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Stop the Presses


Wine lovers rejoice! Trader Joe’s now sells boxed wine. It comes with a nifty hand slot and spigot for easy wine pourage. It comes in red and white. I was lucky enough to get a box of red this morning. They were almost sold out! I love you, Trader Joe’s. You never disappoint!


A Weekend in February

We have had a pretty mild winter compared to previous years – no major snow storms and relatively nice temperatures. This has definitely been a nice winter to train in, that’s for sure. That being said, I am going to be a brat and say I’m ready for the full time warm weather. Yeah our winter has been decent, but I’m ready for lots of sun and not having to layer up every morning.

On Saturday, I hit up the George Washington Parkway for some miles and randomly hit a snow “storm” in Old Town. The snow itself wasn’t too bad, it was the frigid wind that blew the flakes straight into my face. I know I looked ridiculous running into the wind with my head down and eyes shut, trying to keep my legs moving, but I made it through.

And by the time I turned around and made it back to my truck, this was my view –

Weather is so unpredictable sometimes, but this view made it worth it.

On Sunday, my friend Kerri invited me to go winery scouting with her mom and aunt. Her sister is getting married in December and we had the task of finding a winery for her wedding shower. Tough job but someone’s got to do it. 😉

Thankfully, the wind was calmer on Sunday and we were blessed with a gorgeous day.

Virginia is so pretty. ❤

We had lots of fun and visited four wineries. Out of the four, Notaviva was my favorite. The owners and their family actually live in the house where the wine tastings are held. Instead of pairing wine with food, they pair it with music. The back of every bottle has a type of music that goes best with the wine. I thought this was a unique and interesting concept.

I really enjoyed the hominess of Notaviva and loved that their house sat on a little pond, complete with a wonderful view of the Virginia mountains, and plenty of room for chickens to roam.

Lots of wine during the day, made for an early night. I crashed hard when I got home and could not peel myself out of bed for a gym workout this morning, so I am about to scoot out for a lunch time run. Only four more days left here, then it’s onto the new job!

Have a fab one! 🙂

Meaty Balls

Every few days I ask Marcus what he wants for supper and he always says, “I don’t know.” Then I get frustrated, throw my hands up and say, “I need input. I can’t do EVERYTHING!” (I’m very dramatic that way) Happens every time…

Well, I was quite surprised when this time he told me, “spaghetti and meatballs.” Not only did he have an answer for me, but he had a challenge. I’ve never made meatballs before so I was pretty excited to try something new. Plus it’s fun to talk about meaty balls…that’s what she said. Ok, I’m done. 😉

I consulted my BFF, Google for ideas then kind of just rolled with it.

ground turkey meat
one cage-free egg
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
garlic powder
Perfect Pinch herb seasoning

-Preheat oven to 350. Spray baking pan with non-stick spray and place pan in oven while pre-heating.
-Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl with hands. (I didn’t measure my seasonings. I kind of just threw it all together)

-Once ingredients are mixed, use an ice cream scoop and hands to form balls.

-Take pan out of oven and place balls on baking sheet, about an inch apart.

-Bake balls for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and turn balls over. Bake for 10 more minutes until the outside is brown and slightly crispy. Cut into a ball to ensure the middle is cooked through.

I was quite happy with my first attempt at meatballs. I tried one just to see if I could make improvements. Next time, I will dice the onion smaller to easier incorporate it into the mixture, and probably add more spices to add flavor.  They were super easy to make and Marcus really liked them.

I served my meaty balls with whole wheat pasta, TJ’s organic marinara sauce, wilted spinach and onions, and homemade garlic bread.

You can’t have pasta without red wine (says me). There’s nothing like a glass of Trader Joe’s, “3 Buck Chuck” Cabernet. It was the perfect dinner.

To make it even more perfect, I cooked with the sliding glass door and windows open, with the last hour of sunlight beaming in and geese honking on the golf course. Thank goodness for daylight savings time and warmer days. 😀

Forgive Me

Forgive me friends. I had an awesome meal ready to prepare and share with you guys, but Mother Nature struck and changed my plans.

It took me two hours to get home yesterday in the middle of a snow storm. Unfortunately, the rest of the DC area was trying to get home too and it was bad news bears for all of us on the road.

I saw six accidents. It got so bad that people were abandoning their cars and walking home because traffic just was not moving, or they were getting stuck. To say DC doesn’t handle snow well is an understatement.

Needless to say when I got home I was in no mood to cook a healthy and delish dinner. I put a Digiorno frozen pizza in the oven, poured myself a giant glass of red wine, and spent the rest of the of the night snuggled up with Marcus on the couch watching Modern Family season one.

Winning combination for any cranky, snow-hating person.

I am grateful that I made it home safe and in a short amount of time compared to a lot of people. Some people were on the road for 12+ hours! 😮

I am in a better mood today and already have something brewing in the crock pot to eat and share tomorrow. So until then, stay safe and stay warm. Everyone pray that when Groundhog’s Day comes next week, the groundhog predicts Spring is coming and not six more weeks of Winter!

Virginia is for *Wine* Lovers

This weekend while I was hanging out with my Jams we decided to visit the nearby Rosemont Winery. For only $5 we could taste all of the winery’s 15 wines. Delish wine for a cheap price? You know we jumped at the chance to go!

As soon as we entered the house we were greeted by a friendly mutt and a warm fireplace. There were groups of people sitting at tables and enjoying glasses of wine and picnics they brought from home. We made our way to the bar and immediately requested a wine tasting.

Our sommelier took his time to explain all 15 wines. We started with white, continued to red, and finished with sweet. I am a red wine fan myself, so I enjoyed that section of wines the most.

With my wine list in hand, I picked my favorites.

Chardonnay 2009 – This was my favorite among the white wines. It won the Platinum Medal at the VA Wine Classic. With aromas of bright citrus and green apples, this wine is medium bodied with crisp acidity to add body and complexity.

Mertiage 2007 – Voted Best in Show the Atlantic Seaboard Competition; it was my favorite of the red wines. It is a rich, full-bodied wine with dusty and earthy undertones.

Lake Country Sunset – Although sweet wines are not my favorite, this is definitely one I would like to drink more of. It is a sweet medium bodied wine, perfect for summer days (sounds like we have our drink for lake trips!)

After tasting our wine we each bought a glass for $4. I had the Chardonnay. Though I am usually a red girl, I wanted to switch it up and drink something new. We sipped our wine, walked around, and enjoyed the sights.  

Even though it was winter and nothing was in bloom, the winery was still pretty. It will be a fun place to visit again when the weather is warmer.

If you ever see Rosemont wine in grocery stores or offered at a restaurant, I recommend you try it. The Rose family and staff are very passionate about what they do and it is evident in the taste of their wine and beauty of the estate.

It was the pefect activity for an afternoon with the girls. And don’t worry, there was plenty of shenanigans going on during our classy wine outing…who would we be if we didn’t have a little fun? 🙂

Rosemont Winery located in LaCrosse, Va