5 lovely things, in no particular order.
Pears & Blue Cheese
Our nice neighbor brought over some freshly picked pears from her tree (which we had been lusting after all summer) and I thought, should I make a tart or some maybe preserves? That didn’t happen, we slathered the juicy sun-blushed fruits with blue cheese and haven’t looked back. Cut a pear into wedges and serve alongside a chunk of blue cheese, serve with crackers or baguette if you so desire. This is a simple and easy cocktail hour nibble that is salty and sweet. I love fresh seasonal flavors and a ripe freshly picked pear is hard to beat.
Homemade Pepper Sauce
The end of pepper season is here, make sure you put every last one to good use. Make my spicy Pepper Sauce and drizzle it over soups, chicken, eggs, pizza and just about everything else! Peppers past their prime are perfect for this sauce. Grab a clean 16 oz jar and fill it to the brim with peppers, leaving a few peppers whole and cutting a few lengthwise to place against the side of the jar for a pretty presentation. Add 3 cloves of cracked garlic. Bring 2 cups of white wine vinegar just to a boil and pour over the peppers. Let cool to room temperature before placing the lid, then refrigerate.
Big Red Outlet Store
This is THE place for really great wine deals. There is always something new to try and quality mid range wines are selling for less than $5 per bottle. This week I have enjoyed a tasty Viu Manent Malbec, typically costing around $15 for $3.99! I can’t wait to try the blend from Columbia Valley. The deals are deep and the cases sell out quickly. If you find something you like make sure and stock up.
City of Bloomington Animal Shelter
There are so many exciting things happening at the Animal Shelter right now! The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is underway with a chance for the shelter to compete for more than $500,000 in grant funding, including the grand prize of $100,000. From August 1st thru October 31st the shelter is competing to find homes for more cats and dogs than during the previous year. Adoption specials run each day throughout the week from Muttly Mondays (all mixed breed dogs are $40) to Feline Fridays (all felines are free). We adopted a sweet baby kitten two weeks ago and her name is Fennel. I forgot what it is like to have a kitten in the house, she is wonderful! If you can’t adopt right now, please consider donating to the cause, click here for more info.
Yogi Green Tea Kombucha Decaf
Autumn is when I take a tea inventory and figure out what to purchase and what to toss out. My love for the magical probiotic properties of Kombucha made this decaf green tea a natural addition to my tea box. Mellow flavor with notes of passionfruit and plum I enjoy this tea served hot mostly in the afternoons with a little dollop of Hunter’s Farm Honey. Cheers!