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  • What’s Your Chardonnay & How to Find it at the Grocery Store

    We’ve all been there…in the grocery wine aisle rubbing our head wondering which bottle of Chardonnay to buy. Is it the one with the awesome graphics? The one with the pretty cursive writing….fancy means quality, right??? Don’t worry, I got your back and will make sure you walk away with the right Chardonnay for YOU. […] Read more…

  • New Mexico Wine Country – A Territory Developing

    Every year J and I take an annual long weekend away without the kids. This year we landed in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico with a list of some good restaurant recommendations and things to do, but without a thought of wine. We were thinking more Mezcal and Margaritas. The Santa Fe Wine Festival was […] Read more…

  • Anthony Road Wines and the Finger Lakes

    Living 15 minutes from NYC has its advantages. A few Saturdays ago, the kids and I did something we haven’t chanced yet. We drove to the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC. For me, like many other people, this is the ultimate farmers market in the area and pretty much anywhere. Read more…

  • Bubbly For Your Mood, Occasion & Budget

    Valentine’s is here and many of you are probably headed to the wine aisle in search of some lovely bubbly! There is so much to say about Champagne & Sparkling Wine so instead of crowding your mind right before a holiday, I thought it better to help you pick a good Champagne Read more…

Mom

  • Free Printable Advent Calendar – An Amore Family Tradition

    When my little Spaghetti was born 5 years ago we were living in Switzerland. There I visited beautiful Christmas markets and made a special investment in a wooden upright Christmas Advent calendar. I had never seen anything like it and was instantly taken by it. We didn’t start our family’s Christmas Advent tradition until we […] Read more…

  • DIY – Make Halloween Wine Vases in 6 Steps

    These DIY Halloween wine vases are frighteningly good holiday home decor. Interested in making these super fun Halloween bottles to add to your holiday décor? Follow these 6 simple steps from guest blogger Kim Casey and you’ll bewitch your guests with your craftiness in no time! Step 1 (The best part): Choose three bottles and drink […] Read more…

  • When Life Is Messy

    Life gets messy. Life is messy. We all know this. Life with kids is messy. Marriage can be messy. Friendships can be messy. BLOGGING can get messy. My life took on about 5 months of full on MESSY between November through April. We are talking all the small things that suddenly come at once. For […] Read more…

  • Birthday Resolutions

    “Yes, Yes, YESSSSSS!!!” That’s pretty much all I can say when I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. It’s like she has entered my brain and totally gets me. So much so that I feel like the two of us have a secret complicity and I restrain myself (very much!) from writing to her and […] Read more…

Kitchen

  • Rolled Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs Recipe

    ‘Tis the season for baking. This recipe for Rolled Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs is fail proof, fast, and makes enough for you to give to others as gifts. Rolled Sugar Cookies – Recipe (Yields approx. 60 cookies) Ingredients: 1 ½ cups butter, softened 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 cups all-purpose […] Read more…

  • Easy As Oreo Pops

    Hello Mommelier readers! I have been meaning to write to you for some time about the easy Oreo Pops I made with Pumpkin Pie (who now wants to be called Spaghetti) and Meatball. Read more…

  • Super Simple Ostrich Steaks

    Enjoy this “Super Simple Ostrich Steak” recipe from Lauren of American Ostrich Farms! Rub ostrich steaks with generous drizzle of olive oil (or, preferably avocado to avoid using the EVOO at high heat), salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Can add/substitute other spices as desired (eg. I love to add red pepper flakes) Sear on medium-high heat until both sides […] Read more…

  • Great Pancakes, Little Mess

    My kids love pancakes, but are quite the food critics when it comes to this breakfast of choice. I’ve tried many pancake recipes, but the below Old Fashioned Pancake recipe by Chef John on All Recipes has turned out to be our family’s favorite. Amore family pancake serving trick for less mess: I pour some […] Read more…

Wine Tourism

  • Swizerland’s Wine & Travel Riches

    Switzerland is a land known for its riches – luxury oozes from the towns of Zurich and Geneva, the posh ski slopes that dot the country, and somehow even hiking seems glitzy. An often overlooked richness is Swiss wine. I am a “Swissaphile” and friends have referred to me as “Swiss Miss.” After living in Switzerland I can’t stop […] Read more…

  • Dallas Food & Drink Musts

      Hello Mommelier Readers! It’s been a little longer than I usually like to touch base with you. It’s been a busy summer chasing after Spaghetti & Meatball. They are now 4 & 5 years old and this summer we had such fun doing retro activities I grew up with like running through sprinklers, going […] Read more…

  • New Mexico Wine Country – A Territory Developing

    Every year J and I take an annual long weekend away without the kids. This year we landed in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico with a list of some good restaurant recommendations and things to do, but without a thought of wine. We were thinking more Mezcal and Margaritas. The Santa Fe Wine Festival was […] Read more…

  • Hamptons Time! A Day Trip to the South Fork, Long Island

    Summer is here and for a lot of New Yorkers that means Hamptons Time is here! Check out the guest blog I just did for Grape Experiences and be set for a great time in Long Island’s South Fork. A Day Trip to the South Fork, Long Island… The South Fork of Long Island has […] Read more…