Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wine Tasting in the Lehigh Valley

Hi Everyone! I hope you all have been having a wonderful spring! The temperatures here  aren’t quite as warm as I would like them to be, but the sun is shining and the trees are turning green, so I can’t complain too much.

This past weekend, my girlfriends and I went on a wine tasting tour in the Lehigh Valley. The bus picked us up in Manhattan and drove us to the first vineyard, Vynecrest Winery, in Breinigsville, PA. There, we enjoyed cheese and wine tastings (the cheese was really yummy!) and toured their building a bit. My favorite was a sweet white wine, which is unusual for me because I tend to lean more towards dry reds.

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Once we finished at Vyncrest, we drove over to Blue Mountain Vineyards for more wine tastings and a catered lunch. Here, I really loved their white merlot. Again, this wine was on the sweeter side and I usually don’t like sweet wines. I’m wondering if there was just something funny with my taste buds that day, that all the sweet wines tasted better to me than the dry. The best part about this winery though, was the furry friend that was wandering around the tables, saying hello to all of her guests!

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Once we were sufficiently wine-happy and our growling stomachs were satisfied with pasta and bread, it was time to move to the third winery, Blair Vineyards. Here, they paired chocolate with their wines and my absolute favorite was a chocolate covered ginger paired with their Gewurztraminer. It was spicy and sweet – a delicious combination. Once the wine tasting was over, we got to spend some time outside enjoying the gorgeous spring day before we headed back to the city._DSC0605_Lovely _DSC0653 _DSC0639

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It was the perfect spring day, spent with good friends and good drinks!

Until next time…

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Spring in Hoboken

This weekend, spring was in the air! The trees are in colorful bloom, singing birds were my wake up call, and fresh flowers and new plants made their way into my home!

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These yellow sunflowers look beautiful on my kitchen table!

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Saturday was the perfect day to walk around town…

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I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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DIY Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Jars

As I continue to settle into my new home, I am discovering little things that I need and things I wish I had, and I am trying to decide which of those things and I should buy and which I should make myself. One thing that has been on my list is a container for sugar. This hasn’t been a pressing need, so I haven’t really gone shopping to look for one. The other day, as I was arranging some fresh tulips in a mason jar-turned-vase, I had an idea for a DIY sugar container – why not use the other mason jars I have to store sugar and flour? So this week, I set to work on a quick DIY project to satisfy my need!

DIY Gold Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Mason Jars

What You’ll Need:

– Mason Jars with lids

– Gold paint (or any other color you choose)

– small paint brush

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Once you have your supplies ready, all you do is paint some polka-dots onto the jars. Super easy! You can paint any design you want, I just liked the look of gold dots.

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I let my jars dry overnight and then filled them with flour and sugar the next morning.

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I’m not sure where I’m going to keep them, but right now I really like the way they look on my kitchen table with the tulips!

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I hope everyone is having a great start to April! The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous. I hope you all have had some time to enjoy the sun!

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