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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Give the jolly gift giver Santa yummy cookies for a healthy treat

What is more delightful than the holiday tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve? This year give Santa something yummy as well as healthy. Santa yummy cookies are easy to make. The kids can help, and the jolly holiday gift giver will have super energy for his long night’s journey.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:21 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 12/12/2014
The raisin saga

Rainy Thursday. A weeknight dinner out after a long day of page design, deadlines and weekend meetings. I’m working my way through a healthy helping of salad when I find it. An imposing clump of black raisins, stuck together with dressing and a bad attitude. I make a face. I’ll eat most fruits, but raisins are grapes that have lost the will to live. They are not worth the effort it takes to chew through their sticky sweetness. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, December 12, 2014 12:18 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 12/11/2014
How to get spilled wax out of the carpet

You may enjoy burning candles this time of year but what happens when candle wax spills on the carpet? This simple home remedy might be the answer. Just get out your iron and set it at a low setting. Grab some paper towels or a plain white cloth. Put it over the spilled wax and then iron it. Keep the iron moving and the wax will start to absorb into the paper towel. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/frugal-tips.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:16 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Gated entries at Lodi Lake Park closed Thursday

Due to forecasts for high winds beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday afternoon, we'll have the gates to Lodi Lake Park and the Nature Area closed Thursday. With steady winds in excess of 30 mph expected, with even higher gusts, we want people to stay away to avoid the risk of being hit by falling branches or worse.

Posted in Lodiparks on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:53 pm. Updated: 10:01 pm. Comments (0)

Postcard from the Danube: Fun cast in bronze

Monday, Oct. 20, Bratislava, Slovakia — Remember Czechoslovakia? It’s two countries now. On Monday, we went to the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. It’s Europe's newest capital but it's an ancient city with narrow, cobbled streets.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:43 am. | Tags: Austria-hungary , Europe , Vienna , Danube , Bratislava , Ringstra E , Slovakia , Napoleon , Tour Guide , Trudy , Kaiser Franz Josef , Franz Josef , Vienna Museum Of Art History , Ignac Lamar Comments (0)

Friday 12/05/2014
Consider serving on the Recreation Commission

The application period for a seat on the Lodi Parks and Recreation Commission was extended 15 days by the City Council on Dec. 3 in the hopes of broadening the pool of applicants. If you have an interest in serving the community and helping shape the future of parks and recreation in Lodi, you should consider applying for the commission. Three of the five seats are up for appointment.

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, December 5, 2014 3:20 pm. Updated: 7:02 pm. Comments (0)

A sweet old girl

I said goodbye to a sweet old friend this week. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, December 5, 2014 1:41 pm. Comments (1)

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Skip the turkey leftovers and try a meatless crockpot stew

After Thanksgiving there are a flood of recipes for turkey leftovers. Tasty dishes include turkey tetrazzini, turkey enchiladas, turkey pot pie, and turkey a la king. This year, let’s go non-turkey and slip in a tasty vegan stew. Crockpot Meatless Stew is easy to prepare, makes a nice change from turkey leftovers, is healthy and nutritious for vegans and non-vegans alike. Non-vegans can easily substitute hamburger for non-vegan meat substitute. Serve with a side salad and choice of bread.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1:25 pm. Comments (0)

Roadtrip to the Jungle | Costa Rica

Mostly, we drove quietly to the rainforest. Watching the wind blow the palms outside. Watching the clothes lines zoom by. Watching the already lush countryside turn even more green, thick and tropical. Because we were a small group — only … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 9:41 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Costa Rica , Guanacaste , Jungle , Photography , Roadtrip , Travel. , Vacation Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Short call calls for a long wait

This morning, I’m taking it easy. After a long day to get a special section done early due to Thanksgiving deadlines, my brain isn’t ready for too much concentration. My assignments are some fun pieces for the holiday week. I’m here to enjoy it. 

Posted in Sara on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:17 pm. Comments (0)

Use your turkey carcass to make a great Louisiana gumbo

The leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal are often as enjoyable as the original Thursday feast. In recent years, I have kicked the leftovers up a notch by using the turkey carcass and some of the remaining turkey meat to make a great Gumbo. I'll strip the carcass of most of its useable meat, then make a luxuriant turkey broth with the carcass. The gelatinous bones make a full-bodied broth perfect for use in gumbo.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:13 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 11/24/2014
My Costa Rican neighborhood

I like that I’ve been home from Costa Rica for two weeks, and it still feels fresh in my mind. I hate when you return to normal life after something amazing and it starts to fade into dream mode. If … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, November 24, 2014 9:51 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Coco Beach , Costa Rica , Guanacaste , Local Life , Playa Del Coco , Travel. , Traveler Comments (0)

Lodi awarded first Great West League baseball franchise

A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame was at Zupo Field on Monday for the announcement that Lodi has been awarded the first franchise in the Great West League, a summer college league that plans on having some of the country's top amateurs here beginning in 2016.

Posted in Lodiparks on Monday, November 24, 2014 3:18 pm. Updated: 8:01 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 11/20/2014
I spy … monkeys and crocodiles on my boat | Costa Rica

^^ Wild monkeys hopped into our boat looking for food. It had been five weeks since they’d made an appearance during these boat tours, so we felt extra special. ^^^^ Crocodiles always on the prowl ^^^^ Iguanas populate the treetops … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:48 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Costa Rica , Crocodiles , Monkeys , Tourism , Tourist , Travel. , Vacation , Wildlife Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/19/2014
NOAA: Drought will persist through end of January

Here's a link to the NOAA's mid-October drought forcast. It looks like we're going to be short of rain and snow at least through January 31, 2015.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:26 pm. Comments (0)

2015 Lodi Lake vehicle passes now available

Posted in Lodiparks on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:50 pm. Updated: 11:01 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Postcard from Budapest: Bathing as a social art

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:16 pm. | Tags: Danube , Europe , Budapest , Hungary , Sz Chenyi Thermal Bath , Brenda Colla , Marty Weybret , Danube River , Corey Colla , Szchenyi Baths , 1956 Revolt , Soviet Union , Chess Comments (0)

Saturday 11/15/2014
Swimming in the falls | Costa Rica

^^ Softs water spots on the lens. Can you see the rainbow?^^At the waterfall, a list: 1. Pull off the Pan American Highway and park in a dirt lot. 2. Use the back row of the van to change into … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:27 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Costa Rica , Falls , Guanacaste , Photography , Summer , Swimming , Travel. , Waterfall , Waterfalls Comments (0)

Friday 11/14/2014
Postcard from Budapest: Hungary, second place at almost everything

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, November 14, 2014 12:21 pm. | Tags: Budapest , Europe , Hungary , European Cuisine , Goulash , Hungarian Cuisine , Tour Guide , Mongolia , Heroes Square , Paprika , Wine , Hungarian Wine Comments (0)

Postcard from Budapest: Shoes tell a chilling tale

Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 16  — The trick upon landing after a 13-hour flight across nine time zones is to stay awake until a somewhat normal bedtime.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, November 14, 2014 11:12 am. | Tags: Chain Bridge , Bridge Of St. Margit , Shoe Monument , Marty Weybret , Christi Kennedy Weybret , Central Europe , Corey Colla , Brenda Colla , Politics Of Hungary , Budapest , Danube , Hungary , Footwear , Shoe Comments (0)

This newsroom life

I don’t know if you know, but newsrooms attract a particular variety of weird. You could call us quirky or strange. But working here every day means things have to get pretty weird before we even notice something unusual is unfolding. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, November 14, 2014 10:27 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 11/13/2014
What is a Philanthropy Summit?

The Fourth Annual Philanthropy Summit at Hutchins Street Square was a day about making Lodi and San Joaquin County better places through giving.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:40 pm. | Tags: Lodi , Fundraising , Social Issues , San Joaquin County , Lodi Memorial Hospital , Financial Advisors , Pete Ottessen , Alexandra Ottessen , Annette Murdaca , Tony Souza , Phyllis Grupe , Hope Harbor Salvation Army Shelter , Salvation Army , Tax Law , Fund Raising Consultant , Keynote Speaker , Kay Sprinkel Grace , Philanthropy , Lodi House , United Way Of San Joaquin Comments (0)

Costa Rica is …

Costa Rica was fish tacos and iguanas in the trees and natives who love with no strings attached. That feeling that it’s okay to be you — refreshing to be you — in any form. A freedom to dive head … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:21 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Central America , Costa Rica , Guanacaste , Iphone , Photography , Rainforest , Tourism , Travel. , Tropical , Vacation Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Rec Commission to discuss smoking/tobacco ban in parks

A great debate is occurring in communities large and small all throughout the United States.  Many people see smoking as a personal liberty, others as a personal affront.  Communities across the country are having that exact debate about smoking in public parks.  Perhaps it is time the discussion came to Lodi.

Posted in Lodiparks on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8:55 am. Updated: 4:00 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/11/2014
Photographs: Tokay Tigers Victory Over Lodi Flames

Friday night’s final score of 42 to 12 may reflect Tokay’s technical dominance over Lodi, but enthusiasm on and off the football field were an even match.  Players gave their all while fans invented ways to demonstrate their support with everything from body art to copious clouds of white powder normally reserved for newborns.  By … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 12:15 am. Updated: 1:04 am. Comments (0)

Friday 11/07/2014
Valley days and maker culture

I’ve got a big family, with lots of little ones in the mix. There’s always a school dance, a talent show or an awards ceremony to help out with. Plus, I’ve got a history of helping out in my sisters’ classrooms, since they’re both teachers. It adds up to a lot of time spent at schools or hanging out with the ten and unders. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, November 7, 2014 6:27 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Complement a German apple pancake with cider

Now that I’m busy with my holiday baking and cooking, I’ve been considering ordering a bottle of Vermont boiled cider to add flavor to some of my standard recipes. The price and the cost of shipping proved ridiculous so I decided to try duplicating it at home.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 11:35 am. Comments (0)

Monday 11/03/2014
Ways to get rid of that extra Halloween candy

Feeling overloaded with Halloween candy? Here are some ideas to get rid of some:

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, November 3, 2014 4:49 pm. Comments (0)

Fashion Show at Millswood Middle

Mrs. Radotic, a teacher at Millswood Middle School, produced, promoted and hosted a fashion show last Tuesday evening featuring her students in an array of outfits, formal wear and costumes.  Hundreds of proud parents watched and snapped runway pictures of their children strutting their very best. Mrs. Radotic explained during introductory comments that while “fashion” … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, November 3, 2014 2:03 am. Updated: 1:04 am. Comments (0)

Friday 10/31/2014
A very grown-up Halloween

A child’s Halloween schedule is basically predictable from ages five through about 15. You convince mom and dad to let you wear your costume to school, eat too much candy during your classroom party, then rush home and wait impatiently for your parents to return from work. Then it’s out into the neighborhood to get yet more candy from your neighbors. Maybe you drove to the rich neighborhoods for king size bars, if you were lucky. Then come home and fall asleep in your costume, probably. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, October 31, 2014 11:14 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/30/2014
Dynasty or Madbum? About our page one Thursday

That was a thrilling win Wednesday night, wasn’t it?

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:20 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Prepare winter squash in a tasty, vegan soup

Let’s cook winter squash soup. Common varieties of winter squash include acorn, cushaw, calabaza, butternut, hubbard, and spaghetti. Winter squash differs from summer squash like zucchini, yellow and crookneck varieties which are smaller in size and can be prepared without removing seeds or skin.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:33 pm. Comments (2)

Monday 10/27/2014
Five Senses Monday

Red-lipped goodbye kiss from my mother:Emmelia: My friend Genevieve and I took a selfie with the evening’s comedian: What’s better than a pair of birthday skates? Not much: The annual pot party happened again: My view in the office: On … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, October 27, 2014 12:25 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Five Senses , Lauren Nelson , Photography , Reflection , Theurbanhippie Comments (0)

Sunday 10/26/2014
Crossing the Golden Gate | San Francisco

With our iced coffees in the cup holders and new mix CDs leading the way, we hit the freeway out of the valley before the late-summer heat burned through the morning chill. We made our way onto 205, through the … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Sunday, October 26, 2014 5:19 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , California , Golden Gate , Golden Gate Bridge , Photography , San Francisco , Tourist , Travel. Comments (0)

Friday 10/24/2014
I hope catnip is as fun for my cat as it is for me

Cats are simple creatures. They want to eat, nap and occasionally have their heads scratched. As a cat owner, there’s not too much in the way of animal-related entertainment. Sure, my girl Hagrid will follow the red dot for a minute or two, sprinting around the living room, but then she gets winded and has to lie down. She’s like her owner that way. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, October 24, 2014 9:29 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Concert in the Grove

   Sometimes all you need are some tents in the grove, a little music, bare feet, good wine and people who hold up their iPhones with lighter apps blazin’.

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:07 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Friday 10/17/2014
Sara Jane’s new adventure

We have a pretty creative and witty team in the newsroom. That’s especially true of Sara Jane Pohlman, our Lodi Living editor.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:37 am. Comments (0)

Wishing for a true autumn

Note: This was written in a fit of frustration over a lingering Indian summer. Though a few clouds have since creeped in, we're nowhere near East Coast levels of fall goodness. 

Posted in Sara on Friday, October 17, 2014 9:29 am. Comments (1)

Who’s Really Calling Us to Lower Our PG&E Bill?

For what seems like a very long time, PG&E customers have been receiving automated calls from companies promising to lower our utility bills. You know … the ones that wait a few seconds to respond to your “hello” and ignore your requests to stop calling. This week I contacted PG&E’s customer service department to find … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Friday, October 17, 2014 12:36 am. Updated: 1:04 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/16/2014
Our corner of the bluegrass festival

Whenever I think of bluegrass, I think of the busted banjo my dad has kept in a corner of his living room my entire life. It’s a heavy old thing that I learned early on not to touch because it … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:38 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Visiting Delancey | Seattle (or book nerd)

It started with blogs and then Twitter and Instagram. It was this weird look into some of the most interesting people I knew: Writers. I was that little girl who curled up in the corner of a couch with a … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:06 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Delancey , Memoir , Reading , Seattle , Travel. , Writing Comments (0)

Use up fresh harvested apples in an apple crisp

Few of us are fortunate enough to have an apple orchard defining the perimeter of our property. But a Lodi friend, whose Gala trees — Buckeye Galas to be exact — grow tall and vigorous is quick to share a bushel right before harvest! I know I surprised her the other day, when I reached for the ones on the ground and designated them for applesauce.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:56 am. Comments (0)

Starbucks, Est. 1971 | Seattle

When in Seattle, do as the locals do — EXCEPT, do make it a point to go to the oldest Starbucks. You won’t catch a gaggle of locals in this joint — unless they have tourists on their arms — but you will … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:35 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Iphone , Photography , Seattle , Starbucks , Tourist , Travel. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/09/2014
Emmelia in the grass

 Summertime. Sunset. Green grass. Bare feet. Juicy lemons. She ran circles around me, over and over and over.  

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:44 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Grass , Niece , Photography , Picnic , Summer Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Make homemade whipped cream

Love whipped cream? Instead of pulling a container out of the refrigerator, you can make your own. All you need is two cups of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whip the cream on medium until just before soft peaks form. Add sugar one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated and then add vanilla extract until combined. For more information, visit http://www.frugallivingmom.com/the-easiest-homemade-whipped-cream/

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:36 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Use canned tuna for filling to stuff in fresh tomatoes

Canned tuna is one of those ingredients that we take for granted but always seem to have on hand. Besides a sandwich filling or a dietetic salad item, we sort of run out of ideas after the tuna noodle casserole is gone.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:40 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 09/27/2014
Lodi High Football & Homecoming Photos

Lodi High’s Homecoming Football game against Edison last night ended well for the Flames after the home team played catch-up with an impressive series of forth-quarter plays.  Both teams played well for their respective coaches and schools.  Photographs of enthusiastic participants, including Homecoming, are available for review by clicking on one of the thumbnails below. … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:21 pm. Updated: 1:04 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/25/2014
Pike Place Market | Seattle

Pike Place Market. Wowzer. Thank God we want back a second time because that’s when I found the real treasure, the three underground levels of quirky shops I had no idea were under there. There were beads and real-film photo … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:44 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Farmers Market , Photography , Pike Place Market , Seattle Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Bubble Gum Alley | Seattle

  Words can’t really describe the ick and awe factors of Seattle’s Bubble Gum Alley. Gum is stuck in every crevice. Hardened drippings of color hang like icicles off window ledges. It is artfully pulled and pinched into words and … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:57 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Corn off-the-cob summer casserole

One of the great local treasures we can enjoy all summer long is fresh corn. Most commonly eaten “on the cob,” the following recipe takes the kernals off the cob into an exquisite casserole.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:05 pm. Comments (0)

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