Winter Sunburst

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My Backyard Mandarines

My Backyard Mandarins

We were shopping at Whole Foods last weekend and came upon this recipe that I just have to share with you.  It was a rainy day and the recipe looked like something refreshing.  It gave us a delightful taste of winter.

Satsuma Jicama Salad

serves 4

Ingredients

2 satsumas

1 medium jicama, peeled, cut into matchsticks (great place to get out the mandoline slicer)

1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced and cut into half moons

2 limes, zested and juiced

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon minced cilantro

Directions

Segment the satsumas: cut enough off either end until you see orange flesh, not the white pith.  Cut the skin off around all sides.  Over a bowl with a small knife, go between each segment and gently cut them out.  Toss satsumas segments into a bowl with jicama, radishes, lime juice and zest.  Garnish with chili powder and cilantro.

Now, this is the part where I tell you how I handled this…..

I peeled the satsumas and cut each segment in half.  I added 1 avocado cut into small pieces and added fresh prawns (cooked and chilled) cut into quarters.  

There is no oil in this recipe and it is delightfully refreshing.  You could sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds on the top as well.  You can change it up anyway that you would like, but it is really good just as it stands.  (Cuties, Mandarins, Cara Cara Oranges, all would work for the citrus.)

1 of 4 Remaining to Savor

1 of 4 Remaining to Savor

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

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Rooster Tails

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I’ve been searching my photo library with the hope that I had some current photos of winter.  It appears that I do not, and I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have the rain and the snow this winter.

Storm Across Lake Tahoe

Storm Across Lake Tahoe

I know it seems inconvenient some days but we traveled over Lake Shasta this fall and the level was so low, it looked like a river instead of a lake.  I could hardly believe my eyes.  

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset

I want everyone to remember all the beauty and joys that come with the precipitation.  I’m even trying to enjoy the valley fog this season.

Plumas Ski Area

Plumas Ski Area

We go to a place in the Sierra’s were we feel like we are stepping back in time.  If the snow is good this year, then the “World Famous Longboard Races” will be taking place on the third Sunday of January, February, and March.  

Successful Run At The Longboard Races

Successful Run At The Longboard Races

I can’t wait to see those rooster tails at the end of the downhill race.  It’s more fun then I can describe.

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While I am watching the races, I’ll be giving thanks for the snow, the water in California, and those gorgeous sunflowers that will surely be around the next corner.

The Colors of Fall

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I’ve been looking at photos

In black and white.  

I know they are beautiful

but I really love the colors in life,

so I took this photo in black and white.

Black and White

Black and White

Then I added a little yellow,

Add a Little Yellow

Add a Little Yellow

and then I added red,

And a Dash of Red

And a Dash of Red

Until I came full circle

and took this shot instead.

The Splendid Colors of Fall

The Splendid Colors of Fall

These colors of the season are from my backyard.  I am so glad that I took the photo when I did because we’ve had wind and RAIN in California and most of my leaves are now covering the ground.  The colors of Fall always remind me that Spring is just around the corner.  Let yourself soak up those colors while they still hang on the trees.