A few ways with Sauvignon Blanc

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I’m a girl who loves her wine.  It’s so nice to enjoy a glass with dinner every now and then and even bake with it too.  But in reality,wine is wasted calories.  When you bake as much as I do, you really have to watch everything you put in your mouth.  So for a while I stopped enjoying wine with dinner until I found Brancott Estate Flight Song Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.  

Brancott Estate has discovered a natural way to reduce the amount of calories in their Flight Song wine series by 20% while still preserving its original flavors.   This means more wine, and less guilt for me!   

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I love my white wine chilled with strawberries.  It especially brings out the natural passionfruit and lemon flavors in the Sauvignon Blanc. 

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Sometimes I will dip strawberries into my wine or plunge one into my glass to soak up the heavenly Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s like leaving the best for last.  You finish a perfectly crisp glass of wine and then have a little present waiting for you at the bottom bursting with exciting flavor. 

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Psst! I even have jewellery for my wine bottles because I love them so.

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And of course the lovely Brancott Estate Flight Song Marlborough Pinot Grigio, my first choice and first love.  It has a pear and sweet lemon scent with a peachy taste and a citrus sparkly finish.

Here are a few more ways to enjoy Brancott Estate Flight Song Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio

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Pinot Grigio Wine Spritzer from Nutmeg Nanny.

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Sauvignon Blanc Cupcakes from Betty Crocker

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Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio and Seafood from the Food network

So with these ideas you can create an entire meal from drinks, main course and dessert with your beautiful, tasty bottles of Brancott Estate Flight Song Marlborough Pinot Grigio and  Sauvignon Blanc.  Tell me how you enjoyed your Pinot or Sauvignon Blanc in the comments.  For more information about Brancott Estate Flight Song Marlborough go to FACEBOOK TWITTER  WEBSITE



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cigar and chocolate stout cupcakes-poker night

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Friday night is poker night at our house and I wanted to plan a night for the Hubs and his friends without getting too frilly.  Usually when I set up for a gathering, I have glass pitchers of beverages, snacks in pretty bowls, dessert bites of some kind, candles lit and music playing.  Since this is a guys poker night, I am going to have to play it down but still add the frill in a subtle way.  I kept it simple by putting out a few snacks, a few boxes of cubero cigars and man-cakes.   What are man-cakes?
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They are cupcakes pumped up with testosterone. Okay, maybe not actual testosterone but they are delicious chocolate stout cupcakes that are not frilly and made with Guinness Stout beer.  Stout beer goes great with chocolate because of the natural chocolate and coffee notes in the brew itself.  You can’t go wrong with topping man-cakes with chocolate stout buttercream and crushed pretzels.  The snack of choice for the Hubs.  I would say, beer, cigars, chocolate stout cupcakes and pretzels are the epitome of manly poker night fare.  I hoped my Hubs would win big…the wifey needs a new pair of shoes. 
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The guys were quick to grab their Cubero Cigars and snacks before sitting down to play. 
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Cubero Cigars are a great choice for poker night.  I easily found them at Walmart while shopping for ingredients I needed for the stout cupcakes.  They are high quality flavorful cigars that I thought looked pretty in the packaging.  They are slim too (who knew cigars could be slim?) so I grabbed Blend N0 35 because it has a hint of rum, mint and sugar cane and Blend n0 07 with Oak and grape flavors.  Sugar flavored cigars? Sugar goes with chocolate, chocolate goes with beer.  I think this set up is a win win.  Now if only the Hubs pulls out a win from tonights poker game.  The wifey needs a new pair of shoes.

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As you can see, the guys had a great time.  They enjoyed their cigars and cupcakes and played poker until the wee hours of the morning.
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This is my hubby’s hand.  This hand did not win me a new pair of shoes on this manly poker night.  He had fun with his friends nonetheless and I’m still going shopping for shoes so in my book it’s still a win win! 
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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Yields 24
rich chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness stout beer and topped with chocolate stout buttercream and crushed pretzels. These are Man-cakes!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
18 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
18 min
  1. 3/4 cups cocoa
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cups flour
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1 bottle Guinness Stout Beer
  7. 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  8. 3 eggs
  9. buttercream;
  10. 3/4 cup cocoa
  11. 4 sticks unsalted butter
  12. 4 cups confectioners sugar
  13. 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  14. pinch of salt
  15. 1/2 cup of Guinness Stout Beer
  16. 1 good quality chocolate bar, melted- I used (1.76 oz.)Lindt milk chocolate
  17. crushed pretzels (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Position oven rack in the middle. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. In a kitchen aid mixer on high speed beat butter until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On medium speed, beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down sides and making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next egg. Add vanilla and bottle of beer and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix. Using a 1/4 cup or large cookie scoop, add batter to each cupcake liner and bake for 18 minutes or until center springs back when touched.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare buttercream.
  4. Melt chocolate bar 20 second intervals in the microwave in a glass measuring cup. stir often and careful not to burn. Let cool slightly.
  5. In a kitchen aid mixer on high speed, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. add cocoa and sugar little by little until combined beating on high after each addition and scraping down sides. Stir in vanilla, salt and beer until combined and light and fluffy. Stir in melted chocolate until combined. Top cupcakes with buttercream and crushed pretzels.
  1. you may omit the pretzels and use any brand of stout beer in this recipe.
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Lemon Raspberry Crepes-guest blogger

With fresh berries in season what could be better than lemon raspberry crepes to start your day? This recipe is simple to make and taste amazing!  Please welcome back Deb, my blogger friend at Cooking on the front burner for more tasty ideas.

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Lemon Raspberry Crepes/guest blogger

Hi, this is Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner with another dessert that I’m sharing here at Buttercream Bakehouse today.  If you know me or have seen some of my recipes, you would quickly find out I’m a lemon lover which is why I just had to make these Lemon and Raspberry Crepes.  They were calling my name!

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I used to be intimidated by making crepes – they look hard but if you can make pancakes, then you can make crepes.  You’ll need to trust me on this one!  Making lemon curd is also not hard to do but I’ve used store bought when I just don’t want to fuss or have the time.  You can decide what is right for you.  Either way you will love how tasty these are.

Lemon and Raspberry Crepes

by Deb Attinella
Ingredients (4 servings – 2 each)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Lemon Curd

  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon zested lemon peel
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs plus 3 yolks lightly beaten

Raspberry Sauce

  • 1 small bag frozen raspberries (16 ozs.)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Cool Whip
  • Fresh raspberries


  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until very smooth (it is a very thin batter)
  2. Heat a 8-9″ saute pan over medium high heat that has been brushed lightly with cooking oil
  3. Measure 1/4 cup batter and pour in heated pan; swirl until it reaches edges
  4. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side until light brown
  5. Note: use a non-stick pan

Lemon Curd

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat then add the sugar, lemon juice, zest and salt.
  2. Whisk in the lightly beaten eggs and continue cooking over low heat whisking constantly until coats the back of a metal spoon (almost to a boil)
  3. Remove from heat, place in a bowl and place plastic wrap directly on top – chill in refrigerator completely.

Raspberry Sauce

  1. Defrost the raspberries then place in a fine mesh strainer. With a spoon press to extract juice (throw away solids)
  2. In a small saucepan combine the raspberry juice, OJ, sugar and cornstarch.
  3. Cook over low heat until it thickens – can be used at room temp or refrigerated.


  1. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of curd on crepe then place about same amount of cool whip – roll up and drizzle raspberry sauce on top. Can also place a few berries on side if desired

Easter will be here soon and crepes would make a fancy looking dessert.  The crepes could be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until it is ready to assemble them.  And once you have mastered the crepes, the filling and toppings are endless.  Another favorite way we have enjoyed them is with nutella, cool whip and strawberries.  I would love to know what you might be creating!  Enjoy!  Thanks for having me Dina!

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Hershey’s Candy Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Hershey’s Easter Candy Giveaway!  The winner was randomly chosen at random.org hershey

Congrats to

Alyssa D/Arts & Crackers

Please contact me at dinacrowell@gmail.com to claim your prize. 


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