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In this issue...

  • Happy Valentine's Day
  • Reading in 2019
  • Did You Know?
  • Super Bowl LIII
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • Restaurants Closing
Happy Valentine's Day
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Valentine's Day is coming.......some of you may have heard doomsday music when you read that sentence ;) I know it is not a holiday that everyone loves. Some people absolutely hate it. All the pink, red, hearts and flowers. My Valentine's Day plans have changed a lot over the years. It is no longer about getting dressed up for fancy dinner plans and going out for drinks. It is more about making Valentine's for my kids to tell them how much I love them and getting them some candy just to see the smiles on their faces. I'll probably be spending the evening at a basketball game. I know, sooner than I want to admit, there will be plenty of time for fancy dinners and nights out. I will definitely enjoy them, but I will also definitely miss these days. Happy Hearts Day!
Reading in 2019
A girlfriend just gave me the book "Girl Wash Your Face". I have heard great things about it! My friend said it left her feeling inspired and ready to GO GET IT! I feel like I need that right now. Thinking about the year ahead I want to feel focused and ready to make this the best year yet for me and my family. I'm so excited to read this book. Now all I need to do is stay awake long enough to read it ;)
 Did you know?
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I love to read books. It brings me so much joy! When I was thinking about the origin of books tonight and realized I didn't know the answer to "What was the first book printed?" I looked it up (thank goodness for the the Internet) and this is what I found:

1455: The Gutenberg Bible (in Latin) was the first major book printed in Europe with movable metal type by Johannes Gutenberg.

Super Bowl LIII
WHAT? Super Bowl LIII

WHEN? Sunday February 3rd, 2019 at 3:30pm PST

WHERE? Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA

WHO? Los Angeles Rams vs. New England Patriots

NATIONAL ANTHEM? Gladys Knight

HALFTIME SHOW? Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi
Recipe of the Month
Super Bowl parties are the BEST!! Tons of yummy food and spending time chatting with family and friends. I saw this recipe and thought "YES" I am serving this just so I can try some.
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Pizza Dip

Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients
  • 3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. ricotta
  • 1/3 c. plus 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning 
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 
  • Kosher salt 
  • 3/4 c. pizza sauce 
  • 1 c. mini pepperoni
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups mozzarella, cream cheese, ricotta, ⅓ cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Transfer mixture to a 9"-x-13" baking dish then spread pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and pepperoni.
  2. Halve biscuits and roll into balls, then place on top of dip. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush on biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. 
  4. Bake until biscuits are golden and cheese is melty, about 45 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and bake until biscuits are cooked through, another 15 to 20 minutes. 
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Real Estate News
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Marie Kondo
She is the talk of the town...Marie Kondo. If you have not seen her show "Tidying Up" on Netflix you should definitely check it out. Fair warning, this show will make you want to throw away everything in your house. However, if you do end up keeping anything her organization tips are amazing!

The piece of advice I liked most from her series is "Only keeping items that bring you joy." In the first episode she is talking a family with two small kids through tidying up their house. In their garage they had a box of photos. She said they need to bring them inside, so they can ENJOY them!

I really need to follow her advise. The theme of 2019 is going to be JOY!

Restaurants Closing
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I hate it when places I love to eat close, so if any of the below are your favorite hang outs I am really sorry.

Pomegranate Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

Le Cheval Closing in Walnut Creek

The Original Pancake House in Pleasant Hill

If you have topics about our local East Bay scene that you would like to see covered in Beyond the Fence, please send me an email at janel@pelositeam.com and I'll do my best to include your suggestions. 
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