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October is always an exciting time of the year not just for Halloween aficionados, but also for those of us who are wine aficionados as well. This is prime time for the year’s new wines to be released, in tandem with the harvest.

Here are some items that are making it into our hearts and our menus for the fall eating (and drinking) season:

White Wines

This year we’d like to focus on the white wines first, as we are finding the Albariños from Gallego country (located politically in the northwest of Spain) to be shockingly good this year. Albariño has went in recent years from a niche wine to something that’s been more and more dominating restaurant menus, and with very good reason. It pairs amazingly well with so many seafoods.

For meals that require something with a little more punch and depth to keep up with the complex dishes, South Africa has been putting forth a real nice little Sauvignon Blanc as of late that works wonderfully with those heavy-sauced fowl dishes, and indeed would be great for families who do the turkey or even more traditional goose thing during the holidays.

Red Wines

The Mendoza region of Argentina is famous for its production of fine wines and fine liquors, and this year has not disappointed. Our favorite for the season is a full-bodied little Malbec number called El Salvaje, and indeed, if you’re lucky enough to get some game meat on your table this fall, this would be an excellent choice to pair with it.

For the times when a lighter, fruitier red is called for, why not try this wonderful German offering. It’s called Dornfelder in their language, and is extremely similar to the Pinot Noirs we all know and love. This would go well with something like a filet mignon and is also an excellent choice for drinking solo at the after party.

Rosés

Honestly this hasn’t been the best year for this type of fine, but there are still some very notable offerings that don’t have to break the bank. Bila-Haute Rose 2016 is a house favorite this year, combining the best of both worlds, which is what a quality rosé should entail always.

Have we missed out on anything you think stands out this year? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments below and let us know if you can think of anything.

Hazelnuts are perhaps most well-known as the primary ingredient in the world-famous cocoa spread, Nutella. Indeed, their unique flavor profile makes hazelnuts a popular ingredient in sweets like pralines and various kinds of desserts.

But apart from having a truly distinct nutty flavor, hazelnuts are also highly nutritious. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, proteins, iron, and magnesium. More impressively, 100 grams of hazelnuts contain 100 percent of the daily value requirement of vitamin E and a whopping 294 percent of the daily value requirement of manganese, an important antioxidative mineral that plays a role in various functions such as the formation of connective tissues and blood clotting, as well as the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates.

So how do you include more of this healthful nut into your diet? Here are some ideas

Drink It

One of the easiest ways to enjoy hazelnuts is to drink delicious and creamy hazelnut milk. It may not be as popular as soy or almond milk, but it certainly has developed a loyal following due to its luxurious texture. Some even say they detect hints of chocolate flavors in plain hazelnut milk.

Apart from drinking it straight from the glass, you can also use hazelnut milk in place of regular milk in your cereals, smoothies, coffees, and teas. Vegans and vegetarians will also be pleased to know that hazelnut milk is cruelty-free.

Snack on Them

It’s quite easy to roast hazelnuts — just put them in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then slide the tray into an oven that has been preheated to about 350 to 400 degrees. From there, just wait until the brown papery skin appears blistered. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven, transfer and wrap them in a kitchen towel or muslin cloth, and then roll or shake the makeshift pouch to remove the skins. Voila! The hazelnuts are ready for snacking.

But why settle on plain hazelnuts? Sprinkle some of your favorite spices and flavors, like cinnamon, sea salt, honey, or even muscovado sugar. You can re-roast the skinned hazelnuts to make the flavors sink in better. Fair warning though: this snack is highly addictive!

Make Hazelnut Butter

No, not Nutella – hazelnut butter! It’s very easy to make: all you need are raw or dry-roasted hazelnuts and some salt. Then just throw them in a blender or food processor and let the blades run for about 10 to 15 minutes or until you get the consistency you want. You can also add some natural flavorings if you want, like cinnamon or dark chocolate chips.

Plain hazelnut butter can be used as an alternative ingredient in recipes that call for peanut butter. It’s also a good bread spread, as well as a dipping partner for fruits. What’s better is that hazelnut butter contains more vitamin E than peanut butter and is also safe for those with peanut allergies. (Just remember to also check if the person to whom you’re serving it is also not allergic to tree nuts!)

Use Them as Toppings

Because of their unique taste, hazelnuts match very well with sweet treats like cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, and ice cream. Chop up some hazelnuts and use it as a healthy topping for your favorite desserts. You can also add sliced, chopped, or ground hazelnuts in your salads, savory soups, and pasta sauces for some added healthy texture and crunch.

Add Them in Breadings

Breading doesn’t always have to be just made out of, well, bread crumbs. You can always add extra ingredients to achieve the flavor you want. In this case, crushed hazelnuts will not just add a chewy-crunchy texture, it will also boost the healthiness of your breading. Plus, the distinct flavor of hazelnuts goes surprisingly well with different kinds of meat.

This is just a few ways you can incorporate the tastiness and healthiness of hazelnuts into a variety of dishes and drinks — you are only limited by your creativity! Feel free to experiment and enjoy the unique flavor that hazelnuts can bring to your meals.

The pre-parent life

The life of a parent is difficult, they have to adjust to a whole different lifestyle. Most parents in a nuclear family only have to take care of a couple of things. Depending on the relationship of the parents, one of them goes to work and the other one stays at the home. They may both choose to work and be professionals.

Prior to becoming parents the couple will have goals of their own for their professional and personal lives. They will have time to eat, sleep, go to parties, do yoga and follow their other hobbies as well.

Then the respective parents of the couple get involved. They might inquire about the notion of the grandchildren. They might go as far as to suggest the possibility of looking into that option sooner than later.

Before you know it, a couple of conversations are had. Different events take place and lives change forever.

The post parent life

The young couple becomes parents. Everyone is happy with their sweet bundle of joy.

Then the real fun begins.  The couple has to adjust their lives to take care of the baby, especially in its early stages. They must make sure that they are caring for the child to the best of their ability.

They say goodbye to sleep, and they say hello to more expenses or investments into the life of the child. Some estimates state that there might be more than a million dollars worth of value that is spent on a child.

Parents understand that they are helping to invest in the next generation. They can help their child to be the best that they can be. So they read up on the best tips to rear a child, they buy their children the best food, the best children’s clothes and the best toys and appliances that money can buy. They do whatever they can to be the best that they can be as parents to create a great environment for their new child.

Their life becomes less about them and more about this blessing. They sacrifice and go to work to make sure that their child lives a great life.

They do all of this because they are now seeking to do the best for their sweet child. The best for this part of them that will be a part of their legacy. A part of them that will represent them and their past for the next century or so.

Here’s to parents everywhere who help to create a better world for both their children and for others as well.

Running your own business is no mean feat.

It gets even more demanding when you run a family-themed operation, since that means that you do not only have to provide top of the line services but of such kind that you would actually be comfortable in offering them to your own kids – because if you do not want your own family to avail the type of services that you are providing, then they might not constitute to being family friendly after all.

That is why, whether you already run a family-centric business or are planning on starting one, being worried about what you would add to the community while also making enough profits to make ends meet is an understandable concern that stems out of one’s sense of responsibility and family values.

Keeping this in mind, starting a Snapology franchise is one of the best business decisions that you could make not just from a parental and family-friendly perspective but also from a commercial standpoint, as the company does not only offer educational and recreational programs that let children thrive positively, but also provides a viable and sustainable source of income to the owner of its franchise.

What is Snapology?

Founded in 2011 by the sister-duo of Laura and Lisa Coe, Snapology is a family-owned business itself which is currently searching all over the country to find likeminded people who would be able to represent the company’s values of making learning fun for kids.

Instead of sticking its name on existing operations for the sake of being “present” in local communities, Snapology is working with locals to help them build their own franchise business which embodies the company’s signature characteristics of propagating for education through things as fun as Lego blocks, while also helping the respective business owner find their own commercial identity in their area, with Fairfax, Virginia being one of them.

Snapology works on a model of utilizing Lego blocks and creative themes to allow children to explore their creative, logical and analytical sides, which educates them in a broader perspective in the fields of arts, math, and even science without ever letting them feel bored.

The company has various programs that are spread across the areas of educational classes, summer camps, and birthday parties in order to encourage kids to tangibly build their ideas, which also adds to the imperative skills of development and communication on a broader range. These programs and parties are designed to cater to kids starting from those in preschool to those up to the age of 14.

Why Owning a Snapology Franchise Makes Sense from a Business Perspective

Needless to say, the company has a business model that is family friendly and adds value to building qualities that everyone wants to see in their kids in order for them to succeed in life, since the whole notion of putting hard work to build something and the sense of accomplishment that comes from it is reason enough for anyone to support programs which supplement this growth in the younger generation.

And when that building comes from something as popular and as effective as Lego blocks, then you know that you are onto something. The Danish toymaker started manufacturing its revolutionary line of building blocks in 1949, and since then, it has become a household name due to its effectiveness in building creative and cognitive skills in children of all ages.

While Lego had always been popular, it reached all new heights of success with the release of The Lego Movie in 2014, which shattered box office expectations and tripled the company’s sales as compared to its business in its recent past at the time.

The increase in demand that followed by kids and parents to buy Lego toys was actually applauded by experts since it alluded towards the fact that children were interested in activities that were bound to enhance their learning experiences.

Granted, we are into a timeline that is 4 years later and well into the era of even more tablets and digital games, but the upcoming release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has all the potential for history to repeat itself, which could once again see kids flocking towards Lego-powered activities and demanding for Lego themed birthday parties, creating a propitious opportunity for any Snapology franchise owner to provide the required solutions to these interested customers while also taking satisfaction from the fact that they are earning a living by making a positive difference in the world around them.

Since Snapology is actively looking for interested individuals to join its mission, all that anyone has to do to get on the path of being a franchisee is to contact the company through its website, with the Snapology team taking care of the rest of the communication process accordingly.