Author: Melissa

Meet The Artist Russ Flint

[media-credit name=”Russ Flint” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit] Eileen | Mountain Valley Living Magazine By Melissa Wynn Since he was a little boy, Russ Flint of scenic Indian Valley has been passionate about art. At a very young age his grandmother gifted him the book, “How To Draw The Human Form,” and he hasn’t set the pencil down since. Not only does Mr. Flint continue to sketch, he excels in the mediums of chalk, charcoal and oil paint. After studying at  the Art Center College of Design in Southern California, this talented artist illustrated several children’s books, including “My Very First Bible”...

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Non-Toxic Gardening Tips

Winter is waning and spring is around the corner.  March is a great month for mountain dwellers to plan a non-toxic gardening strategy.  There are many home remedy tricks for pest prevention and plant protection.  Most likely you already have these problem-solving products in your home. Any that you do not have are easily and economically obtainable. Listed below are a few ingredients you may want to try: INSECT REPELLENTS: Diatomaceous Earth ~ Cucumber Peels ~ Dryer Sheets ~ Garlic ~ Cayenne Pepper ~ Bone Meal ~ Talcum Powder ~ Spearmint ~ Peppermint ~ Nutra Sweet ~ Lavender ~...

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Deer Creek (Ishi) Falls by Mary Beth Laraway Conlee photos by Laraway Conlee Creations

[media-credit name=”Laraway Conlee Creations” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit]Some scenic beauties are great for those who want to take an actual hike of several miles; while others are perfect for those who wish to simply take a break from the road and stretch their legs, rest their eyes with a new vista, and perhaps take a photo or three to add to an album or send to someone. Deer Creek, along Highway 32 in Tehama County, provides opportunities for both. With both an Upper and Lower Deer Creek Falls (with elevations below 4,000 feet), the usual season of March through August allows...

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Roadtrip on Hwy 36 Share The Adventure

By Melissa Wynn Photos by Ben Graham Lassen Volcanic National Park is minutes from Chester, but late and heavy snow at the park’s higher elevations left much of the towering volcano and her natural wonders hidden behind roads still closed. But we were on an adventure. If with car you don’t succeed… fly, fly again. We got lucky on that early June Saturday. I called Dan English at Mt. Lassen Aviation in Chester and he was free to take us on an amazing scenic flight ($60 per person) at noon. Woo Hoo! Who needs roads? The sky was crystal clear...

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Steak Kabobs & Wild Rice with Mushrooms

Steak Kabobs & Wild Rice with Mushrooms 1 pound boneless beef round tip steak (or your favorite cut), cut 1-inch thick 1/2 small red onion, cut into 3/4-inch wedges 1 small zucchini squash, cut lengthwise in half then crosswise into 1-inch slices 1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 12 medium to large white mushrooms Marinade:[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons mustard 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms 1 (6-ounce) package wild rice blend Cut beef steak into 1 1/4-inch pieces. Combine marinade ingredients. Place beef and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Heat 2 teaspoons oil large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Remove and keep warm. Meanwhile cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and butter. When rice is done, stir in mushrooms. Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Alternately thread beef and vegetables onto skewers. Place on grill over medium heat,.Grill, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Serve kabobs over wild rice....

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