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Turning the Tables

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes....Old World TraditionalAs a Construction and Interior Design Consultant with Julie Smith & Associates in Granite Bay, Lisa Smith is known for breathtaking interiors and stunning outdoor living spaces. However, she still loves designing tabletops. “Tables for me are very easy and relaxing.” But before you mistake “relaxing” to mean “casual,” she adds, “I think you should make the table that you sit at look like you did it for a magazine.” Smith’s style plays on a dramatic mixture of new and old elements. “I like to use things that look like you got them out of an old church.” For holiday tables, she enjoys using antique angels and crystals, and mixes seasonal colors such as amber and bright green apple into a home’s existing decor. As to settings, Smith feels strongly that plates should enhance food, not distract from it. “The chargers can be really cool,” she says. “But if a plate has a scene, when you put food on it, it just looks messy.”  In fact, combining her background of catering and design, Smith recently wrote Cooking by Design with Lisa Smith to celebrate the notion that well-presented food can be as much of an artistic element as the table itself.For more of Table Design ideas be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Cookies for Santa

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

What do you do when your holiday traditions collide with your spouse’s? That happened with my family and Christmas early on in my marriage. I grew up in a household that never mentioned Santa Claus, and my wife grew up in a household in which Santa Claus was a primary part of the family in December. So, then we get married and all Christmas breaks loose. The debate only heated up when we had children five years later.The first year, our daughter was only three days old, so I got a pass, but by the time the next one rolled around, she was ready and alert. At first I joked with my wife about “Satan Claus” just to chide her and told her that I would never encourage a fable as fact. But, to be truthful, underlying the joking was a very real fear. As a Christian pastor, I teach my kids that there is a God that they cannot see, so why in the world would they not get unhinged when they finally realize that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus were complete fabrications purported as fact? Honestly, as silly as it sounds, it was a concern.But then my wife launched her barrage of well-thought-out arguments. She cited the fact that she grew up being able to differentiate between the two and that Santa Claus was a wonderful part of her childhood, which was filled full of wonder and joy. Then she threw a low blow by asking the rhetorical question, “You want our children to have joy and wonder at Christmas, don’t you?” What am I supposed to say to that? “No, honey, I don’t want any joy and wonder for my children. In fact, I hate joy and wonder and will see to it that every ounce of joy will be squeezed out of this Christmas.” My wife was not amused and it was not many months later that I wore down and caved. Actually, now is the time for me to confess that my fear in all wars with my wife is that she will ultimately win (since I want to be a nice guy). But sometimes, I can actually stick to my guns and remain a jerk.But, we decided to “compromise,” which, in my marriage, means my wife gets what she wants with as little damage to me as possible. Our compromise was that we would not only include Santa in our Christmas tradition (with him bringing gifts to the kids, us setting out cookies, and my oldest trying to capture him), but also talk about him slightly different than usual. We would not speak about him on the same level as our religious beliefs and we would highlight Jesus on his birthday. However, on a bad day, I allowed the Easter Bunny in the back door, so he’s in our family portrait too. Ultimately, my wife and I found that as long as we were on the same page with our intentions, things worked out well. Sure, most Christmas’ we argue about how many presents Santa will bring the kids (I will not be outdone by a fat guy with no fashion sense), but for the most part, things are great, and our two differing traditions have come together to form a single tradition that is doubly rewarding. I guess we live and learn. Lance Hahn is the senior pastor at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin. He can be reached at 916-791-8341 or via email at lance@bridgewaychristian.org. 

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Christmas Music

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

I  can handle stores breaking out Christmas decorations in September. I’m okay with the crass commercialism that permeates the season like the over-scented candles at a holiday craft fair. I don’t mind trading paint with other shoppers in the crowded Galleria parking lot on random weekends in December. But the one thing I cannot stand at this time of year, that sets my teeth on edge and drops me to my knees begging for mercy from the sweet manger-baby Himself is…Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time.”Don’t get me wrong. I like Paul McCartney. I absolutely appreciate his place in the pantheon of popular music. His work with the Beatles is unassailable, as is much of his solo work (“Say, Say, Say” excluded). But, as sure as even supermodels pass gas, music geniuses too, are capable of occasional noxiousness and sometimes you have to crack a window. Just hearing those first cloying synthesizer notes… “bow-ow-ow-ow…dow-ow-ow-ow-ow,” makes me want to shake my fist at a mall Santa and kick his elves in the shins. Why? Let’s take a look.  The lyrics. “The moon is right, the spirits up, we’re here tonight and that’s enough, simply having a wonderful Christmas time.” Really? That’s the best you could do? You’re the guy who gave us, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make!” But these “Christmas” lyrics…they have all the depth of a wading pool. And notice, Sir Paul gets to the chorus so quickly, it’s as though he knew it was a dreadful plunge best taken as soon as possible. The lack of passion. McCartney wanders through the vocals like he’s talking to someone who he’s not quite interested in. I picture him thumbing through a Lands’ End catalog while he was recording this.  The melody. It’s catchy...kind of like pink eye. “Siiiimply…haaavving… awonderfulchristmastime,” is repeated over and over like there’s a terrible skip in the record. But there isn’t. He meant to do that to us. It worms its way into the living room of your brain, lays itself out on the couch and starts ordering movies.  The frequency of play. When the Muzak at Arden Fair or Sunrise Mall switches over to all-Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving, the relentless onslaught begins. On soft rock radio stations around the country, “Wonderful Christmas Time” gets scheduled more often than commercials for the Shane Company. The disturbing fact is, it gets played a lot for a reason: there are those who walk among us who actually enjoy the song. I believe these are the same people who take an hour to back out of a space in a busy mall parking lot.  In the nearly four minutes that this song is allowed to breathe, I can completely understand John Lennon’s issues with Paul.For the record (no pun intended), I am not a Christmas music-hater. I love “The Christmas Song,” and “White Christmas.” I will hum, if not sing along to “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I think Martina Mcbride’s interpretation of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is among the most beautiful sounds ever offered to the human ear.  And that ultimately is the point. There are thousands of other songs more worthy, more deserving of a spin than “A Wonderful Christmas Time” – including the “Jingle Cats,” the “Barking Dogs,” and “Grandma Got Run Over by Reindeer” (but just barely). And so I beg the Chai-tea-sipping program directors of soft rock stations and Muzak to please, in this season of mercy, have a little on us. Help make it a truly wonderful Christmas time and stop playing that song. And when “those people” call to complain that it isn’t being played? Be polite, but please suggest that perhaps the best thing they could do is to simply hang up and finish backing out of their parking stall.Catch Tom on the Pat and Tom Morning Show on New Country 105.1.

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New Horseshoe Bar Grill

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

Chef Robert Facciani put himself through college by cooking. He earned an AA degree in business management but after about six months of working at a law firm, he decided that he wanted to cook for a career; and off to Denver, Colorado he went to earn his culinary degree. Facciani especially likes cooking with seafood as evidenced by a menu that includes fresh seasonal Alaskan halibut, diver sea scallops and sauteed white gulf shrimp. He creates all of the recipes to boot. “They are not pulled out of books.” He runs a scratch kitchen. “All of our sauces, everything’s [made fresh].”  The New Horseshoe Bar Grill uses sustainable products from California as much as possible. All of their meats and seafoods are natural and wild. “Our scallops are day-boat scallops. They’re dry-packed. We have all-natural steaks – hormone and antibiotic free. We get produce delivered seven days a week to keep everything as fresh as possible.” Facciani describes the New Horseshoe Bar Grill as an “upscale-casual” restaurant. He explained that people usually don’t come in suits and ties. “We’re more of a day-to-day restaurant than a special occasion restaurant.” But don’t worry; Facciani is planning a New Year’s Eve gala with a six-course meal!For more about Chef Robert Facciani including his recipe for Venison Osso Buco, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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WIND

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

Through grassroots activism and neighborly concern, WIND (Women Inspiring New Dimensions) has redefined the meaning of community. This group of truly determined women has impacted the local landscape for 12 impressive years. For members of WIND, helping others is not only a serious call to duty, but also, through fun and free-spiritedness, a downright breeze. Although there have been many different members of WIND since the group formed in 1996, the Folsom-based organization was founded by a “sorority” of seven women: Mary Asay-Skiles, Liz Craig-Moule, Cyndi Dow, Kathleen Mini, Debbie Newell, Dawn Michelle, Kathleen Walker and Michelle Yslas. Together with vision and purpose, these exceptional ladies made good on their promise to make a difference in their local community by campaigning and fund-raising on behalf of worthy causes with local ties.WIND’s grassroots efforts and tireless cause-lobbying have touched the lives of every community citizen. The crusading group has performed fund-raising for the Twin Lakes Food Bank and Folsom Convalescent Hospital, and has affiliations with Mercy Foundation, the Folsom Family Clinic, Cummings Emergency Pavilion, Duchow Way Housing, Saddle Pals, Serve Our Seniors, the Folsom History Museum and the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom among many other organizations.WIND's work on behalf of children is particularly impressive. “We collected Christmas presents for more than 40 children for the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home for six years,” says member Debbie Newell, “and also have worked with Folsom’s Power House Ministries. We [hosted] Christmas parties for the children there.”  WIND also formed a dinner train for Shaneen May while she was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, delivering dinners to her family.After 12 years of fundraising (and fun-raising), Newell says she considers WIND’s greatest accomplishment to be that “we are still helping.”  And, when help is needed, Newell or her fellow member Mary Asay-Skiles sends out a “charge of duty” email to group members. While fundraisers have yet to be planned for 2009, Newell says WIND is ready to heed those calls when they come.“It is truly in the giving that we receive,” Newell says of the group’s commitment. “It is joyous to know that a group of women have made a difference within their community. It also gives us a sense of purpose in knowing that we can make a difference. It is so great to see us all come together when the call of duty is out, as all of our lives are so busy with work, family, home, etc. We come together out of love and respect for each other.” Anyone who embraces the WIND philosophy: “All for one and one for all,” are welcome to join the group. And just to prove that one of Folsom’s busiest group of gals is also one of its most fun, Newell says that prospective members should “like to have fun, wear animal print (our signature style) and not be afraid to get their hands dirty while looking glam.”For more information on WIND or to get involved, call Mary Asay-Skiles at 916-456-1012, or Debbie Newell at 916-983-9359.

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Local Area Tidbits

10/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

November is finally here! Now’s the time to get your pet equipped with a microchip to help maximize the chance of being reunited should you be separated. Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter sponsors a microchip clinic at Diamond in the Ruff Pet Spa in Lincoln, the first Saturday of every month. The first Sunday of every month, it’s held at The Cat House in Auburn. Both clinics are open from noon to 3 p.m. The implant service is $25 and includes lifetime registration. All proceeds benefit Placer County Animal Services…On November 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sun City Lincoln Hills’ Orchard Ballroom, Dr. Hunter Greene and Dr. Paul Sasaura from Northern California Orthopedic Centers, will conduct a free seminar on Managing Osteoarthritis of the Knee. To register, call 800-451-2006, ext. 3335, or visit managingosteoarthritis.com…Apple Hill season continues through November (and into December), offering free family fun, and a chance to get your Christmas tree, fresh cider and holiday pies. Visit applehill.com or call 530-644-7692 for more information…Project Play will break ground at Maidu Park this month. New playground equipment installation will follow shortly thereafter. Check out roseville.ca.us for more information on fundraising events…Sutter Roseville opened the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of its kind in the Sacramento region on September 2. The 13,000-square foot NICU houses 16 beds and a range of family-friendly amenities. Sutter Roseville Medical Center is affiliated with Sutter Health, a non-profit, community-based health system located throughout Northern California. For more information visit sutterroseville.org or call 916-781-1000…Congratulations to the Roseville Better Gardens Club, which just celebrated its 80th anniversary in October. The garden club holds monthly meetings the third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center…If you’re looking to head somewhere warm and inviting, check out the first annual Student Art Calendar 2009 exhibit November 22 to January 9. The opening reception will be on Saturday, November 22, following the 10 a.m. Roseville Holiday Parade. For more information, call Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery at 916-783-2317…It’s never too cold for gelato. Visit recently opened Miabella Gelato at the Fountains in Roseville for a little taste of Italy. You have to taste the difference to believe it’s not ice cream…And after you get a treat for your taste buds, take in a feast for the eyes and ears with a holiday performance by Sound Out Tap Company at Whitney High School in Rocklin. “The Rhythms of Christmas"…A City Celebration” will run December 5-7, with four shows. Appearing with the 27 members from Sound Out Tap Company will be Core Dance Collective, the award-winning “Diamonds” from Lincoln and two tap competition teams from Hawkins School of Performing Arts (Rhythm Express and Taptastics). Also performing will be special guests from Sound Out’s sister companies iMPACT Contemporary Dance and Folsom Lake Civic Ballet…PEACE For Families and HomeAid Sacramento officially opened a new 12,5000-square foot emergency shelter facility in Placer County on September 25 for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The new shelter has 13 bedrooms with 39 beds, privacy areas, a classroom and study area and much more, for more info visit peaceforfamilies.org…That’s all for now, but check back next month for our annual Holiday Gift Guide!Send your news to info@sierrastyle.com.

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