Sippin’ and Paintin’

On Friday night Neha, Mo, Lauren and I redeemed our Living Social vouchers for Sippin’ and Paintin’!

We had dinner at Asia Nine before and then headed over to 918 F Street for our class.

Sip and Paint BeforeOur teacher was named Gavin.  Our first instruction was to paint the entire canvas green.  He said that painting on a stark white canvas just doesn’t turn out very well.

Then, we painted our landscape in layers.  Gavin instructed us which colors to mix together for everything and walked around to help us along the way.

Sip and Paint DuringWhen he said paint a bunch of brown in the foreground I got a little nervous that it would look ugly.  But, after waiting for it to dry and painting in the remaining few layers I am really happy with the result!

Sip and Paint FinalNow…where to hang my masterpiece?





Five for Friday

August 2, 2013

Happy Friday everyone!

Some highlights from the week as well as a few things to look forward to this weekend!

1) First trip back to New Jersey since January.  With all the traveling I’ve been doing to Kansas for work lately, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to visit the New Jersey office that I used to work in.

2) Heading out for some sushi Friday night to celebrate a friend’s first week at her new job!

3) Leftovers of my favorite food.  This is such a silly thing to be excited about, but I haven’t made goulash in a long time because Zac doesn’t really care for it.  He’s gone until Sunday so I took advantage and made a batch!  I had some for dinner on Thursday, lunch Friday and have another serving for lunch on Saturday.


4) I’ve got 2.5 miles on the training schedule for Saturday.  My long run last Saturday went so well I’m hoping tomorrow’s does too.

And finally…5) Zac will be home from training camp on Sunday!  It will be nice to spend some time with him since we were both gone this week.

Girls Night In

Last night I headed over to my friend Naisha’s apartment for a wine and cheese party.  We were told to bring a bottle of wine, a cheese to go with it and if we wanted, a dish to share.

I decided to bring over Tuscarora Red, one of the bottles I purchased from Rockridge Vineyards at the wine festival earlier this month.  I got a little fancy with my cheese and made caprese skewers with basil from the plant on our balcony.  I made them in advance so all I had to do was drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over them before I left.

I also made a pasta salad.  I started with a box of original Suddenly Salad and added some additional tri-color rotini, red pepper, green pepper, the rest of the cherry tomatoes, the rest of the mozzarella and some italian dressing.  Simple and quick.

Wine and Cheese Party Spread

There were 8 of us total and we all sampled a few of the wines before settling in to chat and snack with a glass of our favorite.

Wine and Cheese Party

I’m so happy that the girls I’m meeting down here are all turning out to be such great friends.

Neha's picture

Naisha's picture

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

On Sunday I went to the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival with three friends.  The festival was out at Bull Run Park out in Centerville, Virginia about 45 minutes away from home.

Over 30 wineries from all over Virginia were there.  You were given a wristband and a glass when you walked in. Everything was spread out in the field and under tents.  There were also additional vendors selling things like jewelry, clothes and wine accessories as well as a row of food trucks.

Vintage VirginiaWe made it to just under half of the wineries.  The festival was spread out across the whole day, we got there around noon and it ended at five.  There were some famous names and some funny ones.

WineriesThe weather was pretty much perfect for a day outside.  Warm, but with some clouds so the sun wasn’t beating down on you.  I definitely made sure to wear sunscreen anyway!  Here we are at The Williamsburg Winery.

All at the festivalWilliamsburg was one of my favorite wineries of the day.  I ended up coming home with six bottles of wine from three different vineyards.  Most of the vineyards were running specials on select wines or offered discounts for more than three bottles purchased so I didn’t pay more than 15 dollars for any of them.

3 Bottles

Rockbridge bottlesI can’t wait to have friends over and share these!

Kansas City Wedding

Our friends are married and the wedding was wonderful!

The ceremony and reception took place at a country club just outside of Kansas City. The bride had always wanted to be married outside, and the weather was just perfect for it.  The ceremony took place at 5:30pm, so it had just started to cool off and not a rain cloud in sight.

It really was a beautiful setting for a wedding.  Here we are with the ceremony site in the background.

Zac and Amanda outside

After the ceremony, the bride and groom drove off into the distance in a golf cart with a just married sign off the back.  The guests filed inside for cocktail hour.  Zac and I sat at table four and as someone who enjoys wine, I loved the table numbering system.

Bottle Centerpiece

The table runners were a really great idea to involve the families.  They were a collage of wedding photos from the parents and grandparents of the bride and groom.  There may have been a great grandparent photo in there as well.

Table Runner

We ate a buffet dinner of spinach salad, potato salad, mac and cheese, and beef brisket.  The wedding cake was red velvet which is one of my favorites.  The cake had both sunflowers and wine grapes as decoration.  The bride and groom danced to “Take Me The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.

We danced the rest of the night away to a great mix of country, oldies but goodies and current hits.  The reception wrapped up around 11:30 pm and we headed back to the hotel and crashed.  Our flight back to DC was bright and early this morning at 7:35 am.

After attending this wedding, I am glad we chose to have our reception at a country club.  More on how we chose in another post!

Have you attended a wedding recently?

Were there any details you really liked?