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!}

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As Seen on TV :: Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Tune into Q13 FOX News this morning at 8:45 to get the kid's table set and ready for your Thanksgiving party!  Shouldn't everyone sit at the kid's table?

When I was little we never separated into kids table/adults table.  We sat at one extremely long table with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and random friends that someone showed up with.  And we ate.  If there is one thing that my family has always done well, it's eat.

But I love the concept of a table filled with fun.  And fun things to do.  And fun.  There's a chance I will turn the entire table into a 'kid's table' this year.  I'm sort of smitten with the idea.

In case you are smitten too, here's what I did:

1. Covered the table with kraft paper.  You can draw on it and when you are done it's compostable {at least the kind I bought is compostable}

2. Drew on placemats and place cards.  Black pen = outlines for coloring everything else.

3. Created snack cornucopias out of ice cream cones.  Here's how to do it ::  dip the base of the cone in water for 20 seconds.  microwave the cone for 20 seconds.  bend the cone around a pencil and let sit until hard.  Stale cones work best.

4. Printed out games and activities to play.

5. Made play dough.  Arguably, you can buy it too.  But more fun to make it.

6.  Made handprint turkeys with the little turkeys.  Easy, trace their hand, cut it out, glue on.  Let them cut it out.

7.  Apple juice in milk jars = happy little hands.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Faking a Fabulous Thanksgiving :: Stuffing Apples

Because stuffing inside the bird is so 1990.  Stuff an apple instead.  The stuffing stays wonderfully moist {hate that word but there is no replacement} and is so tasty with the turkey.  

Happy Thanksgiving!