Category Archives: UVA

Vineyard Times: The Good Life

It’s Marvelous Monday and I’m trying to refrain from crawling back into bed to doze off and make up for the hour we lost. Oh well, I’ll take this day light savings thing because more daylight is a plus.

Marvelous is a day spent with a shining group of gals nestled away in the stunning Blue Ridge mountains at a family-run vineyard.

veritas winery

On Saturday afternoon, we spent the day at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The name is derived from the Roman historian Pliny The Elder’s observation, “In vino veritas,” meaning, “in wine there is truth,” and that truth comes from the grapes grown at Veritas.

wine from veritas

The vineyard is carefully tucked away in the idyllic mountains of Charlottesville where a long road weaves through the fields of grapes, ending at a large and inviting tasting room filled with a musty, sweet and complex cork-scented aroma.

Upon arrival, the tasting room staff greeted us as we took in the elegant chandeliers, glossy wooden tables, tall stunning red ceilings, long velvet curtains, ample cushy seating, and the stone fireplace.

veritas vineyard winery

We ordered a few bottles of wine to share, selecting the “White Star,” a blend of Viognier, Traminette, Chardonnay, and Petite Manseng, with layers of peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, tangerine and coconut. It’s described as a complex but palate friendly style of wine, recommend in its youth to truly reap the tropical flavors and satisfy the taste buds.

veritas vineyards

veritas wine

charlottesville vineyards

The spirits and tannins were surely flowing.

wines at veritas

Craving something to accompany the fruity wine in our bellies, we decided to order a tasty cheese plate. The plate came with 3 gourmet cheeses, homemade apple chutney and a warm baguette.

veritas vineyards cheese tray

cheese tray with wine

After noshing, we felt it only right to make our way to the cozy wooden deck to take in the luscious views, especially after weeks of chilly temps. The deliciously warm sun was the icing to our already decorated cake.

veritas vineyards group

Floral cheers, warm weather
Inner bliss, nothing better

roommate wine tastingDress: Nordstrom, Jacket: Free People; Earrings: Stella & Dot

A rejuvenating day at the vineyard with great company was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Veritas Charlottesville va

What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on a warm Saturday afternoon?

natural world beauty

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A Recipe and Discovery

Happy hump day friends!

Here’s an easy recipe that I’ve been having for dinner all week.

fried quinoa

Vegetable Fried Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 3 eggs
  • Season with garlic salt, pepper, sriracha, soy sauce

Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until quinoa is fluffy. Cook onions, carrots and broccoli all separately until hot and add to quinoa. Add 3 eggs. Add seasonings.

vegetable fried quinoa

I started my day off with an early morning exercise class in my new pumped up kicks that I ordered online (so much cheaper).

pumped up kicks

Oh, and here’s a mini presentation I did today on finding your bliss, what makes you tick and how to integrate your passions into your personal brand:

Keep on keepin’ on.


start the day out right

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Staying Healthy through the Holidays

Good afternoon and welcome to Marvelous Monday hosted by the fabulous Katie!

Marvelous is the season to be jolly.

Charlottesville Christmas

Christmas parties on Christmas parties.

Charlottesville holidays

The holiday season is full of parties. With all the celebrations, it can be easy to slide off the healthy horse, so I amp up my cardio and enjoy the festivities.


Do you work out more during the holidays?

be cheerful it's contagious

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A Marvelous Fall Season

Welcome to Marvelous Monday! Can you believe it’s already November?

Marvelous is the fall. Even though the warm temperatures are fading, the changing leaves are undeniably beautiful.

fall leaves

Marvelous is the entrepreneurial spirit.

Now accepting donations for Cookie Dough Katzen Freelance

Now accepting donations for office space 😉

inspire more

Marvelous is one last football game this past Saturday.

UVA Football

Marvelous is letting the good times roll.



What’s marvelous about your Monday?

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