Grape Date

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had an incredible weekend. I wanted to share some photos from a couple weekends ago with you all. Our new home has a very small vineyard, and the grapes were more than ready to be picked and sent off to make yummy (hopefully) wine! Well, we have absolutely no idea how to take care of, harvest or manicure both the vines and the grapes, but we’re slowly learning. The previous owners of the home (and our new friends) were gracious enough to show us how it’s all done. They came over with their wonderful daughters and picked and de- stemmed all of the grapes! It was a sticky but tasty process. I helped a tiny bit while Riley thoroughly enjoyed eating the grapes straight off of the stem. I can’t wait until next year when we get to do it all over again! Here are a couple of photos for now. Enjoy!

Taco Night feat. Laughing Glass

Hi Everyone!

We had our first official taco night at our new home last week. We had such a blast. Riley is finally on an early bedtime routine, so it is so refreshing to have that little bit of time in the evening to enjoy dinner and cocktails with each other (occasionally).

We had great music flowing through the home, yummy tacos with all of the fixins  and even better margaritas!

The new company Laughing Glass was kind enough to send me a bottle of their delicious all natural margarita. It’s made with agave, fresh lime and tequila. Everything you could ask for in a cocktail. The added bonus??? It’s ONLY 100 calories per glass!!! Incredible. It truly is delicious.

I served my margaritas over ice in cane-sugar rimmed mason jars. Here are a couple of photos and videos from our fun night. Enjoy!

… and thank you Laughing Glass!

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* Laughing Glass gifted me a bottle of their margarita. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all of the opinions are my own.*

Pigtails and Taco Night

Hi Everyone

I hope you all had an amazing weekend. We were finally able to spend a nice relaxing full weekend at HOME. It was magical and much needed. I felt like we’d been traveling the entire summer, it was nice to just  watch TV and get some laundry done. We also did a couple of fun things like a trip to the park and our first  “curry taco night.” I will be posting a few pictures of that night at some point this week. For now here are a couple of pictures of Riley with her adorable mini pigtails and some fun vine videos from over the weekend. Enjoy!

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Upright Roasted Chicken

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’ve all been well during my extremely long hiatus! First of all we’ve been moving into our new home (which we’re loving), and second we just got all our utilities hooked up today. Yikes!

With that being said i’ve been cooking ALOT this past week and was able to have my camera handy for all of it. I’ll be posting a few delicious recipes this coming week. I wanted to share this awesome chicken recipe I came up with for you guys! I stumbled upon this super cool roasting dish at World Market. It’s made specifically for roasting a whole chicken and has a little dish in the center that you can fill with a liquid of your choice in order to ensure you get the juciest roast chicken known to man! In my case I chose wine (naturally), and it was wonderful! Enjoy!

P.s- the roasting dish cost $19 🙂

Ingredients 

1 Whole “fryer” chicken (it means that it’s been cleaned out ;))

1 stick of butter

2 lemons

zest of two lemons

fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup of white wine (sauvignon blanc in my case)

salt and pepper to taste

Potatoes and Carrots (enough to coat the bottom of the dish)

 

Directions 

Make sure your chicken is completely dry (simply pat with paper towel). In a bowl combine room temperature butter, chopped fresh rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and salt. Mix together. This creates a yummy spread/coating for the chicken. Fill the center of the dish with the 1 cup of wine and place the cavity of the chicken over top so that it sits upright.  Rub the mixture all over the chicken using your hands (its going to be messy!). In another bowl coat your chopped carrots and potatoes with a tiny bit of olive oil and fresh ground black pepper. Place the chicken and veggies in a 425 degree oven for about an hour or until golden brown. Eat to your hearts content. Enjoy!!!