Wine Storage Tips

Proper Wine Storage Tips White Glasses
Proper Wine Storage Tips Red and White Glasses
How you store your wine can have a direct impact on its shelf life. This post features proper wine storage tips to improve your wine's shelf life.

The following is a guest post from Firstleaf wine membership club. This post is not sponsored, however they did send me a bottle of their wine to try.

The special occasion — a new job, an anniversary, a new addition to the family — is finally here. You’ve been saving a bottle of wine just for this. Maybe you got it at a long ago winery visit. Maybe it’s a bottle you’ve been saving from the day of your wedding. 

Now it’s time to finally open it. But wait! The cork has dropped into the wine! Or the liquid looks grainy and separated. Or has an off smell. What happened? Suddenly all the good vibes from the special day are gone.

Unfortunately, improper wine storage can lead to unhappy moments like these. The wine subscription service Firstleaf has put together a guide to make sure this never happens to you.

How to Build Wine Storage covers everything you need to know about keeping wine for longer than a few weeks.

  • The science behind wine storage
  • An overview of the main types
  • How to build your own

Why Is It So Important To Store Wine Correctly?

The flavor of wine is actually quite delicate. Even a few minutes in a hot car trunk could ruin it. But if you store wine properly, it will not only stay delicious, it will develop deeper flavor that you can enjoy when you drink it.

It’s okay to keep wine on the kitchen counter if you plan to drink it in the next few weeks, but any wine you plan on storing for more than six months requires some sort of refrigeration, or naturally cooled location like a basement. Wine must be kept close to 55 degrees Fahrenheit for long-term storage, and most of our homes are a lot warmer than that!

A few other things to know:

  • Avoid direct sunlight, which can quickly heat the wine up even on cool days
  • Keep the wine horizontal. This keeps the cork moist. If the cork dries out it shrinks and may drop into the wine. 

The Main Types of Wine Storage

There are three main types of wine storage. 

Wine Racks

A wine rack goes in your kitchen or bar area. It has space for 10-15 bottles to lay horizontally. A wine rack is for short-term storage of wine you plan to drink in the next few months. Wine racks must be hidden away from direct sunlight, and shouldn’t be kept next to anything that gets lot, like the stove or your toaster.

Wine Refrigerators

A wine refrigerator is the simplest option for long-term storage of wine. These appliances are designed especially for wine and will hold a certain number of bottles. They keep the wine at the proper temperature and humidity to ensure quality.

Wine Cellars

Traditionally wine was kept in underground cellars, which stayed cool year-round. But many of us live in homes without basements — or if we have them, we heat them. So a modern wine cellar is usually a room that is build especially for storing wine, with custom heating and cooling elements.

How to Build Your Own

There are a few interesting options for DIY wine storage, especially racks. They make a good beginning woodworking project. See Firstleaf’s guide for more details.

Wine Storage Tips From First Leaf

Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 2

Game Day Dip Recipes Roundup 2

I am absolutely obsessed with dips! Especially on game day. Give me a dip, some chips and/or some veggies and I’ll watch just about anything on television.

If you have a big day coming up, I HIGHLY recommend these delicious dips from my bloggy friends! Check them out below.

Part 2 of My Best Game Day Dip Recipes Roundup

  1. Sweet Potato Lentil Hummus + A Vegan Mezze
  2. Obatzda: A Creamy Bavarian Cheese Dip | Foodal
  3. Easy Black Bean Dip
  4. Homemade Spinach Hummus Without Tahini
  5. Fajita Chicken Cream Cheese Dip – The Weary Chef
  6. Host a Home Bowl: Big Game bingo and chili cheese dog dip! – Mod Podge Rocks
  7. Vegan Nachos with Mock Meat and Guacamole – Avocado Pesto
  8. Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Dip | The Foodie and The Fix
  9. Cheesy Buffalo Shrimp Dip
  10. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
  11. Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
  12. Crock Pot White Cheddar Cheese Queso
  13. Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
  14. Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
  15. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dip
  16. Soda Bar and Taco Dip- Game Day Greats
  17. Dill Dip with Rye Bread
  18. Bacon Artichoke Dip
  19. Cheesy Artichoke Dip Variations
  20. 21 Day Fix Homemade Roasted Salsa Verde
  21. Gameday Recipe Football Bean Dip Cups – Kat Balog

A Quick and Easy Dip

Photo credit: Kraft Recipes

One of my absolute favorite dips of EVER? Velveeta and chili! Ohmigosh! Have you ever had that? All you need is a pound block of Velveeta cut into 1/2 inch cubes and a can of chili. You can do chili with beans or without, but I’ve always preferred without. I’ll throw the ingredients into a crockpot on low about an hour before game time, stir every 15 minutes, and by the time everyone arrives and gets settled we’ll have a bubbling chili cheese dip. YUM! Sometimes it need to be cranked up to high for a few minutes to get it all melted, but this dip is a crowd pleaser EVERY TIME!

What are your favorite dips? I’d love to know in the comments below as I’m always looking for something new and delicious to serve…or just eat on my own while binge watching Chuck! haha!

Also check out part 1 of our Game Day Dip Recipes Roundup!Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 1

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip – Game Day Dip Recipes Part 1

Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 1

How do you dip for game day? I love me a good dip. Yep! Dips are like the greatest thing of ever for tortilla chips, potato chips, all the chips! And, many of them go great with veggies. I’ve even been known to take a dip and transform it into a marinade or salad dressing….ya know depending on what’s in it. Yum-o!

In other words, in case you haven’t guess, I LOVE dips! That’s why when the Big Game was approaching, I asked my bloggy friends for their best game day dip recipes. They did not disappoint! In fact, they gave me so many, I had to break it down into two posts. WOWZA! Check out some of their recipes below!

Best Dips for Game Day – Part 1

  1. Easy Guacamole Recipe – Best Ever Authentic Mexican Restaurant-Style!
  2. Beefy Taco Dip
  3. Creamy Collard Dip
  4. Caramelized Onion Dip
  5. Lemon Garlic Hummus
  6. White Bean Garlic Hummus
  7. Fruit Dip
  8. Baked Vidalia Onion Parmesan Dip
  9. Creamy Black Bean and Corn Dip
  10. Hot Beef Dip
  11. Quick and Healthy Mediterranean Dip
  12. Homemade Restaurant Salsa
  13. Healthy Taco Dip with Greek Yogurt
  14. 3 Easy Party Dip Recipes
  15. Smooth and Creamy Hummus
  16. Easiest Veggie Dip Ever
  17. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  18. 6 Ingredient Taco Dip
  19. White Queso Dip
  20. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
  21. 7 Layer Dip Cups
  22. Chili Queso Dip Recipe
  23. Creamy Pickle Dip

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

How awesome is that starting line up? I want to eat all the dips! Just me? Do you feel my dip desires? Okay, wait…that got a little weird. The point is, I love how versatile you can get with a dip recipe.

What’s the craziest dip you’ve ever eaten? Or, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever dipped and eaten? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

One of my favorite dips is fruit into a chocolate dip y’all. Especially strawberries. I LOVE gooey chocolate on a fresh and juicy strawberry. Now that I’m drooling, I’m heading to the kitchen to make…well… DIP!

Until next time, my your page views be high, and your bounce rate be low!

Also check out part 2 of our Game Day Recipe Round-up!Game Day Dip Recipes Roundup 2

Hot Potato Hot Potato – Potato Recipes for Game Day

You know what’s awesome about the potato? Just how versatile it is! You can mash them, bake them, boil them, broil them, fry them, slice them and all the things. Each way you make them is more delicious than the next, and they are the ultimate comfort food.

Personally, my favorite way to eat a potato is baked and fully loaded. However, even I recognize the beauty of making different recipes with this wonder root. That’s why I went to my bloggy friends and asked them – “Hey! Bloggy friends! Do you have a kickASH potato recipe that you love to fix for Game Day?”

Y’all, they hooked me up with such yummy recipes I might just have to start growing my own STAT! Check out the awesomeness they sent me below!

HOT Potato Recipes Perfect for Game Day

  1. Philly Cheesesteak Potato Skins
  2. Loaded Potato Skins
  3. Potato Salad To Feed a Crowd
  4. Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon, Feta Cheese, and Sour Cream | Foodal
  5. These Bite Size Spinach Dip Stuffed Potato Skins
  6. Easy Twice Baked Potatoes and Potato Skins
  7. Game Day Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins – Two Kids and a Coupon
  8. Best Potato Wedges #SundaySupper #GameDayIdahoPotatoes
  9. Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Potato Soup
  10. Mashed Potato and Mac & Cheese Bar
  11. Ultimate DIY Baked Potato Bar

Now, I wanna hear from you! What is your favorite way to eat a potato?

Or, if you don’t do white potatoes – what’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes? I gotta say I’m kind of addicted to sweet potato chips these days. I know, not exactly the healthiest way to eat a sweet potato, but it’s better than a bowl of cookie dough, right?

I’m suddenly in the mood for French Fries. Weird. Do you think it’s because of this post? Hmmm… Anywho… I hope this post gave you some fun ideas for your next football party!

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day

When the big game is coming up, what is your go to item to serve? I personally love sandwiches and handhelds because you can create just about anything with bread, meat and cheese. Here are some of my favorite recipes from my bloggy friends perfect for game day:

Pigs in a Blanket with Hot Dogs
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets
Ham and Swiss Sliders
Pulled Pork Mini Tacos with Spicy Sweet Soy Glaze & Apple Carrot Slaw | Feast…
Baked Mini Shrimp Tacos
Italian Meatball Subs
Cheesy Beer Brats with Fried Pickles
Pretzel Hot Dog
Juicy Oven Baked Burger Sliders Recipe
Game Day Mini’s: Recipes Perfect for the Big Game
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Wings for Game Day – A Recipe Roundup

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a football game without chicken wings somewhere on the menu. I LOVE chicken wings! They’re so tasty and so affordable to make too! Depending on how you like them, you can bake them, deep fry them or even put them in the best air fryer for extra crispy skin!

Chicken wings are so versatile too! You can have crispy-skinned chicken wings with blue cheese ranch sauce or you can have a soft skin chicken wings covered in a sweet and sticky bbq sauce. Either way, they’re delicious and should certainly be the main event of your super bowl snacks!

That’s why I went to my bloggy friends and asked them for their best chicken wing recipes. Check out a few of the options they sent me! They all sound like a winner, winner, chicken dinner to me!

  1. Glazed Chicken Wings
  2. Thai Peanut Chicken Wings Appetizer
  3. Tandoori Chicken Wings
  4. Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks
  5. Honey Chipotle Wings Recipe
  6. Jerk Chicken Wings
  7. Baked Curry Chicken Wings with Mango Chutney
  8. Irresistible Moroccan Lemon Wings | Foodal
  9. Low Carb Crispy Baked Teriyaki Wings
  10. Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Wings – Beauty and the Bench Press
  11. Air Fried Buffalo Chicken Strips: Healthy Comfort Food – Beauty and the Bench�
  12. Honey Sriracha Wings Recipe
  13. Spicy Peach Chicken Wings
  14. Restaurant Style Buffalo Wings
  15. Grilled Buffalo Wings
  16. Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Wings



Super Bowl Snacks Part 2

Super Bowl 2018 is fast approaching! Yesterday I posted 29 snacks perfect for game day, and today I’m back with part two of my recipe round up from my bloggy friends. They just have the best food ideas EVER, don’t you agree? Check them out below, and then let me know your favorite Game Day bites!

Super Bowl Snacks – Part 2

Bacon Wrapped Apricots
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer
Baba Ganoush Recipe | What To Buy, Cook, Use
Cucumber Salmon Appetizer | Healthy And Delicious Recipes
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzel Twists | Feast In Thyme
The Best Tex-Mex Arrachera Fajita Recipe | Foodal
Eat Cochinita Pibil Once and You’ll Never Make Regular Pulled Pork Again
Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Shrimp | Beauty and the Foodie
Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos
Bacon bites recipe
Sloppy joe bread bowls
Methi Jeera Puffs | Cumin Fenugreek Puffs – LET’S COOK HEALTHY…
Ultimate Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages – The Weary Chef
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites – The Weary Chef
Quick Mexican Tuna Salad & Avocado Bowl Recipe {GF, DF}
21 Day Fix Mole Chicken Chili | The Foodie and The Fix
How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn {5 Ways}! | The Foodie and…
Game Day Recipes: Nacho Bites
Fried Pickles with Sriracha Ketchup
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe- Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites Copycat Recipe
Taco Salad With Doritos
Chili Cheese Cups — A Leftover Chili Recipe!
(ad) Tyson® Game Day Recipes at Sam’s Club
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Cornbread Cups
30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chili Recipe
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Recipe

Super Bowl Snacks Part 1

It is almost that time of the year again! Yes, the Super Bowl is upon us. We are huge NFL fans in our house. Some of us even like to place bets on the games using websites similar to FanDuel. There is just something about the competitive nature of football that gets us all hyped! Who have you been supporting this season? I simply cannot wait to find out which team snatches the trophy. And to see if anyone snatches a jackpot with the sports betting apps Illinois has to offer during the season, too!

So, with football on our minds, are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Stumped for what to serve your guests for Super Bowl 2018? Then, you’re in luck! I asked my bloggy friends for their best snack recipes for game day, and they did NOT disappoint. Below you’ll find 29 amazing recipes that are sure to wow your guests, and tickle your taste buds! Check them out, and then be sure to come back tomorrow for part two of my Super Bowl Snacks Round up!

Super Bowl Snacks Part 1

Honey Roasted Peanut Clusters
Crunchy Nacho Burrito Taco Cups
Thai Chicken Appetizer
Southern Egg Salad For A Crowd
Easy Pull Apart Game Day Bread
Spiced Peanut Snack
Ranch Flavored Pretzel Nibs
Toffee Peanut Snack
Corn Snack Nut Mix
Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Rods
Bacon Jam
Chicken Taco Cups
Gluten-Free Buffalo Pasta Salad
Roasted Smoked Paprika Cinnamon Chickpeas
Cheesy Bacon Garlic Pull Apart Bread
Chili Bacon Wrapped Dates with Manchego
Easy One Pot Game Day Chili
Queso Fundido Skillet Nachos
Herbed Beer Bread
Slow Cooker Chex Party Mix
Quick Salami and Cream Cheese Bites
Spinach Balls
3 Ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites
Addictively Delicious Cajun Pretzels
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Gluten Free Sausage Balls
Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp
Apple Cabbage Coleslaw with Homemade Mustard Vinaigrette
Hot & Spicy Shrimp Bites

Game Day Snacks with Veggies

I just love getting together with friends to watch the big game. The trouble is that with the big game comes a lot of calorie laden snacks. The good news is you can still have yummy snacks without the fatty punch with the additions of – veggies! If you’re anything like me, you want to have all the fun without feeling guilty afterward. That’s why I’m thrilled to share this roundup of more than two dozen game day snacks where veggies are the star! Enjoy!

Game Day Snacks with Veggies – Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday

Marinated Cheese Peppers and Olives
Red Beet Eggs (Pickled Eggs)
Cream Cheese Wrapped Olives
Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers
Gluten-Free Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Lentil Nachos with Grated Avocado
Smokey “Mac” and Cheese Bites Made with Cauliflower
Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus
Baked Cheesy Salami Wrapped Jalapeños
Dill Pickle Bites
Eggplant Stacks With Goat Cheese And Tomatoes | Healthy And Delicious…
Easy Fried Pickles Recipe – 5 Ingredients (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon (Low Carb, Gluten-Free)
Healthy Zucchini Nachos Baked with Chili – Low Carb Keto
Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach & Artichoke Pastry Swirls | A Bite-Size Appetizer for Any Occasion |…
Stuffed portobello mushrooms with bacon and cheddar – savory tooth
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
Chicken Pesto Tomato Bites Low Carb | Beauty and the Foodie
Easy Cheesy Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms – Fearless Dining
Artichoke Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms – The Weary Chef
Bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese – savory tooth
Paneer and Spinach Swirls – LET’S COOK HEALTHY TONIGHT!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Appetizer Recipe
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms – Only Three Ingredients!

Meatballs 10 Ways – Just in Time for Super Bowl

I LOVE meatballs! Like a LOT! It’s by far my favorite party food, and the first thing I look for at any get together because:
1. They are hard to screw up and
2. There are so many different flavors you can create with them!

That’s why I was stoked to find these 10 meatball recipes. Enjoy!