Christmas Recipes

imageAs you already know Christmas is just around the corner and that means family get togethers. If you’re like me and you still have no idea what to make for appetizers and dinner, I found some great blogs that show recipes from start to finish.

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Our Next Empty Nest Get Together

As you already know Christmas is just around the corner and Nancy and I thought of
something fun we all can do together in the spirit of the holidays!

There’s an event with free admission coming up on Saturday, December 10th called “Edible
Santa Barbara Pop Up Shop.” Edible Santa Barbara and Telegraph Brewing Company, along
with artisan producers in the Fall Issue Holiday Gift Guide are teaming up to present a one of a
kind holiday shopping experience.

You’ll be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list and enjoy the offerings from Telegraph Brewing Co. and the HEAT Culinary Food Truck.

The event is from 1pm-6pm.

This event sounds like fun and we can have coffee or wine afterwards 🙂

Here’s a peak at some gifts and some of the vendors that will be selling things:

-A Taste of Ojai – Cookbook and Sea Salts by
Private Chef Robin
-Salty Girl Seafood
-Ojai Jelly
-Jilli Vanilli
-Creations 4 Paleo
-Cowboy Ike’s Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Jelly
-Pacific Pickle Works
-Broken Clock Vinegar Works
-Bragg Live Food Products
-Jessica Foster Confections
-Moscow Copper Co
-Los Olivos General Store
-The Santa Barbara Company
-Garibaldi Goods
-Larder Meat Co.
-The Grapeseed Company

The event is taking place at Telegraph Brewing Co. in Santa Barbara.

Please email Nancy if you are interested in attending, we would love it if everyone could make it!

Nancy & Jessica

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A Feeling of Contentment

I read an article today that I really could relate to, “I’m About to Be An Empty Nester Here’s Why I’m Not Sad.” When you google empty nest right away you’ll see words like cope, sadness and goodbye. I have to search to find articles that are positive about being an “empty nester” and frankly it makes me second guess my feelings sometimes. I have two daughters, one daughter just graduated college and is starting her career and the other is in college, both who I am extremely proud of, but because I know they will always be my daughters I don’t need to read articles on how to cope being an empty nester. I can relate to Judy Walters (the writer of this article) because she was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom because of her husband, she was able to help with homework and attend the talent shows, plays and fundraisers. My job will never be over as a mom, I’ll never say goodbye it will always be see you later, instead of helping with homework I’ll be just a phone call away to help my daughters get happy after having a rough day at work. So far being in an empty nest for me has allowed me to spend more time with my husband, focus on my career and live a less stressful life. I will always worry about my kid’s but at least now I know they can for the most part take care of themselves. We have started a new chapter, our story as a family is no where near the end.

Here’s the article:



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Goodbye Again


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Friendly Reminder

We are meeting for coffee for our first “Empty Nest” get together Tuesday, September 6th at 9 AM at Via Maestra 42 in Santa Barbara.

The purpose of our get together is to meet with other people and exchange interests about life as an empty nester whether you are new to it or have been experiencing it for years.

A great opportunity to meet new people!

Please RSVP to Nancy at (805) 570-1015, or email

We will be hosting another meeting during the evening soon.

I am looking forward to meeting you 🙂

Nancy Newquist-Nolan

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Saying Goodbye Again

Saying goodbye to my youngest Hanna today before she drove off this morning to college. I just need to remember it’s not goodbye it’s see you soon!

If you are interested in joining a group in Santa Barbara County that talks about what life is like being in an empty nest, call or text Nancy Newquist-Nolan at (805) 570-1015, or email


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Your Personal Invitation

“Come enjoy the best latte in town!”

Our first meet and greet at Via Maestra in Santa Barbara!

• A chance to share our experiences and discuss life as an “empty nester”

•Date: September 6th

•Time: 9 A.M.

• Address: 3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

If you are interested call or text Nancy Newquist-Nolan at (805) 570-1015, or email to RSVP!


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