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Showing posts with label valentine's day. Show all posts
3 Perfect Wines For Valentine's Day

3 Perfect Wines For Valentine's Day

There's only one more week of January - can you believe that?? We're almost one month down of 2019. I should probably start working on my resolutions haha! And that also means that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and will be here before we know it! Now you guys know me, and you know that I love wine. So I put together a list of some of my favorites that would be perfect for a romantic dinner, girls night, glass after the kids go down and you eat thai takeout - whatever the evening looks like for you, it will look better with a glass of one of these delicious wines in your hand!

Maryhill Winery, 2012 Serendipity

I've loved Maryhill's wines for a long time - we finally joined their wine club about a year ago (we should have joined sooner!) and always look forward to those shipments! They have tasting rooms in Goldendale, Spokane, and are just about to open a new tasting room in Vancouver this April! Definitely pay them a visit if you're in the area. I really love all of their wines, and the Serendipity is no exception. It's really smooth, and would pair well with whatever your Valentine's Day meal looks like! We drank it while eating my White Wine and Parmesan Risotto, and it was soooo delicious! It would also be amazing with a steak or pork. (When you order this wine, also grab a bottle of their rosé! It's my favorite!!)

Merry Cellars, 2016 Dolce Vita

Merry Cellars is our local winery in town - you probably see me mention them all the time on Instagram stories! We love their wine and hanging out in their tasting room in Pullman. I'm not usually a fan of dessert wines, but I looooove Dolce Vita. It's made from merlot that's co-fermented with blackberries, which makes for a really deep, jammy and fruity wine. Dolce Vita is really special, and would be the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Yarden, 2008 Blanc de Blancs

No Valentine's Day wine list would be complete without a sparkling wine, am I right? This sparkling wine is so good - I love how bright, fresh and fruity it is! It would be perfect with light appetizers like a cheese plate or these smoked salmon appetizers, and would also be amazing for a brunch! If you're looking to pair this with your Valentine's Day dinner, I'd recommend it with my Lemon and Garlic Salmon, or a light chicken. And grab another bottle while you're at it, because I know you'll love the Blanc de Blancs as much as I do!

I hope you all find a new wine to love on this list - be sure to let me know if you try one and report back! And if you love wine, check out this recipe for Merlot Chocolate Truffles - they will blow your mind!!

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Kirsten Bell
Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Valentine's Day may still be a month away, but it's never too early to start planning your Valentine's Day desserts! These easy strawberry champagne cupcakes are perfect because they sound super fancy, but they're really not at all! I also love that they can be made ahead of time, so if you're planning a nice dinner for two you don't even have to think about dessert on the day of. This strawberry champagne cupcake recipe is also a perfect bridal shower dessert idea and birthday cake recipe!

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You guys know that I like flavor in my baked goods. So if you love champagne, these are the cupcakes for you!! I love how light the flavor in these cupcakes is - it really does taste like you're eating champagne! The fruitiness of the strawberry buttercream compliments the cake so well, and I love the pieces of real strawberry in it.

Champagne Cake Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups cane sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon LorAnn Sparkling wine extract
1/3 cup sparkling wine
1/4 cup buttermilk

Strawberry Buttercream Ingredients: 

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons strawberry extract
3 strawberries, very finely diced (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with liners (how cute are these champagne cupcake liners?). Combine flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add extracts, egg, yolk, champagne and buttermilk, mixing to combine. The batter may look piecy at this stage, which is ok! Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Pour batter into liners and bake for 14-16 minutes.

For the buttercream: Whip the butter in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and extracts, mixing on low speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Then increase speed to high for about 3-4 minutes. Gently stir in the strawberry, if using. Frost with a big tip to avoid the strawberry pieces getting stuck. Decorate with sprinkles, and a quarter strawberry! I love these metallic sprinkles!

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Kirsten Bell