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Pumpkins. (Photo by Freddie Collins, Unsplash)

Preserved Home: Cut the can and promote real pumpkin pie

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 24, 2020
Pumpkin pie is a must-have for Americans around the holidays. In fact, an estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are consumed every year at Thanksgiving. But what if I told you that’s not real pumpkin pie you’re eating?
Dehydrate your own apples in dices, slices and rings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Julian memories cook up apple inspirations

Laura Woolfrey Macklem October 7, 2020
One of my favorite childhood memories is traveling up the mountain to Julian, and eating pie at the Julian Pie Company. When I smell apple pie, it always takes me back to that cozy pie shop. Now, I also make my house cozy as I put up apples in all forms, not just pie. And my house, well when September hits and I’m preserving an apple bounty, it smells like Julian to me.
A painted lady butterfly rests on a native sage plant in the front yard of an Encinitas home on Thursday, March 14. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig, North Coast Current)

Respite from recent rains opens window for painted ladies

Roman S. Koenig March 14, 2019
A swarm of travelers is riding in on light Santa Ana winds along the North Coast following this winter’s record rainfall. Painted lady butterflies, which have been observed in spots throughout the county over the past few weeks, have arrived in even more numbers in Encinitas and surrounding communities.
Cool on the Coast: A roundup of events in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Oceanside and Escondido. (Moriah Farmer, FreeImages)

Cool on the Coast: Community assistance and events for December

Michele Leivas December 20, 2017
Your monthly roundup of events in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar and the region.

Repairs continue on rain-damaged roads in Encinitas

North Coast Current March 2, 2017
Encinitas commutes are slowly getting back to normal as the city repairs roads damaged by nearly 3 inches of rain Feb. 26-27.

Cool on the Coast: Farm-fresh start to the new year in January

Layla Marino January 15, 2016

“New year, new you” is a slogan we’re all familiar with when it comes to that first day of a new year. New Year’s resolutions amount to trying new things and getting out there for more fun and...

Skip store-bought eggnog and create your own holiday libation for family, friends and guests. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Use your noggin and create your own eggnog

Laura Woolfrey Macklem December 20, 2015

My eggnog drinking experience reminds me of the “Three Bears” story — one is too sweet, one is too rich, and the other one is devoid of any warm notes of spice. Until making eggnog myself, I hadn't...

Cool on the Coast: Wrap up 2015 with festive events, food and theater

December 20, 2015

While those from many other places don’t often think of San Diego County when they think of winter and the holidays, a palm tree can be wrapped in holiday lights just as well as a spruce. It’s also...

Stuffing for turkey can be made ahead of time as part of a pre-holiday planning strategy. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Look forward to the holidays by planning ahead

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 11, 2015

One of the biggest challenges for the holiday host is spending time with guests while still meeting all the expectations of a holiday meal. And certainly, if you have out-of-town company, you aren’t...

Homemade pickled carrots are a way to introduce the vegetable to children. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Preserved Home: Homemade pickled carrots make a tasty treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem December 16, 2014

It’s always been my challenge to take a vegetable someone in my family doesn’t like and discover how to change their mind via an interesting recipe. I call them gateway recipes. For instance, I introduced...

Cool on the Coast: More than 20 sounds, sights and activities this season

Layla Marino December 3, 2014

Southern California may not be seen by the rest of the country as the classic picture of winter traditions, but coastal North County has plenty of its own traditions for winter fun with a beach flare....

ENCINITAS: Fall festival returns Nov. 23

November 21, 2014

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association presents the 24th Annual Fall Festival on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In downtown Encinitas. Visitors to the fair, sponsored by Tri-City Medical...

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