Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hearts and flowers for a wife who just gets sweeter,
From your loving husband, Peter
My hubby was as excited as a kid when he found out I was making him a cake. I don't think I could have given him anything he would have liked better than this. Now, if you you're on a diet, do not make this cake. If you want to try something that is decadent, fattening, and oh, so delicious, do it! My heart-shaped pan worked out pretty good (it oozed out the bottom, but that was fine, I just sliced it off) and the cake was still a little warm when I put on the frosting. The frosting has espresso, which my hubby also loves, so he is going to be in hog heaven for a few days.
There was plenty of batter to make another single layer, so I decorated it with a big fat strawberry.
My sweetie sent me a beautiful bouquet of tulips and I just love them. Pink, red & white! Perfect for Valentines, along with that sweet note above.
So, it's gonna be a chocolate Valentine's Day for us! We celebrated last weekend too, check it out below.
Who needs Napa Valley, when we have Morgan Creek Winery...yep, you heard it right, we have a winery right here in Alabama and they make muscadine and blueberry wine. We discovered this sweet little winery 2 summers ago when we first moved over here. We saw in the paper that they have concerts once a month during the summer, with wine tastings, music, and fireworks, so we went to check it out and have been going back ever since. You pay to get in, bring your own lawn chairs, a picnic, or you can buy food there, sit under the stars and enjoy some good jazz/oldies music. Very relaxing time!
It's out in Harpersville, in the country and in such a pretty setting. This is a family owned winery and they've been in business for a few years now.

So, when I read they were doing chocolates and wine tasting for Valentines, me and hubby dropped by for a little visit last Saturday, on a beautiful blue-sky day. We've done the tastings a few times and really love the muscadine wines. We are not wine connoisseurs by any means, in fact don't imbibe much at all, but these muscadine wines are so good. We both can't stand dry wines and these are very sweet and delicious.
This is the shop which sits in front of the winery itself. Come on in for a tour!
There were about 10 people in our little tour. We've done it before, but it's always neat to see how they make it. They brought their equipment over from Italy several years ago and an Italian winemaker came over to help them get their winery up and running. I think that's SO cool! Those big vats hold the wine, it goes through all the steps and ends up in the bottling equipment to the left, where it is labeled and capped, ready for distribution. Our local Publix carries these wines most all the time. She did tell me that they cannot ship out of state at this time, but hope to be able to later this year.
Who knew?? Muscadine wines in Alabama! And you thought we were just hillbillies down here!
All the wines for the tasting. They were very good and we have a couple of favorites, Carlos and Regal Red.

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! Enjoy the day with your sweeties.

Head over to Dana's Designs, a new blog friend of mine, and check out her chalkboard projects. She'd love to hear from anyone who has done one of these & would like to get some pics & there may be a giveaway! Check her out!

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Jen r. said...

Happy Valentine's day to you too!
Jen R

Amy in B'more said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Rhoda! *Gorgeous* roses!!

PAT said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

J loves sweet wine. My favorite is Chardonnay for semi sweet and Riesling for a little sweeter wine.

We love a good wine tasting and winery tour. This looks like a great place to visit!


Maureen said...

Oh those tulips are perfect! Perfect colors! Sounds like you had a fun time a the winery. We just love wine events and look forward to any that come our way! Happy Valentines Day Rho! I have to catch up over here're a very prolific blogger!

Rhondi said...

Happy Valentines Day and love. Also I want to thanyou for making me feel so welcome when I began my blog.
Rhondi xo

Sandi McBride said...

Happy Valentines Day Rhoda, loved the post today

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just stopping by my favorite blogs and to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! The cake looks delish, but we're on diets and can't have any sweets :-(


Donna said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you Rhoda! The chocolate cake looks delish! And your tulips are beautiful!

Mary said...

Dear Rhoda,
What fun! Wishing you and hubby a sweet and wonderful St. Valentine's Day!

Angela said...

Happy Heart day to y'all:-).
What a wonderful little retreat to a winery.
Have a wonderful day!!!

the feathered nest said...

Happy Valentines Day Rhoda! Lovely flowers and such a cute poem! I have a heart shaped pan I'm trying out today but I'll be making brownie with cherry filling on top and tomorrow I'll be running a few extra miles!!!

Have a wonderful day!


Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you Rhoda...I hope you and Peter have a lovely evening !!!

Such pretty flowers one of my favorites...and Peter does poetry !!!

As I was writing this..the bell rang and my honey sent me red roses :)

Enjoy the day,
Kathy :)

Rosemary said...

Happy Valentine's Day Rhoda!
Enjoy that beautiful cake!

Adrienne said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Rhoda. I hope you have a wonderful day today. ~Adrienne~

Jen said...

How sweet...and a winery too...lucky girl!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! And an extra hug from little Adam.

windycorner said...

You and hubby are celebrating in style. Happy Valentine's Day!

Judy said...

Happy Valentine's Day Rhoda! Your roses are hubby had roses delivered to my office today, what a wonderful surprise! We don't ususally do the flower thing anymore cause I told him I'd rather have the $$ for shopping! But he's a sweetheart to do this for me and I really do love them (and him)!
The winery sounds neat...something I'd like to check out sometime when we're in B'ham. Hubby does not drink at all but I do like a sweet white wine from time to time. When the weather gets mild this spring, we'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.
Later - Judy

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy Valentines Day Rhoda!! Beautiful tulips and chocolate cake!

Thanks for the winery tour!

Deserae said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Your flowers are beautiful...what a sweet hubby you have :o) Looks like you had a very nice time at the winery too?!?!?! I can see what your hubby was so delighted when he saw that looks sooooooooo delicious!!!!!!

Cottage Magpie said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Love the cake--chocolate, decadent... definitely up my alley! And thanks for joining into the pink fun!
~Angela :-)

Esther Sunday said...

What a sweetie your Hubby is! Happy Valentine's Day! That cake sure looks scrumptious! Love, Esther

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Have a Sweet Valentine's Day :-) Rosie

Alice said...

Hope you're having an especially sweet day, Rhoda!

Sandy said...

Happy V-Day to you, too, dear Rhoda!

restyled home said...

Wow! You two sure know how to do Valentine's right!!

Of course, any holiday with a cake like that would be perfect...!!!

Linda xoxo

Sandy said...

Hi Rhoda,
Looks like you had a fabulous Valentine's Day!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sandy ;)

Christy Lee said...

I just thought I would say hello and share my blog with you, I thought you might be interested in seeing some of my "finds" as well! Please stop by have a beautiful blog! Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Lallee said...

Rhoda, belated Happy Valentines! Your tulips look like the ones I shared on my blog yesterday that I took to my neighbors. Aren't tulips beautiful? I'm sure your hubby loved his cake, and the wine tour and tasting sounded really fun.

Sweet Designs said...

Wow, beautiful flowers (tulips are one of my favs) and a chocolate cake YUM. I enjoyed the winery tour too,you are so lucky to have such an interesting place to visit for wine, song and food! My favorites are the sweet dessert wines too! Thanks for visiting my new blog too!

NAME: CIELO said...

Yum! Can I have some of that delcious chocolate cake??? Hope you had a great Valentine's Day.



Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

We haven't visited the winery, but we've talked a lot about doing just that. We pass by frequently on our way to my husband's parents' home in South Georgia.

Susie Q said...

Happy Valentine's Day dear Rhoda! Oh I love your tulips and that note is pretty darned great too! : )

Ooh that treats look decadent! Yum.

Don't you love wineries? We have visited some amazing ones and always have a good time. The scenery, the wine, the treats and the ambiance is usually fun.

I am glad you have had such great days...


justabeachkat said...

What a fun way to spend the day. I never knew there was a winery there either.

Oh, your cakes look delish! I'm still dieting, so I'll wait to try this recipe later. I know Peter was happy though.


Dana's Design Studio & Wholesale Furnishings said...


Thanks for the mention. Kimberly of Niesz Vintage Fabrics and Design ( found me because of our mention. I featured her chalkboard project today.

And happy belated Valentines...but we can share the love all year...right?

Continued wishes and warm fuzzies going your way for your next successful venture!

Happy Homemaker said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have decided to go private for now so if you'd like an invitation, just email me!

Anonymous said...

I've known about this winery but didn't know about the concerts.A must try sometime! Thanks for the information.
Sherri (in Pell City) said...

Yum, I love the look of that lush chocolate icing on that cake!