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Butternut Squash Soup {DIY Recipe}

So I am by no means a great cook, but one thing I can make is butternut squash soup.  And I only say this because my husband told me so:)  Thanks to Pinterest (yes, I actually made something that I found on Pinterest!) I found this delicious recipe for butternut squash soup complete with bacon… because as we all know, bacon makes everything taste better. Duh.

This recipe is from good old Martha Stewart, so you know it’s amazing and — believe me — it is pretty easy to make! I have a new baby so I’m not spending …

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Five Friday Faves {Summer Solstice Edition}

What did you do with all of that extra sunlight on Tuesday?  This is white-wine-drinking, porch-sitting, live music weather — and we are soaking in every minute of it!

Here are five ways to take advantage of these balmy summer evenings…

1. Outdoor Concerts :: because it gives you a great excuse to drink wine out of a travel coffee mug and have it be socially appropriate (or is that not socially appropriate…?)

Janss Marketplace Summer Concert Series [Thousand Oaks]: Check it out each Wednesday night from 6-8pm — this week kicks off the series with Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band! Don’t forget …

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Five Friday Faves {Featured Vendors: LL805 BLOGiversary}

Right now, the rest of the country is all like

… but here in the 805, we’re all

Sorry, we’re not sorry..?!  😉

Happy FriYAY 805-ers!  Here is a roundup of our five Friday faves , featuring a few of our favorite vendors that will featured at our 3 Year BLOGiversary [we’re talking swag bags and giveaways, people!].  So get ready to sink into that weekend bliss — that …

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How To: Put Together the Ultimate Charcuterie Plate {featuring Boutique Wine Club}

So… I have a confession.

I. LOVE. CHEESE.  Of all kinds. Unconditionally. Head over heels. Wanna marry it. Obsessed.  {Phew, thanks for listening. I feel so much better with that out in the open.}

But, a man cannot live on cheese alone [that’s how the saying goes, right?].  A perfectly-balanced cheese plate needs more than just, well, cheese.  This is when the fancy term “charcuterie” comes in.

Pro tip: it’s pronounced “shar-KOO-ter-ee” — now you can sound very French and sophisticated. You’re welcome.

We wanted to …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Grand Opening of Vintage Grocers [Westlake Village] :: This is a grand opening like you’ve never seen it, with a whole week of FREE activities!

Saturday, October 1 – Grand Opening (starts at 2pm) — Join us for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, followed by a celebration with live music, our local vendors, kid’s crafts and a raffle. The first 500 guests will receive gift bags

Sunday, October 2 – Brunch (11am – 1pm) — Enjoy complimentary mimosas and breakfast items in the wine tasting room 

Monday, October 3 – Get Fit (11am – 1pm) — Experience our healthy offerings and juices and join us for a cooking demo

Tuesday, …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Pull your boots on and get ready to cowboy up — Oakheart Country Music Festival is this weekend!

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This Saturday at Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks, you will get the chance to line dance in your cutoff jean shorts to the likes of Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, Chase Bryant, and more.  You can also sign up to volunteer this event (psst, that means FREE admission for just a …

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Sign the Wine Guestbook & Gift {DIY}

A couple of years ago, I had the wonderful pleasure of being a bridesmaid to my BFF [and fellow LL805 blogger], Hayley.  There are so many fun details when it comes to planning weddings — some of which, include the parties and celebrations surrounding the big event.

At Hayley’s engagement party, I wanted something for the couple to have that would commemorate this celebration.  Also, I wanted it paired with a fun activity for the guests to do, while milling around the party.

Thus was born: Sign the Wine.

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. If you’ve been following us on our Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that we have renewed our obsession with Wildflour Cafe and Bakery in Agoura Hills.  As if we couldn’t love it more, we’ve been seeing their fresh breads and pastries pop up at many of our favorite local eateries, too!

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Just to name a few of our favorites [click the links for our blog posts on these local gems!], Wildflour supplies fresh baked goods for:

Hook Burger

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Best of: Coffee + Wine Bars {and yes, they do exist}

I don’t know about you, but this whole “half coffee bar, half wine bar” thing that people are catching on to is nothing but pure. GENIUS.

Two of my favorite vices, married into a one-stop shop?  #heaven

Ready for the breakdown of our favorite places?  Pick your poison:

BeanScene Espresso and Wine Bar [610 N. Lindero Canyon Rd., Oak Park]

IMG_7406IMG_7406Pretty much the cutest darn coffeehouse you’ve ever seen, now with BeanScene After Dark – Coffeehouse-turns-wine bar, with a large assortment of wines …

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