Montalto Munch

May 7, 2011

Could you ask for more beautiful views!

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The drive up Montalto, Monticello’s big brother mountain, was incredible. Sunrise, misty fog and all!

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Even a lone bagpiper playing a soundtrack for the morning!

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There were a bunch more bagpipers over the crest of the hill, but we found the lone guy warming up funny.

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See Monticello? The white house in the middle of the hill below? To the right below a row of bushy trees are Jefferson’s gardens and vineyards!

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And on the other side of the mountain, the beautiful city of Charlottesville, framed by mountains. I love living here so much!

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We arrived early – thankful for dry skies, moderately cool temps and daylight savings long behind us.

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All set up

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We thought we were brilliant to put honey in a soap pump for easy dispensing. But for some reason the honey would NOT come out!!!!!!!! We couldn’t figure it out.

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Neither could the bears.

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Today’s menu included Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip – the crowd pleaser

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But the High Five with flax, millet and oat bran was a big hit as well!

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We had about an hour to kill before the first runners arrived, so we had breakfast. I can always count on a great breakfast on these race days! So glad we serve a product that I love.

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Jars of peanut butter follow me everywhere I go ;)

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I smashed half a banana into some High Five and topped that with PB + honey.

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And brought peppermint tea from home

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On these slicing days I usually start with a substantial breakfast – like this one – and then I have 1-2 bite-size tastes as a snack as we’re wrapping up. The Cinnamon Chip was delicious as usual!

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The race was a 5K straight up the mountain!! It looked tough!

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Slicing today was great. SOOOOO much better than the marathon, which was a madhouse. People today were so much more talkative (understandably!) and it was a much different crowd. We had a great time!

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The Fire dept. beat the Police dept. in some kind of team challenge!

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And the bagpipers loved our bread : )

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Lots of honey was consumed

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After we packed up our car to head home, we decided to stop to walk on the Monticello Trail since we were in the neighborhood. We walked for about 40 minutes – always talking and planning things!

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We’re taking care of some bakery things this afternoon and have a nice dinner planned to relax a bit. Hoping to take tomorrow off to relax a little too – we’ve done about all we can do at the bakery until our floors are sealed and waxed on Monday.

Lunchtime!

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1 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

Those views are breathtaking. It must have been nice to be surrounded by such beautiful landscaping and priceless nature!

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2 jen @ taste life May 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

That trail looks beautiful!

I wonder if the honey wouldn’t come out because it was too sticky or thick? It does sound like a great idea!

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3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

Gorgeous pics/view/weather! I bet having a group of bag pipers under the bread tent was twilight-zone/bizarre. Random Irish-awesomeness! :)

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4 Christine May 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

How beautiful! I don’t love 5ks, but I’d do that for the views and free bread :)

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5 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

So beautiful! I’ve always loved nice views. It looks like you had a bunch of fun

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6 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) May 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

Woah what stunning views!! I would’ve said ‘screw the race, let’s go stare at the gorgeousness!’ :p

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7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Love that you guys go to events like that – I’ve been to Monticello twice and it’s so beautiful! We also enjoyed the ride up to Blenheim Vineyard when we went. Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful!

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8 Allison @ Happy Tales May 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

Wow wow wow. You and Matt are seriously living the dream to have such amazing experiences as a job… I love all of the views! I seriously need to come up there and visit those mountains, they are *gorgeous*!

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9 Lauren May 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

SO beautiful! I’ve never been to Montalto, but Monticello is amazing! These pictures make me want to go back, the mountains in that area are just breathtaking.

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10 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

Stunning views. I would trek mountains for that yummy breads :)

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11 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’m glad it went well and I’m glad you have some time to relax and unwind this weekend! You’ve been so busy.

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12 Pat Kilmain May 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I love cinnamon chip! We’re taking fresh baked GH bread as a housewarming gift today!

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13 Marina May 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

wow such a wonderful nature! I’m glad you had a nice time today.
Hope you have a relaxing evening!

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14 Katie May 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Those views are absolutely beautiful! Living in a crazy busy city, I definitely miss views like that, so it’s nice to at least see them via photos. ;)
Enjoy your well deserved rest and relaxation!

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15 Heather May 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

A 5k up a mountain must have been so hard!

Amazing view though – I have been to Charlottesville once and would love to visit again.

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16 Lisa Fine May 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Looks like a great race and great atmosphere.

The photos of Charlottesville remind me of Burlington, VT, where I used to live. It’s a walkable college town too, with lots of cute shops and restaurants, and it’s surrounded by mountains [and Lake Champlain too].

Happy Saturday!

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17 Morgan @ moments of mmm May 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Wow, those are some gorgeous views! I love the misty glow about them :)

Enjoy some r&r!

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18 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Those are such fune vents – such an easy way to get your name out!

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19 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman May 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

What a gorgeous area you live in! I hope to one day visit that part of the east coast:)

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20 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Whoa, straight up the mountain?!!? I’m all for hills..but only when they have valleys on the other end. Props to those who raced!!

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21 kaila @ healthyhelper blog! May 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Wow C-ville is such a beautiful place….I want to visit!

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22 Joy May 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Oh my God, too cute, it actually looked like the bears were looking at each other, quizzically, as to why the honey wouldn’t come out. Oh, that made my day :) Yes, the views are incredible but oowee, that view of the Fire Dept. wasn’t too bad either ;)

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23 Kee Kee May 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The honey wouldn’t come out probably due to the lower air pressure? When you are at higher altitude, the air pressure decreases. ;)

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24 KathEats May 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Hmmm.It wouldn’t even BEGIN to come out. We poured it back out so we’d have to do it all over again to re-test.

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25 Julie (Food & Other Things) May 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Those views are beautiful! That 5k sounds tough, I can’t imagine running straight up a mountain! Sounds like a fun event though!

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26 Khushboo May 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hope u 2 will be able to enjoy the day off tomo!

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27 Emily @ Savory and Savage May 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

A 5K that is all one big hill? That sounds tough!

Beautiful scenery and the bread looked delicious.

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28 Ellie @ The Mommyist May 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

5K straight up hill? That sounds tough!

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29 cathyb@brightbakes May 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I love your braids! :) That is my favorite way to fix my hair for a summer day!
love,
cathy b.

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30 Ashley May 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Kath- the super cute hat you are wearing – where is it from? I love it!

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31 KathEats May 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thanks! It’s from Loehmann’s

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32 Emily May 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I wonder if you warmed the honey, stick it in a cup of hot water, would it come out?

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33 Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise May 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Even though I live on Maui you make Cville look like absolute paradise!!! Aloha!

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34 KathEats May 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

!! I want to come visit you!

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35 Mary Frances May 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Maybe you both can visit each other, have a place to stay and have personal guides–making each of your trips more affordable and fun!

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36 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

GORGEOUS views! Sounds like another successful event! And love that breakfast – definitely great to sell products you love. :)

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37 Baking 'n' Books May 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh man – can you send that bread please?! That trail looks so peaceful for a walk.

Was it always bread that you wanted to focus your business on? Or did you consider going into other products/avenues?

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38 r8chel May 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Have you EVER used the pump? If not, it’s possible that it was just defective, and not the honey’s fault. I bought a soap pump once that just wouldn’t work, and I couldn’t figure out why. Cleaning it up to return it was… interesting.

Also, cute braids. :)

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39 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

what beautiful views!

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40 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

that sounds like such a perfect morning! I wish I could have been there :)

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41 Mary Frances May 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My gawsh, are you sure you couldn’t find a bigger basket? That thing is huge…it could fit a baby!

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42 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Those first two pictures looks like paintings! Looks like a great event!

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43 Namaste Gurl May 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Beautiful and scenic views of your area. You sure are lucky to live where you do! :)
You look so cute, by the way. Love the hat and earrings- where’d ya get them?

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44 Melissa May 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh my goodness, that picture of the honey bears all confused made me giggle! You are too cute!

Looks like a gorgeous day for a race!

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45 Laura May 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Um, beautiful scenery, gorgeous bread, and hot firemen? I might have to bookmark this post! :D

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46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

A 5K up a mountain would be brutal! I bet it was your bread that motivated them to finish. ;)

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47 Alaina May 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

What a gorgeous view!! That does look like a great place to live. :-) How are home values down there?

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48 jenna k May 8, 2011 at 12:11 am

The picture of the bears cracks me up! They genuinely look so confused. :) And the cinnamon chip bread looks amazing- I want a slice!

Don’t you just love living by mountains? They’re always so beautiful and make the landscape look so interesting. I’ve lived in East Tennessee (aka God’s country) my whole 22 years, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to leave this part of the country for very long.

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49 Amy C. May 9, 2011 at 4:21 am

Kath,
Honey is too viscous for a regular pump. Savannah Bee Company sells a honey pump. Maybe 5 bucks? I’d recommend it. I think you can find it on Amazon.com

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50 KathEats May 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

It looks like it only fits their jars…but I might be able to find a way to make it work!

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