I usually try to write complete posts for your enjoyment, linking together recipes and stories and product reviews into coherent pieces. I think it is the occupational hazard of a novelist to try to work with a through line, a logical arc, a plot if you will.
But blogging is different. Sometimes there is a clear journey, a path to follow to get you from point A to point B. Sometimes you realize you have a dozen little nuggets of stuff that are just not finding a common thread.
This morning I woke up and sat down to catch up on e-mail and twitter and other things I had let slide over the weekend. I turned on the TV and checked the TiVo for background noise, and found that I had a couple of episodes of Unique Eats and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. And a light bulb went off. A clip show! I love a clip show! Lots of little pieces of useful info or interesting notes, not necessarily needing any kind of connection other than being stuff I know and like and want you to know and like!
So here are a couple tidbits:
As I may have mentioned, Charming Suitor is a pretty serious wine guy. I used to pride myself on being one of those “I know what I like” girls when it came to wine, thinking that because I knew my “favorite grapes” that I was pretty safe on the wine front. Until CS taught me that it isn’t about the grape, it is all in the producer. That the reason I thought I hated Riesling, dismissing it as a cloying sweet glass of ick, was just because I had never had a really high quality Riesling from a great producer. And guess what? Now Riesling is probably my favorite type of wine after champagne. Who knew?!
These cute bags are replacing Ziplocs as my go-to for little non-messy snacks. The wide variety of fabrics make them totally fun, especially for kids, and the Velcro seal keeps your snacks in the bag where they belong.
These bags are handy for shopping, I keep them in my car for when I go for groceries, the stretchy fabric expands to accommodate a large number of items, and they are comfortable to carry. I especially like them for going to the Farmer’s Market, since the stretch helps to protect and support delicate fruits and veggies.
ReUseIt produce bags:
I’m a snacker. There is no doubt about it. I love a good meal, obviously, but here and there a girl needs a snack. Here are some of my current not-too-awful-for-you snacks.
Jet-Puffed Mallow Bites Chocolate Covered Marshmallows-
Usually when I need a chocolate fix, a single square of a really good chocolate will fit the bill. But sometimes I need a little more. These are strangely satisfying, and only 150 calories a serving, which is more than enough to feel like an indulgence!
Anyone who has ever struggled with caked on gooey stuff in a baking dish or the extra sticky price tag labels on a new piece of kitchen equipment knows that no scrubber brush is really going to cut it. This plastic scraper works like a dream!
Any tips, tricks or treats to share?
Yours in Good Taste,