I Love A Good Cheese And Wine Charcuterie Board

by abrownblogger

I couldn’t resist re-posting this article about pairing wine and cheese.  Take a look:

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“Wine and cheese pairing possibilities are endless and I love to have cheese and wine charcuterie boards during the summer when friends and I get together. Simple but very engaging during those chat sessions.

A tip I learned last summer is choosing summer fruits and garden veggies to build your central structure, peaches, plums and other stone fruit make a lovely board along side the various cheeses. The best in fall/winter are grapes and dried fruit.

Wine and cheese are culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious and fun. There are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. Never serve cold cheese, always serve soft & creamy cheese. Mozzarella pairs well with olive oil, prosciutto, tomatoes, Italian cured meats, and olives. Parmigiano Reggiano famous Italian cheese is known for its sharp, nutty flavor.

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Fresh: Soft and rindless, these can be made with cow, goat or sheep milk. They’re not aged and have a mild, slightly tangy flavor. While a log of bright white goat cheese is iconic, the category also includes farmer’s cheese, ricotta and others that come in tubs.

Bloomy: These are named for the bloom of white mold on the outside. They tend to be the richest and creamiest type of cheese, with a soft, spreadable texture. The rind is edible, and it has a stronger, funkier flavor than the interior.

Washed Rind: A bath in brine, beer or wine produces a distinct orange rind. They’re rich and creamy, and they can be soft or semi-soft in texture. They’re funkier than bloomy cheeses, with gamy, often pleasantly pungent notes.

Semi-Soft: They’re not spreadable, nor do they break in shards like a hard cheese. They tend to be creamy and fairly mild in flavor. Many are excellent to melt and perfect to slice. Some cheeses like Gouda are semi-soft in younger styles, while when aged, their texture turns hard.

Hard: The product of aging, these are quite firm and break into crumbles or shards. They tend to have nutty and complex savory notes. Some are fairly pungent and salty.

Blue: Veins of blue mold run through these. They can be soft and creamy, or semi-soft and crumbly. Some are sweeter and milder, but all pack a good deal of sharpness and tang.

fruit and cheese

Wines That Go With Gouda:

Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon, commonly called the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” pairs well with Gouda cheese as its high tannin content holds up well to aged Goudas.

Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio, a light wine, pairs well with a young Gouda:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Beaujolais
  • Riesling.

So create or have a charcuterie board party where everyone can come together and create the perfect charcuterie for your gathering.”

Questions to ask your S O

Questions to Ask Your Spouse Besides,

Sara Goldstein from Oddly Well Adjusted (posting on parent.co) was the winner with the best list of questions I could find.  Here are some favorites from her post 21 Questions to Ask Your Spouse:

  • “Did you listen to anything interesting today?
  • If you could do any part of today over again, what would it be?
  • What app did you open most today?
  • How can I make your day easier in 5 minutes?
  • What did you do to take care of yourself today?
  • When did you feel appreciated today?
  • If you could guarantee one thing for tomorrow what would it be?
  • What made you laugh today?
  • Did you give anyone side-eye today? What did they do to deserve it?”  – Sara Goldstein

Glennon from Momastery.com has an EXCELLENT post on this topic called Save the Relationships: Ask the Right Questions.  A few of her ideas:

  • “When did you feel loved today?
  • When did you feel lonely?
  • What did I do today that made you feel appreciated?
  • What did I say that made you feel unnoticed?
  • What can I do to help you right now?
  • Were there any times you felt proud of yourself today?”  – Glennon Doyle

More questions as an infographic:

Questions to Ask Besides How Was Your Day?


Companion Planting

If you want to have the biggest and best tomatoes, consider companion planting. Here are ten plants that will help your tomatoes taste delicious. #tomatoes #companiongardening #marigold

Companion planting has been practiced for a very long time. Native Americans were amongst the first to use companion plants to improve the vitality of plants. According to Iroquois legend, planting corn, beans and squash together helps all these plants thrive and produce a better harvest. Many gardeners still practice this method of growing called the “three sisters” today.

Companion planting is all about finding plants that can exist together in a symbiotic fashion, helping one another. Some companion plants help to deter pests, others provide shade and some even help to add nutrients to the soil.

To be successful with companion planting you need to know which plants do well together and which ones don’t. Grouping those that get along could just be the key to your garden success. If you want to have the biggest and best tomatoes, consider companion planting. Here are ten plants that will help your tomatoes taste delicious.

1. Marigolds:

Some gardeners would never consider growing tomatoes without marigolds. These bright and chipper annuals do a mighty wonder when it comes to deterring pests. They do this by producing a substance known as alpha-terthienyl. This substance reduces root-knot nematodes in the soil.

2. Borage:

This annual herb planted with tomatoes helps in a number of ways. It will repel tomato hornworms and cabbage worms. In addition, it will improve tomato health and flavor.

3. Mint:

Mint is an aromatic perennial herb that can become invasive. It is best to plant mint in your garden in pots so that it does not overrun the show. Although we may think that the aroma of mint is lovely, pests really hate it. Planting some mint near your tomato plants will even keep small rodents away.

4. Leaf lettuce:

If you grow leaf lettuce with your tomatoes it will act as a mulch to keep tomato plants cooler. It also helps reduce the chance that disease will spread from the water and soil to the tomato plants.

5. Chives:

This pretty herb not only helps improve the taste of tomatoes but also helps repel aphids and makes a great addition to any tomato salad.

6. Asparagus:

This yummy perennial vegetable produces a chemical that can kill nematodes. Tomatoes contain solanine, a substance that is toxic to the asparagus beetle. In addition, tomatoes grow tall, creating shade around asparagus plants, thus not allowing weeds to grow.

7. Nasturtiums:

These pretty old-fashioned annual flowers not only add color and cheer to your garden but also do wonders protecting your tomato plants. The deter whiteflies, squash bugs, beetles, and aphids while keeping fungal disease at bay. Although they are annual, they often reseed making them an even more delightful addition.

8. Garlic:

Planting garlic alongside your tomatoes will help to keep spider mites away.Besides, who doesn’t like a little fresh garlic in their tomato salad?

9. Calendula:

Calendula, although often called pot marigold, is an entirely different plant. Both the leaves and blooms of this plant are edible and taste delicious in salads. When planted in between tomato plants, calendula is an effective natural way to control pests that feast on tomato plants. These pretty flowers also look sweet in a salad.

10. Carrots:

Carrots and tomatoes share space well. You can plant carrots when tomatoes are small and they will be ready to harvest by the time that the tomatoes are getting larger and needing more room. If you are short on space, this is a great way to increase your yield.



What Is Mushroom Blonde Hair? Why It’s The Hottest Summer Hair Color of course

By Amy Sciarretto & Bustle

mushroom blond hair

What, exactly, is mushroom blonde, which started springing up on social media last winter? Well, it’s a gorgeous ashy shade with cool, dark gray tones woven throughout and underneath. It’s a unique mix of blonde and brunette that can be turned up or down depending on your preference. The hue also mimics the natural color gradations found on the undersides of mushrooms.

Mushroom blonde is also one of those hair colors that you know when you see it — even if you are not quite sure what to call it at first. While granny gray hair was huge a few years back, mushroom blonde is a softer and much more subtle shade. It’s basically a wonderful and wearable way for blondes to flirt with the dark side when it comes to their strands and for brunettes to experiment with lighter locks.

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The shade can be defined by dark roots that get progressively lighter as you descend the shaft. This version looks luxurious, courtesy of the loose and wavy texture. When hair is layered and shaggy, you can truly appreciate the depth and dimension that is a hallmark of this trend. Mushroom blonde is mostly cool-toned and can have a silver cast, as indicated by this pretty and pale look. It’s all about the interplay between dark and light. There are certainly many ways to rock this color. You can go with a a little or a lot of ash, depending on your natural hair color and skin tone.

Ultimately, mushroom blonde looks as though it’s on track to be one the hair colors of Summer 2019.




Weed Identification Guide

Don’t let weeds rob your garden of its beauty—some of these plants choke out the garden plants you’ve worked so hard to grow. Use our guide to help identify and control these troublesome pests.

Dandelion, weed, weeds, garden

By BH&G Garden Editors

common weeds
We get it. Weeds are obnoxious and hard to eliminate. But with proper weed identification, you can stop them while they’re young. Use our guide to identify weeds by appearance and know how to remove them safely.  Click to begin:
Note:  This is a wonderful guide to 35 common weeds found in The USA.  However, I’m against zapping everything with a commercial herbicide.  Usually you end up killing more than just the weed.  There are eco-friendly ways to do the job just as effectively.  Do a Google search or a Pinterest search and you’ll find just what you need.
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