Celebrating a Birthday at Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Today I want to tell you all about how I spent my 50th birthday, celebrating at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Russian River Valley, about a 30-minute drive from our home. My original birthday plans included a 17-day trip to France with my husband. But the fires began three days before our flight to Paris was to leave. Needless to say, we canceled our trip. By the time my actual birthday arrived, the fires were…

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50th Birthday Celebration at Pala Casino Spa and Resort

My 50th birthday celebrations kicked off in early October with a girls weekend at Pala Casino Spa and Resort. I first experienced this beautiful, fun and luxurious property last summer when Bill and I attended an influencer event at Pala. The lovely people at Pala Casino Spa and Resort invited me back to celebrate my 50th birthday by seeing Olivia Newton-John in concert – they know I’m a big fan! I invited longtime friends since…

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Seven for Saturday

Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday!   1 –  The Best Muffins Ever   Last night Tori, my stepdaughter, made a batch of these muffins and since then, her dad and I have not been able to stop eating them. They are the best muffins I have ever tasted. I confess I’m eating another one as I type this. They’re moist with a slightly crunchy top. Sweet, but not overly so, and very satisfying.…

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Seven for Saturday

Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday! 1 – Hello, Fall! Fall is finally here and I could not be happier. I love the deep blue sky, the puffy white clouds, the turning leaves and the cooler weather. I treated myself to some local roses yesterday, bought a few mini pumpkins, then pulled out my glass pumpkins and orange jar to make a fall display for our mantel. Roses and pumpkins don’t normally go together…

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Olive Who? Olive You!

Knock, knock! Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you! I used to crack up whenever I heard or told that knock-knock joke when I was a little kid. Did you? Now I think it’s just plain cute. I’ve also loved the color olive green since childhood and remember when I decided it was one of “my” colors. Eons ago, when I was in sixth grade, I had saved up $33 from babysitting and mowing our lawn.…

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Seven for Saturday

Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday! 1 – Here Comes Fall! Today is the last Saturday of summer. While there are some things I like about summer – warm evenings, longer days, delicious summer vegetables and fruits, and wearing sandals and big straw hats – it’s not my favorite season. Like so many others, my heart belongs to fall. The leaves are already beginning to turn and there is a noticeable chill in the…

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