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California: A great day at the beach

California:  A great day at the beach

Packed a lunch, water, and headed to the beach.  I have gone on may camping trips to San Onofre; this is a great spot for just a day trip to the beach too.  San Onofre is located next to a military base in San Diego, California.  Often you can watch the Camp Pendleton Airfield Operations.  I caught a snap of a helicopter maneuver (last photograph).

"San Onofre State Beach is a rare 3,000-acre scenic coastal-canyon park with high environmental values and recreation use.  The park includes three distinct areas: San Onofre Bluffs, San Onofre Surf Beach, and San Mateo Campground.

San Onofre Bluffs offers camping and day-use parking along Old Highway 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs.  The beach below is popular with swimmers and surfers with six rugged dirt access trails cut into the bluff above.  All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table.  The campground offers cold outdoor showers and chemical toilets.  No hookups are available however there is a dump-station.

San Onofre Surf Beach offers a world renowned and historical surf break.  The beach is strictly available for day-use with no camping.  Chemical toilets and a limited number of fire pits are available. 

San Onofre - San Mateo Campground lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach.  A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the campground to Trestles Beach, a world class surfing site.  San Mateo Creek flows just east of the campground outward towards the ocean creating key riparian and wetland habitats which host some rare and even endangered species.  All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table.  Hookup sites are available with electricity and water.  Other amenities includes a dump-station, hot indoor showers, and flush toilets. Camping is available year-round."  For more information on San Onofre go to

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For the Little Ones (or Big Ones) Going Off to School

For the Little Ones (or Big Ones) Going Off to School

Imagine the face of your little one (or big one) when they open their lunch to see a special treat from you.  Pack them some baked goods from Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven to make them smile.  Items are made with good ingredients and quality control.  Please visit my shop and browse through the goodies.

Bugles Across America: Deserves a Cookie Award

Bugles Across America

The personal stories of triumph, hard work, and genuine achievement do not always make headline news.  Yet, we take notice when a person is able to break through the minutiae of what often constitutes news.  Tom Day is one of those rare individuals that makes us take genuine notice.

"Bugles Across America was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least two uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player.  Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, we felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler.  To this end, we are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families."

Click the play button below to watch "Bugles Across America Recruitment".

To volunteer or donate go to

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Greek Village Salad: Salty Meets Sweet

Greek Village Salad:  Salty Meets Sweet
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My sister gave me an authentic Greek cookbook by the renowned Vefa Alexiadou.  I have been cooking my way through the book. This salad is my version of the one in her cookbook, "Greek Village Salad".  The perfectly salty ingredients of this salad go well with a chocolate dessert.


2 organic tomatoes, sliced into eighths as a flower
1 organic cucumber, sliced into rounds
red onion to taste, sliced
Kalamata olives
feta cheese, sprinkled on top
2 hard boiled eggs (Place eggs in a saucepan.  Cover with water by 1 inch.  Bring water to a boil over medium heat.  Cover and remove when water reaches a boil.  Set aside for 12 minutes.)
parsley, snipped on top
salt to taste 
black pepper to taste
squeeze of organic lemon


2 parts olive oil
1 part red wine vinegar
Pinch of dried oregano 
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl.
Arrange salad on a plate or serving dish.
Drizzle dressing on salad.

Make this salad and serve with my chocolate cookies made with good ingredients and quality control.

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Seasonal Foods for August by Jesse Bluma

Seasonal Foods for August
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.

If you are looking for something new for the dinner table, what is in season, or how to save a bit of cash, then selecting seasonal foods is a good choice.  Take a spreadsheet of seasonal items to the grocery store.  Simply print and take to the store or farmers' market.


Summer Entertaining Tips

Simple, fun, and entertaining are three great rules of thumb for throwing a summer party.  Avoid spending a lot of sand dollars, the boring, and the usual.  Use the steps below to create your party.

Motif: Design your party around a central idea, color, or repeated element.  Throw a cookie party!

Imagination: Supply guests with a dozen or so cookies.  Hold a friendly competition to turn the cookies into the best ice cream sandwich, candy train, or eating competition.  

Enhance your next event, party, or occasion with gourmet treats by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven.  Sweets and treats made with respect for quality, local, fresh, and organic ingredients.

Scavenger Hunt: Children of all ages enjoy this party game, guests may be given a list of ten items to collect from neighbors, the outdoors, or your own backyard.  You may also make the game more challenging by giving clues to guests that lead them to a final destination.  Remember to have a prize for the winning team.

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Candy Baskets

Candy Baskets

Candy baskets can be made with your favorite candy, and tailored for a birthday, holiday, or gift.  This is a project where many hands make light work.  I made these baskets with my sister as a gift for her baby's nurse.  My sister has the best gift ideas.

Basic Materials

variety of candy
floral tape
floral foam (dry)
clear dry glue


Wrap skewers in floral tape; wrapping a candy at the top and at various positions on the skewer (make approximately 17 for a small basket).

Glue both ends of floral tape on skewer to stay in place.

Pack container with floral foam and moss.

Stick flower stems (candy skewers) in foam in an organic pattern.

* The center topiary in the pictures above was made with a small foam ball, hot glue, skewer,
and chocolate candy.

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