Local Wine is the Best Wine

Local Wine is the Best Wine

We are so lucky to live in a region where wine production is growing in popularity.  Also lucky for us is that many of those producers are really good!

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Marvelous weekend getaway!

Marvelous weekend getaway!

Okay so I know it must seem like we drink a lot with all my wino posts.  The past few months we’ve just had quite a few wine events and trips that have been so much fun!  However, we don’t drink much during the week if at all so are okay with splurging a bit on the weekends.  Plus until I’m preggers I’m going to enjoy it while I can 🙂

It just so happens we got to enjoy another fun wine trip this past weekend in Napa.  So I’m joining Katie and sharing a bit about our marvelous weekend getaway!

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Getaway to The Meritage in Napa!

Getaway to The Meritage in Napa!

Before we had The Love Nugget, The Hubby and I enjoyed going on vacation.  Whether it was a quick trip to Tahoe or a much longer vacation to Mexico we enjoyed our time experiencing the world together.

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MIMM – Wine, Two workouts and Hair Questions…

MIMM – Wine, Two workouts and Hair Questions…

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a Marvelous weekend!  I mentioned Friday that I was feeling a bit under the weather but luckily kicked my cold to the curb in just a few days by drinking tons of bone broth and taking some natural immune supplements.  By Saturday morning I was feeling just about back to normal!

Which was perfect because we had a fun day planned and I did not want to miss it!

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Long Creek Winery and Ranch Giveaway!

Long Creek Winery and Ranch Giveaway!

Happy Friday!

Today I have something fun mainly for my local readers but definitely of interest to everyone since I’m sure many of you enjoy a little vino!

Last weekend we took a short drive up to Oroville to visit Long Creek Winery and Ranch.



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WIAW – Gallo Burgundy Dinner

WIAW – Gallo Burgundy Dinner

Disclaimer – I participated in this campaign through Mom it Forward and was  compensated for this post by Gallo Family Vineyards. 

I think one of the first wines I ever tasted was a Gallo Family wine.  My mom usually had a bottle in the fridge and I used to sneak little sips here and there.  I know, such a rebel!

Memories of my mom pouring a glass of Burgundy for herself at dinner sparked in my mind when I my bottle of Gallo Burgundy arrived in honor of their Hearty Burgundy turning 50.


Gallo has released this limited edition Hearty Burgundy which offers a blend of dark berry and red plum flavors with hints of oak.

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What I ate in Sonoma!

What I ate in Sonoma!

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Since we just got home yesterday from Sonoma, it really feels like Monday today.  I’ll take a Wednesday though!  One more day closer to the weekend 🙂

If you’ve never been to Sonoma and ever have the chance to go I highly recommend it.  It’s an adorable little town west of Napa with cute shops, good food and amazing wine!


Quick pic on bike ride, gorgeous!

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A Marvelous Weekend and Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie recipe!

A Marvelous Weekend and Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie recipe!

It’s time for another round up of Marvelous happenings from our weekend!  I enjoy recapping the fun times we had on Monday’s as I feel like it’s such a great way to kick off the week.   Of course thank you as always to the lovely Katie at Healthy Diva Life for hosting this little soiree 🙂

Without further ado, here’s a look at our marvelous weekend!

Friday I got to see my best friend, her husband and their new baby girl Emery!

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You may remember my bestie from back in April when I threw her a baby shower.  We don’t get to see each other all that often since they lives in Seattle.  They were driving through town on their way to Tahoe for a family vacation so we got to spend a few hours catching up over lunch.  I also got in my baby fix squeezing those adorable cheeks!  So cute!

Later that afternoon when The Hubby got home, we headed back to The Fountains for the First Friday street fair which turned out to be a disappointment.  I was hoping they’d have more kid stuff but there wasn’t much except for a face painter, balloon animal maker and a girl dressed up as Tinkerbell.  We looked at classic cars and walked around before heading home to have a little Fiesta.

PicMonkey Collage(My cool guys looking at the cool cars, chips, salsa, guacamole, wine and a chicken fajita salad)

We ended the evening by watching an episode of True Blood before heading to bed.

Saturday I woke up early to make the 7:45 boot camp class.  I had suggested the trainer lead the class in a Tabata style workout (which he had never heard of before) so I got there earlier than normal to help him set up.  It turned out to be a great class and everyone said it was a killer workout.  Great way to start the day!  I came home, changed then we headed out the door for a Crossfit get together put on by The Hubby’s gym at the lake.

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It was a gorgeous day and a family event so we brought The Love Nugget along too.

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Who showed off his lifting skills 🙂

The Hubby and I did a quick WOD together which consisted of AMRAP of 5 push-ups with egg pass, 10 air squats with egg toss and 15 partner sit-ups with egg pass.  It was fun to get to workout with him as we never really get a chance to anymore.  Then we showed off our awesome family hoola-hooping skills 😉

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Okay I’m lying, we sucked.  Especially me!  I’m horrible at hoola-hooping!

Later that evening we went to a friends house for dinner.

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These two had a blast playing together and we enjoyed some wine, cocktails and a very marvelous dinner of grilled halibut, zucchini and a spinach salad.

Sunday morning after breakfast we packed up a lunch and headed to Amador to pick up a few wine shipments and enjoy a little picnic.

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It was a gorgeous day and we came home with quite a bit of yummy wine since we were behind on picking up the past few shipments.  Works for me!

Later that afternoon the Love Nugget wanted to make cookies for Dada and he needed some protein goodies for the week so I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut clakes
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut flour, flaxseed, protein powder and coconut flakes.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together almond butter, eggs, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips then spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes then cool on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy!

I shared one with The Love Nugget and they were pretty good!


Last bit of marvelousness is that I was invited to be an ambassador for a great monthly healthy food package service called Bestowed  You may have heard about it or seen it around on the web and you can read my review of my first box here.  I love it and they are running a promotion to try your first box for only $10 (regularly $19).  Just click here, enter the code HELLOYUM  and get ready for a yummy package!  There are just a few days left to get this deal so make sure to get it quick!


  • What was marvelous about your weekend?  
  • What’s your favorite cookie recipe?  
  • Do you exercise on the weekends or rest?  


Wine Swap Party

Updated post from my wine swap party a few months ago 🙂

I was a little tired today after the wine swap party last night.  Stayed up way past my bedtime.  11:00, I’m so old!  I saw a pin a few months ago on Pinterest for a wine swap party.  It was on my summer bucket list but with busy schedules and what not I just now got around to hosting it.  I sent out invites a few weeks ago telling everyone to bring two bottles of the same wine, an appetizer that goes with the wine and the recipe for the appetizer on a recipe card.

I made an apple, walnut and gorgonzola crostata from my Giada cookbook that is always a hit.  The only problem, it was a long recipe so I had to use three cards and tie them together.  At least it looked cute!

I set up the table with a simple center piece using three different sized wine glasses, fake flowers and candles.  I wanted to get fresh flowers but just didn’t have time.  Good thing I had these ones on hand for the bridal shower next weekend.

I added a few smaller candles around as well.

I have these neat wine glass pens so I wrote everyone’s name on their glass.  I liked it so much more than the wine charms.

Also at each place setting was a wine tasting card where we could keep track of the wine name, winery, vintage, rating and any other comments.

The completed table setting looks as if it was crowded but it wasn’t.

I set up a separate table for the appetizers and recipe cards along with some zinfandel cupcakes I made.

Gorgonzola, apple and walnut crostata

I had one more table that I used for the wine, water and some little party favors I put together.

The gift bags included just a few goodies for the girls to take home :-)

We had a great group of girls and tasted six different wines and lots of yummy appetizers.

As it got darker I quit taking pictures of the food so just a few shots.

Ahi tuna won ton cups

Cucumbers stuffed with spicy crab mix

Mediterranean hummus with cream cheese

It just so happened that we each brought a different type of wine to try so we didn’t have doubles of any varietal.

After sampling each wine, we drew numbers out of a box to see who would get to choose their wine first.  If you were number 1 (which was me), you picked what wine you wanted but someone else could steal if from you.  I chose a Semillion that I really liked and was happy that no one stole it from me!

Everyone had such a fun time and like I said we stayed up much later than normal just talking, drinking wine and hanging out.  Such a fun girls night!  We even discussed making it a monthly get together.  Can’t wait for the next one!

Do you know what you’re eating?

So as you’re waking up, having your cup of coffee and browsing the web, I’m on my way to Sonoma for a  wine retreat!  Don’t be jealous 🙂  Through Fit Approach (Sweat Pink), I received and email about an event that was going on this Saturday.  Sonoma is just an hour and a half away and is wine country central!  It’s also an adorable little town with lots of fun shops and restaurants.  Fit Approach and Lynda at Fitness Mom Wine Country are putting on a day of fitness fun, food and relaxation.  I thought it sounded like lots of fun and much needed for a mom like me so I signed up!  My friend is joining me as well and we decided to stay over so we could enjoy a little moms getaway 🙂


The hubby will be home with The Love Nugget having a boys weekend.  He was looking forward to spending the day with him.  Such a good day!

On another note, I heard a food quiz the other day on the Jillian Micheals Pod Cast that I thought I’d share with you.  I was definitely surprised by a few of the answers that were given about foods that we eat everyday.

Food Quiz ~

1.  How many calories in a pound of fat?

    a. 300    b. 2,000   c. 3,500

2.  Some red food die is made from bugs,

    True or False

3.  Pink Slime is,

   a.  Coloring in hamburger    b.  Beef treated with amnonia   c. Waste left in meat grlinders

4.  Which has the most salt?

   a.  A slice of American cheese   b.  A cup of raisin bran   c. An ounce of potato chips

5.  What is Trans fat?

6. Xanthum gum is what?

7. Propolyne Glycole is a common food additive but where else can you find it?

8. What’s better?

  a. multigrain   b. whole grain   c. enriched grains

9. All processed food is bad,

  True or False

10.  On average, what is the ideal ratio of protein – carbs – fats you should be consuming.

a. 70 – 20 – 10   b. 50 – 30 – 20  c. 40 – 30 – 30

Answers –

1.  C

2. True

3. B

4. B – 342 mg. that’s a lot!

5. It’s fat that has a hydrogen atom added to it.  This is bad because the hydrogen keeps the fat from breaking down and in your body.

6. It’s a binding additive that is made from bacteria that feed on corn and soy.  If you are allergic to corn and soy you should stay clear of this.

7. Anti-freeze!

8.  Whole grain – it needs to say 100% whole grain.

9.  False – The classification of processed food, is food that is made easier to consume.  So frozen vegetables are considered processed foods as are other healthy foods.

10. C – although this is different for each individual this would be an average recommendation.

How did you do?  I was most surprised with the anti-freeze in our foods.  Yuck!  Definitely makes me want to read labels even more than I already do.  I’m pretty thorough too!

Don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway I’ve got going on for a box of LARABARs! 


  • Have you ever been to Sonoma?  Napa? 
  • What question or questions were you most surprised with?  Or did you get them all right 🙂

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