Sonoma County

The harsh truth about tragedy. #nofilter

The harsh truth about tragedy. #nofilter

Tragedy is like cancer.
You don’t truly feel it unless it’s you or your family (which includes close friends).
I’m not saying we have no feelings.
I’m not saying we don’t have empathy.

I say and have said, 
Empathy is what makes us human, action is what makes us warriors.

Day 15, June 2016, #BornWithWings Writing Challenge - Sunsets

Day 15, June 2016, #BornWithWings Writing Challenge - Sunsets

Something from before but is still true. Paradise Ridge Winery Sunset, Santa Rosa, Wed night. You know why sunsets are awesome? They are awesome because they simply show up
Every day
They are there
They are there for you
They are there for everyone
They speak to our eyes
They say the three little words every person wants to hear
They say
I've. Got. This.

@JimmyJamesSRT Buongiorno Fritatta, a #DoggieAstrology Coffee w/a nod to @jamieoliver @sandrashm

a whole lotta yum
a whole lotta yum

spoiled rotten.  4 hour body frittata made in about 15 minutes by my husband James (@JimmyJamesSRT).  along with some great coffee in my Aquarius Doggie Astrology Coffee Mug (our catahoula Pierre's sun sign).

honestly, I put all dishes up against what I am very lucky to be served all the time in our (JimmyJames') kitchen because he is amazing, is a locavore at heart and we are spoiled by living in Sonoma County (land of the farmer market and many places where some of the best product in the world is created, farmed and grown ala "Organic-land").

JimmyJames Buongiorno Fritatta - 1/4 bag o' sautéed spinach, 1 can of cannellini beans, 2.5 chicken italian sausage & 6 eggs.  couple decent shakes of Tuscan Italian seasoning. cut sausage, saute spinach in EVOO, drain beans, whisk eggs - dump all in a bowl with the eggs, put in a frying pan and bake till done (about 25 minutes) - top off with some red sauce upon removing from oven.  optional sprinkles of parm on top.  serves 4-6.  Coffee:  make your favorite flavor and pour into a cup, simple...

My husband is a mix of Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade and Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef - he can look in our pantry and refrigerator (like he did this morning) and knock it out of the park.  Few insider tips:  Sausages were cooked in sauce in a slow cooker a few days ago - so both sauce & sausages were super flavorful.  If you don't have a crock pot - go buy one they make everything taste better.  Also:  cook up a few items for the week and you will then have them to put in a myriad of dishes. (sausages in sauce, taco or turkey meat, spinach or green in bacon, sautéed root veg.)  Also on a fritatta, don't open the oven or move it till its done.

mangia, mangia.


also if you don't know about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - you should check it out.

Bocce & Great Zin In The Neighborhood - @Gratonridge

Had a ton of visitors to the house over the last two weeks and we explored a bunch of lovely family owned wineries within a few miles of the house.  One of our favorites: Graton Ridge -  We had a lovely tasting at Graton Ridge - Barbara was so sweet and their Pinot Noir and Zinfandels were wonderful.  They have a gorgeous picnic area and bocce court.  I cannot wait to bring friends and come back soon.

If you are in the area, do go say hello!

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Dry Creek Day

The first crisp autumnal Saturday arrived here in Sonoma County and I love a drive around the neighborhood.  Twas a perfect day to pop up to Dry Creek to sip some vino.    So... we grabbed the in-laws and headed up to West Dry Creek Road and visited three lovely wineries. The turnoff to Pretty Preston

Preston Vineyards - 9282 W Dry Creek Rd - Beautiful gardens & picnic area, organic vegetables for sale, cute cats, $10 tasting fee waived if you buy, bocce court - and tasty affordable wine.  Preston only distributes in California and is a favorite among locals.

Tried the 2008 Carignane & 2008 Zinfandel - both fantastic.  They specialize in Rhone varietal blends and for locals on Sundays they fill a jug with 4 bottles of wine for $32.  Great place! 

Quivera Winery - 4900 West Dry Creek Road - Impeccably landscaped picnic area, biodynamic farming and 93 acres of estate vines and huge organic vegetable garden.  Quivera wines

 have been a go-to for me for a while for executive dinners and events.  They have a great price point and many clients already know the name.  

We took home the 2007 Anderson Ranch Zin, which I love.  We drank a bottle of this later with bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad - Yum!!  We also liked the 2009 Fig Tree Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, which was refreshing with a hint of fruit (would be great with Thai food, sushi or some fresh veggies & dip).


Last was Teldeschi Winery - 3555 Dry Creek Rd - Maybe one of the best views in Dry Creek and Dan the winemaker is hilarious and the wine is terrific.  Zinfandel, Petite Syrah are best here and the tasting room is simple and utilitarian.  Dan pours from funky bottles and has a lovely sense of humor.  We took home the Home Ranch Zin.

Dry Creek Wineries tend to be family run, multi-generational, perfect for picnics, and Zinfandel territory so they are right up my alley.  Healdsburg, CA anchors the wineries of Dry Creek and is a great place to visit.

Here's to another lovely day in California