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Merry Christmas!

I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and stuffed their faces silly with lots of high calorie foods and fantastic wine.  I know I did!  Over two days, we had prime rib, ham, mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, kale salad, squash salad, roasted beets, rolls, trifle, and red velvet cake (I know I’m leaving some things out…).  I also enjoyed sparkling Riesling, Picpoul Blanc, Merlot, apple cider, more apple cider and a taste of Zinfandel.  Not to mention fun with family, the glow of Christmas trees all lit up with sparkling ornaments, warm babies and warm cats snuggled on my lap (even at the same time!), and some lovely thoughtful gifts received and shared.  To top it all off, it wasn’t raining on the Pacific Northwest, and Jon and I enjoyed a nice hike at one of Washington’s National Historic Sites with his dad, brother and sister.  The views of the ocean and the farmlands of Island County at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Site were amazing, and unobscured by the clouds that are all too typical this time of year.

My thoughts go out to everybody who is struggling with illness or loss, or is experiencing the full force of mother nature, like my family in Michigan who are without power during an ice storm.  I am thinking of you all.  Even though I’m a day late, I want to wish a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all.  I am truly blessed.

A Pre-half-marathon Taste of Cider

After a long, tough week at work, with days of torrential rain, the weekend is finally upon us!  And the weather forecast is looking up finally too!  At least for today and tomorrow…

I’m happy about the dry day forecast for tomorrow, because I’ll be completing my fifth half marathon!  It is the Run Like a Girl half marathon, a charity race that benefits the Girls on the Run program.  I did my first Run Like a Girl half last year, and I blogged about it here.  I imagine this year will be just as fun!  And it is a great cause; last year a little girl’s story brought me to tears.  You can read about it here.

Tonight I’m relaxing with the Finnriver Artisan Cider, an apple sparkling wine made in the same way as champagne is traditionally made.  Finnriver is located in Chimacum, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  Sadly, we didn’t have an opportunity to visit when we were visiting the Olympic National Park a few weeks ago, but I was lucky enough to try their ciders at the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival in April.

The Artisan Cider has a very light effervescence, with tiny little bubbles that escape up the side of the glass.  There is a light apple nose with a hint of yeast.  On the palate, you get that same light, semi-sweet apple flavor with just a hint of baked bread.  It is absolutely delicious and it won’t slow me down for the race!

Have a great weekend, everybody!