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2012 Approaching!

by Suzanne VanderFeen on 12/21/11

As we end another year and I reflect back at 2011,the thought that comes to my mind the most is "ALREADY" !! How has yet another year past so quickly?Sometimes, I want to hit the "Pause"button on life and just take a moment to breathe! So join me right now PAUSE! BREATHE! Draw the air in.....expel it out.....Again,Again! ok Now I am ready for 2012!!!! Are you? God Bless!

Aunt Nova

by Suzanne VanderFeen on 09/19/11

It is that time of year again! SEMO District Fair! Fun for all!

I had the pleasure of taking my almost 90 years old Aunt Nova to her first parade. She had never seen one other than on TV.

I explained that she was going to be IN the parade,riding in the Vines 2 Wines Shuttle Bus. She was very excited, and enjoyed every moment of the ride and waving at the children!

She was equally  excited to hear that our Spiced Apple Wine received a second place award at the SEMO District Fair  Wine Competition!

Thank you to all the judges for choosing our wine.

Hope to see everyone on the wine trail this year!

Wine Lady

Old Dog New Tricks!

by Suzanne VanderFeen on 09/01/11

Yes! You can teach this old dog new tricks! I always tell my better half that he pays me to sit and do the computer work. That I do the Excursions for free! I have made no secret that I was website illiterate when we started Vines 2 Wines Excursions two years ago.Since the begining my computer(aka DMC,short for Driving Me Crazy) and I have a Love/Hate relationship. But DMC and I have a new relationship counselor named "Kyle". 

Kyle is one of the newest and brightest stars at "Homestead" Intuit company. Kyle has taught me DMC's language,to touch DMC lightly,to be patient with DMC when he is slow to comprehend. That DMC needs ME!

Thank you Kyle for all your help! DMC and I see brighter days ahead! 

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Aunt JoAnn's Fresh Basil and Mozzarella

by Suzanne VanderFeen on 07/20/11

I did modify this recipe, so  I could try to use a gift of  "Balsam Beer" that Bob Eachus of Thousand Oaks Winery in Patton, MO. gave me. We are very pleased with the salad and hope you will enjoy it too.

Try a Chilled (buttery is best) Missouri Chardonel with this fresh salad and forget how HOT it is outside! Cheers

1 cup chopped Fresh Basil                8oz ball of Fresh Mozzarella (cubed)  

6 Roma Tomatoes (cubed)                  1 T Balsam Beer

1/8 t Sea Salt and 1/8 t fresh ground pepper

Mix together and chill for 1/2 hour before serving.


SuzanneVanderFeen aka Wine Lady



Missouri Weather !!!

by Suzanne VanderFeen on 04/21/11

I have heard it said, "If you don't like the weather in Southeast Missouri, just wait a moment, it will change". This past week was a wonderful example of that quote. It was 82 degrees, less than 12 hours later it was 42 degrees!

What has concerned us more lately is  the large hail we got.

 A few weeks ago, we  transplanted some Vignole starts with Little Cameron. Everytime I pick Cameron up from school, he rushes out to check on his new grape plants.

We watch the weather constantly. We keep hard, white buckets nearby to cover our grape, tomatoes, and other garden plants, when hail is predicted.

That being said,We are grateful for the beautiful changing seasons that Southeast Missouri offers us.

Good Gardening!

Suzanne E.VanderFeen aka Wine Lady