Santa Holiday Schedule for 2014

Santa Holiday Schedule

The Santa Holiday schedule is here for you. We would like to share some of our plans for December. Give us a buzz for any  specifics. We always have even more on our plate, which sometimes means sitting quietly at home gathering energy for the the next big one. Our tree decorating party is coming soon and details may follow.

The events and happenings on the Charley & Anet Holiday Schedule are:

Santa Holiday Schedule - Charley Carlin -  Luis Obispo Christmas Parade

Santa at Christmas SLO Parade

November 29th Duncan Mills Holiday Appearance
December 5th – San Luis Obispo Christmas Parade
December 6th – 53rd Paso Robles Christmas Light Parade
December 13th – 29th Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase in Paso Robles
December 14th – San Luis Obispo Country Club Appearance
December 18th Cub Scout Appearance – Atascadero
December 20th – 24th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea – Paso Robles Park Ballroom
Decmeber 21st Debbie Lagomarsino Sing Along Christmas Party

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and more to all of our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. May your days be filled with joy, good food, sharing, and good drink. May you be part of making the world a better place for all. We am grateful for all of you.

Jeni & Billy Return for CD Release Concert

Jeni & Billy Return for CD Release Concert

Jeni & Billy Return for CD Release Concert

At the Brickyard Theatre 

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Presenting – Jeni & Billy with Craig Eastman 

CD Release Concert for Their New CD Picnic In The Sky

For directions and parking information for The Brickyard Theatre: Click here
RSVP Required for all attendees: Click here
Please Bring a Jacket and Please feel free to bring a bottle of wine.

Now the Rest of the story:

“There are two kinds of music – the blues and Zip A Dee Doo Dah. That’s what Townes Van Zandt said. But there is a third kind, which finds the best parts of both of those kinds of music and turns it into something seamlessly American and wonderful. That third kind is Jeni & Billy music.” Continue reading

October 2014 Concert Schedule

Back From Nowhere
An Evening with CV Wells
On Saturday October 4th, 2014 – 7:30 PM

CV Wells

CV Wells is Back From Nowhere. The media often run stories of well known songwriters or musicians still doing what they’re already famous for long into their Autumn years. But it’s rare to hear of someone crazy enough to start a music career at that same point in their life. CV Wells did exactly that. An up and coming, and sought after talent in his youth, fate and his own personal demons would send him on many detours away from his music. He’s now come back full circle. His recently released debut CD was recorded with Grammy nominated producer Reggie Griffin. It showcases Wells’ powerful vocal talent and his touching, story-driven and sometimes humorous songwriting. His unique style blends Folk and Acoustic Rock with just a hint of his Texas roots as an undercurrent. When someone asked him “Why aren’t you famous? Continue reading

Cinnamon Rice or Plain Rice Too!

Charley Carlin Cooks and People Love It! Oddly it comes up that people eat rice at my house and then ask for the recipe.

I wondered about this one, however, I want to be of service with my cooking and recipes so I am sharing them all. Of course many things are off the cuff, so be patient, make your requests and I will be blogging the best I can. As always thank you for your interest.

Charley Carlin Cooks and People Love It - Cinnamon Rice

World’s Longest Grain Rice

Now for the Rice

I use a long grain and when I say long grain the stuff I get from a restaurant in Lake Elsinore is the longest grain I have ever seen. It almost looks like noodles it is so long. Any way, saute a brown onion in either butter or olive oil.

After Onion is Sauteed, add 2 cups of rice, and a tablespoon or so of Cinnamon then saute the mixture a bit, then add 3 cups of water and let boil.

When the boiling starts, turn flame to low and cook for 20 minutes or whatever your rices needs as different species of rice have different cooking times.

You will need to make a few batches to calibrate with your stove, pan, altitude, and attitude. When you are calibrated, then repeat as necessary.

Remember Charley Carlin Cooks and People Love It!

Charley Carlin - Blogger!

Charley Carlin

About The Author
Charley is an avid locator of those slightly odd and a bit different places, museums, shrines and viewports that give life a bit of extra flavor. He can be found about the web on his family site –, his home town blog –, his social media guidance site – and at Atascadero’s Best Kept Secret the

Learn another language for free!

DuoLingo - Language for Free

DuoLingo – Learn a Language for Free

Every once and awhile I come across an incredible tool that I must share with everyone. Duolingo is just such a tool. To communicate with another person we need a common language. Did you ever want to learn another language? Did you ever want to sharpen up those skills that may have not been used in a while? I know I do. Well now you can, you can do it on your own schedule and more! And get this – with no cost. You already speak another language? Help tune up the translations on the web, and be a prat of making the world a better place.. The site enables one to be a part of something big. Millions of people are already using today.  Whether you want to learn French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Danish, Italian or Hungarian, Duolingo can help you! Watch this short overview video and jump with an account to help the world and you communicate better.

August 2014 Garry Eister Concert at the Brickyard

The events and happenings on our radar for August 2014 are:

On Saturday, August 23rd, at 8 PM,
GRAMMY nominated composer/performer Garry EisterGarry Eister

Garry Eister will present a benefit recital of guitar songs by himself and others at The Brickyard Theatre which is located at the home of Charley and Anet Carlin in Atascadero, CA

Eister will present the premier performance of FOLK PEOPLE a cycle of songs whose subjects and themes are drawn from American folk music. Continue reading

Why Use LinkedIn? Everyone Needs to Know!

Why Use LinkedIn ?Why Use LinkedIn? Find Out Here

A question that has been asked many times, by many people. People who are rock solid in their job, people who are self employed for life, or people who are retired may as this question Why Use LinkedIn ? Well, there is  story to tell with LinkedIn. LinkedIn is an important part of everyone’s digital footprint. Here is an interview from Charley discussing juist those details. What is your digital footprint and why do I care? Lets take a look here! Additionally. there is a short series of articles about LinkedIn I have placed on my social media blog as well at The Web Game Social Media Guide Site. Why Use LinkedIn ? Watch the Video and find out!

LinkedIn and Your Digital Footprint

Please visit my profile on LinkedIn for an example profile.

Charley Carlin - Blogger!

Charley Carlin

About The Author
Charley is an avid locator of those slightly odd and a bit different places, museums, shrines and viewports that give life a bit of extra flavor. He can be found about the web on his family site –, his home town blog –, his social media guidance site – and at Atascadero’s Best Kept Secret the

Irish Soda Bread – So Tasty!

Anet Carlin Bakes and People Love it!

This recipe was given to us by the master baker of Irish Soda Bread, Diedra Wynn, We are grateful for her help and training. She has surely perfected the art of this recipe. This recipe has been approved by Irishmen, who have claimed that they have not had such good Irish Soda Bread since they were in Ireland. So Lets get to it!

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8” pie or cake pans


4 – 4 ¼  Cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Soda
3 tsp baking powder
¼ Cup sugar
¼ Cup butter
1 egg
1 ¾ Buttermilk
2 Cups raisins or currants

In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and sugar until thoroughly blended.
Cut in cold butter.  I literally take my hands and just break it into the dry ingredients by crumbling it through my fingers until fully into the flour mix. (do not melt the butter!)
Add Raisins if you like! I do!

Beat the egg slightly and add to buttermilk
Stir the buttermilk/egg into the dry mixture until blended.

Turn out the soft dough onto a floured board
Knead until smooth (2 -3 minutes)

Divide dough in two.  Shape each half into a smooth round loaf.
Place in 2 greased 8” pie or cake pans.  Press down until dough fills the pan.

Cut a cross in the top of the loaves.  Sprinkle with some sugar (or not)
Bake 375 degrees for 35-40 min for some of the finest Irish Soda Bread you have ever tasted..

A cube of room temperature butter is recommended as you will want to eat this as soon as possible, maybe even before it is possible. We have seen the loaves be totally consumed before they cool.

Enough and no waste is as good as a feast – Irish Saying –

There will be no waste on these loaves. guaranteed!

Remember  Anet Bakes and People Love it!

Robert Allen Jensen

Robert Allen Jensen

Robert Allen Jensen

Bob made his transition surrounded by four generations of his family on April 21st at his home in Atascadero after a long illness.

Although born in Santa Maria California November 1932., Bob grew up in the San Fernando Valley.  He joined the USMC at 19 years old and served in Korea.  His service was from 1951-1954 as a member of the EOD and completed his service with the rank of Sergeant. Bob was wounded in action.

After returning home, Bob apprenticed to his father and followed a lifetime career as a painting contractor throughout the LA basin.

In 1957 he met who was to become his lifetime sweetheart, Linda Blackwell;  they married in 1959 and raised 3 sons. Bob was a loving and devoted father and husband.  He had a great heart and quick wit.  He always proved the statement that “he never met a stranger” as his friendliness attracted many friends.

Much of Bob’s life revolved around sports, motorcycle racing, and coaching.  He was a member of the SoCal Motorcycle Club and enjoyed desert racing. He was a gifted athlete and pitched in Double A fastpitch.  He and his wife, Linda, started the first Women’s Double A Fastpitch Softball League in the San Fernando Valley. He was the coach for the VALCO Double A fast pitch team.

Bob touched so many young lives.  One of his great joys was teaching.  He loved working with children both as a coach for a team and as a private/neighbor who helped a kid improve his batting skills, pass a learner’s driving test, or repair their brakes.

Bob and Linda moved to Atascadero in 1984.  He continued his paint contracting until his retirement.

Bob is predeceased by his Father, Clark Glenn Jensen, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth Jensen, and his brother, Glenn Jensen.  He is survived by his wife Linda Jensen, sister, Jackie Coppedge (husband, Alton) of Helendale and three sons: Derek Lee Jensen (wife Jill) of Santa Barbara, Keith Allen Jensen (wife Shannon) of Atascadero and John Darren Jensen  (wife Patrice) of Ojai.  His grandchildren are all Jensens: Ashley, Shane, Justin, Joshua, Jace, Jeremy and Jenna. He has one great grandchild, Jayden Jensen.
The family has suggested that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project  or The Disabled American Veterans in lieu of flowers.

Our April 2014 Flowers

The Roses and the Iris hit wonderful notes this April surrounding us with the beauty of mother nature everywhere we look. We are so grateful.

I see little tomato flowers too. Can’t wait for those big vine ripened tomatoes, and we will have four different types!