Is It Fall Yet?

Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Although the temperatures outside don’t agree, I know that sweater weather is just around the corner.

Tomorrow is a big day for me – stay tuned for that – and next week I will be sharing a post about why wine vintage matters even to those who don’t cellar their wine.

But today, I’d like to share some random things that have caught my eye.

The Art of Liz Lyons Friedman

I first discovered Liz Lyon Friedman’s beautiful work at the Sausalito Art Festival several years ago. Held every year over Labor Day weekend, this beautiful art festival in Sausalito, California, is one of my favorites.

As I walked past her booth, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Liz’s colorful and intriguing pieces.

Liz creates “linocuts” or linoleum block prints. (See details on her process here.)

Their beauty with a touch of whimsy, speaks to my soul. And, the themes Liz focuses on – wine, friends, life, and love – are the very things I celebrate every day.

We have these fabulous pieces in our house along with her award-winning poster from the 2012 Sausalito Art Festival.

Kitchen Crowd by Liz Lyons Friedman

Kitchen Crowd by Liz Lyons Friedman (used with permission by the artist)

Cooking With WIne by Liz Lyons Friedman

Cooking With Wine by Liz Lyons Friedman (used with permission by the artist)

You can visit Liz Lyon Friedman’s site or find her on Facebook to see more of her talent.

College Football Tailgating

In a couple of weeks, we will be heading to Notre Dame for a home football game.

My mouth is watering thinking of the delicious meatball subs, chili and scrumptious baked goods on hand at the tailgate party our friends so generously invite us to.

This post, It’s Tailgate Season, by my blog friend Vicki at Life in My Empty Nest, is chock-a-block full of amazing recipes for tailgate parties. Vicki found all sorts of great recipes on Pinterest (like this yummy looking bacon cheeseburger meatball recipe from An Affair from the Heart) collected just for us!

I have pinned every one of the recipes shown in Vicki’s post. Now I just have to talk someone into making them for me!

The West Wing Podcast

I’m a nerd. My favorite television show of all time (please don’t tell the housewives) is The West Wing.

I loved that show from the first minutes of the pilot all the way through two terms of Jed Bartlett’s presidency.

Imagine my delight in discovering that there is a podcast, The West Wing Weekly, which is an episode by episode analysis of my favorite show.

Be still, my nerdy little heart.

Hosted by Joshua Malina (who played the role of Will Bailey starting in season 4) and Hrishikesh Hirway (musician, composer, podcaster and political news junkie), the podcasts feature analysis of each episode, behind the scenes stories and visits from many of the West Wing actors.

Netflix is offering every season of West Wing. I have been watching each episode, then listening to the podcast.

The only teensy tiny problem is that Netflix encourages binge watching by starting the next episode as soon as the last is done. I have stayed up waaaaaay too late too many nights hanging out with Toby, Josh, CJ and Donna.

And loving it.

Bounty Hunter Wine Catalog

I’ve shared this gem with you before. I consider the Bounty Hunter catalog to be the best source for online wine purchasing. They also carry spirits.

Bounty Hunter Wine Catalog

The fine folks at Bounty Hunter scour the world, curating a collection of wine based on quality and price. There is something for everyone and you can be guaranteed the wine will be good.

Just this weekend, Peter and I pulled a bottle of wine which we had never had before out of the cellar, a 2007 Pedestal Merlot.

2007 Pedestal Merlot

As soon as I saw the Bounty Hunter sticker on the back of the wine, confirming where we had purchased this bottle, I knew it would be a gem and it was!

When you visit Napa, be sure to visit Bounty Hunter’s Smokin’ BBQ Restaurant and Wine Bar for delicious food and a wide selection of wines. It is right in the heart of downtown Napa at 975 First Street.

That’s my roundup for now. By the way, all of these opinions and endorsements are my own. Other than permission to use images of Liz Lyons Friedman’s art, I have received no compensation from anyone included in this post.

Now, what about you? What’s on your radar? Are you ready for fall?

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  1. We had nice weather at the end of last week, but today we’re back to a heat advisory. I am SO ready for summer to be gone!
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  2. Thanks Mo! I made the potato skins and they were yummy 🙂
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  3. Wait…West Wing on Netflix…I loved West Wing…count me in. I think I missed the first season…this is a joy!(picture me dancing in circles) Also the little cheeseburger meatballs looked delish…sorry I may have stopped reading after West Wing on Netflix!
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  4. Are you going to the Notre Dame/Duke game? I’m a Duke alum and was invited to the Duke tailgate before they play ND, but I’m too lazy to drive to Indiana to see some football when I’ve got some great football in my own backyard. 🙂

    I’m wishing for better football weather this fall, for sure. It’s hot!
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  5. Mp… thanks for telling me about the West Wing series – sounds right up my alley. Almost worth watching football for me to have those tasty bites ala Vicki! The art is beautiful. Have a great week.

  6. That’s the thing about all those delicious recipes- getting someone to make them for us! For some reason, my family (and all 4 daughters are grown up now) still expect me to cook everything. Where did I go wrong???? LOL Enjoyed your post! Have a blast at the game!
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  7. Another West Wing junkie! I knew there was a reason I loved following you (in addition to the fact that you are also a Chicago empty nester and love Napa & its wine). I have been on a recurring WW marathon for the last few weeks, staying up too late but loving my time with the Bartlett administration.

  8. I really like Liz Lyons Friedman’s artwork. She reminds me of another artist I also admire. Can’t wait to hear more about your plans!
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  9. I will pas along the Bounty Hunter wine catalog tip to my wine-loving husband.
    My ND/Austin/Dell brother popped downtown last Saturday to tailgate and see if he could pick up tickets to the game for him and son. Not surprisingly the demand was too high and the supply was too low to procure two tickets for the opening game when hope springs eternal. Go Irish!!

  10. Those bacon cheeseburger meatballs look AMAZZZZZING! We had gorgeous weather Sunday and Monday but today it was back to 96 degrees. Just plain gross. I’m ready for fall temperatures already when I wear a jacket in the morning and shorts in the afternoon and my son either freezes in the morning or gets off the afternoon bus sweating 😉
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  11. I’m not familiar with Liz Lyon Friedman’s work, but I love what you’ve shown, so I’ve got to check it out. And, I’ll take a glass of wine with those meatball bacon cheeseburgers.

  12. I loved West Wing! Right now I’m watching the first season of Bloodline on Netflix – great show about a royally screwed up family.

    Hope you are enjoying college football season – I’m going to my first college game next month at the Naval Academy.

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