Let’s Get Outside! Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play

Fall Outdoor Play When temperatures begin to fall we love to get the family outside. Hiking, biking and even long walks with our dog are even more enjoyable when the air is cool and the breeze is brisk. We love … continue reading . . .

Alpine Village Oktoberfest

Alpine Village Oktoberfest In Torrance, CA. Photo by Melissa Lambarena for EncinoMom.com.

Alpine Village Kicks Off Oktoberfest In Torrance! Have you ever been to a party that lasted two and a half weeks? Sounds like quite a celebration. Odds are that if you haven’t been to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest you haven’t partied … continue reading . . .

STAR Cocktail Recipe

Star Cocktail Photo in classic vintage glassware with apple a la mode.

Feel like a star with this classic cocktail recipe. STAR Cocktail Recipe (The Cocktail Book.  A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen. 1926.) This was published during the U.S. Prohibition, by John Hamilton Ltd. in London. (Note: the photo of the book … continue reading . . .

Date Bar Recipe

Date Bar

Date Bar Recipe This Date Bar Recipe was a childhood favorite, although the whole mix came in a box back then. I’ve attempted to recreate the recipe from scratch using Shield’s Date Crystals after visiting their gardens and shop recently … continue reading . . .

How To Cook A Turkey. Best Ever Turkey Recipe

Photo of a pile of opened cookbooks for EncinoMom.com by Lisa Keating.

The Best Turkey Recipe Is A Hybrid! It’s November first and I’m craving this already. Some years I don’t wait for Thanksgiving to prepare this turkey recipe. This is pretty simple and so delicious. Check back in a few days, … continue reading . . .

Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe

Gluten Free Stuffing from Udi's and Chef Liz Alexanian. Contest winner Jackie Akhurst pictured here.

Gluten-Free Caramelized Leeks and Herb Stuffing Recipe Recipe by Chef Liz Alexanian, Cook LA Gluten-Free for the holidays? Impossible you say? Think again. We had the opportunity to taste test a series of GF recipes developed by Chef Liz Alexanian … continue reading . . .

Easy Caramel Recipe for Homemade Caramel Sauce

Home Made Caramel Sauce For Dipping Apples. Made in this tiny crock pot, recipe from EncinoMom.com.

Easy Caramel Recipe uses 1 ingredient! This homemade, easy caramel recipe is so simple, it’s scary. You only need 1 ingredient. I used a mini crock pot, but you can prepare this on top of the stove using a bit … continue reading . . .

Best Oktoberfest in California

German Dessert Rumtopt pictured with cinnamon stick and mint sprig garnish on EncinoMom.com

Visit the Best Oktoberfest in California! Best Oktoberfest in California, come to play and stay all day! If the thought of October sets you off on a quest for wieners and sauerkraut, come with us to the Phoenix Club in … continue reading . . .

California State Parks – Update On Los Encinos & The State Budget

Photo of what may have been the kitchen at historic Los Encinos Park by Lisa Keating

Here’s the latest info on what’s happening with Los Encinos State Historic Park and the budget debacle as posted on Los Encinos’ FaceBook page by Sumner Davenport: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149220391819856/permalink/360697327338827/  (This link takes you directly to the post – or you can … continue reading . . .

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Photo of Better Than Boullion Chicken Stock From Amazon.com

Do you have a can of pumpkin purée rankling around in the cupboard? Here’s a quick tip for a warm and satisfying soup that makes up in a jiffy and takes the chill out of lunch on a winter’s day … continue reading . . .

Crock Pots For The Holidays

This is the super small crock I used to make home made caramel sauce for Halloween. From Lisa Keating at EncinoMom.com

I recently saw this at Costco and thought it would be perfect for snowy days at the cabin and holiday parties, too. When the temperatures dip, warm, filling meals just seem to feel right. At Halloween, I like to serve … continue reading . . .

Raw Pumpkin Salad Recipe

Raw Pumpkin Salad Recipe This raw pumpkin salad recipe is refreshing and hearty, perfect for an afternoon in Autumn. I just learned that you can eat pumpkin raw! I never considered it before, but it’s just another kind of squash! … continue reading . . .

Healthy Breakfast

Photo of cut pomegranate.

Start the day with a healthy breakfast! Here’s a simple recipe you can make in minutes in the morning or make it the night before and let it soak overnight. Take a cup of Muesli, one apple, diced, 1/4 cup … continue reading . . .

Rules of Engagement, 3 Steps To Halloween Candy Management

How to Handle Your Haul Living in a house full of candy monsters, it has always been obvious to me that Halloween requires a strategy. The first step is to serve a nutritious meal before marauding the neighborhood for sweet … continue reading . . .

Ghosts Build A Graveyard? Happy Halloween From EncinoMom

Ghosts Outdoor Halloween Decorations, short video transforms reseeded lawn to graveyard for Halloween.

Outdoor Ghosts Halloween Decorations: Ghosts Build Graveyard in Encino Outdoor ghosts Halloween decorations: ghosts build a graveyard in Encino. Well, that’s just silly, but you’ll draw inspiration from this time lapsed video where a little imagination and family time work … continue reading . . .

Hot Air Balloons In The Wild Blue Yonder

Photo of the balloon filled sky over Albuquerque, New Mexico by Kathy Kuzniar for EncinoMom.

Albuquerque, New Mexico fills with the magical site of hot air balloons from around the world, ascending into the pure blue expanse over the rainbow. If life at home feels a little like Kansas before the storm, add this technicolor … continue reading . . .

Taste of Encino Thank you from EncinoMom!

Photo of Lisa and Warren Keating at the EncinoMom booth at Taste of Encino.

Taste of Encino – 24th Annual Taste – Back on the Boulevard. EncinoMom At Taste Of Encino Thanks to everyone who made this such a special day! From the staff at EncinoMom.com, the great new people we met and all … continue reading . . .

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