Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ready for Mother's Day? Some Ideas for you!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Mother ~ Mom ~ Madre ~ Momma ~ Mum ~ Mommy ~ Ma ~ Grandmas too!

This is the perfect time to remind all of the Moms in your life that they STAND above the rest!

Show them the appreciation and special acknowledgment on their big day!

Fun Fact: Sunday, May 13th, 2018 will be the 104th Mother's Day since it became a National Holiday! 

What do you give to someone that takes care of so many?
How do you express your love, respect, and honor even more on Mother's Day?

Honestly, most moms just want to see you, hug you or hear from you!

Quality Time is a big hit with moms!! Near or Far

Thoughtful gestures that last a lifetime:

Phone or video call 
Handmade cards or gifts
Pictures of old or new
Song or poem
Hugs and Kisses

Breakfast in Bed
Brunch or lunch together
Walk, hike, bike ride or something active when possible
Arrange a visit to her favorite spot or a special view
A peaceful drive
Picnic planned by you (See below for hints)

If you want to give a gift...
Has she been dropping any hints? 

Our Top 10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas:

Bath Salts

Any thoughtful gesture tells your wonderful mother that you love her!
 Homemade photo books or calendars, coffee mugs, new wine glasses, books, framed photos will also fill her heart! 

If you can arrange it, design the perfect PICNIC for the mom in your life!

Picnics are awesome for many reasons!

It removes you from the typical home or restaurant distractions.
It's an adventure together and a memory made.
On Mother's Day, a picnic is a gesture that this special time was created for her.

Where to picnic?

Any place that is close to her heart.
A park or playground, a beach or spot in the woods.
Your front or backyard will also do!
If the weather is rough, no worries! Create space in your home to allow this to happen!

Picnic Ideas for You:

Choose foods that are easy to prepare and pack.
Keep it light and simple!
Remember to bring your camera to capture the smiles and love that you created!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate or a small version of her favorite dessert

Having the right picnic basket will make your experience perfect every time!
When you can grab your picnic basket and it is already equipped with a blanket, utensils, napkins, wine glasses and a wine opener ~ it's priceless.
Check out our selection of picnic baskets and wine totes that will allow you and your family years of memories!

May the sky reveal something as magical as this as you celebrate Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Sharing the Wine!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 HS Graduation Time is Here! Keep it Simple!

As every May rolls around, spring weather is enjoyed, weddings start to show up on your calendar, and the inevitable High School Graduation season captures your heart if you know someone embarking on this transition of new beginnings and purpose.
Traditionally speaking, your loved one will soon be walking with their class, eager to take selfies with their cap and gown with their similarly dressed besties and overpost the excitement of this big moment.
We can only hope that they can focus long enough to feel their sense of accomplishment, along with that of their peers, with the Pomp and Circumstance melody playing like a broken record. 
As students and faculty talk at length and speak of the class of 2018, may each graduate really listen and take time to breathe, appreciate and respect all that this moment entails.
This is a powerful and pivotal day that each student has been waiting for according to their own agenda, of course.
Some graduates think they have their life planned out while some just want to "get out on their own". It is all good.
A meaningful graduation ceremony is there for anyone to embrace its significance.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

There is too much pressure on kids today. 
This group of high school graduates has had to deal with unbelievable circumstances such as bullying, social media and an array of scary situations in school settings. 
All of this added on top of being a teenager, trying to learn who they are and express their view on life, these kids have faced challenges we will never understand. 
Each individual ultimately has their own journey, but we as loved ones must stay engaged by encouraging a healthy way to walk through life.

"The Greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." - Denis Waitley

Unfortunately, entitlement is rampant. It's an obstacle that we all face.
Graduates have little to no clue what reality will be like.
Being available to offer them advice in the moments that are coming will be priceless.
Encouraging them to live with joy and passion in their heart and to see the good in every person and situation is invaluable. Lessons will be learned.
Being able to handle stress and having respect will lead them to success.

If you enjoy country music or not, Tim McGraw's song Humble and Kind is a nice wish for all 2018 graduating classes.

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. Rowling
At this point, the preparation for the celebration is almost done.
The senior pictures have been done, printed and announcements sent out.
Caps and gowns were paid for months ago.
The graduation celebration your loved one will have has been planned with love.
Now for the Graduation Party!
You may be hosting or helping with a grad party, and whatever you are planning, keep it simple!
The memories and emotions that will be shared with family and friends will dominate over the decorations and fancy food.
The graduate will be honored and this time is to enjoy the celebration as this is what will be remembered!

Simple Tips for Grad Party:

Pictures, Chalkboards, Balloons, Poster Boards with baby pics all the way up to senior year, a few personalized or school colored mugs, use a basket from the house for cards.
School colored napkins and plates will bring a lot of character, no need to try to hang annoying streamers and decor that can fall down.
Create your own "photo booth" with designating an area with a few props from your home. Keep a camera near so you will be able to take quick photos with everyone who stops by! It will easy to print them from one camera into a photo book for a precious keepsake. 
Borrow or rent a chocolate fountain, you will then need less cake or cupcakes.
Serve food that will be easy to monitor, fix and refill.
Juice boxes for kids, maybe a homemade punch.
Beer and wine for adults. 

Congratulations on your Graduate!

Let Sharing the Wine help with your serving needs!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Bowl Food Ideas - Whether You Like Football or Not

Super Bowl 52 
means celebration to most and borderline annoyance to some.

Regardless of the attachment to the two teams, the commercials seem to bring intrigue to a level of their own. The halftime show with JT should be entertaining.
Through the years we have all been shaped and molded watching the playoffs wondering who will end up in the Big Game. The emotions of it all, the let downs and miracle moments, the insanity and craze that is everywhere, we really have created our own memory cells all around the pigskin. 
Bets have been placed and are still happening on various levels. 
Our bet this year is that New England will actually score in the first quarter. 
While the Eagles and Patriots bring it to the amazing U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, our thought process is now turning towards food and drinks for the Big Game.

If you are hosting or attending a party with friends and family, being prepared with food and beverages is important so you don't have to waste time in the kitchen.
Even if you choose to watch the big game in the privacy of your own home, might as well make it an enjoyable night, regardless of the outcome.
Here are some of our favorite and delicious ideas for Super Bowl Night, and yes, it is this Sunday!

Tortilla Soup for a Football Watching Group
Saute a large onion (chopped) and 4-5 garlic cloves (minced) in a good Tablespoon of olive oil
(Optional: add a chopped jalapeno or poblano chile (seeded))
Add 12 Cups of Chicken Broth, the juice of one lime and 1 Large Can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
Next add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Add 2 pounds of shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great here too)
Bring to a boil then down to a simmer for 20 minutes 

Serve with sides of cilantro, sour cream, diced avocados, lime wedges, shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar) and your favorite tortilla chips or strips

8-10 Layer Dip :)
Who doesn't love a delicious mixture to dip your chips into?
Simple to make, easier to eat!
Use any dish or multiple dishes that has sides.
Open up two cans of refried beans (original or black beans) - you can use them cold or heat them on the stove first - either way, add 1-2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning (1 can, 1 Tbsp or 2 cans, 2 Tbsp)
Spread the refried beans into the dishes first.
Then layer with:
guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese (Mexican blend works great), diced fresh tomatoes, sliced black olives, chopped cilantro and diced green onions and/or jalapenos.
Serve with favorite tortilla chips and even those yummy, sturdy vegetables

Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders (12-24)
Pick up a Rotisserie chicken or two and shred it (4-8 cups)
Add your favorite wing sauce (1-2 cups)
We recommend Wing Time, but pick one you enjoy and the heat you desire.
Mix the chicken and the wing sauce to your desired consistency.
Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper or use a 9x13 pan (greased with butter)
Take your slider buns (12-24) and place all the "bottoms" of the buns on the sheet or pan.
Cover the bottoms with your favorite sliced cheese (Pepper jack for extra kick or mozzarella keeps it simple)
Next place your buffalo chicken mixture on top of the cheese, as much as you like really
You can add jalapenos or onion slices
Next place the "tops" of the slider buns on
Melt a Tablespoon or two of butter and brush each bun top with it
Place in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes until cheese is melted and the tops of the slider buns are toasted enough (check often)
Serve with bleu cheese or ranch dressing on the side as this is can be dipped into or easily drizzled on.
Serve with celery and carrots sticks, and plenty of napkins.

These dishes can be very filling and satisfying!

Wonderful sides to have out with these are:
Veggie Trays
Dips and Hummus

Oh and don't forget the wine!!

Wine for a group - Feel good about getting a Bota Box!
These are not only a great deal, but actually a quality wine in a box!

Prefer Bottled Wine? We suggest an off-dry sparkling wine (such as a Moscato d'Asti or a Lambrusco)and you can't go wrong with a Zinfandel or a Pinot Noir!
The key to most hot and spicy foods is to serve your wine chilled, even your reds!

Have a FUN and SAFE Super Bowl Sunday - no matter where you are or who you're with!