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Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour with Besties!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Had a great President's Day yesterday at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. When we were kids we went to Farrell's at Whittwood Mall in Whittier habitually. I always ordered the Banana Royal and it came with (TWO CUPS OF HOT FUDGE).

We celebrated birthdays with my Besties yesterday and had ourselves a good old time. They embarrassed the birthday girl by singing a silly melody and treated her to a free birthday sundae! I caught it on video for her eyes only if I want to avoid being strangled.

I knew going in I would order the Banana Royal. How many times can you say yum in one sitting? I beat anyone's record with that ice cream yesterday.

The salad was out of this world!

I ate every single bite it was so amazingly delicious. I need to enter it in the food tracker but can't find the nutritional information so I just pieced it out. I did not use the dressing because the salad was just perfect without it but the taste I had was outrageously good.

They have a dish called the Pig's trough.

When you finish it they give you a ribbon and make a big deal out of it calling you a pig, it is well worth watching them having fun with it.

Here is a profile on the Pig Personality:

Born with a naturally patient and cheerful disposition, The Pig is an outgoing, jovial character who is able to brighten up and encourage anyone he or she meets. Pig people are by nature kind and caring, with an easygoing manner that belies their resilience and tenacity. Honest as the day is long, they expect others to be just as sincere as they are - which contributes to the Pig's special charm but which also gives people born under this sign a trusting, almost wide-eyed naivety when it comes to dealing with others.

So I went over my count for the day for just a bit. But guys we don't have to be good every single day. A little walk on the wild side is just what the doctor ordered now and then. I had my wild walk now back on my healthy path.

I had such a great time and loved going to Farrell's with my Besties. Find one near you to enjoy! I hope they expand everywhere for all of my Spark Friends to enjoy eventually.

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EGRAMMY 2/22/2012 7:33PM

    Sounds so good. I'm going to share it with my DD for when she next goes to CA. Thanks.

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    That is where I went for my 16th birthday party in Sacramento! Yay! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 10:59AM

    Sounds like a great day and that salad looks amazing. I would have ordered the ice cream too!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/22/2012 1:22AM

    It sounds like you had a blast .I am so glad you enjoyed yourself !

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_LINDA 2/22/2012 12:00AM

    So glad you had a great time! Never herd of this place, not likely in Canada. Stone Cold Creamery or Baskin Robbins would be our closest match for it I presume...

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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/21/2012 9:24PM

    I love you attitude!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/21/2012 9:18PM

    Sounds like fun and looks delicious! emoticonYes, that is right - Ok to go and splurge once in awhile! Just we all need to put the brakes on for more than once in awhile! I have heard of Farrell's, not sure if it is here or not-maybe up north! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/21/2012 9:06PM

    Sounds like a great time!! I haven't been to Farrell's for decades, didn't realize they were still in business - and I agree that 'once in awhile' eating like that is NOT a big deal - it's when we do it frequently that it all adds up to 'too much.'

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SOPHIEMAE2007 2/21/2012 8:25PM

    I can't believe there is still a Farrell's around. We had one at our mall, but it closed probably over 30 yrs ago. I loved going there, which wasn't often, it was such a treat! I remember the Pig's Trough and I think there was the Zoo as well. They used to run up and down the aisle ways with it banging the drum when someone ordered it! It was always a lot of fun!!

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BUTEAFULL 2/21/2012 6:51PM

    Our original Farrel's closed decades ago (hubby was happy to say he ate the trough), but we have a new one now 20 miles away, I'm going with a group of ladies to it next month for lunch, not sure what I'll order

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/21/2012 6:28PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful time! I'm glad to hear that, we all need to have days like this.

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LIVINGFREE19 2/21/2012 5:38PM

    That sounds like you had a good time and it sounded like really good ice cream!

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LESSOFMOORE 2/21/2012 4:42PM

    Victoria, I am so glad that you and your friends had a good time. I've never been to Farrell's. The Banana Royal looks scrumptious! emoticon

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PAULABEANS 2/21/2012 4:40PM

    What fun! I haven't been to Farrell's since I was a kid.

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LAURELSPARK 2/21/2012 3:29PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I would have made a BIG pig of myself.


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TIME4COFFEE 2/21/2012 3:01PM

    Isn't it great to spend time with Besties?! The salad looks good and that is one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen of a pig! I'm glad you had such a good time.

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SPLASHDOG1 2/21/2012 2:59PM

    I've never heard of Farrell's but it sure looks like a fun place! And that Sundae is insane!! I loooove whip cream on a sundae! Glad you had fun with your pals!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/21/2012 2:42PM

    Ohhh, that takes me back a few years--haven't been to Farrell's since long before we moved to Washington! What a fun way to celebrate a birthday; knowing what you'll have before going in is smart.

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Why Hike?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why you should go on a hike.
1. To Enjoy Nature.

2. To Enjoy a Friend.

3. To Get Fit.

4. To Relax

5. To Make Someone's Day

Our Hike was made possible by:


Thanks so much to The Habitat Authority for keeping our trails groomed for us!

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 11:01AM

    I love hiking too and now I want to go on one...have to wait till March though. :)

Great blog!

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    I just love your blogs! And this one had all the best reasons for hiking! emoticon emoticon

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EGRAMMY 2/20/2012 9:38PM

    So well done, it's an ad for hiking. Thank you. emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 2/20/2012 1:23PM

    Bailey looks like she is very popular! And why not - she's such a gorgeous little girl! I agree with all you reasons to hike. Of course I'm going to have to go get a new pack and bladder this year since my rotten dog luke chewed the strap off the pack and the mouthpiece off the bladder! stinker!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/20/2012 3:09AM

    I see progress in Murphy hiker way to go.Baily well she is gorgeous as always .I wish I could hike with you though Lacey is still a bit distracted for suck things LOL!

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WANNABFIT34 2/20/2012 2:44AM

    I read the title and without reading I was just like "because it's awesome" This summer the boyfriend and I are backpacking Isle Royale I'm so pumped. Thanks for sharing your love of hiking with us!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/20/2012 12:41AM

    We picked up that trail from my home. But it is also accessible from other points like Colima in Hacienda Heights. If you go to the link I listed there is a map. Murphy sure is looking good, I will tell him everyone thinks so. It was a tough day for him, I think he was hating me just a bit for a while there. I was very proud of him he came out of the day like a champ!

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TIME4COFFEE 2/20/2012 12:35AM

    Beautiful! And I especially love that last picture of Bailey!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/20/2012 12:25AM

    emoticonLoved the video! Murphyhiker is looking good! Losing some weight! emoticon
And Boo got to go on a hike! emoticon
Love our hikes/walks-know exactly what you mean! Glad you got out and enjoyed another day in nature. I love those people that keep the trails nice!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 2/19/2012 10:08PM

    Beautiful! Extra special to have fur baby and friend along! I can't wait for our summer to green things up, that is if we get enough moisture, no snow yet, just little flurries here and there..
Have a marvelous Monday!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/19/2012 7:37PM

    And it's good for the soul!


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LESSOFMOORE 2/19/2012 7:06PM

    Victoria, thanks for sharing!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/19/2012 6:52PM

    What a beautiful place to hike!! Murphyhiker is looking good, too, so tell him congrats from me! Where is the trailhead for this area? I'd like to go up there one of these days with the dogs! Baily sure looks like she's having fun, too - great day to hike and great company to hike with
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HYDR0GEN 2/19/2012 6:09PM

    Looks beautiful! Makes me want to get out there right now... if it wasn't dark already I probably would! Nice photos - and great reasons - thanks for posting!

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Mount Baldy Hike Fun

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mount Baldy is actually called the San Antonio Peak, nicknamed Baldy because it is bare without trees.

Suneel and I started in Baldy Village then continued onto Bear Canyon Road.

After about a mile and a half, we reached Bear Flats.

We continued northeast toward the Baldy Summit. We shared the trail with a large group of very kind hikers carrying roses in their backpacks for Valentine's Day. Lucky for us the petals trickled along the trail, just in case!

California is famous for dangerous fires and Mount Baldy is no exception. The Mount Baldy Fire Department has some very cool photos on their site, here is the link:

I am not only grateful to Suneel and the hike organizer Mark, I am very grateful to the Mount Baldy Fire department for risking their lives to save this forest.

I am going to have to do a whole blog on how I love hiking with Suneel. I love his 100% positivity & his hiking style. I must give full disclosure here, he keeps me on the trail. Here I am deviating while he waits for me to get back on track.

He never complains he just waits patiently and says "What did you learn?"

He is going to be a good family man and a patient father one day.

The famous Mount Baldy Sign.

I have one thing on my mind, I want to visit the dogs at the top. See my frozen hair?

These cute little guys helped me eat my lunch

Baxter was gentle, sweet and I wanted to bring him home to play with Baily. He was so gentle he ate right out of my hand without snapping.

If I had brought Baily she could have learned some manners from Baxter. I would have had to carry her at least 3/4 of the entire hike. Did I mention how much fun I had? We laughed, talked and had a bit of adventure too.

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TIME4COFFEE 2/20/2012 12:39AM

    It looks like it was a great hike and great day. Sorry I'm so late in reading and posting, I got unsubscribed somehow!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/19/2012 11:06PM

    I am so glad that you has a lot of fun.

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DTSOBEL 2/17/2012 1:23PM

    Lydia mentioned Harwood. I was going to mention it too. I started going to Harwood when I was 2 weeks old. It was like a second home to me. I love Mt Baldy. But truth be told, I never hiked to the peak. My dad and sis and bro used to do it but my other bro and I just hiked to the falls the back way to see the man with the giant model train set and tracks.

Thanks for sharing those pictures with us and bring back such fond childhood memories for me.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/14/2012 1:57AM

    emoticonBlog! Suneel is kind of cute too! emoticon
That is something how you had frost on your hair! Yikes! You are a brave lady!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So nice of you to share your lunch with those dogs! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2012 10:39PM

    Such terrific views. -- Lou

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LESSOFMOORE 2/13/2012 8:46PM

    Victoria, what great photos!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/13/2012 8:30PM

    Wow, that's quite a hike to go from the village to the peak - about 12 miles and about 6,000' elevation gain as I recall - impressive!! I've done it from the notch [plus Harwood on the same hike] and I've also done it from Manker Flats which is about 4000' gain and 8-10 miles - still pretty strenuous but nothing like going from the village up - good for you!!!

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_LINDA 2/13/2012 5:34PM

    Wow! What a striking place! So glad you are hiking with such a wonderful guy!!! What a neat idea the other group had with the roses!
The elevation was that marked you go from not wearing a jacket to having frost on your hair, pretty impressive!!
Enjoyed your hike, looking forward to more!
Thanks for the link!

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    Those are some fantastic pictures! LOVE THEM! emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 2/13/2012 3:49PM

    Suneel sounds like a perfect hiking partner! What a great guy! I would also like to send out hugs to all our firefighter pals for being the wonderful life - and forest - savers they are!

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Mount Baldy, California

Sunday, February 12, 2012


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WINE4GIRL 1/22/2013 7:19PM

    Beautiful, but scary. You have to respect the mountain!

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MJ7DM33 1/22/2013 5:50PM

  Great pics! Thx for sharing

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/17/2012 12:28PM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful!

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2012 10:36PM

    Fantastic pictures. Thank you. -- Lou

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SPLASHDOG1 2/13/2012 12:29PM

    So pretty! Maybe a little spooky too! Of course, I know you don't hike alone so probably not for you. Wonderful pictures as always!

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    Wow! Sometimes, I'm just jealous! I'm so glad you get to enjoy such beauty! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 2/13/2012 9:52AM

    Looks like a great place to hike. Did a fire go through the area?

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/13/2012 6:29AM

    great photos

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1BEACHWALKER 2/13/2012 2:32AM

    Kind of spooky looking! Yeah, like Wendy said-doesn't look like a typical CA day! Where's Boo?

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 11:24PM

    Wow! Fabulous photos! Striking area and that fog makes it look rather spooky! Thanks for taking us along!! Doubt I will ever get to see these places!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2012 11:02PM

    What breathtaking Photos Victoria,though I don't see Baily is she less adventurous than her Mom?

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LESSOFMOORE 2/12/2012 7:53PM

    Victoria, great photos!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/12/2012 7:27PM

    Nice hike - I have loads of happy memories of that area. It's where Tom and I went right after he proposed and we've been there many times since - thanks for sharing the pix!

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CIVIAV 2/12/2012 6:26PM

    You truly live in a beautiful place and walk to other beautiful places!

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TIME4COFFEE 2/12/2012 4:59PM

    It looks like you have fun no matter the weather. The pictures are beautiful.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/12/2012 4:13PM

    Well that doesn't look like California! You are supposed to have blue skies and sunshine all the time.
It looks like a great hike!

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Us!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I had an awesome day hiking so we rewarded ourselves (Suneel and Murphy HIker) with chocolate dipped strawberries. I saved mine for after my shower. They were sitting on the coffee table while I showered in a sealed container.

I have always known I am lucky to have such an adorably sweet dog, my Baily.

She knows how hard I work out and watch what I eat. While I was showering she licked all of the chocolate off of the strawberries making them healthier for me to eat. That was so thoughtful of her. Now I feel bad for scolding her, afterall chocolate is toxic for dogs.

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 11:05AM

    Glad she's okay!

She does have good taste though :)

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/18/2012 10:16PM

    Very sweet dog. I hope it is doing ok.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2012 11:04PM

    Baily I forgot to tell you not to emulate everything the older True did.

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PHEBESS 2/12/2012 5:36PM

    Funny story! (I hope the doggie was okay!)

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MELLY3183 2/12/2012 12:50PM

    hopefully Baily is alright. Animals are quite funny like that huh?

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CIVIAV 2/12/2012 9:46AM

    LOL, that Baily! Hope she's a ok!

Yesterday I found strawberry shells on sale for $1.97 each. Bought three! They are delicious give how far they needed to come. I never thought about coating them in chocolate but am making an angel food cake. Perhaps I shall make it in honor of Baily and Mac - our wonder dogs who protect us from all evil. No evil in an angel food cake with strawerries - only the whipped cream.

YUM and now to my workouts to take care of that whipped cream!

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    Well, hopefully it wasn't enough to harm poor little Bailey! I hope she's ok now! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/12/2012 12:57AM

    Oh dear, I hope she's OK after the chocolate!

But glad you had such a great time hiking!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/12/2012 12:50AM

    Hope she doesn't get sick from it! Bad Boo! Glad you got another hike in! Good for you!!! Enjoy the strawberries-make sure to rinse the dog spit off of them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 12:30AM

    Oh my. Hope she is okay! I am a huge strawberry and chocolate fan, there would be nothing left if I had it, not even the wrappers LOL.

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TIME4COFFEE 2/12/2012 12:18AM

    I'm with Baily though, I would lick the chocolate off and leave the strawberries too!
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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/11/2012 11:54PM

    LOL! Chocolate is just too hard to resist=}

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PUDLECRAZY 2/11/2012 11:48PM

    Oh, Baily! You absolutely must get together with Stella. She knows I shouldn't eat that pumpkin pie that was on the counter, or that bread, or that steak... so she makes certain she gets them first. Dogs - our bestest friends.

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