Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 31, 2016 

Julie’s Favorite Family Recipes


1. I resolve to drink more water when I drink.

- Translation – add more ice to my drinks

2. I resolve to send back cold food, even if I’m 

Translation – No Mr. Nice Guy

3 I resolve to ask to be moved if there are 
screaming kids next to me.

Translation – “Two things I can’t stand crying 
women and crying babies.”

4. I resolve to send back my meat if its not cooked 
to my liking.

Translation – I want more perfection in 2016

5. I resolve to order a Grande at Starbucks instead 
of a Venti to save


Translation – Watch out Starbucks a 
big dip in the stock in 2016

6. I resolve to smoke more cigars this 

Translation – I always smoke with my 

7. I resolve to ask the dumb question, 
is it really a Champagne Brunch

or a Sparkling Wine Brunch?

Translation – It is always a Sparkling 
Wine Brunch

8. I resolve to ask, is it really World 

Translation – Never World Famous, often people 
in the neighborhood

don’t know the place.

9. I resolve to tip 10% if the service warrants it.

Translation - Yeah right - I know I am a coward 
when it comes to

stiffing these waiters, even when they deserve it.

10. I resolve to cook one meal a week at home.

Translation – One more than I am now!

Bonus When ordering to-go food I will have my 
order ready before getting on the phone!

Please Watch to Dining w/Dills 3 PM to 5 PM on 
KLCS TV. Sunday

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills



1 cup quinoa 

1 green pepper, diced

1.5 cup mushrooms, diced

. cup yellow onion, finely diced

2 cups Marinara Sauce

(any kind of spaghetti sauce will work!)

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 egg

2 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat, but 
white or gluten-free will work, too!)

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons garlic powder

4 large chicken breasts (or 6 medium chicken 

salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a casserole dish 
with coconut oil cooking spray.

 Prep veggies by dicing a whole green pepper 
and 1.5 cups of mushrooms. Finely dice . a 
yellow onion (~1/2 cup).

 Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa on the bottom 
of your casserole dish and then layer on veggies.

 Add 2 cups of marinara sauce, 1 cup of chicken 
broth, and a tablespoon of minced garlic to the 
casserole dish and mix everything together. Set 

 In a medium-size bowl, mix together flour, 
shredded parmesan, and garlic powder. Then, 
crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk.

 Prep chicken breast by dipping into the egg 
and then into the parmesan mixture making sure 
everything is generously coated. Place chicken 
breast on top of quinoa mixture

 Finally, sprinkle on the leftover parmesan 
mixture and even more cheese if you desire. 
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 Bake at 375º, uncovered for 20 minutes. Then, 
cover with tin foil and bake for an additional 40 
minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.

 Serves 6






In with the new, 
out with the old! 
Happy last day 
of 2016, I’m sure 
a year filled with 
joy and sorrow, 
good and bad. It’s an ideal time for self-reflection. 
Given all the experiences of the past year, what are 
your biggest take away lessons? What do you want 
to do more of and what do you never want to do 

 Going forward, it’s all about creating 
contentment for the best life possible. So, how can 
we enrich our lives? 

 Maintaining a healthy state of being is always at 
the top of my list. A whole person approach means 
tending to physical, mental and spiritual health. A 
diet rich in whole foods and plenty of exercise help 
immensely physically and mentally. 

 For enrichment, I always commit to learning 
something new. Often, I’ll take a class or several 
classes to satisfy my intellectual side. A mentor 
told me once, ‘always be in school’, somehow I’ve 
taken this to heart! It’s can work for you, too. Yoga 
school, art school, writing, science, woodworking, 
or whatever interests you! 

 Additionally, some additional devotion is made 
towards my yoga and spiritual practice. The two 
for me go hand in hand. My body is the temple 
in which I get to live this life and be of service to 
others. To stay connected and joyful, meditation is 
essential and a cherished period of each day. I stay 
close to my asana practice, at home and at group 

 Intentions for next year are definitely percolating, 
but I am also in thankful contemplation of what was 
learned in 2016 and grateful for those experiences 
as a point of reference. What are ideas are stirring 
in you for the next year? What experiences are you 
grateful for in 2016? 


Namaste friends. 

Come visit us at Yoga Madre.

Love, Keely Totten

This holiday season has been a busier one that usual 
for me. My canine (and feline) clients have kept me 
on my toes this month, leaving very little time to write 
something new to share with you. I say that to explain 
why I’ve chosen to re-print this article, written Sept. 
24, 2014 in memory of my dear sweet bloodhound 
and dog-love of my life, Tatertotts.

 Tater has been on my mind so much over the past 
few months, so I thought it would be appropriate 
to bring her memory to the printed page yet 
again. Thank you, my dear readers for your kind 
understanding and for appreciating these precious 
memories of my girl along with me. Happy New 
Year everyone!

 For the relatively short time I’ve been writing 
this column, I never before considered using it 
as an obituary. It never crossed my mind that I’d 
write a story announcing the death of my dear 
dog, Tatertotts. However, as fate would have it, this 
small printed space is a place where I can pour my 
heart out while at the same time, hopefully offer a 
word of encouragement to other dog owners who 
may, one day have a similar experience to my own.

 Tatertotts was a beautiful, pedigree bloodhound 
who found me when she was just a 1 . years old, 
after having been to the show ring twice. Her 
original owner, a bloodhound breeder/handler 
in Saddleback Ranch had plans for Tater and her 
siblings to be champs at show! In fact, a couple 
of Tater’s siblings did turn out to be notorious as 
best in breed and beyond, wherever they went to 

 Tater, on the other hand, apparently had other 
plans for her life. She chose to be a domestic 
dog, which by definition literally means, a dog 
“belonging to the home“. I must say, considering 
her plan, she picked the right human with whom 
to carry it out! She somehow knew I would cater 
to her every need and desire and let her “rule the 
roost” for as long as she lived.

 It was a bit of a challenge at first, when Tater was 
a youngster. She’d jump up to greet me as I came 
in the door, and knock me flat on my back! She 
insisted on having whatever treasure she wanted, 
with no chance of bantering or bargaining. She 
knew this soft-hearted human she’d picked to be 
her forever friend would give in and let her have 
her way, because I wanted her to be happy.

 It didn’t take long before this humble human 
realized that way of cohabitating was not going 
to work out well for either of us, without proper 
discipline and balance of will. So, I took her to 
BEST training, at Pasadena Humane Society for a 6 
month course where we were both 
subjected to some basic behavioral 
training along with several other 

 Tater did not like being on a 
slippery floor with a bunch of 
strangers, at first. However, she 
eventually figured out that this was 
what we were going to do, like it or 
not! Soon she succumbed to a few 
simple tricks that made all of our 
lives a lot easier in the home.

 Tater loved hiking local trails and 
cooling off in the foothill streams and pools during 
our weekend getaways together. Later, as she got 
older and less agile, she enjoyed putting the top 
down and taking a drive to the beach or up to Big 
Santa Anita Canyon to Chantry Flat where we 
visited the animals at Adam’s Pack Station. She 
seemed to connect well with the donkeys, goats 
and chickens there, and made friends with the 
cats. She always got along famously with kitties.

 As life went on with Tater by my side, she 
continued to show me unconditional love and 
affection as most loved dogs do. Tater had a very 
close relationship with my husband as well, and 
he was always there for her when I started my dog 
walking and sitting business. She recognized that 
there were times when I needed to be away to help 
with other people’s pets and poppa would be there 
to take care of her and she never once made me 
fret or feel guilty about it.

 Last Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the ripe ole age 
of 12 years 8 months, my sweet Tatertotts crossed 
what we dog lovers like to call that “Rainbow 
Bridge” into doggie heaven. Her body of 110 
lbs. had had enough, and gave clear signs that it 
was time. She did not suffer, nor did she have to 
experience the disgrace of physical frailty that 
many of we humans will, when it is our turn to get 
old and pass on.

 Tater brought me so much joy during her brief 
yet happy life here on earth. She taught me so 
much about loving life. I have so many beautiful 
memories of the fun times we had together - her 
strapped into the passenger seat with top down 
and ears flopping in the wind! We conquered the 
world, she and I, when it felt like an overwhelming 
place to live in.

 No other dog will ever take the place of my 
precious bloodhound, Tater. No memories of 
other loved ones can compare to the times we had. 
She will always be in my heart, and in my mind at 
times when reminders of her being herself come to 
me. That girl was a character, and one of the very 
best friends I will ever have in my life.

 Thank you, Tater, for all that you gave . Thank 
you for loving unconditionally. Carry on, my 
sweet girl. Go well and go peacefully. We will keep 
your majesty, be on your way.

Happy Tails

by Chris Leclerc

NEW Year, NEW Kitties! FERN & WILBUR are 
all ready for a NEW home! Take a NEW look 
at them—they are ever so sweet and friendly! 
Bonded siblings, age 3, they will be adopted 
together. Fern is tabby/white, and Wilbur is all 
white, with the look of the oriental cat breed. 
Named after the beloved characters of the 
children's classic, Charlotte's Web, these two 
are precious. Please make it a Happy NEW year 
for them!

Lifeline for Pets 
is a small no-
kill rescue. We 
show some cats 
most Sunday 
afternoons at 
Petsmart, 3347 
E. Foothill Blvd. 
in Pasadena, 
12:30-3:30. Call 

 Adoption fee is $100 for both, which includes 
spay, microchip, exam & vaccines. Our cats are 
negative FELV/FIV unless otherwise indicated. 

See more pictures, adoption info & application 
on our website, Sorry, 
we are not accepting cats at this time.


Cosmo is a very easy going guy, wise beyond his 3 years. 
He is a handsome orange domestic medium haired 
boy. He will hang around and be your companion 
teddy bear. Cosmo is sweet, affectionate and loves to 
be petted. When it comes to playing, his style is slow 
and steady. Cosmo likes that feathery toy or laser dot 
to come to him, because he just knows they will if he 
waits. He gets along well with his roommates too, so 
he'd probably do well in a multi-cat family. Or he'll 
be fine as your only best pal. Either way, his vibrant 
orange color will complement any decor. Come meet 
Cosmo in the shelter's Meow Manor. 

 Cosmo’s adoption fee is $99 and includes neuter 
surgery, vaccinations, microchip and a free wellness 
exam at a participating veterinarian. Feel free to 
call us at (626) 286-1159 for more information on 
Cosmo. ID#19294. He currently resides at the San 
Gabriel Valley Humane Society located at 851 E. 
Grand Avenue in San Gabriel which is located off 
San Gabriel Blvd, north of Mission and south of 
Las Tunas Drive. To arrange a ‘Meet and Greet’ 
with Cosmo, please stop by any time from 10:30am 
to 4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday.Website:www.

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