Alright, I’m just going to put this out there and let the judgments come as they may be.
I’m fascinated with true crime; including murder, missing people, unsolved cases, profiling, etc.
What I’m willing to bet is that I’m not the only one who is a closet true crime aficionado. In my college days, I even explored avenues of what route I would need to take to become an FBI profiler. Took criminology classes, entertained the idea of being a lawyer and ultimately decided upon majoring in psychology so I could hopefully learn more about the psyche of what makes a serial murderer tick. I read books on Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrrey Dahmer and more like them. READ MORE
I always say that I get my love for all things apple from my Dad. Whether it’s a slice of apple pie, a serving of apple crumble, a spoonful of applesauce with dinner or even just a glass of apple juice with breakfast, I want it all. One of my favorites has always been apple butter, but time and time again I simply forget about it because I don’t see it too much here on the west coast like you do living in the midwest.
The other day, while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I found a loaf of gluten free cinnamon raisin bread. I threw it my cart and instantly knew I wanted warm apple butter to spread on it for breakfasts throughout the week. It would be just like I had it growing up. So, while in the store I picked up 4 pounds of honey crisp apples, a jar of honey crisp apple cider and went home determined to figure out how to make homemade crockpot cinnamon apple butter. READ MORE
‘Tis the season to get squeaky clean with Santa Barbara soaps! As I mentioned in my recent post about incorporating an all-natural skincare routine, this also applies for how I clean my body. Let’s just put it this way, I’m basically obsessed with all-natural bars of soap so much so that I have a back stock of them in a glass vase on my vanity. You will not find a container of shower gel in my bathroom because guess what, I can’t read what 80% of the ingredients are in them.
The bars of soaps we grew up with are a thing of the past. You know, where they leave your skin tight and super dry? Yeah …. not anymore when using all-natural soaps that incorporate ingredients like coconut, avocado and sunflower oil, Pacific sea salt, coconut milk, sugar and pure essential oils. You not only feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, but you’re skin actually feels clean and hydrated. READ MORE
When I was back home in Wisconsin a few weeks ago all I could think about was warm, hearty comfort food. Fall is in their rearview mirror and it’s just beginning for us here in Southern California. None the less, once you’ve hit November everyone craves comfort food no matter what the temperature says outside. These savory roasted meatballs in a homemade tomato basil sauce fill the void. That’s right, skip the store bought marinara and simmer your own sauce for the best flavors!
While most people immediately think spaghetti when you hear meatballs, but you can omit the extra carbs. Just feast on the roasted meatballs, a few spoonfuls of homemade tomato basil sauce and a loaf of fresh garlic bread to mop up the extra sauce. Of course, dinner isn’t complete without a perfectly paired wine like Cambria Wines Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah. It’s a full-bodied wine that can handle the flavors of the meatballs as well as the rich, acidic tastes of the sauce. READ MORE
A few weeks ago I embarked on a fall road trip throughout Montana, Wyoming and Colorado with my brother, Ryan. Needless to say, it was everything I expected and then more! I quickly learned why they call Montana “Big Sky” country and why everyone must see Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Park at some point in their lifetime. As a photographer I tried to capture as much of it as I could, but to be honest, a photograph simply cannot portray the beauty that is in front of you in the present moment. None the less, come along on my latest travel log through the Mountain West! READ MORE
Give me all the enchiladas! Seriously, all day every day I swear I could eat enchiladas, but with my commitment to reduce my meat consumption this year, I decided to make a batch of sweet potato enchiladas. These aren’t boring, but rather the opposite because with my homemade red enchilada sauce and the addition of spicy black beans and corn, they’re really quite flavorful.
This is one of those recipes that I envision being in constant rotation because it’s super easy to make, healthy and provides me with my Mexican food kick. For those of you who are dairy free like me, simply swap out regular shredded cheese with a creamy cashew cheese and you wouldn’t know the difference. My favorite part about the whole meal is enjoying it while sipping on Cambria Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir. READ MORE
Ok so maybe this post doesn’t apply to my friends & family back in Wisconsin, but for those of us living on the West Coast and experiencing some seriously warm weather, this is for you. Just because summer is technically over doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the beach. A few weeks ago I gathered up my friends and hosted a fall beach picnic complete with bottles of Cambria Wines Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a savory charcuterie board, and plenty of knit throws for when the sun goes down.
Honestly, this turned into one of those evenings where by the end of it we were telling each other that we need to do this more often. It was so nice to enjoy sunset on the beach over a glass of wine and lots of laughter. I’m sharing all my tips on how to host the perfect fall beach picnic over on Cambria Wines blog that’ll take away any stress and only make you look forward to planning your next date! READ MORE
Do you ever have one of those “aha” moments that you wish you would have had 2 years ago? With the amount of smoothies, açai bowls, yogurt parfaits and chia seed bowls I make in a week, it was about time that I created an organized smoothie cabinet.
Here’s what my semi-organized kitchen situation used to be like. The Vitamix was in one cabinet, the protein powder and greens powder in another cabinet (on the opposite side of the kitchen), the almond milk and frozen berries were obviously in the fridge/freezer and then my toppings were in another cabinet (also known as the healthy baking cabinet). In all honestly, each of those cabinets were very organized, but my layout wasn’t efficient. READ MORE