from Disney Junior? Check out the Octonauts at their San Diego Launch Pad at Westfield UTC  on August 30th from 10am and 12pm under the central clock tower in Palm Plaza.


For more about the event, check out the official Facebook invite page. For more about the Octonauts and their adventures, check out their official website.

Hope to see you at the Octonauts underwater adventure at Westfield UTC on August 30th!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Help Your Kids Avoid Summer Vacation Brain Drain!

“Summer is a great time to help children grow and prepare for the grade ahead,” says George Starks, “and parents are a child’s greatest teacher.”
Starks is the creator of the Summer Fit Activity Book series, a colorful, fun-filled and action-packed, grade-specific series of workbooks, written by teachers specifically for independent use by educators, parents, and trainers throughout the summer.
Read more about Summer Fit Activity Book series on my recent post on www.SDMomsBlog.com



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Brunch: Savory Quinoa Pancakes

On a visit to True Foods Kitchen, I had my first quinoa pancakes and it was super yum! I couldn't wait to make my own at home. 

I've experimented with quinoa pancakes, making sweet ones with chocolate chips for my boys. My boys are picky eaters so making pancakes with quinoa was a bit of a risk. I was surprised that they didn't even notice! I used white quinoa so it was hidden well!

This morning I tried to make my first batch of savory quinoa pancakes. I used a recipe from The Patrician Palatte which I modified a bit. 

QUINOA PANCAKES
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons coconut butter
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cooked black or white quinoa 
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 a package of bacon - cooked and chopped

Beat eggs well. Add buttermilk and coconut butter. Mix until blended well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until blended, the add remaining ingredients. Do not over mix. Pour onto a hot, lightly oiled griddle.  Flip pancakes once air bubbles surface and pop, and the batter appears to firm up. Keep first batches warm in a 200ยบ oven. This recipe makes about a dozen pancakes, 6 inches in diameter.



This recipe is super easy and can be personalized for your taste and/or what is in your fridge! Next time, I plan to try this recipe with mushrooms and sausage! I'd love to hear how you use quinoa in your kitchen!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vanilla Coconut Scones

Some people surf, read, or  play video games - all to relax and turn one's brain off from the hustle and bustle of daily routines. For me, one of my loved diversions is baking!

Since the school year started (I work at a year-round school), I've been too busy to bake. I took some time out this evening to bake some goodies for my school counselor coworkers who have been working hard to get the school year started off smoothly.

Thanks to This Simple Gift's scone recipe, I modified it a bit to include some coconut flavors! The recipe below is super easy! Enjoy!

For the Scones:
2  Cups  Flour
1  Tablespoon  Baking Powder
2  Tablespoons  Sugar
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
6  Tablespoons  Cold Butter
1/2  Cup  Buttermilk
1/2  teaspoon Coconut Flavoring
1/2  teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring
1 Egg, separated
Sweetened Shredded Coconut

For the Scones:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients.  Cut in Butter until coarse.  Make a well in the center of dry ingredients; pour in Buttermilk, Egg Yolk, and Vanilla and Coconut Flavoring.  Mix together gently, until dough clings together and is sticky.  DO NOT OVER MIX.  Turn out onto a floured surface and shape 6-8 inches around.  Cut into pie wedges or use a favorite cookie cutter. Handle as little as possible.  Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Brush lightly with beaten Egg White and sprinkle with sweetened shredded coconut.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.  Cool completely.  Makes 8 to 10 scones, depending on cookie cutter size.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wine Tasting and Tour in Temecula, California

Wine tasting is one of our favorite activities with our group of friends! We're lucky to have dozens of wineries about 30 minutes drive from our home.

For our one friends birthday, we scored an awesome deal on a wine tour and tasting package from travelzoo.com. Our wine tasting and tour was at Keyways Winery in Temecula, California.

Our wine tour included a walk through the vineyard with an explanation of how the vineyards are maintained. We even got to pick some of the grapes right off the vine. Our visit to the winery was perfect timing because the grapes were about to be harvested in a few weeks. The vines for full of bunches of grapes. It was beautiful to see.

Inside one of the cellars, we saw dozens of barrels stacked on top of each other. The barrels made of different types of wood. The diffrent types of wood, of course, affects the flavor of the wine. It was interesting to learn about the maintenance of the barrels and the challenges of wine making when things don't go quite as planned.

The biggest surprise of our tour is when our guide explained the aging of wine. He explained that wine is best at about 2 to 3 years old. Pretty much the game of old wine is prestige not really the flavor of the wine.
Throughout our tour we tasted over 10 different wines, half white and half red. I have to say I enjoyed the whites a lot more than the reds. My husband's favorite was the ice wine.

Our two and a half hour wine tasting and vineyard tour at Keyways Winery was a relaxing way to spend a beautiful Saturday!








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