Adventures in Napa & Sonoma California

Have I mentioned how in love I am with California? Seriously… madly in love! What tops the cake, are the moments I get to head up north, to the wine country and spend some time hanging out with my family. They just moved into this great new home where the backyard looks out onto the vineyards. Yep, definitely jealous!  My uncle is quite the wine connoisseur and foodie aficionado.  He’s always been

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Motivation Mondays // Today is a brand new day

Happy Monday! I love this quote, for the fact, that it’s a perfect reminder that your story is never over! So many of us fall prey to the regrets of the past, I know I do! The people we’ve hurt, the things we’ve said, the things we wish we’d done, the times we’ve failed or even the things that were done to us. How many of us say to ourselves, if

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Pear & Rosemary Martini

This lovely story begins one day as I was wandering the wine store of Trader Joe’s. I say “wine store”, because for some crazy reason, Minnesota does not allow the sale of alcohol with any food products. Therefore, shopping for dinner and grabbing wine has to be done in two transactions – in two different stores. I know, it’s crazy to any of you that live in states where everything

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One Epic Trip to Minnesota – Part Two

It’s easy to forget how great a place is until you come back to visit. Despite how much flack it gets, Minnesota is beyond beautiful in the summer and the first snow fall in the winter. Fall and spring are equally beautiful. In fact, if it wasn’t for the intense winter months where your car tends to slide into a snowy ditch on a weekly occurrence, the bird-sized mosquitos that

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One Epic Trip to Minnesota – Part One

Sorry for the absence lately. It’s been one busy, but amazing summer for Adam, I and our two dogs. If you are just tuning in, we’ve spent the last month and a half attending 3 different weddings in Minnesota and spending some time hanging out with family and friends. We are finally back in California and getting into the swing of things again, one of the reason for it being

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Bacon, Apple, Onion & White Cheddar Flatbread

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite flatbread recipes with you today. Serving this crunchy flatbread at your next party with have your guests losing their minds over how good it is!  The smoky flavor of the bacon collides perfectly with the sweet, tart punch of the apple and hint of fresh thyme. Right before serving I love to drizzle a thick balsamic vinegar over each slice, then sit

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Eat The Seasons // July

I love July! The weather is perfect, it’s great beach weather, and you are guaranteed to find the “motherload” of fresh fruits and veggies in the stores and farmer’s markets. Over the years my family and I have a tradition of going to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market on the weekends to check out what’s new and fresh, then complete the morning with a “fully-loaded” brat at one of the stands. Yes, it’s not

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Margaritas

Strawberry season is in full swing here in Minnesota. We have more strawberries than we know what to do with at my parent’s house. Since my mom isn’t one to waste anything, she requested that I do something about the overflowing harvest and make something with these dainty little berries before they go bad. After some exploring for recipes and ideas, my family all decided that we should make some Margaritas…

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Espresso BBQ Rubbed Pork Ribs

We’ve been here in Minnesota for almost a week and a half now and after a whirlwind of catching up with family and friends, I’m finally getting back in the kitchen to cook and take photos. It’s been a hectic few weeks getting the apartment ready, packing, working and just about 5 million other things that were needed before heading out. Each day flew by without time to post or even explain what we have going

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Just Tasted // 2012 3Spells Napa Valley Rosé

I let out a mortified shriek the night my husband accidentally grabbed the wrong bottle of rosé wine and opened it in from of my eyes, without even looking at the bottle. I had been saving my last precious bottle of 3 Spells rosé wine for a nice evening and a much anticipated blog post, and he’d opened it without even knowing. Luckily, there’s never a better time than in

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