Saturday, September 10, 2016

Recipe Review....Jiffy Creamy Corn Muffins



I was making veggie recipes this week.  I made a tomato pie and stuffed peppers.  I wanted a side so I decided to make Corn Muffins from Jiffy.  I found the recipe online and it was made up of 3 simple ingredients.  Easy and yummy.  I would give them an 8/10 on my cooking scale.  I will make them again:-)








Creamy Corn Muffins

(8 - 10 Muffins)

  • 1 pkg. "JIFFY" Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 can (8.25 oz.) cream corn 
  • 1/4 cup sour cream 
  • 2 eggs 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a muffin pan or use paper baking cups.
Combine ingredients. Blend well. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Happy Cooking Everyone!
KathieyV:-)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Yes I joined a Wine Club....Winc/Club W.

I decided to join a wine club.  After all I had a wine rack to fill....:-)

I went online and studied my options. I decided on Club W.  I must admit I am a bit confused about their name because it appears they have changed it to Winc.  What ever the name I love it...
The first thing they will have you do is take a short quiz so that they can get a feel for your wine tastes.  The questions that are asked have to do with your preferences in salt, sweet, savory etc.  Some of the questions surprised me but they know what they are doing and I am a wine beginner.

Winc's story began in 2012 when we founded Club W: the world's first personalized wine club. We made the process of discovering and buying wine easier than ever — and as we expanded to other facets of the experience, we became so much more than a club.

After the quiz you are given a list of wines based on what they feel you would enjoy the most.  
You get free shipping if you choose 4 or more so I choose 4.
I was so excited to get my first shipment.   In NC you have to have an adult sign for wine so I had it shipped to a local FedEx office.  When I picked up the wine the FedEx person said this was the wine club they see come through their office the most.  Thats a good sign:-)




I have already tried one of the wines.  The Pas Ordinaire Saint-Chinian Blend.
I shared it with my girls and we all loved it.  (Blog post to follow.)
I like that each wine comes with a card that contains a description on one side 
and a recipe for pairing on the other.
On the site you can find a more in depth description and can watch a brief video on each selected wine.  What fun!!

So every month I will have the option to pass the month or order more wine.  You can order at any time.  You don't have to wait or you can do it monthly.  You can skip as many months as you like.
My goal is to learn more about wine.  To experience new wines and to learn to pair the proper food with the selected wine.  I believe this club will help me in this endeavor.
Try a new wine.
KathieyV:-)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Restaurant Review Boheme in Durham NC

There is a new restaurant in Durham.  Their name is Boheme.  Here is how they introduce themselves on their website

"kitchen. garden. bar."

"Boheme is a family owned and operated venture by Chef Chelsea Mock.  Guided by the expertise of Chef William D’Auvray, Boheme has designed a menu that reflects the freshness of North Carolina’s offerings from farm raised vegetables, to local meat and East Coast fish.  Staying true to the design of the property at Straw Valley, the menu is a re-imagining of midcentury ideas about food combined with a modern, whimsical approach to preparation.  Boheme is an unconventional oasis offering diners an expression of flavors, art and hospitality."
Their menu...
We ordered our wine and studied the menu.  I decided on the Blue Crab Agnolotti/Parsnip Brodo and Garlic Chives.
I consulted wikipedia  for a few unfamiliar terms....
"Agnolotti [aɲoˈlɔtti] is a type of pasta typical of the Piedmont region of Italy, made with small pieces of flattened pastadough, folded over filling of roasted meat or vegetables"
Brodo, according to Google, is an Italian Broth.
It was very good.
 Erica decided on Sea Scallops/English Peas/Hazelnuts/Brown Butter/Caramel
That was delicious!  Scallops were cooked to perfection.
For dessert we shared the Creme Brûlée.  Amazing, smooth and creamy.  My favorite dish of the night:-)
 There was plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.  The service was great and the people very friendly.

We sat inside because it was such a hot summer evening.  
I think we will go back this fall and enjoy sitting outside with a glass of vino.
Get out and try a new restaurant.  If you have not been to Boheme I suggest you give it a try.  Do make a reservation because it is a popular place.
Happy Eating!
KathieyV:-)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review "A Deadly Grind" by Victoria Hamilton

I just finished listening to a book called "A Deadly Grind" by Victoria Hamilton.  I don't care if love a book or dislike a book there is always something to learn on the adventure.  Did I love this book.  No, but it was fine.  A nice light listen.



Here is how the book is introduced on Amazon....
 A Hoosier to die for?
When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.
But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with  the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger—and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?
First off just what is a hoosier?  Wikipedia says "Hoosier cabinet (also known as a "Hoosier") is a type of cupboard popular in the first decades of the 20th century".  Here is a photo I found on line.
I do believe my aunt and uncle had one.  I was very young but I can recall something similar in their old stone house in Pa.  The other thing I recall  was an old stove that heated the house.  
The only quote I came across, and this will not be an exact quote, was in regard to her parents.  Her mom said she didn't really know the man she was married to for 40 some years.  The daughter wondered if you really ever know someone else.  Hey I can relate to that quote but that is an entirely different post.
I really don't know what to say about this book.  There is a bit of romance, not much.  There is murder and mystery.  You just don't know who to trust.  And there is a little 3 legged dog named Hopalong. It was a good book to listen to while I cleaned the house....I did not have to think at all:-)
Happy Reading!
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Quotes I like from Pinterest


This is so true.  Sometimes what we see as a horrible life event can lead to amazing new beginnings.  I did not see it in the beginning when my husband left me after taking nearly 4 decades of my life but I see it now.  I am thankful for my new beginning and where it will eventually lead.  My hope is to let other women in the same situation see that there is a light at the end of what appears to be a hopeless tunnel.
Hang on ladies.  You are strong and you are loved.  Don't forget it.  Don't let him steal your life or your joy.
KathieyV

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Neighborhood Snapshots...Arlington Park at Amberly, Cary NC

Brodie and I decided to check out Arlington Park at Amberly in Cary NC.  Join us as we walk through the community.  I will search the internet for a bit of info on the community.
Arlington Park was one of the first phases in Amberly.  Single family detached homes built by KB Homes in 2007.  As a resident of Amberly you have the opportunity to take advantage of a beautiful clubhouse and pool just a couple of blocks away.
I liked the tree lined streets.
 Nearby there is a Harris Teeter, actually there are 2 of them pretty close by.  They are building a Whole Foods near by and there is talk of a Publix. Even better news there is a rumor that a Wegman's is coming to this side of Cary.  I sure hope so, I love that place:-)
There are several shopping venues near by.
Parkside Town Commons featuring Franks Cinebowl and Grill.  Where you can bowl or watch a movie in style.  I love to go to the movies there.  You can order a meal and rest in the comfy recliners and sip your wine or beer or other beverage.  Great place.  There are also some fun restaurants and shops to visit.
Beaver Creek is just south in Apex and Southpoint Mall in Durham is not far away.
 Current prices I found online were in the upper $200,000 to the low to upper $300,000.
 You know me if I see a pretty flower I have to take a shot...


 Trail to the greenway...
 As you leave via the back entrance you can see the lovely fountain next door.
 This neighborhood is in the Wake County School District
                                                          It's all about the detail...

 We enjoyed our walk through this section of Arlington Park.  If you are interested in moving to this area you can contact my daughter Erica.  She is a great agent and can help you with any price point and location you are interested in. Erica's Page

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Restaurant Review Town Hall Burger and Beer Durham NC

It's time to try a new restaurant.  I was invited by my friend Cindy to Town Hall Burger and Beer in Durham.  Let's go....

After having a look at the menu I decided to get a classic cheeseburger.  Here is their description... "Certified Angus Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion & choice of cheese served on brioche."
I also tried out the fried pickles with jalapeño ranch.
The burger was delicious.  I loved it.
Fried pickles were really good too.  The jalapeño ranch was a bit too spicy for me.  
I would probably go with plain ranch next time.  
Being a wine girl I know very little about beer.  Town Hall seems to have a nice selection of beer.  Here is their list...Beer List...


They serve wine and Bottled Boylans Sodas too.

The Bar.
Cindy and I plan to go back to check out the bar..
I loved my burger.  Looking at his picture makes me want to go back today:-)
They have daily specials and weekly events.  Check those out here...Specials and Events
It would be fun to go on their trivia night that is held on Thursdays.  Along with the trivia you also get $3 pints and $4 glasses of wine.
They also have music bingo for the kids on Tuesdays.  Not sure what it is but I bet my grandson would like it:-)
I really enjoyed my visit to Town Hall Burger and Beer.  I plan on going back...
Get out and try a new restaurant.
KathieyV:-)