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Be sure to check out their pomegranate desert ice wine! Yummy goodness!

A lot of us are not able to afford to go shopping this year and those of us who are have to be creative and very frugal. Sure there are a few of you out there who are still doing well for yourself regardless of the economy but hey…if you are looking for a simple gift solution and can afford 20 to 30 bucks and the person you are shopping for likes wines…you are in luck!

My good friends downtown at Vintner’s Cellar has the perfect gift solution with no fuss yet it can be customized to your liking. A bottle of wine with a custom label looks really cool and don’t forget…Vintner’s Cellar wines are handcrafted and very delicious! You can order while you wait the wine of your choice. You can even go online and design your own label at www.222wine.com or in person. Make if fun and memorable…the bottle most likely will be saved long after it is empty.

For those in a hurry…they have gift baskets already made up and ready for pickup starting at 75 bucks. Owners Alan and Jana along with their friendly staff are great at helping you decide and they offer free samples on most all of their wines. I am still here sampling…so pardon me but I just thought it would be fun to share this gift giving idea. Please send mine to…ha ha

Directions to Vintner’s Cellar as well as their phone number can be found on their website 222wine.com

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Was getting to be slim pickens by afternoon on the big ones since the lines were long and hungry for big haul of fresh Dungeness Crabs at Buz’s Seafood earlier in the day. Still plenty left…$3.95 per pound.

ABOVE: KRCR TV 7 cameraman far left corner with reporter Orville Thomas(center) gathers the rest of the story from Buz (on right) for the evening news.

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The signs are up in preparation for Saturday nights lighted Christmas parade downtown Redding.

Catch the spirit of the holidays!

Shasta Service Guild Victorian Christmas
Friday, December 04, 2009
Come out to enjoy a day of shopping, chili meal, pie baking contest, Christmas tree lighting, Santa arrival, bon fires, and carolers. Meal served from 12am-3pm. Shopping from 12am – 9pm, Contest @ 5pm, and Lighting, Santa arrival, bon fire, caroler’s @ 5:30pm.
FREE Entry
$2 Chili
Rating: Everyone
Old School House Hwy 299W Old Shasta, CA
Phone: 530-243-5399
Email: patty@mediaplusredding.com

Shasta Service Guild Candlelight Potluck
December 05 – December 05, 2009

Enjoy a potluck dinner with your friends. Just bring a side dish or a salad to this event. This is a candlelight dinner with Kids Unlimited Carolers.
Event Prices: FREE/Bring Side Dish
Event Contact: 530-243-5399
patty@mediaplusredding.com
Event Location:
Old School House Hwy 299W Old Shasta, CA

Winterfest 2009
7 p.m. Friday Redding tree lighting in the Market Street Promenade (formerly the downtown mall). Entertainment starts at 5 p.m.

“A Cascade Christmas” presented by The Dance Project
7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. in Redding. The annual holiday dance spectacular featuring elaborate costumes and precision choreography will transport audiences to a world with dancing sugarplums, waltzing ice skaters and Santa’s elves making toys. Tickets $10 to $25, available by calling 243-8877 or visiting http://www.cascadetheatre.org.

Redding Lighted Christmas Parade
6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Redding. Theme is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.”

For more events and details visit the following links:
A News Cafe
Redding.com Things To Do
VisitRedding.org Events
Vintner’s Cellar

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I had a bowl of firm ripe wild figs that I wanted to do something with and thought hey…why not a pie. So I Googled Fig Pie and the first two recipes were simple and interesting. I chose the second one as it used a cream topping much like a cheesecake filling poured over the top of the figs instead of a crust. I modified the recipe as I used store bought pie crust and it called for orange juice as the liquid in the making of the pie crust. I added three table spoons of orange marmalade to the lime juice that was to be poured over the peeled and quartered figs. The first recipe called for peeling them…the second one didn’t but I thought the peelings were to course to leave all it on.

For the cream filling I used sour cream, heavy cream, white (and half brown sugar as I like the brown sugar flavor), corn starch, and vanilla whipped till thickened. The first recipe also called for a dash of apple spice…I added dash of pumpkin pie spice to add that fall flavor and aroma.

Here is the original recipe Tierra’s Fresh Fig Pie
It took me about an hour and half to peel, mix and bake. Yummy goodness!

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Brazilian: Picanha – Rump, or as Brazilians call it ‘Picanha’, is the king of BBQ cuts

Better late than never…yeah with this post too.

Arrived at the ArtHop birthday bash not long before it was over…err uh…snagged by the fact Library Park which I know as Marketfest is not near a library but there are several parks that are in Redding. Been here long enough you would think I knew…and yes I checked first ha ha so needless to say we were late but it was still a lot of fun. Was able to catch up with Kelly, Phil, Steve and Donni along with three sets by the Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers shown below.

After the bash we headed out to Carnegie’s where we down a few Tangerine Wheats and ran into several friends. The Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers arrived for dinner so we got to compliment them on their great performance in person. Later we strolled on over to the Cascade where we witnessed a little flower power art or whatever you want to call it….as this gal had her self rolled with various hues of paint before smudging herself onto canvas laid out on the sidewalk. The musical group beside their setup was providing the best entertainment…have no clue to who they were but they were great.

We then headed into Vintage bar and grill where we managed to catch a table on the sidewalk….nice evening to be sitting outside…wow we did not have the triple digit heat we are known for this time of year. While at the bar buying a round of drinks…I spotted Jim Dyar with friends…sorry Jim but I did not want to interrupt click!

After awhile at Vintage we made our way over to Vintner’s Cellar where we wrapped up the evening. So much we didn’t get to see as the ArtHop has grown far beyond the immediate downtown area.

See you guys next month….and good luck to the ArtHop in having another successful year ahead. Cheers!
Related links
Happy Happy Happy
Phil’s Sketchbook
Cutting Board #9

Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers

Drumming to the beat

Drumming to the beat

Behind the stage

I 've got the beat!

Druming in Library Park

Beat to the Beat

The End - Drum Roll Please
Drum roll please….the end! Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers

Random ArtHop Spottings

Body Paint 101

Body Paint 101

Multi-colored Salamander

Multi-colored Salamander - I sort of recall it was much more fun in the 70's LOL

Vintage Dyar

Vintage Dyar Spotting

Regulars belly up to the bar at Vintners Cellar during the ArtHop festivities.

Regulars belly up to the bar at Vintners Cellar during the ArtHop festivities.

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Jun 11, 2009 – Fiery-Foods.com founder Dave DeWitt announced today that his Fiery Foods and Barbecue SuperSite will partner with EatMoreHeat.com and founder James Beck to offer reviews for new products in the fiery foods and barbecue industries. For the rest of the story click here


Note: James Beck is my possible future son-n-law 😀