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Bake Sale Bunnies

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD with tags , , , on January 23, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Bake Sale Bunnies

“Home baked goodies for your tummy!”  That’s the slogan for Bake Sale Bunnies, owned and operated by two ambitious 11-year-old girls in my neighborhood. Izzy lives across the street from me…by the way, in a home I sold her parents ten years ago.  Since Izzy was three, off-and-on she has come over and we bake something. “I like baking because it is your own master piece, but you can eat it!” she says.  No wonder kitchens are the most important room in the house for many people.  When homebuyers are looking at property, one of their priorities is usually a new or remodeled kitchen, or kitchen with potential. Recently Izzy came over with her friend, Sophia, and they made yummy cupcakes. Next we teamed up and made blueberry pies!  The girls have often cooked with their parents, who are good cooks.  Now the girls feel confident enough to start their own cake baking business.

Three birthdays are coming up in my family, so naturally I’ve ordered three yummy cakes and one batch of cupcakes from Bake Sale Bunnies.  If you too would like to place an order, contact Izzy at isabelwrubel@gmail.com

Botanical Art and more…

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , on January 23, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Botanical Art and more
At UC Botanical Garden

Today was another inspirational day to visit the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.  At the entrance window, I renewed my family membership for $65.  So many interesting programs and events are offered, it’s impossible to fit them all in my Day-Timer. 

Next I browsed through the “Plant Clearance Sale.”   It was exciting to find several shade plants with promise of bright orange blooms. Many of the plants are suitable as house plants, which help make a house feel like a home. The majority of plants are best suited for life in the outdoors.  Investing in your garden and landscaping make the property look its best, adding value.

This morning was cloudy and rainy and sunny…ever-changing by the minute. The weather seemed to mirror the plants themselves, endlessly evolving through the seasons.  Because it was a little cold, my friend and I followed signs to the 1st Annual Botanical Art Exhibition.  We trekked along the paved path to the show.  Walking in, we were dazzled by the bright hues of blue, red, yellow, pink, green and shades in between.  The wild flowers were delicately illustrated in water color and framed, “for sale.” On our way out, we talked with one of the artists herself, Eliza Jewett of San Francisco.  Eliza said she has been drawing flowers as long as she can remember. The show includes works by approximately 20 members of Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.  It continues through Friday, January 16.  http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/root_images/programs/winter_10/plants_illustrated.html

By the way, the Sick Plant Clinic usually scheduled the first Saturday of every month did not take place this month.  It will resume on Saturday February 7 from 9 am to 12 pm. For an online listing of all the activities and events available each month, feel free to Visit http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

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