Wine O’Clock & All Is Well 🍷
We love our wine, and usually work in some wine tasting when we travel. And we belong to a few wine clubs from our favorite wineries. But lately we’ve been trying to keep our consumption down to a glass or two per week. If we open a full-sized bottle, chances are we won’t be able to finish it before it goes bad. We’ve tried those little pump vacuum seal tops, but they rarely work well.
Several of our wine-loving friends have recommended a Coravin wine preservation system, and we’ve been noodling it for a while. Le Monsieur’s birthday was last week, so I decided to surprise him with one.
OMG, this is one of those “where have you been all my life” gadgets! It’s SO easy to use, and we can enjoy a glass from our favorite bottles without uncorking or allowing air into the bottle. It’s really easy to use, and not much bigger than most corkscrews.
If you have a wine lover on your holiday gift list, I’d definitely recommend a Coravin!
When lockdown started in March, le Monsieur was home during the day, which meant more snack food in the pantry. I’m not much of a sweet eater, but do have a weakness for salty, crunchy foods.
Before I started on Faster Way to Fat Loss, I’d developed a bad afternoon potato chip habit. I haven’t had any since being on the program and haven’t been tempted. But some days, I find it challenging to get the recommended amount of healthy carbs without going over on my fats or sugars. Karen recommended these gluten-free pretzels and they’re awesome! Low-fat, low-sugar, and really satisfy that crunch urge.
(BTW, there’s another round of Faster Way starting up on Monday. If you’d like to improve your strength and fitness, build lean body mass, reduce cravings, and increase mental and physical energy, you should give it a try!)
Java From Sumatra
Most days, I use my fancy espresso machine that grinds the beans fresh for my morning (caffeinated) brew. Two caffeinated espressos or Americano’s, then I switch to decaf made with the Nespresso machine.
I was ordering my monthly supply of decaf capsules, when I spotted this new Single Origin variety, Aged Sumatra. Sumatra is my favorite variety, so I ordered a sleeve to try. Wow, is this good! It’s a lower intensity than I usually like, but very rich, earthy and smoky. I may give my big machine a break some days to enjoy this one in the mornings.
Just so you know, Nespresso has a robust recycling program for their (aluminum) capsules. You can get a free recycling bag with a pre-paid UPS label. Just fill it up with used capsules, seal, and give to your UPS delivery person, or drop off at a UPS location.
I’ve been on call for jury duty all week, but thankfully haven’t had to report yet. I’ll admit, the idea of sitting for hours in a closed room with a bunch of other people doesn’t thrill me.
So today I’ll use the reprieve to fill out my sample ballot. Both le Monsieur and I will be voting early, in person. With high turnout expected, it’s a good idea to have a plan for where, when, and how you’ll be voting.
Have you found any new healthy snacks lately?