Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{Book Worm} 50 Shades of Grey

As I climbed into bed last night I was greeted with a nicely wrapped package stashed under my pillow. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was the infamous book, 50 Shades of Grey. My honey knows how to surprise me ;)

I think I may be the last woman in America to have jumped on the bandwagon but I'm hooked. Seeing as I started it during my lunch break I'm only up to chapter 2. Back to work.Wah!

50 Shades of Grey book

Sunday, May 27, 2012

{Day Tripping} CT Wine Trail #1

A few years back a couple of my friends and I tried to do the CT Wine Trail (site needs updating) but were unsuccessful in visiting all of the vineyards. This year, however, my honey and I decided to give it one more go. What could be better than exploring my home state of Connecticut while having some vino? Nothing.

To kick off our Memorial Day Weekend (as if the 5K wasn't enough) we brought along my honey's mom and got our "Passports" stamped at two locations: Bishop's Orchards Winery and Chamard Vineyards. The two are VERY different. Chamard Vineyards offered an "authentic" vineyard feel while Bishop's Orchard is primarily a farm/market. We arrived late to both of their complementary tours but just on time for the most important part, the tastings.

Let me start by saying this: I am not in any shape, way, or form a wine connoisseur. I know what I like and what I don't. I also know whether its dry, too dry, sweet, too sweet, or just right. I'm hoping that this CT wine adventure helps me develop my mid-palate. ;) If nothing else, at least I get to taste some delish local wine. 

And so it begins...

Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437-2399
Cost: $6
What are they known for: Fruit wines.
My favorite: Strawberry Delight

When you pull up to Bishop's Orchards you wouldn't know they are a winery. The first thing I noticed was the large apple on top of their sign along with their greenhouse. We walked around a bit looking at their flower selection but primarily trying to find the actual vineyard and tasting room. Turns out their winery is located inside of their market.

Let me just say that I fell in love with their market. It gives off a mom & pop feel and it's full of fresh and organic food. I even bought some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, When Pigs Fly low carb whole wheat bread, and chocolate covered raisins. I couldn't help myself.

Their winery is tucked away in the back left corner so it was a little more intimate--not by much though. But that didn't matter much. The hostess was informative and friendly. She even gave us "extra" sips. Most of their wines are apple based which wasn't really my cup of tea. However, uut of all of their fruit wines tasted I LOVED their Strawberry Delight. Yummy.

PS: They even have Llamas, Alpacas, and Goats on site ;)

Bishops Orchards

Chamard Vineyards
115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton, CT 06413
Cost: $10 for five wines
What they are known for: Chardannays
My favorite: Gew├╝rztraminer (I butcher the name every time)

Chamard Vineyards totally lived up to my expectation of what a vineyard is "supposed" to look and feel like (at least in my head). The moment you turn onto the driveway you are greeted by vine fields flanking both sides of the gravel road. It is pretty easy to get to and there is plenty of parking. There are two main buildings on the property.

The multi-level building contains the tasting room and a brand new bistro set to open in June. Their wine bar is located in their second building, the barn. The bar hosts live music and opens to their outdoor patio. There are plenty of patio tables and picnic tables on the property.

Inside the tasting room there was a cozy seating area by a fireplace along with their tasting bar. Not sure if it was due to the Memorial Day weekend crowd or what but it was PACKED. I wish their tasting room was larger but never-the-less it was very nice. The staff member who served us was informative and pleasant. I love good service. Out of the five wines tasted I really enjoyed the Gew├╝rztraminer. So much so that we bought a bottle, along with some crackers and local cheeses, and had an impromptu picnic outside. If we had planned better I would have packed a mean picnic basket. 

Chamard Vineyard also hosts many weddings. After visiting this location I TOTALLY understand why. It's beautiful and picturesque. Take a look at some of the shots below and you be the judge. 

 All photos taken by me. If you would like to use please credit and LINK. Thanks!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Color Me Rad 5K: DONE.

This past Memorial Day weekend I was finally able to scratch-off my #1 MUST DO item off of my "Fitness Goals" list: I ran in my first 5K!

color me rad 5k

The Color Me Rad 5K was the perfect as my first 5K. It was a colorful, no-stress type of race. The MC was hysterical, runners/walkers had smiles from ear to ear, and it was colorful. Not gonna lie, it wasn't the easiest 3.2 miles I've ever run.

Not only was it hot, most of the race was on GRAVEL. I was so focused on not falling on  that my time definitely suffered. Oh and....I ran the day before. Rookie mistake ;)

My legs felt like lead, the color mixed with the sweat impairing my vision a little, my RAD shades were dusty with color, I had to dodge a ton of walkers, the gravel was a royal pain, BUT and this is a big BUT, I finished the race running! Not stopping once. Yay me!

What: Color Me Rad 5K
Where: Rentscheler Field (Home of UConn Huskies), East Hartord, CT
When: May 26, 2012
Race Wave: 9:05am
Time: 34-35 min (I forgot to stop my timer when i crossed the finish line)

Manic Inspiration Color Me Rad

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Manic Inspiration Color Me Rad
Me and my Lover. Both ran our first 5Ks. The couple that gets fit together stays together. 

All pictures (except top image) all taken by me. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

T.J. Maxx Haul...

I love getting new goodies and thanks to T.J.Maxx I got fun stuff.

  • shaker - mix my protein shakes on go
  • avocado saver - SO EXCITED!
  • owl mug - I love owls...this is my third owl mug. Green tea will taste even better now ;)

T.J. Maxx haul
Ain't this mug a hoot? ;)
I love avocados but they go bad so quickly. This handy avocado saver will be used 24/7.
How cute are these guys!?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Get in My Belly! - Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

I was in the mood for something crunchy and a little salty last night but chips were out of the question. So I made roasted crispy chickpeas. YUM. I got this recipe from The Savvy Kitchen but there are a ton of variations online.

1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

- Drain garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse with water. Allow all water to drain out.

- Lay garbanzo beans on a paper towel and blot/roll around until dry. Discard the skins. (*This is a labor of love.)

- Drizzle olive oil over the beans and toss around to coat. Divide the beans evenly between two baking sheets. Add vinegar to one baking sheet of beans and toss around some more (remember which are which!).

- Roast the beans for 30-40 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy. (*I put it in for 40 and burnt a few. I'll do 30min next time)

- Remove from oven and immediately season the vinegar beans with salt.

- Season the other baking sheet of beans with Lawry's seasoned salt.

- Serve immediately.

Source: The Savvy Kitchen
Photos: Manic Inspiration aka Eva GoLightly aka me ;)

Monday, May 14, 2012

{Manic Music Monday}

IT'S MONDAY!!!!! Woohoo! Aren't you lucky? You get to do the things you love another week! :)

You know what I love? MUSIC. Beginning with today I've decided to do a little something called Manic Music Mondays. What is that you ask? Every week I'll share a song, a video, or a workout playlist that is currently making my ear drums happy. Enjoy!

Song: F U Betta {Clean -  Love U Betta}
Artist: Neon Hitch.
Why: Good to run to.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!!!

If the lovely Miss Audrey Hepburn were still with us this would have been her 83rd birthday. Luckily for us, she's left us with movie classics like Charade, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany's to name just a few; playing some of the most iconic characters (Holly Golightly anyone??).  I adore her.


Image found here