Wine Country Local

Here are a few images of our picnic at Robert Hall Winery this weekend: one of more than 200 wineries in Paso Robles, California. As much as I enjoy the creative outlet that cooking provides me, I welcome an opportunity away from the kitchen to kick back and take in the local beauty. We often opt for a charcuterie board or or cheese plate on lazy evenings like this one.


Cavern Select Oro d’ Margherita really was liquid gold, I think.
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Summertime Road Trip

Dear Reader,

Here is the photo diary of our road trip up to Mount Rushmore and back. We started in California and drove through Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Utah. It was such an amazing experience. The boys loved it, and we made so many memories.




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Meet the Allreds


Dear Reader,

What do I want to tell you about my family? What is it that I really want you to know about us? In this day and age getting to know someone – truly know them, is no easy task. Especially through social media, the opportunity to become acquainted with someone’s authentic, flawed self is near to impossible. Just like in these photographs, we spend time obsessing about image. I went shopping for matching outfits the weekend before. I wore more makeup than Kim Kardashian did at the Met Gala. I brought lollipops to keep the kids happy, (which thanks to our amazing photographer were photo-shopped out) just to give the impression that they were calm and happy for the entire hour and a half that we stood in the sun and posed.

These are beautiful photos. I will always enjoy them, but not just because of the aesthetic, but because of the memories I have from that day. But this not us…

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