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Kerloo Cellars

Kerloo Cellars

Our 11th stop of the tasting took us to Lilac and Lemon to use our bonus token on a wine tasting with Kerloo Cellars. If you have stuck with us throughout our series, you will know that this was our final tasting of the event.

Wandering Wolf Cellars

Wandering Wolf Cellars

Our 10th stop of the evening took us to People’s Bank where we tried wines by Wandering Wolf Cellars. I will preface this review by stating that we were in a rush to complete our tastings before the evening ended. As a result, the tasting was brief. We didn’t sit with the wine as we had done with the previous nine reviews.

Color the Year Viva Magenta

Color the Year Viva Magenta

I remember seeing articles in 2022 about how the world was slowly losing color. When I stopped and thought about it, I realized there was some truth to that.

Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

Winter is here, and with a vengeance! Wow snow already twice this year and we haven’t even gotten through December yet….need a good book to read? Good thing I’ve got you covered. Here are my picks for you, one is inspiring and the other is a thriller.  As always let us know what you think!

Naches Heights Vineyard Wine Tasting

Naches Heights Vineyard Wine Tasting

Our ninth stop of the evening led us to Expedia CruiseShipCenters to taste wine by Naches Heights Vineyard. I remembered having their Crooked Red Blend at a prior wine walk and I enjoyed that. So naturally, I was looking forward to branching out and trying another wine by them.

Dahlman Cellars

Dahlman Cellars

We traveled to familiar territory for stop number eight on our creative team’s wine walk. Our very own Windermere Mill Creek Town Center office was hosting Dahlman Cellars. I was excited to try their wine because I had missed out on tasting them at the last wine walk.

10 Christmas Décor Boards

10 Christmas Décor Boards

Alright, enough time has passed from Thanksgiving that I feel comfortable announcing- IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME! Whether you have been naughty or nice, the holiday season is upon us!

Free Christmas Events

Free Christmas Events

There are a lot of cool things happening this Christmas season. But the rising cost of EVERYTHING these days has put the financial freeze on many of us. Meaning, many will not be able to afford unnecessary holiday events this year. To keep your holly jolly vibes going strong throughout the holiday season, I have compiled a list of FREE Christmas Events worth checking out!

Drum Roll Wine

Drum Roll Wine

I was really excited for stop number 7 of the Mill Creek Summer Wine Walk. We were more than halfway through our event and at our last wine walk I had LOVED the 2016 Drum Roll Red wine I tried by Drum Roll Wine; so much so, that I was already planning to buy two bottles if they had them available for purchase this time around. Not to mention, I knew I was going to purchase a sweet treat from Frost as well.

Martedi Cellars Tasting

Martedi Cellars Tasting

If you have been reading along you know that for the most part, our wine walk had gone very favorably; but at stop number 6 I got a little too adventurous with my drink choice. Martedi Cellars had several wines I had never heard of before to taste and I went all in on one of them.

Navarre Coulee Wine Tasting

Navarre Coulee Wine Tasting

At stop number five of our wine walk we sampled wines by Navarre Coulee at Artisan Custom Framing. Apart from attending events at the Mill Creek Town Center, I haven’t ever been inside of Artisan Custom Framing long enough to take in all their stock. However, this time around we stayed awhile and browsed all the art that they had displayed in their store while we sipped on our wine.

Halloween Movie Road Trip

Halloween Movie Road Trip

In the fall Washington state dusts off its veil of fog and wears it on and off like a child who can’t wait for Halloween throughout the fall months. In my opinion, Washington’s dark, damp, and chilly nature creates the perfect amount of spooky atmospheric ambiance.

Pumpkin carving hacks

Pumpkin Carving Hacks

Let’s face the facts. As fun as carving a pumpkin can be, the process can also be a LOT of work. You start out at the pumpkin patch or buy your pumpkin at a store. Bring it home. Clean it off. Saw open the top to reveal meaty orange flesh, sticky pulp and stringy webs holding on to a mess of seeds. And this is where the real work begins.

Michael Florentino Cellars Wine

Michael Florentino Cellars Wine

Our creative team of tasters almost missed stop number four because it was located off to the side of main street, but we doubled back to taste Michael Florentino Cellars wine hosted at Divaforeva Lashes.

Julian Margot Wine Tasting

Julian Margot Wine Tasting

I love cheese. Sounds like a random statement taken out of context but when we made our third pit stop at First Financial Northwest Bank, they had laid out a charcuterie platter of meats, cheeses and fruits and I had to indulge in a few of them. So, with a few cheese hunks in hand I moved happily on to tasting number three with wine by Julian Margot.

Bayernmoor wine tasting

Bayernmoor Wine Tasting

We spent our second ticket from the Mill Creek Town Center Summer Wine Walk at Zeek’s Pizza for a Bayernmoor wine tasting. When we walked in their long beer list caught my eye and drew my attention down to the Bayernmoor wine on their serving counter. I overheard the sommelier letting the group ahead of us know that their 2017 Washington State Pinot Noir had received multiple gold and double gold awards, and I knew I was going to have to try it.

Real estate market affordability

Real Estate Market: It’s All About Affordability

The Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington provides one of my favorite charts for analyzing the state of the local real estate market.  It is the housing affordability index, which is released quarterly and delivers housing affordability statistics by county.

Fall Reading List 2022

Fall Reading List

Fall is upon us whether we like it not, I preferably am not ready because I LOVE summer in the PNW! Fall is perfect though for a cozy cup of coffee or tea and a good book to read. I have some really great books picked for you, one is a thriller and the other takes place in London during WWII.  As always let us know what you think!

Harbinator Wines Tasting

Harbinator Wines Tasting

On August 27th our creative team, myself included, went to the Mill Creek Town Center Summer Wine Walk. We started our little adventure at Brooklyn Brothers Pizza and grabbed ourselves a slice before the event. Conveniently, they were hosting Harbinator Wines and would become our first stop of our tastings. Since this was my second time attending, I was better prepared to maneuver my way through the hosting businesses and use up my 10 tasting tickets and bonus tasting gold coin. I am pleased to report that this time I used them all!

Washington Wine Month

Washington Wine Month

August is Washington Wine Month. Well, one of them anyways. As it turns out both March and August are recognized as Washington Wine Month in this grape state. Though, I have been too distracted in my personal life to realize it until the near end.

31 Happy Halloween Home Finds

31 Happy Halloween Home Finds

Summer hasn’t even ended yet, but Halloween home decorations have started haunting retail store aisles everywhere. I have seen spooktacular items materializing at Bath & Body Works, Target, Marshalls, the Disney store, and Michaels.

7 Tips For Better Wine Storage

7 Tips For Better Wine Storage

I have heard the age-old adage: “wine gets better with age” and I have stored bottles of wine only to open them later and find out they did not get better with age. As it turns out, wine is fickler than that. I have found that wine gets better with age only when properly stored. So, if you want to avoid spoiling your wine read on to see the 7 tips for better wine storage I’ve picked up along the way.

Cruise in car show

Cruise-in Car Show

The Cruise-in Car Show hosted by Windermere Mill Creek was held on July 9th this year.

Blue Fox Drive-in Theater

The Blue Fox Drive-in Theater is Worth the Price of Admission

As a kid I spent many-a-day waiting for dusk to settle upon the farmlands in the outskirts of Oak Harbor to watch the opening credits roll across the Blue Fox Drive-in Theater screen. For a kid in a small town there was no greater bighearted adventure then go-karts and a double feature running against the backdrop of a wide-open night sky. Butter soaked popcorn, a brick of curly fries in hand and staying up all night. It was what summer was all about.

Seattle Seahawks 12 for 12s

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy Even for the Seattle Seahawks

The 2021 season put the Seattle Seahawks and 12s everywhere on the pyre. They lit the match when they closed their season in unfamiliar territory without a playoff berth. Adding fodder to the flames, star quarterback Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos and icon linebacker Bobby Wagner was released during offseason. These moves brought a close to Seattle’s Super Bowl championship roster.

14 Hands Wine of the Month

14 Hands Wine of the Month

Horse Heaven Hills is a dry, rolling, and expansive range that is fed by the Columbia River and was once home to Washington State’s free roaming wild horse population. Although these horses measured a mere 14 hands from palm to palm in height their strong “unbridled spirit” was the inspiration behind the brand name 14 Hands. Similarly as wild to read about is the backstory of 14 Hands wine.

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Summer is finally here! I know you have been waiting for my summer reading picks. I have some really great books picked for you, one is a thriller and the other is about leadership.  As always let us know what you think!

Funko Pop Everett Headquarters

Funko Pop Everett Headquarters

Nestled in the heart of downtown Everett there is an eye-catching building on Wetmore Avenue that is worth a visit. It is the building with the GIANT pop culture figures towering over passerby’s like colorful cartoon stylized gargoyles from the rooftop of a 17,000 sq. ft. flagship store. These characters are also accompanied by an emblazoned marquee sign that reads FUNKO. In my opinion, this store is hard to miss and even harder to miss out on. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s the Funko Pop Everett retail store!

Spring Wine Walk

Mill Creek Town Center Spring Wine Walk

On Thursday the forecast called for a 100% chance of rain and by Friday it had dropped to 89%. Come what may, I was committed to bundling up and making my way outdoors to sip and stroll down main street at the Mill Creek Town Center Spring Wine Walk on Saturday. Our Windermere Mill Creek office was set to feature Sin Banderas Wines and I wasn’t going to miss out on a fun opportunity to taste wine from local crafters because bad weather. After all, when you live in Washington you must get comfortable with a little or a lot of rain.

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Top 5 best blooms in WA

Top 5 best blooms in Washington State

Going to see the flower blooms is a good way to bid adieu to the winter gray gloom as they are a colorful cheery reminder that Spring truly does exist here in Washington and that the sun shines enough to encourage things to grow through the rainiest of weather.

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Local Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

I am always excited to put together the Local Farmer’s Market Blog! Another year all the farmer’s and local community get to share their food, art, creations and much much more! This list covers Snohomish and the surrounding area so you can pick up essentials fresh from the farm at any of these locations.

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Wineofthemonth

Wine of the Month

When I think of Wine destinations, I pour out images of France, Tuscany, Sonoma, Napa Valley. I never really considered to look more locally at my own home of Washington State but recent events led me to learn that I needed to re-evaluate my ill formed opinion on the matter. After a few weighted exchanges of polite words and a quick google search, I gleaned that Washington’s Wine game was in fact the real deal.

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