We’re Doing Just Beachy

Photos via Nicole Armanino Photography

A lot can change in a few years and since my last blog post, I’ve added another mate to our crew. Meet Liam. Our little bundle of love. He’s 10 months old now, crawling and cruising nonstop. Kinsley is starting Transitional Kindergarten next week and OMG time please SLOW DOWN!!

While 2020 was nuts and 2021 has had its moments, I’m so thankful for old and new friends. Kinsley and her class were able to continue gymnastics with masks and she meet a new friend Lyla! Her mom Nicole is an amazing photographer, skilled at getting the wiggliest of worms to cooperate and hold still for photos. After a crazy last 16 months or so, take the time to get some lovely family photos sans masks. We all miss your beautiful faces!

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Create Mix and Mingle

Create, Mix and Mingle Art Class Finished Painting

For the longest time, I have wanted to attend one of these painting and art classes Jeanne Oliver and other professionals offer, especially ones close to me as they’re the ones I’ve heard great things about. My friend Sarah’s sister work at Create Mix & Mingle and we received a free class to attend. We attended the “Paint & Sip” adult night for 21 and up where you can order beer or wine to get a little extra liquid creativity.

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Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins, Walnuts and Honey

This recipe was a hit at Thanksgiving last year. I’ve made again since for a get-together with friends and there are always none left. This easy appetizer only involves five ingredients and takes about 15 minutes total to make.

Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins Walnuts and Honey

Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts

via Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 15

Serving Size: 1 mini tart
Calories: 60

Fat: 3 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 59 mg

 

Ingredients:
3 oz light brie, skin removed cut into (15) 1/2-inch cubes
4 tbsp craisins
4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
2 tbsp honey
15 Mini Phyllo Shells (Athens)

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Combine craisins, chopped nuts and honey in a bowl and mix well. Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with cheese (each piece of cheese weighs about 0.2 oz). Top with sticky craisin/nut mixture and bake 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts

 

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Girls Wine Trip to Napa Valley

girls wine trip to napa valley

This post is a little late, but I wanted to share some photos from a trip to wine country my girlfriends and I took back in September. The eight of us were all Napa Valley wine tasting virgins so it was about time we experienced it, especially since we are only about an hour and a half away. The only time that any of us had ever been to the Valley was when one of us went on a hot air balloon there, so we were all super excited for the trip.

I gave each of the girls a gift bag to start off the trip.

Gift Tags: Each gift tag had a different funny wine quote from Pinterest. Here’s a few:

  • “The other day someone told me that I could make ice cubes with leftover wine. I was confused… what is leftover wine?” pin it
  • “A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world… oh sorry… that’s wine… wine does that…” pin it
  • “Success is doing doing what you love and making it a career, but I don’t know who will pay me to drink wine while looking at Pinterest.” pin it

Wine-Inspired Nail Polish: Each bag contained wine-inspired nail polish like CoverGirl Outlast’s Wine to Five and Wine Stain.

Corkscrews: It’s always smart to be prepared. Those corkscrews came in handy on the limo ride home when we wanted to open our recently purchased wines. After the trip, some of us may decide to sign up to a wine subscription service like Splash Wines, (https://www.splashwines.com/collections/subscriptions) as we enjoyed our wine tasting trip that much. At least we already have the corkscrews that we took with us on the trip to use for our deliveries. That’s one less thing for us to worry about.

Decorated Wine Glasses: DIY instructions can be found here.

Wine-tinery: Prior to the trip, I mapped out the top three wineries we wanted to stop at using Google Maps. We figured out the most logical route and made our reservations weeks in advance. I drafted a wine-tinery for each girl and an extra one for our driver so he knew the addresses of where we were going.

Tips:

– Research the limo company ahead of time. Ours was almost an hour late and has a really bad rep on Yelp.

– Don’t try to squeeze in too many stops throughout the day. You will probably spend at least an hour at each winery.

– Plan ahead! Our day went fairly smooth, but that was thanks to the early planning and mapping out our stops. We made reservations in advance for each winery we wanted to visit. I also downloaded the free Winery Finder & Tasting Finder app from iTunes to know what deals we could get at each stop. The app is a must-have if you are planning on visiting wine country.

– Eat before and bring plenty of water.

– If you find something that you truly love, get the name, write it down, buy it! You can check out websites like https://www.wineaccess.com/store/regions/napa-valley/ to find the ones you’ve fallen for, it’ll remind you of a great time.

wine trip goodie bags