Pulling Out All the Stops!

This morning’s church was a tad more special because the organ was played. I have a real love for big church organs and the sounds they create. It had been some time since I had heard the organ played during a service so, in a happy daze, I leaned toward my friend and said, “Isn’t that beautiful?”, to which she said, “They are really pulling out all the stops.” Knowing she is a trained singer, I thought she was being “artsy” but I still gave her an odd look to which she said, “That’s where the saying comes from.” Huh? Could this be true? Let’s see where my investigations lead.

(picture by Gérard Janot – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2175346)

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Face-Off Chicken Salad

That’s right…it is hockey playoff time! My two favorite teams, Anaheim and Nashville, are battling for the Western Conference Championship with the winner leading us to the Stanley Cup Finals. I feel like a dirty mistress as I am rooting for Nashville even though Anaheim has been my steady partner for years now.

Needing a healthy, quick, easy meal that may be eaten in front of the television without mess for game nights, here is my Face-Off Chicken Salad solution…

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The Line Hotel Los Angeles

Koreatown, an area slightly west of downtown Los Angeles, is trending right now in a big way. There are some highly rated restaurants, independent theaters, and sleek hotels that have energized the area. One such hotel is The Line Hotel Los Angeles.

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U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame

The temperature in my town today was quickly reaching up to touch the toes of the 90 degree Fahrenheit mark. I was longing to take a bike ride, but in that heat I would certainly melt so instead I harkened back to the time Spaceman and I visited the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, CA.

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Poppy Cakes Baking Company, Sierra Madre

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it has been flying lately. That has kept me from getting to share some good stuff with you, but I am here now to tell you about Poppy Cakes Baking Company, a sweet little cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

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7 Attractions to See While in Bali

Today, I’m honored to have Made Sugita of Taman Baru Bali Private Villas provide a wonderful guest post sharing a local’s guide to the seven best attractions to see while visiting beautiful Bali. Take it away, Made!

The Indonesian island of Bali is a sight to behold and a joy to visit. Here’s a guide to seven of the top attractions you just can’t miss when vacationing in Bali.

The sunrises and sunsets on Bali are truly spectacular. Consider hiking 11 kilometres up Mount Batur along the Sunrise Trail to take in the sunrise. It’s 1,700 metres high and the trail is fairly easy. The amazing views from the peak (and soaking up the morning rays), are more than worth the exercise. In terms of sunsets, visit the iconic Tanah Lot temple, or relax at Seminyak beach as you take in the rosy hues. Another outstanding option is to take a sunset cruise at Lovina where you can sometimes spot dolphins frolicking in the water as the sun goes down.

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5 Reasons to Visit Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky

To me Kentucky is known for two things: horses and bourbon. I have talked some about the horse scene here, but bourbon is a true beauty too…at least at Buffalo Trace Distillery it is.

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