Project Pot Pie 2017 ~ Success!!!

Wow! On November 4th, 2017, The Girl Scouts (Sam Carlson heading it up), RockStarsandBabies, and friends made 1,500 hot pot pies and 1,000 gift bags for the homeless people on neighboring beaches and Skid Row. I started Project Pot Pie 17 years ago from a tiny studio apartment kitchen that didn’t have a full size oven but was on Ocean Front Walk….

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prOjEct pOt pIE 2016 ~ sUccEss!!

Project Pot Pie 2016 was a TOTAL Success! RockStars and Babies teamed up with Sam Carlson and the Girl Scouts for the 4th year in a row to make and deliver hot, homemade, delicious, vegetarian Pot Pies to the homeless living in LA. Project Pot Pie started about 16 years ago in my tiny kitchen with an oven that wasn’t even…

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glUtEn frEE / vEgAn lAsAgnA

This recipe is for my friend, Dayna who is going to make this on Thanksgiving. I set out to make an ultimate lasagna for someone who is both vegan and gluten free. The first time I made it I honestly believed I had made it both GF and Vegan (it was off the hook, amazing) but I used noodles that…

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cAmp OAkEs 2o16

cAmp OAkEs 2o16: rOAd TrIp UsA Since 2004,  I have volunteered at Camp Oakes as a counselor with the exception of the year I got married (only went for 1/2 a year) and last year because my husband and I were homeless due to an asbestos filled roof collapse. We weren’t on the streets, we crashed with family and friends. Family…

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Project Pot Pies 2015!!! Success!!!

December 2015  – Goal 300 Pies…. made – 400+ pies (for a combo of Venice Beach and Skid Row)!  No one saw that coming, but it’s what we did. For approximately the past 15 years I have been making pot pies for the homeless.  At some point me became we and one year my friend Maria pitched in and we…

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Bandit Town

This time last week, Tim and made our first visit to Bandit Town! I had no idea what to expect and that made it all that much more fun. Stetson really knows how to throw a party and where to do it! I don’t know who made that stupendous sign above, but I probably met him/her at some point over the weekend….

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Tita’s Sail to Catalina

Life is ever-shifting and I couldn’t be more grateful than to have met these fascinating souls along my path. 4 of the 7 or so of us, “Tita’s”, sailed to Catalina together over Memorial Day weekend aboard Margie’s graceful, “Haunani”. As mentioned in the first blog I did about my initial sailing adventures with these ladies a Tita is: “A word of…

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Happy 50th Jim Wright

Cheers to 50 years…         … and to rockin’ into next 50+!         This guy really loves his friends!               We all really love him too!           He has impeccable taste in music. Minibar, Pete Yorn, Simon Petty along with Petty Thieves member Alex…

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The 4 Stages

The diagram above illustrates the four phases that disability rights advocates have fought against and are striving towards from Exclusion, Separation, and Integration, to total Inclusion. People with disabilities are completely removed from the rest of the circle of society. Exclusion (common past view): Let’s take all people born with a disability and place “them” directly into an institution or leave “them” for…

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Happy 2nd Birthday Arabella Jane!!!

Happy Birthday Arabella! I can’t believe you are two already. Time flies so fast. I’m so happy to have known you since you were in your mommy’s tummy. I always look forward to our visits. Your little cheeky smile is infectious in the most beautiful way. Your 2nd party was a blast. You just might be the cutest thing ever,…

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Sunset Sails with the Tuesday Tita’s!

These girls rock. We have deemed ourselves the Sunset Tuesday Tita’s! The Urban Dictionary describes Tita: “A word of Hawaiian origin, which can be used to describe a woman of any race who is strong, independent, able to think for herself, and FIERCE in a number of different ways. A Tita is a woman who can hold her own and doesn’t…

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Christmas Photos in January

Oh, the magic of Christmas. I treasure little faces all lit up with joy and excitement. Photographing children and their families is one of my favorite things. This season, I didn’t bother advertising to do holiday pics as my schedule has been absolutely crazy and sadly photography has taken a bit of backseat, but at least I got these two shoots in….

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Project Pot Pie 2014 – Success!!!

To say Project Pot Pie 2014 was successful would be an understatement. For the past 13+ years that RockStarsandBabies.com have been serving up pot pies, each year a little more gets figured out and it becomes that much bigger of an experience the following year. For a little back story on how it came to be check out last year’s preparation blog. These…

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Happy 1st Birthday Baby Jessica

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Jessica!!! I can’t believe you are one already. Time flies so fast. You are such a beautiful and joyful little soul and you share my name, so that automatically makes you extra special 🙂 Thanks to this girl, Eden, I met your grandma Magnolia nearly 12 years ago. You are one lucky girl to have her…

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The Best Juice Scrap Vegan Burgers Ever

WITH CASHEW CHEESE These Juice Scrap Vegan Burgers Rock!!! I love to juice and I hate throwing away veggie scraps. It always feels like such a waste…. because it is. Don’t throw them away, make these veggie scrap burgers and feed yourself and your family for days. They freeze well and I’ll include how to make them vegetarian instead of…

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One Skillet Corny Kale

Uncle Alan and Auntie Kelly, This one is for you. One Skillet, Corny Kale: so easy! Wish I had more pics, these are from my iPhone, but this is such a simple dish that requires very little time and is packed with enough protein to be the main course (it is often the only course for us), but also makes…

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Sautéed Chard with Goat Cheese, Macadamia Grapes

This was so yummy and simple. Sautéed Swiss Chard with Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes Rolled in Toasted Macadamia Nuts and Drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction…. so freakin’ yummy. I served 4 easy and quick courses. The first was a basic Caprese Salad – quick recipe: Basic Caprese Salad: 2 Organic Farmer’s Market Heirloom Tomatoes Imported Buffalo Mozzarella (from Italy, of course),…

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Easter Seals Camp Oakes 2014

This was my favorite year at Easter Seals, Camp Oakes thus far. Every year I think I couldn’t possibly love camp any more than I already do, but somehow every year that love continues to multiply. Only at camp, could I be encompassed by so much pure joy. Real joy, that is as infectious as a baby, belly laughing. Pure joy is something that as…

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EASTER SEALS – CAMP OAKES FUNDRAISING PART II

This is the second round of fundraising that RockStars and Babies is doing for Easter Seals Southern California and Camp Oakes this year. I have been a volunteer at Camp Oakes for a week each year for 11 years. It is a special place that I hold very dear. Everything at the camp is adaptive so everyone can participate in…

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Antique Boat Show 2014 – Joe Wheeler State Park, AL

So this is “Miss America IX“,  the first boat ever to break 100MPH,  back in 1930. It was originally designed and driven by Gar Wood. Gar Wood was an entrepreneur and inventor of both motor boats and the hydraulic hoist for dump trucks. Her owner (since the 1970’s), Charles Mistele and his beautiful Diane (both pictured above) whom he lovingly calls his, “trophy…

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