Ohio’s Wine Country

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Happy November! WOW When did that happen? I know, I know…after October ended. October just seemed to start for me and then POOF! it’s gone.

Last month my friend, Katie, came to visit me here in Geneva and we went to a few wineries! The small part of Ohio I live in is also home to well over half of the wine grape acreage in the state! Katie had come out before and we went to Harpersfield Vineyard, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, and Laurello Vineyards & Winery.

Our first stop on this trip was South River Vineyard aka the “church winery” because the winery is in a century old church. South River Vineyard is a quiet and unique place to enjoy an AMAZING view of their vineyards. They are home to over 70 acres of vineyards include Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, as well as Merlot and Semillon, the only farmers in this area to grow them.

The next stop was M Cellars. M Cellars is the brain child of Matt Meineke and his passion for wine. Matt started as a home winemaker but he began to think about different methods to improve the quality of his wine. His family settled on an area in Geneva and the first 5 acres planted were Riesling and Pinot Noir in the Spring of 2008.

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Last winery of the trip was Old Mill Winery.  All year long Old Mill is a great spot for relaxed evening/day with friends and family to gather for great wine, great food and great times. Relax with a wine sangria or a wineburger (!!!!). I love the patio dining during the warmer months!

After Old Mill we crossed the street for some pumpkin cheesecake and lattes at Scribblers Coffee Co. For 21 years Scribblers Coffee Co. has provided customers with fresh, artisan-roasted coffees that exhibit the same amazing qualities in them before they left the roastery. The recent café is a great feature here in Geneva. I go to2014-10-11 17.59.45Scribblers probably 3 times a week to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and probably once a week I get it to go. I love it there! SO glad we have this little coffee shop in town!

2014-10-11 17.14.48Before Katie headed out I took her to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge. It’s one of currently 16 drivable covered bridges in the county, is the third longest covered bridge in Ohio at 228 feet. Fun Fact: Geneva is also home to the smallest covered bridge: West Liberty Covered Bridge.

 

If you are ever in the area and want to visit some wineries let me know! I’m always up for the adventure!

Cooking with Kari: Apple Pie Bites

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I wanted to make apple pie one day but changed my mind and went with apple pie bites instead. They are pretty easy to make especially if you know how to make apple pie (because it’s the same thing). These are 3 Points Plus value a piece and this particular recipe makes 24 apple pie bites.

Ingredients

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Filling

  • 1 1/4 pounds fresh unpeeled Gala apples
  • 1 1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Crust

  • 2 Ready to Bake Pie crusts
  • 1 egg white

Preheat oven to 425*. Slice your choice of apples in to 1/4 in pieces. I use an apple slicer and then peel the skin off because I do like to keep some skin on the apples. In a large bowl gently mix filling ingredients.PicMonkey CollageUse a rolling pin to make the pie crusts about an 1/8 in thick. Take a biscuit cutter (or a glass like I used) and make you mini pie crusts. Place a small spoon full of the filling on the mini pie crusts- make sure to just place it on half of the crust because you will need to pull half of the crust over and pinch with a fork.

PicMonkey Collage1Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!

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What I Love Wednesday

This week really is starting to feel like fall to me- sweaters, boots, and pumpkin coffee have taken over my life. Hopefully I’ll get some apple picking in this weekend! Here are some things I’m loving more than pumpkin flavored everything.

#AsGoodAsGold BaubleBar campaign.

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via Megan Runser

If you know me you know I LOVE BaubleBar- a frequent shopper and wearer (is that a word?) of their jewelry. BaubleBar recently kicked off the #AsGoodAsGold campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Inspired by Megan Runser, the latest Guest Bartender, they are eager to spread awareness amongst the BaubleBar community. 100% Net Proceeds of Megan’s collection will be going to the LLS.  I recently made a donation and you can too through this page, you can read more about Megan’s story here on her personal site. For every unique entry on Instagram using #asgoodasgold, BaubleBar will donate an additional $1 to the LLS! Get to hashtagging!

You & Downtown Cleveland

There is no hiding it- I LOVE Cleveland. It is truly a hidden gem. And I love this video The Downtown Cleveland Alliance made. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. They want to make Downtown Cleveland a compelling place to live, work and play (which I already believe it is…now to only find a job there).  The Downtown Cleveland Alliance works with Downtown stakeholders to increase the quality of life in NEO’s urban core by implementing diverse initiatives, economic development assistance, marketing & special events, advocacy and strategic projects.

I hope you consider visiting or if you’re local rediscovering the city!

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