Winesday Wednesday: 4/24

YES!! I finally Winesday Wednesday again! I had yet another interview today so wine is definitely needed this evening. I stopped by the liquor store on my way home and picked up a new-to-me red that I’m thinking I’m gonna really like. But, there’s loads more to share from what some of you have submitted.


PLUS–this week I am adding some other stuff to spice up this weekly post! Wine not. hahah

So here’s what we’ve got for submissions this week:

Kristin @kcorey320 (instagram) sent in a yummy cocktail, saying: “My dad’s famous Mai Tai ‘The Real Tom Collins’ sent all the way from Boston! Enjoyed it with some homemade guac and multigrain chips!!”

-I’ve had several of his famous mai tais and yes, they’re DELICIOUS.



Katie @kepotts (Instagram) posted this photo last night, saying “Had to bust out the #BigGuns after the day I had! Reporting for #winesdaywednesday”

-Hope it helped, Katie! (it would for me!!!)



Chelsea @RunnerGirlChels (twitter) hit me up with a nice Malbec pic, saying it was perfect for a bold red!



Athena @fitnessandfeta (Instagram) posted a beer pic! Her beer of choice for the weekend that went well with her pizza.

-Hefe Weizen is yum yum!



Ashley P posted a photo on Facebook of some celebration wine. (Personally, I always think there’s something to there should always be wine)



Keith sent in yet another one of his fabulous sounding wines. With this one, he wrote: “Normally I love me a nice red, but tonight we were in the mood for a white. This is about 6 months in the bottle. Very smooth and light, with a faint effervescence that dances on the tongue. There’s a bit of pear and apricot.”

-holy moly, that sounds delicious!



My mama found a BOX of wine. Now that’s what I’m talking about! hahaha

She said it was smooth, light and flavorful



She also sent me a pic of this AWESOME bottle/glass contraption that reads “if you pour it, they will come” I totally need one of these. Or like a dozen of these.



Lastly.. me! I had a nice glass of Seaglass Sauv Blanc! They just started carrying it at the liquor store nearby and it was a great surprise. Tyler and I discovered this wine when we were staying at a B&B in the Berkshires, and I had been on the hunt for it ever since.



Now for further drinking entertainment:




I sent this clip to Katie, and it’s really too good not to share with the rest of you:

click here for the clip

Before I sign off, I must include the link to a recipe I know I’M going to try super soon, and it might spark your fancy as well: Coconut Vanilla Bellinis. Do it. Then send me a pic.

That’s all for this week! If you want in for next week’s post, email me at jtougas77(at)gmail(dot)com, tweet me @nutcaseinpoint with hashtag #winesdaywednesday, post to my facebook page, or Instagram a pic and include the hashtag #winesdaywednesday and me, @nutcaseinpoint.


Fatten You Up then Slim You Down

I have two things to share with you in this post (don’t worry, Winesday Wednesday will be coming later today). Unfortunately, the two things I have to share contradict one another. The first, is a supremely awesome cookies recipe- one that is NOT healthified AT ALL. The other is a super sweaty treadmill interval workout. 

What I’m trying to say is….make these cookies and then run this workout and you’ll be all good. I’m still here, aren’t I? And I did both yesterday…and plan to do both until those cookies are dunzo.

So this cookie recipe is something I actually came up with all on my own. No guideline whatsoever. Perhaps they already exist somewhere in the recipe world, but I haven’t come across it. Here’s how it came about: every time I ask Tyler what he thinks I should bake, his response is always chocolate chip cookies. I am always game for the triple c’s, but I recently spotted a few squares of baker’s chocolate in the cupboard, so I really wanted a way to incorporate those into a cookie recipe. 

Insert: Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies



These cookies turned out better than I imagined, and they DEFINITELY need to be accompanied by a glass of milk. They are super rich. (Some people cross the line at too much chocolate, but to those people I say poo-poo.)



Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 4 squares semi-sweet Baker’s chocolate
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Here’s What You Do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray

2. Cream butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and combine.

4. Melt chocolate squares in a double boiler (put a small amount of water in a sauce pan, turn the stove on to heat the water, and place a bowl that will rest comfortably on the sauce pan so that the bottom of the bowl will not touch the water level in the pan. constantly stir chocolate until it is just melted.) Add to the rest of the ingredients and combine. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. The cold dough will result in thicker cookies!

6. Scoop balls of dough on cookie pans, and bake for about 13 minutes. After removing from the oven, allow cookies to sit on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Makes 18 (I make medium-large sized cookies)


So good.

And now I have TWO kitchen helpers. They didn’t want to show their faces in the above picture. 

Ok, so after you make these cookies and you eat a bunch of them and you’re all “oh man, now I really need to sweat this chocolate out but I don’t know what I should do about it” then consult the following treadmill interval workout.



This interval workout consists of 5 minutes of running with 5-1 minute sprints. You can do the same speed for 3 rounds of the entire circuit, or you can do the suggested increase in speed for round 2 and round 3. Either way, it’s a pretty sweet and sweaty run.

That’s all I have for you right now, stay tuned for the Winesday Wednesday post!!!!