Author: Melissa

Abbey of New Clairvaux

A Touch of Spain By Melissa Wynn Photos courtesy of the Abbey of New Clairvaux In the small town of Vina at 26240 7th Street lies an amazing spiritual and historical place, The Abbey Of New Clairvaux. Founded in 1955 and home to a group of Trappist  Cistercian monks, this rural monastery includes a stunning, reconstructed Church that was originally built in the 12th century as part of the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria de Olivia in the town of Trillo just north of Madrid in Spain. In 1931 media mogul William Randolph Hearst purchased the long abandoned and deteriorating...

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2018 NorCal Racing Schedule

Spring means the return of racing and track riding to Mountain Valley Living country.  Pack up your friends and family and enjoy the roar of the race track at these local favorite tracks. Visit websites to verify dates and times; prices subject to change. American Valley Speedway – 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy 3/8 Mile Dirt Track Upcoming Events April 14, Play Day all classes – starts at noon April 21, First Races of the season. pit gate – opens at 3pm admission gate – 5pm stock car hot laps – 6pm racing starts – 7pm go karts  – 7pm +1.530.283.2175

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NorCal Spring Home And Garden Show Schedule

Home & Garden Shows, Antiques and More! Spring is the time for renewal and refreshment  so many of us choose this time of year to remodel or redecorate around our homes and in the yard. The latest and greatest new ideas and products can be found by shopping the spring home and garden shows that dot the map of NorCal. These are a few of our favorites from years past. Whether you have a theme in mind or are just hunting ideas you are sure to find something inspiring. Annual Home And Garden Show and Reno Pet Show &...

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Spicy Quinoa Salad Recipe

                Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 limes, juiced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 1 cup cooked corn 1/2 cup sliced green olives 1/2 cup black olives 1 cucumber sliced and quartered 5 green onions, finely chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions: Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is...

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Spicy Grilled Chicken Recipe

            Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 teaspoons fresh oregano 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Directions: In a shallow baking dish, mix the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Add chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1...

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