Temecula

April 2015:

I stumbled upon this gem while trolling Groupon for things to do near San Diego. A wine tasting in Temecula popped up, so I jumped on TripAdvisor and started to research. I was able to book us a wine tasting tour on the Grapeline Wine Tours, (www.gogrape.com) and found a really nice hotel at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

I had Ryan take the “scenic” route from San Diego to Temecula. As we came into wine country, the views were fabulous. We checked into our hotel around 2:30 pm and decided,  with 41 wineries in Temecula and the fact that we were only going to 4 on our tour tomorrow, we probably should go try one! We freshened up and started our on adventure to Europa.

Europa

IMG_1956This winery was AMAZING! They have three wineries featuring wines made in the styles of French wine, C’est la Vie Wine Chateau, their Spanish wine, Bolero and Vienza, which has a Tuscany southern French influence. Our sommeliers’ name was Dr. Doug. He was so interesting. He is a retired professor, who was working on his third level Sommelier certification. This guy knew his wine and I looked like a fool.

IMG_1968He taught us to look for the “legs” after you swirl your wine, how to check out the color and I added my own “trill” that my sister taught me. We had such a great time and since they had such an extensive selection we joined the club, 3 bottles every 2 months! Now we were part of Société Europa and Dr. Doug gifted me a coveted autographed cork! We selected a glass of wine and went out to the vineyard!

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Grapeline Wine Tour

Quick little review on them! They pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. They had an amazing day planned for us, warned us of how much we would be consuming and Melissa was our tour guide. Please request her, or come with me the next time I go! We booked the Picnic Tour for only $109 a person, yes please!

Leoness Cellars

Leoness means “village of dreams” and WOW this place was like a dream. We started down by the process plant and received our first taste. Our tour was perfect because as you are touring the grounds, you were given tastes along the way. The barrel room was beautiful, the vineyards lovely and the views were breathe taking. My favorite part of the tasting was the dessert wine at the end, 2007 Cinsaut Dessert Wine paired with a dark chocolate truffle. We really enjoyed their wine and loved that they had different tiers. We joined the club! 3 bottles every 3 months. I am most excited about this winery due to their Signature Collection Club. These wines must mature for 7-10yrs, which means we could enjoy them in our 40’s! FUN!IMG_1986

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Danza Del Sol

Now that we have a nice buzz going, lets cover stop #2. Danza Del Sol was the first winery to grow the Gewürztraminer grape, which is the wine they are known for. One of their most popular wines is the Orange Muscat with of flavors of vanilla and apricot and smelled like oranges. The reason I love to taste, is sometimes you find a gem and tis worth it. Luckily we didn’t join the club, but did grab a few bottles to take back to MN.

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Cougar Winery

Can we talk about the views at this place? They are located on top of a hill and have 360 views of the vineyards. Thank God this was our lunch stop, my buzz needed some carbs. The winery had lunch set up for up in their barrel room. The food was great and we were served a half glass of wine. Their wines here weren’t my favorite. They have a lot of sweet wines and table wines, so I brought a few of those. 3 down, 1 to go…and I’m just a little wine wasted!IMG_1997

South Coast Winery

This winery is huge and we are wine wasted for sure. Honestly I don’t remember much from this winery, except that it was beautiful and has an amazing spa and hotel. They also had 80+ different wines. Due to the fact that they have so many, we joined the club. Yeah, no that was a lie, were were just drunk and made a bad decision. IMG_2006Our tour dropped us of at our hotel and since were couldn’t drive anywhere, we ordered pizza and passed out. I am so happy I stumbled upon this gem. I am obsessed and can’t wait to go back.

30 and 1/2!

So today is my half birthday! And no I’m not one of those people who celebrates it nor am I one of those people that need birthday month or week. I just need one epic day of memories! I’m writing this post to reflect on what my expectations were for 30 and how I found my bliss.

My goals for turning 30 were very superficial and unrealistic. They were based off the idea of how I wanted others to see me. I wanted to be my perfect weight with the perfect body. I wanted to be my ideal trophy wife… Blonde, fit body, successful career, dream house and well traveled. Yup, I wanted everyone to love me and be jealous of what I had.  How shallow and sad is that?

When I turned 28, I thought I had it all. It was my golden birthday, I was training for a fitness competition and was building my “perfect” body.  I thought I had “awesome” friends (that is a whole other blog). I was building a great career, explored the Caribbean and was happy. But little did I know it was happiness based off the wrong things. After my competition, my life fell into its dark era. I gained 25 pounds, became crazy depressed, and has been burned by some friends. This was not how I wanted to enter my 30’s.

29 was my rebuilding year. I found a great therapist, discarded the negative people in my life and started to be the REAL me! I discovered what was important to me and how to balance out my life. I was excited to turn 30. People take you seriously when you hit 30, life gets even better when you turn 30. I want to be genuinely happy when I turn 30! To ensure that turning 30 was memorable, I planned a party with my friends and booked a 2 week cruise for Ryan and I. Everything was going to plan! My party was a success, I had our trip planned to a “T” and was confident in my body. The week of my birthday, I was so greatful for how supported I was by clients and friends and how “blessed” I was. Now I HATE that word “blessed”, that # is over rated and annoys the crap out of me. But in my head I felt that way (no way in hell that was going to be said out loud).

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Jan 28 2015: The best start to being 30, quickly turned into one of the worst days of my life. My adorable little girl, Pancakes, had to be put  to sleep that night due to an unexplainable reason since her back legs were paralyzed. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. (My cats are my fur babies and my life). I couldn’t stop crying, I didn’t want to go to work, I felt numb, helpless and angry. She was just a little kitty, it was my job to protect her. The next 4 days were a blur and then we landed in paradise. I was so happy I could turn my brain off, grieve with Ryan and make happy memories.
IMG_5687So far 30 was filled with sadness and joy. No perfection here and that perfect. But in all honesty,  reflecting on how it has gone so far, I am very lucky and have worked hard for the experiences I have had. They weren’t any better or worse because I didn’t have my perfect body and I could care less about people’s judgements and opinions. I took advantage of every opportunity that came into my path. I have found balance and happiness. In the book 30 Things Every Woman Should Know and Have By 30, the editors of GLAMOUR had a very meaningful quote that has stuck with me:

phontoThis could not be more true. The moment I started to live life, find balance and not try to impress others, is when I found my true BLISS.

Skinny Spaghetti

Who doesn’t love quick, simple, easy meals for dinner? I cooked this meal for dinner on Thursday before work. Whenever I cook a meal, I make 2-3 extra servings to eat for lunch or dinner the rest of the week! This one is awesome because you can freeze your meat sauce for meals within the month.  Enjoy!

Bison/Turkey Zucchini Spaghetti 

Serves 9

Cal: 284    P: 28.5     F:11    C: 16

 

Ingredients:

-1.25 pounds of ground bison (I use Kivasun from Costco)

-1.25 pounds of ground turkey

-small can of Muir Glen fire toasted diced tomatoes

– large jar of Muir a Glen garlic roasted pasta sauce

-6 medium zucchini
Steps: 

1. Use spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I find that if you use paper towels and press to get out the moisture, they have a little more crunch.

2. Spread zucchini noodles on pan and bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees. I go blot out water halfway through and rotate around.

 3. While the noodles are baking, brown turkey and bison on stove top.

4. Once cooked, add both the diced tomatoes and pasta sauce.
When serving, I measured 1/2 cup zucchini noodles and 1 cup sauce. Top with fresh Parmesan and enjoy a glass of red wine!


Viola! Bon appetite! 

Berry cashew cocoa chips!

I LOVE chocolate! I am one of those people that craves something sweet pretty much all the time. I decided to create my own chocolate dessert that is naturally sweet with natural sugar.

Here’s what you need:

1 bag of Simply Balanced dried strawberries(Target)

1 bag of Simply Balanced dried raspberries (Target)

1/2 c unsalted roasted cashews

1c Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips

1c Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips

1 tbsp finely shredded coconut

wax paper

cookie sheet

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Steps:

1. I first cup my dried strawberries in half since they were pretty big.

2. Lay wax paper over cookie sheet. Melt the chips together in microwave. Once they are melted, mix up and start creating circles. I used a tbsp to measure and created 22 chips.

3. On each chip, I put one cashew, one strawberry and one raspberry on top. I used the finely shredded coconut for fancy sprinkles!

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Nutrition: One chip

88 cal, 5.6 g fat, 11 g carbs, 8.3 g sugar, 1.4 g protein

Persistence not perfection

When it comes to making our goals and achieving them, it takes hard work. You must create an action plan and be ready to excute all steps to make it happen. Most of us, including myself think you need to be perfect to meet your goal. The art of perfection is conforming to the definition of the ideal type and being beyond improvement. Ugh…that doesn’t exist and I would crumble trying to meet those standards. Insert PERSISTENCE! 

We all can be persistent. We can endure obstacles that get in our way and still find the path we are traveling. I have gotten lost multiple times in my journeys to achieving various goals. Unfortunately I wandered quite far the last few days. I have been running, running, running and when I get too overwhelmed, I fall and I fall hard. Every day pressures for perfection get to everyone. Eat perfect, workout every day, clean house, being on your game at work and being the best spouse, partner or mom is just an illusion. I’ve never met anyone who is perfect, but I am surrounded by some persistent people. 

So today marks my 60 day challenge to myself. Each day my goal is to do 20 mins of house keeping, 1 hour of yoga or exercise, read my weekly mantra and to follow my meal plan. That being said, I also need to listen to my mind and body and if I need a break, I can take it. 

What will your 60 day PERSISTENCE challenge be? Maybe it’s to pay a compliment to someone everyday, including yourself!! How about getting your daily H2O in? What about starting to have a date night or family night and go phone FREE? 

Can’t wait to hear what you will all be doing and how you will better your best by being consistent! 

Hello Passion Lovies!

Welcome to my blog! I have been wanting to start one FOREVER! Let me first start by introducing my self! I’m Angela. I’m a wife (even though I hate that word), hairdresser, cat mom, yogi, fitness lover, foodie, travel addict, experience junkie and obsessed with creating a memorable life!

Passiontite means Appetite for Passion! The meaning of PASSION is a strong amorous feeling or powerful emotion. APPETITE is to satisfy a need or desire ( or in my world to make my tummy happy). My blog is going to cover my love of hairdressing, the places I have traveled to, my opinions on life, love and how to live up to YOUR standards. To find passion and integrity in everything you do. I am a believer in surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Finding a partner or support team to help you cultivate and achieve your goals and dreams. Hopefully reading my blog will satisfy your cravings and ignite your passions!