19 Days of Women’s Suffrage! In Honor of Suffragette

Suff19-Day 15_Nov 20 (1)In our day in age, it’s easy to take for granted all that has been given to us, but as a woman, looking back, we didn’t always have it so easy.  As soon as I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to VOTE, but, for so many, to vote, was something, that so many before us, fought hard for.  Something that women gave their lives, homes, and even children for.

Every November, when the elections come, I think long and hard about ALL that was done to pave our path so WE could vote, but so many women, of our past, didn’t have that right.

Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix did not have that right nor did Harriet Tubman:

Harriet Tubman

BUT these are women that were so important to our History.  These women helped pave our paths.

With the release of Suffragette, it’s also a good reminder of these hard fights, of everything that has been fought for, but, to me, it’s also a good reminder as to WHY we need to continue fighting.  WHY these issues still remain important, and it’s a RIGHT that is, indeed, worth fighting for.

Enjoy this clip from Suffragette below:

Suffragette is a movie that brings this FIGHT to the modern age, a film, that gives an inside look to the lives of women back then, BEFORE, women could VOTE.  A right that we did not always have. It was because of these women that WE now have that right.

As the United States is beginning to decide which aspiring US Woman should go on the 10 Dollar Bill in the year 2020, I look back at some of the women I’ve looked up to in history:

Susan B. Anthony

Rosa Parks

Eleanor Roosevelt

Michelle Obama

Abigail Adams

Louisa May Alcott

Emily Dickinson

Amelia Earhart

Helen Keller

Sandra Day O’Connor

Margaret Sanger

Sojourner Truth

and so many others that have played such an important role in our United States History.  I have no idea HOW they’re going to decide on who they’ll put on the 10 Dollar Bill, let me know who you’d love to see on it.



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California Hard Ciders Not to Miss!

As my love of Hard Ciders continues for a third year in a row, I’ve discovered some hidden gems around California that I want to introduce you to.  Perhaps you’ve already heard of them, perhaps you have not.

Some of these GEMS were recently introduced to me when I sat in on a Hard Cider Tasting Panel during the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event that happened a few weeks ago.  Others I’ve known while digging into my own research, and well, because of the area I reside (Sonoma County, ya’ll.)


As I sat in on the session, I was re-introduced to Bristol’s Hard Cider.  For those that may not know, they also happen to have a TASTING ROOM right in Atascadero, CA (Central Coast Area!)  During your Road Trip Travels, Wine Tasting Adventures, make sure to MARK this tasting room on your must stop list.


And get your own Hard Cider flight!  The Tasting Room is a very fun environment.  There’s just one rule: The only sports allowed on the Tele has to be Rugby.  What can you say, when the owner resides from Britain.

Another new cider I found during Sunset SAVOR was, “See Canyon.”


Their Classic was a favorite amongst many at Sunset SAVOR.  And I must say, if new to hard cider, a great varietal to start with.  See Canyon is based out of San Luis Obispo.

One Cider Company, based out of Sacramento, that I was introduced to on the tasting panel that blew me away was none other than, “Common Cider.”  It was their Blood Orange Tangerine that peeked my interest, and has me wanting more.  Other unique varietals include: Hibiscus Saison, Lemon Saison, and Apple Saison.

And of course, out of Sonoma County, there’s a few Cider Company’s worth mentioning:

Tilted Shed:

Tilted Shed has even opened up their own Cider Tasting Room in Windsor, CA.  During your wine tasting adventures, if you’re craving something a little different, be sure to schedule your appointment to taste some ciders.  Their tasting room is also open Saturdays from 11am to 4pm.


But it’s through his unique flavor varietals, and experimentation that are keeping people interested.  And, also shows the fun of Cider Making, at its best.  Follow his adventures on Instagram.

ACE Hard Cider:

It’s their dynamic fruit cider flavors that keep having me come back: Pineapple, Pear, Pumpkin, Berry, and The Joker, of course.  Their fun labels, bright colors, and delicious flavors keep things interesting.

Sonoma Cider Co:


Whenever I go to a local Sonoma County Brewery, the first thing I look for is Hard Cider coming out of Sonoma Cider Co, and if they just happen to be serving “The Anvil,” that’s my go to cider choice.  Yes, Hard Cider mixed with Bourbon, but the combination is to DIE FOR.

Devoto Orchards:


Remember when I first wrote about Devoto Orchards?  As someone who has visited their farms, and enjoyed their ciders on more than one occasion, it’s a Cider I always love introducing family and friends to.  And makes a GREAT pairing with dinner.

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Homemade Apple Fries!

Every fall, I see many head off to LegoLand and grab some of their favorite “Apple Fries.”  This year, when I saw the pictures come in, I realized, “these can’t be hard to make at home.”

As I stared at my box of apples from my recent Apple Orchard Trip, I knew I had to try:


And soon, I realized HOW EASY they were to make. So, want to learn how?


3 Large Apples (your favorite varietal, I used Granny Smith!)

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Butter (for frying pan)


In small bowls, pour 1/2 cup of Corn Starch, set aside.

In another small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, mix together. Set aside.

Heat up Frying Pan, place butter in pan once heated up.  Let butter melt in pan.

Cut up Apples, peel the skin off, and cut into apple slices like “fries.”

Cover the apple slices with corn starch then place in frying pan.  Fry, Turn, Simmer, for a minute or more until golden brown.  Then roll in Sugar and set on a plate or bowl.


Place Apple Fries in a Waffle Cone, and add Whip Cream to them for a fun dessert or after school snack.


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