Drink Rose on a Patio Playlist

Drink rose on a patio this spring.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose.  No wait.  There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music.  Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine.  So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers.  And email me an invite.

February Loves

I am in love with this Saarloos and Sons white wine! This wine.  So yummy.  I had gotten a bottle of this white and a red from Saarloos and Sons in a silent auction gift basket from my son’s preschool.  I didn’t know too much about the company so the bottles have just been hanging around.  Well, the other night I decided it was time for the white to get chilled.  I’m a Sauvignon Blanc kind of gal.  And I’m not totally sure how these two wines stack up against each other.  But I can tell you this.  I opened the bottle, and on first sip, I hated it.  It was one of those days so I decided I’d drink the glass but I left the bottle on the counter with the intention of dumping it out that night.  But something about the second sip got me.  And I began to really enjoy the glass.  I went and put the bottle in the fridge and drank the rest of the bottle over the next few nights.  Turns out I REALLY like this wine.  Maybe the first sip just wasn’t what I was expecting but I’m glad I continued to drink it.  And now I want to go to their tasting room and drink more.  Lots more.  And go read their story.  Super cool.

My favorite candy of all time.  That I only eat at Valentine's DayThese hearts are one of my favorite candies.  And I only eat them at Valentine’s Day.  They really are just Gobstoppers.  And they used to even come in the normal Gobstopper colors but within the last few years, they have changed them to be only pink, red and white.  I realize that they are Gobstoppers and I can eat them all year long, but there is something about waiting for them to arrive in stores that makes me love them even more.  My sister and I always by them for each other.  And once that bag (or two) is gone, that is it until next year.  Have you ever tried these?

Live your passion!  My pal shared her stint on Cougar Town with us.  So proud of her! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post about this the other night.  I am super proud of my friend, Erika, for following a passion of hers.  She, just recently, decided to do extra work and start acting.  She was over the other night and I got to see her in an episode of Cougar Town and it was amazing.  I’m so excited to see where she takes it and know that she is doing what she loves.  I am lucky to know this gal and look forward to seeing her in more things!!

My husband has taking to making us pancakes on the weekend!So I’ve been married for 10 years now.  My husband hardly ever cooks.  So color me surprised when he decided to make us pancakes one morning.  We liked them so much he has taken to making them for us on the weekends.  So fun!  Food really does taste better when you don’t have to cook it.

blair-ritchey-for-meg-biram-gator-phone-caseI’m totally in love with my new phone case.  I got an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I had to get a new case.  This gator skin case by Blair Ritchey found in Meg Biram’s shop is so great.  I love everything about it.  It looks like it is sold out but they do have it in olive which would also be super cool.

One Hope Wine BBQ Pack is the Perfect Summer Hostess Gift

Wine and BBQ gift pack Hope at Home and One Hope Wines teased me on Instagram this weekend.  They shared this amazing picture of a delicious looking sangria.  When I asked where to find the recipe, they pointed me to this wine and barbecue gift pack.  And I instantly fell in love with it.  I think this would be the perfect hostess gift for you to bring along or send to your gracious host.  The pack comes with 3 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc (my fave!), 2 bottles of Pinot Noir, sangria recipes, a spice rub and recipe packet.  You can order the kit from their site.

*This is not sponsored, I just thought this kit was super cool.  And I like wine.  And BBQ.

Happy Birthday to Lauren

cheers to a fabulous feteToday is Lauren’s birthday you guys!!  Send her some love today, won’t you?  Here are some reasons I like Lauren:

-She does my hair when we travel

-She has never said no to drinking wine with me

-She has taught me a ton about crafting and tells me it is ok to not be perfect

-She is fabulous to brainstorm with

-She has AMAZING style

-She’s super funny in a quiet sort of way

-She has become a trusted friend and let’s me whine and vent

-She is all around awesome and I’m so glad that this online world led to a real life friendship

Happy Birthday!  I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 Tweet her a birthday wish! 

Stark Raving Wines Equals True Passion

white wineIt is no secret that I like wine.  And I have always wanted to go wine tasting.  I live in California for goodness sake.  We have some of the best wine producers in the country all right here.  So until I can get to a real wine tasting retreat, I make an effort to try new wines, or rather, new to me wines.

Stark Raving BottleI had the opportunity to try some Stark Raving wines recently.  I love their marketing and graphics.  The wine is quite tasty as well.  But when I read up on the wine maker, John Kane, I learned of his life passion to make wine.  Being passionate about how you make your living is very important to me and I love to support those that make it happen for themselves.  And that is John Kane.  I encourage you buy a bottle in an effort to support someone making a career of doing what they love.  And while you are enjoying the wine (the white is my fave!) think about what you are passionate about but aren’t doing as a career.  What is holding you back?

Stark Raving Wines RedStark Raving has 4 wines to choose from and you can check out tasting notes on each of them on the website to help you figure out which one you might like best.  Also be sure to check out The Wine Bar for recipe pairings.  How delicious do these Bacon Bites sound?  Best when paired with the Stark Raving Malbec.  I wish Mr. Kane much success and look forward to watching what he does next!

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