Flex Your Flower Power

Who doesn’t love flowers?! Especially now in spring! The first sign that Mother Nature is dancing in the streets… …errr…gardens, parks, flower beds, and tiny little crevices that will grow a seed. There are so many kinds of spring flowers: tulips, iris, daffodil, hyacinth, pansies, snapdragon, and alyssum, to name a few. And the great part … [Read more…]

Wine Licorice Tango

I was recently in licorice and wine pairing contest set up by Sip Better, a wine consulting company out of Minneapolis. (Leslee Miller and I actually went to high school together, and she really does have the ‘dream’ job!) This sounded like a blast to me! How fun, yet, challenging to pair wine with licorice. … [Read more…]

An Italian Brawl

Have you ever dabbled in a Barolo?  Or had the pleasure of indulging in the Nebbiolo grape? If not, go introduce yourself. This garnet red with ruby hued liquid gold is an experience to be had by all. The ones I tried are the 2010 and 2006 Marchesi Barolo DOCG, which I describe below.  Approach this wine with … [Read more…]

Go Hug a Tree

Trees around the US are abundant, and we love them! We love them for their beauty, their shade, and their ability hold that wooden swing with the long rope handles that we adore in the summer. Trees are necessary for life, and not just ours. Animals rely on trees for food, shelter from predators, and as … [Read more…]

Cheers to Your Plants

Have you experienced hints of raspberry, swirls of lily, or essence of grass? Yes, in your yard, but perhaps in your favorite bottle of wine. And for anyone that drinks wine probably has oodles of wine corks! What do you do with all of them? And what do corks have to do with gardening? Well, … [Read more…]