Sunday, April 13, 2014


Yesterday  I went to a local feed/garden shoppe.  It's called Mountain Feed and is deep in the tiny  Redwood Forest community of Ben Lomonde.  It's like a little piece of the 70's stuck in time with it's rural setting and artistic hippie mindset.  This feed store is ah-maze-ing!   They have an old barn that is set up with anything you could need to garden, farm, raise chickens, including baby chicks…it's so sweet.  But the layout is the thing that I love the most, it's just set up perfectly with organic veggies and trees everywhere, awnings and flowers. It's simply beautiful.  The owner, a young guy, has antiques everywhere, but not just thrown about, really special pieces placed exactly where they should be…like the old jukebox set up in the main feed shoppe with the registers, that blast awesome music, usually old county songs.  His name is completely slipping my old brain at the moment, and I've known him for years…it's an unusual name, so cut me some slack…so his famous line is this.  Whenever anyone asks him, when is the best time to plant fruit trees he answers, "The best time is 20 years ago, or today!"

So Saturday was their preserving event and I went specifically to learn how to make Sauerkraut.  Now we're not talking about your grandma's kraut, or the stuff they put on wieners at a ball game…we're talking alive, filled with probiotics, raw sauerkraut.   I've been eating this stuff for years and let me tell you, it gets pretty expensive to buy it, even locally.  We eat it almost daily around here…and now I know what you're thinking…they eat sauerkraut with every freaking weird is that?  But like I said, it's not what you think of as sauerkraut, it's so much more.  

Sauerkraut is a fermented blend of veggies, with the main core ingredient of cabbage.  My favorite kraut is cabbage, beets, ginger and carrot.  Then there's another that has seaweed that is spectacular.  They have krauts with jalapeƱos, or red cabbage and dill, so you see, there are many choices in the world of kraut these days. And of course there's KimChee, which is a staple in Asian/Korean diets…it's usually a blend of cabbage, carrots, and a load of cayenne or peppers, gets very tangy to say the least. Adding a tiny side of kraut to your meals will not only spice up the meal, but will add all the enzymes and nutrients needed for healthy digestion…it kills candida, it's gluten free, it's sugar free, it's yummy, so get over it and try some!

I also learned how to pickle veggies, and can tomatoes…something I've wanted to do forEVER!  I brought home a jar of the most amazing home made horseradish/mustard, a jar of orange/meyer lemon/ginger jam…yuuummmy! and my new container to make up a batch of my own kraut…oh and a sweet, perfect giant round/plump deep red raspberry bush to plant along the fence in the orchard.  Made this attempt the summer before, but damn those gofers!!  So on to attempt number two…wish me luck.

My new buddy Shane who taught me everything I need
to know about Kraut making.  His mother and he started
a company, local of course, they use 90% local
ingredients, some of the more specialty items like
the paste used to make Kim Chee, fish oils and peppers
and such, are not seasonal around these parts, so they
 do ship out for that, however, everything is made here
in their facility at the Sash Mill.  And the big news is
they are now being carried in the local Costco if you
can believethat!  Farmhouse Kraut…awesome flavors.

Notice the perfectly placed vintage delivery truck
that sits out front of the Feed Store.

Carrie, Mountain Feed's all things veggies Guru…
she's ridiculously knowledgable  and talks like no ones business…ha ha..yes, even blew me out of the water,
I finally had to walk away after I got what I came for.
She's a hoot and you can learn all there is to learn
about canning, preserving and veggies.

My homemade batch of red/green cabbage, beets,
carrots, seaweed…this is a big two and a half size
mason jar….Wish me luck!
Here's a super quick video of the band playing…they were phenomenal!  And here's hoping you're springing in to Spring as well…happy days filled with sunshine and fresh alive veggies!
mucho hugs to my besties! xox juner

Friday, April 4, 2014


YaY!  Off to a good start with our Oakland Athletics!

We Own The West Baby!

Our A's Family!

Ha ha haha…so much for a good selfie!

That's better…love dad in the background…ha!
Enjoy your family this weekend and hope your favorite team does well…unless they play against the A's!  Hugs to my Besties! 
xox Juner

Saturday, March 22, 2014


I figured I met most of my followers here through art, so why not invite you to another kind of event/hop, 
YA Fantasy…so click the link and head over.  It's a short list, however, there are some really good authors giving away ebooks for free and you stand a chance to win an actual book or two just by leaving a comment.  And the doors are still open until the 25th, so if you or someone else you know would like to enter your name on the list by all means we'd love to have you.  You don't have to have an author/book blog, anyone who loves fantasy can join, 
just gift a ya fantasy book and you're in!
This event is very near and dear to my heart…so please stop by, thx for all your support, Juner

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Man, when I get behind...

So it's only been a month now since our son had his 21st birthday…and here's the proof!

Yes, we stand on chairs here a lot!!
It's our birthday tradition
Stand on chairs and go crazy to
the Beatles..They Say It's Your Birthday!
It gets super loud and wild!

You know it's serious when Byron and
I have our cowboy hats on!

I love my goofball!

Happy happy..sweetie…we love you tons…and to all my besties have a happy crazy wild life with your loved ones! xox juner

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Just thought I'd share the new logo for the upcoming 
Global Blog Event in March.  It's for YA Fantasy lovers…we're just attempting to keep the magic alive here at PLP!  Details to follow soon…keep your eye's peeled, you won't want to miss out on this one…enjoy…
big  hugs to my besties! xox juner

*added Feb 25Here's the Direct Link to the post with all the guidelines and directions on using the Permalink to sign up for the Global Blog Hop Event…hope you join in the fun to Keep the Magic Alive!


ps. working the last chapter in the second book, Benjamin McTish and the Wizards of Coranimyay!!

Friday, January 31, 2014


So I thought I could catch up…but it simply isn't' going to happen…not with holiday photos or stories…it's already February 1st tomorrow…it's time to move forward.

So you'll just have to believe me when I tell you how perfect the trees were this year…the best ones I've had here yet…if you saw the you tube videos down below a couple of posts then you saw them…if not, then here's one photo for you..alright 21 photos…but that's all you're getting.  Time to move on…it's Super Bowl Sunday for gosh sakes!

So we begin with Xmas Eve…and our annual seafood feast…nothing but lobster and crab!  We cover the table in newspaper and pile the discarded shells on the top and just roll it up when we're done and toss it…easy peasy!

Help in the kitchen from Cal, it was awesome to cook with him!
My melted snowman birthday cake that my freaking amazing husband made from scratch all by himself!

He also made this chalice for me out of a piece of wood
from our property!

The big birthday tradition here at Casa De Schneider…everyone stands on the dinning room chairs and dances to the
Beatles blasting...THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

Two days after Xmas hike





My guest room in January…this isn't even the half of it…all the ornaments and decorations filled the room….at least they were out of the rest of the house …it was like the Xmas that time stood still…I just got it all put away a week ago!

 We had Ray's big 62 birthday on the 19th and we have Case's 21st coming up on the 15th!  Can't believe he's is 21…

We have new tenants moving in this weekend…a mother and her ten year old daughter…ahhh..she's just too freaking cute!  She wants to be a writer and an artist…so hello!  It's like having a grand baby around…Ray said she's stole his heart already…so yay for girl power around the old abode.

And most everything right now is me working on my book and the book blog…attempting to finish up the second book, almost there…and working like mad to refresh the book blog and open it up to other authors…I'm attempting to become one of the top "go to" spots to find YA Fantasy…I'm working as a host for other YA book blogs/tours and am doing my own interviews and articles with authors.  It's been really really fun and super far.

So if I don't see you for a while, you'll know where to find me…just hop over the Pressed Leaf Publishing, Home of the Benjamin McTish Series..and you'll find me there…getting ready to host a Global Blog Event in's going to be huge, so keep your eyes wouldn't want to miss out on this.

As always..thx for all your support..and to besties…mucho mucho love…xox juner

Janis late 60's

Janis  late 60's