Life is but a dream
I had the loveliest evening last weekend with my friend Lucy! We went to Prayer Lavender Garden in Rockwall, TX for a socially distanced picnic in 76 degree weather. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky! Prayer Lavender Garden is revamping their lavender fields this fall but the property is still very picnic-friendly thanks to the shady trees, benches, picnic tables, and adorable pumpkin displays in the back. They also have a fantastic artisan shop where I do tons of Christmas shopping every year!
Who says rosé is just for summer? I’ve been saving this stunning bottle of JNSQ wine for a special occasion and I couldn’t think of a more special occasion in 2020 than dining al fresco in perfect weather with a treasure of a friend. JNSQ Rosé Cru comes in a collectible bottle with a beautiful rose wine stopper.
The official tasting notes describe this rosé as having strawberry and cherry notes but I tasted lychee, mango, and watermelon. The blend is 52% Grenache (one of my favorite grapes!), 21% Pinot Gris, 20% Syrah, and 7% Viognier. It’s a bright, cheerful wine that begs to be enjoyed on a beautiful day.
I grabbed BBQ chips because I absolutely love them with rosé! I love that Lucy brought brie and raspberry jam. She knows me so well! It was so fun to have a little Vorspeise (appetizer) before chicken salad croissant sandwiches. Every time I make chicken salad, I think, why do I make anything other than chicken salad for picnics? It’s so easy and so elegant.
Last but certainly not least is a brand new recipe: Fairytale Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies. See the little pumpkin on my picnic blanket? That’s a mini fairytale pumpkin, one of the tastiest pumpkins you can buy. I made these brownies using fairytale pumpkin puree and they taste like fall magic. I wrapped up individual brownies with cling wrap and Happily Ever After ribbon because we all need a little more magic in our lives.
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