Wine Wednesday! Pinot Noir ~ HAAN

I had a great Pinot Noir the other day!  It was recommended to me by the guy at Spec’s.  I think it’s hard to get wine recommendations from other people.  Wine is just a really personal choice!  Everyone’s taste buds and likings are so different. I’ve taken recommendations from other spec’s employees before and it never works out this good.

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It’s from Hahn Winery in California.  The product description from their website describes it like this: “The Hahn Winery 2011 Pinot Noir comes out of the gate with aromas of fresh mixed berries and dark cherries leading to hints of lavender, violets and a touch of cassis. This is an exceptionally balanced wine with good acidity whose flavors are given structure by a light touch of caramelized oak.”

Y’all, this wine is so good.  It is light and fresh from first taste.  There is an oak-y-ness to it, but not very much at all.  It finishes smooth and perfectly balanced.  And it was only 10.00.  I’m loving this wine.  I hope you enjoy it too.

 

*I love it when you pour wine and that little drop rolls down the bottle and leaves that redish-purpleish like over the label like that!  I don’t know why; I just love it!*

Baked Kale Chips

One of my newest favorite snacks is baked kale chips.  Kale is pretty cheap and I like that.  Kale is low in Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.  All good things for my body! yay!   More

Slow Carb Challenge

During the month of January I’ve been really trying to eat better.  I cut out sugar and all carbs.  Well that lasted about 7 days!  Then I added some carbs back in 🙂  Mostly, beans, nuts and legumes.  I started doing the Slow Carb Challenge through Ashley Benson Fitness.  It’s been great!  It’s been hard too, but great!

It’s a 6 week commitment; and believe me, it’s been great remembering that it’s a commitment at times.  I’m in week 3 right now and let me tell you …

I SEE RESULTS!!!

YAY!

I’ve lost some lbs. and about 1/2 an inch!  yay!  You won’t be able to tell if we run into each other, but I can tell and I feel really great.  And, I don’t drink coffee anymore, or at least for the past week! (I can’t seem to enjoy it without sweet flavored creamers, so I just quit drinking it!)

Have I ever told you I get hungry often?  like really often?  Even if I fill up really well at a meal, give me about 1-1.5 hours and I’m hungry!  It’s crazy.  I guess that’s a fast metabolism? Not sure.  Either way, that leaves me cooking, snacking and eating a lot.  Snacks are really hard for me.  Before The Slow Carb Challenge, snacks usually involve some sort of carb, give-me-that-full-feeling, sort of food.  It did make me feel full, but didn’t do my body any good … weight-wise or nutrient-wise.    I’ve had to be really creative, and honestly, put in some time, to making healthy snacks that I enjoy.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be blogging about my experiences with The Slow Carb Challenge: snacks I’ve learned to love, interesting dinners I’ve made, and things God is teaching me regarding eating.  I hope you enjoy it!

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and Almonds

I love this recipe.  It’s a Southern Living recipe.  I’ve never gone wrong with any Southern Living recipe I’ve ever made!  The green beans are perfectly cooked and perfectly paired with juicy tomatoes, toasted, crunchy almonds and goat cheese.  YUMMY!!!  It’s great with any dish, chicken, beef or fish.  I hope you love it!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 pounds haricots verts (tiny green beans), trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 (4-oz.) goat cheese log, crumbled

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake almonds in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
2. Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
3. Whisk together vinegar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until blended and smooth. Add cherry tomatoes, shallots, garlic, and green beans; toss to coat.
4. Top green bean mixture with crumbled goat cheese and toasted almonds.
*White wine vinegar may be substituted.

Any 2013 Goals or Resolutions?

I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions several years ago.  I just think I don’t like the word, or maybe it’s the fact that I am so disappointed in myself when I don’t accomplish what I set out to accomplish.  I didn’t, however, give up on setting goals for my life each year.  There is something refreshing about a new year and a fresh start don’t you think?  More

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