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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: February by Jesse Bluma



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  February





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.


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See photos from my home in January.

“Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are!  If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!  But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies by Jesse Bluma




Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies





These double chocolate cookies are taken a step further with espresso.  Heart palpitating yet?  Enjoy the pleasure of deep, intense chocolate, walnuts, accented by espresso.  Order several dozen cookies to make a sophisticated tablescape for your next event.







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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sandra Lee: "Two Shots of Vodka"



Sandra Lee:  "Two Shots of Vodka"







Vodka is one of the most popular of distilled drinks.  It is produced with water, grains, and sometimes potatoes.  It can be "neat", on its own with no other mixes or ice, or used in cocktails such as raspberry-mint martinis.

Sandra Lee would make one great bartender, as this video clip demonstrates.  Although for the record a shot is 1.5 fluid ounces or 44 fluid milliliters.    




"Sandra Lee has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows on Food Network (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals) and the host of Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of holiday primetime specials on HGTV.  Her trademark 70/30 philosophy combines 70% ready-made products with 30% fresh ingredients.  Everyone can create delicious dishes and meals in an inspiring warm home environment, all of which, can be affordable and attainable with Sandra's shortcuts. "





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Credits:  wikipedia.org, http://www.semihomemade.com/



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Molletes Recipe by Jesse Bluma



Molletes Recipe by Jesse Bluma





Your taste buds will thank you before you ever take a bite.  These open faced sandwiches called molletes [moy et ays] originated in Spain.  These toasted bread sandwiches are often topped with black beans, cheese, and salsa, winter green vegetables, or other flavorful combinations and textures.  My version is perfect for game day and entertaining.

*Cooking Tip:  Read a recipe several times before preparation.  Highlight or underline key steps.  Then double check you have the correct ingredients.


Ingredients

Butter (Smart Balance)
Baby bella mushrooms
Linzano Sauce (If unavailable substitute with a blend of onion, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, spices, pepper, mustard, turmeric, water, and honey.  Process until smooth.) 

Ingredients for the Chipotle-Tomato Marmalade
2 Tablespoons organic honey
3 1/2 cups organic cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 sprigs fresh, organic basil
1 can of chipotle in adobe sauce


Directions

Prior to preparing the molletes remove the butter from the refrigerator to soften.
Also, place the cheese in the freezer.

For the Mushrooms
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius).
Wash and dry the mushrooms.
Dice the mushrooms.
Place the diced mushrooms on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Season the mushrooms with salt.
Then season the mushrooms with pepper.
Drizzle the mushrooms with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
Roast the mushrooms for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. 
Remove from the oven using oven mitts.


For the Bread Rounds
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius).
Use a 2” round cutter to cut the wheat sourdough bread into rounds. Start on the edges of the bread next to the crust to yield the most amount of rounds.
Lightly spread the softened butter on the tops of each bread round.  
Place the bread rounds on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Lightly sprinkle the bread rounds with pepper.
Bake the bread rounds for approximately 8 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
Remove from the oven using oven mitts.

For the Chipotle-Tomato Marmalade


For the Avocados
Wash and juice the lemon into a bowl.
Peel and dice the avocado.
Place the diced avocado into the bowl of lemon juice.


Dice the orange.


Remove the cheese from the freezer.
Grate the cheese.


To Assemble

Assembling sandwiches can be a messy process.  Prepare the sandwiches on a plate or cutting board before placing onto a serving platter.
Spoon a layer of roasted mushrooms on top of each bread round.
Place a piece of diced orange on top of the mushroom layer.
Add a small spoonful of chipotle-tomato marmalade.
Place a few dices of avocado on top of the marmalade.
Dash with a small amount of Linzano Sauce.
Sprinkle with cheese.  
Place the molletes on to a serving platter.
Enjoy!








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