We Wish You A Merry Christmas, A Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah & Kwanzaa!
Alisa Johnson, Dennis Geare, Kendra Del Rio, Julie Davis, Julie Cleek, Neta Ham, Mary Cornell & Chris Nichols wish simply to thank you all for your business and friendships. We know that you, like all of us, are doing the holiday dance or should we say dances!! And we want to give you a tiny bit of time back.
So no lengthy Newsletter this month. Just a sleigh full of THANKS from The Sierra Lifestyle Team!
Mark Your Calendar For Our Client Appreciation Celebration February 27, 2020!
We will gather at Casa Las Katerina across the street from our offices for some good Mexican finger food and libations, from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Look for our formal notice after the new year.
Now How ‘Bout A Holiday Recipe:
I’m not calling this dish Pozole because the chiles used are smoked Spanish paprika and I have a hunch a lot of people would not go for calling this Pozole. So instead, it’s a stew! I doubt this kind of thing exists in Spain but it sure was a hit at my house so I think it will be in heavy rotation for a while, especially while we have this incredible Spanish paprika.
I think shrimp and celery are a terrific combination. Four stalks might sound like a lot, but it cooks down and makes the shrimp very happy.
- Saute the celery, onion, and garlic in the olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until soft.
- Add the oregano, paprika, and thyme. Stir and continue cooking for a few minutes until a thick paste is formed.
- Slowly add the liquid while stirring constantly. Start with 4 cups and add more later if you prefer it soupier. Allow it to warm through, about 5 minutes or so. Add the hominy. Once the soup is warm and you’re about ready to serve, add the shrimp and cook through, about 5 minutes. Add the last cup of liquid if it seems too thick for your taste.
- Ladle into bowls and allow guests to add parsley and lemon juice to taste.
Serves 4 to 6
We thank our friends at RANCO GORDO!
About Shrimp and Hominy Stew From Steve Sando at Rancho Gordo-
For Christmas Eve, I like to take a cue from the Italians who often have a fish dish, most famously the Feast of the Seven Fishes. My idea is to make a sort of seafood pozole but instead of traditional chiles, I season the pot with Spanish pimentón (paprika). Our new shipment of Burlap & Barrel pimentón will come in handy. Of course, this dish would not please an Italian, Spanish, or Mexican grandmother, but if you have a sense of adventure, I think you’ll find it a keeper.
Our Angel Tree This Christmas
A Wonderful opportunity to help our less fortunate neighbors!
Sierra Lifestyle Team loves to give back to our community and you can help
There are many reasons we love living in Nevada County. One of those is the opportunity to give back to our community. It’s a documented fact that we have more non-profits in Nevada County than in any other county in the state of California. We love to participate, in conjunction with Community Beyond Violence (you may know it by its older moniker, DVSAC), in the Angel Tree program. CBV assists women in crises, and their children, with medical care, housing assistance and a number of other needs. We will again host an Angel Tree this Christmas season. We invite you to participate with us. Beginning December 1, we will have our Angel Tree up in our office at 10015 Alta Sierra Drive, Suite #5. You can come into our office and pull tags from our tree that identify the ages and wants of women and children, buy and return gifts back to our office wrapped if possible. We will make sure the gifts are delivered to CBV to get them to the recipients in time for Christmas.
To Give Is Angelic!
Thinking Of A Remodeling Project?
Which Projects Make Sense In Terms of Recovering Your Costs?
Most remodel projects deliver a percentage of your cost at the sale of your house. Guess what project delivers MORE than 100%. A new GARAGE DOOR. Who knew? The folks that put together the Cost vs Value report know. The site compares average costs for 22 projects with the value they retain at resale. Access the link below. It is structured by area of the country (look at Pacific for 2019 numbers in our area), and by type of project. We think you’ll find it useful.
Celebrate Christmas In Nevada County Important Dates:
Mill St., Downtown Grass Valley – Nov. 29, Dec. 6,13, 20 6-9 pm
Broad St., Downtown Nevada City – Sundays, Dec. 8,15 & 22. 1:30-6pm & Wednesdays Dec. 11&18. 5-9pm
35th Annual Country Christmas Faire,
Nevada County Fairgrounds Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 10am – 5pm
Winter Craft Fair,
Miners Foundry – December 15, 10am – 5pm
Now How ‘Bout A Thanksgiving Turkey:
Dry-Brined Turkey With Sheet-Pan Gravy
- YIELD10 to 12 servings
- TIME4 hours, plus 8 to 24 hours’ chilling
Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott for The New York Times. Prop Stylist: Amy Elise Wilson.
For those who want to let the side dishes do the talking, this is the bird for you. Delightfully simple, it’s dry-brined (meaning highly seasoned) with only salt, pepper, some thyme and a little brown sugar, which helps with that golden-brown skin. It’s roasted on a sheet pan, and cut-up onions, garlic, lemon and herbs are scattered in and around the turkey to cook at the same time. They’re excellent served alongside the turkey, and are instrumental in flavoring the sheet-pan gravy.
Featured in: Alison Roman Cooks Thanksgiving In A (Very) Small Kitchen.
LEARN: How to Cook a Turkey
LEARN: How to Make Gravy
FOR THE TURKEY:
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1 (12- to 14-pound) turkey
- ⅓ cup kosher salt
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
- 4 to 5 medium red onions, quartered
- 3 lemons, halved crosswise
- 2 heads garlic, halved crosswise
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
FOR THE GRAVY:
- 3 cups Cheater’s Turkey Stock (see recipe), or low-sodium chicken, turkey or vegetable broth, plus more as needed
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare the turkey: Strip the leaves from 4 sprigs of thyme, and coarsely chop the leaves. Place in a medium bowl along with salt, brown sugar and pepper; mix to blend well.
- Place the turkey on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack. (If you do not own a wire rack, just place the turkey directly on the baking sheet.) Make sure the giblets (the bagged heart, kidneys and liver, and the neck) are removed from the cavity. Using paper towels, pat the turkey dry on all sides. Sprinkle with the salt mixture, making sure to distribute the seasoning evenly to all the bits and parts.
- Refrigerate turkey, uncovered, for 8 to 24 hours — the longer, the better.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove turkey from the fridge, and transfer it to another clean rimmed baking sheet (discard any liquid that has accumulated on the first baking sheet). Stuff turkey with remaining bunch of thyme, a few of the quartered onions and half of the lemons and garlic. Scatter remaining onion quarters, lemons and garlic around the turkey.
- Combine olive oil and 6 tablespoons butter in a small pot over medium heat until butter is melted. Pour half of the mixture over the turkey and onions. Toss the onions lightly to evenly coat; season everything with salt and pepper.
- Roast, rotating the baking sheet every hour or so, until the turkey has reached 160 degrees when a thermometer is inserted in the deepest part of the thigh, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The turkey will be cooked through and tender, and the skin will be brown, but you can and should get it browner.
- Increase temperature to 425 degrees. Pour remaining butter mixture over the turkey (warm it slightly if solidified) and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and the skin is very deeply browned all over, 20 to 25 minutes. It’s O.K. if the internal temperature is just shy of 165 degrees, it will come to temperature as it rests. (If you find the skin is browning too quickly, especially on the top at the breast, feel free to place a sheet of foil over the breast.)
- Remove turkey from the oven and let rest on the baking sheet for 30 minutes (and upward of 45 minutes). Tip the turkey, cavity-side down, making sure the aromatics stay inside the cavity and letting any juices run out onto the rimmed baking sheet. (This is what we will use to make our gravy.)
- Transfer the roasted onions, lemons and garlic to another dish and set aside. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let it continue to rest while you make the gravy.
- Make the gravy: Pour about 1 cup Cheater’s Turkey Stock or chicken broth onto the baking sheet. Using a spatula (a fish spatula is great for this), scrape up the bits from the turkey drippings, just like you’re deglazing a skillet after searing a piece of meat.
- Carefully pour the contents of the baking sheet into a large measuring cup or other spouted vessel. Add remaining stock until you have 4 cups of liquid; you may need more or less stock depending on how juicy the bird was.
- Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is sizzling furiously and well toasted, about the color of a graham cracker, 4 to 6 minutes. (The mixture will be thick at first but will thin as the flour cooks.)
- Slowly whisk in fortified stock mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, letting it bubble, thicken and incorporate completely between additions until all of it has been added.
- Add soy sauce and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Continue simmering until gravy is at your desired viscosity and the flavors have all melded together, 5 to 8 minutes. Add more soy sauce if you feel like it needs more depth of flavor, vinegar if you want more acidity, and salt and pepper for seasoning. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
- To serve, carve the turkey and arrange on a large platter (or two of your largest plates) with the onions, lemons and garlic. Reheat the gravy until it’s very hot and transfer to two gravy boats (glass measuring cups or coffee mugs work well if you do not own a gravy boat) and serve alongside.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
Living where we do in the foothills, amongst the trees and beauty of nature means that we may at some time be faced with the threat of wildfire. What can we do to be prepared if that time arises? Well, let’s think about your situation. Do you have pets, medications, pictures, and important documents? Of course, you do! We all have something we couldn’t bear to lose or at the very least would make life difficult if we did. Let’s make a list and prepare a bag now while there is no immediate threat. My emergency checklist may be different than yours so really think about it and make changes as needed so you don’t have to think about it when under the pressure of evacuation. Get your emergency go bag ready, NOW. Here is a sample checklist. Print this out and hang it up where you can easily see it. Place items in a bag or laundry basket where they are easy to grab on your way out the door.
Pack your go bag so you can grab it and go!
EMERGENCY EVACUATION GO BAG CHECKLIST
Social security cards
A list of personal contacts
Proof of insurance
Pink slips for cars
Deed to your house
Life insurance policies
Thumb drive/memory card
First aid kit
Food and water, 3 day supply
Medications- prescription and non-prescription
Food/water for three days
One change of clothing and shoes for every member of the family
Items that cannot be replaced
Other items to consider adding to your emergency go bag
Eyeglasses, contacts, contact solution
Infant formula, wipes, bottles, diapers
Sleeping bags or blankets and pillows for each person in the household
Feminine hygiene items
Paper plates, bowls, plasticware, cups
Paper and pen
Books, games, puzzles
Click here for a printable version of this checklist
Our team not only gives 100% of ourselves to our business but we also love our country and community that we are so blessed to live in. We are stepping out and building a float to be in the annual 4th of July parade. Seeing all our friends, family and clients would be so amazing so think about grabbing your chair and heading to downtown Grass Valley to watch the parade. July 4th at 11am. we reccommend getting their early for a go place to put your chairs. Being part of the parade is just another way to celebrate the holiday for all of us. Red, White and Blue will adorn our float and of course as the company with are so proud to be of Home Smart ICARE Realty we always thanks those who serve our great nation.
Home Smart ICARE Realty is veteran owned and operated. They set themselves apart by their support to the troops and veterans but also to community service in general.
Nevada County is known for its holiday traditions so being part of the parade was a no brainer for us. Pulling resources from our supportive family and friends we spent time building a float that not only shows that we can help anyone find that right home but also supports the nations veterans. 4th of July is about celebrating our great nation. People across American celebrate the 4th in all different ways. From BBQing, swimming, camping, parades and fireworks. Our county has always had a great celebration from the parade t the celebration at the fairgrounds and capping off the night with fireworks which can be seen from several areas around town.
We are the KEY to your next home. So when you are celebrating this holiday or you see us roll past on the float please remember that the team to call is Johnson’s & Geare’s SIERRA LIfetstyle Team. We are here to serve you and help you with all your real estate needs.
HomeSmart ICARE Realty
Licensed real estate agents in California are required to “hang” our licenses with a Broker unless we have our own Broker License.. So does the brokerage that your agent sells with make a difference on buying and selling? You could likely find many many different opinions on this topic. For me it was pretty simple.
I had been in Real Estate for just over 4 years and had a small team. It was my partner Dennis Geare and I and our one team member Kendra Del Rio. We had some issues arise and we knew it was time to change brokers. Changing brokers is not easy. It is similar to a break up and a BIG move all in one. So of course we wanted to make a move that would fit us for many many years to come. After lot’s of research and conversations with brokers and agents, we made our choice. That choice was HomeSmart ICARE Realty.
HomeSmart ICARE Realty was a newer name in the California market and its business model and plan for agents was like no other we had seen. HomeSmart ICARE Realty is a veteran- owned company based in Phoenix, Arizona that operates franchise locations nationally. The owner of the HomeSmart ICARE Realty unit we were joining had been in business for about 6 years and has about 100 agents in the Sacramento/Roseville area.
The HomeSmart ICARE Realty business model is what attracted us, unlike any other we had seen. HomeSmart ICARE Realty offers low flat rate fees to licensed real estate agents based on transactions, giving us the freedom to build our business based on our team, and our business ethics and morals. And, of significant importance to us, gives us the ability to better assist our clients buy and sell homes! Finally, HomeSmart ICARE Realty are HUGE supporters of veterans and also of community events and groups.
We knew that a lot of people would not recognize the homeSmart ICARE Realty brand, but we had built our own team brand that would carry us through the change over. Now 2+ years later I am looking back on that decision to join HomeSmart ICARE Realty Grass Valley and so thankful we did. Making the change has allowed us to open our office located right where we want to be. The broker and owners of HomeSmart ICARE Realty have been kind, supportive and so much fun to get to know and work with. This change has also allowed us to do more for our community than we thought possible. We support groups like Safe and Sober Grad Night at BRHS, local school events, “Giving Tree” at Christmas, ASPOA Yard Sale event and we have been on the front-end of helping with natural disasters to get items to those in need.
So as we kick off 2019 and I look back over the last few years I can honestly say that making the switch to HomeSmart ICARE Realty Grass Valley and helping to open the office located at 10015 Alta Sierra Dr 5B Grass Valley, CA 95949 has been one of the best decisions!
One of my favorite things about living in Browns Valley below the snowline is growing a variety of organic food.
It’s like an adventure, what can we grow now? We have planted over 15 fruit trees and many berries since moving here in 2016, including Pomegranate, Fig, Nectarine, apple, Variegated Pink Meyer Lemon, and Lime. Since it can take a few years to get a large fruit production I try to plant something new each year. This year I’m planting pineapple guava, hardy kiwi vines, and avocado.January is the perfect time to purchase bare-root fruit trees. The local nurseries are receiving shipments and with all the sunny weather we are having it’s great to get outdoors and plan your crops for the coming years. There are a number of great local nurseries that offer a variety of fruit-bearing trees or berries. Some of my favorites are, Prospector’s Nursery located in Nevada City, Weiss Brothers Nursery located in Grass Valley, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply located in Grass Valley, Eisley Nursery located in Auburn and Bald Mountain Nursery located in Browns Valley.
There is a large orange tree in my yard that was here when we moved in. Much to our family’s delight, we get a great amount of juicy, tasty oranges and every year we make candied orange peels, yum.
Each type of tree has an ideal time to prune. Pruning benefits the size and quantity of fruit production and pruning for shape can allow for an easier harvest. Mid-Winter is ideal for citrus, once the citrus trees have reached hibernation, usually in January. I started practicing my pruning technique with the orange tree in my yard. Every year I wait not so patiently for the right time to trim back the branches. It’s important to wait for a period of time where there will be no rain. I want the fresh cuts to have a chance to seal. I start with trimming any crossing branches. Anything that grows in is cut out. The goal I have for all of my fruit bearing trees is to keep them short to enable easy fruit harvest. A general rule for pruning is, don’t cut more than 1/3 of a tree per season. The first season I cut all crossing branches and started to trim back upper branches. The following season I did maintenance cuts, eliminating any new branches I didn’t want and cut more of the upper branches to ensure I would be able to reach all of the fruit. I’m currently planning my next plan of attack. As soon as I see the blossoms appear signaling hibernation I’m going in.
Preparing for a fire in the Foothills
We again have fires that are devastating our neighboring communities this year. Are you ready in case of an emergency? Most of us say to ourselves we have a plan or we know what to grab – but being prepared is NOT about items and packing – it is a complete plan.
Some things to plan and think about:
Where will we go? Pick a place your family all knows to go to. Have options depending on which direction you can get out. How will we get there? Know your area and have more than one plan to get out of your area quickly and safely. How will I find my loved ones? Craft a plan for your family and close friends to meet at specific locations should there be a fire and make sure everyone understands the plan. Pick a family member out of the area to reach and leave information with so that all family members can touch base with that person. Or invest in hand radio or walkie talkie systems to communicate. If time permits and all members and pets are out of your home leave a LARGE note taped to your door that all members are out and safe so emergency personal know when they are evacuating communities. Home and Items – take annual pictures of your home, personal items, cars etc and upload to a cloud-based storage, so should you experience loss, you have pictures to help you recall all items in the home to provide to your insurance company for your claim. Include garage, trailers, yard, open all cabinet and drawers and take pictures. Pack and grab boxes that have irreplaceable items or documents in them. Make a list that, in a moment, you can grab and run through to pack those items. Complete this when you are not under evacuation. If you then have family and friends helping you pack they too can use that
There are thousands of resources to help us be prepared and have a plan but the above are just a few that will help you and your loved ones have a plan going forward. I would encourage you all to keep your homes as safe as you can by keeping trees trimmed; brush cleared and have hoses and sprinklers available to turn on if needed. Link for more information and checklist to help you be prepared, www.readyforwildfire.org Remember it is NOT a matter of IF, it is WHEN we will have to evacuate our homes.
Stay safe and be prepared.
Women’s Wilderness Weekend at the Burton Homestead in Nevada City
Lately, I have really started evaluating my life, life choices and how I choose to live my life.
I realize I give a lot of myself away to all the people around me. Giving of myself is a joyful experience and an expression of who I am and I love to give to all those around me. However, it also has a draining effect on me as well.
For so long, I have, in a way, prided myself on the ability to continue to give of myself and not take time to replenish my energy supply or to take minimal time to just bring myself back to functional. Taking time for myself felt selfish. I would continue to give to all those around me and pretend I didn’t also need anything.
Refill your pond!
Recently someone gave me a great analogy that our life is like a pond. It provides life to the plants and animals around and in it. As we give, the water goes down. if we do not refill the water in the pond, we end up having nothing left to give but the mud at the bottom of the pond. I realized my refusal to take care of my inner desires and spiritual well-being has left me giving away “mud” to all those I care about.
This weekend I refilled my pond at the Women’s Wilderness Weekend at the Burton Homestead in Nevada City put on by 4 Elements. Normally, I would feel so guilty about spending money, and time away from my family that I wouldn’t even tell my family I wanted to go and just silently wish to myself that I could. This time I recognized the need for “refilling” in my life and asked “how can we make this happen?” My husband was so supportive and loving. He even took the kids to visit grandparents so I could have the whole weekend to myself.
We were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nevada County as our outdoor classroom. We learned emergency/survival skills like how to make a debris shelter, how to start a fire with a bow drill, plant identification, food foraging, water purification and so much more. We also took time to really get connected with our intuition and nature as well as get in touch with our playful side by playing games together. It was such a magical time connecting with other women and learning and playing together.
Now that I am back to work and life has resumed as normal, I feel so energized and ready to take on so much more. No longer do I feel there is pride in depriving myself of my needs. I am a better person when my pond is full! And I delight in being able to be more present for my family, and to give more and better service and care to my clients buying and selling real estate in Nevada County.
Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society
EARTH’S TREASURES Gem & Mineral Show is held each year in early October at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley . This year’s show, October 6 & 7, featured twenty vendors offering gems, minerals, fossils, florescent minerals, lapidary supplies, beads and supplies, jewelry, gold prospecting supplies and metal detectors and more.
Attendees were treated with cool displays of Mineral and Fossil Collections and Demonstrations of bead making, cabachons, wire wrapping, gold panning and intarsia. The club ensures fun activities for kids, too, including a kids corner and scavenger hunt included free with admittance (free for those under 13 years of age).
Featured was Gold Extravaganza, a display of local gold that included a bear carved from gold bearing quartz from the Original Sixteen to One Mine, the oldest operating gold mine in North America. Mike Miller, owner of the 16 to 1 gave fascinating talks about the history and workings of the mine. The mine produces beautiful quartz shot through with gold that jewelers, local and far and wide, fashion into rings and other jewelry items.
Silent Auctions and Raffles
Silent auction items, refreshed every hour, and raffle tickets drawn throughout the day afforded enthusiastic attendees the opportunity to grab some awesome rocks and minerals at some awesome, affordable prices!
The Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Golden Empire Guild, 11363 Grange Court, Grass Valley, CA. All are welcome to come to meetings. Membership dues are $25.00 annually for individuals and $30.00 for families. Persons under 18, living at home may be included in a family membership. $5 may be subtracted from the dues if you take the newsletter via email only. Members are treated to informative programs at meetings and can participate in field trips to collect specimens, often in partnership with other clubs.
Nevada County Lifestyle
Our rock club is one of numerous opportunities to enjoy the lifestyle of the foothills. Folks come from Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, South County and all parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area to enjoy the many shows, events, and activities that abound here in Nevada County.
Come on down and enjoy this amazing place where we are so fortunate to live and play!