And the winner by a landslide is … sledding!
Back in December, participated in the Christmas Market at Brix and Columns Vineyard in McGaheysville.
I’m naturally an introvert, so to encourage conversation with people who stopped by my table where I was selling Snow Day and Snapshots from Real Life, I created a poll.
With the able assistance of my market pal, Frost T Snowman, I asked: what is your favorite wintertime activity?
The kids who participated in the poll unanimously voted for sledding.
Their parents, and my pals on Facebook in a subsequent poll, all voted for staying in, usually in front of a fire, often with a glass of wine, knitting needles or crochet hooks in hand.
Which leaves me wondering: do we get smarter as we get older, or just lazier?
Brillo had a bit of a health scare recently, and we ended up at the vet’s. Turns out it is a simple skin allergy, although some of her skin was infected from her scratching. Steroid and antibiotic shots later, we were back home in less than an hour.
She was not her usual bratty, playful self when we got home, and I was on her most hated list.
But by Saturday night, she was feeling better and all was forgiven. She started batting one of her pompom balls around, and, of course, managed to score a goal by sending it flying under the couch.
A subsequent search and rescue mission (performed by me, on my belly on the floor) unearthed not only the errant pompom ball but also a plethora of catnip mousies, other pompom balls, springy thingies – and a bottle of nail polish.
When will I learn NOT to leave things that can go “plop” on the coffee table????
My latest obsession is olive oil.
Sauteeing my veggies in it.
Drizzling it over my salad greens, followed by a tasty balsamic vinegar.
Pouring it into a small dish, seasoning it with salt or herbs, and dipping crusty bread it.
I did my first olive oil tasting in San Diego several years ago, and again in Florence, Italy. To recreate that experience here at home I had to travel to Staunton or Charlottesville, about an hour away.
You can imagine my delight then, when the Valley Olive and Leaf Company opened in Elkton. Can you say foodie’s heaven?
Owners Daniel and Christina offer dozens of olive oils and balsamic vinegars to their customers in the shop and recipes and tips on their website and Facebook page.
Visitors to the shop can taste any and all of the oils and vinegars before purchasing. At the grand opening this past weekend, I sample Tuscan Herb infused olive oil, blood orange infused olive oil, blueberry balsamic vinegar, and cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar.
It really is hard to pick my favorite, although the butter olive oil (no butter, just botanicals, explains Christina, and I can verify that it tastes just like butter) and the peach white balsamic vinegar rank pretty close to the top of the list.
For now at least.
That might change after I try the maple balsamic vinegar on my waffles.
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