Like a lot of part time bloggers, my initial enthusiasm faded; Canines and Cabernet suffered as a result. I made a New Year’s Resolution to breathe new life into it this year. This is a good creative outlet for me and, let’s be honest, it’s a good excuse to explore the wineries in Woodinville with my dad and my dog.
Post-Christmas Wine Day
The picture above is from the end of 2015 at Red Sky winery: Carol Parsons (one of our favorite winemakers) behind the counter, her dog Mia sitting next to the counter, dad on the stool and Penny Lane in the middle of the room. This was our favorite stop of the day and an excellent way to end the year. We had such a good time that dad bought one of those magnum bottles that can be seen in front of him.
See you soon!
I posed the dogs a dozen or more time and yet one of my favorite shots was a lovely accident that happened in between the posed pics. She was so curious about her refection; I happened to look up in time to catch this one.
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We’ve all got Super Bowl fever – even the dog!
We’re heading to Woodinville for our first wine trip of 2015 and no doubt a gathering of Seahawks fans and 12’s as far as the eye can see. Gotta stock up for the big game tomorrow.
One word of warning – fireworks can really upset your pets. If you think your neighborhood is going to be celebrating after the game, think about your pets and take the same precautions as you would for 4th of July.
Penny Lane 2 yeards old
It’s New Year’s Day and the Black-Eyed Peas are on! I make mine the same way I make Red Beans and Rice but you can make them however you wish – just be sure you eat your peas today. You do know about the tradition of eating Black Eyed-Peas on New Year’s Day, don’t you?
- 2 Medium Onions – diced
- 2 Green Peppers – diced
- 5 Ribs of Celery – diced
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 3-6 Cloves of Garlic – smushed
- 1 Pound of Sausage – whatever kind you wish
- 2-4 Smoked Ham Hocks
- 1 Pound of Black-Eyed Peas – soaked overnight and rinsed
- Olive Oil – just enough to coat the pot in the beginning
- 5-8 Cups of Water – added at various times
- Rice (optional)
- Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, Cayenne Pepper, Salt – all to your taste
Start with a big pot. (I always underestimate just how much room all of this takes.) Coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil and put in the chopped sausage so it can render. You don’t need much oil, just enough so the sausage doesn’t stick before it starts to cook. After a couple of minutes, add the green pepper, celery, onion and garlic. Let all of this cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until things start to soften up a bit. Then add the bay leaves and the ham hocks. Top it all off with the peas and then add enough water to cover it all. You’ll add more soon.
Now, make yourself a mimosa, enjoy some football and let this cook for about 3 hours; add water and stir as you go. After an hour or so you can take out the hocks, cut off the meat and add that back to the pot. Or you can leave the hocks in and whole, not much difference either way.
Serve them with or without rice and get ready to enjoy a year of prosperity!
Cricket is looking ahead to a great New Year…
- Happy New Year
We wish the same for you…Happy New Year!
It’s almost 2013…and I think it’s about time that I get back to the blog. So many changes, so little time to track them all. That’s part of the reason I’ve put off updating this; I didn’t know where to start. The longer I waited, the bigger the task got. Procrastination is a beast. You’d think I would have learned that by now; I’ve had years of practice. But I finally got my act together and am happy to announce …Canines and Cabernet is on its way back ! The Woodinville Wineries page is being updated (it was REALLY out of date) and simplified; I hope to have it posted in a couple of weeks. I also plan to eventually include info on: Seattle Urban Wineries, Whidbey Island Wineries and maybe even Olympic Peninsula Wineries. But Woodinville is still the focus and where I spend most of my time “researching.”
Aside from changes to the blog, there have been a lot of changes with me as well. The highlights…I have a job I enjoy, a new dog that likes going to the wineries as much as dad and I do (you can see her on the ‘About Canines and Cabernet’ tab) and a great new house that I moved into less than a month ago. Unpacking, getting set up in the new place and relaunching Canines and Cabernet are a few of my top goals for the month. All of this will no doubt require drinking some great wine along the way.
Life is good – cheers!
Happy New Year from me and The Doodles!