Memories of the Valley

Boone’s Farm was the culprit of many pukey drinking experiences growing up in the Central Valley (sorry, sandpit at Tenaya Park). Despite that, I have fond memories of some great times with my friends…what I can remember, anyway.

Did you know there is a Fan Club? I learned much here — there are flavors I had never heard of and you can even make a cake with it:

Boone’s Farm Wine Cake
March 31, 2009. Special thanks to Boone’s Farmer Kendra from Roseville, California for submitting her soon-to-be world famous Boone’s Farm Wine Cake recipe:

Mix together:

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 box Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix
4 Eggs
1 Cup oil
Once all mixed together add
1 Cup Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill Wine
dash of Nutmeg

Pour into Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let set for 10 minutes to cool before inverting onto plate.

Strawberry Hill Forever!

Well slap me with an 8-inch sausage!

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My father was always big on BBQ-ing. Like most dads, he always took pride in his mad skillz and during the hot hot summers in the central valley, he’d be grilling meats for our outdoor dinners on the patio at least 3 times a week. Usually, it was beef Tri-Tip, which I only later came to realize wasn’t one of the typical cuts you’d find across the country in grocery stores, sitting next to the Rib Eye or Filet Mignons. As a kid, I thought all beef steak was Tri-Tip, because besides “ground beef”, that’s all we ever ate.

Anyway, I remember my father shaking Lawry’s Seasoned Salt on it, or to be truly local, his favorite Pappy’s Seasoning, made right there in our hometown of Fresno, CA.

Recently I was reminded of all this, after reading this bizarre but utterly hilarious news story, tracked back to the Fresno Bee:
Burglar victims wake to spice rub, sausage attack

also headlined in the San Jose Mercury News as:
Burglar rubs spices on sleeping man, whacks another with a sausage and a dog eats the evidence

I think that pretty much sums it up. Only in a place like Fresno, I guess. And I did really appreciate the fact that they specifically identified the seasoning, giving props to the hometown. Sometimes with all the heavy heavy stuff going on in the world, you need to hear a kooky story like this to make your day.

What I wore (episode 1)

Day wear for 7th grade
Tenaya Middle School, Fresno, CA

1. Maybelline Eye Shadow Compact Duo: Peacock (teal and mulberry)

2. Chemin de Fer Denim Jeans with lace up front and backs ($22 at Miller’s Outpost, purchased with babysitting money)

3. Famolare Hi-Up Sandals (w/nude colored knee highs)

5. Love’s Baby Soft

6. Barettes

July 4th (1978)!

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Rob and i were going to go up on the roof to watch the fireworks (it’s an incredibly clear night), but being that I spent about 8 hours painting (walls, not art) today, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to climb up there without a lot of exertion. Oh well, it’s probably on TV, like the “log fireplace” station at Christmastime.

Soundtrack to my day of painting…
The Feeling – Twelve Stops and Home

This album (er, CD) fits in perfectly with all my favorite nostalgic 70’s AM rock tracks, like “Thunder Island” or “Shannon”. I listen to The Feeling’s “Never Be Lonely” and I could be driving out to Blackbeard’s Water Park in Fresno with my family in the summer of ’78.

Back when I could be totally content standing in the front yard on the 4th of July and waving a sparkler.