Gallegos 2014 Pinot Noir

Gallegos Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Full-bodied and fruit forward and a tad earthy. If you now know me–that’s my kind of Pinot. So if you are a die-hard Pinot fan, super-traditional, thin, big earth–then this isn’t for you. Red fruit like cherry, cranberry. Touch of tartness Smooth, velvety LONG finish. Tried @herringboneeats  …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…