Jac o' lyn Murphy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playful Patterned Platter of Hot Dogs - Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day snuck up on me this year and instead of stressing over what to serve, 
I'm opting to keep it simple and traditional, with a touch of whimsy.
With a wave of the magic mustard wand, 
our weekend hot dogs are going from drab to designer...

It's amazing how just a pop of yellow can make me smile...

I just put my mustard du jour in a zip lock bag and
 snip one of the corner for perfect condiment placement...

Stars, zig-zags...

curves, polka dots...

or just a simple straight line, 
and the hot dogs are ready to party.

Pattern is powerful, 
pattern is playful
and for an easy-peasy Memorial DayBBQ, 
pattern is perfect!

Enjoy the long weekend.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eat, Play, Watch - Soccer and Trivento Wine

Thank you Trivento for sponsoring this post. Get in the game with Trivento Wine and Major League Soccer!

I have always gotten a kick out of soccer.
I was on a team as child,
(not well, but I tried and loved being part of a team)
my kids also played and I loved watching them in all the suspense and excitement,
waiting for the joy of scoring or making a big defensive play.
My family is lucky to live close to Stanford and we often to ride bikes over to see their soccer teams compete or kick the ball around one of their beautiful fields.
When I found out Trivento Wine is the official wine of Major League Soccer,
I realized there is even more reason to celebrate one of the world's favorite sports!

It is always my goal to make any event festive and fun.
I'm thrilled that our adult friends can enjoy delicious, interesting wine
 that the MLS know is special enough to be official.

The Trivento Reserve Malbec has hints of ripe red fruits and has a smooth lingering finish.
It has all the perfect flavors of a World Cup worthy wine!

The White Orchid, Torrontes blend is definitely a catch.
It is a great alternative to Pinot Grigio and has the aromas of
 flowers, pineapple, chamomile, golden apple and citrus.
It is light on it's feet and vibrant, just like a great soccer player.

It is no secret, I love a theme.
If we are going to be playing or watching soccer,
 the food we have a ball with, has to match.
It's as simple as black and white...

I love to slice fresh mozzarella into circles and melt onto store bought pizza dough.
Topped with sliced black olives, this snack is ready to kick off some fun.

And just to be cheesy, 
a tray of sliced mozzarella and colossal black olives 
also scores a few points during the game...


You can score big with

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Recipe for a great Mother's Day- lots of love and Butter

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay near you? Check out their easy-to-use Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code and the Butter will be waiting!

There are so many reasons to celebrate on Mother's Day.
I love honoring my mom for all the amazing things she does,
telling my best friends what great job they are doing and even wishing strangers Happy Mother's Day, simply because we all know what a hard job it is..
For me it is about thinking about what it is to be a good mother and the impact it can have.

But let's face it, I also love that its a day my family thinks about me
and does what I want with no (or little) complaints!
My recipe for a perfect mother's day is a casual, colorful day where
we hit my favorite spots all over town.
And of course, it is Better with Butter Chardonnay.

My recipe for a great day with my family is:

1. Stop and Smell the Flowers

We are lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and stunning scenery is all around us.
One of my favorite spots is an amazing yellow mustard field in Half Moon Bay.
It's the perfect compliment for the luscious, bold JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay.
It melts right into the landscape, just like it does in your mouth.

My family is used to me screeching to a halt,
 for any and all stunning landscapes along the roadside 
so they might as well dive right in...

because you may get a chance to eat the props!

2. Browse the Farmer's Market

It is no secret that I am a Farmer's Market addict.
I love seeing what is in season and the vendors
 are always so knowledgeable and proud of their bounty.

I could spend hours there, picking out just the right produce.

Everything is colorful, ripe and bursting with flavor,
 so of course Butter Chardonnay fits right in.
It has hints of stone fruit, tropical fruit, pear, lemon and vanilla.
It's like a Farmer's Market in a glass!

3. Go on the hunt for fun painted murals

I love a good backdrop and it is always an adventure to scour the streets
 to find colorfully painted walls.  
Art is everywhere and I find it so inspiring.

The bright, cheerfulness just makes me happy
and I love to see creative minds at work.

Everyone loves flowers on Mother's Day, right?
JaM Cellars makes Butter in the tradition of quality California wine making that really is an art.
They select the perfect juicy grapes 
when they are bursting with flavor and cold ferment them into a masterpiece.

3. Have a picture perfect meal

Since Mother's Day is my day, 
my family may have to hold that pose and appease me to get that perfect shot.

We love to great food and there are times my family can't stand the anticipation 
while I get that mouthwatering shot.

But when we are ready to eat, 
I love any pretty "spread" that includes Butter...

4. Butter at the Barn

The perfect way to end the day is a glass of wine at the rustic barn in our neighborhood.
Butter is so easy to love just like this old barn.

It's just simple, special spot to reflect on the day, and Spread the Love.
Happy Mother's Day!

You can learn more about JaM Cellars here.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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