A Sweet Pairing (Recipe & Giveaway!)

*Disclosure: I am required by the FTC to tell you that this post is sponsored by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company  and Josh Cellars Wine for their #asweetpairing campaign.  Of course, I always keep a stash of Ghirardelli chocolate and my hubby is loving the Josh Cellars wine so all opinions are expressly ours. Company has also sponsored a great give-away at the end of this post! 

Josh Cellars wine and Ghirardelli sugar cookies!
Is there anything sweeter than wine and chocolate? 
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  
We always like to make a sweet treat to celebrate and this year we’ve made rolled sugar cookies decorated with Ghirardelli chocolates!  
     My little helper liked to sample the dough!
Ready to decorate cookies!
I melted the 60% Cocoa Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips in the microwave, gently on half power at small intervals and stirring frequently.  The white chocolate I melted on the double boiler.  I put both melted chocolates in piping bags and bowls and we just had fun!  Be prepared to get messy! 

(P.S. I have a chance for another $75 card on my INSTAGRAM account ending on 2/8/16!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now to deliver some wine and cookies! 

On Garden Dreams in the Winter (Ticket Giveaway!)

My mother and I always go to the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show together for her birthday.  It’s a fun time to plan and dream about gardens we want to build in the spring.  This year however we won’t be able to go because my daughter is participating in the Youth America Gran Prix (ballet competition) and I’ll be out of town.   (Ironically the theme for this year’s show is “That’s Entertainment!”)

So, you know I was overjoyed when my friends at Arkansas Women Bloggers asked if I would come to a preview party for the show!  Meaning I wouldn’t miss everything, and would get to visit with some lovely people!  (By the way, if you are a blogger getting with a group like ARWB is something you WANT to do.  I’ve made some great friends, learned so much, and been able to participate in things I would never have known about otherwise!)
The hosts, Clark Trim and Chef Hendrik Thostrup, are the owners of Colonial Wine & Spirits.  They had wine/food pairings which were very educational and delicious (even if I couldn’t partake of everything in my quite pregnant state.) I took notes so I know what to buy for my next party!

Beautiful Table! 

Centerpiece Idea with a Shallow Bowl and Cut Flowers

Chris Olsen, of Botanica Gardens, gave a great presentation on tablescaping with hints out of his book “Five Seasons”.

How to Arrange a Coffee Table Display

Gorgeous Quartz Bowl (You can Make) with Succulents

The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is a non-profit organization that’s mission is to promote gardening and beautification of Arkansas, promote local horticultural businesses, and educate the public about gardening, landscaping, and floral design.  The proceeds from the show go to support college scholarships in horticultural related fields in Arkansas and to fund “The Greening of Arkansas” grant program which gives communities throughout Arkansas funds for beautification.

Along with the fun night we got some great swag (and what blogger doesn’t love some swag?)  So a big thanks to all the great folks who donated to that cause- Colonial Wine & Spirits, Antique Brick Outdoors, River Valley Horticultural Products, Inc., The Good Earth Garden Center, Tammy Sue’s Critters, Ghidotti Communications, and anyone else I missed!)

For the most fun of all I was given tickets to give you for the show!
If you’d like to go please leave a comment below.  Make sure to tell me how many you’d like.
I have several to give away and will go down the list of winners until they are gone!
*If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won you can pre-buy tickets HERE.
Adults are $8
Seniors $6
3 day pass is $12
Kids under 16 are FREE!
Also free parking at Dickey Stephens Park in NLR.  Walk or take the shuttle for $1!

Disclosure- the Arkansas Flower & Garden show did give me tickets but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Now you can have fun in your boots too! 
The winner has been emailed… I haven’t heard from them yet so please check your mail!
Thank you Country Outfitter for giving us this fun Giveaway!

On Turning the Truck Around or BOOT GIVEAWAY!

 What do you get when you have eight lady bloggers,
a gorgeous candy-apple red truck,
and a sultry, early fall evening?
Photos by Whitney Loibner

 A few of my bloggin’ buddies got together to show off boots that Country Outfitter gave us this summer.   (Just give us any excuse to get together!) Pictured above from left to right are:  Alison, Jacklyn, Me, Jerusalem, Melissa, Kyran, and SarabethWhitney (who also takes all our family pictures) took all of these beautiful pictures and she and Alison made the yummy homemade margaritas and snacks. 

Putting our feet up
Jerusalem, Me, Kyran, and Whitney being silly

 I have always wanted cowboy boots.  I adore my Ariat’s from Country Outfitter.  My feet don’t like many shoes so you know they are comfortable.  Hey, don’t tell my kids but I think at least a few of them are getting boots for Christmas… 

Showing off our swag from AWBU– Thank you sponsors!

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for…

Country Outfitter is giving you a chance to win a $150 gift certificate! You could pick these great boots I picked or whatever your little heart desires!  (Believe me it’s really hard to choose!)

It’s as easy as these two little clicks:

1. Click here to submit your email address to Country Outfitter (you may receive occasional e-mails from them.)

2. Leave a comment below on my blog letting me know you submitted your e-mail to Country Outfitter, and let me know which boots you like the best!

A random winner will be selected in two weeks and announced here on November 19th, 2012!

DISCLOSURE: CountryOutfitter, a retailer of Ariat Boots gave me these Women’s Heritage Western R Toe Boot -Brown Oiled Rowdy Boots to review and I love them!

*Make sure to enter my baby basket give-away too!