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October 27, 2010

Wine Breather

This week we have been in celebration mode for Fiancé’s birthday so any excuse to have a little party and we are jumping at the chance.

I was recently sent a Wine Breather carafe to try out to possibly add to my OpenSky shop. I LOVE trying new things to share on the blog with my readers and this was no exception!

Let’s just say I had a lovely time testing this out!

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I decided to bust out one of my latest wine purchases I got with Melissa and Lauren at Reading Terminal a few weeks ago to play with my new wine breather.

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So the concept behind this wine breather is that wine develops and matures in the bottle, but most wines can further benefit from aeration before serving.

Aeration can tone down the acidity and bitterness of a young wine making it more accommodating.

Aeration Step By Step: Served from the Original Bottle

Open the wine bottle and place the wine breather in the neck of the bottle.

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Use both hands to pick up the bottle and the carafe and turn them over (carefully!) and place the carafe on the table so the wine flows out from the bottle.

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Watching the wine flow from the bottle into the carafe was the best part! It went down in waves along the glass.

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You could also aerate further by repeating the process once more.

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It felt like I was doing some awesome science project, but with alcohol, so it made it even more fun!

 DSC_0071DSC_0074

After you have aerated your wine, you have the choice of serving it from the original bottle or the sleek carafe.

DSC_0076 

We chose to be super cool and serve our wine in the carafe, I think it’s so modern looking – I love it!

 DSC_0078DSC_0081

Cheers! The wine tasted great, I really enjoyed it. I would love to try the wine breather again with a wine I have had on a more consistent basis and see how it tastes then, but I really liked it!

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Jackson was there for emotional support.

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Have you ever used a wine breather like this before? What do you think of wine aeration? Anyone have any tips or tricks up their sleeves on this matter?

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After our adventure in wine aeration something magical happened in the kitchen – Fiancé made dinner!

Did your jaw just drop, because I still can’t believe I just typed that!

Fiancé felt inspired to make dinner tonight so I let him roll on with that inspiration! I hope it comes back again son!

DSC_0086DSC_0087 

He made an Asian inspired rice dish with veggies, egg and I think he threw some chicken sausage somewhere in there too.

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A few scoops of his creation with a side of aerated wine on my Halloween placemat – Life is good.

 DSC_0091 

Also, if you are interested in some more information on my new Wine Breather, check it out in my OpenSky store!

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Also, don’t forget to enter my Clif Crunch Bar Giveaway!

Wine Breather

This week we have been in celebration mode for Fiancé’s birthday so any excuse to have a little party and we are jumping at the chance.

I was recently sent a Wine Breather carafe to try out to possibly add to my OpenSky shop. I LOVE trying new things to share on the blog with my readers and this was no exception!

Let’s just say I had a lovely time testing this out!

DSC_0077

I decided to bust out one of my latest wine purchases I got with Melissa and Lauren at Reading Terminal a few weeks ago to play with my new wine breather.

DSC_0059

So the concept behind this wine breather is that wine develops and matures in the bottle, but most wines can further benefit from aeration before serving.

Aeration can tone down the acidity and bitterness of a young wine making it more accommodating.

Aeration Step By Step: Served from the Original Bottle

Open the wine bottle and place the wine breather in the neck of the bottle.

DSC_0061 DSC_0062

Use both hands to pick up the bottle and the carafe and turn them over (carefully!) and place the carafe on the table so the wine flows out from the bottle.

DSC_0063 DSC_0064

Watching the wine flow from the bottle into the carafe was the best part! It went down in waves along the glass.

DSC_0065 DSC_0066 DSC_0067 

You could also aerate further by repeating the process once more.

DSC_0069 DSC_0070

It felt like I was doing some awesome science project, but with alcohol, so it made it even more fun!

 DSC_0071DSC_0074

After you have aerated your wine, you have the choice of serving it from the original bottle or the sleek carafe.

DSC_0076 

We chose to be super cool and serve our wine in the carafe, I think it’s so modern looking – I love it!

 DSC_0078DSC_0081

Cheers! The wine tasted great, I really enjoyed it. I would love to try the wine breather again with a wine I have had on a more consistent basis and see how it tastes then, but I really liked it!

 DSC_0082

Jackson was there for emotional support.

 DSC_0083

Have you ever used a wine breather like this before? What do you think of wine aeration? Anyone have any tips or tricks up their sleeves on this matter?

DSC_0085

After our adventure in wine aeration something magical happened in the kitchen – Fiancé made dinner!

Did your jaw just drop, because I still can’t believe I just typed that!

Fiancé felt inspired to make dinner tonight so I let him roll on with that inspiration! I hope it comes back again son!

DSC_0086DSC_0087 

He made an Asian inspired rice dish with veggies, egg and I think he threw some chicken sausage somewhere in there too.

 DSC_0090

A few scoops of his creation with a side of aerated wine on my Halloween placemat – Life is good.

 DSC_0091 

Also, if you are interested in some more information on my new Wine Breather, check it out in my OpenSky store!

  DSC_0060

Also, don’t forget to enter my Clif Crunch Bar Giveaway!

Wine Breather

This week we have been in celebration mode for Fiancé’s birthday so any excuse to have a little party and we are jumping at the chance.

I was recently sent a Wine Breather carafe to try out to possibly add to my OpenSky shop. I LOVE trying new things to share on the blog with my readers and this was no exception!

Let’s just say I had a lovely time testing this out!

DSC_0077

I decided to bust out one of my latest wine purchases I got with Melissa and Lauren at Reading Terminal a few weeks ago to play with my new wine breather.

DSC_0059

So the concept behind this wine breather is that wine develops and matures in the bottle, but most wines can further benefit from aeration before serving.

Aeration can tone down the acidity and bitterness of a young wine making it more accommodating.

Aeration Step By Step: Served from the Original Bottle

Open the wine bottle and place the wine breather in the neck of the bottle.

DSC_0061 DSC_0062

Use both hands to pick up the bottle and the carafe and turn them over (carefully!) and place the carafe on the table so the wine flows out from the bottle.

DSC_0063 DSC_0064

Watching the wine flow from the bottle into the carafe was the best part! It went down in waves along the glass.

DSC_0065 DSC_0066 DSC_0067 

You could also aerate further by repeating the process once more.

DSC_0069 DSC_0070

It felt like I was doing some awesome science project, but with alcohol, so it made it even more fun!

 DSC_0071DSC_0074

After you have aerated your wine, you have the choice of serving it from the original bottle or the sleek carafe.

DSC_0076 

We chose to be super cool and serve our wine in the carafe, I think it’s so modern looking – I love it!

 DSC_0078DSC_0081

Cheers! The wine tasted great, I really enjoyed it. I would love to try the wine breather again with a wine I have had on a more consistent basis and see how it tastes then, but I really liked it!

 DSC_0082

Jackson was there for emotional support.

 DSC_0083

Have you ever used a wine breather like this before? What do you think of wine aeration? Anyone have any tips or tricks up their sleeves on this matter?

DSC_0085

After our adventure in wine aeration something magical happened in the kitchen – Fiancé made dinner!

Did your jaw just drop, because I still can’t believe I just typed that!

Fiancé felt inspired to make dinner tonight so I let him roll on with that inspiration! I hope it comes back again son!

DSC_0086DSC_0087 

He made an Asian inspired rice dish with veggies, egg and I think he threw some chicken sausage somewhere in there too.

 DSC_0090

A few scoops of his creation with a side of aerated wine on my Halloween placemat – Life is good.

 DSC_0091 

Also, if you are interested in some more information on my new Wine Breather, check it out in my OpenSky store!

  DSC_0060

Also, don’t forget to enter my Clif Crunch Bar Giveaway!

Wine Breather

This week we have been in celebration mode for Fiancé’s birthday so any excuse to have a little party and we are jumping at the chance.

I was recently sent a Wine Breather carafe to try out to possibly add to my OpenSky shop. I LOVE trying new things to share on the blog with my readers and this was no exception!

Let’s just say I had a lovely time testing this out!

DSC_0077

I decided to bust out one of my latest wine purchases I got with Melissa and Lauren at Reading Terminal a few weeks ago to play with my new wine breather.

DSC_0059

So the concept behind this wine breather is that wine develops and matures in the bottle, but most wines can further benefit from aeration before serving.

Aeration can tone down the acidity and bitterness of a young wine making it more accommodating.

Aeration Step By Step: Served from the Original Bottle

Open the wine bottle and place the wine breather in the neck of the bottle.

DSC_0061 DSC_0062

Use both hands to pick up the bottle and the carafe and turn them over (carefully!) and place the carafe on the table so the wine flows out from the bottle.

DSC_0063 DSC_0064

Watching the wine flow from the bottle into the carafe was the best part! It went down in waves along the glass.

DSC_0065 DSC_0066 DSC_0067 

You could also aerate further by repeating the process once more.

DSC_0069 DSC_0070

It felt like I was doing some awesome science project, but with alcohol, so it made it even more fun!

 DSC_0071DSC_0074

After you have aerated your wine, you have the choice of serving it from the original bottle or the sleek carafe.

DSC_0076 

We chose to be super cool and serve our wine in the carafe, I think it’s so modern looking – I love it!

 DSC_0078DSC_0081

Cheers! The wine tasted great, I really enjoyed it. I would love to try the wine breather again with a wine I have had on a more consistent basis and see how it tastes then, but I really liked it!

 DSC_0082

Jackson was there for emotional support.

 DSC_0083

Have you ever used a wine breather like this before? What do you think of wine aeration? Anyone have any tips or tricks up their sleeves on this matter?

DSC_0085

After our adventure in wine aeration something magical happened in the kitchen – Fiancé made dinner!

Did your jaw just drop, because I still can’t believe I just typed that!

Fiancé felt inspired to make dinner tonight so I let him roll on with that inspiration! I hope it comes back again son!

DSC_0086DSC_0087 

He made an Asian inspired rice dish with veggies, egg and I think he threw some chicken sausage somewhere in there too.

 DSC_0090

A few scoops of his creation with a side of aerated wine on my Halloween placemat – Life is good.

 DSC_0091 

Also, if you are interested in some more information on my new Wine Breather, check it out in my OpenSky store!

  DSC_0060

Also, don’t forget to enter my Clif Crunch Bar Giveaway!

Homemade Apple Pie

I have always been fearful of pies. They look so difficult to make, I never really thought an authentic homemade apple pie would be something that I could ever pull off….

…until now!

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Apple pie was on the agenda for Fiancé’s big birthday dinner – it’s a favorite of his and since we just went apple picking, I knew it was the perfect time to learn how to make a pie!

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When I made the executive decision to tackle the pie I immediately called my mom to ask for her baking advice. She has always been able to make a meal apple pie, and I knew she would steer me in the right direction. My mom emailed me her recipe suggestion and I knew I was on to something!

I decided to make the crust rather than buy it already made. I used sugar, flour, cinnamon and a Betty Crocker crust mixture all combined in a bowl. It went from looking like this - 

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To this!

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I halved the crust balls and split up part of the dough for the bottom of the crust and the other half for the top. The hardest part about this whole pie experience was the crust!

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Hand rolling every section out flat and trying to get it into some sort of a circle proved to be most difficult. It took me a long time to get to this point.

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I then busted out my brand, spankin’ new Pyrex pie plate and got really excited about fitting the dough in it!

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Thank you Foodbuzz!

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It took a few tries but eventually I got the dough into the pie plate comfortably enough where I knew it would hold the rest of the pie.

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Then it was time to add some apples!  Here are the ingredients for the filling which is from my mom’s recipe:

  • 6 cups peeled/sliced apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

I used a combination of a few red and a few green apples for the pie.

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Peeling and slicing the apples took a little longer than planned, but eventually I got them all!

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Mix everything together in a bowl and before you know it you have your apple pie filling!

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Add your pie filling to your doughy crust in your fancy pie plate.

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Then I decided to top the crust in a traditional apple pie way – with the weave!

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This took a lot of trial and error with the dough in terms of slicing the right size and getting everything to weave in and out correctly, which I managed to pull off for the most part.

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I then took my fork and went around the outside of the pie indenting the crust to give it some texture.

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She looks pretty, right?

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I am so proud of my little pie! Now I just had to focus on not killing it in the oven!

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Bake at 425* for about 40-45 minutes or until juice begins to bubble through the top crust.

In she goes…

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Out she comes!

 DSC_0308

Look Mom! I made a pie!

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I can’t even tell you how proud of myself I am that I made this whole pie and it turned out ok!

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I am so happy I went with the weave for the crust, I think it makes it look so authentic!

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I also love how you can see the apples peeping out through the crust.

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Overall, it was a wonderful experience with a fantastic outcome. I couldn’t have asked for a better end result on my first attempt at making pies.

The hardest part was the crust, but I am glad I went with the challenge of making my own dough. It made my first experience with pie-making more meaningful!

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Now its time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor!

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Easy as pie! Apple pie!

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Have you ever made a pie? What’s your favorite pie to make and/or eat?

************************************************

Don’t forget to enter my Clif Bar Crunch Giveaway!

Homemade Apple Pie

I have always been fearful of pies. They look so difficult to make, I never really thought an authentic homemade apple pie would be something that I could ever pull off….

…until now!

 DSC_0277

Apple pie was on the agenda for Fiancé’s big birthday dinner – it’s a favorite of his and since we just went apple picking, I knew it was the perfect time to learn how to make a pie!

DSC_0279

When I made the executive decision to tackle the pie I immediately called my mom to ask for her baking advice. She has always been able to make a meal apple pie, and I knew she would steer me in the right direction. My mom emailed me her recipe suggestion and I knew I was on to something!

I decided to make the crust rather than buy it already made. I used sugar, flour, cinnamon and a Betty Crocker crust mixture all combined in a bowl. It went from looking like this - 

 DSC_0280

To this!

DSC_0283

I halved the crust balls and split up part of the dough for the bottom of the crust and the other half for the top. The hardest part about this whole pie experience was the crust!

DSC_0286

Hand rolling every section out flat and trying to get it into some sort of a circle proved to be most difficult. It took me a long time to get to this point.

DSC_0297  

I then busted out my brand, spankin’ new Pyrex pie plate and got really excited about fitting the dough in it!

 DSC_0274

Thank you Foodbuzz!

DSC_0275

It took a few tries but eventually I got the dough into the pie plate comfortably enough where I knew it would hold the rest of the pie.

DSC_0288

Then it was time to add some apples!  Here are the ingredients for the filling which is from my mom’s recipe:

  • 6 cups peeled/sliced apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

I used a combination of a few red and a few green apples for the pie.

 DSC_0290  DSC_0292

Peeling and slicing the apples took a little longer than planned, but eventually I got them all!

DSC_0298

Mix everything together in a bowl and before you know it you have your apple pie filling!

DSC_0293 DSC_0294DSC_0295

Add your pie filling to your doughy crust in your fancy pie plate.

DSC_0296 

Then I decided to top the crust in a traditional apple pie way – with the weave!

DSC_0299

This took a lot of trial and error with the dough in terms of slicing the right size and getting everything to weave in and out correctly, which I managed to pull off for the most part.

DSC_0300 

I then took my fork and went around the outside of the pie indenting the crust to give it some texture.

 DSC_0302

She looks pretty, right?

 DSC_0303  DSC_0305

I am so proud of my little pie! Now I just had to focus on not killing it in the oven!

DSC_0306

Bake at 425* for about 40-45 minutes or until juice begins to bubble through the top crust.

In she goes…

 DSC_0307

Out she comes!

 DSC_0308

Look Mom! I made a pie!

DSC_0309 DSC_0310

I can’t even tell you how proud of myself I am that I made this whole pie and it turned out ok!

DSC_0311 

I am so happy I went with the weave for the crust, I think it makes it look so authentic!

 DSC_0315

I also love how you can see the apples peeping out through the crust.

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Overall, it was a wonderful experience with a fantastic outcome. I couldn’t have asked for a better end result on my first attempt at making pies.

The hardest part was the crust, but I am glad I went with the challenge of making my own dough. It made my first experience with pie-making more meaningful!

DSC_0314

Now its time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor!

DSC_0333    DSC_0343DSC_0345

Easy as pie! Apple pie!

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Have you ever made a pie? What’s your favorite pie to make and/or eat?

************************************************

Don’t forget to enter my Clif Bar Crunch Giveaway!

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