Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: June



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  June





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.



See photos from my home in May.

“Nature says, — he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.  Not the sun or the summer alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight; for every hour and change corresponds to and authorizes a different state of the mind, from breathless noon to grimmest midnight.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gretchen Carlson Getting Real by Jesse Bluma



Gretchen Carlson Getting Real





I recently participated in a Question/Answer session with Gretchen Carlson.  She answered a variety of questions related to her book, news, politics, and food.  I inquired, “Any favorite desserts of all time?  Have you discovered any brilliant sweets on all your travels?”  I liked her response, “Everything!!!”  That is an attitude I can appreciate.

Getting Real is her story and insights into living life, her growth and development as a person, and her career.  The book also chronicles serious events in her life, Gretchen’s own situations with health and wellness, and dealing with inappropriate co-workers.  Carlson’s attitude and approach to life is an inspiration and example of how to persevere.  As she states in her book “You have to...have an inner core, and know who you are to have the confidence to achieve your dreams”.




“Gretchen Carlson is an award-winning journalist and host of FOX News Channel's The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.  She previously co-hosted Fox and Friends and served as a CBS News correspondent and co-host of the CBS Saturday Early Show.  She was the first classical violinist to be crowned Miss America and serves on the board of the Miss America Organization.  She is also a National Trustee for the March of Dimes.  She is married to sports agent Casey Close, has two children, and resides in Connecticut.”







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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: May



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  May





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.

The following photos provide a snapshot into the the month of May.  The forging of spring and anticipation of summer at any moment in the northern hemisphere.  Along with the unpredictable light and shadow of the month.



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See photos from my home in April.

“Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Monday, May 25, 2015

Roasted Artichokes Recipe by Jesse Bluma



Roasted Artichokes by Jesse Bluma





Roasting or grilling artichokes adds another dimension of flavor as opposed to the method of boiling.  The nutty flavor of artichokes is enhanced by the process of roasting or grilling.  After purchasing artichokes remember to store them in the refrigerator to diminish dehydration of the vegetable.


Ingredients 

4 large artichokes
2 Tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons fresh organic lime juice
4 garlic cloves (segments)



Materials
serrated knife
paring knife
parchment paper
aluminum foil
baking sheet


Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (or 220 degrees Celsius).

Peel the garlic cloves.

Wash lemon with water.
Cut the lemon in half and juice 
(Save the sliced lemon to rub on the artichokes to prevent discoloration).

Wash lime with water.
Cut the lime in half and juice.

Pell off the outermost loose leaves (bracts) of each artichoke. 
Carefully cut off the top third of each artichoke with a serrated knife.
Then cut off the stem of the artichoke with a serrated knife as well.
Next, use a paring knife to trim off the prickly ends of each leaf (bract).

Rub each artichoke with a sliced lemon.

Use a spoon and your fingers to separate the artichoke leaves, making slight room for the garlic, citrus juice, and olive oil.

Whisk together 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil.

Lightly drizzle each artichoke with the lemon-lime-extra virgin olive oil mixture.

Place a garlic clove in the open center of each artichoke.

Lightly season each artichoke with coarse sea salt.

Individually wrap each artichoke with parchment paper.

Then wrap each artichoke tightly with aluminum foil.

Place artichokes on baking sheet and then into pre-heated oven. 

Cook approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.







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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: April



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  April






The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.





See photos from my home in March.

“When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense in the mind.  We mean the integrity of impression made by manifold natural objects.  It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood-cutter, from the tree of the poet.  The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms.  Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond.  But none of them owns the landscape.  There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.  This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title.  To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.” 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies





Double chocolate rich with walnuts.  Baked with deep, intense chocolate, and no dairy or animal products.  Serve these at your next party; an indulgent way to treat yourself and your guests.  Order several dozen cookies to make a sophisticated tablescape for your next event.  Shop Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven for baked goods made with excellent ingredients and quality control.







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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cookies for Kenya: The Bridge of Life Foundation



Cookies for Kenya:  The Bridge of Life Foundation




Our Mission
The Bridge of Life Foundation is a community based organization committed to the youth of Kenya, Africa. We provide support, services, and activities for children in great need, including school supplies, soccer camps, and mentoring.  Our story begins in Nairobi, Kenya.  This Green City in the Sun has a rich culture and the mentors and staff of the foundation are working to ensure a brighter future for all children.  Children without homes, disease, drugs, lack of food, in poverty, pain, abuse, and without education.  That is the scene and where we work to meet the youth of Kenya, providing mentorship, an opportunity for education, sports activities, and life skills.  

Our Impact
The Bridge of Life Foundation is making an an excellent impact in the lives of children.  The success and progression of the foundation is due to our commitment, focus, and dedication.  Meeting youth on the streets and offering them sports activities, a home in a classroom, and the power of a mentor coaching them along in life.  The work extends to social media where we are bringing news and actionable information to an international audience.  We are also working on steps to achieve our future goals in an exciting and powerful way.  These objectives include further mentorship programs in schools, a weekend sports program, and obtaining international interns.  I thank you for your support, commitment, and work.




Your Generosity 
Cookies are always an excellent present for your next holiday, birthday, meeting, or event.  Click on the link to send organic, fresh-baked cookies.  100% of the profits fund the Bridge of Life Foundation.  Click here to purchase from April 11, 2015 - July 24, 2015.

Sincerely,

Jesse Bluma
Bridge of Life Foundation president
Phone 0712919548 
Facebook.com/BridgeofLifeFoundation
Twitter https://twitter.com/BridgeofLifeFdn
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/bridgeoflifefdn/
Community Based Organization Registration Number DAGSHG54/2013 (1864)







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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: March



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  March





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.




See photos from my home in February.

“The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection.  Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood." 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gift Box Idea by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Gift Box Idea





I created gift boxes this past Christmas season.  This gift idea can be made with your favorite treats and tailored for a birthday, holiday, or celebration.  Many hands make light work.  Divvy up the items, make an assembly line, and put a smile on someone’s face when they receive your gift. 


Basic Materials

box/container
red ribbon
tissue paper
clear dry glue
scissors
ruler or measuring tape
clear mailing tape

Medaglia D`Oro Instant Espresso
La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style Yellow Corn Tortilla

gift card
envelope




Directions

Measure and cut the red ribbon to cross the top of the lid lengthwise.  
Glue each end of the ribbon to the underside of the lid. 
Measure and cut the red ribbon to cross the top of the lid’s width.
Glue each end of the ribbon to the underside of the lid. 
Place tissue paper at the bottom of the box.
Neatly place the gift items in the box.
Close the lid.
Secure two ends of the gift box shut with mailing tape.
Tape the card in the envelope to the top of the lid.








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