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This is a great craft for kids, especially if grandparents live far away. Spend the evening making custom gift wrap made of your children’s handprints.
Start with a roll of freezer wrap available in grocery stores or use pages from a flip chart presentation tablet.
Choose a few colors of non-toxic poster paint or finger paint. Place each color on a plate (real or paper). Let kids stamp away their handprints. It’s fun to dip each hand in a separate color for double stamping fun.
Note: Set up near the sink; there will be a lot of hand washing in between colors.
Music Makes Friends Thick as Tar – Northern Traditionz
Article by Eileen Majors
When you hear the musical talents of this band you are likely to kick up your heels and dance. My first acquaintance with their music was with a CD left in my car by my son. Original after original, these new songs I was hearing took me back to fond memories of my dad’s country music blaring from the record player in our living room. This music, however, was ignited by rockin’ rhythms and catchy choruses I’d never heard before.
Northern Traditionz band is made up of six inspiring musicians who basically grew up together. Kenny Williams, (songwriter, lead singer and rhythm guitar player) and Hippy (the bass player) sat down to tell me that they were raised on country music. Behind them stood the rest of the boys for the interview, cutting up and cutting each other up as only best of friends can do.
Fiddle player Tony Rios gained his experience playing classic violin. That was until one day when John Henry (Uncle John) suggested they bring him on as fiddle player. “Same instrument” they each explained, “you just play it differently.” Tony has developed a sound that adds greatly to the character of the songs that are making these boys famous throughout Northern California. Matt Chomistek is the drummer; Chris Anderson plays lead guitar and is a back up singer. Uncle John plays guitar and offers lead vocals for many of those good old country favorites they play.
Kenny writes their original songs, the boys told me, as they continued to explain how he also orchestrates musical parts for others in the band.
“He gets on the drums and shows me how he wants the fiddle part to sound.” Tony told me as they all laughed. Kenny broke in to humbly confirm that the song writing is a group effort. In Kenny’s deep dark eyes, one can see the makings of the original songs are, as he sings it, “the makin’s of my heart” in their song, This Guitar, another rocking original they perform.
(Lyrics INSET on page):
When I was young, my dad said “Son, Why don’t you pick up this guitar? Said “It might help you to keep what’s true, never forget who you are.” What he gave to me will always be the makin’s of my heart. I love everything that comes from this guitar. - This Guitar, Northern Traditionz, Songwriter Kenny Williams
“We’re picking country-rock-raggae, cuz Baby, that’s who we are.” is exclaimed in the lyrics of their Drinkin’ Song. (I think it should be called the Dancin’ Song.) The group definitely gets crowds up and dancing. “Good things happen pretty much everywhere we play.” Kenny told me. There are more new songs in the works that they will soon begin playing for the crowds who come to hear their unique style of music.
The guys started out playing heavy metal and their metal band Esoteric still performs occasionally (without Uncle John). The ‘country-rock-reggae’ as they call it, has definitely taken the lead in their lives; they are booked solid for most of the year. “This whole country thing started with family”, Hippy told me. “Uncle John taught us to play some of Pops’ favorite country songs for his 50th birthday celebration. We had no idea how far it would go.”
Kenny added, ” Uncle John has an awesome voice and his ability to harmonize made us sound like a million bucks.” And that is exactly what fans hope for this band and their songs. I must agree I would not be surprised to watch them accept their first Country Music Award. They are getting around, have played at The Roxie in Hollywood; they have opened for some notable bands including The Fried Brothers at a Redding Convention Center performance. They have also been featured on ‘Nor Cal Noise’ a radio show on ZROK, a popular Northern California rock station. They love the mountains and their music tells it.
They sing about their “Hippie house, where we play our songs” in their Drinkin’ Song. They gutted the theater room of the home and made it into a jam studio. A pool and bar add to the fun of the “Hippie House” where their music comes alive. Between the years dating back to first grade, they have lived together, played together and worked together in their landscaping business, Chico Yard And Pool where I was told, “everybody works from time to time”.
They can be reached at 530-624-9827 or you can email them at NorthernTraditionz.email@example.com. Check out their music online at reverbnation.com/northerntraditionz.
Writers often use overblown superlatives, especially when they are enthusiastic about their subject. My husband and I agree, though, that last November’s drives down Deer Creek Canyon were nothing less than spectacular. Was it the lateness of all the seasons last year? Was it the combination of unseasonably warm and cold days this Fall? Whatever the natural causes, it was undeniably one of the best years for Autumn color both in the high Sierra and the lower elevations.
The fog was still waiting for us as we turned the corner from Highway 36 to Highway 32. We had already seen some color on 36. Westwood leaves have either fallen, or are still in the last process; but Chester was aglow through the fog in reds, oranges, and yellows. The contrast, as we headed down Deer Creek, was incredible. The sheer number of trees and bushes in full color was almost overwhelming. The clarity of the bright trees against the dark evergreens “made” the picture. When we arrived on the hill overlooking Chico, we were amazed once again by the vista dotted with color over miles of city landscape.
Shooting video and photos from inside the moving car and on frequent stops added memories to the trip, and allowed the driver to participate more fully in the experience. Thanking God for the beauty He had shown us was the final touch in making this experience a highlight of the visual year.
509-725 Stone Road Susanville, CA 96130
Cabins are very nice and they offer full kitchen cabin, group cabin or a queen with bunk beds.
Summer bus service from Susanville in the summer means you can come out for dinner and dancing and take the late bus back to town. A variety of events include their
Chili and Potato Salad Cookoff with Cowboy Poetry, Sat., August 25th,
a pig roast with live music by Rockasaurus Sept. 1, 2012, and their
Beer Brewery and Octoberfest featuring LACY J. DALTON in concert.
Come for a day or come for a stay, but you will greatly enjoy this full service resort in the beautiful mountains or Northern CA.
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Ready to look like a million bucks?Visit Trendz in Chester for the latest styles in ladies’ fashions. Find designer labels on beautiful new merchandise and name brands including Tribal and many more. Find fashionable jeans, blouses, warm up suits and much more at Trendz. Looking to spruce up your home a bit also? You will love their new home decor section including kitchen ware and much more. They are located in Old Towne Chester, CA at 131 Main Street, and are open 7 days a week in the summer. Now Trendz also offers quality furniture on consignment. You can call them at 530-258-3232.
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup whole milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
9 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in blender. Add ice, Blend until ice is fully blended and mixture appears frothy.
By Eileen Majors
Photos: ©Camille Coverdell
Plumas Eureka State Park is a perfect jewel tucked away in the mountains of Northern California. Beautiful scenery and wildlife surround a wealth of history in this 4,500-acre park, located at the foot of Eureka Peak (originally called Gold Mountain). Gold Mountain produced some $25 million in gold from hard rock mining in the late 1800’s. The park is a hiker’s paradise with a network of trails that meander through the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. Jamison Creek flows through the campground with numerous lakes and streams nearby. Today, the park houses a museum and during the summer months visitors enjoy tours of the buildings and blacksmithing demonstrations conducted by docents and park staff. The park was established in 1959, and allows visitors a glimpse into the fascinating history of the California Gold Rush. The museum, which was originally constructed as the miners’ bunkhouse, now houses a visitors center. Indoor displays explain the natural and cultural history of the park. Outdoors, across the street from the museum, you will find the historic mining area. The Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, a stable, mine office, blacksmith shop and the Moriarity House (historic miner’s residence) show life during the California gold rush. One can only imagine the excitement that comes with the harvesting of $25 million in gold. Understanding the lifestyle of these miners and their families lends not only excitement to California history, but also shows visitors all the hard work involved for families who rushed for the gold. Nine miners made the original discovery of gold on May 23, 1851. Their discovery eventually led to over 30 miles of mine shafts mined by several individual operators and companies. British mining experts perfected the method of removing gold from within the mountain and at one time, three stamp mills were in operation on the mountainside. Over time, the ore-crushing operation ended up at one mill, the Mohawk. It was built in 1876 and contained 60 stamps, each weighing from 600 to 900 pounds with a drop of 8 ½ inches. Each stamp was able to crush 1 ½ tons of ore every 24 hours. Gold Discovery Days, a special event, is to be held in mid-July. Gold Discovery Days is scheduled for July 21 & 22, 2012 at Plumas-Eureka State Park from 9 am to 3 pm in Johnsville, CA. For more information on this event call (530) 836-0783. For camping information, call (530) 836-2380, or visit their website at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=507. Geologists agree the area is still rich in gold, and outside the park, opportunities remain for those in search of gold today. Those interested in panning for gold in Plumas County can find more information at http://plumascounty.org/Outdoor%20Recreation/goldpanning.htm.
By Chris Frederking
As summer kicks off and the seasons change, there’s no better time to expand your horizons and try new things than right now. Chico’s Rod and Gun Club, located in Upper Bidwell Park, offers a wide variety of shooting classes and activities for everyone from first time shooters to long seasoned veterans. The range, originally built in the early 1950’s out of a barracks from the old Chico airport, is owned and operated by the members of the club, and has proudly served Butte county’s sportsmen, and women, of all ages ever since. Their indoor range offers practice shooting for the general public on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Monday of each month, as well as each Wednesday from 7-9pm year-round. I went out on a warm Wednesday in May to see what the Club had to offer and having never been to a range, really did not know what to expect. After a short drive, I arrived and was greeted warmly by the range master, Bruce Gray. He was very knowledgeable and made me feel right at home in no time at all. I met several of the members and enjoyed the general feeling of the clubs camaraderie. There were twelve lanes for shooting, the other members and I lined up and waited for the range masters instructions. After safety checks and an explanation of general regulations, we loaded up and had some fun. I met a kind woman named Julia Mattson, and she said that she has been a club member off and on for 30 years. By the looks of her targets, I could tell it had paid off. Another friendly member and talented marksman, Don G. even let me take a few shots with his semi-automatic .22 when I was getting low on ammunition. Whenever dealing with weapons of any nature, safety is the first priority. The Rod and Gun Club go to great lengths to ensure the safety and security of each and every one of their members and guests: cutting no corners when it comes to upholding the standards necessary to cultivate an exciting and enjoyable environment. If you have ever wanted to learn to shoot, this is a great place to do it: in a safe, comfortable, and judgment free environment. They offer classes for concealed, carry weapons, junior rifle indoor safety, women’s only pistol safety, general pistol safety, as well as hunters safety. If you, or someone you know would like to become a member, simply pay an annual $36 fee on the first of the year, fill out an application, and be prepared to have a good time. I would sincerely recommend for anyone with an adventurous spirit or inquisitive mind to come out and give the club a “shot,” and I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. If you want more information, want to watch, or would like to try it your self, you can contact the club by phone at 530-894-1648 or visit them online at www.chicogunclub.org
Spas Made In Redding
When you meet Richard Burton you will begin to understand why he is so excited about presenting his product to consumers. Burton has spent over thirty years in and around the portable spa industry and has long desired to see a high quality, fully insulated, portable spa at an affordable price. He finally gave up and decided to design his own dream spa. He knew exactly how to design his spa to be practical, comfortable and made right here in the USA.
Burton said, “When you do your homework you’ll find that it is wise to purchase a top brand name spa that is fully insulated (not just a few inches of foam shot on the back of the spa shell); it will pay you back month after month.” He said the biggest problem in doing so is the price you have to pay, generally $5,000 to $8,000.
With Burton’s design, new technology is used to mold a one-piece polyethylene spa, delivering a fantastic, light weight, durable spa that will last a lifetime. The good news for consumers is that his fully insulated spa comes with ozone, step, chemicals and a high quality, locking cover, all with a price tag of under $4.000. With dry weight at 400 pounds, internet buyers are taking notice too.
Burton boasts about his spa cover, and being a spa owner I can relate to the need for a decent one! Inferior spa covers eventually become heavy. Burton’s cover is built to handle this situation. The tapered foam core is uniquely double wrapped with six mill material and is finished with a continuous seal to prevent the infiltration of water. Marine grade vinyl with U.V. inhibitors and double sewn handles.
One great thing about a Burton Spa is its ability to operate on either 110 or 220 volts. Stainless steel jets include adjustable foot/leg jets, 6 lower back jets, 6 upper back jets with four on/off rotating jets. From non-slip steps and a cooling off area to convenient cup holders and mood light, it seems Burton though of everything. Also, the one-piece seamless construction of a Burton Spa will not allow unwanted guests such as mice to take up residence in your spa.
His company also offers custom wraps for the spas allowing buyers to choose a design that works well for their space. They have even made custom photo wraps for customers.
Burton Spas | 472 Wilshire Drive, Redding, CA 96002
Store 530-221-9900 | Cell 530-227-9540
Shrimp-Smothered Steaks with Parmesan Cheese Sauce
• 4 Steaks grilled to desired doneness (We love Ribeyes!)
• 28 – 32 small to medium deveined shrimp, shell and tail removed
• 2 Tbsp. butter • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp flour
• 1 cup half and half
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 2 tsp. fresh parsley
15 minutes before steaks are grilled to perfection, on a side burner, heat butter and oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-hot heat. Add garlic then shrimp and saute over medium-hot fire until shrimp are cooked (turn pink). Add flour and mix thouroughly. Add half and half and cook over low heat until mixture thickens. Add cheese and fresh parsley. Cook until melted. As steaks are served, spoon shrimp mixture over each steak on plate.
Honey Grilled Corn on the Cob
• 4 Cobs of Corn
• 1/3 cup butter
• 1/4 cup honey
• Extra butter for spreading
• Kitchen string (grillable)
Soak corn with husks on in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes prior to cooking. Make a cut through the husk lengthwise to carefully pull back the husk to about one inch from the bottom and remove silk. Melt butter. Add honey to butter. Brush honey mixture over the corn. Replace the husk and wrap with kitchen string. Roast corn on the grill in the husks, turning every 5 minutes. Cook covered for 20 – 25 minutes or until tender, over medium hot coals or gas grill. Serve with extra butter.
Fresh Fruit Salad with Greek Yogurt
• 1 basket strawberries, cleaned trimmed and quartered
• 1/2 fresh pineapple cut in small chunks or 1 can pineapple chunks
• 1/2 cantaloupe, cut in 1” cubes (cubed)
• 1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon
• 1/2 cup greek nonfat yogurt.
• 1 cup mini marshmallows – optional (kids will eat it up!)
Mix fruit in large bowl. Fold in yogurt (and marshmallows if desired). Note: You can exchange fruits of your choice but remember, pineapple makes the yogurt taste like whipped cream!
Garlic Cheese Bread
• 1 loaf french bread
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 – 2 teaspoons garlic powder, (or 1 -2 cloves fresh garlic for garlic lovers)
• 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
• 2 tsp. fresh or dried parsley
Mix softened butter with garlic or garlic powder and parmesan. Cut bread lengthwise, leaving two long halves. Spread buttter mixture across each. Sprinkle with parsley. Slice each half in 2 inch pieces, cutting ALMOST all the way through. Broil until lightly browned.
Fancy Summer Salad
•3/4 cup walnut halves
•1/4 +1/8 cup sugar
•5 cups mixed greens (lettuce/spinach)
•1/2 cup dried cranberries
•1 cup thinly sliced apple or pear
• 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
• 2 tablespoons raspberry vinaigrette
• 1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
Place sugar and walnuts in a skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves into a light brown liquid and coat the walnuts. Remove walnuts from skillet, and spread them out on a foil-covered cookie sheet to cool. Place the following in your salad bowl: mixed greens, cranberries, cheese, vinaigrette, vinegar, and olive oil. Toss gently; add candied walnuts, and toss again. Top decoratively with a “fan” of sliced apples or pears.
Make-Ahead Homemade Lemonade
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup lemon juice made from 4 to 6 lemons
• 4 cups cold water
Start by making a cup of lemon juice by juicing approximately 4 to 6 lemons. Now make your simple syrup: Heat water and sugar, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher, adding water if needed for desired taste. Serve with ice and garnish each glass with a sliced lemon, and a sprig of mint if desired. Makes 6 glasses.
By Eileen Majors
When you enter El Tepeyac Grille on Main Street in Susanville, you have a choice. You can go right to enter El Tepeyac for their famous Mexican and American cuisine, or you can turn left to enter Lassen’s Steaks. El Tepeyac has become famous in the area for good old homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served at affordable prices with friendly service. Proprietor, Esther Faustino, has long enjoyed the restaurant business in Susanville and strives to offer the best to her customers. What many don’t know is that the other side of El Tepeyac is where they serve up the finest steaks available. In this dining room, you will find a quiet bar and plenty of quiet booths for that special night out. White linen tablecloths and fresh flowers set the scene for this fabulous cuisine. The steakhouse serves only Certified Black Angus Choice steaks and the flavor speaks for itself. The list of steaks on the menu is long with New Yorks, Filet Mignon, Rib Eyes, Porterhouse, Top Sirloin and their Angus Steak Brochette, which is served on a skewer with fresh mushrooms, bell peppers and onions. Steak prices range from $15.80 to $23.65. Additionally, steak specials are offered each night like their Delmonico Rib Eye, their own version of the steak made famous by the Delmonico Restaurant in New York City. Specials also include their Cowboy Chipotle Steak, the BBQ Flavor Rib Eye and their Flat Iron Steak, all prepared to order and delicious! Be sure to ask your server about their nightly specials. Yes, you can also order the pork chops and applesauce, grilled chicken breast smothered in a sauce of sauteed bell pepper, onion, mushrooms and cheese, or order it without the sauce. Southern Fried chicken is also a favorite at Lassen’s Steaks. These entrees range from $14.95 to $16.95 and trust me, you’ll never leave hungry. I especially enjoyed the option of adding grilled shrimp or prawns to any menu entree for just $6.95. A fish of the day is also offered at market price. Another thing you will love about Lassen’s Steaks is the fresh, delicious salad and bread served with your meal, along with your choice of baked, french fried or Delmonico potatoes. They offer a nice variety of wines and beer or the bartender can whip you up your favorite cocktail. Dessert is always delicious at Lassen’s Steaks, so save a little room. No worries, they will be happy to wrap your leftovers for later enjoyment at home. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the peace and quiet, and the flavorful fare at Lassen’s Steaks anytime and know that they are eager to cater to your special occasion. They offer banquets and easily accommodate large parties at Lassen Steaks. Visit them soon at 1700 Main Street in Susanville, Susanville’s premiere fine dining establishment.
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Pinnacle Wellness and Healing Spa in Reno has recently moved to 18180 Wedge Parkway (Raley’s Shopping Center) in South Reno. This beautiful, state-of-the-art facility offers services in the areas of wellness, healing, enhancement and detoxification. Nutrition is key and Pinnacle offers Nutraceuticals instead of Pharmaceuticals. Members enjoy and oxygen bar, vitamin D Therapy, Far Infrared Therapy and many more treatments. Specializing in wellness, healing, enhancements and detoxification this state of the art facility has something for everyone. Come experience the tranquility of Pinnacle Wellness Healing Spa.
Located off of Mt. Rose
Highway in the Raleys
Shopping Center next
to the Goodwill Bookstore.
Walk-ins are welcome
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Sat
10am – 8pm
If you are in the market for a refreshing, sparkling spa in your home or yard, don’t buy until you have checked out one that is not only an amazing buy, but is made in the USA, features innovative materials and is stronger than its competitors. It is far superior in construction, with optimum insulation making it not only COST EFFICIENT. but also CRITTER PROOF. It is also less expensive. Watch for our upcoming Home & Garden feature TWICE THE SPA… HALF THE PRICE. Crafted locally, they are lightweight, one-piece durable spas that will last a lifetime. After spending decades in the retail spa industry, this man designed a top of the line spa, with extra features, at one of the lowest prices in the industry.
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TRAIN RIDE THROUGH THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON WITH TRAINS & TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL – For information on their upcoming ride to Portola Railroad Days, see page 8.
Have you ever had a fragrance of a perfume or the smell of biscuits baking in the oven take you back to another time or place, stirring up fond memories of a time gone by? Maybe it reminded you of a loved one or a treasured place. Recently I had one of those nostalgic moments that sent me back almost 60 years.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, many of my uncles and cousins worked for Southern Pacific and SantaFe Railroads. They were conductors, porters, mechanics, and held other railroad jobs. I remember as a kid, going down to the train station to pick up family members coming in from El Paso Texas, standing in the night air just waiting with excitement building… seeing and hearing the passenger train coming into the station. I remember the thunderous sound of the engine slowly pulling in with steam coming out the side like the wheels were on fire. The enormous connecting arms that connected the drive arms to the other wheels, slowly came to a halt. My aunt clutched my hand with a death grip, so I couldn’t touch this big black hissing, chugging steam engine. The bell was clanging to beat the band. Oh how wonderful it was, down to the smells and the sounds.
Even though most of my family was part of the rail system, I never had the opportunity to ride a train anywhere. So as I grew up, it was amusement park trains that filled the bill. First Disneyland and later at Knott’s Berry Farm. Chug, Chug, Click Clack, Woo Woo, the bell ding, ding. My children loved it, but really the big kid loved it more than them, woo woo eeh, haw!
As time went by, I had the chance to ride on dinner trains, small coastal train rides, short gold country rides (riding in a ore carts towed by small steam engines), wherever, whenever I got the opportunity, I would take what I could get.
Now, retired recently, kind of moping about, somewhat overworked (honey-do’s, you know). One day my wife calls me upstairs to the computer and asks me if I would like to go on this train ride called ‘The Northern California Explorer’. ”Yeah right, When? Are you kidding! We have our son’s wedding that following weekend and the reception is here! Impossible!!.” She asks, “Do you want to see the video?” That was all it took.
Ding Ding WOOO….with a crackling voice I replied, “Oh heck yes. We can’t miss this. Some how we will get the work done”. I couldn’t make eye contact at that moment. All kinds of emotions had flooded over me, Wow… on this train there was the California Zephyr. I remember all those times I had seen her as a young man. The enchanting streamline engine, her silver flash, as she went flying by. Now I finally had a chance to ride on such a magnificent beauty. This must be a dream. This was all I could think about for the next two weeks,. Eeee-haw, can’t wait!
Finally Friday comes and we are about to leave for Chico. Again, much to my surprise before we left, there was a surprise party just for me. A retirement party. Bet you can’t guess what I received. A pocket watch, wow! After a night’s stay and we made our way to the train where I soon found myself in the dining room car seating of the Silver Lariat facing forward. Pinch! How could this be? It’s her and truly she is beautiful; I couldn’t speak at all. I could only look about in total amazement. The whistle blew. We were moving in a dream come true.
Friendly and sincere, this wasn’t just a train ride to the staff, it is their life and love. The train is spotless from top to bottom. Staff stays onboard many hours after arrival to insure the same quality experience the next day. Meals were so amazing! First, that the Chef could even prepare such delightful, delicious beautiful meals in a small space and still be smiling and ready to answer your questions was amazing. Beverage Service was available all day, whatever you desired. Even the restrooms had fresh flowers in vases, fine soaps, and towels. We were able to visit all cars with our passes and met many people. Some people from very far away, New Zealand, England, Michigan and much of the East Coast. Many have taken train trips all around the world, but share with us that this may be the most beautiful area, even with the rain and the clouds we had. We spent our entire day roaming about, enjoying all that we were learning and the wonderful people we were meeting.
It is incredible to see vistas of grandeur, rivers and creeks, unbelievable rock formations, fresh, vibrant greens and blues, canyons valley highs and lows. The Lakes are having a hard time holding the abundance of water, which produce the many waterfalls you are able to see along the way. There are lots of tunnels and stopping for freight trains to go by. Volcanoes and their lava flows, vast forests that climb the steep canyons, and then to the flat juniper plateaus as far as you can see, fields of alfalfa, horseradish, potatoes, vast irrigation lines, ditches with abundant waterfowl everywhere, sun, rain, shadows, shades and overtones… so much for your senses, all this while being gently rocked from side to side. She is everything I ever dreamed of and so much more. Where people take time to share with each other about their life and times in the past. A time to just slow down and be in the moment without cells phones ringing or a exact time to arrive. Just time to enjoy! The Northern California Explorer.
It is a unique experience to view the scenery of the great place we live, in a way you can never see by car or plane. You truly can see where you have been, from the outside deck of the caboose. Once, when I was outside on the vestibule after the people taking their photos left, I looked around stuck my head out the side a little a yelled…EEEEE—Haw!… at the top of my lungs. When I went back in and found my wife, she asked where I had been. “Just enjoying the people and oh, by the way, did you hear anything?” I said. “No why?” she said. “Oh nothing, just asking.”
CANDY COATED POPCORN with prize and peanuts too!
6 quarts freshly popped popcorn (3/4 cup uncooked)
1/3 cup cooking oil
8 – 16 oz unsalted, roasted peanuts (1-2 cups)
3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup karo syrup
1 cup butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
(To make popcorn – Use large, heavy 8 qt. pot. with lid. Cover bottom of pan with approximately 1/8″ cooking oil. Throw in one kernel. when it pops, throw the rest in. Cover and shake pot often (to prevent burning) until all the popping stops. Have a large roasting pan ready to dump popcorn in. (You may need to dump some out into roasting pan before all the popping stops.) Add the desired amount of peanuts (about 12 to 16 ounces makes for extra peanuts!).
In a saucepan mix 3/4 cup light Karo® syrup with 3 cups brown sugar and 1 cup butter. Stir frequently with stainless whisk or spoon, (NOT PLASTIC), cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp.,vanilla and 1tsp baking soda. Stir and spread over popcorn/peanut mixture. Mix well quickly until all popcorn has been coated.
Have 2 buttered cookie sheets ready before you start. Divide the popcorn onto the two cookie sheets. Place in preheated oven 275º for 12 minutes. Remove, close oven, stir mixture. Turn oven off. Return to oven for 12 minutes more. Cool and place in mason jars or other festive good grade container. wrap a small prize in foil and place in the center of the jar.
Prize ideas: Refrigerator magnet, decorator sticky notes, tiny trinket box, or other tiny treasure. If you are giving it to a child, miniature skateboards, mini bouncy ball, or bracelet are just a few of the many small gifts you’ll find for kids.
Share a cup of Christmas tea.
With the holidays often comes bad weather and for some elderly folks who don’t easily get around, not much reason to venture out of the house. This is a perfect time to stretch your boundaries, jump out on that limb and go visit someone who could really use a lift.
Even with the best intentions, it is tough to do. ‘Suppose they want to be alone. Suppose they don’t even remember me’, you might think. You may be worried you will not be welcomed, while the recipient may be embarrassed by your kindness and not “dare” to bother you any further by even asking you in. You may need to be the bold one here. Have a little gift put together with a card and some bags of herb tea or packages of hot cider mix. Include at least one sugar free, caffeine free choice. Sugar Plum Fairy by Celestial Seasonings is a great cup of Christmas tea without sugar or caffeine. A gift might be an ornament, slipper socks, dried fruits and nuts or a homemade treat.
In being the bold one, be prepared to say, “May I come in and make you a cup of Christmas tea?” If you are not welcomed in, you might offer again, letting them know you have a some free time if they need any help with a holiday chore. If not, simply wish them a happy holiday. Likely, if they are not afraid, or afraid of bothering you, a warm and wonderful visit should be the result.
If I could know just how your feel, Or see your lonely side,
then I would come and sit with you, if only for a while,
Maybe you could tell me a good old story or two,
Maybe I could help you with a chore you have to do.
Perhaps I can share with you a little bit of me.
While perhaps the two of us could share a cup of Christmas Tea.
Recommended reading: A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg and illustrated by Warren Hanson
My friend and I decided to leave the season’s first two inches of snow behind us for a short valley trip to Oroville. We made our way through Chico for a few necessities and headed over on Highway 99 for our 30 minute trek to Feather Falls Casino & Lodge. From where I live, the scenic drive down Highway 70 might have been a better choice. The casino is about an hour and 45 minutes from the Junction of Highways 89 and 70 in Plumas County.
There is just something about leaving snow and entering grass and flowers that is a real treat now and then, when you live in the mountains. From the minute we entered the driveway at Feather Falls Casino and Lodge, we were impressed. Andrea drove in past an old tee pee on the reservation, which we were later told is still used as a sweat house by some of the Native Americans living on the reservation. A beautiful lodge sat to the right of the casino entrance and a four-story parking structure stood behind the neatly designed buildings. We parked outside, right in front, and headed for the main casino building. The staff was waiting to open the doors for us, our first hint of the first class service we would receive. A shimmering marquee described the many promotions going on in the casino. We had a lunch date with Susan Tiesing, who had offered to show us around.
One of the newest additions at Feather Falls Casino and Lodge is Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company where we would be having lunch. We caught a glimpse of the restaurant/showroom from the second floor. Glass topped, hammered copper tabletops lit up the room. We had a full view of their master brewer in the brewery where they brew nine different beers. The selections include a variety of ales, Hefewezien and Pilsners, with names ranging from Soaring Eagle to Coyote Spirit and a popular choice, Naughty Native. They also offer 64 oz. Growlers of beer to take home and a nice selection of Brewery t-shirts for $10. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a stage for special entertainment along with a 19 foot television screen for sporting events and Sunday and Monday football games. Private, luxurious VIP rooms are available for private parties to watch a sporting event or concert.
Susan showed us around some and left us to go enjoy our lovely, upgraded accommodations. My room was spacious with a comfy couch and chair in the sitting area and a nice bar sink, real glasses, a microwave, refrigerator and top of the line coffee service with real mugs. I love good coffee! A jacuzzi tub and an amazing shower with two shower heads provided even more than the comforts of home. Rugged tile and warm colors accented the room and in fact, the entire hotel. The bed was divine with all the comforts of cotton and piles of pillows.
I had to venture up the elevator to my friend’s room to boast about my fabulous room. Susan had set us up with two rooms and to my surprise, her room was as nice as mine but completely different. I entered the room through the living and dining room which also held a bathroom, comfy living room and dining set with a nice counter area for the coffee service, refrigerator and microwave. Through a door, a separate bedroom held a king sized bed, a gorgeous entertainment center and another bathroom. The bedroom had sliding glass doors and a balcony! Oak trees lined the views from both rooms and the balcony. We both decided right then and there, ‘We’ll be back!”
For lunch, we had a tough time choosing from the many sandwiches, fabulous salad choices, and appetizers on the menu. When our server told us about the roasted chicken and mushroom soup (homemade!), I had to try it. It was enhanced by roasted red peppers and was delicious. Susan pointed out that everything in the restaurant is homemade. After much deliberation over the Open Faced Lobster Melt, I opted for the Southwest Chicken Sandwich with Chipolte mayo, pepper jack cheese, avocado, red onion and tomato atop a very tasty, seasoned chicken breast. There were several alluring sandwiches, most under $10. A giant selection of salads included a Berry Truffle Prawn Salad, Chicken Fajita Salad, a teriyaki-glazed Asian Steak Salad and Baby Spinach Salad with an option to add Shrimp Skewers for just $4. Salads range from 4.95 to $13.95.
Chef’s specialties include their Naughty Native Fish and Chips, Grilled Seafood Tacos and one of my favorites, Indian Tacos!
While the Feather Falls dinner buffet was highly recommended, we couldn’t resist returning to the brewery for one of their dinner options. The menu has a wide range of choices (including lunch choices).
We pondered over the pasta choices and had to take a second look at the Lobster & Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese. Hmm.. now there is a new twist on an old favorite. Crimini Mushroom Ravioli sounded great with jumbo stuffed raviolis drenched in fragrant basil cream sauce, served with garlic-sauteed baby spinach. Okay, I admit I am a red meat lover so I opted for the smallest cut of Prime Rib (more than I could eat!). It was served with baked potato and medley of fresh vegetables, all delicious.
Our salads arrived in beautiful display on rectangular white plates with a square bowl of homemade dressing on the side. I opted for the Caesar, a standard choice with dinner and the dressing was fabulous. Andrea chose the house salad with a very delicious raspberry vinaigrette and candied pecans. For her entree, she chose the Blackberry BBQ Salmon and described the sauce as the best barbecue sauce she’d ever tasted. A hint of blackberries in this sauce covered a thick salmon steak. She loved it. A nice selection of Sushi also complements the menu at Feather Falls Brewery.
Dessert sounded great but we just could not do it.
After a good night’s sleep in our gorgeous rooms, we enjoyed breakfast at the buffet. A wide range of fresh fruits, pastries and breakfast entrees lined the buffet. Eggs and omelets are cooked to order in this buffet which also grills burgers at lunch and offers steaks, grilled to order, with dinner.
If you enjoy casino gaming, you will appreciate the packet of coupons for each day which comes with your room key. We were given free play and dining discounts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Oroville at Feather Falls Casino and Lodge. It is a big facility decorated with a taste for elegance. The staff, many part owners as members of the tribe, were very friendly and accommodating.
Antipasto means “before the meal” and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. It varies with individual taste.
Auntie Mary’s Antipasto with Mosserella & Basil topped Tomatoes.
1 can tuna, packed in oil
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 oz. water
1 jar Gardinara Pickled vegetables (Not the Hot variety)
1 jar or can whole mushrooms
1 small jar dill pickle rounds
1 – 2 jars marinated artichoke hearts
1 sm. jar cocktail onions
1 jar pimento green olives, sliced in rounds
MARY SUGGESTS SERVING WITH:
Salami or other favorite meats and cheeses.
Sour dough french bread
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Drain all vegetables and rinse in colander, draining mushrooms separately and saving juice from pickled vegetables. Drain tuna and leave in can, set aside. In a saucepan, boil the mushrooms in the pickled vegetable juice for about 5 -7 minutes to enrich flavor, then drain. In a heavy frying pan over medium heat, saute minced garlic in olive oil. When golden, (Don’t burn the garlic) add tomato sauce and 1/4 can water. Let sauce cook 2-3 minutes to cook it down so it is not too juicy. Leave some juice though. You don’t want it dry. Stir in all the vegetables. Stir, cover and cook over medium heat 3 – 4 minutes. Push the vegetables aside and drop tuna in a corner of the pan. Spoon juice over the tuna and simmer a couple of minutes more. Now choose a pretty platter with sides to contain the juicy mixture. With a spatula, scoop the tuna mound into the center of the platter, leaving tuna whole. Spoon more juice over tuna. Arrange vegetables with sliced carrots around the tuna, like a “fence” or as Mary says, “Dress it up any way you like” . Make 1 – 2 days ahead; cover tightly and chill.
Serve cold with salami and cheese or other meats along with sour dough french bread and any other appetizers your family enjoys. Mary likes to serve it with fresh tomatoes prepared this way: Slice tomatoes 1/4 in thick and arrange them on a platter. Place a slice of mozzerella cheese and a basil leaf on top of each tomato. Just before serving put a tiny bit of olive olive and a tiny stream of balsamic vinegar across the tops.
Mary cautions, “Don’t let them eat too much or they won’t eat your meal.”
If you have ever been through the town of Graeagle, you were welcomed by quaint red buildings lining the highway that passes through town. If you ventured inside some of the red buildings, you may have found the wonderfully nostalgic candy shop and deli and the great folks who run it along with a row of quite unique gift shops and art galleries. If you came during the holidays, perhaps you took an old fashioned sleigh ride and sipped complimentary hot cider. A trip through the market will take you back in time and send you away with fresh cuts of meat from their old fashioned butcher shop.
A lake in the town center offers rentals of paddle boats and other toys by summer. A beautiful riding stable welcomes day trippers and the Graeagle Frosty is also open year round. It is not uncommon to see this tiny town filled with tourists meandering through its more than quaint downtown, even in the dead of winter. Year round recreation surrounds Graeagle as does world class golf and fishing opportunities.
By E. Suzanne Frances Heinz
Mary gazed out the window of the tiny new place that she and 12 year old son Jake now shared in their new small town. “How can I make it like a real Christmas?”, she thought. Mary had sold most everything to afford them 3 months expenses in their new place and to give them a new start in a brand new community. She worried so much about all the life changes that Jake had endured as she chased away the fear that she would ever be able to pay their way again. But putting all of that aside, it was Christmas! For that she had $200 from Jake’s grandpa and so it was, all about making Christmas special for Jake. Sadly she was unable to help anyone else this year. Back home, they would always choose a star off their bank’s Christmas tree to help a family in need. They’d always chosen a family with a boy Jake’s age so he could pick out the gifts. “Now that was a real Christmas,” she thought. They just couldn’t afford it this year. She hoped he wouldn’t notice.
The house was decorated over the top. Mary had carefully unpacked all of the family’s Christmas ornaments just trying to make it seem like the real Christmas she so wanted Jake to have. She had watched every sale and downloaded every coupon for the past two months to get Jake the things she knew he wanted so dearly. Holiday cards lined the doorway to their tiny new kitchen, just like a real Christmas. Back home, they had lots of friends. But back home was no place they could any longer afford to live.
Mary had searched long and hard for the perfect little town on the internet. You Tube footage of some teachers and kids had brought them here. It looked like a nice place and the rents were way less than half of those back home. Here, she could provide but she had taken Jake away from everything he knew. She just longed for the day that Jake would show up with some buddies after school, just like the good old days. Why was it taking so long? Had she made a mistake?
Mary stayed up late wrapping Jake’s presents and stacking them under the tree as if to say there is no more hardship for this family. She meant it too. She knew she could find a job in this community or ride a bus to a bigger town for work. She might not be a mortgage broker anymore, but she knew she could find her way in this already-friendly community. She only wished Jake knew it. Time was running out. How could she make it feel like a real Christmas?
A knock at the door surprised her. She opened it to find her soon-to-be new best friend and neighbor Lucy, standing with a plate of cookies. “I hope it’s not too late.” she said, “I could see you up working. I was baking.” She handed her the plate and introduced herself. Mary invited her in and was overjoyed when she she obliged. Lucy peeled off the ‘skinny’ on all the neighbors nearby while Mary poured tea. She told Mary a sad story about a couple of brothers in in Jake’s class who didn’t have it so good. She also told her about the great teachers at the school and the great people they would now be calling neighbors.
“I just want Jake to meet some kids and start having some fun again.” Mary told her new friend. “He’ll fit right in. Don’t you worry. Everyone does. School break is just not the best time to meet kids”.
When Mary awoke, she noticed that things looked a little different under the tree. Had Jake opened the gifts to peek? It didn’t sound like Jake, but she was proud of the gifts and she was okay with it if he had to know ahead of time. She did not say a word. She just wanted it to feel like a real Christmas.
Christmas morning came and Jake had snuck out early. Mary assumed it was for some sort of Christmas surprise. She scurried to make the special brunch they had planned when Jake would open his gifts.
She soon heard the laughter and rumblings of what sounded like three rowdy boys playing their way to the door. Her heart sunk with joy as she opened to Jake and two more boys, James and Kyle, all with wet shoes. Mary scooted them over to the fire to take off their boots and socks while she made hot cocoa. Jake ran in to the kitchen, “Mom, can they stay?” “Jake, it’s Christmas, certainly their family is waiting for them.” No mom, their mom’s not even home, and they don’t get presents either.” Mary set two more special places at the table and took the ham out of the oven. The boys were delighted to be there and they all laughed (and ate) for nearly an hour. Jake then announced it was time for a special Christmas surprise. “Close your eyes everyone.” Everyone did. Jake placed a gift in front of each boy, then his spot, then his mom’s, as he whispered in her ear, “‘I hope you don’t mind,” then in a loud voice, “Okay open!” The boys lit up like Christmas trees when they opened their eyes and saw they each had a gift to open. Jake lit up like a Christmas tree too as he gave away two of the latest, hottest video games on the market. “And I have the player you can use anytime!” Jake yelled out. The excitement was loud and clear as the three dove for the TV. Suddenly and definitely, it was a real Christmas!
WHITE ELEPHANT CHRISTMAS PARTY It is a fun idea, whether it is an office party or party with friends or family, this is fun. Maybe you have a really large family and it is hard for everyone to buy gifts. If so, this is a great way to really share the holiday spirit. without breaking the bank.
Announcing it as a White Elephant Gift Exchange, will sum it up for many but you may want to include in the invite, a little instruction: Bring a White Elephant gift for the gift exchange. Wrap something that you do not use but that just the right person may love. Have fun with it! I have seen guests bring everything from board games and decorator items to a new bar sink and a $5 chip from a casino, all hot items as I recall.
It works out especially well if you plan for a double exchange. After everyone chooses a wrapped gift, they are then allowed to trade. It can be that casual, or more fun if you ask guests who may be willing to trade, to stand in one spot with their items. You’d be surprised how much fun trading can be. If kids are involved, have each child pick an item from their room that they are willing to give up, but is still “cool” for somebody. Adults are usually willing to trade with kids when they get a toy and everything works out great.
A careful hostess may have a few extra white elephants stashed for kids just in case one child does get stuck with a wall mirror.
The Lassen Humane Society has no shelter but offers services. Spay and neuter assistance is available, and the organization accepts donations. PO Box 1575, Susanville, CA 96137
Their caring staff takes calls at 530- 257-6311.
Whether or not you can dedicate a spare bedroom to this, you still may need to put together a room for company this holiday season. Likely your guest room doubles as a sewing room or serves another purpose. That is all fine. Just clear out the room some or at least a nice space around the bed to give them room for their things and a comfortable spot to end the day.
THE BED If you are able, choose a very comfortable bed for your guests. A memory foam topper can make a world of difference but often tally up to around $150. A comfortable mattress cover can also make a nice difference. If you haven’t an extra bed, you might think about getting a quality air mattress. They can be placed over a box spring, over an uncomfortable sofa bed mattress or on the floor.
BEDDING: Think beyond clean bedding; think about adding sheets with a high thread count and other comfort items often supplied by fine B&B’s: a featherbed mattress topper, a choice of pillows, a cozy down comforter, extra blankets, and freshly ironed pillowcases. Leave a few chocolates on the pillow for an extra touch and an extra set of bath linens for each guest.
SPACE , LIGHT AND THINGS: It is good to have a luggage rack or small table to set their suitcase on. A chair is another handy item if there is room. Some people do not sit on a bed. If possible, get rid of everything in the room that you would not find in a nice hotel. Leave the alarm clock, a mirror and a small night light. A table and a lamp near the bed are useful as many people like to read before going to sleep. Leave open a closet showing some empty closet space with 6 or 8 hangers for your guests who may need to hang up clothing. A hook on the wall is also handy for robes and purses. If you are offering empty drawer space, leave the drawer(s) open and hang the fresh towels over the open drawer. Layer a nice piece of tissue or gift wrap to line the drawer(s). Choose window coverings that offer privacy and light control.
An extra key to the house may be helpful to guests. For a final touch, a basket with some fruit, candies, cookies, and of course the latest edition of Mountain Valley Living Magazine for their enjoyment!
- Hunting Buddies Hunting Company – Hunt Pheasants, Hunt Chukar, Northeastern CA, Northern California
High Desert Hunting Club Welcomes Just One Group at a Time
Litchfield, CA – By Eileen Majors
When two buddies routinely get together and go hunting long enough, big things can happen and and that is just what happened with Jim Brown and Howard Hanlon of Lassen County. I met up with these two who started their own 191-acre pheasant and chuker hunting club. Amid listening to a few humorous ‘jab’s at each other and many a “Yes Ma’am” for me, these young spirited, yet old fashioned gentlemen shared how they got started. They have been hunting together for 20 years and are dedicated members of Pheasants Forever, a non-profit group dedicated to the sport.
The club they have opened, Hunting Buddies Hunting Company is located in Litchfield, California and they are pleased to offer access to all levels of hunters’ physical abilities and hunting expertise. The property spans 191 acres of grass and mixed brush cover and is located at the confluence of the Susan River and Willow Creek, approximately three miles west of Litchfield, CA. The town of Susanville, nearby, provides restaurants, services and lodging. Reno is a little over an hour’s drive from the club.
The cost to hunt is $20 per pheasant or 20 for $360, making it $18 per bird. Chukars are $15 each or $13 when you purchase 20. Hunting dogs and handlers are available to hunters, as well as trap shooting.
Training hunting dogs is another popular use of Hunting Buddies Hunting Club which also hosts special training events and dog trials from time to time. They are proud of their efforts to eradicate White top, a noxious weed and general nuisance to hunters and dogs. The club has a barbecue available, horseshoes, and a fire pit.
They’re open from the 1st of October to the end of March. The club only hunts one group at a time so calling ahead at least a few days is necessary to set up a hunt. Large and corporate groups are welcome too and no group is too large according to these two hunting buddies. The club is licensed with the Department of Fish & Game and insured through NRA. You can reach Jim or Howard at 530-257-6464 or 530-251-7317.
What could be more frightening than bats in your belfry? Bat bugs!
The bat bug (Cimex pilosellus) is a close relative to the bed bug. Both are blood-sucking insects and prior to the recent increase of bed bugs, the bat bug was the more common representative of this group from the Cimicidae family. Bed bugs are the most difficult to deal with as they can coexist with humans. The bat bug requires a bat host, which can live behind walls and in attics. When bats migrate or are removed from the area, the potential for these bugs to migrate to human areas exists. The bugs move in search of a new bat host.
To prevent rare but potential human bites, human areas should be sealed off from bat areas after the bats leave, but the bottom line is that these bugs will not be able to sustain or reproduce without a bat host. If you think these critters may be dwelling in YOUR attic, calling a professional bat removal service is advised, one who handles the safe removal of bats with no harm to the bats.
Ref:Wikipedia, Colorado State University Extension: Bat Bugs, Bed Bugs and Relativesby W.S. Cranshaw, M. Camper and F.B. Peairs1 (Revised 3/11)