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Wine Lingo - Words 4 Wine.

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The reason wine “lingo” was created was to assist in the description and discussion of wine. Or maybe it was created to sound pretentious or part of a secret society. Either way, using these words helps others understand your interpretation of the wine. Keep in mind, it is not necessary to use any prescribed language. You can describe a wine in any terms you want. As you may have noticed, SIP makes up wine words all the time. Think of wine tasting terms as those that describe how the wine smells and those that describe how it tastes or feels. The following are a few basic tasting terms you may have heard: Acidic : A sharp, tart taste. Strict like SIP's 5th grade teacher, Mrs Pepper. Aftertaste : Do we really need to tell you what that means? Aromatic: A term used to describe the wine’s bouquet. The smell. It's fun to compare what you think you smell and to the winemaker's notes to discover what you should smell. Hmm...really? Bitter: This describes a taste not

Tut Tut, Looks Like Rain

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Sure I love the sun but I don’t mind the rain. In fact, I’m rather fond of it.  When I was a small child, we lived in Belgium for a season. Dad let my sister and I dance on our urban balcony in the rain. I remember the laughter, joy and freedom that washed over us. We were little and stark naked.  Although clothed, I used to take my boys puddle jumping in our neighborhood park that overlooked the ocean. While other parents held their children’s hands tightly,  begging them to avoid the puddles, I was encouraging my boys to run through and jump in them repeatedly. We lived in Seattle, so puddle jumping could be a frequent activity. Although sometimes this was a spontaneous event, other times we’d be well prepared for our rain adventures. Many mornings, my youngest son would with get a sparkle in his eye and let me know in Winnie-the-Pooh fashion “Tut Tut, it looks like rain” We’d venture out with clean towels, a change of clothes and often a picnic to have in the car.  So today it’s a r

You’re my cup of tea

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  It may look like an old teacup & saucer. But it’s so much more. It most definitely has stories to tell. This delicate hand painted 24k gold lined teacup and saucer is from before WW1. Its seen a lot. Imagine the world events that have happened and possibly whose hands this was in. 💛  The back stamp is that of a famous Asian china, "Nippon," simply means "Japan." Nippon china was produced for export to the United States beginning in 1865, when the country ended its long period of commercial isolation. However, that ended in 1921, when the United States enforced the McKinley Tariff act which prohibited the import of items which were not "plainly marked” stamped, branded or labeled in legible English words. As Nippon was considered the Japanese word for the country of origin, "Japan" would become the English equivalent, the period of the Nippon china mark came to an end.  Genuine antique Nippon porcelain is nearly always hand painted and ornate in

A Cup of Kindness at BOOTS

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  That morning was like so many others - I was running late and frazzled that the coffee drive-thru was annoyingly slow. Fumbling through my handbag, I realized my wallet hadn't made the trip. I pulled up to the window, counting out loose change when the barista informed me the car in front of me paid my bill. Grateful and shocked, I dumped the change in tip jar and blissfully drove away. That random act of kindness turned around what started as a less than stellar day.   That one cup of kindness brought such joy that years later, I'm telling you about it.       Let's say I didn't just forget my wallet through, and the coffee I craved wasn't financially possible. How much more would I appreciate each sip? Kindness comes in many forms. It can be random acts done anonymously, specific acts done with intention, boldly with fanfare or quietly from the heart. The list goes on, but one thing is constant, kindness has the a ripple effect and apparently can come i
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Peonies are $7.99 a bunch at @traderjoes! These delicate blooms are possibly my favorite flower.  💛 “Waiting for brilliance as these beauties take their sweet time to bloom. For me, no other flower can compete with the lovely and the fragrant Peony. The slipper soft petals, delicate shape, romantic shades and graceful foliage make this flower beloved. They are imperfectly perfect. Kinda like us” Laurie Allen, the writing room 2020 # flowerpower   # thewritingroom   # blooms   # peonies   # wooedbywords   # traderjoes

Buy a few good pieces and fake the rest

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With Home Decor as with Fashion, my mantra is ...buy a few good pieces and fake the rest. It’s important to know when to splurge and when to save.  For example, my gorgeous office chair from The Tin Roof with this new accent pillow. You know when you walk into any Target and you’re greeted you with the Dollar Spot section. If you walk on by, you’re missing out. There’s gold in there. My latest find was this LOVE pillow. I’m not even sure I broke stride in picking it up. Usually items are under $5. This was a Dollar Spot splurge of $10 “LOVE is the answer. What was the question?” #cheapthrills #target #dollarspot #score #thewritingroom #love #pillow

Tart Rhubarb & Sweet Strawberries make a delicious combination : CRUMBLE RECIPE

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Yes, I froze last summer’s rhubarb bounty for a winter.  treat.  The healthiest Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble recipe I could find is also the best ever! We topped it with Coconut Bliss Vanilla Bean (plant based ice cream). It has tropical undertones so it paired perfectly with the tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries. It was pretty easy with just a handful of simple ingredients, a mixing bowl, a food processor (optional), and a baking dish. This recipe is easily adaptable and can be made with any fresh fruit you have on hand like berries, peaches or apples. HEALTHY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP ★★★★★ 5 from 5 reviews Author: Jess  Choosing Chia  Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 45 minutes   Total Time: 60 mins   Yield: 6 servings  INGREDIENTS Filling 3 cups strawberries, cut in halves 2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces  1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tbsp cornstarch 1/4 cup maple syrup Crisp topping  1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/2 cup almond flour