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Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Whether you are a brand new wine lover or already have a sophisticated palate, Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to visit the wineries of the Willamette Valley. This year, over 163 wineries in the Willamette Valley are opening their doors for a Wine Country Thanksgiving. You'll be able to sample wines that are hard to find, enjoy special pricing on special bottles.....and even enjoy live entertainment, gourmet food, and more! It's a great way to learn more about wine, while enjoying time with friends! My husband & I took a wine tasting adventure this weekend at JK Carriere Wines. We enjoyed some great conversation with Jim Prosser, owner & winemaker at JK Carriere.....and found some new pinots to take home for Thanksgiving. This year, the wineries of the Willamette Valley have developed a smart phone app that will help you perfectly plan your Thanksgiving Wine Country Escape. Go to www.willamettewinemap.com and scan the QR code to get: directions, hours, information, and more for over 190 Willamette Valley wineries. You can also get more info at www.willamettewines.com!

Here's a brief video overview of our visit!



Jim explains why JK Carriere features a wasp on their labels....and at the winery

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Don't You Wish You Could Teach Your Cat To Do This?



Love it!
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Sneak Peek at Kelly Clarkson Unplugged!

Get More: VH1 Unplugged

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Levi's Says "STOP Washing Your Jeans...FREEZE Them"

Levi's says we need to stop washing our jeans to help them last longer....and to help save water (and the planet). They say in the future, water costs will make the cost of cotton (and our jeans) skyrocket!!

They say FREEZING them will kill the bacteria that causes stink! Hmmmm.....I'm skeptical. Do you think it works? Does anyone actually do this?

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Enjoy Your Wine More....Pair It With Music!



The British Journal of Psychology just published the findings of a study on how music affects how you taste wine.

Professor Adrian North of Herriot-Watt University gave taste tests to 250 students – half male, half female – while playing music in the background.

After five minutes the volunteers were asked to rank how much they felt the wine tasted. Their options matched the musical descriptions: powerful and heavy, subtle and refined, mellow and soft, zingy and refreshing.

The results showed the music the volunteers listened to consistently affected how they perceived the wine to taste!

Some pairing advice came out of this study: They found that for the best earthy and full-bodied Merlot taste experience, drinkers should try listening to Tom Jones....or to add a little zing to a glass of Pinot Grigio pull out the latest Lady Gaga album. What would YOUR suggested pairing be?
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Here's What You Do With Leftover Candy!



Turn 'em into another dessert and bring 'em to work! These would disappear SO fast around here.

Mmmmmm....candy bar cupcakes!


Candy Bar Cupcakes


Topping
4-8 of your favorite candy bars, plus 1 bag of favorite M&M's
(Twix, Payday, Reeses, Snickers, Rolo's, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch)
Crush, cut and mash into tiny pieces
Mix together in a bowl, set aside


Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Frosting
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped chocolate
½ cup cream
Melt together over low heat, stiring constantly, until incorporated
Remove from heat and let cool
When completely cooled whip with beaters until fluffy

Cupcakes
1 ½ sticks softened butter
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
Cream together until fluffy

Add
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
Mix together until color lightens

Add
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups buttermilk
½ cup mini chocolate chips
Stir until flour is incorporated

Pour evenly into cupcake liners, ¾ full
Bake at F350°, 10-12 minutes until edges just begin to brown
Remove from oven, let cool


Frost with peanut butter chocolate ganache and top with candy bars
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Matt Nathanson talks Halloween, Kim Kardashian, and Sexytime....and more!

Matt Nathanson is such a fun interview. I try to catch up with him every time he visits Portland, because there is never a dull moment with him.....never.

p.s. thanks for the tour of your bus, Matt!



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Another Brand NEW Kelly Clarkson Song Leaked. Listen Here!

Take a listen and tell me what you think. Are you excited for the release of Kelly's new album on Monday?

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Give Yourself a Hand This Halloween



Haha! I have GOT to make this for dinner on Halloween. It's meatloaf that looks like a disgusting, creepy hand. Love it! It looks pretty easy to do and I think you can find hand-shaped pans at Michael's (or another cake/craft store). Here are the step by step instructions, with pics! Have fun!!!
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Brand NEW Coldplay Video

*sigh* I love it. You?

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Cocktails For A GREAT Cause!



Tonight is the 4th annual Portland's Iron Bartender Contest and I'm excited to be one of the judges! It's all a benefit for the Children's Relief Nursery. You can read more about the wonderful work they do HERE

This year, nine of Portland's talented bartenders will square off in a mixology battle royale, serving up specialty cocktails in four themed bar areas - Tiki, Portlandia, Prohibition and Sake. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and vote on their favorite concoction, ultimately deciding which four bartenders will move on to compete for the title of Iron Bartender and impress the celebrity judges.

Competing bartenders are brought to you by the Oregon Bartenders Guild and Portland Cocktail Week. Bartenders include:

Adam Ho - Pho PDX
Angel Teta - Three Degrees
Ariana Vitale - Kask
Daniel Jacobson - Irving Street Kitchen
Emily Baker - Rum Club
Jeanette Adames-Napier - aloft Hotel
Jen Steimer - Trader Vic's
Jordan Felix - Clyde Common
Nathan Gerdes - Thatch Tiki Bar

VIP tix are sold out, but you can still get the remaining tix here and at the door

Hope you can join us tonight!!!
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Christmas with "The New Girl", Zooey Deschanel!



If you saw Zooey in "Elf", you know that girl can actually sing! She's got a band, "She & Him" and their fans have been bugging them to do a Christmas album for the looooonnnngest time. So they recorded one....and it's coming out Nov. 21. Here's a preview!

She & Him - The Christmas Waltz by Double Six
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Tom Cruise Has Got Those Moves Like Jagger

Hehe. Tom Cruise got into a dance battle at a wedding. Awesome!

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Are Glamour Girls Better At Their Jobs?

According to this news story, people assume they are. Crazy! I think there are certain jobs where you DON'T want to see someone who is all glammed out (EMT, Police Officer, Kennel Worker, Contruction Worker)

Do you agree?

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Gossip Roundup For Monday, Oct 3



What could Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, & Victoria Beckham possibly have in common? Somebody likes their crazy hats.

We have no idea what teams will be playing, but now we know who is playing the Super Bowl Halftime show....and she's got better arms than most quarterbacks. ;-)

Real Housewife, Bethenny Frankel has hired a "personality coach" to make her more likeable. Good luck with that!

Details from the night Ashton cheated on Demi sound like a cheesy late night Showtime movie.

Taylor Swift brought Usher out at her Atlanta show this weekend. You can almost hear them doing "Yeah" over the girl screams.

Seth Rogan got married this weekend. LOVE the bride's dress!
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Gossip Roundup for Thursday Sept 29



Is anyone REALLY surprised that Ashton Kutcher is a cheater? Btw....he's been "partying" with Sara Leal for months now (pics)

Beyonce can't stand the smell of her husband, Jay-Z (that's awkward)

Holly Madison just insured her breasts for 1 million dollars
(seems low to me....she's earned more than that from them)

Mr. Schu is going to cover Coldplay's "Fix You" on next week's episode.
(It's pretty!!! Click the link to listen)

"Jessica Simpson is dumb" jokes are sooooo 2003....BUT....pregnancy tests aren't THAT hard to read. A normal person doesn't need 10 of 'em to figure it out. (just sayin')

Nicholas Cage and John Travolta might be vampires....or time travelers.... (or just scamming idiots with hipstamatic pics)

Could this guy be America's Susan Boyle?

Lady Gaga released a new short film....along with her other two heads(??) Wierd!
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