Of House and Home: This is Fall

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Happy Halloween! Dave loves this day. It is his absolute favorite holiday and he has rules about decorating in advance. It’s not allowed. (So just one rule, I guess.) By the time I get home from work this afternoon, my house will be covered in cobwebs and transformed into a garden for our party tonight: Halloween in the Garden of Good and Evil. Since fall decorations are technically different than Halloween decorations, I’ve still been able to spruce up the house a bit and incorporate my favorite season.

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#FoodieFriday Apple Spice Bread

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, fall is my absolute favorite season. The air turns crisp, sidewalks are painted with the fiery red, burnt orange and golden yellow of fallen leaves and it leads right into the holiday season. Every time I walk out of our house, I am reminded how much I love our neighborhood and how thankful I am we ended up there! Although I generally am more excited by savory foods, fall brings out the baker in me and I want to make all of the breads, cupcakes, cookies, etc.

apple spice bread

apple spice bread

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Virginia is for Lovers (Of Wine!)

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Why I have not written this post before now is unclear to me; however, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that I am part of the wine lover’s club. To be fair, I get it honestly from my father and his brothers. Some assembly of our family goes to the Dry Creek Valley Passport weekend every year. One uncle has a cellar that is so full, he actually tracks his wine with a spreadsheet. Every cabinet in my dad’s house opens a new assortment of bottles, some with a very scientific color coding system. (At one point my dad tried to use those round color-coding stickers to categorize his wines – ok for us to drink, a bit nicer so we should ask and those to be saved for special occasion. He didn’t bother trying to explain the system to us and now can’t even remember it himself, so clearly it works.)

Needless to say, it’s no surprise that I have a wine problem. And by problem I mean, I don’t know which bottle to drink next because there are too many to choose from. I’ll admit we’ve gone a little overboard – we have another case coming in November! – and I’ve been wondering how we are going to drink all this wine just the two of us, but then I remembered that my dad is coming for Thanksgiving …

To get to the point , one of the best parts about living in DC is being close to Virginia wine country. I know what you’re thinking, “Virginia has wine country?” Ok, if you’ve read this far, you have probably at least heard of Virginia wines, but may not realize that many are actually very good. Virginia has several different wine regions across the state and hundreds of wineries. Read the rest of this entry