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DISCOVERING OTHER SIDE OF BENICIA

Lake Herman Recreation Area Peaceful, calming and very relaxing view from the lake water reservoir of the City of Benicia. We have been wondering what’s in there behind those mountains and asked ourselves if there’s even a road going up, so out of our curiosity we took ourselves to a ride for an exploration adventure. We headed up north of Benicia in a hot summer afternoon and drove for about less than 30 minutes from where we live. As we...

A visit to the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge After completing our daily chores at home, I came up with the idea to take my family somewhere so that we could chill out and recover from our lost energy. The first place that came to my mind was to go visit Napa CA. I invited everyone who wanted to come. While we were in the car everyone was quiet and did not seem cheerful. All I could tell is that they wanted to leave home and...

CHEESECAKE (NO-BAKE) FAST & EASY RECIPE

MAKE YOUR OWN CHEESECAKE WITHOUT BAKING! Ingredients 1 or 2 packs of Sugar Wafers (vanilla/strawberry or any flavor you desire) 8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup Sugar or less 2 tbsp Sour Cream 2 tsp fresh Lemon juice Banana Slices   Preparation Crush wafers and set it aside. Then start making the filling by beating the cream cheese and sugar in a mixer for about 2-3 minutes or until smoothly combined. Add the sour cream and lemon...

How to make Delicious Banana Bread

Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar ½ butter (one stick) 2 eggs ½ cup sour cream ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 large ripe bananas Preparation Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a large bowl pour in butter, egg and vanilla and beat at medium speed. Then add sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Slowly add in flour . Mash bananas with a fork then add...

Homemade Oreo Vanilla Marshmallow Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream Craving for an ice cream? Why not make your own at home! It’s cheap, it saves your time, and most especially its fun to make it with the whole family! With just very few ingredients and very easy steps we have made a superb ice cream tasting the crunch of oreo cookies with the blend of cream and soft mallows! This Oreo Vanilla Marshmallow Ice Cream recipe would only require you 5 ingredients and does only need few easy...

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients 1 Mango, peeled,seeded & diced 1 large Banana, peeled & sliced 1 cup Pineapple chunks (with 100% fruit juice) 3/4 cup low fat Vanilla Yogurt 1 cup Ice cubes 1/2 cup Fresh Milk Sugar for tasting ( exclude if necessary) Strawberry for topping (or any fruit you desire) Preparation Combine all ingredients except strawberry in a blender container. Blend until mixture is smooth . Transfer by pouring mixture into glasses then top with sliced strawberry. (or any fruit you...

Moist Chocolate Chip Muffin

Ingredients 1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter (if you decide to go with salted you can go ahead and exclude the ¼ salt) 1 cup of sugar 2 cups chocolate chip 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks 1 ¼ cups milk 1 ¼ cups sour cream 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 ½ cups flour Preheat your oven to 375 F. Place melted butter in a large bowl then add sugar and mix...

Pasta Bolognese Quick and Easy Recipe

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 5 tbsp. Tomato Paste 3 cups Whole Fresh Milk 1 tsp. Oregano 1 1/2 tsp. Salt 2 tbsp. Heavy Cream 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter Shredded Cheese for serving 1 lb. Ground Beef 1 lb. Penne Pasta 1 medium Onion 4 cloves Garlic 7 baby Carrots SAUCE PREPARATION AND INSTRUCTIONS Start by chopping spices including garlic, onion and carrots into small finely chops then set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat and...

California: My First Months in My New Home

First Life Experience in California My life has been kind of ironic in a way because I never thought that one day I would call San Francisco Bay Area my home, I swear I never thought of it. Life gives us a lot of surprises. Now here I am telling you my story of my arrival to the United States. San Francisco International Airport was my final destination. Before my arrival especially when I was still in my native country the Philippines,...