Wine Makes it Better

Hi everyone!

Well, my throat seemed to get better but I still have an overall “Blah” feeling goin’ on…maybe I’m just tired? I got plenty of sleep last night so I’m not sure. A big handful of kids in my class have a cold right now so I’m just hoping I’m not next. I drank a “double” tea this morning (a big tea with two English Breakfast teabags) and I’m going to the store in a little bit so I think I’ll pick up some airborne or vitamin C.

Surprisingly, I felt a lot better after the wine tasting! Wine always makes everything better! 🙂 Today we tried five different wines, four of which were red and one was a Pinot Grigio from Italy. We also tried a Syrah, a Chianti, a Merlot blend and my personal favorite………Beaujolais-Villages! It was the same wine that’s in my fridge right now so that was sort of funny. I took about one sip of each and had a cheese cube and two water crackers to go along with it. It’s really amazing just how much better the wine is when you eat cheese with it! A match made in heaven 🙂

I never feel like a big lunch when I get home from a wine tasting, so today I just kept things very simple with a pb&j wrap, a half cup of cottage cheese and a pear. I got these new wraps at the store and I really like them!



I guess it’s not the most photogenic lunch but it was really tasty: a warm wrap with nutty, fresh ground peanut butter and sweet Bonne Maman raspberry preserves smeared inside (did I make you hungry?!). It was light, quick and tasty of course. But now I’m out of peanut butter so I must go buy more or else I’ll freak out!

So, since we are all on strict budgets with the economy the way it is right now (especially after yesterday!), Caitlin, Meghann and I decided that instead of going out to dinner tomorrow night we would do a pot-luck dinner at Caitlin’s house! We are all going to Seasons 52 on Friday night and two dinners out in one week is a bit much right now. Plus, this will be fun! I offered to bring dessert so I’m searching through my files trying to come up with some fun to bring….

I’m off to the store to buy some cold medicine and peanut butter then coming back to do some yoga…hopefully it will detox my body and get me feeling better soon! 

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  • Christie I.
    September 16, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Sometimes the simplest lunches are the best 🙂

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Cara
    September 16, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! Good to know about the wine and cheese. Have you found a certain type of cheese enhances the flavor more?

  • Jenny
    September 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Those flat outs are my FAVORITE! Wine does make everything feel better, I’ve been fighting a cold off all weekend, hope you start feeling better soon! 🙂

  • caitlin (seebriderun)
    September 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    yayyy i cant wait to try a dessert from a real pastry chef (no pressure!!) LOL

  • Mandy A
    September 16, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Is Seasons 52 any good? I have heard about it before I moved from Orlando to Nashville… and have been meaning to go when I’m there visiting… but haven’t made it there yet!!!!

  • Amanda
    September 16, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I finally got around to trying the yoga downloads you have been raving about! Since I am also on a tight budget, I just downloaded a bunch of the free 20 minute classes. If you have not tried the Core Yoga with Dawnelle, it is awesome!! Lots of boat poses, planks, etc .. got me sweating pretty quickly. Thanks for the great recommendation 🙂

  • Bridget
    September 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I went to Season’s 52 when I was on a mini vacation with my mom in January down in Ft. Lauderdale…it was awesome! Such a great concept restaurant, I really wish they had them up here in New England.

  • ModelBehavior
    September 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    way to economize! And that lunch looks great, I have a whole package of wraps that I need to do something with before I leave next week, I think some pb+j wraps might be just the ticket, thanks for the idea!

  • runjess
    September 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Those wraps are tasty, but I have an unpleasant running story involving them. I won’t be into details–just don’t eat them right before you run.

  • Kimberly
    September 16, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I LOVE Seasons 52! My absolute favorite thing to order is the seared sea scallops, with a glass (or 2) of Albarino.

    Get well soon! I’ve found that eating a healthy dose of fresh garlic at the first sign of a cold will keep it pretty far at bay.

  • Biz
    September 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I love flat out wraps – I usually find mine on the counter in front of the deli at my supermarket. They are huge too!

    Makes a great base for a quick pizza too – just bake the wrap for 5 minutes before adding toppings to make it crispy.

  • Erin
    September 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Those are my fave wraps. Super versatile. Sweet or savory toppings. Love them!

  • mel
    September 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Those are my fav wraps too and they last so long! yumm!!

  • Grounded Fitness
    September 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    aw hope you feel better. when im sick i always like to sit in the suana at my gym and sweat it out. yoga is a good idea, too, except i cant go upside down when i have a cold- i feel like my head may explode.

    Kelly Turner

  • Jessica
    September 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I’m simply a passerby here, but I thought, as a fellow runner, I’d leave you some advice about the shin. I too dealt with what I thought was a stress fracture or bad shin splints, but it turned out to be neither (and I was doing 70+ miles per week, so it was cause for concern!) If the MRI turns up nothing, but you still feel pain, consider a really bad muscle strain under the tibia. I could run through it, but it hurt like heck some days, and ice never seemed to help. Really good calf stretching and cross training seemed to help me the most. When you stretch your calf, try to turn your foot inward and outward to get at the smaller, weaker muscles under the larger calf muscle. Good luck!

  • Meghann
    September 16, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!
    I’m excited to see what fancy dessert creation you come up with. 🙂
    Now, I’m all nervous about my side salad. I am going to have to step it up for you two.