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December 23, 2019

Let's make a Amaretto Sour Drink

 Ready for a fun, flirty drink? I personally love this easy to mix drink!
What you will need:
Cherries
Sour Mix ( We used Master of Mixes)
Crushed Ice
Amaretto   
 Crush ice, then mix 4 ounces of Sour Mix and 2 ounces of Amaretto together.
 Shake to mix well.
 Serve and enjoy! Cheers!
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December 20, 2019

10+ drinks to get you ready for the Holiday Season

We might have never met but let me share something about me. I love wine. Not for excessive drinking. Simply a glass with dinner or for dessert might just be what the doctor ordered! Through my travels both on Press Trips for work, or on our own, we have enjoyed countless winery tastings.
 Let me help you this Holiday Season with some great choices for Festive parties or to gift to your loved one's. Some of these you might already enjoy and some I might be introducing you to. Either way, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I personally enjoy the semi-sweet spectrum of wine and drinks. In time my pallet might broaden but for now it seems pretty settled on the sweeter things in life. 
 Tussock Jumper small bottle wine collection is a great stocking filler! I loved them so much I included them in my Holiday Gift Guide, here. Choose from the following: Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay, a Malbec, and a Pinot Grigio from France, Argentina, and Italy. Maybe a sparkling Prosecco from Treviso, Italy (a personal favorite) is more appealing? Whether a gift under the tree or a bottle to bring to Festive gatherings you will not be disappointed! Also check out Tussock Jumper’s AR app, each wine region’s ambassador ‘jumps’ off the bottle to help with wine pairings and recommendations.
  Back in August, I was extremely lucky to explore the beautiful Lake Erie Wine Country in Pennsylvania. We toured, sampled and learned everything that goes into the delicious liquid from the Mazza family. The Mazza family started out with a small single vineyard and have grown to five locations featuring dozens of products, including wines, spirits and craft beers. My recommendations: 

1. The South Shore Sparkling Chardonnay for my dry wine enthusiasts. 
2. The Mazza 2016 Ice Wine for anyone who enjoys a liquid dessert. 
3. last but not least the Barrel Wine from Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing located in Westfield, NY.
4. The Yatir Winery vineyards are planted at an altitude of up to 900 meters above sea level and are scattered across various locations in the forest. The plots in these vineyards have varying soil compositions, with different slants and angles. Gift this beautifully crafted set this Holiday Season. The Yatir Winery is one of Israel’s first wineries to have planted and produced wine from this challenging variety, originating in cool regions of the northern Rhone Valley.
Mionetto has always been a modern and innovative winery able to anticipate trends while maintaining at the same time a strong bond with the traditions of its homeland, a feature which still today sets it apart from other sparkling wine producers. Prosecco is a premium and prized wine for its combination of refreshing lightness and yet complexity of flavor. With its fine bubbles and a food-friendly low alcohol content (around 11%), the Prosecco is versatile. It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, throughout an entire meal or in cocktails.
I suggest these:

5. Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut
6. Mionetto Rosé Extra Dry-PRESTIGE Collection
7. Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut AVANTGARDE Collection 
When we can't go out to wineries I also enjoy a wine subscription box called Winc. A great way to try new wines and flavors form the comforts of your home. Pick from red or white, dry or even sweet wines!  
The four bottle I choose this month are:
8. 2017 Finke's™ Sparkling White Blend
9. NV Eplevin Gravenstein Cider-- I have a HUGE love of Hard Cider these days!
10. 2018 Finke's™ Sparkling Chardonnay-- dipping my toes in the dry spectrum
11. 2018 Loves Me Not Rosé
Hard Cider has been my new LOVE affair when it comes to adult beverages! After being sent these Strong Bow cans. I have been hooked! If you are a local Wegmans sell them in bottles. With only 100 calories per can, and no artificial flavors or colors, the new 100- Cal Slim Cans variety pack is a refreshing, light alternative to canned wines and hard seltzers – and perfect for those conscious of well-being. These variety packs will include: 
12. (NEW) Dry Pear - a subtly-sweet pear-apple cider with a light, dry finish 
13. Rosé Apple – a semi-dry apple-pear cider with a touch of red-flesh apple 
14. Original Dry – a recently relaunched fan favorite offering a refreshing dry finish to England’s #1 Cider
15. Golden Hard Cider<-- MY PERSONAL FAVORITE served in a glass bottle!
I know there is many more wines that NEED to be on this list. 
Have a fabulous Holiday drink we should try?? 
Let us know in the comments below!
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December 12, 2019

Memorable gifts made with the help of Best Buy

It's that time of year when we are all out in the stores (or online) trying to pick up those last gifts for the family. While in Best Buy I found a great gift idea that I just have to share!! When I became a Mom, personalized, thoughtful gifts are high on my list. 
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December 11, 2019

2019 Yearly Netflix Show Recap List

Every year we find more and more things to binge watch on Netflix. Here is a recap of all the great Show/movie lists we have created over the year!

12. Netflix makes the best Holiday Gift
11. 25+ Crime Documentaries on Netflix
10. 30 of the Creepiest Shows on Netflix
9. 25 Space related shows on Netflix
8. 15 Sport related Show/Movies on Netflix
7. 20 Delicious Foodie Shows on Netflix
6. 20+ Survival Shows on Netflix
5. 20 Steamy Romantic Comedies on Netflix
4. 25 Historical Shows on Netflix
3. 20 Hilarious Stand Up Comedians on Netflix
2. Netflix shows centered around Antiques
1. 10 Government themed Shows on Netflix
What is your favorite Netflix show this year?
What type of themed list should we do next??
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December 9, 2019

Delicious Strawberry Pie Recipe


I personally think this is my favorite kind of pie. 
Although can you only have ONE favorite?? 
What you will need:
3tbs honey
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 Crisco
 1-2 cups flour
1 cup of water
1/4 milk
salt
2 quarts of strawberries
1tbs corn starch
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December 6, 2019

Winter Fireplace Getaways in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Anyone need a little escape from the Holiday chaos? I don't know about you, nothing speaks to me more, than getting warm by a fireplace, sipping some coffee and getting lost in the pages of a novel. With so much focus on technology these days, a little media detox is truly good for the soul. Gosh, if my teenage self could only hear me saying this they would surely cringe! 
But, if you are in need of such a trip I have just the place to recommend....
 The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau just so happens to be offering a Winter Fireplace Getaway special. If a group of 8-20 people (bring the entire family) book a stay at participating lodges (two night minimum), you will receive, your choice of a complimentary ON SITE hosted experience. Choose from: yoga, a painting class, cake decorating or coffee cupping class for your whole group. In true travel writer's fashion I thought I would experience this Winter Fireplace Getaway and share my experience.
After driving the 2 1/2 hour jaunt to Huntingdon County, in central Pennsylvania, I checked into the Edgewater Inn and Riverside Grill. It's an original farmhouse that dates to 1762. It belonged to the grandson of William Penn and is quite a charming place for one to relax in. 
They have some modern amenities but overall its a nice place to just slow down and recharge. With your stay they offer a breakfast buffet at the Riverside Grill and the food is pretty good.
On our first morning we had the pleasure of attending a Cupping class. This is one of the choices they are offering for free (with a two night stay) so I thought it prudent I attend a class. Have you ever done a Cupping Class? I asked several of you on Instagram and no one knew what it was! Thank goodness because when in a room full of writers, I think I was the only one who had no idea what to expect. Coffee cupping is the art of discovering the history behind the beans to cup. Let me tell you there is a lot that goes into this little caffeinated beverage I consume daily!
Greg Anderson from Standing Stone Coffee did an excellent job of entertaining us while walking us through the history of different beans he had brought. Demonstrating the different coffee brewing techniques and tastes.The science of tasting was never more clear during this class. Personally, I enjoy the french press over all other brewing processes!
Next, we hit "downtown" for some lunch at Boxer's. This little town has some of the best murals scattered all around on local business buildings. I love when areas embrace art like this. I had to excuse myself from the group and just wander and snap some photos.
I had the fresh pastrami and Swiss sandwich and I would definitely order it again. The owners were rather passionate about their community which I found very inspiring. They have some strong views when it comes to politics, government etc. but I think it adds to the character of this place. They showcase them artistically intertwining their love boxers.
After lunch we visited the Swigart Museum. it happens to be the oldest automobile museum in the United States. They have an incredible classic car collection with many models dating back to the early 1900’s. 
If you are into vintage cars, licenses plates or vintage toys even you should schedule a visit. I took so many photographs but in the end I have decided to encourage you all to take a trip and see them for yourself! Spoiler alert: they house a Delorean (complete with suicide doors)  AND Herbie from the movie!
Where should you eat dinner? While the Edgewater Inn does have the Riverside Grille restaurant onsite. I would recommend at least one meal at the Three Twelve Kitchen & Cocktails. They house a pretty modern atmosphere, easily business casual attire and friendly attentive staff. I ordered the lamb and it was fantastic. Their cherry glaze was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
If you are interested in taking advantage of a Winter Fireplace Getaway The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau offers several lodging options (not just where I stayed). From a rustic cabin in the woods to a new build cabin. Just scan their website, find a place that suits you, book and take advantage of the free getaway experiences.
Did you know that Raystown Lake is the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania?
If you booked a Winter Fireplace Getaway, which experience would you choose (yoga, cake decorating, coffee cupping, painting etc.)??
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December 1, 2019

Hosting Tips For Your Holiday Party

Of all the fun traditions that we look forward to every year, there are a few special ones including a
holiday party. This is where you can showcase the beauty of your home, get creative with decorations
and most importantly, make memories with your loved ones, friends, neighbors and friends from
childhood to the present. Of  course, when hosting your first holiday party, you'll want to make sure
that you take these event planning skills to the next level. How can you make a wow factory and
memorable party? I’ve got a few fun tips below to help you, especially when it comes to make it one
to be talked about year after year. 
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