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Five Little Things

Five Little Things I loved this week: I’m a 2014 DaVinci Wine Storyteller Finalist (!) Imagine traveling to Tuscany to experience a week among the vineyards during harvest. Can you imagine the rolling hills and the glass of wine in your hand? I’m imagining too,…

Five Little Things - June 27, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Five Little Things

Five Little Things - June 27, 2014 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things I loved this week:

I’m a 2014 DaVinci Wine Storyteller Finalist (!)

Imagine traveling to Tuscany to experience a week among the vineyards during harvest. Can you imagine the rolling hills and the glass of wine in your hand? I’m imagining too, and it could just be a reality! I am so, so pleased to share that I have been selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2014 DaVinci Wine Storyteller Experience, and I am so honored to be in such talented company, among some very friendly faces. From now until July 31st, you can vote to send me to Tuscany. I would be forever grateful for the experience, and of course, I would love to share every moment with you!

2014 DaVinci Wine Storytellers Experience

To vote, just go ahead and like DaVinci Wine on Facebook and select four finalists to send to Tuscany by clicking HERE. And you can do this DAILY! Thank you SO very much!


Picnics

I’ve been squeezing in as many picnics with my children as I can, and hope to eat most of my summer lunches outdoors, if I can! The weather has been so pleasant these last few weeks, and I have loved rediscovering the joy in eating alfresco. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated…I am just loving fresh bread, cheeses, fruit and charcuterie! I can’t wait to share some picnic friendly fare with you in some upcoming posts.

Pups

Look at this face. Just look at it!!! We have been puppy sitting this darling and have fallen madly in love with this cutie. Would it be bad if we picked up and moved so we didn’t have to give her back?

How to Harvest Fresh Basil

So, I’ve been doing it all wrong! Check out these tips from Food Renegade on how to harvest basil for a happy, healthy plant all summer long!

Teddy Bears

One more cute thing for the week: see what happens when this teddy bear gets ready to meet his new best friend:

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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  1. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Wishing you all the luck in the world as a storyteller finalist.  You are the perfect person to represent DaVinci Wines in Tuscany.  
    I appreciate the help you provided with harvesting basil.  I’m heading out to my yard to do some trimming.  Probably not enough for pesto, but who knows, maybe soon!

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    • Liren Baker

      Oh Mary, I hope so!! Keeping my fingers crossed, thank you for the lucky wishes!

      And I’m glad the basil link will be handy – I’m hoping that in a few weeks I’ll have enough for pesto, too :)

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  2. cristina

    Oh! thanks for the link on the basil…this is the first year my basil has done well, but now I’m afraid to trim them back!! :)  

    I’m rooting for you, Liren…how amazing that would be to go to Tuscany (#1 on my list to visit outside our own country!!).    

    Awww…is that little cutie adorable (Boston Terrier?)!

    Have a great weekend!!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I’m so glad the basil link came in handy! I’ve always wondered, so I hope I finally have a healthy basil plant all summer long.

      That pup (her name is Annie!) is a Frenchie. I think she knows just how cute she is – we’ve all been smitten with her :)

      And thank you for the cheers – it would be beyond amazing to go to Tuscany, so I can use all the luck I can get!

      Have a lovely weekend, Cristina!!

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    • Liren Baker

      I’m so honored to be among the finalists with you! And thank you so much for your kind words – your photography is absolutely gorgeous, so that means a lot. Definitely keeping fingers crossed for both of us!

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  3. Kelsey | Itsy Bitsy Foodies

    You’ve got my vote! I actually thought of you when I read about this storyteller experience a while back. I remember some of your past posts working with wine, but moreover you always tell such nice stories. Best of luck!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Hi Kelsey! That means so much, thank you for your vote! I’m honored that you thought of me, I’ve always loved sharing these types of experiences, and yes, I do have a special place in my heart for wine. Keeping fingers crossed!

      Reply
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