DIY Gold Dipped Wine Glasses

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It may not be as exciting as Friday, but Wine Wednesday is also quite enjoyable! Before uncorking a bottle of your favorite vino, try glamming up your glasses with this simple DIY project.

“Simple” and “DIY” used in the same sentence, you ask? I’ll admit it, I’ve had numerous Pinterest fails, so I am sometimes wary of crafts that look too good to be true. However, this is not one of those projects. When my fiance came home from work and saw my made-over wine glasses sitting on the table, he was shocked at how well they turned out. He usually laughs at my silly crafts, but this is one that finally received his stamp of approval. The modern gold dipped look creates chic, sophisticated drinkwear that will add some shine to any bar cart.

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You will need:

  • Wine glasses (mine were $1 each from Dollar Tree)
  • Gold metallic spray paint (I used Krylon Short Cuts in Gold Leaf)
  • Clear acrylic sealer (I used Mod Podge)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Several sheets of newspaper

Begin by washing the wine glasses thoroughly. Once they are dry, tape the newspaper to the stem, covering the top of the glass and leaving the area you want to be gold exposed.

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Spray paint the exposed area, until it is evenly coated. Don’t spray too close or for too long because that will cause the paint to drip and not dry smoothly. Repeat on the other glasses and let dry for about 30 minutes. Once they are completely dry, spray one coat of the sealer; let dry for 15 minutes, then spray another coat. When it is dry to the touch, carefully peel off the tape to reveal a perfectly painted glass! Now drink up :)

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Watermelon Strawberry Sangria

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Did you know that today is National Watermelon Day? Well, it is and the timing couldn’t be more perfect because this cool, healthy fruit is a summer staple. I’ve used it for several recipes this season, including a watermelon and feta salad, watermelon margaritas and watermelon ice cubes to go with homemade lemonade.

After making a batch of refreshing margaritas, I decided to use the rest of the flavorful fruit to make some thirst-quenching sangria. This simple recipe yields four to six servings and is perfect for a backyard barbecue. Summer and sangria definitely go together like peanut butter and jelly. Enjoy!

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DIY Chalkboard Coasters

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Chalkboard paint is an easy way to transform any household item. Sine I have a lot left over from painting mason jar lids, I decided to try some more chalkboard crafts. These coasters are fun and functional! Guests can write their name on them, so no more wondering whose drink is whose. They can also be used as a place card at dinner parties. Best of all, they are simple and inexpensive to make. Make a set for yourself or wrap them up as a hostess gift!

You will need:

  • 4×4 tiles or wood squares
  • chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewart’s)
  • paintbrush (foam or fine-bristled)
  • Chalk

All you need to do is paint a few coats on the tile (let dry in between) and you’re done! You could also use colored acrylic paint to create a design on it, such as a border or some polka dots for a permanent design. Then write away! Use a damp cloth to wipe off the coaster before making another creative chalk creation.

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Quick Pick: Brie & Balsamic Flatbread

brieBrie cheese makes everything better! This brie and balsamic flatbread caught my eye while walking down the frozen food aisle of Target. It is made with Brie cheese, a balsamic glaze, Italian cheese sauce and a wood-fired crust. It was rich in flavor and had the perfect thin crust that was both crispy and chewy.

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The flavorful flatbread is great by itself or with additional touches. Suggested pairings include a tart red or white wine and a salad of fresh arugula, thin-sliced pears and walnuts drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. I think it would also taste amazing if you topped the flatbread with arugula, pears and walnuts. Other tasty toppings could be sliced almonds, warm mango chutney or diced apples. Even though I loved it plain, I will definitely be giving these a try next time!

It’s quick and easy to “cook” up. Just bake at 425F for 9-11 minutes. It makes a great appetizer, side or meal!

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Unwind with Wine

All I can say is TGIF. Time to sit back, relax and enjoy some wine!

I love Pinot Grigio, but that’s as far as my wine knowledge goes. This lack of wine wisdom makes me a sucker for marketing. The cuter the label the more likely I am to buy it. As long as it is under $10 of course.

These are two bottles that caught my eye. Turns out they taste pretty good, too!

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Cheers! Have a happy weekend :)

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Pasta

I love having my own kitchen and someone to cook for. It motivates me to try new recipes and be more adventurous with my cooking. This recipe had me at “sweet potato.” I’m kind of obsessed. {Okay, more than kind of…} Also, it looked pretty simple, which was good for one of my first attempts at making a “real” meal. It turned out to be delicious! Next time I want to try using spaghetti squash instead of linguine and adding a grilled chicken breast.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz linguine pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (divided!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded, peeled sweet potato (about 1 medium potato)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Optional: goat cheese, tarragon, plum tomatoes, chicken

How to:

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions
  • Place 1 Tbsp. oil and garlic in large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until garlic is sizzling and fragrant, which will take about 2-5 minutes. Add sweet potato, bell pepper and water. Stir occasionally and cook until pepper is tender, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, but cover to keep it warm.
  • Drain pasta, but keep about 1/4 cup of the water in the pot. Add the vegetable mixture, remaining oil, parsley, lime juice and salt. Gently stir to combine.
  • Pour a glass of wine, serve and enjoy!

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I am a Pinot Grigio fan and thought this bottle was so cute! Great marketing, Fancy Pants! Tastes good for a cheap wine, too!

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