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Mexican Rice (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Mexican Food)

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Mexican food is a cuisine near and dear to my heart. Growing up in Southern California, my family loved, loved, LOVED to visit Downtown Los Angeles and the historic Olvera Street. The original neighborhood of the City of Angels, Olvera Street features some of the best eating I’ve had in my life. The corner restaurant, […]

Just Wondering….

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I so enjoy your comments, questions, and emails. They are a fantastic reminder to me that I am not talking to myself. If that were the case, I might as well go get that laundry done! I gain so much from those who read and offer feedback, and I’m really enjoying the friendships I’m building […]

Weekend Trip: An Eating Tour of Santa Barbara

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We spent the weekend away, back in our old stomping grounds. What a walk down memory lane! FishPapa grew up in Santa Barbara. I went to college there. We met and married there. FishBoy 11 was born there. The place is full of memories. That is for sure. If you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, […]

This Week on URS

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Loving the collections of recipes that we’re creating on Thursdays! If you haven’t already, check out the Meatless Main Dishes that readers submitted last week. My sister submitted one of our very favorites: Pasilla Enchiladas. This is the one dish that FishPapa and I divide “even Steven” to make sure no one hogs them all. […]

Giveaway Winners Galore!

Last week was full of some fantastic giveaways. If you haven’t already, pop over to the giveaway page and check to see if you won. Winners’ names are posted at the top of each giveaway post. If I haven’t emailed you already, please drop me a note, including your mailing address so that I can […]

Ride ‘Em, Cow Girl!

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Grampa and Grammy have horses. And saddles. And cowboy hats. Needless to say, the kids had a blast, decking themselves out in western gear, riding the saddle, and even talking with a twang. “Ma, when are Pa and Grampa gonna git back here with the grub?” These people crack me up. How have your peeps […]

Bunches of Yum

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Our family loves to snack on fresh fruit. And having it easily available is one way that I can increase my chances of getting 8 servings a day into each child. Grapes are a favorite fruit, and they seem to go on sale quite frequently. (

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week, once I get the car unloaded and the laundry washed, the kids and I are going out back to take dominion of the flower beds currently overrun with weeds. It’s our hope to get some tomatoes and basil planted as well as a few other herbs and veggies. If you’re thinking of doing […]