100 Happy Days: Healthy Living

July 24th, 2014

Healthy living and feeling stronger.
I used a 12-pound medicine ball for sit-ups and Russian twists during today’s O2 Bodyfit class. It was a tough circuit. However, I could handle the weight.
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Last year, I used a 6-pound ball.

After class, I made vegetable quiche cups with green bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and red onions. I added Pepper Plant hot sauce.
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I used a recipe from “The Kitchen is My Playground.”

Also – I love having leftover quiche cups!

Day 80 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Obstacle Course

July 23rd, 2014

Taking on the obstacle course for O2 Bodyfit Bootcamp.

Battle ropes, box jumps, medicine ball burpees and more.

A sweaty good time!
Day 79 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Drakes Bay

July 22nd, 2014

Hello Drakes Bay.

Introducing friends to this amazing oyster farm. Also, saying good-bye. I am quite sad that Drakes Bay Oyster Company will close at the end of this month.

We enjoyed showing Suzanne and Ryan all we knew about shucking oysters. It’s not much. I hope it helped.

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100 Happy Days: Pasta

July 21st, 2014

Pasta inspiration from Extra Virgin. Debi Mazar’s family looked like they enjoyed making fresh pasta.

Plus – it looked like this family had the solution to stop noodles from sticking together: Semolina.
#kvpkitchen Fresh pasta!! Ready for some sauce!!

I followed Gabriele Corcos’ recipe.
#kvpkitchen Making adorable pasta dough! Ready to roll out!!

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I was amazed by this pasta dough. It felt like we finally hit the perfect ratio of eggs to flour. I think this is our best batch of pasta. Ever.

We served it with Gabriele’s red sauce and leftover zucchini cheese balls.

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Day 77 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: On the Wall

July 20th, 2014

On the Wall at Smugglers Cove:


It’s thrilling to see our names up there! We worked hard on those rum tastings. Fine. “Work” may not be the right word for it.

We certainly enjoyed all the rum. I also couldn’t stop laughing at that silly hazing ceremony.


We celebrated with one of the bar’s master rums: Myers’s Planter Punch Brand 1938 Rum. It’s a funky Jamaican rum. It’s also quite complex and smooth. I liked it.

Finally, a San Francisco bar that knows both of our names. Well, they certainly can’t forget us!

Day 76 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Dinner

July 19th, 2014

Dinner and a documentary on the making of “The Prisoner.”


We made zucchini meatballs. David Rocco’s recipe didn’t have any meat. I ended up calling them zucchini cheese balls.

I also made garlic mashed white beans. I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe and added lime zest.
#kvpkitchen #vegetarian dinner w/ zucchini cheese balls, tomato salad and mashed garlic white beans. Last night's #kitchen adventure! NOM! #foodspotting #kvpinmybelly #foodstagram

Day 75 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Burgers

July 18th, 2014

I need a break from burgers. Actually, I think I need a break from meat.

My body may rebel after I ate three burgers today.
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I met my hubby at the Dutch Goose in Menlo Park. I enjoyed eating lunch on the patio.

We had spicy deviled eggs.
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100 Happy Days: Piano

July 17th, 2014

Piano music makes me feel nostalgic.

After work, I listened to a lovely NPR interview with classical pianist Tara Kamangar. Her new album covers music from Russia And Iran.

I adored listening to her play the love theme from Spartacus.
Mariinsky Theatre

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100 Happy Days: Couch Buddy

July 16th, 2014

I loved catching up on food shows with my couch buddy.

Daisy likes to find a little nook between my body and the couch. Then she squeezes herself into the nook.


She also snores. She snores loudly.

Day 72 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Camping

July 14th, 2014

I missed camping. I was so happy that Suzanne invited me to tag along on her camping adventure in Half Moon Bay.


It was lovely to find a campground that’s only 30 minutes away from my house.


I also loved pitching our tent next to the beach.

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