Trash to Treasure

In the interest of posting something besides a wine review so that no one truly believes that I’m an alcoholic, how about another topic of discussion? 😉 This past weekend was a productive one for The Husband and I. Actually most of our recent weekends have been. Since the start of the new year, we’ve redone our master bedroom, fixed some minor issues around the house, and started reorganizing lots of things! Next week is Spring Break and I’m hoping the weather will be decent so we can get started on some outdoor maintenance.

The whole reorganizing project (which currently involves building some shelves and cleaning up the office) is the reason for the title of the post. Not only did we ready an enormous pile of Goodwill donations, we also dropped off some extra building supplies to the Habitat store and took yet another trip to our county’s local recycling bins. This weekend was actually the first time that I’ve ever been in the Habitat store, and I was pretty impressed. It was much larger than I had thought it would be and I was amazed with the selection of items being offered for sale. We will definitely be checking it out again for the next big home improvement project. And if anyone is interested in getting some handy recycling bins for your kitchen, I love these from Crate & Barrel. They make it super easy to collect and sort your items. We’ve been recycling our papers for the last couple of years, but we’ve been behind on including bottles, aluminum, and plastics. With our new bins, it’s super easy for me to throw in all the kitchen trash as it accumulates and we can drop it off each weekend.

And for more of turning trash to treasure? How about all those coupons that so many people throw away every weekend? I’ve always been a big couponer— I mean come on, it’s free money! But over the last year, I’ve really worked to become better at it. Now I (almost) never leave the house without my coupon organizer, because you just never know when you’ll run into a good sale! In fact, today I went to make my end-of-the-month trip to Target and walked away spending only$33. 51 after saving $18.33. That’s a pretty impressive rate of savings if I do say so myself! It helps that Target lets you stack their coupons with manufacturer coupons and that you get 5% every time you shop with your Target Visa. Those savings really add up! And hey, that’s almost $20 that I can spend on something just for me, right??! 😉 Anyone else have any good recent sale stories to share?

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Wine Wednesday!

And what better way to celebrate the return of Wine Wednesday than with a bottle of 74 CENT wine! Yes, you read that correctly. A while back, I hit the Target clearance aisle jackpot and managed to score two bottles of Sterling‘s Merlot, which normally retails for $12, for only 74 cents each! You can’t beat that deal, folks.

the proof

For that kind of deal I would have picked up whatever it was and just used it for cooking wine if nothing else, but we’ve had the Sterling wines before and they’re perfectly decent table wines that can accompany your dinner. This bottle was a 2009 Vintner’s Collection from California and was quite pleasant.

My notes:

  • color- dark red, light purple
  • scent- berries, woody, acidic
  • taste- woody, grassy, dark fruit (plum) aftertaste

The professionals: “Our 2008 Merlot combines the classic offerings of this varietal in a smooth, complex, fruit-intensive style. Bright aromas of black cherry and plum hold through the senses as they join ripe, chewy tannins on the palate. The fruit is complemented by ample caramel, mocha and toasty oak from extensive aging in new American oak barrels. With layered depths and silky body, this versatile wine is appropriate for many occasions, as a stand-alone sipper or paired with a variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, pasta or pork.”– from the winemakers themselves