Pine-cones and Pie: Driving Trip to Julian - Fall 2012

The pie in these photos from Julian Pie Company was straight from the oven, hot and juicy with apple tastiness! Perfect day in Julian, California. Stopped into Julian Realty and said "Hi" to  Dennis Frieden, Owner/Broker and long time friend. Photos include views of Mount Laguna, California and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Enjoy

Slideshow and links after the jump.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

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Twilight Photos: West Lewis Street Shops Dressed for Halloween, Mission Hills - 92103 (Slideshow)

Enjoy these fall twilight photos of the West Lewis St. Shops located in the 1600 block of West Lewis St. in San Diego community of Mission Hills. Valerie and Jimmy from With Love have added so much spirit with over the top decorations. Burlap sacks on the community benches, warm orange glowing lights fill the windows, whimsically wonderful accessories, clothing, and hair products fill the displays at Le Bel Age, Salon Bella and With Love.

Welcome to twilight fall in the Hills decorated for Halloween.

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    From Mission Hills Life Blog pics

    Stolen 1957 BMW mini was an eye-catcher -

    A side view of the classic Isetta.
    PHOTO SOURCE: Joe Mitchell

    Joe Mitchell said he would get a lot of looks when he drove around Mission Hills with his girlfriend and dog in his tiny 1957 BMW Isetta 300.

    Read more here>>Stolen 1957 BMW mini was an eye-catcher -

    First chairwoman of Convention & Visitors Bureau -

    Growing up I played at Ms. Marty's home on Pine St. with Sally and Brett. Prayers to the family.

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    YouTube Mom Betty Givan's Family Recipes - bettyskitchen (Video)

    Try these family recipes from YouTube sensation Betty Givan. Featured on ABC's 20/20 last week, bettyskitchen is a YouTube channel I've been telling everyone about. I am so happy to see her reaching so many satisfied fans, on national television! I'm sure you will fall in love with her too.

    As her description reads: Betty, a retired math professor, demonstrates her favorite recipes. Most of the recipes are Southern homestyle cooking. Betty's husband, Rick, operates the camera, and gives a lot of help and support to bettyskitchen.

    In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make an elegant party dip of peaches with sour cream and brown sugar (also with a nip of rum!). You *can* make this a party for one--yourself! Below is another peach recipe from the spot last week on 20/20. Click the title link for more recipes from that episode. Enjoy ya'll.

    The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY (Video)

    I'm totally bonkers for anything abandoned! I will be posting some of my fav online pics and vids from incredible artists that transport you back in time. We start with the Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs, NY. For more INCREDIBLE pics you must click here and check out a bevy of cool pics and a post by Photographer Arnold Walter. Enjoy

    VIDEO SOURCE: The Digital Mirage

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    Mission Hills Streetcar Line Walking Tour and Canyon Pics (Video)

    Today is the Annual Streetcar Line Tour in Mission Hills. As we set out on our daily walk with Nina and Ralphie, our new rescue dogs, (more on that later) I decided to shoot some photos for you to enjoy. I've included some favorite homes, views and fall decor.

    Also see my Canyon Views Ep. 1 posted at the end where I spend one minute showing you the beauty and tranquility of my community.

    Mission Hills Park Walking Trail Full of Canyon Views

    Across from Mission Hills Park/Pioneer Park on Washington Place there is a local walking trail right by the Tennis Courts. Its a short 15 minute walk down the lightly maintained trail to the 1800 Block of Titus where you can cross over to the 3400 block of Pringle via a cement walkway. As the seasons change its a good time to see whats blooming in the canyon.

    We walk down and have lunch at Dos Brasas before heading back up. You must try the Carne Asada, and Bean & Cheese Burrito. Whatever that cook does to the marinade is pure love, my man raves about it! I like the more traditional B&C route. Also try the house made carrots and salsas located inside. Great for takeaway calls too.

    On this occasion I kept walking to Bergie's Pub in Old Town and met my Dad for amazingly addictive hamburgers lunch, while my other half walked back up the trail for an ice cold treat at Mission Hills Liquor. Remember this trail when you have an hour to get up close and experience the canyons of Mission Hills.

    Below are pics I took a few months back when the wild sweet peas were blooming. Forgive the my blackberry camera quality...Enjoy

    Event: Halloween in the Hills Oct. 13, 6-9pm West Lewis St. Shops, 92103

    Join Le Bel Age Boutique, 'With Love'-A Gift & Paperie, Salon Bella and Mission Hills Liquor & Deli for Halloween in the Hills Oct. 13,  6-9pm. Gregory Page is providing the musical entertainment. Come and be part of the gruesome gathering! Be sure to show your love and "like" their online pages, links are listed after the fab pics Jimmy @ 'With Love' snapped of their ghoulish accessories. Enjoy.

      SOURCE: With Love
      PHOTO SOUCE: With Love

      Mission Hills Town Council - West Lewis Pocket Park & Goldfinch Overlook

      Mission Hills Town Council - West Lewis Pocket Park & Goldfinch Overlook

      heirloom philosophy presents: Soups On

      As fall approaches heirloom philosophy presents a yummy recipe, Chicken Soup with White Beans and Green Chillies, accompanied with Rosemary Croccantini by La Panzanella and served in handmade pottery bowls from Bergdorf Goodman made by Sylvie Saint-André Perrin as listed in Vogue's best summer hostess gift list.

      Read original post here - heirloom philosophy: Soups On

      Creamy Shades usher in Fall

      I set out to collect images for an early fall slideshow when I came beautiful pics from one of my favorite bloggers, Rhonda at Southern Hospitality. She has a story that is familiar to many. Take a moment and read about her. You can find her post "Fall Decorating with White Pumpkins" pics here. Enjoy

      Goldie & Kurt list $14+mil Balinese style home in Malibu

      Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are trying to sell their Balinese 4BR/4.5BA property in Malibu for $14,479,000, again. What an amazing piece of property. I posted some of my fav links to photos below.

      Click here to see a an online slideshow from the REALTOR that takes a few sec. to load
      Click here to view a slideshow on another site where you can click through the pics. Enjoy
      "Unexpected elegance on the dunes of Broad Beach. Open living spaces beautifully appointed w/ media room, designer kitchen and 3 spacious suites. Guest house w/ guest rm, living area + full bath.Expansive exterior entertainment areas w/fp, bbq & grass yard
      Simply Beachfront Perfection!

      A rare & extraordinary offering that transcends time, this beautiful and exotic residence was extensively redesigned & renovated in 2005. Enter through the gated courtyard, to calming fountains & lush landscaping. The open living spaces overlook an expansive oceanfront patio w/an intimate covered outdoor living room/ fireplace, a grass covered fenced yard, and a path across the sandy dunes. A luxurious oceanfront master bedroom suite has awe-inspiring views, Chinese Onyx spa-inspired bath area, and large closet. The main residence also feat. a substantial ocean view designer kitchen, 2 large add'l guest suites, Creston media room, & fab office. A detached GH that features a meditation/guest room, exercise room, completes this exceptional property."
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      0 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      Vintage Landscaping Ideas | Garden Guides

      Vintage gardens evoke the casual beauty of old-fashioned yards that were scintillating to the eyes and the nose. Many vintage gardens incorporate design elements above and beyond flower choice to give the impression of a certain time period. Many vintage landscape items can be found at estate auctions, yard sales or even by the side of the road. Below are recent pics I've taken around Mission Hills. Visit for more detail on each of these elements:


      Wrought-Iron Accessories

      Whimsical Accents

      Wicker Garden Furniture


        Vintage Landscaping Ideas | Garden Guides

        Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture: Home And Play On The Range

        I love porch swings and dreamcatchers. Rachel Ashell offers both in a recent blog post about her Prairie property housing Shabby Chic Couture. Custom made bedding and hand made appointments. Take a moment and refuel with Rachel on her blog.


        Here is a link to Cedar Hill Ranch's Blog posts with many interior and exterior shots of her B&B property, a must see. 

        Last but not least here are some helpful Flea Market strategies from the Rachel and the

        PHOTO SOURCE: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture Blog

        Julian Apple Days Oct. 1, 2, 2011

        Julian Merchants Association - Apple Days

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        Grand Canyon Serenade-Video

        Public Television recently hosted an hour of Grand Canyon scenery paired with classical music masterpieces, Grand Canyon Serenade. I sat watching for the hour unable to move, just mesmerize by the magnitude of it. In a series for the next month I will be sharing different views of the Grand Canyon experience.

        This spectacular program presents a stunning HD visual portrait of the Grand Canyon region set to the world-class music of some of the most beloved classical music composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorak. Viewers experience breathtaking panoramas and one of the most dramatic adventures on the planet in a meditative film journey that showcases the beauty and spiritual nature of one of America’s crown jewels.

        Below is a preview, enjoy.

        The story of our national parks is a long and complicated one, full of competing demands between utterly American impulses – between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between the immediate desires of one generation and its obligation and promise to the next.  

        THIS IS AMERICA is a complete 45-minute film that tells the story of the national park idea through the prism of our nation's diverse population, weaving together stories of extraordinary people from a wide variety of backgrounds who devoted their lives to the national park ideal – to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time – and helped it broaden and evolve over the course of 150 years.

        A Walk Along the Streetcar Line Annual Tour 9/24, 1-4pm

        Mark Sept. 24th on your calendars and be sure to come join us at the Mission Hills Walking Tour! We’ll take a journey, led by Mission Hills Heritage, back to the early 20th century and explore the old streetcar route that ran through Mission Hills. Pick up some history and learn about early residents of the area, as well as the development spurred by the streetcar line.

        To top it all off, Class 1 streetcar No. 138 will be at the event so you can take a look at one of the historic cars that ran on that very line… and imagine what it would be like to see them running again in Mission Hills and San Diego’s other inner city neighborhoods.

        You can view the event details on the flier above or here.

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        UFO was likely basketball-sized fireball-Video | The Desert Sun |

        Streaking light seen from San Diego to Phoenix

        A real UFO streaked across the Coachella Valley's skies Wednesday night, but by morning NASA scientists were fairly certain they had identified the object as a fireball.

        Mission Hills Farmer's Market Inspires Chef at The Red Door | Sept. 16

        Chef’s market dinner: 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar, 741 W. Washington St., Mission Hills. Guests will accompany executive chef Daniel Manrique to the Mission Hills Farmers’ Market and then return to the restaurant for a four-course meal with the ingredients from the market trip. Cost is $45 per person or $75 with wine pairings. Information: (619) 295-6000.

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        One Historic Plaque Thief in Custody - Mission Hills Heritage/SDUptown News Update

        The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

        At least 23 historic plaques like the one above have been 
        stolen in Mission Hills since July 25.

        One Plaque Thief in Custody! At a special Community Meeting tonight hosted by Mission Hills Town Council at Francis Parker Elementary School, Capt. Walt Vasquez of the Western Division San Diego Police Department made a welcome announcement: One man, on parole for a previous theft conviction, is in custody and has confessed to stealing some of the plaques. He actually showed police how he had done so with a screwdriver, and then actually took the police to several locations for which he is responsible. He was apprehended with the cooperation of National City Police on a tip from an alert citizen, as yet anonymous to the public. The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

        San Diego Reader | Slice of Suburbia

        Suburbia can suck it.

        Clans isolated in their castles, moated by lawns, concrete, and cars; no decent food joint or watering hole within walking distance. It works for kids, who can frolic carefree in protected cul-de-sacs – I loved my suburban childhood. My sisters and our respective gangs of kids from neighboring houses owned the streets – each yard was a new territory for us to discover and conquer. But as an adult, with no kids of my own to watch over? BORING.

        I like to be where things are happening, to see the world hustle and bustle. I’m a city girl. It’s in my blood. Both of my parents were born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where the only playground was the busy street in front of rows of tenement housing and apartment buildings. My father, who currently lives in Mission Hills, is known to set up his lawn chair on the sidewalk in front of his building and read a book or simply enjoy a cigar while watching the activity in his hood.

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