Fall is definitely here in the Big Bear Valley. We had a beautiful wedding here over this past weekend, and we were blessed with perfect weather until everyone left, and it started pouring rain! It was exciting with thunder, lightening, and the awesome smell of fresh rain on the pines-and we were so grateful that the rain waited until after the wedding and reception. Congratulations to Katrina and Mark Houston-we wish them all the happiness in the world.
I love these mild days in the 70's and cool nights...I can smell the smoke from my neighbors fireplaces when I take Heidi out for a walk. Bill and I haven't made our first fire of the season. And it's not for lack of firewood! We have enough for several seasons...perhaps it's a reluctance to welcome in the winter season.
The new road across the dam is progressing nicely. If you've come up to Big Bear in the last year or two, you most likely have seen the huge construction project when you reached the dam. The old road was never meant to handle the amount of traffic it gets, so they are building a multi-million dollar new road across the steep gorge to the west of the dam. I'm sure it will be fabulous when it's completed, but it's sort of sad to see all the blasting of the natural rock landscape they are having to do to complete this project.
Many of you know about my new cookbook, "Favorite Recipes of the Bed and Breakfast Diva", but many may not know how the name came about. A few years ago, I wrote a show called "The Divas" which my friends, Elena Peavy, Kim Boda, and I performed at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. My darling husband, Bill, gave me a personalized license plate for my birthday, "BB DIVA", which stood for Big Bear Diva, but our Inn guests thought it meant Bed and Breakfast Diva! So, with the double entendre, I decided to use it for my cookbook! It's been really fun trying out new recipes every month for my Foodie Club. Those who decide to join, for $15 per year, you have a new, tested, recipe emailed to you. You print it, and put it in your 3 ring binder cookbook! The latest recipe for October is a Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli. It's so yummy and pretty easy to do, once you get all the ingredients together. The cookbook came about because our Inn guests were always requesting recipes for our yummy breakfast items. After ten years, it's finally finished! Whew what a project! A big thanks to all of my assistants over the years, who helped me type up all those recipes!
Only a couple of weeks left before my next performance. The Divas are putting on their fabulous show (!) at the Northwoods Resort on Saturday, October 16th for D.OV.E.S., the domestic violence abuse prevention and education organization in Big Bear. A worthly cause for this fun fundraiser-dinner, auction, entertainment and dancing! For tickets and more information call the D.O.V.E.S. office: (909) 866-1546.
Hope to see you all soon-and thanks for reading my blog!