I discovered this heavenly combination years ago. But once in a while it becomes a necessity like the human body needs water!
I had a bit of a scare last night with my youngest. She was riding a bus on JMU campus that went out of control. It crashed through a bus stop shelter, 2 trees finally halting once a cement wall was in its path. Thank God, my girl is ok. But it was one of many moments that we as mothers experience. The reality that our force field of protection has limitations and at times is non-existent. I’ve had several of these moments with both my girls. Sitting there after learning the happenings directly from my daughter and her confirmed safety….reality set in. In one moment, my life could have altered….forever.
So, time to dull the scare! I partake of red wine for it’s positive health properties but more for taste! I had Horton Vineyards “Route 33″ red table wine opened from a few nights ago. On the side table was a dish of Dove Chocolate. Time to get lost in a combined, rich, angelic flavor experience. Truth be known my absolute favorite combination is Merlot and dark chocolate. But this marriage definitely filled the void. Specifically, Dove Milk Chocolate was consumed. If you’ve never combined these two extraordinary elements together….here’s a little guide.
Step one: Sip red wine, flatten your tongue and slowly push to the roof of your mouth forcing the wine across the entire surface of your tongue. Swallow slowly. (Ahhh…)
Step two: Take a bite of chocolate, hold it in your mouth until the chocolate begins to liquify.
Step three: Repeat step one while the chocolate richness is still on your tongue. (OH YES!!!)
Step four: Repeat step one through three several times.
There are lots and lots of great chocolates out there. Dove is a good one but one of my favorites is Gilberts Chocolates in Michigan. Which chocolate do you fancy? AND a favorite red wine to pair?
PS. Watch for my new wine blog! Vino Tail! Coming soon!
- Chocolate and Willpower (lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com)
- Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes (teacher-chef.com)
Courtney is settled back at JMU! She was lucky enough to get a GREAT dorm on campus in the blue stone! Nice big room, air conditioning and she only has to share her bathroom with 3 girls. Sweet!
I’m heading to bring her back to Cville for the weekend. The first few weeks back is always an adjustment for her and I. She seems to be happy with her classes and hard at work…as usual! One thing that hasn’t changed that much since her first day of kindergarden is…the colds! The minute you put a bunch of kids together…sickness abounds. She is fighting congestion and sinus pressure. Currently she is seems to be following suit with many people in town.
Lindsay and I head to MI next week. Courtney can’t come with us due to school demands. I miss her daily and fight the urge to call her a couple times a day. Letting go when a child goes off to college is no easy task. I worry about her safety, her work load, her health… I have to push it out of my mind or it becomes consuming. So, just as in the days when I would drop her off at grade school and drive out of the parking lot I close my eyes asking God to watch over her and protect her. Until Mom can be around to help! For now, I get to enjoy her in my presence for a couple day!
If you are the Mom of a college student, how to you handle contact with your child?
- It’s so JMU (jmubethechange.wordpress.com)
I participated in training to be a speaker for our local Central Virginia Alzheimer Association. The reason? For my Mom, Judy Katherine Maino. My mother passed away over 5 years ago from complications with Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed at 58 and passed at 63 years of age. It was a brutal life experience for myself and my entire family. Knowing how crucial it is to continue research to fight this horrible disease, I wanted to do something in her memory.
Trying to build a new business and having 2 daughters still somewhat financially depend on me, it isn’t possible for me to donate monetarily as I would like. My gentleman suggested volunteering my time which is a great idea! The only problem is…I’m trying to get a new business off the ground (yes, I know I’m redundant) and time is as valuable as the dollar it produces. Since I have experience in public speaking he suggested I follow that path! Made totally sense to me.
I have my first speaking event on July 19th. Presenting and speaking on marketing ideas…I am at ease. I just hope I can maintain my emotions while striving to do some good for this organization. I want to make my sisters and father proud knowing I’m adding to the benefits of the cause. Not to mention it’s all for my Mom. Be with me Mom…help me intelligently and with passion educate people about this disease.