Wine Review – Walt Rose′

More Rose′ because… Summer! Summer really seems to have brought out a taste of Rose′ for us. It’s light and easy to drink and honestly has low commitment. It is pretty hard to mess this stuff up!

One of the wineries we are members of put on Instagram their Rose′ and I logged in and snagged a few bottles.


We are HUGE Walt fans in this house and this did not disappoint. A little strawberry here and a little citrus there with a bright finish. Super delish.

I have found some of Walt’s Pinot Noirs in large wine stores (Spec’s here locally) and at Central Market – but I am not sure how widely they distributed the Rose′. I will be a pretty happy camper if I see this on the shelf during my next excursion.

Learn more about Walt here – WALT


Cookies on Saturday

Along with being an avid wine drinker I am also an avid food lover. I am constantly looking up new recipes and putting cook books on my wish list.

My favorite food blog, Pinch of Yum, featured a cookie the other day that I haven’t been able to get off my mind. It also prompted me to order a new cookbook:

Cookie + Kate

Apparently I have been living under a rock and I had NO IDEA this blog existed. While I am not a vegetarian, I do enjoy meatless meals just the same. I read the cookie recipe on Lindsey’s site, ordered the book, and moved on.

Today the book arrived and I dove into during the Saturday “quiet time” (aka baby nap time and we all read/nap/chill for 2 hours). I want to make all the salads pastas but OH YEAH THE COOKIES.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie: Excuse me while I eat the batter… 

I am a lover of coconut sugar, and many of the ingredients throughout this book, already and I had all the ingredients on hand.

As they baked I dug through the website and smelled the peanut butter goodness wafting throughout the house.

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious.

I am still nursing my broken heart and cookies are a surefire way to do that.

Even if it is swimsuit season….



New Wine Club

Lee and I did join several wine clubs on our last trip to Sonoma, but we are always looking for interesting wine to add to our collection.

On the way back home from Hawaii, I re-watched Somm on Netflix. This is a very interesting film following a group of men studying to take the Master Sommelier Exam.


Curious as I am, I googled “where are they now” and stumbled upon a wonderful find!

Ian Cauble has started a wine website with moderately priced bottles, complete with tasting notes, shipped right to you.

I have already ordered one of the wines of the day AND joined the monthly club (shocker).

When they arrive I will put my reviews up for sure.


Too Soon

I intend to use this little writing space as more of a wine/food review and light touches on personal life. Today I will make an exception…

I took a short break for two reasons.

1 – Hawaii!

2 – The loss of my very best little friend the same day I arrived home from Hawaii.

Lola. My sweet pup. She was the little tiny furry pup that helped heal my heart from my childhood dog passing away. She was Lee and I’s first “baby.” #1 professional snuggle bug. Every night she was under the covers snuggled against me. For 11.5 years she was there when I was sad. She was here for two new babies coming home. She was there when I crawled into bed over and over while those babies learned to sleep through the night. She nursed me to health when I was sick. If you had a warm blanket, Lola knew your name.

I’m in a very deep state of grief over losing her very quickly and much too soon. She went downhill fast with an Auto-immune disease and the process to help her recover was lengthy and only had a 30% chance of getting her back. While I sit here and wonder if I should have maxed out a credit card to keep her, I know she was ready and didn’t need to go through all the pain. IMG_1279.JPG

My sweet Lola Belle. Forever my friend.



The Hangover

No, not the acclaimed movie.

My Monday.

(Hello as my boss reads this?)

Sunday night, infamous Sunday Night Dinner, included my best friend and his husband. He is always courteous to bring wine as we always provide the food. Sometimes we partake in his choosing and other times we don’t.

This time, my husband was out of town. I wasn’t keen on digging into the wines in our cellar so I shared Donald’s. I don’t recall the maker but I remember noting it was a bit on the sweet side.

I have discovered in my research that sweeter wine is hiding something. Imperfections, perhaps. We all know sugar in alcohol contributes to the “flu” the next day. I drank two glasses of his wine and a glass or two of mine (this is over a 5 hour period of time!) and went on to bed.

Oy. Monday. I felt just like I had drank all the wine all by myself.

I started thinking – seriously – can certain wines affect your headache?

YES. They also don’t have to be “Cheap.” I am not dogging on my best bud for grabbing interesting looking stuff at good prices – you can find hidden gems that way for sure. It’s really more in how it’s made. You will also note that my Rose taste testing of late included a $8 bottle – and no headache the next day.

Google and some books I have read informed me that it could be from any artificial “oak alternatives” that are trying to create that oaky taste that causes reactions from those who are headache prone (as I am). There are also tannins and sulfites that can cause reactions.

Lo and behold, so I have some smidgen of credibility, I found this article that helps explain it more than my hangover story.

After a lot of water, advil, and coffee I was back to normal by lunch.

Next time, I will drink more water….

Not necessarily less wine.


Going Plastic Free (ish)

Lately the news has provided us with more and more articles regarding how just going simply “BPA-free” isn’t the answer when addressing plastic and toxins. While you can use yee-ole-Google and find many for yourself, here are a few I found interesting and helpful:

Plastic is not Fantastic

How and why to go Plastic Free

I started slowly going through these efforts at home starting with baby bottles. Eleanor went onto glass baby bottles at about 6 months of age. I simply added a silicone sleeve so I wouldn’t drop them and they were just as easy to clean as plastic. Bonus: No warping in the dishwasher!

I would say the last 3 months I have made a larger effort to get us as close to plastic free as possible.

First step was storage containers. When I get home from the store I transfer as much as I can from plastic containers to these glass storage containers:

81BNhVE4QsL._SL1500_.jpg Snapware (Amazon)

I discovered quickly that the food stayed fresh much longer. This includes pre-peeled garlic, bacon, etc.

Next I went to work on the kids dishes. They primarily eat off of silicone or metal plates.


I also focused on what they drink out of since that one concerns me the most. Kleen Kanteen has been a real winner around here for water bottles and I love that they make a toddler spout!


I also use these neat silicone slip overs on metal cups as a sippy. Amazing.

The next tricky part was food storage. I found that the cloth re-usable snack bags didn’t keep crackers from going stale. I always keep a stash of graham crackers for my daughter so this was a big deal for me to solve.

Thanks to an instagram ad (i am such a sucker) I ordered a few of these silicone baggies.


Stasher Bags

I LOVE THESE. They seal and keep food fresh and are soft and easy to throw in my purse or weekend bag.

All my plastic mixing bowls and spoons are gone and we now only have glass or ceramic bowls and silicone or wood cooking utensils.

Changes I am working on include actually taking the mesh veggie bags to the store or remembering to transfer to them once we are home.

I am digging for a glass ventilated produce keeper for strawberries as well.

My husband loves his Tervis so I didn’t get rid of those. Otherwise we drink out of Yeti’s or glasses.

The only pain I have found is heating up food for the kids – I can’t just throw their food in the microwave on a metal plate! So I heat it up on a glass plate and transfer it. My son is old enough at 6 1/2 to eat off breakable plates so I mainly do this for our energetic toddler!

What are your thoughts or ideas on plastic free?


P.S. These are all my opinions as I try different products. None of these companies paid me for endorsements!

Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

I suppose I should introduce myself to those who do not know me. I blogged (loosely towards the end) for about 6 years over at also known as Life and Love of a Parrothead.

A lot happened in those years including 2 children, three pets, and moving to a new house.

This morning I was thinking, over my morning few cups of coffee, that I don’t really identify with that persona anymore. Don’t get me wrong – I am still an avid lover of Jimmy Buffett music. I always will be. However, I feel like I don’t want to continue to pigeon hole myself into the “mommy blogger.”

That is why I decided to leave that blog behind and move on to what I hope to be an informative blog on what I am passionate about.

These things include (but aren’t limited to):

  • wine
  • coffee
  • wine
  • essential oils (yes, really)
  • plastic free
  • healthy living
  • yoga
  • wine

My husband and I have been dabbling in wine for a few years but a recent trip to Sonoma really got us in debt into trying all types and honing in on what we really enjoy. Mostly that is Pinot Noir and Cabernet. Lately I have felt quite basic and gotten into Rose. I suppose I am working to shake off the feeling I am drinking from a box of White Zen out of my grandmother’s fridge in the 80’s.

In the end, I hope to have visitors who are ready to read about nonsense on some days and something I hope to educate about on other days. I love to cook, drink wine, and play in the sunshine with my family.

I do hope you will join me.