What Day is Wine Day?

National Wine Drinking Day, Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes & Zucchini Banana Muffins!

Did you know February 18th was National Wine Drinking Day?  According to WineFolly.com there are at least 15 other “un”official wine days a year. The purpose of National Wine Drinking Day is to “spread the love and health benefits of wine”. This day was news to me, but I welcomed the excuse to celebrate at Jefferson and Dave Matthews’ Blenheim Vineyards. And celebrate we did (“for life is short but sweet for certain”).

After we filled up with antioxidant-rich, heart healthy wine, we teetered over to the other side of the health scale …into the world of pork! We brought friends (bacon lovers) from out of town and I have a feeling they will be regulars in the future. At Chef Hartman’s Bbq Exchange, 14 Hogs were smoked between the 2 days – that’s pure piggy madness! Even the desserts were bursting with bacon.

The Magic Shack

Are you feeling like you need to eat vegetables now? I did…

To balance that pig out, here are two healthier recipes for your collection.

First one is from Skinny Taste:

Sloppy Joe Sweet Potatoes


These Skinny Taste recipes never fail to satisfy in my house. This one serves 4 and makes great leftovers!

Zucchini Banana muffins

Yesterday afternoon I made some zucchini banana muffins. I don’t typically seek out Paleo recipes, but when I saw this one it looked like a perfect breakfast or snack.

The original recipe came from Ambitious Kitchen.
I altered it slightly, but it still made 10 muffins.


  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium banana)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (she calls for cashew butter and slightly more)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz soy milk (used this as I did not have another egg; she calls for 2)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda (increased this since I had one less egg)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats (she calls for 1/2 cup coconut flour- I don’t have this)

Directions were the same. I baked mine for 25 minutes. The final product was a little flat, but I was happy with the taste 🙂 I had one crumbled over plain greek yogurt this morning. I will definitely try to make them again (and follow the recipe exactly, because hers look amazing)!


Now we have a fridge full of leftovers to last us through the week (fingers crossed), including the sweet potato sloppy joes. I also roasted a chicken on Sunday night and made chicken salad (recipe coming soon) to bring for lunches. Hope your week is full of great grub, salty sweats, and lots of cheers!

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