Wait… it’s summer? But it was just March like two seconds ago! Aw crap, there goes that resolution!

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Seriously! Where did the last four months go!?!? I mean really, the fact that I can’t hit my once a month posting goal is kind of sad… oh well, why carry a grudge! So…. it’s summer! There’s that! The kids actually … Continue reading

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Revival

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It’s about time, don’t you think? It has been a really, really, really long time since I last posted. And I miss it. I have been all work and no play… well, okay, maybe a little play. But nothing inspirational… … Continue reading

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Vive Bene, Spesso L’Amore, Di Risata Molto

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Live well, laugh often, love much. While reflecting on my father-in-law’s wedding last weekend, this is the sentiment that comes to mind. I can still feel the warm Ojai breezes; see the soft glow of the Ojai “pink moment” as … Continue reading

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Autumn Pear & Burrata Crostini

At the end of October my husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary. We went to a great restaurant in Danville called The Peasant and the Pear. While there we had a wonderful meal, but the absolute star was the … Continue reading

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“It’s so good I want to roll around naked in it!”

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Yes… you read that correctly. That is a direct quote ladies and gentlemen. I was absolutely in LOVE with the English Toffee Pudding Cake with Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise that is offered at one of our local wine bars. Like … Continue reading

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I don’t believe it! My husband ate olives…. and enjoyed them!!!

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A couple of weeks ago, Jim and I went to Cuda Ridge Winery for a member’s release party. Larry, the winemaker and owner, had the chef at Posada Catering pair delightful “contemporary southwestern” tapas with each of the featured wines. … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….

Well, this is always a bittersweet time of year for me. A much needed and long-awaited break is here, but it means I have to say goodbye to some wonderful young adults that I have had the opportunity to get … Continue reading

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Brett’s Pan Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

About a month ago I had the pleasure of attending my first member’s release party at Boa Ventura. It was a cold Sunday evening, and so the prospects of hanging out in the barn/tasting room were much less appealing than … Continue reading

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A Malone Family Christmas Eve

The holidays are full of traditions: Jim and I Christmas shopping for the kids on the Veteran’s Day holiday while they are at daycare; visiting Deacon Dave’s to see the lights; taking a ride on the Niles Christmas train; Christmas … Continue reading

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Oh Starbucks, ye Holder of the Cranberry Bliss Bar… No More!

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It is that time of year again where I find myself wanting to stop by my neighborhood Starbucks for a peppermint mocha and a cranberry bliss bar. I cringe each time I have to pay $2.95 for that little triangle … Continue reading

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