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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?

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Marvelous Brownie Batter Dip

It’s not a Monday without Marvelous Monday. I can’t tell you how much Marvelous Monday has reshaped my entire week!

Marvelous is a think pink benefit at Saks with my mother.

Key to the Cure Richmond

Marvelous is enjoying nachos at Beer Run after spending the the morning cleaning up the Rivanna Trail.

Beer Run Nachos

Marvelous is spicy Thai food challenge. This was level 15, but I couldn’t finish it to win. I met my match.

Next time, I'm getting more carbs to absorb the spice!

Next time- more carbs to absorb the spice!

Marvelous is a productive Sunday with a run, blog post and a concert in Richmond!

The National Concert

Marvelous is Brownie Batter Dip!

brownie batter dip

Low-Fat Brownie Batter Dip

1 box chocolate instant pudding

2 cups almond milk

2 Tbsp coconut flour (or almond flour)

1 Tbsp Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Whisk pudding and milk together in a large bowl until mixed. Mix in coconut flour, cocoa and vanilla extract. Top with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Low-Fat Brownie Batter Dip


This recipe makes 6 servings; 1 serving has 130 calories and 1 gram of fat. Use pretzels or fruit as dippers, or be bad and grab a spoon. 😉

Question: Are healthier desserts important to you or do you prefer to indulge all the way when the craving hits?



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Marvelous Family

Another great weekend has come and retreated. Today, my family visit on Saturday is making my Monday Marvelous!


I had the pleasure of accompanying the gang all around Charlottesville. We started with lunch, of course.

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After a walk around the UVa grounds, we went to Veritas Vineyards for an afternoon of wine tasting.

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In between sips and nibbles, we snapped several photos.




with alexis

Chatting, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company amid the quaint mountainside until the vineyard closed.

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After a day of spirits, we made time for a relaxing dinner at Boylan Heights, one of my favorite restaurants.


I had an amazing day and felt so fortunate to have my near and dear in town.


my lovely parents

Wherever you are today, take a minute to tell your family how much you love them. I feel extremely fortunate to have such a strong, supportive family who will do anything in the world for me. I love nothing more than laughing and making jokes with them. We’re a knee-slapping bunch, to say the least. 😀

Have a marvelous Monday!



What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

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Monday is for Fresh Starts

Happy Monday everyone. Even though it’s generally the least favored day of the week, Mondays are a great day for a fresh start.

For me, that means no mroe late night eatin g

For me, that means no mo’ late night cooking parties!

Put the spices down and walk away…


Who knew my new interest in cooking would have a downside? 🙂

Anyway, onward with Marvelous Monday. Thank you for hosting, Katie!

Marvelous is having a best friend come visit for the weekend.


Marvelous is Friday evenings with co-workers and friends.


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Marvelous is getting pedicures with the gals.

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Stay marvelous!





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