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I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We spent the holiday with kids and grandkids in the East Bay area of California.

Our flight was at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning, I know, ugh! But we avoid a lot of delays flying that early, plus we landed in Oakland at 10:00 a.m.

Plenty of time to get settled in at Christy and Josh’s, refresh ourselves and then get ready for some turkey and fixin’s!

And yes, we had a feast and plenty of wine.

California wine country

To be honest, we ate and drank like that the entire weekend. What is the saying? When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, when in California wine country….

Anyway, it was quite chilly the whole time we were there so I was glad I packed layers.

We did go to Napa Valley on Sunday and it was sunny but cool and crisp. Perfect day for a little wine tasting.

After the first winery, we had lunch at The Farmstead where we started with a grilled artichoke and some oysters on the half shell.

We ate too much again, but it was so fresh and delicious!

Well they haven’t had a freeze yet in Walnut Creek and they have had some good rains, so Josh’s garden is still producing tomatoes, Anaheim and jalapeño peppers like crazy.

His tomato plants are huge and thick with lush green foliage.

So with that kind of produce available, of course I had to make a big batch of salsa.

The flavor of the salsa is so different when using “real” tomatoes. Its going to suck when the tomatoes are gone!

Well, we had a blast in California, but it is good to get back to Grand Lake.

Keep that holiday spirit going because we have lots more to go! Enjoy the earth! Diana