Eat The Seasons // June

June is one of my favorite months for fresh produce. It’s the time of the years when farmer’s markets are in full swing and the hot sun has perfectly ripen every fruit and vegetable you can think of. If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, you are probably starting to reap the benefits from the love and care you bestowed on your little plants.  June is pretty much the

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18 Drool-Worthy Dishes for Your Memorial Day Party

With Memorial Day Weekend in fast approach, it’s time to dust off your grill and throw an epic party. Invite the neighbors, your closest friends, and family, and celebrate not only the kick-off to summer but to remember and celebrate the lives of the troops and soldiers that fought tirelessly for us, throughout history. These uber-brave men and women, who daily risked their lives to keep America what it is today,

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Roasted Beet, Avocado and Quinoa Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette

If you saw my last post, we made a fantastic amount of Limoncello, which I’m excited to sip on with my family back in Minnesota, very soon. Now with Limoncello you use a lot of lemon peels, but the remaining lemon goodness gets left behind, only to waste away. It breaks my heart! Therefore, I was determined to create a few dishes that utilize this great lemon juice and make

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Meyer Lemon Limoncello

Limoncello is truly the liquid of the gods. I’m convinced of it! The lemony, sweetness awakens your senses and somehow soothes the soul. Half way into the sip you’re smacked with a heavy punch of alcohol leaving you momentarily breathless. It’s a lovely thing. My first attempt at making Limoncello was a few months before our wedding. My husband’s family is Italian, so I really wanted something unique from Italy for everyone

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Currently Loving // Mixed Metal Love Affair

We’ve seen copper become increasingly popular this year, along with rose gold, brass, and matte gold. What used to be gaudy metals your grandparents had way too much of in their house, has been reinvented into a classic, modern and elegant items we are all scrambling to get our hands on. I would have to say this was incredibly hard to choose my favorite items, as I wanted everything I found.

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Just Tasted // 2013 Brian’s Syrah Pigoni Ranch Vineyard

The weather has been absolutely magnificent these last few weeks, which means our deck has been our favorite place to relax and enjoy the evening after a long day of work. On one of these wonderful evenings we decided to pop open a lovely little bottle we picked up from Byington Vineyards on our usual weekend “vineyard hopping”. I never thought I would actually put those two word together, let alone

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Mint Julep Goodness!

If you’ve ever spent time in the South, chances are you’ve watched the Kentucky Derby on TV, been there yourself or have friends that wait for this race all year long. To those of you familiar with the Derby, know just how wild and festive it is. An event where the southern belle (or gentlemen) in all of us comes out in full force. True “Derby” fashion is nothing without the exotic

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Beach life of Capitola, CA

I love chatting with people who are longtime residents of California and discovering some of their favorite hidden spots or must see destinations. Everyone I talk with agrees that California has a wealth of places to visit and see.  You can go in just about every direction and discover something different and unique to that area. Let’s be honest, if you are bored in California, there’s something really wrong with you! While

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Motivation Mondays // The Most Beautiful Day

Happy Monday! We need to remind ourselves daily how precious life is – that each day we wake up is one more day we didn’t have before. It’s too easy to let life’s stresses and constant go, go, go take away our joy and cloud what has the potential to be an amazing day. Today, let’s take in every moment, instead of letting them pass by us. See the beauty in the little

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Motivation Mondays // People will never forget…

I think this is a powerful message to remember everyday when you interact with people. People that you may come across in passing or meet and gain relationships with. How do you make them feel when you are with them? Do you build them up or tear them down? I know we all have one of those people in our lives that we love to be around and people are

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