The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

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Sunday Rewind: Pork & Black Bean Rice Cakes with Cilantro Sour Cream.

I just realized I made these yummy Pork & Black Bean Rice Cakes a year ago and haven’t made them again since.  What’s wrong with me!?  These are full of spicy pork carnitas, roasted corn, black beans and tasty rice and are so easy to make! Pin This is an awesome way to use up leftovers and the recipe is so loosey-goosey that you can…

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So you want to be a winemaker...

This post brought to you by La Crema© winery. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. If I had to do it all over again, maybe I’d train as a sommelier. The more wine I drink, the more interested I am in the differences in varietals and the different stages of the wine-making process.  There are so many factors that affect the…

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Sunday Rewind: Wine Cork Crafts

I love wine.  (Have I mentioned this?)  We tend to have a lot of corks floating around here. For Sunday Rewind, I thought I’d revisit a big round up of wine cork crafts. Pin There are so many fun projects you can make and things you can use old corks for!  Check out all the ideas here. Cheers!    

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Tips on keeping kids active and healthy when schedules get busy.

I think there is something fundamentally wrong with a school year that begins before Labor Day Weekend. I’ll just throw that out there to start, ok? One of my uncles was a teacher and I have a very clear memory of the coffee mug he used. It said: The 3 best things about being a teacher: June, July and August. August is part of summer,…

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Sunday Rewind - Chipotle Lime Coleslaw

This Chipotle Lime Cole Slaw is a nice twist on traditional slaw and is a great side for a Mexican inspired meal.

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Los Angeles Lifestyle (and beyond) with Cindy Ambuehl

I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites with you today.  My friend Cindy has created Cindy Ambuehl Lifestyle, a site that showcases beautiful homes, fun things to do in Los Angeles and all sorts of gorgeous lifestyle posts. Cindy is a former actress and model who now works as one of the top luxury real estate agents in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas.  (If…

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Unexpected guests? Snacks to keep on hand.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We all have had moments when friends stop by unexpectedly, or spontenous plans for a BBQ come together.  The first thought is usually, "Is the house clean?!" and is followed quickly by, "What can I serve?!"  This is…

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Sunday Rewind: Cheesy herbed potatoes, roasted in foil packets.

We love camping, and this is one of our favorite “go-to” recipes. Cheesy herb potatoes, roasted in foil packets over a campfire?  Mmm mmm good! Pin   Click here to get the full recipe.  Happy Sunday!

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Sunday Rewind

I love, love, love stuffed mushrooms.  These  pesto-tomato stuffed portobello mushrooms are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Pin You can get the full recipe here.  Give it a try and let me know what you think! Mangia!

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In case you missed it: weekly wrap-up

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  We are hanging out and praying for rain… Southern California is experiencing the worst drought! Ugh. Here’s what’s been happening around the blog lately. Pin   Sunday Rewind: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cheesecake Saving a little time in the kitchen with frozen food. New packaging for Listerine bottles (that I’m willing to leave out on the counter.) An easy centerpieces…

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An easy summer centerpiece using a chandelier and fresh flowers.

My neighbor gave me a blingy chandelier several months back.  I didn’t have any place to put it, so it just kind of got stuck in a corner.  Then I needed an easy and inexpensive centerpiece and I immediately knew the chandy would be a great focal point.  Here’s how I took a chandelier and flowers from my yard to make a fun centerpiece. Pin Decide…

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Cute Chevron designs on Listerine bottles.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Every morning, I get up and I grab my bottle of Listerine.  I wear my Invisalign trays all night long and in the morning, the best thing to do is give 'em a quick rinse.  Even before I had the braces, I have been a Listerine…

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Saving steps in the kitchen using frozen food.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we have 4 boys, and that I like to cook for everyone.  We’ve been big fans of family meals, with all 6 of us gathered around the table… but something…

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Sunday Rewind: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cheesecake

Ever have one of those perfect recipes?  You can make it in advance (if you want to) and serve it to a crowd (if you want to) or make individual servings and freeze some for later (if you want to)… oh yes, and it’s totally delicious.  Do you have one of those great, go-to recipes?  Now you do! Pin This savory cheesecake recipe is a…

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Linguine with Clam Sauce - A family favorite.

I thought I’d share a family favorite today: my mom’s recipe for linguine with clam sauce.  Oh.  My.  Yum.   This is a perfect dish for those times when you’d like a pasta dish but don’t necessarily feel like anything too heavy. Pin Linguine with Clam Sauce 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) 1 large onion, chopped 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, crushed…

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Sunday Rewind: How I became friend's with my husband's ex-wife.

My birthday was a few days ago.    A year ago  I shared a very personal and emotional story about what could have been an unimaginable tragedy, and how it became a gift to two families.   Becoming friends with my husband’s ex-wife sounds insane, but I tell you, it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Pin I love this story, and…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

You guys?  I managed to get a few posts up on the blog this week.  Amazing, right? Sunday Rewind: 10 Travel and Camping Games Monday: Making smoothie popsicles with Silk Almond Milk Blends Tuesday: Iced Coffee and ice cream Pin I hope you have a good week.  I did!  I got a new car for my birthday. I got a Subaru Outback. Going from a gas…

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Ice Cream + ID Iced Coffee = Summer time treat for mama.

Summer is here! That’s supposed to mean lazy days and laid back schedules, right? Does anyone else feel like they actually have a bit more to do these days? Without the kids’ school schedule dictating mine, I don’t feel as productive or organized. I’m trying to get “my stuff” done while still making time for summer fun. Synonymous with summer fun? Ice cream. When we…

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Make smoothie popsicles with fruit and Silk® Almond Milk blends.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I am a big fan of Silk® Almond Milk and use it regularly.  I sometimes have, um, issues with dairy, and my boys aren’t big on soy products, but Almond Milk is a favorite.   I regularly make smoothies using it and have shared the recipe…

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Sunday Rewind: 10 Travel & Camping Games

Hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Today for Sunday Rewind I thought I would remind you of a few wonderful travel and camping games you can play or DIY. Pin Want the full list?  Click here for instructions and links to fabulous projects. Happy weekend!

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Favorite Campfire Recipes

Is it just me, or are our appetites bigger when we are cooking over an open fire?  We just got back from our annual camping trip up near Lake Tahoe.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you’re up to speed on our adventures.)  Food that is cooked directly over an open campfire just seems to taste better, you know?  So I thought I’d share a…

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4th grade campaign promises.

I don’t know about other states, but in California schools the 4th grade is spent covering state history and state government.  Each child has a turn as the classroom Secretary, the Controller, the Lieutenant Governor and then as the big cheese: the Governor.  It  is done alphabetically so that each child has a turn to serve in each capacity. Apparently, once all the children have had a turn, they…

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Sunday Rewind: A coastal inspired globe

This globe was a .25 cent bargain I picked up at a yard sale.  It was revamped for Halloween (twice) and also for Valentine’s Day and then had two remakes for summer, including this one. Pin For the full tutorial and instructions on how to make this globe, click HERE.  This was made with the same paper napkins that I used to make Mother’s Day…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy weekend!  I am very excited about the upcoming California Women’s Conference  in Long Beach next week.  There are amazing speakers, panels and opportunities to meet and network with other women.  (And the keynote speaker is Arianna Huffington!) Here’s what happened on the blog this week: Pin Sunday Rewind: Beach themed DIY candle holders. Tuesday: Three principles to help busy moms get things done. Wednesday:…

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What does it mean when wine is corked? (How to tell a bad bottle.)

Corked wine…?  Doesn’t wine normally come with a cork?  Whaaaat?   Is this when the wine has little bits of cork floating in it…? No.  When you hear the term “the wine is corked”  it is referring to wine that has been contaminated with cork taint. Pin Last week I shared my favorite wine gadgets and tools, and last week I also opened a bottle of…

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