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Santa Barbara In The Fall

 We have been praying for cool, Fall weather around here.  I know it sounds silly, but it’s true.  Santa Barbara is usually sunny and 70.  Although, lately it has been much warmer.  As some of you may know, most of us do not have air-conditioning.  Santa Barbara usually has the so-called “perfect weather”, but this year it’s been off.  My husband likes to say it’s “global warming”, I say “it’s just hot, and I’m over it”. 
I left to go to Arizona for a few days for a girls trip and returned to what I say is “the perfect weather”.  Cloudy, drizzly, and cool.  Nice!  Finally! 
Today while out and about I shot a few photos of Santa Barbara showing more signs of Fall.
Thank God!
(My inner Midwestern girl is coming out, and I’m missing my four seasons)


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Food For The Skin

 I couldn’t pass up sharing about this wonderful product I was introduced to the other day.  It’s a line of all natural beauty care, called Natura Culina.  The brain behind this phenomenal product is Lenka Tinka.  She has developed products for the skin that are all natural and made right here in Santa Barbara. 
Lenka grew up in the Czech Republic, outside of Carlsbad, one of Europe’s natural spa cities.  She was able to come to the United States and experience her passion.  I had the pleasure of meeting her, and what a beauty she is. 
Lenka gave me a beautiful gift basket, to try some of her products, and I’m hooked.  The scents alone attracted me.  Natura Culina has absolutely no parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or synthetic emulsifiers. 
You can go online to purchase the products at naturaculina.com or if you’re in Santa Barbara,
Lily
1131 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 695-0625
Also, Natura Culina is “giving back”.  Part of the proceeds go to American Cancer Society.
I promise you that you will not be disappointed by these amazing products.
 (Pictures courtesy of Natura Culina)
 
 
 
 

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Old Spanish days In Santa Barbara


One of Santa Barbaras largest festivals, Fiesta Days, is here…


Come stroll through a colorful Spanish Market, El Mercado de la Guerra, and feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live music all day and into the early evening.


Also, fun activities for children going on at Mackenzie park, at the corner of State and las Positas. All events are free.


Friday and Saturday 11AM-11PM


Viva La Fiesta!



                

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Movie Night


Every Friday night in Santa Barbara they show a free movie in the Sunken Gardens, at the courthouse. Last night they were showing War of the Worlds (the original). We decided to pack up some snacks, blankets and grab a few friends and walk over. One thing I love about SB is that there is always something to do.


What a fun night!!!



 

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High Above The City



 


 


On Friday night we decided to venture up towards wine country. Taking the 154 25 minutes up into the mountains, you arrive upon a secluded, desolate road, called Stagecoach, make a left and you will end up at a place called Cold Springs Tavern. It’s so serene and peaceful, you feel like you are in another world. We got to see some old friends (and new), who the mister used to play in a band with.


Thank you Santa Barbara for another fun-filled night.











 

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Post Summer Solstice

This weekend was such an amazing time with friends. We started at The Palace, for the free breakfast, proceeded up State Street and ended up at Alameda park. We shopped, danced and ate. It was so nice to get out and enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer. What a fun time!

Hope everyone had an epic weekend!

 

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Summer Solstice

My favorite time of year has arrived in Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice!  The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice parade began in 1974, as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime, Michael Gonzalez.  The parade grew into a gathering of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.  The soiree originally had started at the Sunken Gardens and now has moved to Alameda Park.
Come out and play this weekend.  There will be over 75 different vendors, music and even a drum circle, for anyone who wants to participate.
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
June 22, 4-9
June 23, 12-7
June 24, 12-5

 

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Black Is The New Berry

Blackberries are one of the top ten antioxidant foods, they are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease. They strengthen blood vessels, and improves eyesight. The high tannin content of blackberries helps to tighten tissue, relieves intestinal inflammation, and helps reduce hemorrhoids (lovely), and stomach disorders. Blackberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese and fiber.

Here is an easy recipe for blackberry-blueberry cobbler


Blackberry-Blueberry Cobbler


1 1/2 c fresh blackberries


1 1/2 c fresh blueberries


3 tbsp sugar


1/3 c fresh orange juice


2/3 c whole wheat flour


1/4 tsp baking powder


1/8 tsp salt


1/2 c butter


1 large egg


1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 375


Combine berries, sugar and orange juice in a lightly greased 8 inch baking dish, set aside.


In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.


In a medium bowl, add butter and beat egg and vanilla extract together. gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined.


Drop batter over berry mixture.


Bake 35-40 minutes


HAPPY BAKING!!!

 
 
 FYI: Santa Barbara Farmers Market Saturday

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Weekend Fun!

I Madonnari was this past weekend, as I posted about earlier in the week.  The artists were amazing.  We have posted some pictures from the festival and the yummy food we indulged in.  Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

 

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Weekend Divertente!

This weekend we have Madonnari, or street painters, transforming the Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images. Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.


To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting. Enjoy an array of Italian cuisine and specialty items.


Location: Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets


May 26, 27, and 28


10-6 Daily


Admission is free!!!


DIVERTIRE!
 
 
 

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