Food & Entertaining

Barley Chicken Soup

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I tried to replace elbow macaroni with barley on this recipe for the latter is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, cholesterol-free and low in fat.

Barley Chicken Soup

Barley Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 c medium barley
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 1 c organic fat free milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 packs smoked uncured, nitrite-free angus hotdog

Instructions

  1. Boil barley and chicken breast with 5 cups of water for 30 minutes.
  2. Once the barley and chicken are soft, add chicken stock, cut hotdogs, carrots and celery and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add milk and salt to taste.
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Travel

Cabrillo National Monument

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If you would like to see amazing views and San Diego in 360 degrees, a visit to The Cabrillo National Monument is a great stop and worth the time.  Phenomenal views while hiking the trail or scenic driving will make you enjoy more the cool and fresh blast of ocean air.

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This monument is located on a peninsula where it sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where its natural features encompass terrestrial and marine ecosystems. From the 422-foot ridge of the peninsula down to the San Diego Bay on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, one can see the scrubland habitat.  A variety of plants, small reptiles, and mammals – as well as a number of indigenous and migrating birds – reside here. During the dry summer, many of the plants may appear to be dead but they are actually dormant and will become green and vibrant again with the winter rains. Spring wildflowers are a special treat from February until May.1

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A window into the ocean ecosystem that lies along of San Diego’s coast is the western side of Point Loma where the rocky intertidal zone lies.  There are pools that form along the shores during periods of low tide where you may see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman’s fingers and countless of other creatures. 2

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From December to February, gray whales are common and easy to see from shore.   During these months, they pass by the monument as they swim along the coast to the bays of Baja California.

The lighthouse was built in response to the many shipwrecks that occurred in the treacherous and busy bays of the Mendocino coast where the lens were originally powered by a kerosene oil lamp. 3

While visiting the park, you will notice the remains of coastal defenses built to protect the approaches to San Diego Bay4 and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery where a number of interments date back to the early years including the remains of the casualties of the battle of San Pasqual.5

 

Info sources:

1 http://www.nps.gov/cabr/learn/nature/coastal-sage-scrub-and-southern-maritime-chaparral-communities.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cabr/learn/nature/tidepools.htm

http://pointcabrillo.org/learn/history/

4 http://www.nps.gov/cabr/learn/historyculture/military-history-and-coastal-defense.htm

5 http://www.cem.va.gov/CEMs/nchp/ftrosecrans.asp#hi

 

 

 

Fashion, Features, How to..., Outfits, Trends

4 Fashion-Forward Fall Pairings To Embrace This Season

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1.  Knit Tunic + Cropped Trousers

Adore that knitted vest tunic with side slits but don’t know how to wear it?  Easy peasy! Pair it with loose cropped trousers and high stacked-heeled shoes.  To cinch the waist with a belt or not?  Either way is A-okay!

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2. Midi Skirt + Sandals with Socks

The temperature drops but not ready to store your sandals away? No problemo! Wear them with paper-thin or metallic lurex socks and pair them with midi skirt.  Young and modern, without fear of looking like you just got out of prep school.

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3.  Oversized Jumper + A-Line Skirt

Those 70’s-inspired A-line skirts that you couldn’t get enough of last spring and summer…don’t store them just yet!  They’re here to stay for the rest of fall!  Pair yours with oversized jumper and carelessly tuck in front to create a cool, effortless and modern vibe.

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4.  Wide-Leg Cropped Trousers + Ankle Boots

The wide-leg cropped trousers (AKA culottes) that you’ve worn with strappy sandals from the end of springtime until summer can easily transition to fall with minor tweaks.  The trick?  Classic ankle boots!

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Coveting, Fashion, Features, Trends

The Hunt For the Green October

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Let’s face it, with the temperature gradually dropping, summer is almost over.  While many of us do not look forward to layering up for the cold winter months, the changing of leaf colours during fall is a welcome change for a lot us.  We revel in the beauty of fall colours every autumn!

For Fall 2015, Hunter Green is a must-have in your closet.

Here are some of my favourite hunter green items for fall:

 

HUNTER GREEN_F21 dressSlit-sleeve crepe shift dress, Forever 21, 21€
 
HUNTER GREEN_ZARA bagOval messenger bag, Zara, 29.95€

 

HUNTER GREEN_SHOPBOP jumperAmelia V-neck sweater, DEMYLEE, $245

 

HUNTER GREEN_MANGO beltWide leather belt, Mango, 30€

 

HUNTER GREEN_ZARA jacketSuede biker jacket, Zara, 79.95€

 

HUNTER GREEN_GROSSI pumpsVelvet pumps, Gianvito Rossi, 490€