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Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice With Garlic

21 May

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Costco has a great deal. Today I tried their Seeds of Change brand Quinoa & Brown Rice and I loved it. I added some pistachios, but next time I’ll try it all by itself.

Six packages for $10.99 and it is yummy. Each package is 480 calories which is two servings. Or eat the whole thing because 480 calories is reasonable for one meal. So the price per package is $1.83. And it’s organic!

Quality at a great price. And, no, this isn’t an advertisement. I just want to let you know about some great deals every so often. Quinoa & Brown Rice from Costco is officially Charlie-approved!

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Saturday In My Neighborhood

4 May

My wife let me sleep in until around eight this morning and got me up to go to L.A. Fitness with her. That gave me a chance to try out my new fat-burning bar while I’m on the treadmill. You want to eat it on an empty stomach 15 minutes before you work out to get the maximum fat-burning results. Today was the first day that I’ve done it exactly right. Without it I would just be getting an aerobic workout on the treadmill. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. Patents and everything.

Anyway, after a nice, hot shower my wife went to San Diego to see a family friend and I decided to check out some garage sales and let people know about my plans for a community garage sale in late September or early October. Right now I’m hearing from several people that October 5 is best because it’s right after payday. Sounds logical. I’ll put up a poll in a few weeks so we can vote.

Something else that makes sense is a neighborhood/community potluck 4-6 weeks before. I’ll start sending out emails sometime in the next few days. If you see me knock at your door or you meet me at a garage sale, please give me your contact information so I can add you to the list.

While visiting four garage sales I met some great people like Sondra who’s originally from England. She was having her last garage sale (along with some neighbors) to benefit breast cancer research. Whatever was left she was going to give to Goodwill. Sounds like it was the last one she’s going to do for a long while, maybe ever. Anyone else want to take up the mantle?

After talking for a little while with Mario I found out that he’s in life insurance and real estate and has an office near the 78. Jack and Jill have two kids and met when they were 15. Now they have a 15 yr old themselves. And yes, Jack and Jill are really their names.

Finally, Erika Sosa was in charge at the garage sale that she and her honey shared with their next door neighbors. They thought a potluck would be a good idea, too.

And I’m writing this while relaxing and watching the SyFy Channel show Defiance. Science fiction is a family tradition. So is enjoying the neighborhood.

Look Who’s In The Neighborhood

20 Apr

Today I visited some garage sales to see who else is interested in the community garage sale in late September or early October. I stayed within these boundaries – north of 78, west of Nordahl, south of El Norte Parkway, southeast(?) of Borden & east of Mulberry, also including the houses down Falcon which is west of Mulberry and branches off from Mission Road. I also included houses that are just on the other side of the street boundary, so for example I spoke with Sheldon and his wife who live ON El Norte Parkway, but who are technically north of the street.

I met some interesting people and found out that Vallecitos is having a community garage sale on May 18th. I had no idea. Two women told me about it and one of them, Isabel, gave me some pencils for my friend, Mary Carrillo of Point Loma, to take to Belize for the children of the village she will visit in September. Thanks, Isabel!

Mary visits Belize once or twice a year to be of service to the women and children of the village. I’ll post more about Mary Carrillo another time and include the name of the place.

While I was out I took photos of some green stuff I like and then I found a woman, Alice Olsen, who is the office manager of three[!] sites of Community Catalysts of California. I had never heard of them before, but they have been doing good work for over 30 years! The paragraphs below are from their website.

Who We Are

A Positive Catalyst For People With Disabilities

Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.

Empowering Our Military Veterans

Veterans Community Services, a division of Community Catalysts of California, supports Veteran’s and their families to gain increased independence and productivity as responsible members of their community. VCS provides coordinated case management services to obtain housing, access benefits, secure employment or advance education in the San Diego and Imperial County areas.

Strengthening Our Community

Our organization’s prevailing principle is strengthening our community through engagement and daily manifestation of our work in your neighborhood, work, and social environment. We support the belief that people with special needs are an integral part of community and encourage you to support our services in a manner that matches your strengths and resources. Our community partners are vital to our continued success.

Community Catalysts of California is a not for profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization.

Here’s the CCC website:
CommunityCatalystsCalifornia.org

They also help veterans! Here’s the CCVCS site:
Veterans Community Services – CCVCS.net

Alice Olsen was having a garage sale to benefit CCC. She had her neighbor, Cheryl, and two daughters and a couple grandkids helping out.

Below is a photo of their sign and some photos of trees I saw when I was out and about. I like trees and I like shade. No matter how you feel about trees, my guess is you like the shade they provide on a hot day.

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Sugary Drinks Problematic (At The Very Least)

19 Mar

Here’s a little coincidence with my post earlier today:

I mentioned Zevia as a substitute for sugary sodas and a study links sugary sodas to 180,000 deaths worldwide.

Here’s the link:

USA Today Sugary Drinks

I picked up some Zevia early this evening.

Good Stuff On Sale & Other Good Stuff

19 Mar

Early on I mentioned that I would sometimes let you know about good deals.

If you are interested in losing weight or you drink diet soda or you would like to switch but you’re concerned about aspartame, do you know about stevia?

Stevia is a natural sweetner. Google it! Here’s a link to start with:

Stevia.com

Vons finally has the soda made with stevia. It’s called Zevia!

The first thing you should know is that Sprouts and stores like it have had Zevia for a while and it is usually about $5.99 a six-pack when it’s not on sale. So it’s not cheap. I think Jimbo’s has it at $6.19.

Right now you can get Zevia at Vons for $3.99 and sometimes they have it for $2.99 if you have a coupon from their circular. Both prices assume you’re a member of Vons club.

My wife’s favorite is grape and mine is root beer.

I also prefer a less sweet soda, so don’t think it’s going to bowl you over with sweetness.

If you’re concerned about aspartame or just want to stop drinking sugary sodas, check out Zevia!

Now for more good stuff, though not necessarily on sale.

Today I’m going to meet a friend at Haggo’s Organic Tacos in Encinitas.

I think I’ve mentioned Reality Changers in a previous post and a fellow tutor from RC went to lunch with me about 5 or 6 weeks ago at Haggo’s.

I’ve lived in the area all my life with a couple small exceptions. When I was two my family moved to Washington and then moved back to the same house in Encinitas when I was three. About 23 years ago I followed my fiancee out to the Imperial Valley for a couple years. Now she’s my wife.

Haggo’s is about a mile from where I lived in Leucadia from age 5 to 13. I’m glad my friend Mike told me about it.

If you like organic or you’re willing to try vegetarian tacos (there are some meat dishes), give Haggo’s a try. It’s an outdoor cafe that’s closed Mondays. The decor (what’s a really low rent word for decor?) is truly the opposite of fancy, but the chef is an actual chef! So far I’ve had two different vegetarian tacos and maybe I’ll have something with meat today.

Here’s the link:

Haggo’s

Happy March Madness!

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