Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From The Noel Team: Zucchini Bread

11/21/2014 Sherri Noel
Happy Friday! To end the week of recipes from members of The Noel Team, we are ending with another yummy recipe from Rebecca Freed! She shares this delicious zucchini bread perfect for any Thanksgiving feast.  

Zucchini Bread
What You'll Need:
3 Eggs 
1 cup oil 
2 cups sugar 
2 cups grated zucchini (leave skin on) 
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
2 cups flour 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
 1 tablespoon vanilla 
Optional – 1 cup chopped walnuts or raisins, or both. 

1. Beat eggs until fluffy and add oil, sugar and zucchini in same bowl. Beat well. 
2. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together. 
3. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix well; add vanilla, nuts and raisins. 
4. Pour mixture in two greased and floured loaf pans. 
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or when tested with a toothpick and it comes out clean. 

Serve with cream cheese.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From The Noel Team: Cranberry Relish

11/20/2014 Sherri Noel
Who can believe that Thanksgiving is a week from today! Today's recipe is for a Thanksgiving staple with a twist. Jennifer Lax shares her yummy recipe for cranberry relish.

Cranberry Relish

What You'll Need:
2 pounds of fresh cranberries
2.16 cups of sugar
1 pound raisins
2 large oranges, ring and juice, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice or chopped lemon rind
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large post, mix ingredients and cook over low heat until cranberries pop, and cook over low heat until cranberries pop, about thirty minutes. Seal in mason jars.

This can be made up to a week early and keeps for a month!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From The Noel Team: Naughty Potato Dish

11/19/2014 Sherri Noel
Happy Wednesday! Today's Thanksgiving recipe is from our marketing coordinator, Alex. Her mom makes this dish every year and it is a hit she says with every person who tries it. If you ask us, it's making us very hungry...
Naughty Potato Dish

What You'll Need:
8-10 Potatoes (Peeled but not cut)
2 cups Sour Cream (16 oz)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup chopped Green Onion
1 Stick Butter (I actually omit this and it is NOT missed)
1 tsp Salt

1. Boil potatoes whole until just done but not mushy- cool a little and then cut into thick slices. Set aside.
2. Combine in large bowl- 2 cups Sour Cream (16 oz)
3. Mix in Potatoes. Spread in a 9x13 pan

2 Cups Rice Krispies
1/2 Cup melted Butter

4. Sprinkle Rice Krispies over potatoes and drizzle with melted butter
5. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees (uncovered). 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes from The Noel Team: Key Lime Pie

11/18/2014 Sherri Noel
Hope you all enjoyed our first Thanksgiving recipe from our team. If you are like us, dessert is just as exciting as the actual meal and today's recipe is already making our mouths water! This delicious dessert is courtesy of Stephanie Dekin!

Key Lime Pie

Crust Ingredients:

1 package graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling Ingredients:

3 egg yolks
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice (regular limes are fine)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lime rind, grated

Whipped Topping Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and press into pie plate.
2. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
3. Combine egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice, powdered sugar and rind and spoon into pie crust. 4. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
5. Cool completely on a wire rack and chill for 2 hours.
6. Whip cream until stiff then, gently fold in sifted powdered sugar and vanilla.
7. Serve chilled with a scoop of whipped topping.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes from The Noel Team: Roasted Beets in Gingered Syrup

11/17/2014 Sherri Noel
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a little more than a week away!? In honor of Thanksgiving, we have rounded up our team and asked each team member to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes from their own kitchens. Throughout the week we will be sharing a new recipe from The Noel Team. To kick it off, we have Annelise Collins sharing a delicious recipe for a perfect side dish!
Roasted Beets in Gingered Syrup
** Can be made a few days ahead of time**

What You'll Need:
2 pounds medium beets mix red with golden color for added visual effect.
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger...peeled and thinly sliced
4 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Bake the beets at 325 degrees in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with pepper. Cover with double thick foil, sealing tightly. Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours or until beets are very tender. Let cool but still keep it covered.

2. In a saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar, ginger, cloves, bay leaf and salt. Simmer until syrupy…strain and let cool.

3. Peel the beets and slice or cut into wedges. Transfer beets into a bowl with syrup and refrigerate overnight. Serve slightly chilled.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mar Vista Elementary Thanksgiving Food Drive

11/13/2014 Sherri Noel
We are so excited to announce that we are teaming up with Mar Vista Elementary School again this year to help with their Thanksgiving Food Drive! From November 17-19th, you can drop off the food listed in the flyer above to MVE between 8 and noon! If you can't make it to the school and live in the area, we can pick up your bag of food on November 18th between 9 and noon and bring it to the school for you! We are hoping to give those who wouldn't otherwise get a Thanksgiving meal! If you are interested in participating, please reach out to us at

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tour d’ Mar Vista: America Recycles Day

11/12/2014 Sherri Noel
Celebrate America Recycles Day this Saturday, November 15th by joining We Cycle Recycle with Bikerowave & reDiscover Center right here in Mar Vista. WEcycle gets people to think beyond the trash can. $5 per person 12958 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

10:00 Meet Bikerowave
11:30 Craft and reclaimed Lunch at reDIscover
1:30 Tour Whale Creek Farm: local, urban, organic farm

Hope to see everyone there!

Noël Knows: Best Dog Parks on the Westside

11/12/2014 Sherri Noel

I don't know about you but we love dogs and taking them to various dog parks is not only fun for us but a joy for our pups! You might already know, but there are tons of dog parks around Los Angeles and we decided to share a few of our favorites, specifically on the westside! Now is a perfect time to spend a Saturday at a new spot and give your pup a new environment to play in! We would love to hear about your favorite dog parks, share with us in the comment section!

The Boneyard –  Jefferson & Duquesne, Culver City, CA 90232
Open daily from sunrise to 10 pm
This park is slightly over an acre with designated large and small dog areas. With plenty of benches, trees and water fountains your pup is sure to have a blast and meet new best friends!

Oberrieder Dog Park – Bluff Creek Dr. & Seabluff Dr., Playa Vista, CA 90094
Open daily from dawn to dusk – 
This is another off-leash park with two sides for large and small dogs. This park is well maintained has plenty of water fountains and parking! 

Airport Park – 3201 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Open Mon-Fri 7:30 am – 8:30 pm and Sat-Sun & Holidays 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Closed for maintenance on Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 -11:30 am
This park offers separate small and large dog areas and even has tri-level terrain with seating. 
This Santa Monica dog park is the only off-leash one open to non-resident dogs. Although, they do require that you have an annual non-resident permit

This one is not technically on the westside but we couldn't leave it out...

Rosie's Dog Beach - 5000 E Ocean Ave,. Long Beach, CA 90803
Open Daily from 6 am - 8 pm
This pet friendly beach is in Belmont Shore and located near 2nd Street shops. Rosie's was recently voted the best dog park in Los Angeles, so your pup is sure to have a blast splashing and running in the water and sand! Make sure to clean up after your pup and be aware of the rules as well!

Friday, November 7, 2014

GOOD NEWS! Measure H was Defeated!

11/07/2014 Sherri Noel
WE are very happy to report that Measure H was defeated by 57%! Measure H would have tripled the he Documentary Transfer Tax in the City of Santa Monica from $3.00 per $1,000.00 of sales price, to $9.00 per $1,000.00 of sales price, with the revenue going into the General Fund. Thanks to everyone who voted and helped defeat this measure from going into effect!