Wacky Wednesday

September 21, 2011

Afternoon turned into evening when Matt came home. We hung on the porch for a bit…with two new friends


I cannot believe we have a new orange cat that lives next door. We are fast friends!!


El Leon was one, and a bottle of vino was #2. This bottle was from Zonin’s Rocca di Montemassi, an Italian estate in Tuscany. Gosh I would love to go to Tuscany. I just love that word!! I like to think this was Tuscany in a bottle. The company also owns Barboursville here in Cville and a friend who works there sent me a handful of their wines. This one was 100% Sangiovese, a bit smoky and herby.


Faith and Tate invited us over for dinner tonight – yet we held the event at the new house to test it out!


They brought shrimp, which Tate cooked in a garlic + butter sauce, along with salad, which Faith assembled. I toasted up some of Matt’s bread while he chilled!

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F+T helped us polish off the first wine, so we opened a second – from the same bunch. Matt and I both loved this Ripasso even more – it was smoother with lots of cherry flavor and went really well with dinner.



Couldn’t get enough of this delicious dinner!


For dessert we had bakery sweets – scuffins and Savannah bars. GAH they are so good!!



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1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

What a great night – dinner, friends and wine!


2 kaila! September 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Great night! Love the plump, juicy shrimp!!


3 Sweet and Savvy September 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Looks like a wonderful night! Those Savannah bars always look amazing !


4 Kalie September 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Dinner and wine looks amazing that cat on the other hand looks ready to attack someone lol 😉


5 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

ahhh savannah bars look so good! I’m going to have to figure out how to get a hold of some!


6 Jen September 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Have you thought of getting your own cat or dog?


7 Angel7 September 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

The cats seem to love you both whereever you reside!

Lovely dinner!



8 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Awww! LOVE the name! How awesome that your new place has an orange cat for you to make friends with :)
What a great night! Sleep tight!


9 [email protected] September 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I found an El Leon/Tigre look alike in the neighborhood the other day!! Thought of you.


10 Mel September 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I spent 9 months studying abroad in Florence, and can say it was hands down the BEST experience of my life. It was during my time in Florence that I began to take more interest in eating real and whole foods, partly because that’s a huge part of their culture and also because it was around that time that I discovered food blogs! The wine also can’t be beat. I went wine tasting in the fall and it was absolutely perfect. If you travel to Toscana (as they call it in Italy) I would go during the fall or spring- beat the heat and the crowds!


11 Christine @ BookishlyB September 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I have to agree- Florence is amazing. I was only there for a few days, but from what we saw and ate it’s officially one of my favorite places in the world!


12 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I love the back of Matt’s shirt — that baker’s hat + smiley face is too cute!


13 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) September 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Aww! I love El Leon! 😀 I have an orange cat who visits me on my porch occasionally too. I think everyone needs one! You simply can’t have a bad day when a cute, loving cat greets you at the door.

Barboursville wines are some of my favorites in VA. How awesome that you have the Tuscany hookup!


14 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Italian wines are a favorite of mine :) Looks like a great evening!


15 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I love when wine pairs perfectly with a meal/dessert/food. Mmm!

And I could seriously never work in a bakery… if those baked treats surrounded me all.day.long I would be in big trouble! 😉


16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Awww, so cute that you have new furry friends already!! El Leon is muy adorable. :) You might have to buy Zyrtec in bulk if you have allergies like I do, lol.

Dinner looks delish!


17 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles September 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Sweet! Kitty is super cute and wine appears very tasty (and relaxing)…Probably just what you need after all that moving! Drink up!


18 Allison September 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I had my first Savannah bar yesterday at the Great Harvest in Las Vegas! It was AMAZING!


19 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Scuffins, savannah bars, time with your hubs, wine…fabulous.

You love the word Tuscany..
I love the word Sangiovese. Reminds me of all the vineyard hopping I used to do and tasting flights and all that wine that hubby and I used to drink!


20 Nikki September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Ooh… that second wine sounds amazing! I love a nice glass of red wine!! I came of age when I lived in Germany, and I think it helped mould me into the wine-lover I am! 😉


21 RunEatRepeat September 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

LOVE love love the new orange cat :) Love.


22 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 22, 2011 at 12:06 am

This time next week I’ll be about to hit Tuscany. After going to the Piedmont region – Nebbiolo is my second favorite. First is Amarone… which I’ll be sampling on Saturday – woot woot!

If you haven’t been you HAVE to plan a trip!


23 KathEats September 22, 2011 at 8:42 am



24 lynn @ the actor's diet September 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

you and cats! ah-choo (from me!)


25 cat @ cat's belly fat cure September 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

Your dinner tonight looked amazing. We’re vacationing & had shrimp tonight, but yours looks WAY better. What was in that salad…looks yum.


26 Khushboo September 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

I am loving shrimp/calimari recently…so yum with truffle oil!


27 Jess September 22, 2011 at 3:22 am

Nice bottle of wine you got there! We used to sell it at a restaurant I worked in for $70+ a bottle! (the ripasso)


28 KathEats September 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

oh my gosh – I had no idea! It was really good!


29 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

Cannot believe you have yet another orange cat stalker! Glad you tried out dinner in the new place :) Looks delicious!


30 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2011 at 6:18 am

I love El Lion! He looks like he’s a great new friend.


31 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

I would love to go to Tuscany too! But I guess drinking Tuscan wine for now will have to suffice. 😛


32 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 22, 2011 at 6:51 am

Dinner sounds and looks great! I like your new cat friend :)


33 Lauren September 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

Haha, so fitting that a new cat has found your new home. :) Glad it was a good night.


34 Laura @ Cook Knit Run September 22, 2011 at 7:18 am

Orange kitty = good luck! Dinner looked wonderful.


35 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

Stray animals always flock to you guys, wherever you are! Must be because they know you always have those amazing baked goods around! 😉


36 Molly @ RDexposed September 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

Hope that cat has tail insurance just in case things follow pattern of the tig!


37 KathEats September 22, 2011 at 8:43 am



38 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

It seems like orange cats are drawn to y’all :-)


39 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

El Leon is so CUTE! I hate being allergic to cats! If they did not make my husband and I an itchy mess, I would totally adopt one!


40 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

So funny that you have another cat visiting your house! They must really like you. :) Dinner looks fabulous!


41 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

looks like it was a TASTY night :) Yumm.


42 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

That second bottle of wine sounds delicious! You are a cat lady apparently! 😉


43 tiffany September 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

Sad I won’t hear about El Tigre anymore, but do love the addition of El Leon. He’s a cutie! But all orange cats are cute :)


44 Cait's Plate September 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

That toasted bread looks absolutely incredible. And, I want to be friends with Tate and Faith!! You guys always look like you have the best nights with them! I’m jealous!

Also – it really is too funny that you have another orange cat! Haha.


45 Gina (Yogattude) September 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I love that you have evening plans like this during a weeknight. We always wait until the weekend to make plans with friends, but I think I would enjoy my week nights more if we had plans to look forward to once a week or so.


46 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

El Leon is a cutie!


47 Roseanna September 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Awwww, El Leon reminds me of our kitty Dexter, who passed away last month. Orange kitties are the best.


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