Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Le Thanksgiving Tail



When spending the day with relatives, I highly recommend a few of these.  Cheers to a day filled with too much food and too much family.  


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An open love letter


I have three children.  And a large dog.  And a sandbox.  And I detest a dirty house.  Up until I discovered this darling little vacuum, we had a major problem.  I can't express to you how much I love this little sucker.  It has no cord, it hangs right outside the kitchen, and it is light weight so my littles can help tidy up their mess of crumbs and sand and paper cuttings.  I love it more than ice cream.





Monday, November 24, 2014

Party Pad Clean-up


Nothing feels better than when people exclaim "I can't believe how tidy your house is!"  I can't either to be perfectly honest, and if you were just five minutes earlier you would have not spoken those words.  I've discovered that having a place for things to go when you're in  hurry is critical.  But more than that, is a way to zip up clouds of dog hair and sandy footprints - welcome the Dyson handheld vacuum.  I've literally become a crazy lady about this vacuum.  It works wonders.  It doesn't plug in so we can quickly grab it and clean up.  And when we vacuum regularly - it's not as disastrous when we actually do clean up.  It's a miracle.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Decanting & Aerating Wine



If there is anything that has ever seemed sillier to me than decanting and aerating wine, I'm not sure what it could be.  I pay a lot of money for the nice bottle of wine.  Why on earth am I going to pour the wine OUT of the fancy bottle?  Then no one can appreciate the label and revel in my genius of buying such a swanky bottle of wine.

But then I was introduced to a new fancy aerator and I decided it was time to grow up and figure out what the hub bub was all about.  I texted with my friend the wine maker, researched online, and taste tested {it was hard work and it was all for you}.

Here's what I learned.  Always decant a nice bottle of wine.  If it's old, there could be sediment in the bottom and that's yucky.  If it's not old, it brings out the aromas by being exposed to air.  If you bought a cheap bottle of wine, decant or aerate that thing so it isn't so "biting."  So basically, always decant.

Aerating is a quick and dirty way of skipping the decanter and leaving the wine in the bottle {hooray!  see my fancy label!}