Saturday, July 24, 2010

Back to Reality

We are back from my birthday vacation. We had such a great time. Lots and Lots of wine tastings and exploration the finger lakes region of New York. If you haven't been to this area of New York, you should definitely check it out. It's beautiful and the people are very friendly. Special Thanks to my New York family for the hospitality and our boston friends for coming to spend the weekend with us.
On my birthday night, Justin took me to this little gourmet cafe at Red Newt Vineyards. It was the perfect setting for a quiet, romantic dinner. The food was excellent. For dessert, I had a slice of blueberry lemon cheesecake. It was heavenly.
We bought a bottle of Hermann J. Weimer 2005 Pinot Noir. It had flavors of bing cherry, touches of vanilla and earthy notes with a smooth, long finish. Very yummy. Unfortunately, we did not make it to Hermann J. Weimer's Vineyard.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Off to wine, dine, and birthday time

Bright and Early, Wednesday morning, Justin and I are flying out to the Finger Lakes in New York. We are headed out to see our New York family, attend the finger lakes wine festival, hang with our very good friends from Boston, and R.E.L.A.X. I am so excited I'm having trouble sleeping. LOL.. I love vacation time. Check out some pictures from our last trip to New York.

This is where we are staying... Jen and David's cabin

Gorgeous views from the cabin on Seneca Lake
Hiking at Watkins Glen

We will be attending the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Here's the link to check it out: We are going to bring back lots of wine. =) Back in a few days. Ciao!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Getting Crafty - Part Three

A couple weeks ago, Jen and I had another half day of crafting. We didn't make as much as usual but had some fun and checked some projects off the crafting project list. That week we made another round of Homemade ketchup (yum), homemade mozzarella cheese, chai tea, preserved lemons, and hazelnut chocolate sauce for ice cream. Also, we made some new body products to try including: eggyolk hair conditioner, coffee body scrub and soy milk face cleanser. (Sorry about the poor picture above, it's the only one I have from that day)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Delicious Summer Salad

My sister, Krissy, and I made the most delicious summer salad. We took most the veggies from my fridge and created this colorful and vibrant salad. I love to make salads like this. Usually I call them my "vegetable drawer" or "kitchen sink" salads because I literally put everything I have in refrigerator in the salad bowl. The salads always come out delicious. This particular salad has fresh spinach, baby greens, vine-ripe tomatoes, sliced ripe avocados, boiled eggs, and walnuts. We dressed the salad with Annie's Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.