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Megan Creed
 
February 12, 2018 | Megan Creed

Valentine's Day: Date Night at Home

For those who celebrate Valentine's Day, it offers a full 24 hours to overload your significant other with affection, treats, and gifts. Who doesn't want to be showered in love? For the more laid-back couple who prefer coming home after a long day of work and relaxing over a nice meal, this post is for you! A romantic night in eating dinner by the candelight and having a good old-fashioned conversation with your S.O. is just what the doctor ordered (in my opinion of course!) If you need a little help getting started you've come to the right place. 


dinner pairing ideas

First, you will need to plan a meal. I have a meat option as well as a vegetarian option that will pair perfectly with a bottle of Milagro wine. Choose a recipe, add these ingredients to your shopping list, and make sure you have a bottle of wine handy!

Slow-cooker red wine beef stew 

We can all agree that red wine makes everything better. This recipe can serve 8, so you can enjoy some with your honey after Valentine's Day as well.

What you'll need:

(2) cups beef stock
(3) tbsp. all-purpose flour
(2) tsp. Dijon mustard
(1) lb. carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, halved if large
(1) large red onion, cut into wedges
(2) large celery ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
(4) cloves garlic, chopped
(6) sprigs thyme
(1) tbsp. canola oil
(3) lb. pot roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
(1/4) cup tomato paste
(1) cup dry red wine - Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Ballena Rojo anyone?
(1) tbsp. unsalted butter
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Once you've done your shopping you'll need 20 minutes to prep before letting it cook for 7-8 hours. Prepare in the morning before work and come home to a meal waiting to be served!

Directions:

  1. Whisk together stock, flour, and mustard in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, mushrooms, onion, celery, garlic, and thyme; stir to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to slow cooker. Add tomato paste to skillet and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits, 30 seconds; add to slow cooker.

  3. Cover and cook until beef is tender, on low heat 7 to 8 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.

  4. Discard thyme. Remove beef and shred with 2 forks; return to cooker. Stir in butter.

  5. Serve topped with parsley.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

protein: 39 g; fat: 27 g; carbohydrate: 14 g; fiber: 3 g; sodium: 262 mg; cholesterol: 144 mg; calories: 477.

bucatini with winter pesto & sweet potatoes

For all of my fellow vegetarians, this recipe is sure to make it's way into your weekly dinner rotation. Pair it with a glass of Milagro Rose or Chardonnay.

What you'll need:

(1) large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
(1) medium red onion, cut into wedges
(1/3) cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
(4) cups torn kale, collards, or mustard greens
(1/2) cups fresh flat-leaf parsley
(2) oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving
(1) clove garlic
(2) tsp. lemon zest, plus 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
(12) oz. bucatini
toasted pine nuts, for serving

With preparation time about 20 minutes and cook time about 20 minutes, this dish will be easily prepared in no time!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss together potato, onion, and 2 tablespoons oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring once, until potato and onion are tender, 24 to 26 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, place kale and parsley in a food processor. Pulse until chopped, 4 to 5 times. Add Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, and juice. Pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, until finely chopped, 10 to 12 times. With the machine running, slowly add remaining 1/3 cup oil through the feed tube. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water before draining. Toss pasta with roasted vegetables, pesto, and pasta water.

  4. Serve topped with Parmesan and pine nuts.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

protein: 17 g; fat: 30 g; carbohydrate: 80 g; fiber: 6 g; sodium: 289 mg; cholesterol: 12 mg; calories: 657.


date night at home

Now what will you do since you've cooked, talked through a meal, and had a couple glasses of wine? After you agree to put away the cell phones and give each other undivided attention, I have a few ideas for you to spend a night at home together.

  1. Netflix: Choose a classic you both love or a film neither of you have ever seen. Getting tired of watching movies? Start a new series and make a pact to not watch it without each other.
  2. Boardgames: Scrabble, Jenga, Sorry... the choices are endless. Plus, some good old-fashioned competition is always fun.
  3. 21 Questions: Even if you're married, there may be things you still don't know about each other. Ask each other easy questions - "What's something silly you're afraid of? Have you ever broken any bones? If you could choose any career what would you choose?" Then you can ask each other harder questions - "What are you most grateful for in life? Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time?...Why haven't you done it? If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone...Why haven't you told them yet?
  4. Eat More: After you've settled from dinner, get ready to fill your belly even more with dessert. Chocolate fondue, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry shortcake, ice cream sundae, girl scout cookies...Hungry yet?

I hope your mind is swirling with ideas now. Skip the busy, expensive restaurants and stay at home to spend quality time together.

Recipes courtesy of CountryLiving. Visit their website for even more ideas!

Happy Valentine's Day from ours to you and yours.

Time Posted: Feb 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
January 24, 2018 | Megan Creed

Gabe & Myrranda // January 2017

 

Welcome to the first blog of 2018! I am looking forward to sharing more content with you this year. I have a fantastic lineup including a few of our favorite weddings of 2017.

GABE AND MYRRANDA, JANUARY 2017

To begin, I have Gabe and Myrranda's beautiful wedding from January 2017. I have been DYING to blog their wedding since then and you will see why shortly. Their photos from Shuttergram Portraits are unreal! The overcast day provided the perfect backdrop for this stunning couple and their romantic wedding.

 

From the bride: "We met through our nutrition company while I was working at mine and my parents' nutrition club. We started hanging out a few months later, and even though I turned him down multiple times when he asked me to be his girlfriend, he didn’t give up. It took a few more months until I finally said yes."

 

 

 

"Every year we go to my grandparents' house in Escalante, UT for Pioneer days in July. The last night, the town does fireworks and my family sits in the backyard to watch. Gabe and I were cuddled up on a lawn chair, and after the fireworks everyone else went inside. He looked down at me and asked me if I would marry him. I of course said yes thinking that we were just talking about it like we’d done before. As we kissed, he slid the ring onto my finger."

 

 

 

 

 

"Our wedding day was, by far, so much more than I could’ve ever dreamed! I was so nervous all morning, it was hard to focus and get ready. Even while I was walking with my dad, I think I just kept saying how nervous I was. As soon as I saw Gabe standing at the end of the isle, it all went away. After the ceremony, it felt like the whole day went by so fast! One of my favorite memories is when we were cutting our cake, I had made Gabe promise to not shove cake in my face, but it was a little boring, so got a small dab of frosting on my finger and smeared in on his cheek. Didn’t really have plan after that, so panicked and just ran, but he definitely got me back. Our reception was a blast , I didn’t want it to end. We’ve had people all year still talk to us about how much fun they had at our wedding and how great everything was! Seriously don’t think I could’ve imagined a more perfect day!"

Coordination: Milagro

Photography: Shuttergram Portraits

Catering: Bekker's

DJ: Battleson Entertainment

Florist: Flowers by Erin

Time Posted: Jan 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
December 27, 2017 | Megan Creed

Kevin & Cassie // December 2016

Happy holidays! Thank you so much for following along with each blog post this year. We have a lot in store for you next year and we are very excited to continue sharing our beautiful weddings with you.

Kevin and Cassie's wedding is the perfect blend of a bohemian and eclectic style from the gemstone named tables to the flower-crown-wearing skull (his name is Brain!). This December day made for the perfect backdrop for their beautiful wedding. Their first look on our lake dock was to DIE for, to say the least. Kevin and Cassie's family and closest friends watched as they tied the knot underneath our Big Tree then danced the night away beneath the market lights. It was the perfect ending to our 2016 season and is an equally perfect way to tie up the end of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Jerome Park

Catering: San Diego Pizza Company

Coordination: Milagro Winery

DJ: Fernando Flores

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
November 29, 2017 | Megan Creed

Tyler & Sirena // November 2016

Sirena and Tyler's nuptials took place on a sunny November afternoon below the Arch Tree. During their ceremony, they poured different sands together to symbolize the blending of their lives into one. With touches of greenery and beautiful calligraphy, their guests enjoyed their simple, rustic reception below the market lights and danced the night away.

   

   

   

   

   

 

   

   

Catering: Salt and Lime

Coordination: Milagro Winery

Photographer: Ray Gauger

DJ: DJ Luis the Beast

Makeup: Heather Miinch

Time Posted: Nov 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
October 25, 2017 | Megan Creed

Erika & David // October 2016

From the magnificent, fall-inspired floral arrangements created by Layered Vintage to the hand-lettered seating chart made by the bride, this wedding evokes all the romanctic feelings. The inclusion of their law enforcement love story into their wedding is beyond dreamy. Captured by Analisa Joy, Erika and David's wedding day is sure to have you in awe.

 

  

"David and I met in October of 2014 and began dating in January 2015 (Just shy of three years together now). We had a fairly quick courtship but David told me on our second date he was going to marry me one day. I remember thinking to myself, "Yea, you're probably right." 

 

 

 "David and I met in the police academy. David actually first noticed me at our orientation the week prior. We were both recruits with the same department so we hung out in the same group and sat together in class and at lunch. We started harmlessly flirting in class, hiding each other's pens, name tags and lint rollers as we left for our 10 minute breaks. We were also partners in our Defensive Tactics class, wrestling with each other four hours a weeks for six months. I gave him a bloody nose one day!" 

 

 

"Oh David's proposal... As soon as David had the ring he couldn't wait to give it to me. My mom says he was at a loss on where to do it. They were discussing places that were meaningful to our relationship when he landed on where we met... the Academy."

"David says I had no idea, but I knew the minute he exited the freeway. There was no other reason to take that exit then to go to the academy. David took both my hands in his and told me this is where it all began and where he fell in love with me. He said I'm his best friend and he wants to spend forever with me. He dropped to one knee and with a big smile said, "Erika will you marry me?" Hugs, Kisses, tears and then he pulled out his phone and started texting... our families were up the road and were there to congratulate us after."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Our wedding day was all my little girl and big girl wedding dreams come true. I remember feeling more at ease than I thought possible for such a day. But I think when everything feels so right, there is nothing to be nervous about. I still get compliments to this day about how much people truly enjoyed our wedding. They say it was the best wedding food they have had and it was such a beautiful venue. David and I felt so loved as our friends and family swarmed our sweetheart table to say hello and give us their blessings. The night was full of long overdue reunions and conversations with friends and family. David stayed by my side the entire night as we interacted with the people closest to us. It was the perfect start to a lifetime with my best friend."

 

Catering: John Little Catering
Florist: Layered Vintage
Photographer: Analisa Joy Photography
DJ: Tamagni Sound
Coordination: Milagro Winery
Cake: Cute Cakes
Handlettering: Bride
Dress: Justin Alexander from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Makeup: Shelby McElroy
Hair: Mariam Giahi 

 

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Megan Creed
 
October 4, 2017 | Megan Creed

Melanie & Paul // October 2016

Melanie and Paul became wife and husband underneath the arch tree with those closest to them as witnesses. After saying "I do", they celebrated into the cool, gorgeous October night with family and friends. With pops of blue and an array of sunflowers, their dream wedding vision came to life.

"We met in college through mutual friends. Then we had a literature class with a terrible professor (which we bonded over) together and fell in love! We have been together 6 years and 7 months."

"We LOVE camping and try and go as much as possible. We like to hike so we get to do that a lot when we go camping. Traveling together in general is one of the most important things to us."

 

"Paul proposed to me at my favorite place on Earth! We had never been there together, but he knew how fond I was of La Basilique du Sacre Coeur. So he took me up to the top of the dome at Sacre Coeur, which is the highest point in Paris and overlooks the whole city, and proposed to me. I was SO surprised. I mean, I was really hoping he was going to propose on the trip, but I had NO idea. It was so sweet and romantic!"

 

"Our wedding day was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. It literally went off without a hitch! From the morning when we got there to get ready, everything was so laid back and easy because Megan and Gabby were so on top of everything. Everything was so beautiful and magical. The setting was rustic and beautiful. The ceremony, which was most anticipated, was so natural, romantic, and, once again, PERFECT! I felt so at home at Milagro while walking down the aisle to tie the knot with the love of my life."

 

"The reception was the best party ever! So well coordinated, everything flowed so smoothly and it was honestly the most fun we've ever had. It's 2017 and people still talk to us about the memories we all made at Milagro. The market lights, the trees, the wine cave and crush room....it provided the perfect atmosphere for our special day. Paul and I could not have been happier or felt more at home!"

"When Paul proposed in Paris in 2015, we were actually on our way to Ireland the next week for my brother's wedding. And having a destination wedding is really intense! So after that I was like, "I need a breather from weddings; I want a really long engagement!!" Then we went wine tasting at Milagro and I fell so deeply in love with the wine, the property, and the staff. We knew we wanted to get married at the end of October so, while there, we asked what dates were available in October 2016. So we booked 10/29/16 and the rest is history!"

Coordination: Milagro Winery

Photography: Red Trolley Studio

DJ: Juan Collazo with The Wedding Entertainment Collective

Catering: Park Boulevard Catering

Dessert: Sugar and Scribe

Photobooth: The Photo Bus

Florist: I Do Flowers For You

Officiant: Jani Ashmore

Harpist: Victoria Rose

Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo

Men's Suits: Men's Wearhouse & Friar Tux

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
August 30, 2017 | Megan Creed

Katie & Kelson // September 2016

Katie and Kelson exchanged the sweetest vows on a gorgeous September day. Beginning as friends in college, their friendship grew into something more and eventually brought them together as husband and wife. Their wedding was a simple black and white theme with a pop of greenery and was the perfect representation of their love for one another. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Erica Schneider Photography

Catering: The Abbey Catering

Florist: Luxe Botanique

Dessert: Gelato Paradiso

DJ: Ansom Productions

Officiant: Pastor Brandon Philpott

Day-Of Coordination: Milagro Winery

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
June 29, 2017 | Megan Creed

Kevin & Keshiia // July 2016

Kevin and Keshiia said "I Do" on a beautiful July day under a flowing, white linen and chandelier draped from the Arch tree. Their guests looked on as they performed a coffee bean ceremony, which represented the blending of their lives into one. After witnessing their first kiss as husband and wife, guests moved to the reception area where they had the opportunity to take a polaroid selfie to add to the guestbook. After enjoying dinner, dessert, dancing, and (of course!) wine, guests grabbed their plant favors and said #helloneumens!

 

    

    

   

 

   

    

    

    

    

Rentals: Patty's Linens

Catering: Park Boulevard

DJ: DJ Tempoe

Photography: Tanya Craft Photography

Dessert: SusieCakes

Videography: Rayne Films

Florist: Elena Cabral

Transportation: Wright Trammel

Makeup: Samantha Bangkot

Hair: Samantha Lopez

Time Posted: Jun 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
May 31, 2017 | Megan Creed

2017 Spring Release Party

All of us at Milagro want to say thank you to the members who joined us at our Spring Release Party! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and stayed cool on an unusually warm day. We tasted wine, ate food courtesy of Whisknlade, and listened to live music by Kinnie Dye at the beautiful Patio, Wine Cave, and Crush House. For those members who were unable to join us, we hope you have the opportunity to do so in the future. 

A big thank you to Designworks Florals for providing a variety of stunning arrangements for our members, family, and friends to enjoy.

Guests entered the rotunda of the Wine Cave to grab their glass and headed further inside to begin their tasting with our bartenders Julie and Claire.

The wonderful Kinnie Dye provided entertainment with covers as well as original music. While spending time in Ramona, she wrote a song titled "Littlepage Road" and sang it for our members. You can hear Kinnie play at least once a month at our Tasting Room.

The tastings included 2016 Ballena Blanco, the newly released 2016 Rose, Sweet Vermouth, 2015 Ballena Rojo, Sangiovese, and Merlot.

The Milagro wedding and events team: Gabby, Rolando, Melissa, and Megan.

Three of Milagro's past wedding couples are also wine club members and came to enjoy the party. Michael and Stephanie (April 2017), Melanie and Paul (October 2016), Kyle and Erin (April 2017).

Milagro's owners David, Kit, and Leon always attend the Release Party to enjoy the wine and spend time with our members.

Thank you again to our wine club members as well as their family and friends who were able to join us. We are appreciative of the ongoing support and the feedback we receive from you. We are excited for the future and look forward to putting on more great events to be enjoyed.

Cheers!

Time Posted: May 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Megan Creed
 
March 29, 2017 | Megan Creed

Elizabeth & Ryan // May 2016

Spring is finally here, which means the property is lush, blooming, and coming alive. The beautiful greenery made its appearance during Elizabeth and Ryan's May nuptials and made for a perfect day for a wedding. 

 

Photography: Studio 19

Catering: Jeremy's on the Hill

Italian Soda Bar: Packard's Coffee

Cake: Candied Apple Pastry Co.

Flowers: Snowberry Studio

Dress: The Dress Theory

DJ: Elite British DJ

Ceremony/Happy Hour Guitarist: Miles Moynies

Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Stacey

Coordination: Milagro

 

Time Posted: Mar 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM