Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reduce your Reduction Time

Looking for a way to quickly add some flavor to weeknight meals?  Enjoy the flavor of a reduction of balsamic vinegar but crunched for time?  Then you will love the Bertolli Italian Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.   Chefs often reduce balsamic vinegar with sugar to make a rich, flavorful sauce.  Bertolli has done the work for you, making it a great option for adding intense flavor to quick meals.  The sauce has a rich, remarkably sweet, but slightly tangy taste.  We drizzled a little over grilled chicken last night.  Can't wait to try it over some oven roasted green beans or carrots.  Look carefully at your grocery ~ I found this with the vinegars at our Super Target.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


In Charleston over spring break I first saw these cute Rewined Candles at a local market.  Recently I have seen them in the wine shop at the Biltmore Estate, the latest issue of Better Homes and Garden, and in a Christmas catalog (Sorry, can't remember which one!)  The soy candles are hand made in the Charleston area from repurposed wine bottles and come in all your favorite wine varietals... Cabernet, Pinot Noir,  Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc... and more.  I've tried two and love the fresh, crisp scent of the Riesling.  You can order them on-line Rewined Candles or keep your eyes open for them in wine and gift shops.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm in Love!

I have been waiting to share this with you, but didn't want to spoil a Christmas surprise for someone....  This is the C9 by Champion Women's 1/4 Zip Jacket.  You've seen it before in my packing posts.  Can I just say that I love, love, love this top.  I wear it for travel, I wear it to workout,  I wear it for a quick lunch after tennis with friends,  I wear it to fix dinner and watch a movie.  It has been washed over and over and still looks like new.  Target calls it a jacket, but that's a bit of a stretch, it's really a long sleeve top.  Looks very cute over a basic white or colorful tank.  But it's far from basic with cute seams, gathers, and fabric insets.  I've had the gray one for months, and recently picked up another for myself in my favorite blue, "Strato Blue Heat" and a one of the pretty pinks for my mom for Christmas.