Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Blogging Hits of 2012

Here’s to NEW! Adventures in 2013!!!

I know I do not say this enough – Thank you for your friendship, support, appreciation and gratitude!

2012 was AMAZING! I have to say there was more UPS then DOWNS with a few challenges along the way. Check Out the Adventures of 2012 – whole lot of traveling in 2012 and LOVED every minute of it! Going to Kick Off 2013 with a trip to Kauai and Oahu, HI.

I have great supporters, followers and commenters on my blog. I am up to 950 followers – thanks!

The top 2 Categories are CravesTravel and CravesLife. CravesLife took off like a rocket and has been well received and well loved by my readers – thanks from the bottom of my heart!

I have had about 24,000 Adventurers check out my blog – WOW! 2 years and going strong and getting more momentum every day.

I am enjoying my journey of self as well as living a healthier lifestyle in 2012. I cannot wait to share more CravesLife and CravesHealth&Fitness with you in 2013. Of course there will be plenty of CravesTravel too. Plus there is Big News! coming up on the post for January 7, 2013! 

Thanks for the Memories 2012 & Here’s to New Beginnings and New Adventures in 2013! Happy New Year Everyone!!!


Living the Big & Beautiful Life

CREATING and CELEBRATING Your Story.

What are YOU Craving in Life?

You Name IT! What is Your Heart’s Desire Right NOW?

Christmas, Snow People, Celebration!


(Photo by RSheridan)

What Motivates YOU?

To Be the BEST Person YOU Can Be!

A New Year – New Beginnings!!!

What are YOU Celebrating?

From Teeny Tiny to Somewhere in Between to HUGE! SHARE It & SHOUT It OUT!

Making Experiences – Living Life!

YOUR TURN, GO . . .

LOOK from WITHIN & CELEBRATE LIFE!!! Please Jump In and Share Your Successes!


Dreaming

Of the Beach

The Ocean

Sand

Seashells

Rocks

Forgotten Toys

Harbor Seals

California Sea Lions

Enjoy!!!


Crazed

Overwhelmed by the Hype

I can now admit to myself and my readers that I went there. I became a crazed woman in the gym. I was checking out classes, equipment and machines like a mad women in the hopes of losing weight, getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Then instead of my body responding to this new crazed women it attacked me and took me down for the count for many months!

I have learned my lesson in the not so nice way! I have also learned that I need to workout for my body and not my body for me. So I am taking a whole new perspective when it comes to working out and it starts from the ground up. I am relearning the basics and will continue to build and advance; by baby steps not giant leaps!

Do you become overwhelmed by the hype in getting in on the lastest fitness craze? You really have to find what works best for you and your body and see if your body responds in a positive way. I was like those 3 crazy monkeys for a while because I did not want to hear, see or speak that what the crazed women inside of me was doing was not working to my benefit! I actual think I did myself and my body a disservice and really took a giant leap backwards in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So Not Worth It!

My New Perspective includes the following:

  • Embrace MYSELF
  • Build a CORE Base
  • Give Myself a BREAK
  • Listen to My BODY

Love to Hear Your Thoughts on the Whole Fitness Craze! Your Successes, Your Struggles, Your Setbacks!


Wow – Wee – What an Honor!

Blog of the Year Award 2012

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Emily over at Hoof Beats and Foot Prints nominated me for the Blog of the Year Award 2012. Check Out Her Blog! I love Emily’s blog as well as her photography and writing flair. She has being GOING NOWHERE BUT UP with her blog and GAINING recognition for her talents and a fair share of loyal followers and readers! Emily has been an inspiration to me as a blogger as well as a friend and great supporter too.  Her blog just makes me smile and brightens my day!

I enjoy blogging and love the creative writing process! I am so grateful for the people who read and follow my blog. I DO IT FOR YOU! I love adventuring through life with you.

The Blogging World is AWESOME & AMAZING! You are welcomed with open arms. There is such a sense of creativity, friendship and support. The Blogging World is GREAT with handing out KUDOS too!

I am not going to nominate anyone because you all DESERVE IT! Please adopt this award and keep it going!

TIME TO CELEBRATE!!! Let’s Get the Party Started and Do Some Dancing too!


Find It

Find You!

Love This! “Be the Person You Want to Find”!

How do you find the person you want to be? I like to do a self-check every once in a while unless someone has beaten me to it – ha! Does it seem simple, challenging or somewhere in between at times? I have been experiencing quite a growth spurt this year!


Looking . . . (Photo by RSheridan)

So . . .

How do you be all to those around you and still remain true to yourself? Ever feel like the rubberband man/women feeling that push and pull going on inside of you or even around you. Could you use a magic wand or “easy button”? I would not mind one of those transporter things to help me out some days. Just Zap myself from home to work and work to home and every place in between!

So . . .

Remember to list yourself among the items on your To Do List. Make Yourself an MVP! Take time out for yourself; have a much needed “me” break. You DESERVE it!


Growing . . . (Photo by RSheridan)

Here’s to Being the Person YOU WANT to Find!!!


Enough Said

Matter to Yourself!

The past few years I have found myself at a crossroads and have really had to look inside myself to find my way. I find it hard to find myself as well as the happy medium at times. I want that sense of belonging in my life, but do not want to lose myself in the process. So Not Worth It!

Life is a GIFT to be TREASURED EVERY DAY! ALL of Us are Worthy of Love and Belonging.

I call this the “Who You THINK You are Suppose to Be” person in my life.

So you are probably thinking . . . Why not let your TRUE SELF out to shine to the world? There are many reasons and it changes from moment to moment, day to day, week to week, etc.

Life is NOT PERFECT and you know it as well as I know it!

Life is Messy, Hard and Plain Exhausting at times.

So . . . Why not have the “Really EMBRACE Who You Are” person in your life instead!

Like Aibileen states in the movie The Help – You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

 At the End of the Day, how would you answer the following questions.

  • How do you EMBRACE who you are?
  • How do you engage your body, mind and spirit to stimulate courage, compassion and connection to your TRUE SELF?
  • How do you let go of the “who I think you should be mentality“?
  • How do you BREAK DOWN those boundaries and perceptions that you have of yourself as well as what other people think of you?

Remember at the End of the Day YOU are ENOUGH! You Matter & Make a Difference Not Only In Your Own Life, but in the Lives of Other People!


Make Life Experiences! (Photo by RSheridan)


Chico Road Trip

On the Road Again . . .


(Photos by RSheridan)

Downtown Chico

Chico is located at the northeast edge of the Sacramento Valley with the Sierra Nevada mountains to the East as well as the Cascade range. The city is home to Chico State University and certainly has that college vibe. Chico is also one of the richest agricultural areas and almonds are the number 1 crop! Rice, walnuts, kiwis, olives, peaches, and plums are grown in this area too. Kiwis who would have know – interesting!

I have to say Chico earns this designation! Chico has been designated a Tree City USA for 27 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The trees in this city are beautiful and some were even showing off their fall colors.

The pictures below are on the side of the Chico Museum building. The museum opened in February 1986 in the former Carnegie Library building. You can learn about the history of Chico.


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Bidwell Mansion

The City of Chico was founded in 1860 by John Bidwell. John Bidwell was a member of one of the first wagon trains to reach California in 1843. John Bidwell was a Brigadier General during the American Civil War.

Chico is home to the Bidwell Mansion at 525 Esplanade. A Victorian house completed in 1868 and the former home of John and Annie Bidwell from late 1868 to 1900 when John Bidwell died. Annie Bidwell (also known as Annie Ellicott Kennedy) continued to live there until her death in 1918. The Victorian home is a three story with 26 rooms and in 1868 cost $60,000 to build. This included indoor plumbing, gas lighting and water. The Victorian home has a pink tinted plaster exterior.

The Bidwell Mansion is now a California State Historical Park. You can take an hour long tour for a fee. There was no elevators back in the day, so there is a total of 50 stairs to reach the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Victorian home.

Interesting Fact:  From 1925 to 1935 the Bidwell Mansion served as a dormitory for Chico State Teachers College students as well as housed the Art and Home Economics departments.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico is home to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Check Out my post on Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.


Nothing Better than a Brew with Turkey (Photo by RSheridan)


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Adventuring Through Life!!!


Sierra Tap House & Restaurant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, California.

A Great Place to Grab a Bite if you are checking out the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The Restaurant is Elegant with Beautiful Woodwork and Details. The Bar has plenty of room for gathering for a brew. There is an outdoor patio too. Be On the Lookout for Bigfoot!

Hours:  (Do not take reservations)

Sunday – Thursday:  11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday:  11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Great Brews & Eats!!! The restaurant offers fresh locally grown produce, bread baked in house with malted barley (whole-grain rolls and pizza dough), and sauces based on their ales and lagers. Here’s the kicker! Their beef is from their own locally raised herd, which is fed on a special natural diet that includes brewer’s yeast and the nutritious spent grains from the brewery.

Can You Say Attention to Detail!!!


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, California.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Brewery Tour

Had the BEST Tour Guide, Ryan!!!

Highly Recommend – Make Reservations in Advance! FREE! Tour Desk:  (530) 899-4776

Tour Days and Times

Monday – Thursday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Friday and Saturday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Sunday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Solar Power


The parking lot is covered with solar panels.


More solar panels on the roof. (Photos by RSheridan)

The Basics of Beer Making

The Ingredients:

Barley Malt + Hops + Yeast + Water = Great Brews

Tried Crystal, Caramel and Chocolate Malts! The roasting process of the malt brings out the character, flavor and body of the beer.

Along with a brief history of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and then the tour began.

Hydrating Malt Mill

This is where the brewing process starts. The malted barley grains are cracked and then sprayed with hot water. This softens the grains before the grains are crushed. This results in a grist that is mixed in the mash tun, which turns the barley’s starches into fermentable sugars.


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Brew House

The Brew House was AMAZING!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Then the process continues in the lauter tun where hot water is run through the mash. This is where the wort comes into play. This process extracts the sugars, color and flavor components into wort. The wort is then boiled with hops in the brew kettles. Actually tried wort for the 1st time!


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Chilled Hop House

You get to check out the hops and get hands on! Sierra Nevada hand selects the finest hop cones from growers around the world (every year). Sierra Nevada also grows their own hops (out by the solar paneled parking lot).


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Yeast Room – The Magic

Did you know that the Yeast in the Kellerweis is what brings out the Banana flavor in the brew! The yeast works its magic on the malt and hops to make flavor packed brews.

Chico Water that is Filtered is used to make the Brews! The brewery’s waste water is treated with their state of the art recycling plant.

Fermentation & Filtration

Basically in fermentation the living yeasts convert the malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The Magic is Happening Now! Basically I think in terms of appearance, aroma, mouth feel, and flavor profile of the brews. Get Your 5 Senses into the process of beer tasting!

This is Where the Brew is Born!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hops Everywhere


(Photos by RSheridan)

A Touch of the Unique


Be on the lookout for the unique tiles on the walls! (Photo by RSheridan)

The Hall of Brew Labels


(Photos by RSheridan)

Bottling 


Heading to the Packaging Area

The Bottling Area is Massive!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Tasting

I was amazed to learn that the tasting consisted of 8 brews – WOW! Let the FUN begin!

My Top 3:  Kellerweis, Ovila:  Dubbel & Narwahl

  • Pale Ale
  • Kellerweis
  • Celebration
  • Northern Harvest
  • Torpedo
  • Ovila:  Dubbel
  • Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad
  • Narwahl


The Pale Ale


The Kellerweis


The Celebration


The Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad (Photos by RSheridan)

These Brews are Meant to Be Sipped and Savored; No CHUGGING Allowed!!!


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