Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Popcorn + Wine Pairing

It is well documented that I love wine, and I especially love a good wine pairing...whether it be with cheese, meal courses, or chocolate. I also love me some popcorn. And while I have clearly had wine and popcorn together on many a movie night, I never thought about a wine and popcorn pairing. 

Thanks to the folks at Skinny Pop, I now know how fun a wine and popcorn pairing can be, and they made it super simple with this lovely infographic...

In addition to utilizing the infographic, I highly recommend the store locator in order to find specific flavors.  Jill and Erin joined me for the fun, and they helped stop at stores across DFW to pick up the flavors we wanted. 

With everything set up, we were ready to get poppin.

I also had a small cheese board on hand. Clearly. 


 For the Naturally Sweet flavor pairing, I couldn't find a Banyuls wine for the pairing, so we called an audible and went with a rose instead.

I'm a sucker for a salty/sweet combo, so I really liked the slight sweetness of this popcorn. And it paired well with the dry rose (a sweet rose would have been too much). It was a nice, light way to start off the tasting.

Next up was the Sea Salt & Pepper popcorn paired with a Sauvignon Blanc.

This was the crowd favorite popcorn, and the best bites were the ones with lots of pepper (which we analogized to the best Cool Ranch Doritos being the ones loaded with all the goodness). It tasted like a substantial appetizer and paired well with the crisp white wine.

The third pairing was the White Cheddar popcorn with a Malbec. For the Malbec, we opted for "The Show," which one participant described as "peppery and lovely." The flavors went really well together.

 I also love their label.

Finally, it was time for the "dessert course," with the Dusted Dark Chocolate popcorn paired with a Pinot Noir.

The chocolate flavor was my second favorite after the sea salt and pepper, and we all appreciated that it wasn't overly sweet. The popcorn had just a hint of chocolate flavor. 

This was our first time trying Meiomi's pinot, and it is now in heavy rotation at my house. It is a full-bodied pinot noir that packs in wonderful flavor at a moderate price. Highly recommend.

All around, it was such a fun night! 

And my little monkeys even stopped by a couple times to help us taste test. 

It doesn't get much better than best friends, pajamas, wine, and popcorn.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter Sunday fell on the day after Hannah and Jordan's wedding, so we celebrated in Austin at Bunny and Nello's house. Their yard is absolutely perfect for hunting eggs.

Grammie drove up from San Antonio to join in on the fun.

The kids also got their traditional Easter baskets from us, which were filled with lots of fun little goodies.

We finished up the festivities with a wonderful meal and hanging with the fam. A lovely little Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hannah + Jordan's Wedding

After a fun rehearsal dinner, it was time for Hannah and Jordan's big day. Hannah is still waiting on all the professional photos, but here are some that I snapped throughout the day.

We started with hair and makeup, and the flower girls waited patiently while the big girls got ready.

 Then we headed to the house for snacks (and a little hair/make-up fixing for a few of us).

Shout-out to Spread and Co. for the amazing cheeseboard. 

After heading out to Camp Lucy, we settled into this adorable cottage to get dressed and enjoy some mimosas. 

I love this sweet pic of the flower girls all ready to go. What is it about flower crowns that is so adorable?!

All the heart eyes for this picture of my babies all dressed up.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed cocktails in the outside pavilion overlooking the gorgeous hill country views.

Because my family is so functionally dysfunctional, my Mom, Jimmy, and Jesse were in attendance as well (which was very helpful because they were able to help wrangle the kids and left a bit early).

The dinner and dancing was inside an absolutely beautiful, rustic building straight out of a Fixer Upper episode.

We all had a blast dancing the night away.

We also took advantage of the photo booth.

I love me some photo booth action. 

 It was such an amazing night filled with lots of love, fun, laughter, and happy tears.

Cheers to the Temples and the beginning of a wonderful adventure of a life together.

About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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