Refresh Wine Giveaway! #WineOverIce

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I’m slowly starting reviewing wine. That’s why I was glad to try Refresh Wine. I was able to bring it to a birthday party, so I got a few people’s thoughts about this wine. The first thing I have to tell you is that Refresh Wine got 2 thumbs up from everybody.

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Refresh by Turning Leaf comes in four light, refreshing wine options: Crisp White, Red Moscato, Moscato and Pink Moscato. All are $8. (Love how affordable these are!) These slightly fizzy wines are best served chilled, over ice, with a slice of orange or lime. They are also excellent with birthday cake. Refresh is a great option if you’re looking for something fizzier than still wine, less filling than beer or lighter than a cocktail.

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Since this is not like your typical wine, we had the grandma’s trying this. My SIL’s mom may have gotten a buzz, and she never drinks wine at parties! That’s how much these Refresh Wines were a hit! I too don’t drink a lot of wine, and I love these too! I may have had 3 glasses that night myself!

I also am “Refreshing It Forward” to a reader and friend. Her name is Samantha, and she blogs over at The Peanuts Gang. She just moved into a new house and what a great housewarming gift. Plus, who can’t use a bottle of wine while moving with a 4 year old and a 2 year old (and let’s not even talk about the fact that she also works and blogs!). She’s also just a great friend who deserves it.

You all are my friend too! That is why I have arranged for one lucky reader to win a “Wine Over Ice” kit valued at $50. The gift pack will include a gift card that the winner can use to purchase Refresh. The gift pack will also include additional items to help you enjoy Refresh anytime. Here’s what you need to do:

Refresh Wine Giveaway

The Secret of Grandma’s Pickle Finally Revealed

Grandma! The very word fetches memories. From saving us the much dreaded homework to giving us those few extra bucks that always we fell short of. From being our best friend to being our spokesperson when chances seemed really slim. Without them, childhood would be but a phase without reflections. It’s them who taught us to dream, it’s them who let us indulge in a few extra helpings of tart and it’s them, who still today would most effortlessly prepare an array of pickles at our command, only to watch us get happily spoilt.

Reflecting back upon the good old days of childhood, there must be at least one pickle that you can completely relate to. Is there not? Dill, bitter gourd, hog plum, key lime, mango; there has to be a pickle for everyone; a pickle with a memory, with sunny days and lazy afternoons that ignited in us the indomitable spirit of   stealing them from the jars. Truth is if you’ve ever had the opportunity to taste your grandma’s homemade pickles, you’ll know how no other pickle tastes the same; not even the ones you make yourself, from her cookbook. Clearly, there has to be something that makes them different! A secret that makes it undeniably the best pickles in the world.

Here’s to you, in pursuit of pickling, 4 plausible facts that we think are responsible for making “grandma’s pickles” the way they are: absolutely incredible.  And before letting the secret out, a wee bit of introduction to pickles that’ll help you connect better.

Pickle: A delicacy.

Pickling or corning as it is called, is a method of preserving food by subjecting it to unaerobic fermentation in brine. And although the concept of pickling differs from country to country; the main medium for pickling in India would be oil while of that in the United States would be vinegar or brine, the basic chemistry and process of pickling remains unaltered.

The 4 secrets of grandma’s pickles: decoded

Freshness: The most important and vital aspect in our Grandma’s pickle was probably the attribute of freshness. Considering most of our grand mothers were content housewives, which accounts for the fact that they never had to use anything frozen; the ingredients they used were fresh, unpacked and straight off the market, or in some cases, farmers. This condition is absolutely vital and ideal for pickles. Only fruits and vegetables that are fresh and blemish free can give pickles its distinct taste. So, next time you want to make pickles, take that extra effort to choose your fruits and vegetables from the nearest supermarket, fresh off the block.

Spices: Continuing the above thought yet again, packed spices in the good old days were not in vogue. Spices were only considered to be fresh if they were hand-grinded and roasted. No doubt the pickles tasted so good, fresh spices being not a choice but a requirement for its making.

Time and monitoring: In this jet age where a lavish breakfast is but a luxury or at least a Sunday treat, it is needless mentioning that most of us buy pickles from the super market. This is one major factor that restricts us from making great pickles as the time to monitor the process is for most of us something we cannot deliver. Pickles need monitoring and a careful watch for it to come out just the way you’d want.

4th and probably the most concrete secret

The most important of all secrets that govern the taste of grandma’s pickle is probably the love with which she prepares it. Perhaps there is no secret in grandma’s pickle; it is solely her being that makes it so special, the reason why no other pickle in the world can take its place.

Cooking or in this case pickling is an art. When you do it with passion, with love, it clearly reflects on the food. And while everything else can be bought with money, a food that’s made with love is priceless. Just like our Grandma’s pickle!

 

This article has been contributed by Aishwarya Vohra from Offshore Ally. She is a part of the company’s talented team of virtual assistants and link builders. She is passionate about food and cooking is a stress buster for her. Connect with her via Twitter.

Shaggies

I’m always on the lookout for great cleaning supplies for the kitchen like  Shaggies and Shrubbies.  The story on these is pretty cool too which is what drew me to this great product.  I actually got to meet the inventor of this which is where I first heard the story.  Her grandma never threw anything away, and when she (the inventor) got married, the grandma took her chenille robes and cut them up into potholders.  One day, the inventor was cleaning in her kitchen and took the potholder and to wipe the counters and found that it worked perfect!

I personally got to try out a Shrubbie.  It’s a shaggie on one side and a nylon net scrubbie on the other.  I’ve used it on pretty much everything in the kitchen, and it works awesome.  I was especially impressed on how it got off dried spaghetti sauce off my stove with very little elbow grease.  I have yet to find a job in the kitchen that it can’t do!

A product with a great story that works!  Definitely go check it out!