September 23 – An apple a day

Madison apple picking

This morning we hopped in our rental and drove to Stribling Orchard in Virginia.  Madison and I, surrounded by kids, picked a good variety of apples ( two pecks) and enjoyed the simple farmer life. We felt just as excited for the caramel apples and cider that the tots running around were begging their parents for. This week: Swedish Apple Pie, apple butter, and caramel apples will be making my kitchen smell sweet with the scents of fall. Well, that and my Yankee Candle Pumpkin Spice candle.

I almost lost Madison to the simple life today. He would totally fit in with the Hatfields. Or the McCoys. Sigh. I just love the country, and wish we had a car so we could get out here more often.  One day…

PATs tonight, getting pumped with game day bean dip. =)


PS How cute does Madison look in his new glasses?

September 22 – Happy FALL!!!

The beginning of fall colors


So happy fall is here! I celebrated the new season with:

-a new haircut

-Pumpkin Spice Coffee

-morning bike ride

-day trip to Purcellville to a festival at a Doukenie Vineyard (don’t worry-didn’t buy more bottles)

-stomped grapes at the festival to celebrate their harvest

-bought 3 new fall dresses

-made a great steak dinner with Madison that involved a gorgonzola mushroom sauce

I think that’s a pretty, pretty good celebration.


September 17 – Love me some cheese

A fall preview

I love spring, summer, fall and winter, and get excited for all the changing of the seasons. However, fall might be the V Life favorite. Walking around in the brisk air, I get giggly. The first day of fall is this Saturday, which means MY BIRTHDAY is around the corner, as is Halloween and Thanksgiving. Plus: colorful leaves, fresh and crisp air, apples, caramel apples, memories of soccer, sweaters and snuggling. Ahh! Trying to contain my excitement.

For dinner, as you can see above, I made chicken – pretzel covered chicken breasts with a mustard cheese sauce and pickles. Mmmhmm. You know, you’re welcome to come over anytime! I paired dinner with a Les Gartieux Pauillac 2004.  You read that right.  I opened a 2004 bottle, no special occasion, just a happy V. Carpe diem!