My best friend and roommate from college, Molly, came into town for a visit this weekend with her boyfriend. It was the first time Molly had been to Stafford AND our first overnight guests! Rob and I had such a great time showing them our favorite things to do here. We took them wine tasting at Potomac Point, gave them the tour of the town, went out for drinks at Capital Ale House, and had brunch at Foode. It was great seeing her and being back to our old antics! It is also nice to have today off for an extra day to recover 😉
Rob and I spent Sunday crossing a few more wineries off of our list. We headed to Pearmund and Vint Hill to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and a few glasses of vino. These two took our winery count to 36! We had a wonderful tasting at Pearmund with an extremely knowledgeable pourer, which makes everything better. Chardonnay is their claim to fame (the only grapes they grow on property) however we loved the Collaboration (a red blend). We had a glass (or two!) with delicious onion soup out on the patio next to the fire pit. It was the perfect end to our weekend.
The onion soup reminded me of a recipe for french onion soup that I made in a hurry last week and didn’t have any pictures of. I love french onion soup on cold days and I think it is truly worth the extra effort to make it homemade. We ate it with grilled cheese and it was the perfect winter meal! The best part for me was being able to make it and not have to worry about timing it to when Rob would be getting home…I just left it simmering and it was ready whenever he got home. Plus being meat-free, it is perfect for Fridays during lent!
Add onions, garlic, and one cup of beef broth to a medium sized pot and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly for about 20 minutes until all broth is gone and onions are brown and caramelized.
Add the rest of the beef broth, soy sauce, thyme, and flour to the pot and stir. Simmer covered for at least two hours.
Cut two slices of bread into small cubes.
Spoon soup into oven safe bowls. Stir in parmesan cheese and bread cubes then top with slices bread covered in provolone cheese. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and brown.
Rob got home from his first FEX late on Thursday night and was more than ready to catch up on some much needed sleep. I was just glad to have him home! He got a little bit of every type of weather over the four days; only in Virginia does it snow, rain, and hit 70 degrees all in the same week. I can’t imagine sleeping outside in the rain, I don’t know how they do it. I came across a couple of pictures of him doing some field first aid. How about those “bloody” hands!
On Saturday, Rob took me to the range to shoot the pistol. Rob practically shoots guns for a living and my family has always had guns but this was my first time ever shooting one. I was really excited to go so it was completely shocking when I got in there and almost started crying. I have no idea why but I was just so scared. It was loud and shells were flying everywhere and I started doubting that I was even brave enough to try it. I could not get my hands to stop shaking! Rob was great and helped me a ton. He is so strict about gun safety (I swear I heard “finger off the trigger” a thousand times) which was exactly what I needed being nervous. I think I need a lot more practice, but at least now I know what it feels like.
Let’s just say I plan on leaving the protecting to Rob. No wonder I sleep so much better when he is home 😉
Since Rob is in the field this week for FEX1 and I am missing him terribly, it is the perfect time to post pictures from our first anniversary last week! I cannot believe we have been married for a year already! I could go on and on about how wonderful the last year has been but I will resist and just post pics from our anniversary 😉
We celebrated our anniversary with a weekend getaway at the gorgeous Stevenson Ridge. The property has seven historic homes that have been restored and are simply amazing. We stayed in the log cabin and just fell in love. Rob built a fire and we spent most of the night drinking wine by the fire and reminiscing about the last year. It’s pretty hard to beat being curled up by the fireplace in a log cabin in January!
The next morning we had brunch at Foode (our favorite!!) Chicken and waffles, biscuits with blueberry honey butter, and peach bellinis served in mason jars…can’t beat it! After walking around downtown for a little bit, we went on the trolley tour of Fredericksburg. Even though it wasn’t the white trolley, it was really fun to spend time on the Fredericksburg trolley exactly a year after having them for our wedding. Plus the tour was actually really interesting–I can’t believe how many major historical events happened right where we are currently living.
On our actual anniversary, we had lunch with both of our parents in the tun tavern at the museum and ate the top layer of our cake. I don’t know what people are talking about…our cake was still DELICIOUS!! It was really special to be able to go back exactly one year later and celebrate (all over again!) with our family.
Happy Halloween! Hope you were able to get out this month and enjoy the beautiful weather and leaves (before they all blew away in the storm!) Last weekend, Rob and I took a little day trip to Delaplane, VA to get in all of our fall activities. We had the absolutely perfect weather. Taking the advice Amanda from Marshalls Abroad we went to Hollin Farm and picked pumpkins and drank delicious apple cider. From there we headed to three local wineries. We ended at Barrel Oak and split a bottle of their Bowhaus Red and a wood-fired pizza in front of a fire pit. It was a pretty perfect day.
During our last year in Virginia, I am determined to make the most of every moment of these gorgeous seasons!