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      Winter Bucket List

      We're in the thick of winter, finally with a good snowfall under our belts. But, sometimes, it's nice to be reminded of our favorite parts of this season, especially after all the dust settles from the holidays. So, check out some of our winter bucket list items. Tackle one or a few, or even create your own, but we hope you enjoy the rest of this beautiful winter!

      • Weekend road trip - Soak in all the midwest has to offer in the winter with a snowy weekend road trip. Maybe it's a ski trip, or a weekend in a quiet little town. Check out some of our favorite road trip spots.
      • Try a new recipe - While we're likely spending a bit more time in the comfort of our own home, it might be nice to refresh some things in the kitchen with a new recipe. Whether it's for a dinner party, or a dessert for two, browse your favorite cook books or check out some seasonal magazines for new things to try!
      • Organize & purge your closet - Take a day to rifle through your closet and purge any items that just don't seem to be worn anymore. The organization will leave you and your space feeling refreshed for the year!
      • Read a new book - Head to your local library and check out some new must-reads! There are always great suggestions and great books to add to your list! Cozy up on a snowy day with a fresh new read!
      • Spend time outside - Even though these winter days can be a bit brutal, it really does make all the difference in the world getting some fresh air. A walk around the block. A winter hiking day (The frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock are beautiful this time of year!) Or maybe even some backyard roasted marshmallows over a fire! Make it a point to try and get outside once or twice this season!

      Here's to 2022 and a great rest of the season!

      Winter Wine Guide

      A Great Go-To

      When in doubt, a great winter style is a pinot noir. With it's light/medium body and red fruits, it's a wine that often pairs fantastically with any number of meals you may find yourself whipping up this season!

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Chambourcin "A smooth and timeless dry, red table wine made from Illinois-grown Chambourcin grapes. This medium-bodied wine is similar in style to a light pinot noir with its upfront fruit character and aromas and flavors of blueberry and dark cinnamon."

      Charcuterie Pairing

      If your table is instead filled with delicious charcuterie bites, lean into a medium/full bodied red wine. This will round out the pairing of a lighter snack and a heavier, bolder wine.

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Ginocchio "Ginocchio XIII is our thirteenth vintage of this wine. This wine is made from a premium blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Frontenac grapes. Aged in oak barrels, this medium-bodied dry wine has notes of raspberry, black pepper, cherry, vanilla, cedar and plum."

      Bring on the Bubbles

      New Years Eve may have passed, but that doesn't mean 2022 isn't worth celebrating a little more. Bring on the bubbles all month long. Winter is a great time to play with celebratory wines and the sweet treats we're all still indulging after the holidays.

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Mardi Gras "Mardi Gras! Celebration! We have taken one of our most popular wines, Sweet Catawba, and added bubbles. This sweet, bubbly wine is sure to bring out the fun all year long."


      Pumpkin Recipes to Try this October

      It's the perfect time of year to bring on the pumpkin recipes! We've grabbed a few fun ones to try out whether its the main course, a little pumpkin side, the dessert, or a yummy morning coffee! Check out the recipes below.

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Pumpkin Butter by Joanna Gaines

      Here's what you'll need:

      • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
      • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1 tablespoon honey

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Ginger Pumpkin Pie by "Country Living Magazine"

      Here's what you'll need:
      For the Crust
      • 10 oz. gingersnap cookies (about 45 cookies)
      • 1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
      • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
      • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
      • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
      For the filling
      • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
      • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
      • Pinch ground cloves
      • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
      • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
      • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
      • 1 1/4 c. half-and-half
      • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
      • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
      • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving and chopped candied ginger, for garnish

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Pumpkin Spice Latte by "Bon Appétit"

      Here's what you'll need:

      • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
      • 1 ½-inch piece fresh ginger
      • 3 whole cloves
      • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
      • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
      • ½ cup heavy cream
      • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
      •  Large pinch of kosher salt
      • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
      • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
      •  Espresso, steamed milk, and ground cinnamon (for serving)
      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      **Store extra: stop by and snag some of our handmade pumpkin granola!

      Autumn Wellness

      Changing leaves and brisk days are on the way, so we’re bringing you a few tips and pieces of inspiration to lean into wellness this fall.

      • Invest in quality bath and body products. - As the chill enters the air this season, don’t forget to invest in quality products to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Look for all natural ingredients from makers who really believe in their products! Stop by the store to see some of our bath and body items like our signature soaps and new products from Barr-Co.
      • Get Outside. - This is the sweet spot of the year when being outside isn't too hot or too cold. So, try and spend ten to twenty minutes outside everyday. Whether that's for a cup of coffee on the porch, or an evening walk around the neighborhood. Maybe go big by planning a hiking day or even an autumn camping trip! The outdoors have a great way of offering a reset and refresh.
      • Nourish & Hydrate. - Lean into fresh foods this season with hearty meals complete with roasted root vegetables and all the apples you can get your hands on!

      Fall, a favorite season for so many, is a great time to reset your wellness priorities and stock up on some self care essentials!

      Hosting an Autumn Dinner Party

      Autumn is here and we're kicking off this season with some dinner party inspiration!

      Set the Tone

      Whether you're dining under the stars or having a cozy gathering in your home, finding the perfect spot and setting the tone is the best way to inspire your dinner party. Start with some fall decor to put together a simple centerpiece, add serving ware and linens, and light a few candles to complete the table.

      Choose the Menu

      Keep things simple with a few appetizers (check out our fresh market options in store!) or a harvest charcuterie board. Then pack a punch with a meal that incorporates seasonal items like roasted root vegetables, or an acorn squash and apple kale salad.

      Pair your Drinks

      Tis the season for light-medium bodied red wines that compliment seasonal meals with spices and smooth flavors. Our favorite? August Hill's Chambourcin

      Finalize the Details

      Once the table is set, drinks are poured, and meal is served, have some ideas lined up should you need to continue to entertain. Whether it's a fun party game, smore's, or even a seasonal movie.


      We wish you all the best in your autumn hosting this season!