Healthy Living

Well, it’s official, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to be working on the new me starting immediately.  Or at least, as soon as I get home from the liquor store. There is finally a diet out there that I can definitely get behind!

According to studies conducted by Harvard Medical School and Washington State University — for those too lazy to read the article, “They found that drinking two glasses of wine a day can help lower your risk for obesity by about 70 percent.

In fact, red wine is apparently great for fighting obesity itself. “The Washington State University study showed that wine had properties which turned “white fat” into “beige fat,” which can be burnt off easily.” Now, I don’t know anything about color-coding my fat, but I do know that any diet based around alcohol will be a diet I won’t cheat on.

Here’s to healthy living!

An ingenious invention (or wait…what!?)

I wrote this entry back in 2013 right before Christmas. Recently, while in a store I actually came across this handy-dandy little item in-person, and it reminded me of my previous discourse on this very important subject. So lucky you, I’m running it again.  Oh and yeah, I now have a set of these, so if anyone ever wants to come visit, I’m prepared…

You might not know this about me, but I’m a wine connoisseur. Okay, scratch that. If I use the word connoisseur you probably think I can tell you which wine pairs well with salmon. Or why the ’86 Bordeaux from some remote slope of hill in France is vastly superior to the ’92. Well, I can’t. I have no clue about those finer points. So, let’s downgrade from “connoisseur” and say that I’m a certified wine lover. Sure it can give a wicked headache, but to me, it’s worth it. The texture, the taste, the smell, the sense of satisfaction that it comes with as it rolls around in my glass. I bask in the ritual of it all and while I can’t win any blind taste tests I do know that my favorite of all the varieties are sweet wines. I recently found one that actually uses chocolate in the process. Yes, you read that right. Chocolate and wine in one. Ummmmm, yes please! It can’t get any better than that.

Or so I thought…

Through rigorous and in-depth research (on Facebook) I discovered one of the better inventions of the last century: the wine sippy cup! No offense to Edison or Tesla but, come on, a sippy cup designed specifically for adult use! And not just any sippy cup. A WINE sippy cup. This is either a high or low point in the development of our society; I’m just not sure which. It really could go either way.

Before you bury your head in your hands and mutter to yourself, “Oh Wendy, I think you might have a problem” let’s think about this device from a purely practical standpoint, okay? Under careful dissection you’ll probably come to see that the wine sippy cup really is an ideal gadget for the clumsy drunk (which, under scrutiny, is a pretty redundant phrase). Every party has at least one, usually more around this time of year when office holiday parties are turning corporate do-gooders into hedonistic horror stories in mere hours.

These clumsy drunks, they’re easy to spot. They gesticulate wildly; they botch simple tasks like resting their elbow on a table; they send spit flying when they talk way too close to your face. But most importantly, they’re the ones who take a couple sips from their drink before somehow knocking it over. How they do it is always one of those things that you can see coming a mile away but can’t do anything about. The clumsy drunk maybe swings their coat over the table as they try to suit up for a quick cigarette break. Or they manage to trip in their ridiculously high heels (that look oh so pretty) and send their drink flying across the room…. sometimes on the white rug that was previously a decorative focal point of the room (don’t ask me how I know this). Or they turn their body before their head when deciding to stumble to the bathroom and run right into the person passing by next to them.

Why should we suffer witnessing (or performing) these blunders of hand-eye coordination? Or worse, be in charge of the clean-up. They can be a thing of the past with the wonderfully ingenious sippy cup invention. Carpets, pets, kids, tabletops, mantles, laps, and couches will all be safe if we start utilizing this device in our everyday life.

On top of all that is sheer practicality. Get this: it’s made of plastic. I mean, of course it’s made of plastic. I wouldn’t be recommending it to you if it wasn’t. Who enjoys busting out the broom and sweeping up glass when they’re tipsy? No-one, that’s who. On the flip side, what’s even more unenjoyable is getting a shard of glass embedded in your foot resulting in an embarrassing trip to the emergency room where you have to explain to the nurse that you were just cleaning up broken crystal knocked over by your cat (don’t ask me how I know this either).

I already hear your obvious concern. You’re saying, “Wendy, ummm, won’t I look kind of like an idiot carrying around a sippy cup at a party?” Well…yeah, you kinda will. But who cares!? It’s bound to catch on and you can be the pioneer for your group of friends. Do me a favor, get one of these sippy cups, set aside your pride, and take it to your next party. Not your kid’s sleepover party. A party with real adults and actual alcohol being consumed. Watch what happens. I can tell you one thing that won’t happen. I bet you won’t have guys fawning over you and trying their best to win over you and your plastic sippy cup with cheesy pick-up lines. Unless you spy that special someone who brought a sippy cup of his own!

Although for some of you (and you know who you are), all that wining and dining (ha! see what I did there!?) isn’t always necessary because…well….you’re a free spirit…and just a few guzzles of alcohol is more than enough to rationalize the long walk home with your panties in your purse.  Don’t roll your eyes at me.  We’ve all been there.

With this nifty grown-up sippy cup, you can go back to falling asleep with sippy cup in hand just as you did when you were a child. Think about it. You’ll be able to continue this nighttime habit for the rest of your life – that is so long as you weren’t breastfed. Can’t help you there. Actually, now that I think about it, if the cup came in a large “pint” size for beer, I can think of quite a few friends and family members who would be rushing to add this to their last minute Christmas list.

Now, with my rant coming to an end and ready to congratulate myself for a blog well posted by pouring myself a little something, I have to ask one last question… where can I get one!?


sippy cup

Leftovers plus Cake

I don’t know about you, but I’m all for DIY projects, especially where food and drinks are concerned, and I saw this nifty article recently on things to do with leftover wine. I thought I’d give it a try, but I have just one question that maybe you all can help me out with.  What the hell is leftover wine?


wine box cake

Totally irrelevant I know, but can you believe this is a CAKE!?

An Epiphany

It might just be the day I’ve had, and I’ll admit, it was a doozy, but I’ve had an epiphany — I’ve decided to have the water connection on my fridge redirected to a keg of wine.  No more humdrum H2O for me. Oh no!  From now on, I’m going to have chilled Merlot or perhaps a Riesling pouring out of my refrigerator’s tap! I would’ve chosen Bailey’s (my favorite) but I figured that would gunk up the lines…and Vodka…well that would just mean I have issues.


And yet another ingenious invention

There are so many inventions out there that are meant to be “time savers” or “space savers” or just “anything savers” or somehow will “make your life easier” but more often than not I just end up shaking my head because these items are anything but whatever they’re supposed to be. And when I find myself watching infomercials late at night (hey, don’t judge) I catch myself wondering what the ‘hell were you thinking!?’ when these inventors come on touting their wares.  Of course, I thought the same thing about the wine sippy cup but have since changed my mind.

However,  once in a while there are some “must haves” that show up on the scene and all I can say is: ‘Where have you been all my life!?’ One such invention came flitting across my news feed just the other day and I think it’s brilliant.  Are you ready?  Cue fanfare….. A Wine Dispensing Fridge!  I love it!  Now I’m not going to admit to being a wino or anything, but I do partake now and again or maybe every night and having one of these nifty little fridges would be an ideal appliance in my kitchen.  I couldn’t afford one now….but it has definitely found a place in the mental blueprints of the future dream house I’ve been perfecting.

Now, if I can somehow fit it into the Tardis fridge I already have planned for this future dream house of mine, it would be absolutely perfect.

wine dispenser fridge


tardis fridge

This ain’t no kids’ ice-cream

The success or failure of certain inventions is often unpredictable and sometimes the reason they rose or fell is way beyond my understanding of mass market consumption. Why is the shake weight still around? What is the reason behind the phenomenon of Candy Crush when there are literally dozens of other games that do the exact same thing? Why did it take so long for the Snuggy to become a thing? The collective consciousness of our culture can certainly influence the waxing and waning of devices regardless of if they’re useful or not.

With that I introduce to you what I consider to be the next great revolution in the culinary landscape: wine ice cream! Put down your adult sippy cups (another fantastic invention) and take note. I’m not talking about wine-flavored ice cream—what’s the fun in that?—I’m talking about an ice cream that not only tastes like a frosty cabernet but is also alcoholic. Score!

What took so long, world? Why is this just getting popular now? I could have been using this product, as I’m sure millions of others could’ve been, for years. Thankfully, Mercer’s Dairy has listened to the needs of the masses and taken a bold step in delivering the next best way to get a buzz on while watching Netflix.

The ice cream doesn’t seem to be some crappy blend of slush and artificial flavors that banks on the allure of alcohol to fly off the shelves. It actually looks like it could be good. Don’t believe me? Think I’m just trying to find a way to rationalize buying six pints at a time? Check out the list of awards it’s recently won:

  • 2011 Trends & Innovations Award
  • 2008 Wine Ice Cream World Taste Champion (Okay, so who knew there was even a contest?? Be honest here!)
  • 2007-2008 American Package Design Award
  • 2007 Winner of Best New Product

Not too shabby, huh? Give the Merlot, Chardonnay, Port, Zinfandel, Riesling, and Cabernet a whirl and let me know what you think. This could make you a superstar next Thanksgiving when you put a scoop of this on top of your aunt’s apple pie. Or it might just help you through those post break-up blues a little faster as you sob your way through a pint. Hmmm…I’m thinking it’s milkshake time myself!  Sorry, gotta go! Hey, hon! Where’s the blender!?

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