Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars Wines #asweetpairing

I've got two words for you.  Chocolate.  Wine.  Both of these things are amazing on their own, but combine the two and well, you've got a match made in heaven.  Guys, I have a suggestion for you.  If you're still looking for a gift for that special someone, may I recommend a bouquet of her favorite flavors, a bottle of Josh Cellars wine and some Ghirardelli chocolate? Chocolate and wine truly is #asweetparing perfect for Valentines day...or any day of the year.   Our sponsors are making this Valentine's even more sweet by offering a $75.00 gift card to one Lynsey Lou's amazing readers.  Continue reading for more details. 

February is here and Valentines day is right around the corner.  Our Valentines usually consists of a good bottle of wine and making one of our favorite, special meals.  As for gifts, Spencer and I typically don't exchange gifts, sometimes he'll get me flowers, some of my favorite cupcakes or maybe some chocolate; but for the most part we tend to keep gifts simple and to a minimum.
Whether you celebrate big or small there are two things that we can all enjoy and that will fit any budget; a bottle of wine and some amazing chocolates.  So when I was at Wal-Mart the other day I decided to scout out their wine selections and their Valentine's section to see what all they had to offer.  I ended up snagging a bottle of Josh Cellars' and a bar and package of Ghirardelli Chocolate.
I've never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like, but I have to give it to Ghirardelli, they know their chocolate.  Ghirardelli is a company that is over 150 years old and is deeply rooted in tradition.  In 1867 a Ghirardelli employee discovered a way to treat cocoa bean that enhanced that chocolaty flavor and this process soon became the industry standard.
A prestigious chocolate, such as Ghirardelli, deserves to be served along side a wine that is just as distinguished.  Josh Cellars wine was created by California vintner Joseph Carr.  Josh Cellars wine was named in honor of Joseph's father who was a volunteer firefighter and also served in the U.S. Army.  Made in California and available from retailers all of the United States, Josh Cellars offers 6 varieties of wines with bold, complex flavors.
So, while you're running around getting all the finale pieces for your Valentine's celebration be sure to stop by Wal-Mart to get a bottle of Josh Cellars wine and some Ghirardelli chocolates. *Not all Wal-mart stores carry wines, so if that's the case with your local store just get your chocolates then head to the nearest liquor store.  

I am giving away one $75.00 pre-paid American Express credit card to one lucky reader.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite chocolate and wine.  The winner will be announced on February 13, 2016.  This giveaway is open to all readers within the Unites States.
Good luck and cheers!
Thank you to Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars for sponsoring today's post.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Streusel

There's something about the smell of cinnamon permeating the entire house that makes you feel all warm and cozy.  That feeling is welcomed at all times, but even more so during these cooler months.

There are several recipes that come to mind when I think of cinnamon, but one that truly jumps out at me is coffee cake.  And a coffee cake isn't a coffee cake without streusel topping.  Can I get an amen?

Amen!

If we get right down to it, the coffee cake is just a plater for the streusel.  Because, in my humble opinion, the streusel is the best part of a coffee cake.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Brown Sugar Bourbon Apple Cider

While I love my fun in the sun, splashing in the pool, and toes in the sand, there is part of me that longs for the weather to turn cooler.  Soups and stews and everything comforting are some of my favorite things that come along with cooler weather.  But apples and cinnamon might possibly be my most favorite things that come along during this time of year.

Apples are readily available year around, but this time of year is apple season.  This is when apples are truly the best and this is also the time of year that those bottles of apple cider start lining the shelves of the market.  Oh, and do you know I discovered a new cider this year?!?!

Honeycrisp cider.

A cider made from my all time FAVORITE apples.  Those deliciously tart and sweet apples.  YUM.  I could barely contain my excitement when I saw it in the store.  It's like the heavens opened up, the angels were singing and the lights got a little brighter.  Okay...maybe that didn't really happen, but my excitement meter was through the roof!  And it's just as delicious as the apples themselves.

Monday, January 25, 2016

SRC: Hot Toddy

It's the last Monday of the month, so we all know what that means.  Right?  It's reveal day for The Secret Recipe Club.  This month I had Wendy's blog, A Day in the Life on the Farm.  Wendy is a retired police officer who now lives on a farm with her husband, also a retired police officer.  Wendy keeps her plate full with gardens, chickens, dogs, hosting exchange students, scuba diving, painting, quilting and of course cooking.  Whew, I'm tired just typing all that!

Wendy has a ton of recipes on her blog that sound amazing.  Bacon waffles (can you say YUM!), rhubarb berry coffee cakepull apart pizza breadkey lime coconut bundt cake, and Tagalong bundt cake are just a few of the very drool-worthy recipes that caught my eye while perusing her blog. I was torn by so many recipes, but ultimately ended up deciding on a beverage.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

French Hot Chocolate

I think it's safe to say that we've all heated up a mug milk, stirred in that packet of cocoa mix complete with mini marshmallows.  Right?  It was a staple in my house when I was growing up, and even now.  My only complaint was it wasn't chocolaty enough just using one packet.  And my mom felt my pain, so she would ALWAYS double the cocoa to milk ratio to add a little more chocolate flavor.

I sat by the fire and sipped on that warm mug of cocoa intently.  It was the best thing after a busy day playing in the snow...well, mostly ice in our neck of the woods!

While that cup of hot chocolate, with extra marshmallows of course, was always a welcomed treat on those cold days my mom and I both realized that more chocolate flavor was essential.  And I think it's safe to say that I've finally got a recipe that checks off all the requirements for a rich, silky mug of cocoa.

Chocolate chaud.  OR French hot chocolate.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sours are a classic cocktail that have been around since long before my time.  People from all over have long enjoyed sipping on this classic cocktail.   If you're a whiskey person, odds are you've had at least one or two of these cocktails.

Although I could I could sip on the original version of this cocktail throughout the year, it's always a little fun to dream of seasonal variations.  Since we're in the dead of winter; apples and cinnamon are some of the first things that come to mind.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

{Baked} Hot Chocolate French Toast

I am beyond excited to be sharing this recipe with you today!

This is the first breakfast recipe I've shared not only this year, but in a long time.  And I have to say, this recipe is super indulgent and so worth the wait!

I have four words for you.  Hot. Chocolate. French. Toast.

That is right my friends, that infamous chocolate drink we sip on to warm us up has gotten paired with a beloved breakfast treat.  This is like hot chocolate and french toast got together and had a love child.  And oh, what a delicious thing it is.

Thick pieces of bread get torn apart, tossed in a pan then get doused in a chocolate, egg and milk batter.  It soaks all that goodness up, gets popped in the oven and when it's almost finished baking marshmallows get sprinkled over the top until the baking process is finished.

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