All-You-Can-Pick Sunflowers

Today was a Saturday well spent. As usual I was reading through my local RVA mags and came across information about an “All-You-Can-Pick Sunflower weekend.” Apparently, there is a such thing as a “Farm Brewery.” Virginia’s farm brewery is known as Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (LCCB). It is located in Goochland, VA which is about 30 minutes…

Thai Night: Red Curry Shrimp & Vegetables

Lets first start with the fact that I love Thai food. My favorite dish to order if eating out at an actual Thai restaurant is Tofu Pad Thai. I have yet to make my own, but that will soon come. It used to be drunken noodle with shrimp, but I had given up shrimp for…

Self-Care: A Must Have

Self-Care. What does it mean to you? For me self-care is essential to long-term health and balance in my every day life. Self-care are all those intentional actions that we do to care for our mental, emotional, and physical health. The health of your body, mind, and spirit are essential to safeguarding your wellbeing.  Despite, the many…

Got Beef? Get Boca! 

On evenings when I am dragging and not feeling like cooking, I turn to tacos or Boca Tostados. Because any night can be a Taco Night! The difference with the tacos in my house is that I only loaded them with beans or boca! I am a huge fan of Boca Veggie Ground Crumbles. Kraft Heinz…

RVA Sandwich Week

Its funny because time to time I find myself saying things like, “ugh, I want to move” and then RVA does something like “RVA Sandwich Week“where you get $5 meal deals all week long. This reminded me of all that I love about good ol’ Richmond, Virginia. So I was reading my trusty Style Weekly newspaper…

10 Bucket List Trips for Families

Bucket list. When I was younger I never really understood what this meant. I later learned it came from the term “kicked the bucket.” This is also known as, died. Bucket list essentially became a list of the things to do before you well, die.  I am very careful about what I put out in…

Grilled Eggplant with Tomato, Basil & Feta

This was a light, refreshing meal. I think I enjoyed it even better because the 3 main ingredients eggplant, tomato, and basil were all purchased earlier at our visit to The Carytown Farmers Market. Check out my previous post, Shop, Eat, Live, … Local. , before reading this. I am a huge eggplant fan, but historically have only…

Shop, Eat, Live, … Local.  

Today was a Sunday well spent. My daughters and I got up early and ventured out to Carytown. Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District here in Richmond, Virginia. The area that surrounds Carytown is called The Fan District, the district is very popular and is…

RVA’s New Bike-Sharing Sytem 

Today I picked up a copy of one of my favorite local publications, Style Weekly. I was excited to see that a bike-sharing system is about to come to Richmond. This will be a new transportation option for many Richmonders and visitors. The city is hoping that this will all launch in the fall. This is…

Caprese Quinoa Bake

This recipe was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I can not take all the credit. I was trying to figure out what to cook for dinner but was unsure. I knew I had Quinoa and a bunch of tomatoes, but was stuck on what to do with it. Ofcourse, I went to America’s number one search engine,…

Easy Cod Fish Tikka Masala

This was a delicious dish that I was able to create in no time. I worked all day seeing clients back to back, then got off and attended my bike meeting for BreakawayRVA, and then joined in at a networking event until 9:00pm. Yes, I was tired. I was drained, but my family still needed…

Pasta con le Sarde

Also know as, “Pasta with Sardines.” This meal originates from Sicily. My Italian roots shine through on this one. This is a national dish of Sicily. It’s either pasta with italian sauce only, pasta with italian sauce loaded with vegetables, or pasta with italian sauce, veggies, and sardines! At one point I would add boca crumbles…