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
On Saturday I’m flying to Montana to meet up with my brother, Ryan, for a 7 day Mountain West fall road trip through Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. This girl can’t wait to get in the wilderness, breathe in the air of the big pines, relax amongst the lakes and rivers and hopefully get a first hand view of wild animals (elk, moose, bear, bison, wolves …. I’ll take them all!).
Our tentative plan is that we are starting in Missoula, MT and heading east through Helena and into Billings. Unfortunately we aren’t able to head north to Glacier National Park, but we are then heading south through Beartooth Pass into Wyoming and the start of Yellowstone National Park. After we explore lots of lots of this area, we’ll continue south into the Grand Tetons and stay in Jackson Hole, WY. I’ve been eager to get to Jackson Hole for years now, so I’m pretty excited about this stop. Then we’ll head east towards Casper, WY with stops in between and ultimately head due south towards Colorado where we’ll be making pit stops at hot springs, more mountain ranges and anything cool in between. I’ve got a long list of “things to see” that my brother doesn’t know about. LOL READ MORE
Raise your hand if you’re like me and could eat pizza/flatbreads multiple times a week! I feel like I outdid myself with this super delicious farmers market flatbread topped with prosciutto and veggies. It turned out like a little taste of heaven.
Lots of times the inspiration I get for a new recipe generally stems from what produce is currently in season. Fall is especially my favorite because I love savory foods, and a quick trip to the farmers market to grab some fruits and veggies that are in harvest is all you need to make this flatbread.
I can already imagine what you’re thinking, rosemary sprigs, shaved brussel sprouts, pear, mushrooms and prosciutto all on a flatbread? Yep and the combination of ingredients work SO WELL together, especially when combined with fresh buffalo mozzarella and a homemade balsamic glaze. READ MORE
Today I’m taking you into my bathroom and sharing a peek at my everyday “mostly natural” skincare products. I’ve stuck with this arsenal of products for over 2 years now and in combination with going dairy-free, my skin has never looked better.
It was about 3 years ago that I was fed up and frustrated with how terrible my skin looked. I had sporadic cystic acne, it looked dull, I was constantly having to use concealer to hid blemishes and wouldn’t even dream of going makeup-less for the day. That’s when I picked up Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. Quite honestly, this book changed my entire perspective about skincare, but most importantly it opened my eyes to what could be causing my cystic acne that I was so embarrassed about. Without going into a big tirade because you should read the book for yourself, but here in America we DO NOT regulate the skincare / beauty industry as to what chemicals can be put into our products and how they can get away with using slogans such as “all-natural” or “dermatologist recommended” marketing tactics. READ MORE