Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrating a Certain Someone

A favorite cake in our house.

Piper Sonoma and Papa Murphy Pizza – It’s a guy’s party.

Our neighbor gave my husband Piper Sonoma Brut Champagne. Reviews for this champagne (sparkling wine) say it has a clean, fresh, green apple aroma, tasting of green apple, citrus, a note of peach and strawberry, which makes this champagne elegant. I say that it tastes like fancy beer – it’s a man’s champagne.
My sweetheart only likes a thin layer of frosting on his cake. My frosting is a blend of about ½ cup butter, most of a bag of powdered sugar, a drop of vanilla, and a spot of milk.
“Sparkling wine” vs. “Champagne” 
A question that we are often asked is, “What is the difference between “Sparkling Wine” and “Champagne”? The easy and short answer is that sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris…
To clarify, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. We really should think of Champagne in terms of a geographical place as opposed to a winemaking style. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Colors of Autumn

 ~View from my window~
~Photos in backyard~
I liked the contrasting colors of the cosmos against the ginkgo tree.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Pumpkin Spice Would Have Been Nice 

Today, my daughter and I went on our early morning walk in hopes of enjoying the special holiday blend of Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino at AmPm, only to find that our local shop no longer has the frothy, sweet drink available! I have been looking forward to it all year - it is only available during November and sometimes, December. I never even had one cup of it this year! The friendly girl who often works there told me they were all out of it for the year. What? How can that be! I so want my Pumpkin Spice Coffee. I guess I will have to settle for the Pumpkin Spice black coffee and add some Pumpkin Spice flavored  creamer. Better luck next year, eh?

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