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Let’s simply dispel the negativity. You say: Wine is not paleo. I say, its constructed from grapes. So yeah, it is paleo. Bam.  This submit is lengthy and full of images, so bear with me. Its all about dwelling the life proper in entrance of you, treating every valuable second because the present that it’s.

Anyway, this submit is not about wine. It is about slowing all of it down. I imply all of it. 

Katheryn and me “Hof” to the vineyard! 
God bless this man.

In the event you learn this commonly, you understand that I’m concerned with a gaggle of meals bloggers referred to as the Austin Meals Blogger Alliance. As a member and social chair, I’m so fortunate to have the ability to one, name myself a member of this extremely proficient group, and two, have the ability to get to spend time with essentially the most implausible foodies in Austin. Simply this previous weekend, my pal and fellow AFBA member, Kathryn of the weblog, the Austin Gastonomist, invited me out to a wonderful night at Messina Hof Vineyard in Bryan, Texas. We went there for his or her 2014 Harvest Pageant, which takes place each weekend in August. When you have the possibility to go to them within the subsequent few weeks, you will be in for a spectacular journey.

Anyway, on this fabulous tour out to Bryan, we had been greeted with a bus bench seat of charcuterie and a bounty of Texas Wine. Your entire evening, my glass was by no means empty.

On the vineyard, we toured the grounds, the tasting rooms, the mattress and breakfast and realized all concerning the historical past of Messina Hof. We met the winemakers and their household, sang songs, harvested grapes because the solar set and loved a ravishing buffet dinner with superb wine. It was an evening I am going to always remember.

The wine on faucet on the Messina Hof Tasting Room: In the event you go, I extremely suggest the Almond Glowing Wine. It is like nothing you’ve got ever had earlier than!

The night on the vineyard was a ravishing, particular expertise you need to have for your self! In the event you can take a pal, member of the family or somebody you like to Messina Hof one weekend this month, do it!

Do not eat the grapes… 

Whereas the evening at Messina Hof was fantastic, my largest takeaway from the journey was from a dialog on the way in which house. Kathryn, a brand new pal I’ve come to cherish a lot, and I talked about our related journey in life. We’re each taking a hiatus from work, spending this time concentrating on bettering ourselves. It’s uncommon to have the chance to take time for reinvention, and I’m so glad to have a pal on the identical path.

We talked about associates, household, work, and the worth we deliver to every relationship that corresponds to every. We talked about meditation, self-reflection and methods to search out peace within the rat race we typically get caught up in. We’re each taking time to focus on our blogs we love a lot. Kathryn is pursuing a workshop in net growth whereas I’m spending each doable second with my son. I’ve targeting slowing down and having fun with the world and those I like round me. The previous month has been fantastic, letting go of the stress, velocity and distraction of the grind. Listed below are a few of the issues I have been having fun with to clear my thoughts and soul:

I am pretty positive I could be held accountable for all these corks..

1. Consuming nice wine with nice associates:
    I went to an incredible wine dinner at a ravishing venue referred to as the Sanctuary. My associates, Ross, Cooper and Matt at The Austin Vineyard hosted this dinner, the place their scrumptious wines had been completely paired with the superb Argentinian tapas created by Austin non-public chef, Carlos Crusco. 

I used to be past impressed with Chef Crusco’s dinner. Each single factor he introduced out was distinctive. First up was the pear and endive cups with pears poached within the Austin Vineyard’s Russian River Valley Chardonnary, candy blue cheese (my favourite factor ever) and candied walnuts. Try the menu above for all the opposite decadent pairings we loved that evening.

The Sanctuary, Austin. Situated simply behind Gibson Bar on Lamar
Crucial a part of the Austin Vineyard/Chef Carlos Crusco dinner was spending it with my husband. This was a shock date that I deliberate for us, for the aim of simply being collectively. If you’re a part of an previous, married pair like us, take the time to simply be with one another. Go on dates such as you used to! Do not let life get in the way in which of romance.  Talking of romantic, once we arrived at this occasion, we got crowns of contemporary flowers. What an exquisite, magical element that made the night further particular. 
Photograph credit score goes to whoever posted this on the Austin Vineyard Fb Web page! 

One other superb a part of this night was sitting subsequent to a kindred spirit, and connecting immediately with a brand new pal. It was one other a type of conversations that makes you step again and mirror in your life, your ambitions, values, accomplishments and skills. This new pal, Jessica, plans occasions at this lovely area. This area is beautiful, as you may see from the picture above, however it’s also an area whose occasions profit the Amala Basis. In addition they host yoga courses there all through the week. I went to at least one final week and it was fantastic, which brings me to a different rejuvenating addition to my listing: Yoga. However first, extra wine:
One other occasion we attended this month was the 2nd Annual White Linen Night time in Downtown Austin. I am at the moment on a quest for the proper rosé, and this one was distinctive. The Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone. I shall be selecting up a few of this refreshing porch-sipper for these hottest days of the summer season. The Bordeaux Blanc within the background was my different favourite of the evening. It was dry and minerally, however fruity sufficient to combat again the sweltering warmth of Texas nights,  simply the way in which I prefer it. 
And my remaining thought on wine was this: That is the primary Montepulciano Rosé I’ve ever tried. Having already liked the basic Montepulciano De Abruzzo, my favourite Italian wine of all, the rosé was an exquisite shock. What made it even higher was having fun with it with my greatest pal at my favourite place on the planet, Entire Meals =)
2. Yoga. This one is with out footage. There isn’t any method in hell you might be seeing me in a downward canine. However I’ve discovered that taking an hour for your self every day to meditate and strengthen your physique is an incredible technique to thank God for what you’ve got. To honor your day, your life, your physique and join with your self in essentially the most peaceable and respectful method. No matter it’s that helps you discover that mind-body concord, do it. I’ve additionally been listening to nice podcasts like Madelyn Moon’s Thoughts-Physique Musings, Jillian Michaels and Physique Do-Over to give attention to a balanced, wholesome life. 

three. Being open air: I’m tan. Like brown tan. I like Austin, summer season, and particularly, the warmth. The extra time I spend outdoors, the happier I’m. I’ve been happening picnics, tenting with my son, mountaineering, swimming, going to my river home, strolling all over the place I can, and so on. Test it out:

Sunshine Selfie at Lake Austin
My brother and I’ve had some fantastic bonding time in Leakey, Texas this summer season. Have a look at that river!

My son and I cooked breakfast throughout our tenting journey in Leakey. Then we took a shower within the river!

four. Journey! On that notice, we now have completed a variety of exploring. Whether or not its a nature hike, museum journey or zoo go to, there are tons of how to discover your personal metropolis! 

Looking for superior rocks and fossils on the Greenbelt in Austin
Feeding the zoo animals close to Dripping Springs
Trying out the dinosaurs on the UT campus with Uncle Bowie!
5. Meals Running a blog: You could have seen that I’ve been posting much more recipes currently. I actually do love doing this. Writing about meals, studying about paleo, and attending to know the meals neighborhood in Austin is what I like to do most. I’ve so loved time at house to develop recipes and share them with my household. Moreover, I’ve had extra time to dedicate to my place with the Austin Meals Blogger Alliance. Try our newest gathering at the Hightower! The Hightower is considered one of my favourite new glad hour spots on East seventh. I adore it when locations on the town open their hearts and menus to our group’s experience. 
Whereas not technically “strict paleo,” there have been quite a few superb glad hour choices I loved a lot that night, particularly the peanut butter brussels sprouts and the roasted pork jowl. Their connoisseur bar choices are unbelievable. Test it out. 

The Austin Meals Blogger Alliance at The Hightower

6. DIY Tasks

    Who has time to truly do the initiatives we pin on Pinterest? Nobody. That is who. However I’ve reverted again to an easier time, when dwelling in Virginia, after I surrounded myself with glue weapons, stitching machines and the like. I like crafts and initiatives. Within the final month, I’ve accomplished two needle level initiatives, renovated my eating room, painted rocks and labored on different varied pinterest crafts. And it has been very fulfilling, whether or not it sounds dumb to y’all or not. It makes me glad.  

Vases, chandelier, new blue partitions and TWO china cupboards from IKEA. Allllll my doing. Sorry, Cameron. 99% mine. <three
Glitter: The herpes of the craft world. However take a look at my lovely new eating room chandelier! 
Yeah I made this out of a tshirt. What what.

So. No matter it’s that brings you peace, go do it. As my greatest pal, Christine properly says, YOLO. 

Tune of the Day: Inaudible Melodies “Jack Johnson”


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