Christmas time with Carolyn Reese is very predictable.
She spends hours carefully setting up her extensive Byers Choice Carolers
She makes lots of Double Almond Crunch
And lots of homemade peanut brittle.
And best of all, she spends lots of time with her family
Merry Christmas 2014 to Roadies near and far
With Love from Carolyn and the entire Road to California Family]]>
Road to California is a family affair. Carolyn Reese, her three sons, and their families all contribute to the success of the show. Her grandson Matt Reese, is the show’s manager. As of November 1, 2014, the Reese family added another member to their dynamic Road family team.
Darrell is Carolyn’s youngest son. He married Jill Anderson in a small, intimate setting surrounded by family—exactly how they wanted. It had rained the night before in Southern California and Saturday morning had scattered showers and clouds. The rain stopped about an hour and a half before the ceremony providing a beautiful, sunny backdrop to their backyard wedding. It stayed that way for another hour and a half before the clouds began to gather again. Said proud mother of the groom, Carolyn, “It was a quiet, sweet affair.”
Darrell and Jill have been dating the past 2-1/2 years but they actually first knew each other in high school. Jill lived next door to the Reese family where she and Darrell had a “friendly” neighborly relationship but nothing more. It took several decades and Facebook for the two to meet up again.
You can meet Jill at Road to California 2015-20th Anniversary Show in the Road booth.
Congratulations Darrell and Jill.]]>
Carolyn Reese has nine grandchildren and most have been involved one way or another with Road to California.[caption id="attachment_2187" align="aligncenter" width="609"] Carolyn with son Mike’s family that includes grandson Matt and granddaughter Sarah[/caption]
Sarah Reese Moore and Matt Reese are the children of Carolyn’s oldest son, Mike. Sarah has had all sorts of involvement with Road from modeling as a kid at the Hoffman Challenge Fashion Show, handling Road quilt entries and helping out with customer service. She has worked in the Road Booth and currently oversees the accounting and tax responsibilities for the show. Matt is Road to California’s current Show manager.
Erika Reese, Carie Reese Ruiz, and Mary Beth Reese are the daughters of Carolyn’s second son, David. When the Reese family started with Road to California, these three granddaughters were freckled faced little girls who asked guests for their tickets at the dinner tent and modeled in some of the fashion show events. Erika is Carolyn’s oldest grandchild. When she was in junior high, Erika worked in the Fabric Patch booth. In 2003, she and Carie took over as co-coordinators doing all the planning and prep with Carolyn and were also co-show managers during the show. In 2005, Erika began working for Road full time as the lead Show Manager. At the time, she was the only other full-time employee (besides Carolyn) that worked year round in planning the show. Erika left full time work with the show after the 2008 Road to California to pursue a career based on her bachelor’s degree in science. She still helps out at night and on weekends as needed.[caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="639"] Carolyn with David and Susan Reese and granddaughters Ericka and Mary Beth[/caption]
Carie, is a full-time wife and mother living in Virginia, and is not able to be actively involved with Road at this time.
Mary Beth has worked at the Road souvenir booth and currently is the Night Manager for the show, overseeing all of the evening classes. Her day job is an insurance underwriter at Mercury Insurance.
Carolyn’s youngest son, Darrell, has three children: Rachel, Glenn, and Jillianne. All three have helped their dad with the set-up and taking down of the show and have worked at the Road Booth. In addition, Glenn has worked at the Information Booth and Jillianne has assisted with Vendor Relations.[caption id="attachment_2186" align="aligncenter" width="618"] Carolyn with son Darrell’s family which includes grandson Glenn and granddaughter Jillianne[/caption]
Now, the next generation is getting on board!! Carolyn has five great-grandchildren and one on the way, a great-grandson due in October.
Great-granddaughters Adrienne (5) and Paighten (3) are the daughters of Sarah and her husband, Adrian Moore, Jr. When they come to visit Road with their parents, the girls like to ride around with Gg (Carolyn) on her motorized cart, meeting all the guests and getting lots of attention!!!
Kevin Junior (KJ) (4), Laura (20 months) and Robert Glenn (6 weeks) are the children of Carie and Kevin Ruiz. Hopefully, they will be able to visit Road to California soon.
Being a grandparent and great-grandparent, not to mention owner of the Best in the West Quilt Show, is hard work—and a lot of fun!!!
Happy Grandparents Day to Carolyn Reese.
Born July 22, 2014
Proud Parents: Carie and Kevin Ruiz
(Carie is David Reese’s Daughter and Carolyn Reese’s Granddaughter)
Carie and Kevin live in Stafford, Virginia. They just moved in to a new house a couple of weeks before Robbie was born. Carie and Kevin have two other children: Kevin Junior (KJ) who is 4 years old and Laura who is 2 years old.
While they had wanted to add to their family sometime in the future, Robbie was too impatient waiting and was an unexpected blessing. Carie was in labor about 6 hours. The baby was named Robert after Kevin’s maternal grandfather and Glenn after Carie’s paternal great-grandfather (Carolyn’s father). He is the fifth great-grandchild for Carolyn. Robbie was born with a full head of hair and the Reese dimpled chin.
Great-Grandma Carolyn just happened to be back East for a business trip when Robbie was born. She and Stevii Graves went to visit Robert when he was 6 days old. This is what Robbie looked like after they left:
Congratulations to Carie and Kevin and their families.
The best Christmas memories are those that include family.
Carolyn’s sister Glenda was even there to join in the festivities.
Matt and Jen were having fun (this was a month before Matt proposed to Jen at Road 2013)
This year, the Reese family is spread out for Christmas. But no matter where they celebrate, you know they are close in heart.
Wishing you a Christmas surrounded by those you hold dear.]]>
Do you have a favorite holiday food tradition?
For Carolyn Reese and her family, it is her annual candy making that stands out as one of their favorite (and tasty) traditions.
Years ago, Carolyn came across the 1970 edition of a cookbook entitled, Homemade Candy. Published by the food editors of Farm Journal, it holds the recipes for Carolyn’s renown confections. Using the step-by-step procedures in the book, Carolyn has perfected her own techniques through the years for such yummy delights as Peanut Brittle and Double Almond Crunch.
Besides eating their grandmother’s delicious candy, Carolyn’s grandchildren are also taking an interest in learning how to make her candy recipes themselves. Several years ago, Carolyn gave each of her grandchildren a copy of her candy making cookbook as a Christmas present. She was able to find copies of the 40 year old publication by doing a Google search. This holiday season, her son Darrell’s children have asked their grandmother to assist them. Darrell is 18 years old and asked Carolyn to help him make Divinity. Jillianne, age 14, made a batch of Peppermint Bark.
Carolyn wanted to share her recipe for her famous Peanut Brittle with our blog readers. If you have ever tried to make peanut brittle, you know it can be tricky. Because Carolyn has made this recipe so many times, she has definitely perfected the technique that can make it easy for anyone willing to try.
Before you begin, it is critical that you have a candy thermometer you can count on. Also, gather all of your ingredients and have them ready before you start. This includes spreading out a very large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil on your work area, that has been buttered. Your preparation will make all the difference!!
Carolyn’s Peanut Brittle
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 cup raw Spanish Peanuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter (not margarine)
3 teaspoons baking soda
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy saucepan. Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees)
Road to California is all about family. It is a family run business under the direction of owner Carolyn Reese, managed by grandson Matt Reese, a business dedicated to promoting a feeling of family for all who attends. And while you’ll see various members of the Reese family participating in putting on the show, there is one member of their family who can’t join in but who is always close in thought.
Glenda Kaye White is Carolyn’s sister. Born November 23, 1944, Glenda suffered a birth injury which left her with the mental capacity of a seven year old. When Glenda was younger, Carolyn’s mother took care of all of her needs and made sure that Glenda was provided opportunities to experience the world around her. Today, Glenda is happy and doesn’t have a care in the world. She lives in a special facility in Upland, California. Glenda’s favorites include country music, “I Love Lucy” re-runs, the color red, and the song, “You are my Sunshine.” But more than anything else, Glenda LOVES GETTING MAIL. Birthday cards, postcards, holiday cards, short notes — anything that the postman delivers just for her brings true joy and excitement in to Glenda’s life. She collects each and every letter and safe keeps them in her special RED purse to read over and over again.
So, in honor of Glenda’s birthday and the holiday season that is fast approaching, the Reese family would like to ask a favor of you, our Road extended family….Would you mind sending a card to Glenda? A belated birthday wish, a holiday message — any kind of card would do. Our hope is that Glenda will receive lots and lots of mail, beginning today, through Thanksgiving, and on to the entire month of December. Can you imagine what a thrill it would be for her? Here is her address:
Glenda Kaye White
1289 North 3rd
Upland, California 91786
You can be sure that this small act of kindness will make a world of difference to one woman’s life. A real birthday wish come true!!!]]>
Are you looking for an easy and meaningful way to brighten someone’s life this holiday season? We have a request that will take only a few minutes of your time and cost not much more than the price of a postage stamp.
Glenda Kaye White is Carolyn’s sister. Born November 23, 1944, Glenda suffered a birth injury which left her with the mental capacity of a seven year old. When Glenda was younger, Carolyn’s mother took care of all of her needs and made sure that Glenda was provided opportunities to experience the world around her. Today, Glenda is happy and doesn’t have a care in the world. She lives in a special facility in Upland, California. Glenda’s favorites include country music, “I Love Lucy” re-runs, the color red, and the song, “You are my Sunshine.” But more than anything else, Glenda LOVES GETTING MAIL. Postcards, holiday cards, short notes — anything that the postman delivers just for her brings true joy and excitement in to Glenda’s life. She collects each and every letter and safe keeps them in her special RED purse to read over and over again.
So, we were wondering. ..Would you mind sending a card to Glenda this holiday season? Any kind of card would do. Our hope is that Glenda will receive lots and lots and lots of mail, beginning today and on through the month of December. Can you just imagine what a thrill it would be for her? Here is her address:
Glenda Kaye White
1289 North 3rd
Upland, California 91786
You can be sure that this small act of kindness will make a world of difference to one woman’s life. Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with our family.]]>