Today is my birthday.

I started celebrating yesterday and intend to continue through tomorrow. 😀 Yesterday, Carolyn and I had Spa Day (she had a facial while I had a 30 minute massage followed by a manicure and we finished with pedicures together), then mid-afternoon wine and cheese. We came home, dolled up and went out for dinner to…

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This month’s red

This isn't a label I expect to see on a Spanish blend.  And it doesn't indicate that this lovely wine was aged in bourbon barrels.  But, it was. Southern Belle retails for $20 and is a smooth, velvety combination of mostly Syrah.

Wine and cheese

This post is for the amusement of avincie and annmeeker. My loving husband got me a wine club membership. It is at the Cork And Cow Wine Bar at the mall near my job. We found the place by accident when we had time to kill before a movie and went in for a wine…

Ruining a steak

I saw this graphic on FaceBook this morning and it made me think of my grandmother: Kate grew up in the country. Her father was a farmer with a third grade education. They didn't always have a lot of ready cash, but they were never, ever hungry. It was kind of a shame that she…

Matters of taste

When my son was 3 or 4 years old, he couldn't understand why I didn't like the same foods he did.  He would say "You liked it when YOU were my age!" frustrated that sharing wasn't working.  But, he was appalled by some of the things I put in my mouth, too. One day, I…

Tomato sandwiches

My husband is from West Virginia and he says he never heard of anyone eating plain tomato sandwiches until he moved South. I find that astonishing. I come from a place where people argue about the correct condiment for a tomato sandwich. Duke's mayonnaise or Hellmann's? Or are you a complete heathen and use Miracle…

Indiana Roadtrip

I spent the end of last week driving to Nashville, Indiana to visit friends.  I met Patti at her sister's house in Forest, Virginia and left my car there. We took Patti's car through the coal fields of southern Virginia and Kentucky, finally getting a hotel room in Campton, KY when the snow got so…

Talbott 2012 Kali Hart Chardonnay

On Friday, December 6, we took Carolyn to Oakleaf in Pittsboro to celebrate her birthday, which was actually Wednesday, December 11, but Friday was when we could conveniently go out for the evening.  Oakleaf is wonderful.  The food is always excellent, portion sizes are rational and the service is perfect.  It is a local-in-season place…