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Camp Fire Donation Resources

It has taken me two weeks to be able to write this post. I keep struggling with words, how to express my sadness, how to help, just what to say. But here goes...


The morning of November 8th will be a day everyone in Butte County will remember. The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It is the deadliest wildfire in US history in the past 100 years. The town of Paradise was destroyed by the fire, forcing 27,000 people to flee within hours. The news reports and stories victims tell are chilling and leave you speechless. For the last two weeks, my newsfeeds and text messages have been filled with Camp Fire stories and relief efforts.


Butte County is where I was born and raised. My hometown of Chico is where many sought refuge and hope following the tragic event. My mother worked in Paradise for a good chunk of my childhood. I have many memories of the church she worked at, the rectory that is no longer standing, and the local businesses we supp…

Winter Pruning

This time of year when you drive by the almond orchards you will see large crews of people in the orchards. Odds are they are pruning those almond trees. Now that its winter and the trees are dormant it's time to prune them. We wait until the trees are dormant to make sure there is no sap flowing through the trees. If the trees aren't dormant when we cut them the sap will flow out like the tree is bleeding. We definitely want to protect the tree and make sure this doesn't happen.

 Pruning is super important on young trees. You are training the young trees to encourage new growth and proper development.  These young trees are about 4 years old and what we prune now will help them to grow for the rest of their lives. On these trees we take out the middle branches to encourage light to come into the trees. His makes it easier for the bees to come into the trees for pollination as well. It also encourages air flow and prohibits disease allowing us to not have to spra…

Cherry Almond Muffins

As I've said before, I can't ever stick to a recipe. It is something my mother taught me growing up, to always add my own flare to a recipe. I was searching for an almond muffin recipe a year or so ago and came across this cherry almond muffin top recipe. I looked at the ingredients and steps and decided I would make my own little twist to it. Even with my slight alterations, they turned out great! I like to make my own almond flour by simply grounding up almonds in the food processor. Its pretty easy, and if I can do it, you can do it! These muffins are pretty dense, so I like to enjoy them warm with a sliver of butter or honey drizzled on top. Hope you like them as much as my almond farmers and I do! P.S. I forgot to place the sliced almonds on top when I took my pictures, so they are missing the last almond touch. They were still good, but I missed the extra almond crunch.




 Until Next Time,
Almond Girl