A Spoonful of Sunshine

Wine and Thanksgiving November 20, 2013

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Wait you mean you ate Thanksgiving dinner and washed it down with a little wine? No my friends, wine comes first.

I am kinda digging this whole blogging one a week about events that have happened over a week ago. It gives my time to steal all the good pictures from my friends in order to compile them into a blog post. This might just be my new thang.

Okay so let’s start off with wine, where all good things should start. The day after the half marathon my friends and I decided to take little trip up to Santa Ynez for some wine tasting.

We headed up to The Brander Vineyard first to adventure around the place and hang out with the little kitty.



After spending some glasses were tipped back, we popped over to Buttonwood where my roommate was working. Before I even get to the winery, can we all take a moment to acknowledge this squash shrine type thing. Major food blogger swoons happening right here.



Once inside and sipping on more wine, we clearly needed to try every sample of food Buttonwood offers. They carry tons of peachy sauces, (I snagged the peach BBQ and peach chutney), olives, pickled veggies, and chocolate sauce among other speciality food items. As if tasting every single piece of food wasn’t enough, we moseyed outside to chow down on the snacks we packed in a picnic basket. Pretzels, goat cheese, snap peas, hummus, and clementines sure make a complete meal.


And now onto Thanksgiving….


That would be Timothy the turkey defrosting.


We hosted a potluck type meal at our house and I decided to contribute some homemade bread and butter to the feast. I used this recipe to make rolls and used the extra dough to make a braided loaf. I also made some homemade butter. Yes, you heard that right BUTTER. Growing up, it was a tradition in my family to make homemade butter and Thanksgiving and I highly reccomend everybody try it! All you need is cream and salt and a bottle to shake it in (I used my blender bottle). The butter forms into a ball and your are left with buttermilk! I am planning to make some pancakes with the leftovers. Then maybe smother them with butter?!


The turkey chef

IMG_3481Spread O’ Food


We can’t forget dessert (or more wine!)

Friendsgiving plans for you? Yay or nay?


11 Responses to “Wine and Thanksgiving”

  1. Kaitlin Says:

    Love this idea! And a picnic? Oh my you are my hero! Haha but really I love having potluck dinners and having everyone contribute something :) I’ll have to put butter on my list of things to try!

  2. I wish I did a friendsthanksgiving – I just love the idea of bringing food and friends together like that

  3. pickyrunner Says:

    I want to do a friendsgiving! That bread- holy moly you’re making me crave my dad’s homemade bread in big ways. I remember making butter when I was younger- it’s definitely not that difficult at all! Although I don’t know how to cook anything that’s not straight from a box, so I could be speaking too soon ;)

  4. Wow that looks like a lot of fun. Tim and I may need to try this out. Anyways you all are all so freaking fashionable. Can you give my your looks?

  5. BKenn723 Says:

    Ah loveeee love love wine tasting! Santa Ynez is so fun to wine taste at! Also love Los Olivos if you want to just do tasting rooms and not actual vineyards! And yum homemade bread is sooo good!! Now I am craving it…so maybe I will follow suit and whip some up for Thanksgiving!

  6. Emily Says:

    My grandma makes a homemade braided bread like that every year for Thanksgiving! It’s AMAZING. I don’t think I’m going to be able to celebrate with her this year though…which means I’ll have to bake some myself! Fingers crossed.
    And your outfit for the wine-tasting is adorable!

  7. Jen@PregnantDiabetic Says:

    Now that’s a good food spread, I’m so excited for Thanksgiving this year!

  8. Looks like you had a lot of fun!!

  9. What a blast! And I love the kitty picture haha!

  10. Holy heck, I’m wicked impressed that you made that braided load AND homemade butter? When are you planning to open a bakery? ;)

  11. I love packing up snacks and heading to a vineyard! It’s such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon :)


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