Wine Wednesday Is The Best Night Of The Week To Have A Glass Of Wine!

According to some data from Cobeveco, which is a bottler of wine in Australia, the best night of the week to have a glass of wine is on Wednesday. It is because Wednesday is thought by many to be the one night that they can kick back the most. It is due to the fact that Wednesday is supposed to be the one night when they feel the most comfortable opening up a bottle of wine. Wine Wednesday is the one special night of the week to be pulling a wine glass, or some wine glasses out of the cupboard, and then opening up the week’s very first bottle of wine to drink alone or to share with another or others. Men who drink wine will probably be the one to open it up, just as soon as, he does arrive at home. Women on the other hand, will most likely settle in first, before actually attempting to open up a bottle of wine to drink for themselves. However, no matter how it is done, Wine Wednesday is something that takes place right away in the house.

What the study of Cobeveco also did determine is this. Those who do decide to engage in Wine Wednesday don’t always have to head out to the local bar to get this glass either. He or she, or they, will probably pop open a bottle of wine that they do have handy waiting at home. Researchers believe that this Wednesday experience at home is something that truly encourages wine consumption for the better. What does this mean? It means that those who let themselves fully enjoy Wine Wednesday are facing the reality of, making it through the bulk of the week, and the rest of the week in good spirits. Drinking wine isn’t only relaxing. It is also something that does promote wonderful spirits in every way. Therefore, do have as many Wine Wednesdays as you can plan to have, because each and every one of them will be special beyond special. It is also a great way to enjoy casual dining as well. Wine Wednesday isn’t just about having a drink. It’s also about making some fun time for one’s self and those they like being with the most at home and out of home at the same time.

Healthy Snacks for Kids

We all want our children to eat what’s best for them but unfortunately, kids often have other ideas about what they want to eat. If you have a picky eater at home, balancing healthy fruits and veggies with sweet and salty processed foods can be a struggle. Avoiding added sugars is sometimes be as simple as coring, peeling, and pureeing home-grown or farm-fresh, organic apples instead of buying pre-packaged applesauce to snack on. However, sometimes you are going to have to get a little more creative. Start by taking fresh apples or pears, depending on your preference, and cutting them into small circles. Slather a little bit of natural peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter) over the face of each slice and use either raisins or nuts to decorate the top. It’s fun and easy for kids to help make and it will give your child a healthy serving of protein to keep their energy up while avoiding all the added sugars in most big name-brand peanut butters.

Keeping with the nutritional benefits of natural nut and peanut butters, a fun way to spruce up a snack of celery sticks is to coat the hollow of the celery with peanut/nut butter and place raisins on top of it. This snack is popularly known as “ants on a log” and is an especial hit with little boys or any child who is a fan of bugs.

how-make-perfect-fruit-saladAnother option when it comes to healthy, homemade snacks is fruit cups. You can make them as sweet as you want them to be by adding different kinds of fruit. Essentially, all you have to do is create a fruit salad using all your favorite naturally grown fruits, mixing them all together before storing in individual, single-serve Tupperware containers, making an excellent snack for on-the-go. Just remember that once fruit has been cut, it has a very short fridge life compared to the fruit cups you can get at the grocery store, especially since there are no added preservatives in the stuff you make at home. With that in mind, make sure to prepare your fruit cups absolutely no more than two days before you intend to eat them and try to avoid adding apples which have been known to give off a slight gas that can react with other fruits and make them spoil faster.

If you’re looking for a more savory snack that is still nutritious, you can make a trail mix starting with whole wheat cereal and adding dried fruits like banana chips as well as seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower. It’s a crunchy thing to nibble on that will keep for weeks as long as it is stored in an airtight container. If you’re okay with adding a little bit of sweetness to your trail mix, you can throw in a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Of course, sweet little treats are always great in moderation. If you’re looking for something indulgent without stepping over the line, try spreading a little cream cheese over top of a graham cracker and then topping with either fresh berries or jam. It tastes like cheesecake and is an excellent source of calcium. Although healthy eating may seem like a daunting task, with a little creativity and access to fresh fruits and veggies,  not treated with Viper herbicide, anything is possible.

October foods

October is the month for hearty cooking –warm spices, indulgent soups, savoury dishes that exemplify all the flavours of the season –anything that can warm your insides and chase away the pre-winter blues. If you’re feeling in a rut, try drawing some inspiration from seasonal fruits and vegetables, which you can purchase from your local farmer’s markets before the cold weather chases them away. Farmer’s markets are an excellent way to support growers in your area as well as purchase (often organically grown) produce for better prices than what you can find at the supermarket. Veggies such as pumpkins, squashes, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, and sweet potatoes can be puréed and cooked with a cream or broth base to make a variety of fall soups. Seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries can be baked with a little bit of butter and brown autumn-foodssugar for a simple dessert that the whole family will enjoy. Fall fruits can also be thrown into the slow cooker with a juice of your choice, though apple is the most popular option, and some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a couple of cloves to make a delicious, spicy cider that’s perfect for sharing at any gathering like Thanksgiving dinner or a Halloween Party.

Beyond simple fruit and veg, October is a perfect month for indulgent foods. Decadent cheeses, like maple brie or cream cheese filled wantons, make deliciously decadent appetizers for any special occasion, although with their comfort-food vibe, you may not want to share. If you aren’t the type to try something too fancy, you can always spruce up a crowd-favourite like mac n’ cheese by adding different kinds of cheese, like fresh parmesan, and bacon bits before baking to make it extra rich.

If you’re looking to accentuate any of the natural fall flavours in your dishes, adding nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, or walnuts will compliment most dishes –they can be added to salads, cheese platters, or baked into the cheesy crust on top of casseroles. If you aren’t too sure with how to apply nutty flavours to your cooking, accompanying your dishes with a nice cup of nut-based tea with cinnamon and apple is just as comforting with the autumn chill in the air.

Fall and winter bring with them a number of family gatherings, and with them all the strain that exposure to relatives can cause. Sticking with warm, rich foods and fresh fruits and veggies can help to keep everyone feeling happy, healthy, and bring out the warm and fuzzy in all of us.

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Family Cooking

Cooking is an essential part of our daily routine –we wake up and we cook, we work and we cook, we parent and we cook, we study and we cook, we come home and we cook. As we move forward as a society, burying our faces in our cell phones, it becomes more important to get the whole family involved in the cooking process. Not only do you gain some serious bonding time, but you are also helping to teach your both little children and adult-children some valuable life skills. While it probably isn’t a good idea to break into the advanced stuff, the easy skills like measuring and adding ingredients are perfect for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity. Acquiring something like a cookbook that features child-friendly recipes is an excellent way to get started, however, if you can’t find one to your liking, using an old family recipe works just as well. Family recipes are great for sharing –if you’re cooking with your partner, it’s like you’re sharing a little piece of yourself and your family with them; if you’re cooking with children, it’s a great way to teach them about your history and theirs.

Beautiful family cooking togetherSomething basic like making buns and rolls from scratch is a perfect way to get started. They’re delicious to eat when they’re fresh and the simple steps like measuring out the flour and molding the dough is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn the basics. Little ones especially enjoy squishing the dough between their fingers as they mix (just make sure that everyone has clean hands before they do). Anything that makes a mess is always good for a laugh, and when you’re done, you have lots of extra hands to help with the cleaning.

Another great reason to start cooking together is that you can teach important things like healthy eating habits while also learning how to accommodate individual taste preferences. If somebody can’t stand Brussel sprouts then there is no point in trying to force them to eat them. There’s a difference between trying to help other branch out and repeatedly coercing them to eat something they hate. Instead, you can work together to find alternative veggies that will be enjoyed more. Besides, tastes change over time, so you can always try Brussel Sprouts again in the future.

With time and practise, everyone can develop not only the ability to cook but also an appreciation for the amount of time and effort it can take to produce three square meals plus snacks every, single day. The skills you’ll learn will last a lifetime and the time spent together will be something you cherish always.

Food with Friends

Food is something that’s meant to be shared. It helps us connect with our family, we can use it to show off to our friends, and it’s a way to show our loved one that we care. It can be fun to make, sometimes stressful, and almost always delicious. It’s social. Good food is meant for sharing, to be set out on fancy plates for your friends to nibble at and marvel at your skill.

When people come together to cook and to share food, something magical happens. It happens every single day and most of us don’t even take the time to notice it. When we eat together, our guards are down and we learn just a little bit about each other –you know which of your coworkers can’t eat gluten, which of your friends hates broccoli, whether or not your cousin is a vegetarian this month. You learn about what makes a person tick, what they like and don’t like, and all the while, you’re sharing a little something about yourself too.

Having a potluck and movie night with friends can be a fantastic experience. You can pick a theme like ‘old family recipes’ and have everyone bring a dish that fits it, or you can just have everybody bring whatever they like as long as it’s homemade. It’s a great way to share a little piece of your family with your semi-adopted family as well as try new dishes that you may not be familiar with. You can make something big and fancy if you like, but this optimal fare is anything that can be split amongst lots of people. Appetizers and finger foods were made for sharing and they’re small so that if there are lots of dishes, no one gets too full.

If you don’t like to cook or you’re just not the type to share the things you make at home, going out to eat with friends can be just as intimate. If you’re not really a picky eater, you can have them pick the restaurant. It’s another great opportunity to go to places that you’ve never been to before and to try new things. You still get to enjoy the intimate setting but without the hassle of cooking up a winning meal yourself.

Whatever the setting, sharing meals with the people that you care for in your life is a fantastic way to impart warmth and affection. Sharing good food and great times is what friends are all about, after all, so gather round a table, pour some wine and have a few laughs with the people who light up your life.

Party Food for Kids

Fall is the season for birthday parties, or so they tell me. With so many parties to attend, it can be hard to throw one of your own when your child’s birthday comes around, harder still to serve something fun and delicious that hasn’t been done by every other household in the neighborhood. If you’re short on ideas, it never hurts to go back to your basics and turn them into treats that are creative and new.

Rice Krispie treatsSomething simple like Rice Krispie treats are easy to make in large quantities and can be dyed in a variety of fun colors to entertain the kiddies for different party themes–light blue for Frozen, red and blue for Superman, red and yellow for Iron Man, etc. Not only are they fun to eat, but because the recipe is simple and classic, they’re fun for kids to help make –just remember that you’re dealing with melted sugar so be sure to keep eyes on your little ones. You can buy everything on the recipe at Popcorn supplies Canada.

chocolate covered pretzelsSomething fun and easy to make for any occasion is chocolate covered pretzels. You can use an assortment of milk, white and dark chocolate to add selection to this comfort food classic or, if you feel like you want to be a little more creative with it, using white chocolate and bit of food coloring can transform this sweet and salty treat into something special. To make them into little pumpkins for a fall-themed party, melt some white chocolate and then add a few drops each of red and yellow food coloring until you have a nice orange. Take twisted pretzels, as opposed to pretzel sticks, and dip them into the chocolate, making sure that the entire pretzel is coated, before setting them aside on wax or parchment paper to harden. Before the chocolate is entirely set, place a green Smartie at the very top of the pretzel to act as the stem of the pumpkin. For a Halloween party, stick mini marshmallows on the ends of a pretzel stick before coating in uncolored white chocolate to make them look like bones. For an extra spooky, sticky Halloween treat, you can peel grapes and dip the ends in bowls of brown, green, and blue food coloring and tell your guests that they are delicious eyeballs.

Whatever the occasion aiming for something small, simple and fun is always your best bet. You can never go wrong with taking a classic and making it your own to celebrate your little ones and give them a party they will never forget.