They say the trick to keeping a young mind is to try new things, so that we did during our stay in Newport Beach. BTW, new goal to go with my resolutions – must own a home on the beach one day. Daisy and I love, love, LOVED waking up and taking long walks along the beach daily, definitely in my Pisces element.


 Nope, that’s not it. I’m adventurous, but surfing in freezing cold water is not my “thang.” Can you guess yet?

Tatjana and I went on a segway tour, so very Jetson’s! It was a little tricky getting the hang of balancing with just one hand, and moving at 12 miles per hour while taking photos, but needless to say, we had a blast!

However, not without an attack of the birds, mid photo op no less. I felt a wet plop on my leg, and of course

the natural response is to want to look down to examine the damage, but the tour guide hadn’t taken the picture yet. “Don’t look down, keep smiling, keep smiling…” kept going through my head, hence the forced grin.

Oh well, being shat on (I just adore the past tense of that word, don’t you?) by a bird is suppose to be good luck, and I could do with some of that in 2012. It’s starting with surgery, again. Not the fun kind that makes

you look younger, sigh. Hoping it will help me breathe and sleep easier, so the rest of the year will be terrific.

Not to be outdone, Daisy also tried something new. She took her first walk on the beach, and wasn’t quite sure when the first wave came crashing in, but she soon found it as mesmerizing as I do. We’ll miss it dearly.

What is the latest look for 2012, you ask? Helmet hair of course, it’s all the rage! At least that’s our story and we’re sticking to it! We couldn’t possibly miss another photo op to share with you at the Wedge – where

they filmed the opening of Gilligan’s Island. There, now you have your trivia, here’s the first recipe of 2012…

Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

Lighten and brighten the norm with a surprising hint of sweetness from golden raisins in your ground turkey or chicken meatballs. No one will be saying, “where’s the beef,”and all will be clamoring for seconds.

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  • January 2, 2012
    5:55 pm

    Fantastic way to spend the day… even with being shat upon! As for surgery for looking younger YOU do not need it at all. Keep us updated on that too. The dish looks so colourful which is what we all need this time o year – especially with snow falling up here!

    • January 3, 2012
      9:18 am

      Hey Rachel – you could try a vegetarian version of it using vegan Italian sausages outside the casings? I haven’t done this yet, but I’ll bet it would be good.

      • January 4, 2012
        5:05 am

        Yves does a version of veggie meat balls I usually use but I’m searching out more Gardein products since they are made in Canada but so far all I’ve found are full meals or specific things like chicken Dijon. This dish is such a wonderful comfort food. Thank you!

  • January 2, 2012
    10:03 am

    We moved to Manhattan Beach a year and a half ago and I’d never want to live far from a beach again! We’re 1/2 a block from the water and we are walking on The Strand every day. The people are great, the vibe is so laid back and relaxing. It’s hard to stay in a stressful frame of mind if you go walking by the water during low-tide searching for sand dollars! The boat fog-horns woke me up this morning and sometimes a seal will wake me up at 3am and I would never complain about it.

    We also have a sailboat docked in Marina del Rey and seriously nothing beats it. We were going to actually live on the boat but that’s frowned upon by divorce courts in regards to child custody. Personally, I think it would be GREAT for a 12 year old to experience it. We make up for it on the weekends, though. I LOVE the people on the docks. It takes a certain kind of person to live on their boat and they are so enjoyable to be around. <3

    • January 3, 2012
      9:16 am

      I have no desire to live on a boat, but I do love looking out at the water.

  • January 2, 2012
    10:05 am

    You look like you guys had a blast!! My son would probably love the Segways. Today we’re taking him out and he’s taking his scooter.

    • January 2, 2012
      2:28 pm

      OMG, SO much fun!

  • January 3, 2012
    9:30 am

    Jewels, you and Tatjana look like you had such fun!!

    Raven is a beach fanatic, we try to visit the shore a lot during the summer. I even took some of the beach home with us on our last visit of the summer so she could play with it, lol!!

    Daisy looks like she had a blast too!! She’s so adorable!!

    The Segways look like so much fun!

    • January 4, 2012
      9:25 am

      I’m giggling to myself envisioning your tribe in single file on the boardwalk in segways – you would be the whole tour group!

      Once you get the hang of it, its really fun! Using only your foot (not your whole body) you press down on the ball of your foot to go forward, and heels to stop or go backwards. Standing still is the hardest to maintain balance and not move. To turn you just pull the handles in the direction you want go. Takes about 5-10 minutes to get used to, and half an hour before you feel like you want to be Evil Knievel.

  • January 3, 2012
    9:24 am

    Thanks for posting these phots. I used to live fairly close to Newport and was feeling both nostalgic and homesick seeing them. Boston’s been unseasonably warm of late, but this week will be dropping to 12 degrees. Far as I’m concerned that’s as realistic a temperature as 6 am is a time. So glad you had a wonderful stay! You’d look beautiful even in shat upon clothing, m’dear. I’m just so sorry to hear you’re facing another surgery. Keep us followers and friends posted. You’ll be in my thoughts and I hope all goes well!

    • January 4, 2012
      9:28 am

      Thank you Cynthia – this one should be a piece of cake compared to the last, and you helped pull me through that one! Maybe one day you guys will move back and we can be neighbors on the beach (hopefully before Dylan grows up – I want spoiling rights).

  • January 3, 2012
    10:18 am

    Looks like you, Tatjana and Daisy all had a great time. Sunny days and segways just go together. Love the meatball recipe and plan to give it a try soon. Working my way through casseroles, leftover roast chicken, chicken legs done with Indian masala rub, etc. Due for a PCApproach day soon! Sorry to hear surgery is in the offing, let me know if there is anything I could help you with on this end. Lots of cyber hugs!

  • January 4, 2012
    9:20 am

    Hi Ruthee – there is a company called Match that does meat substitute ground meats. I’m not sure if you can get it in Canada or not, but here is a link (they do sell the some online stores). This is the kind of thing that is perfect for this recipe

    These will not work in this recipe, but I usually only buy the chik’n Gardein cutlets – I’m not big on their already prepared stuff either, but the cutlets you can sub for any boneless, skinless chicken breast recipe (adjusting time since they cook much faster).

  • January 4, 2012
    8:06 pm

    Jewels, I would love to move back (I’m currently working on the hubby), and it would be wonderful to have you as my friend AND beach neighbor! There’s the best of all worlds! Dylan would love you, your warmth, and your cooking passion. He just ate sushi last week, at the bar , with a chopstick no less! He’s not yet two and there goes my credit card!
    If I’m able to make it work, one of my lifelong closest friends in Huntington Beach is expecting twins in June (at 41, with a 3 yr old also). I’m going to try and get out to help her, but one set of hands isn’t going to be enough. Need a baby fix?
    If there’s anything I can do to help with your upcoming procedure, concerns, or questions, and it goes without saying, positive thoughts and hugs, please let me know.

  • January 5, 2012
    11:01 am

    Work on him please, and yes – definitely wanting a baby fix!

  • January 5, 2012
    5:40 pm

    Love this post.. Sorry I’ve been lax in my commenting. I will join in this new year xo You should take Daisy to Dog beach in San Diego. Its a dog friendly beach and hotel I know you’d love. The best to you in the New Year xoxo

    • January 5, 2012
      5:44 pm

      Sounds woofect!