Look how cute this guy is! We found him on our way home from the lake last weekend. And I want him. Happy Friday!
Can you believe how beautiful this place is? A friend of mine told me she visited a winery in Lake County, CA that was absolutely beautiful. I was shocked to hear about this lakefront winery that I’ve never seen because my husband is from this particular area and I’ve visited there many times. The next time we visited we made it our mission to visit Ceago and see what it was all about.
The wine was delicious. I am not usually a big white wine drinker, but this Sauvignon Blanc was perfect on a hot summer day. We were told that Ceago is the only winery on a Lake in the state of California. It was so nice being able to boat right up to the winery!If you happen to be in the area, definitely visit Ceago. The setting is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and the wine is delicious. What more could you need?
So I have been MIA for quite a while now and I really have no excuse. I’ve been busy having fun and have been out-of-town almost every weekend and I let my blogging dwindle.
BUT, I’m back and ready to get back to it :) I miss my blog and I miss all the WordPress peeps. Today’s blog post is short and sweet. I am checking off one of the items on my bucket list today- “Become a wakeboarding rockstar.” Okay, so I’m not quite a “rockstar” or a pro by any means, but I am getting much better than I ever thought I’d be. When I started wakeboarding I was horrible and couldn’t even get up on the water. Now I get up easily and am getting comfortable enough to jump the wake. For me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment. As one of the least coordinated and athletic people I know, jumping the wake on a wakeboard is kind of a big deal.
This is definitely my new favorite hobby.There is just something about gliding through the water and spending the day on a boat that puts a smile on my face.
This BBQ albacore was delicious and so easy to make.
- olive oil
- fresh lemon juice
- garlic, minced or pressed
- red chili flakes
Mix ingredients together in a ziplock bag and add tuna steaks. Marinade for at least an hour and then throw on a hot BBQ. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove, slice, and serve!
There is so much information out there about the benefits of eating kale, but some people still aren’t interested in consuming this leafy green. So, I thought I’d try to convert a few folks by sharing what I think kale does for me and why I eat it so often. But for those of you who want “real facts” I added some of those too. Most of my info was found on WebMD.
***Disclaimer- I am not a doctor, I just really like Kale.
10 Reasons I Think Kale is So Awesome
- It gives you an immune system of steel so you won’t become sick or diseased (kale is LOADED with antioxidants, both Vitamin A and Vitamin C)
- In a fight, kale would kick cancer’s ass (it is a great source of Vitamin K which is believed to help fight cancer)
- Sunglasses? Who needs those? (kale is loaded with carotenoids which help prevent UV rays from damaging your eyes).
- You won’t get a broken heart eating kale (kale can help lower your cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease).
- It makes you skinny (kale has a very low-calorie content so you can eat it as part of a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, along with exercise, for weight loss).
- It “cleans you out” if you know what I mean (one cup has 20% of your recommended daily fiber which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating).
- If you mix heavy kale-eating with heavy body-building, you will get Popeye-sized biceps (like spinach, kale is high in iron).
- If you injure yourself during your regularly scheduled body building session, you won’t need to take Advil (kale is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties).
- Don’t Got Milk? Don’t need it! (for us lactose-free folks kale is a great way to get your calcium in without dairy).
- IT ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD!
So…basically, if you eat kale, you’ll be on your way to becoming Superwoman like me (or Superman, I don’t want to be sexist- men are allowed to eat kale too.)
There are tons of different types of kale and they are all delicious in their own ways! I use the softer kale when I am making a smoothie or salad because I will be eating it raw, but the tough kale is also great when steamed or sautéed.
Here are a few ideas for how to eat this lovely green leafy veggie.
My All-Time Favorite, Green Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk (I switch off from Rice, Almond, and Coconut Milk)
- 1 ripe banana, preferably peeled + frozen
- 2 handfuls kale
- 1 tbsp chia seeds OR 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp nut butter, optional
- Olive Oil – massage the olive oil and salt into kale to soften and let sit while you add other ingredients.
- Sea Salt
- Any veggies you like!
For more delicious kale recipes, click here!
I saw a recipe for sweet potato chips on Pinterest and knew I had to try them. Isn’t Pinterest the best?? The recipe I came across called for orange zest and thyme, both of which I did not have in the house. So, I decided to make some sweet sweet potato chips by using a little cinnamon. I googled “sweet potato chips with cinnamon” and found tons of recipes, all calling for brown or white sugar and butter or honey. I really wanted a healthier, lighter version, so I just left those ingredients out. These were SO easy and so delicious, I could have eaten 100 of them.What you’ll need:
- 1 large sweet potato (I used a very skinny, long potato and ended up with little chips)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- as much cinnamon as you like!
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a cookie sheet with a thin layer of the olive oil. Slice the sweet potato into very thin slices (a mandolin would work best, but I didn’t have one of those either). Place the potato slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush the slices with olive oil and then sprinkle with as much cinnamon as you prefer and bake for about 20-30 minutes until the edges curl up on.
The result – crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, deliciously sweet chips. The key was slicing the potato incredibly thin. Since I didn’t have a mandolin some of my chips were thicker and didn’t cook as well. The thinner the chip, the better it tasted.
I might have to make these again tonight..ya know, to really perfect the recipe :)
I am SO excited for this year’s garden to start producing. So far we have eaten a few artichokes and a ton of raspberries from the yard and we have about 10 jalapenos ready to be eaten. This year is the first time we planted our tomatoes in wine barrels and raised beds instead of directly in the ground and I am anxious to see if they turn out as well as they have in the past. From the looks of it they are doing fairly well so far!
This year we tried to make the garden a little less maintenance since we are constantly out of town, so we really didn’t plant as many vegetables as we have in the last few years. We tried to focus on planting flowers and trees that would come back every year and be a little less demanding.
Right now we have fresno chilies, jalapeno peppers, green onions (we have those all year), cilantro, basil, rosemary, tomatillos, artichokes, raspberries, and my favorite, an asian pear tree. We bought the tree last year and it is already producing!! I snapped a photo of it on my iPhone last night to send my friend in New York who loves them as much as I do. I cannot wait for them to be ready for harvest!
We also planted grapes two summers ago and they are now TAKING OVER. I love it! We planted 4 plants, one at the base of each of the posts on our overhang in the backyard. They have been climbing and climbing and now are growing over the top and grapes have started poking out through the wood and hanging down. They have given us some much needed shade on that side of the house and they look green and pretty all summer long. Not to mention the grapes are delicious!
Stay tuned for lots more gardening photos and of course some recipes with all of the delicious tomatoes.