Archive for December, 2010

Wine in Wilmington

Friday, December 31st, 2010

When you think of wineries, more often than not visions of verdant hillsides covered in grape-laden vines come to mind, along with rustic buildings containing golden oak barrels as big as Volkswagens and musty, bottle-filled cellars. Think again! We have two wonderful little wineries in Wilmington and they don’t fit the vision. But who cares because both are fun places with fun people that make fun wines. And they are both located in nondescript strip malls on the north side of town.

Would you like to taste many different kinds of locally crafted wine…everything from wines based on local muscadine grapes to chocolate dessert wines to traditional Italian wines and on and on? Check out Noni Bocca Winery on Eastwood Road and Lumina Winery on Gordon Road. Take in the bouquet, roll your tongue around in it and bring home a couple bottles of your favorites. And, let us know what you think.

We’ll let you know about other “Wilmington jewels” in future posts also share our and (and our guests’) “best of Wilmington” thoughts with you.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Happy Holidays to one and all
And Season’s Greetings, too
We wish you all the best for now
And in the New Year, too.

Relax, have fun and wine and dine
With all your loved ones near
Take time off to set a spell
And play with those who are dear.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Wishing you (as always) peace and good food,
Paula, Steven and Sparky

Don’t forget gift certificates for this Holiday gift-giving.

Please join us for complimentary hors’doerves and champagne on New Year’s Eve!

Notes From the Sparkster

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Greetings People,

This is Sparky, the house dog at Camellia Cottage. I’m in charge of greeting guests, escourting people to the breakfast table, showing your pets around the yard and, most importantly, napping. Napping through the decorating, napping through the baking, napping through the gift wrapping, through the food and festivities. It’s a gift (ha!, get it?!) If you’re looking for a little something to tell that special doggie in your life how special they are, and you’ve already got the oven on, here’s my girl’s dog biscuit recipe. She makes them for me and I just love her for it! You can make the whole batch of dough, cut them all out at once or freeze part of the dough for later.

Doggie Biscuits
5 cups flour
1 cup milk
10 tablespoons peanut butter
dash onion and/or garlic powder
bit of salt
1/2 cup cold water

Mix all ingredients together. Roll out to 1/4 inch. Cut with cookie cutters into shapes and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees 35 – 40 minutes. Store in fridge.

Any doggie treat ideas out there? Please share.