Review: Quinta do Portal’s Mural Reserva Red

Whining Down Savor Every Morsel! As far as mental sharpness goes…I am definitely not the freshest grape in the bunch. I make the most nonsensical mom mistakes every damn day. Let’s just call them momsenicals…for a lesser mouthful. I have been driving back and forth from Orange County to Los Angeles (about 55 miles) with my kids about 30 times now. I have been stuck in HORRENDOUS … [Read more...]

Second Act: “And the Award Goes to….”

Last Sunday brought with it one of my favorite days of the year – Oscar Day!  The Academy Awards have long been sacred in my house; the day when I can live vicariously through the glamorous actors and actresses that I admire.  There were many years, growing up and into my young adulthood, when I would fantasize that I, svelte and glamorous, would walk the red carpet amongst the famous and … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Love for JLK

This isn’t the column I was planning to write.  I had something planned—something light, and kind of funny, and that captured one of the sweet moments of parenting.  But then something happened. A friend lost her six-year-old daughter.  This mother, Libby, who was part of Caveman’s playgroup as a baby, is amazing.  She and her husband struggled with infertility for years, coping with … [Read more...]

Three in the Bed: Is Friendship Magic?

My daughter Sun-Bun loves My Little Pony, and when I say love, I mean love in that sort of way that if it were possible for her to climb into the television and transport herself to the pony land of Equestria, I’m pretty sure she’d draw a cutie-mark on her behind and blow me a quick kiss good-bye. Sun-Bun is six and fortunately, many other girls at her school also enjoy the show. Sun-Bun has … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Merlot Frosting

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To finish up our "Fall in Love, with Bota Box" series of aphrodisiac recipes, we thought we'd revisit an old favorite. What could be more romantic than a Chocolate AND Wine cupcake, right?? For Cupcakes: 2 Cups boiling water 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 3/4 Cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Cup butter 2 1/4 Cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 … [Read more...]

Review: Layer Cake Shiraz

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Who: Layer Cake What: Shiraz (14.5%) When: 2010 Where: South Australia Why: What did you not understand about the word “cake”? How: I am a sucker for cake. I simply cannot resist it. Especially the icing. And if that icing happens to be white buttercream on fresh white cake? Forget it. I’m a goner. Ice cream? Nah – easy to pass up. Chocolate? It has to be milk chocolate and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Honey Roasted Almonds

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Ingredients: 4 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp water 2 tsp vegetable or canola oil 2 tbsp raw honey   Directions: Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil. Roast for about 10-12 minutes, until browned. Let nuts cool completely. In a small bowl mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Add water, oil … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Stream of Conscious Vacuuming

This seems so futile; I do it over and over. I wish I could just go take a nap. Housework is never done. So maybe I should just stop doing it altogether. Although my Mother would say (may she rest in peace) that I never have done housework; I just do damage control. I bet Mom hated doing stairs. I am going to say the hell with it and have cake for lunch. My God, another … [Read more...]

Review: Caposaldo Sweet Pink Merlot

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Whining Down: Finding the Right Lube My daughter brought a book home from her school library about idioms. The illustrations in the book contained real pictures with penned facial expressions and movements. My middle daughter LOVES this kind of stuff. She is such a literal thinker, that the idea of food having faces is mesmerizing to her. In fact, we call her “Literal Lisa”…a character I … [Read more...]

Love-Token Lemon Pesto Linguine

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Ingredients  1 1/2 cups basil 2 -5 garlic cloves 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 package fresh linguine pasta 1 tsp salt 1 T olive oil Directions: Boil water for pasta. Add linguine, salt and olive oil to boiling water and cook until desired tenderness. Mix basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan in a … [Read more...]