Happy Saturday and welcome to another Seven for Saturday, a list of seven things on my mind this week. 7 for Saturday 1 – In last week’s inaugural Seven for Saturday post, I told you about SCRAPS, a show on FYI Network, hosted by National Chef for Sur La Table, Joel Gamoran. Tori and I were not only seen in the Sonoma episode that aired last Sunday, but we spoke! I resurrected my YouTube channel…

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Today I’d like to tell you about my recent visit to Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa and the wonderful dinner my husband and I had at their onsite restaurant, Pinoli Cucina Rustica. Applewood Inn in Guerneville Tucked away in a redwood grove in the town of Guerneville, you will find Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa. Opened in 1985, Applewood Inn was originally the Belden Mansion, built in 1922 near the Russian River. Applewood Inn is…

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In today’s post I am sharing some highlights from our Sonoma getaway to El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen, a charming hotel on the Sonoma Square. Our stay, which included dinner at El Dorado Kitchen, was my prize for winning last November’s Experience Sonoma Valley photo contest. Winning the photo contest means so much to me as an amateur photographer. Having my creative hobby receive outside validation not only feels great but gives me motivation to keep…

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Recently, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Lambert Bridge Winery, located just outside the town of Healdsburg in Dry Creek Valley. Bill and I began our visit with a seated tasting in their elegant Cellar Room, led by Bill Smart, General Manager of Lambert Bridge. After the tasting, we attended an unforgettable vineyard party at their mountainside vineyard near Glen Ellen. In today’s post, I’m sharing some highlights from both our visit…

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We had a quiet and productive Memorial Day weekend. I cooked, marketed, organized a few drawers and cabinets while Bill worked in the yard, planting our vegetable garden in the aluminum troughs he bought me for Mother’s Day. I am so thrilled to have all our starters planted! We are growing cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, lettuce and some herbs. We may also plant some corn in the ground next to the planters, as well as some…

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I sometimes joke that if you can’t find something fun to do in Wine Country every day of the week from April to November, you’re just not trying! From farmers markets to concerts, winery events to fundraisers, there is no shortage of celebrating in this corner of the planet. I am fortunate enough to attend many wonderful events throughout the year and thought it might be helpful to both my Bay Area readers and readers who…

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