Wine Wednesday – Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay

Hi there!

NOW, guess what day it is? 🙂

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Whoop, whoop!

Seriously, though, did you or did you not love Will and Grace? Karen was my idol. 🙂

If you said you did not love that show, you just probably didn’t watch enough of it. Or drink enough wine. I suggest Netflix so you can start over.

Anyway, I finally did it.

I broke down and bought a Skinnygirl™ wine.

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I’m not sure what came over me. Maybe it was the allure of the 10.99 price tag. Maybe it was the allure of the “SILVER MEDAL” sign hanging below it. Maybe I meant to grab the Columbia Winery Chardonnay but missed? I don’t know.

Not that I have anything against Skinnygirl™ – as a wine lover, that brand just seems more, I don’t know, commercial to me rather than actually wine oriented.

I can see the draw though – the thought of “low-calorie wine” could be very attractive to someone who’s on a diet and still wants to enjoy a bottle glass bottle-sized glass of wine.

See, the thing is, this wine boasts 100 calories for a 5 ounce serving. So you THINK you’re getting a great deal on calories but the same portion of a traditional white wine (not “skinnyfied”) is only about 110 calories and 120 calories for red wine.

Hm. You do the math.

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Plus, it still has 12% alcohol by volume (that means sugar). Most wines are 13% (unless they’re really, really big Syrahs or Cabs and they clock in at 14+%) anyway so, really, where are these “calorie savings?”

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And, I have to be totally honest. This wine was WAAAAAYYYY too easy to drink. So, whatever “calorie bonus” there actually goes out the window with each glass you pour. Because, it does get easier to pour. And drink. And then it’s gone. Just like that.

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So, if you’re looking to buy a bunch of wine for book club – okay, wait. I cannot seriously recommend that you buy this wine. If you are having people over that you DON’T like and you have to provide the wine, then maybe this is a good choice but if you are having friends over and you want to have a nice wine with your meal/book club finger foods/cocktail party/etc, buy something real. From a vineyard. That cares about wine, not calories.

Besides, you don’t want to wear your 4 year old daughter’s pajamas anyway. 😉

Okay, side note: if you regularly buy/drink/love this wine, please don’t get mad at me for my review. I’m kind of a wine snob and I’m very particular. AND, I spent 3 years in Monterey, California with some AMAZING wine available to me. That being said, it WAS tasty. And I did drink it. ALL. I’m not proud. Or sad about it. Although, I did have a slight headache the next day so, that part wasn’t fun. I am SO not in my 20s anymore.

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– jennifer

Crockpot Masala Chicken & Chickpeas

Hi there!

Guess what day it is?!

Um, no. It’s not Wednesday. Yet. That’s tomorrow. Patience, grasshopper.

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It’s Tasty Tuesday!!

After you check out my tasty new recipe and subsequently go to the grocery store to buy the ingredients so you can have it for dinner tomorrow, don’t forget to head on over to Lena’s page to check out all the other Tasty Tuesday yumminess!

Oh wait, check out her page first. She’s got tomorrow’s breakfast covered.  🙂

 I had picked up some organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs from Harris Teeter but I didn’t really have a plan for them.

I wouldn’t recommend doing that on a regular basis. If you’re me, you might forget that you bought them, never be inspired, never come up with a plan and then they’ll go bad and you’ve just wasted money.

Wasting money is bad.

BUT, turns out I was inspired!

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I decided to make a riff on Chana Masala and my Chana ma-Chicken and use my crockpot to do the heavy lifting.

Yes, Chana ma-Chicken. I told you I need work on recipe naming. #dontjudgeme

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When I got home from work, the house smelled so delicious with all the lovely curry and Indian spicy smells.

You know, it just occurred to me how much that must torture my dogs when I cook in the crockpot. A dog’s sense of smell is what, a bazillian times greater than ours? Can you just imagine the anguish they must feel smelling delicious dinner ALL DAY LONG and then, they don’t even get any?!

It’s quite possible that I’m the worst doggy mama ever.

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Crockpot Masala Chicken & Chickpeas
serves 4-6

2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon allspice
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Cooked rice, for serving

1. Place chicken thighs and chickpeas in crockpot.

2. In a small bowl, mix diced tomatoes and spices. Pour over chicken and chickpeas. Cover crockpot and cook on low, 8 hours.

3. NOM. NOM. NOM.

 Talk to me: What’s your favorite chickpea recipe? How many times a week do you use your crockpot?

 

 

– jennifer

Spreading the (link) love 3

Hello, hello!

Lots of great things out there on the internet this week. So, it’s time for some weekly link love!

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For Your Tummy

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bars Love and Zest (Yum!)

BBQ Pulled Pork Pop Tarts Spoon Fork Bacon (throwing a super bowl party? wow your guests with these!)

All-The-Blueberries Buttermilk Waffles Joy the Baker (you had me at blueberries!)

Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip Popcorn The Girl Who Ate Everything (say whaaaaa?!)

Steak Fajitas she talks

For Your Body

Think Americans Are Getting Healthy Again? Think Again. US News & World Report Health  (Have you fallen prey to these “health trends?”)

Healthy Eating Stress Real Food, Real Deals (does the thought of ‘eating healthy’ stress you out? check out these tips to help beat that stress and get you moving in the right direction.)

15 Min. Total Body Dumbbell Circuit Workout Housewife Glamour (got dumbbells? got 15 minutes? you’ve got time for a workout!)

15 Minute AMRAP Kettlebell Workout Lean, Clean, and Brie (got a kettlebell instead of dumbbells? Still got 15 minutes?) 🙂

Is Diet Soda Really That Bad? Popsugar (yes. yes, it is.)

For Your Life

“I’m Fine” and Other Lies Depression Will Tell You BlogHer (please, please talk to someone if you’re feeling out of sorts. ‘fine’ is not always the right answer!)

5 Things to Do Before You Share on Social Media BlogHer (we all have those friends who randomly click ‘share’ without doing their research. share this with those friends!)

Catch and Release Cranky Fitness (negative thoughts sneak in and permeate our brains all the time. catch them before they catch you!)

For Blogging

Social Media Design 101 Holy Kaw! (how to get started on social media)

8 Things Only a Blogger Could Understand The SITS Girls (ever wonder what the heck your blogger friend is talking about?)

Top Ten Blogging Tools Run Pretty (great tips on how to improve your blog)

Talk to me: What have you read lately?

– jennifer