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Lavender for Bug Bites

I’ve never liked the smell of lavender and was a little bummed to find out it came in my new oils kit–thinking I’d never use it. But last night I had two red, itchy bug bites keeping me from sleep. I dabbed a little lavender on each and within 5 minutes no more itching and…

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Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2014

Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2014 from Paso Robles They had me at Vanilla!! Not your typical zinfandel, which I do like but the hubby doesn’t. We are both suckers for vanilla. Raspberry, touch of pepper/spice, great legs running down the glass. Did I mention vanilla? It is 16% but drinks smooth. Totally amazing pairing with a ribeye…

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Calcareous 2012 Estate Cabernet

Calcareous 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Deep purple color. Rich blackberry fruit. A little earthy. Hint of vanilla. Medium tannins. Long dry finish. Aroma of currant and a touch of cinnamon. This is super delish! We had it with grilled flank steak, roasted asparagus and sautéed kale. Now savoring an after-dinner glass. I…

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Kale Carbonara

This is my new favorite dish. I had it for dinner last night and lunch again today. Since no one was home, I licked the plate. It’s that good. What you’ll need for 1 serving: 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1-2 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3 cups dinosaur/lacinato kale, center ribs removed, thinly…

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Couch to 5k: Week 7 Day 1

   Why is the first part of a run the hardest? I slogged through the first 10 minutes today. I had no get up and go at all. And then the negative thoughts crept it–just general bitchiness about getting up early, the crowd at the lake on the weekends, and disappointment that I haven’t magically…

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Couch to 5k: Week 6 Day 2

   I strapped on my new kicks, stopped for my green tea, and headed out all excited that the road repair was complete and I could get back to enjoying my run around Lake Miramar. Greeting me when I pulled in was another “Lake Road Closed” sign. Sigh. Looks like the repaving will be a…