Review: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Shiraz

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Who: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia What: Shiraz (13.5%) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2012 Why: Because it’s September and I am STILL vacuuming up pine needles from LAST year’s Christmas tree. How: Admittedly, I will never win the medal for “Best House Cleaner”. And I am okay with that. I can think of so many other things I’d rather do than dust, vacuum, clean … [Read more...]

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Wine:  Castoro Cellars Reserve Viognier 2012; Castoro Cellars Reserve East meets West (Syrah) 2012 Vintage: Viognier 2012; East meets West 2012 Alcohol percentage: Viognier – 13.5%; East meets West – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com It’s been a late spring in my neck of the woods.  We kept our woodstove stoked until mid-April, and typically my husband … [Read more...]

Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Giesen What: Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: I have a college senior, a high school senior, and a huge attitude going on around here. How: It is March of both my children’s senior years. And to say that the dreaded specter of the disease known as “senioritis” has made an appearance is putting it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir

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Maybe the fact that your kid just sprinkled Baby Powder all over the living room sofa is all the excuse you need to buy a bottle of wine. Mother-in-law dropped by unexpectedly and stayed all day? Yep, another good one. Stepped on a Lego? Two year old swallowed a Lego? Legos have taken over your entire first floor? All good reasons. But we have a better one: Buy a bottle of wine and help save … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Merlot Frosting

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To finish up our "Fall in Love, with Bota Box" series of aphrodisiac recipes, we thought we'd revisit an old favorite. What could be more romantic than a Chocolate AND Wine cupcake, right?? For Cupcakes: 2 Cups boiling water 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 3/4 Cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Cup butter 2 1/4 Cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Honey Roasted Almonds

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Ingredients: 4 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp water 2 tsp vegetable or canola oil 2 tbsp raw honey   Directions: Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil. Roast for about 10-12 minutes, until browned. Let nuts cool completely. In a small bowl mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Add water, oil … [Read more...]

Love-Token Lemon Pesto Linguine

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Ingredients  1 1/2 cups basil 2 -5 garlic cloves 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 package fresh linguine pasta 1 tsp salt 1 T olive oil Directions: Boil water for pasta. Add linguine, salt and olive oil to boiling water and cook until desired tenderness. Mix basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan in a … [Read more...]

Recipe: “Hot and Heavy” Oysters

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Ingredients 10-12 oysters 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 T buttermilk 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 tsp italian seasoning Canola or Vegetable oil for frying   Hot Sauce: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1-2 T prepared horseradish 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 T lemon juice 1/8 … [Read more...]

Real Mom Confession #67

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Witching Hour

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