Happy Hour-The Casablanca Martini

Saying that I love a good cocktail is definitely an understatement.  And this one, my friends, is an excellent cocktail.  Gin, strawberries, lemon, and black pepper.  So, so good.

Tavel Diary-Soter Vineyards

 Soter Vineyards is a beautiful winery located in Carlton, Oregon.  We visited for their annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House.  The party took place on the Mineral Springs Winery grounds surrounded by breathtaking views.  We were greeted with a glass of the North Valley Sparkling Brut Rose' upon entering the grounds. (Definitely a great welcome).

The grounds boasted an absolutely beautiful herb and flower garden that welcomed you with meandering paths and benches nestled throughout.

Soter Vineyards is located on the eastern edge of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  They actually have two vineyards, Mineral Springs and North Valley.  The vineyards are composed of primarily Pinot Noir vines and Chardonnay vines.  Soter is well known for their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose', and Brut Rose'.

Happy Hour--Kiwi Margaritas

This time of year I start to get so excited about all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are becoming available fresh at the grocery store.  I love, love, love tropical fruits and kiwis are one of my favorites.

Happy Hour--Homemade Blood Orangecello

Around 15 years ago, I became completely obsessed with the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" (don't judge).  I know, I know, it's not really a cinematic classic, but I completely love it.  I love that she was a single, independent woman who moved to another country and found love.  I love the scenery and everything completely Italian about it.  After watching the movie I started buying and drinking limoncello.  I've even used it in cocktails and fruit salad.  

The perfect Cheese and Charcuterie Board

I don't know about you, but I am a cheese and charcuterie board fan.  There's just nothing quite as fabulous as pulling together an epic cheese board for some easy entertaining.  Everyone likes it and most of it is straight from the grocery store.

I love to grill some sliced ciabatta bread with just a little olive oil, add some plain and sesame water crackers for serving.

Travel Diary-Dundee, Oregon

The wine region of the Willamette Valley is definitely one of our favorite places to visit.  There are tons of quaint little towns all throughout the valley that have beautiful little wineries.  One of the towns that is full of gorgeous wineries and tasting rooms is Dundee.

May Book Club--Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I love, love, love my book club.  As a matter of fact, I have been a member of my book club for more than 10 years now.  We do a lot of reading... and quite a bit wine tasting (all educational, of course).  Every month we choose a different restaurant and a different book.  This month the restaurant we chose was Fat Calf Boucherie inside of Red River Brewing Company.  The location and food were great.  They had delicious Cuban sandwiches, Pork Belly Sliders, and burgers as well as fantastic Arancini, Cauliflower Bites, and Crispy Brussel Sprouts.  We all ate way too much!