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Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Hi!
Nice to see you! I am Jane, an ASID Interior Designer, artist, illustrator, crafter, flower & cactus lover, hiker & traveler.
Author & illustrator of NEVER KISS A CACTUS - available on Amazon .
Please visit me on Instagram @janepakis where I post my artistic endeavors, many of which
are inspired by my daily walks, on Instagram @walkwanderwow. Thanx

Recipes By Jane Pakis

PASTA PRIMO! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Pasta-bilities This is the simplest of delights, inspired by our garden of fresh tomatoes & basil. A quick, easy dish to, literally, just toss together! 😋

PICNIC IN PARADISE by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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What’s better than a beach picnic?! 😎

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POSEIDON’S PICNIC by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A bubbly Under the sea Picnic- with a party crasher lurking

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A Pretentiously Pampered Picnic by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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I’m imagining a picnic for a princess in La-Ti-Dah land! 😂

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Cozy Canyon PICNIC by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Nite time picnics are the best. In fact they’re magical!Snuggle up, stargaze, listen to Nature, nibble your favorite treats & watch for woodland creatures who’d like to share .. a few are hiding in this pic 🧐

Mixed Greens by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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SUMMER SALAD. Sometimes a simple bowl of mixed greens is the best! I use whatever greens I have in the garden or frig. Easy. Delicious. Nutritious. Add oil, lemon S&P. Done!

BEETS! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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SUMMER SALADS. There’s an abundance of beets in the garden. Fortunately, there are also an abundance of ways to use them! They’re a great addition to any salad & a yummy salad all by themself😋

VERY BERRY PIES! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Blueberry, strawberry Blackberry, Gooseberry, Raspberry ! I never met a pie I didn’t love!

BERRY GOOD COBBLER by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A quick & easy last minute treat that never fails to delight!

FARM FRESH by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Lots of reasons for shopping at your local farmers market! Fresh produce & flowers, cage free eggs, great taste, craft items, baked goods, It keeps your community strong & benefits everyone 😁

SMILE & SAY CHEESE.....FONDUE! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Ok, I confess, I haven’t made fondue since the 80’s -when it was all the rage🙄 But this is an Easy, kid friendly recipe. Feel free to doctor it up to your liking. And now - more than ever- NO double dipping please!

IN THE PANTRY by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Our cupboards have a lot of Ying & Yang going on. I’m all about SWEET. He’s all about SPICY. I want oatmeal, blueberries & maple syrup for breakfast, he likes Ranchos Huevos with exxxtra hot sauce!
And so it goes.....😂

HAND SANITIZER RECIPE by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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COVID19. Can’t find hand sanitizer? Here’s an easy-peasy recipe to make your own! 👍😀🖐

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Cakes & Cupcakes! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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The perfect cake decorations for that special person or event, with help from Mother Nature! 🌸🌼🌺💛

Garden Ice cubes by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Keep a tray of “special” ice cubes in your freezer for a special treat at a moment’s notice . They’ll put a smile on anyone’s face! 🌸😀🌸

PLEASED AS PUNCH...or Sangria! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Make your next punch MAGNIFICENT by simply adding fresh edible flowers & herbs to your ice cubes trays or ice ring mold. It’s a frozen floating garden 💜

Bean Pot ❣️ by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Beans around the world: I don’t know of a more versatile veggie! It’s uses & recipes are endless & it’s a staple for a lot of diets. Protein packed, flavorful & soooo many varieties to choose from. It plays well with other veggies, use hot or cold, in soups, salads, flours, & much more. Every country has their unique twist on BEANS 😋

BEANS & GREENS - A protein packed salad by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Beans Around The World. It’s a energy fueling meal in a bowl ! Add your own special touch with extra ingredients,(Celery? Cilantro? Onion?) make it spicy, add your favorite herbs, or switch out the dressing. It’s easy, naturally gluten free, & protein packed 👍

BEAN FLOUR by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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if you are Celiac, gluten sensitive, or just want more protein & fiber in you diet, try replacing bean flour with your regular flour. It works well in many recipes & it's yummy 😋

Tuscan Beans by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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This recipe is so versatile, don't be afraid to modify it. I don't think I've ever cooked it the same way twice! Canned beans work well, add tomatoes or carrots. you, honestly, can't goof!

Bean Bags! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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"Back in the day" I used to make a lot of bean bags. SEW easy: stitch 2 squares of fabric together. Leave 1 side open. Fill with dried beans. Stitch together. Simpler times! Beans Around the World

PANCAKES by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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GLOBAL CUISINE. One of my very favorite childhood memories is my grandmother’s palacinkes, a crepe like pancake rolled with stewed fruit or jam, sprinkles with powdered sugar &/ or sour cream. HEAVEN ON EARTH! Since then, I’ve come to learn that almost every county/culture has their own special version of a pancake, & I’ve yet to meet one I didn’t like!

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Italian Olive Salad by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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GLOBAL CUISINE: Memories of this dish were brought to mind after all the olive harvesting going on in our village last week I can’t quite get this recipe exactly right, but if make it & we eat it outside on a nice summer day, it can feel pretty darn close to being in Italy😋

CHOUQUETTE ♥️ CREAM PUFFS by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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GLOBAL CUISINE: I love to bake but I was always intimidated by cream puffs. Turns out they’re one of the easiest pastries ever! ...& so versatile! Make mini savory ones for appetizers or cream filled ones for dessert. Either way they always get a lot of OOOH-La-Las!

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Dad’s WINK EYE eggs by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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I actually assumed our dad invented these!! Mom never made them (pancakes & waffles were her thing). This was his specialty & it was a treat since we never had them during the week. I always wondered why he called them “wink eyes” since it looked like a big wide open bug eyes to me.....maybe because he’d always give you that big exaggerated WINK when he served them ❤️❤️

GREEN GRAPES by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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FAVE MEMORY: Gramma Helen called all closets “presses”....the linen press, the clothes press etc.
The kitchen had a cold press, a little room off the outside stairwell across from the kitchen. It was a cross between a pantry & a root cellar. It was so fresh & cool inside & a perfect place to hide on hot summer days. It ALWAYS had a bowl of fresh green grapes, never red! If we were good she’d get her kitchen shearers & snip off a bunch for us. Looking back, I recall fences of vines behind the old garage & wondering now if that’s where all the grapes came from😂

JELL- OH! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Back in “ the day”, I don’t know anyone that escaped JELLO! The best part of jello was coming into the house & smelling the sugary/fruity explosion of the boiling water hitting those jewel like crystals! Between the smell & the visual of those brightly colored cubes, I confess, couldn’t resist.

BABY ARTICHOKES by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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FAVE MEMORY: This is a NEW memory, if there is such a thing! When I first moved to California (decades ago) I had never seen an artichoke & it was love at first site! Now fast forward 40 years, I’ve returned to CA. & with this move I discovered BABY artichokes....which are now my new favorites, mainly because you can eat the entire delicious thing, & they are DIVINE!!!

THE ICING ON THE CAKE by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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One Day a neighbor posted a notice for a cake decorating class. It was the 70’s, we were living in the Alps in Germany. 5 of us signed up, all young new moms, all thousands of miles from home. Each week we’d eagerly pile into her tiny kitchen, bumping hips& elbows, stirring bowls full of sugar & cream. We’d share the frustrations of all new moms, colicky babies& sleepless nights while we practiced making rosettes, ribbons, stars& letters, licking our fingers & eating our mistakes. Leaving on a sugar high, we were happy for a night out. I baked& decorated cakes for years. It was that time in life with lots of baby showers, christenings & kids birthdays. Looking back it reflects the times& the trends: lots of Barbie bundt cakes, R2D2, Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster & Holly Hobby. Cars & trains were also popular. I loved baking, creating & “painting”with icing. I loved the little jars of food coloring &, ok, I loved licking the leftovers. This is the original recipe from that class. I still have my notebook!

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THE ICE CREAM TRUCK by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A FAVE MEMORY of daily life in the summer waiting & hoping for the ice cream man & always surprised & caught off guard when he DID show up!

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Christmas Cookie Memories by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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FAVE MEMORY: one of my very earliest memories is the tins of Xmas cookies mom would start baking in early December. Each tin would hold a different cookie- butterball, spritz, pinwheels, sugar sprinkles , cut outs & more. It was heavenly. She continued the tradition for years & years. Even as an adult, it was fun to find the tins & sneak a cookie 😋. In this Xmas pic, I got my favorite doll, my brother got a drum set with a bucking bronco on the side of it 😍. Still....the cookies were the best!! This recipe is from gramma Helen’s cook book published in 1931 & I still have it. It’s beautifully leather bound & embossed.

GARDENS! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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FAVE MEMORY

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Kitchen Cupboard Geometry by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

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BENTO BOX by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

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ARTICHOKE TRIANGLES by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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FOOD GEOMETRY

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WASABI PEAS by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

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Farmer’s Market by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

Strawberry Fields by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

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Strawberry fun fact by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

h2o/ watermelon by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

Carrots, carrots, carrots! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Food Geometry

Make a wish! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A recipe for birthday wishes for BIRTHDAY BASH

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Pizza Cake by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A silly happy birthday wish for BIRTHDAY BASH

DON’T THINK TWICE by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Just a little ditty from a cake lover! BIRTHDAY BASH

Cake = Happy by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Happy cake-ness for BIRTHDAY BASH

SUPER FOODS by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Nature has give us an abundance of super foods, but not one SINGLE food can be expected to do it all!

KOHLRABI A SUPER FOOD! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Take a look at all kohlrabi has to offer

EGGS! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A few of the endless ways. We enjoy delicious, nutritious EGGS!

In PRAISE OF CELERY / SUPER FOOD by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Enjoy the crunchy goodness of celery with the bonus of all it’s health benefits.

CHEERS FOR CHERRIES - A SUPER FOOD! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Explore the delicious benefits of cherries

COCONUT #1 SUPER FOOD by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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The many benefits & wonders of coconuts

BE a Rainbow by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Feel Rainbow delicious inside and out!

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A Pickled Rainbow ! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Every country has it’s special pickled dish: Giardiniera, Kimchi, Beets, etc ....& good old Pickles! Is there any vegetable you CAN’T pickle??

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A Roasted Rainbow of Veggies by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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What could be healthier, tastier, or prettier than a mix of fresh roasted veggies?

Colorfully Consume by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A colorful meal = a healthy meal 😀

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Fabulous Fresh Fruit by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Combined Fresh fruit is an instant rainbow of healthy delicious-ness!

A Rainbiw Reunion of Vegetables by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Chop & combine your favorite veggies. Toss with olive oil, lemon & favorite herbs. Serve on top of a bed of greens. Quick, fun, easy & mine is different every single time, depending on the season, my mood & the occasion!

A Windowsill Garden by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Enjoy a rainbow of scents from fresh herbs & spices right from your own windowsill

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A rainbow platter of fresh fruits & flowers by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Make any meal special with an offering of fresh fruits & flowers

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Breakfast in the Garden by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Be one with nature. Enjoy your favorite rainbow fresh fruits all tossed together. Add yoghurt, oatmeal or granola if you like.

Flourless PB cookies by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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EASY-PEASY, GLUTEN FREE, & DEEEELIOUS! Only 5 everyday ingredients , quick to whip up, & even quicker to gobble down!

Pan seared Shishito Peppers by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Easy fast yummy appetizer or side dish

Artichokes by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Basic, bestest way to make whole artichokes . Keep. It. Simple.

GRILLED PIZZA by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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1. 2. 3. Recipe for your own customized pizza YUM👍 There. Done. Wasn’t that easy!?

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What the heck is a Nightshade!? by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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A basic description & brief explanation of nightshade fruits& veggies

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Ay, Caramba! Brownies by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Recipe for a Super Sis! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Happy Birthday to my sister Salli!

Naturally Good Mug by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Cherries! by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Drink Me, Feel Better Soup by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Lemon Soup by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Gluten-free and dairy-free!

Easiest Vegetarian Beet Soup by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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Tipsy Holiday Oranges by Jane Pakis

CARMEL VALLEY, California, US

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