Howdy friends. We are enjoying some BE.U.TI.FUL spring weather here in southeastern North Carolina and I sincerely hope Mother Nature is sharing some of this bounty with you, wherever you are.
So, here we are, Week 3 of the Calling it Home's One Room Challenge and…
WE INTERRUPT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED BLOGCAST FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT GIRL'S WEEKEND GETAWAY IN BEAUTIFUL CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Yup, I hightailed it out of town as soon as I finished my countertops last week for a previously planned, wonderful, long weekend in Charlottesville with some great college friends. We soaked up the incredible weather, the luscious wines and the plentiful and delicious foods while reminiscing and catching up on too many years.
We were lucky enough to be treated to a stay at the Albemarle Estate, which was beyond words gorgeous and elegant.
We hit up the Charlottesville City Market Saturday morning where I noshed on a blueberry filled kouign-amann from Marie-Bette bakery, a delectable pastry made from croissant dough. I wouldn't call it delicate, but rather rich and crunchy, made so by the caramelization of several layers of sugar…are you drooling yet?
We followed our trip to the City Market with a wonderful afternoon at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, where we tasted a variety of wines and dined on an assortment of items from their lunch menu. Their clientele made me feel right at home.
After spending most of the morning and afternoon eating, we felt we were well-prepared to continue the feast well into the evening. My friend Jen secured us the Chef's table at Clifton Inn. I have never had a chef table dining experience before, so I can't compare, but this will surely be hard to top. The head chef, Yannick Fayolle, is a dead ringer for Clark Kent aka Superman.
The cook staff spent some time in the afternoon foraging around Clifton Inn earlier in the day and this Potato Ice Cream was garnished with the fruits of their foraging labor. And by the way, this potato ice cream…so delicate and sublime…beyond description.
Some sunbathing, another winery and a tour of Monticello finished our weekend and made it sheer perfection.
WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING
So, I drove home Monday and spent Tuesday and Wednesday painting my laundry room walls and trim. Nothing like painting walls and trim (and it's oil paint to boot!) to jerk you right back into the real world. Guess Terry didn't get the message when I left the cans of paint in the laundry room… and the brushes…and the rollers…I mean, how many hints did I need to leave?
But…I did it and checked some more off of my laundry room One Room Challenge To Do list. The whole ‘paint the walls and trim' thing is rather uninteresting, but they were critical in the whole process. My week off has made it so the next 2 weeks will be hopping around here. Lot's to figure out and lots to make. So here's my updated To-Do List:
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