4-H Farmers Market

Did you know that I used to raise chickens, pigs, goats, and so much more?

1996 Farmers Fair with my Chicken (Dovey) *Side note.. I smashed my finger in a car door, the chicken did not bite me*

Why? Because I was in a youth program called 4-H. Similar to FFA (Future Farmers of America) 4-H teaches children and teens about animal husbandry as well as other crafts and skills. I raised animals of all shapes and sizes and sold them at auction year after year until I was 19.

One of my goats (Lokelani translation: Heavenly Rose)

I like to believe that choosing to spend my spare time outside of school learning how to care for a garden and properly take care of animal projects shaped me into the person I am today.

Playing on the John Deer Tractor from RDO

Once a year my former club the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club puts on their annual produce sale. This little produce sale has grown and transformed since it’s first year back when I was leading the charge! (Did I mention I was club president for a number of years?)

Sweet Corn donated by PRIME TIME at the start of the line!
Acorn and Butternut for sale!

Now days the club partners up with the Indio FFA as well as a couple of other local agriculture groups to have a one day produce sale. Commercial local growers each donate product for the kids to sell (Prime Time, Ocean mist, Peter Rabbit Farms, and so many more.)

Delicious chili baskets filled to the brim!
This Produce sale also had transplant babies from Headstart Nursery! Pictured: Baby basil

Getting out to go grocery shopping is great but doing it to support my local 4-H club is even better. Why not research your local 4-H or FFA and see what fun events they will be hosting next!

My sister, brother in law, and 4-H member Ryan Percy.

To see what my old club is up to check out their instagram!


Dinner Diaries

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

…On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles…


I enjoy cooking most of the time but every once in a while I become extremely lazy… I mean who doesn’t? When it comes to dinner I like to plan things out a few days in advance so that I can make sure to have all my ingredients at home.  But for some reason I did not feel like doing any of that. On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles and forgo the whole cooking part but this time I felt like I owed it to myself to make something worthwhile.   Continue reading “Dinner Diaries”

Mochi memoirs


…Three men using giant hammers would pound the rice while one crazy guy would push the rice with his bare hands!

When I think of New Years a few things come to mind: Fireworks, red fish, and mochi. Living in a desert that doesn’t allow fireworks I am left with only one of the three, mochi. Long time ago I remember watching an old home video at my grandmother’s house of various aunts and uncles making mochi the traditional way. Continue reading “Mochi memoirs”