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    1. Pumpkin-Spiced Eggnog Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This recipe contains raw egg whites. Anyone who is pregnant or may have a weak immune system should not eat raw eggs. This is very rich and I like it best just a spoonful at a time. Add it to a drink like coffee or scoop it over pudding or...
    1. Homelessness

      by Randi Swisley
      As our weather turns cold and we welcome the much needed rain, it is natural for our thoughts to turn to people who do not have shelter. It is hard to understand how homeless population estimates are calculated. For example, it is not always obvious when a teenager is...
    1. Placer County Conservation Plan

      by Randi Swisley
      Like many of you, I was born and raised in this county and have seen major changes over the years. I remember piling into the car with my family for a trip downtown to drive through the first stoplight installed in Auburn. Cow pastures surrounding Rocklin and Roseville have transposed...
    1. Nevada County Library Funding

      by Randi Swisley
      At our county domes on Fulweiler Street, a Placer County citizen recently made a public appeal to save the Meadow Vista library, which was being threatened with closure. A supervisor replied to the plea by explaining how more funding to libraries would mean less funding to other services in the...
    1. Almond Granola Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup brown sugar 4 tsp vanilla 2 cups chopped almonds 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup coconut oil 5 cups oats (not quick oats) 2 cups chopped dried fruit Preheat oven to 325. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Wisk syrup, sugar, vanilla, salt in bowl. Wisk in oil. Fold in oats and almonds until coated. Transfer...
    1. Two Reasons to Vote

      by Randi Swisley
      There are only two reasons for anyone in America to vote. Regardless of your values, your political preferences, your background or your experience, they are the same reasons for all of us. Every item on the ballot is either a person running for office or a measure proposing a new law....
    1. Civil Discourse in Politics

      by Randi Swisley
      Just over half of the registered voters in Placer County cast ballots in the November 2014 election. Only 41% of voters across California turned out. Those numbers do not include another 25% of Placer County’s eligible voters who remain unregistered.   Weak voter turnout across our country can be attributed to mistrust...
    1. Public Budgets in California and Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      It is budgeting season for our state, county and cities. The fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, requires plans for how California will spend over $1 billion, how Placer County will spend nearly $800 million, and how Auburn, as our county seat, will spend over $1 million. At the state level,...
    1. Adult Literacy in Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      A local business owner in her mid-30’s recently contacted the Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) requesting tutoring. She did not know how to read and wanted to help her son with his homework. A young man in our county jail is also learning how to read from PALS tutors. When he...
    1. Gangs in Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      Of the seven recognized gangs in California, Norteños and Sureños are the two present in Placer County. Norteños and Soreños are warring gangs. Each has an ever present and almost obsessive goal of killing people in the other gang. Anyone at Juvenile Hall can tell you that. They are not shy...
    1. Cracker Recipe for the Dehydrator

      by Randi Swisley
      It's hard to find crackers made without sugar or gluten.  So why not make your own! Ingredients 2 1/4 cups ground flax seeds 1/3 cup whole flax seeds 1 tsp. salt 2 2/3 cups water 1 1/3 cups sunflower seeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds Optional ingredients: 1 tsp basil or oregano slice of onion and clove of garlic cinnamon, ginger or...
    1. Nutritional Reference

      by Randi Swisley
      Food Rules, by Michale Pollan I gave this book to my daughter when she moved away to college and had to feed herself.  It is a simple and sensible way to eat for someone who doesn't want to do a lot of studying on the...

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