Sheryl Stewart



 


Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Whether you are a brand new wine lover or already have a sophisticated palate, Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to visit the wineries of the Willamette Valley. This year, over 163 wineries in the Willamette Valley are opening their doors for a Wine Country Thanksgiving. You'll be able to sample wines that are hard to find, enjoy special pricing on special bottles.....and even enjoy live entertainment, gourmet food, and more! It's a great way to learn more about wine, while enjoying time with friends! My husband & I took a wine tasting adventure this weekend at JK Carriere Wines. We enjoyed some great conversation with Jim Prosser, owner & winemaker at JK Carriere.....and found some new pinots to take home for Thanksgiving. This year, the wineries of the Willamette Valley have developed a smart phone app that will help you perfectly plan your Thanksgiving Wine Country Escape. Go to www.willamettewinemap.com and scan the QR code to get: directions, hours, information, and more for over 190 Willamette Valley wineries. You can also get more info at www.willamettewines.com!

Here's a brief video overview of our visit!



Jim explains why JK Carriere features a wasp on their labels....and at the winery

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Don't You Wish You Could Teach Your Cat To Do This?



Love it!
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Sneak Peek at Kelly Clarkson Unplugged!

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Levi's Says "STOP Washing Your Jeans...FREEZE Them"

Levi's says we need to stop washing our jeans to help them last longer....and to help save water (and the planet). They say in the future, water costs will make the cost of cotton (and our jeans) skyrocket!!

They say FREEZING them will kill the bacteria that causes stink! Hmmmm.....I'm skeptical. Do you think it works? Does anyone actually do this?

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Enjoy Your Wine More....Pair It With Music!



The British Journal of Psychology just published the findings of a study on how music affects how you taste wine.

Professor Adrian North of Herriot-Watt University gave taste tests to 250 students – half male, half female – while playing music in the background.

After five minutes the volunteers were asked to rank how much they felt the wine tasted. Their options matched the musical descriptions: powerful and heavy, subtle and refined, mellow and soft, zingy and refreshing.

The results showed the music the volunteers listened to consistently affected how they perceived the wine to taste!

Some pairing advice came out of this study: They found that for the best earthy and full-bodied Merlot taste experience, drinkers should try listening to Tom Jones....or to add a little zing to a glass of Pinot Grigio pull out the latest Lady Gaga album. What would YOUR suggested pairing be?
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Here's What You Do With Leftover Candy!



Turn 'em into another dessert and bring 'em to work! These would disappear SO fast around here.

Mmmmmm....candy bar cupcakes!


Candy Bar Cupcakes


Topping
4-8 of your favorite candy bars, plus 1 bag of favorite M&M's
(Twix, Payday, Reeses, Snickers, Rolo's, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch)
Crush, cut and mash into tiny pieces
Mix together in a bowl, set aside


Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Frosting
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped chocolate
½ cup cream
Melt together over low heat, stiring constantly, until incorporated
Remove from heat and let cool
When completely cooled whip with beaters until fluffy

Cupcakes
1 ½ sticks softened butter
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
Cream together until fluffy

Add
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
Mix together until color lightens

Add
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups buttermilk
½ cup mini chocolate chips
Stir until flour is incorporated

Pour evenly into cupcake liners, ¾ full
Bake at F350°, 10-12 minutes until edges just begin to brown
Remove from oven, let cool


Frost with peanut butter chocolate ganache and top with candy bars
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Matt Nathanson talks Halloween, Kim Kardashian, and Sexytime....and more!

Matt Nathanson is such a fun interview. I try to catch up with him every time he visits Portland, because there is never a dull moment with him.....never.

p.s. thanks for the tour of your bus, Matt!



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Another Brand NEW Kelly Clarkson Song Leaked. Listen Here!

Take a listen and tell me what you think. Are you excited for the release of Kelly's new album on Monday?

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Give Yourself a Hand This Halloween



Haha! I have GOT to make this for dinner on Halloween. It's meatloaf that looks like a disgusting, creepy hand. Love it! It looks pretty easy to do and I think you can find hand-shaped pans at Michael's (or another cake/craft store). Here are the step by step instructions, with pics! Have fun!!!
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Brand NEW Coldplay Video

*sigh* I love it. You?

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Cocktails For A GREAT Cause!



Tonight is the 4th annual Portland's Iron Bartender Contest and I'm excited to be one of the judges! It's all a benefit for the Children's Relief Nursery. You can read more about the wonderful work they do HERE

This year, nine of Portland's talented bartenders will square off in a mixology battle royale, serving up specialty cocktails in four themed bar areas - Tiki, Portlandia, Prohibition and Sake. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and vote on their favorite concoction, ultimately deciding which four bartenders will move on to compete for the title of Iron Bartender and impress the celebrity judges.

Competing bartenders are brought to you by the Oregon Bartenders Guild and Portland Cocktail Week. Bartenders include:

Adam Ho - Pho PDX
Angel Teta - Three Degrees
Ariana Vitale - Kask
Daniel Jacobson - Irving Street Kitchen
Emily Baker - Rum Club
Jeanette Adames-Napier - aloft Hotel
Jen Steimer - Trader Vic's
Jordan Felix - Clyde Common
Nathan Gerdes - Thatch Tiki Bar

VIP tix are sold out, but you can still get the remaining tix here and at the door

Hope you can join us tonight!!!
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Christmas with "The New Girl", Zooey Deschanel!



If you saw Zooey in "Elf", you know that girl can actually sing! She's got a band, "She & Him" and their fans have been bugging them to do a Christmas album for the looooonnnngest time. So they recorded one....and it's coming out Nov. 21. Here's a preview!

She & Him - The Christmas Waltz by Double Six
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Tom Cruise Has Got Those Moves Like Jagger

Hehe. Tom Cruise got into a dance battle at a wedding. Awesome!

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Are Glamour Girls Better At Their Jobs?

According to this news story, people assume they are. Crazy! I think there are certain jobs where you DON'T want to see someone who is all glammed out (EMT, Police Officer, Kennel Worker, Contruction Worker)

Do you agree?

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Gossip Roundup For Monday, Oct 3



What could Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, & Victoria Beckham possibly have in common? Somebody likes their crazy hats.

We have no idea what teams will be playing, but now we know who is playing the Super Bowl Halftime show....and she's got better arms than most quarterbacks. ;-)

Real Housewife, Bethenny Frankel has hired a "personality coach" to make her more likeable. Good luck with that!

Details from the night Ashton cheated on Demi sound like a cheesy late night Showtime movie.

Taylor Swift brought Usher out at her Atlanta show this weekend. You can almost hear them doing "Yeah" over the girl screams.

Seth Rogan got married this weekend. LOVE the bride's dress!
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Gossip Roundup for Thursday Sept 29



Is anyone REALLY surprised that Ashton Kutcher is a cheater? Btw....he's been "partying" with Sara Leal for months now (pics)

Beyonce can't stand the smell of her husband, Jay-Z (that's awkward)

Holly Madison just insured her breasts for 1 million dollars
(seems low to me....she's earned more than that from them)

Mr. Schu is going to cover Coldplay's "Fix You" on next week's episode.
(It's pretty!!! Click the link to listen)

"Jessica Simpson is dumb" jokes are sooooo 2003....BUT....pregnancy tests aren't THAT hard to read. A normal person doesn't need 10 of 'em to figure it out. (just sayin')

Nicholas Cage and John Travolta might be vampires....or time travelers.... (or just scamming idiots with hipstamatic pics)

Could this guy be America's Susan Boyle?

Lady Gaga released a new short film....along with her other two heads(??) Wierd!
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Getting Caught Up.....with Hot Chelle Rae!

We had a GREAT time in the 105.1 The Buzz A-List Lounge yesterday with Hot Chelle Rae. The guys sounded great!!! They took a few minutes to update me on what's going on in their world. LOVE them and can't wait for the new album in November!!!

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LA Reid Talks X Factor....Rihanna...and The One That Got Away...



LA Reid called in to talk about tomorrow night's premiere of "X Factor" on Fox and we ended up talking about all sorts of stuff, including: How he discovered Rihanna and KNEW she had "it".....an Outkast reunion and new album next year....being "meaner than Simon"....and the biggest artist he let get away.....

LA Reid talks X Factor & More:

LA Reid X Factor
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Hot Chelle Rae Visits The Buzz!


Can't wait to see these guys tomorrow night at the Crystal Ballroom!

If you like "Tonight Tonight" by HCR, check out the two songs they did for us in our Buzz studios....."Bleed" and "The Distance"

They also talked about: Wierd fans, fave karaoke songs, a creepy story that was written about them.....plus, they show off a talent for turning ANYTHING into a cover song. Enjoy!!!

Hot Chelle Rae talk about wierd fans:
Hot Chelle Rae talk about wierd fans

Hot Chelle Rae answer random questions:
Hot Chelle Rae Random Questions
Hot Chelle Rae talk Nashville and Karaoke:
Hot Chelle Rae talk Nashville and Karaoke
Hot Chelle Rae show off a secret talent:
Hot Chelle Rae Show Off A Secret Talent

Hot Chelle Rae perform "Bleed":
Hot Chelle Rae perform Bleed

Hot Chelle Rae perform "The Distance":
hot chelle rae perform The Distance
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Lady Gaga + Tony Bennett = interesting

Music legend, Tony Bennett, has described Gaga as "an incredible jazz singer" after working with her on this song. What do you think? Do Gaga have a future in show tunes?

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Top 10 Things People In The UK Can't Live Without



Does anyone find it strange that the number 1 thing they say they can't live without......is something they don't have much of: SUNSHINE! LOL!

Anyway....I still can't get over the fact that they would give up a flushing toilet before they'd give up facebook. Crazy!!!

Here are the top 10 things the Brits can't live without:

Sunshine
The Internet
Clean drinking water
Refrigerator
Facebook
Health Care
Stove
E-mail
Flushing toilet
Mobile Phone
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Does Your Birthday Decide Your Career?



I don't know how accurate this is, because THIS September baby is TERRIBLE at sports, science & math (ruling out pro-athlete & physicist for me). It is interesting, though. After going through census data, researchers discovered a link between your birth month and what you do for a living:

December babies will most likely grow up to be dentists.
January babies are debt collectors
Most artists are born in February
March is a good month for future pilots
April and May don't have a dominant profession
Summer months are not good for professional athletes or doctors
September is the month for pro athletes and physicists
Spring babies are at greater risk of illnesses like asthma, autism and schizophrenia :-(
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Top 10 WORST Songs Of The 90's



Rolling Stone readers just voted on the worst songs of the 90's and I don't want to admit it.....BUT.....there's a few songs on here that I actually like. I mean, c'mon.....who doesn't have a soft spot for "Ice Ice Baby"? You know you sing along when you hear MMMBop, too! ;-)

What should be taken off this list? What else should be on here?

1) Barbie Girl - Aqua
2) Macarena - Los Del Rios
3) Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
4) Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
5) Tubthumping - Chumbawumba
6) MMMBop - Hanson
7) My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
8) Who Let The Dogs Out - Baja Men
9) I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
10) What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
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Could You Go An Entire Year Without A Mirror?



Kjerstin Gruys is.....and, believe it or not, that includes her upcoming wedding.
She started this challenge after a stressful weekend searching for the perfect dress for her October wedding. Comparing herself to the photoshopped models got her so depressed, she became fearful that she might relapse into an eating disorder that plagued her in college, She decided to shift her focus away from outward appearances.....and get rid of her mirror....for at least a year!
Read more here

BTW....she's blogging about it here

Could you go an entire year without seeing yourself?
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Taylor Swift + Jason Mraz = CUTE!!!

The two did "I'm Yours" at her show in LA last night......will she have a Portland artist join her when she plays here Sept. 6? Listen all next week for your chance to win tickets & see for yourself!

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Another NEW Coldplay Song

They played "Charlie Brown" on Jimmy Kimmel's show last night. What do you think?

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7 Things Women Do On Facebook That Annoy Men



THINGS WOMEN DO ON FACEBOOK THAT GUYS HATE (from MSN)

1. Use Facebook to spy on them - Ummmm....this is one of the guiltiest pleasures of Facebook, am I right, ladies?
Not.Going.To.Stop.....sorry!

2. Making That Duck Face - Guys claim they hate goofy face pics, especially that puckered lips, Zoolander-ish pose. I say it probably depends on how hot the girl making the duck face is. ;-)

3. Sharing too much personal info - Guys don't really like this in person, either. It makes them uncomfortable.

4. Posting "Man-Hating" Stuff - That's a tough one. "Man Hating" is so subjective. If your boyfriend cheated, you should be able to get some support from your facebook friends by posting and exposing him....but talking about it every day definitely crosses the man bashing line.

5. Posting Self-Portrait Albums– I think we all get annoyed by this. Show some variety in your pics! ;-)

6. Doing Premature Relationship Publicity-Guys don’t like it when they just start dating someone and she changes her main profile picture to a picture of the two of them together. It’s way too soon.

7. Showing “Artsy” Pictures– They don't like those pics of your feet by the pool.....or beach. I say it's just because they want to see more of you, ladies. ;-)
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Signs You Are Getting Old.....(according to British people)



First of all, I have to say I HIGHLY disagree with number 1.....which I do, not because I'm getting old, but because Leonardo Dicaprio makes boring movies.....and because maybe I should have passed on that second glass of wine with dinner. ;-) I do agree with some of these though. What do you think the "Getting Old" warning signs are?

1) Falling Asleep In Front Of The TV
2) Losing Your Hair
3) Hating Noisy Bars
4) Thinking Teachers, Doctors, & Policemen Look Really Young
5) Getting More Hairy
6) Not Knowing The Top 10 Most Popular Songs
7) Forgetting Names
8 ) Choosing Clothes For Comfort, Not Style
9) Driving Slooooowwwly (SO agree with this one)
10) Complaining More

Here's a link to the full list
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Top 10 Ways To Annoy Flight Attendants



Ok, several of these fall into both the "WHO does that?!" and the "Ewwww" categories, like clipping your toenails on the plane.....and changing your baby's diaper on the food tray.....?!?!

According to over 18,000 flight attendants, the Top 10 things fliers do to annoy them are:


•Walking around the aircraft without shoes, especially in the lavatory.

•Changing a diaper in the seat or on the tray table.

•Clipping fingernails and toenails on the aircraft.

•Keeping headphones on when you start talking to attendants.

•Speaking in a condescending and angry tone when it's not appropriate.

•Hanging arms or legs out in the aisle when the food and beverage cart is coming.

•Standing in the galley and restroom areas to stretch and do exercises.

•Keeping electronic devices on after the announcement has been made to turn them off.

•Bringing stinky food on the plane.

•Carrying on a bag you can't lift into the overhead bin.
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Harry Potter + Beyonce =

....This video! If you're a long-time HP fan, counting the minutes until tonight's premiere, you'll probably relate to the lyrics! Haha!
Enjoy.....and if you go tonight to see Deathly Hallows pt 2, make sure you call in tomorrow to tell me how it was!

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Top 10 Ways To Wreck A Wedding



Not that anyone would do that on purpose, right? ;-) Most of this is common sense, but there's some stuff I had no clue about.....like wearing red is bad?? From MSN

1. Speak Up During the Ceremony– Not really the time or place for you to express your reservations or revelations about either party. Pull the bride or groom aside BEFORE the big day, if there's something you really have to get off your chest.

2. Stick Your Finger in the Cake– Gross! Cakes are a big investment and the couple should get all the pretty pics they want before the hungry crowd wrecks it. Hands off.

3. Wear White–Do not, repeat, do not wear white to someone else’s wedding. Most brides have been looking forward to their moment in the spotlight as the only one in white. It’s considered the ultimate guest dress no-no. The other color to avoid wearing at a wedding is bright red. Colorful tones like pinks, yellows and purples are all fair game. Just stay away from anything in the white and ivory color family.

4. Use the Wedding to Hook Up-Do you really want the whole family gossiping about your dance floor makeout session for years to come.....and we haven't even begun to talk about cell phones and youtube evidence that will outlive you.

5. Give a Roast Toast–Usually goes hand in hand with number 6 (below). You're not a comedian, so leave the jokes to the professionals and keep it short & sweet.

6. Drink Too Much–This is probably the most common one. Easy to do....NOT easy to live down. ;-)

7. Let the Kids Run Wild–Trust me. Your kids DO NOT want to be there. You will have a much better time, too, if you leave the kids at home for the evening.

8. Spill Anything on the Bride- 'Nuff said. If you're drinking red wine or coffee or even punch, steer clear of the lady in white until you are done.

9. Hit on the Waitstaff–completely inappropriate and you could get hit with a harassment lawsuit.

10. Tell the DJ to Change the Music– It's the bride's day, right down to the music she told the dj to play. If it's not your wedding, keep your song suggestions to yourself.
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