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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

Jumping for wine!

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

Until next time…

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Spring and Things

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Bought a pretty bouquet of flowers to bring some spring into my home

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend!

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend! We had bruschetta, fresh mozzerella, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, salad and linguini in garlic and oil. And, of course, a whole lot of vino!

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Greetings from Hoboken!

Hello everyone! I am writing to you from my new apartment in Hoboken! I moved in this past weekend and with the help of my amazing family and friends, the place is really starting to come together! I have a fully functional kitchen already stocked with food and beverages, a cozy couch, which I can’t wait to lounge on, and my bedroom is starting to come together. Not only have I enjoyed setting up my new home the past two days, I’ve also loved exploring my new neighborhood. I’ve already found some delicious eats and have tasted the best “mozz” in town! Today, I want share my move-in weekend with you through pictures…

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My housewarming present from my sister – wine, bread and salt. I love her!

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My empty bedroom at home…very strange

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NYC skyline

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Driving in to town

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Fiore’s for lunch on Saturday to try out their “mozz”

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My sandwich – ham, roasted peppers, and mozz – amazing! peppers were covered in garlic and the mozzarella was definitely the best I’ve ever had (it’s made fresh every day!)

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Starting to put my bedroom together

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The back of my door…starting to feel like home

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My mom and I trying to assemble my Ikea kitchen table

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Success!

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And it expands!

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Champagne toast with my family before dinner in the apartment on Saturday

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Breakfast Sunday at The Little Grocery

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Ham, egg and cheese on a roll…yum!

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Lunch on Sunday at Luca Brasi’s

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The Big Petey sandwich – turkey, roasted peppers, mozz and arugula

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My living room starting to come together! (thanks to my dad, sister and her boyfriend for putting the couch together!)

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Living room

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Living room

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My kitchen!

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Kitchen

That’s all for now! I absolutely love my new home and I can’t wait to continue to decorate and make it mine. I will definitely be posting more pictures in the coming weeks!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Its the first week of March! And the time changes this weekend – I can’t wait for the days to be lighter for longer. Spring is right around the corner!

I can’t end this post without giving a huge birthday shout-out to my amazing dad! Happy Birthday, Dad! Thank you for all of your help this past month and all of your love & support the past 25 years. I love you! I hope you have a great day because you deserve it!

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My Week via Instagram

Happy Monday – I hope everyone is having a fantastic 3-day weekend! I thought I would share with you another weekly recap via Instagram…

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I tried several new beers this week, including Red Hook’s Winterhook, Widmer Brothers’ Brr Seasonal Ale and River Horse’s Oatmeal Milk Stout. My favorite was definitely the Oatmeal Milk Stout. It was dark, but not overly heavy, and had delicious hints of chocolate and coffee.

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Saturday night, my friends and I saw the Gin Blossoms at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. They played a great show! It was so fun to dance and sing along to their classics we grew up listening to, like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down.”

And yesterday, my friend and I had a lazy and relaxed Sunday that involved a New Girl marathon, eating pizza and baking! She found a really simple recipe for Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint cookies. There were only 5 ingredients plus Nutella and all you do is combine them in a bowl, then bake for 10 minutes. They were absolutely delicious! I love the combination of salty and sweet, especially when it involves Nutella!

I hope everyone is well rested and ready for the start of a new week!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out last week’s instagram recap.

Christmas Gingersnaps

Every Christmas I look forward to making – and eating – Gingersnaps. They are my family’s favorite cookie and make great gifts! I just baked a batch this morning (I made the dough last night) and wanted to share the recipe with you!

I don’t know where the recipe came from. I think my mom found it in a magazine a long time ago. It is a very simple recipe to follow and I’m sure most of you will already have all of the ingredients. (They’re very similar to the ingredients in my Spiced Pumpkin Bread recipe)

Ginger Cookies
Makes 7 dozen

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups softened butter (3 sticks)
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I like to give an extra dash)
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Sugar

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Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl beat sugar, butter, molasses and eggs until light and fluffy.

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Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Mix well.

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Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 1 hour. (The dough can be made ahead of time. Just keep refrigerated until you are ready to make the cookies)

Shape dough into 1- inch balls and roll in sugar.

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Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes or until set. (I baked mine for 8 min this morning and they came out perfectly) Cookies will puff up and then flatten. Cool 1 minute, remove from cookie sheets.

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And enjoy!

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Are any of you doing any last minute baking? Do you have any recipes you look forward to every year? I hope you will share them with me! 🙂

Stay Curious! xo…Alane