Event Announcement- “Mocktail Party” in Richmond!

Hello Virginia Bloggers, and much (Virginia) LOVE to you all!

On Sunday, June 10th, Wholesome Goodness, a line of simple, natural, and nutritionally minded products that you might have seen popping up at your local Wal-Mart recently, is sponsoring a summer kick-off “Mocktail Party” in Richmond! Please join us at 3:00since they are mocktails, we don’t have to wait until 5:00 –for a sampling of juices from Wholesome Goodness’s product line, as well as some tasty treats.

There will be a variety of Wholesome Goodness chips on hand for dipping, so we are asking everyone to bring their favorite dip to share. This can be homemade or store bought, but if it is especially delicious, you might just get to see it on Wholesome Goodness’s website in the coming weeks as they start an online recipe collection!

Please RSVP by June 4th, so we can make sure to have enough snacks (and goodie bags!) for everyone.

This even will be in Richmond (hosted at Liz’s house specifically, so the address will be sent out to those that RSVP!) but we hope that bloggers from all areas can join us!

Virginia love,
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

P.S. We’ve had tons of new bloggers join over the past couple of weeks, so be sure to check out the updated VABloggers Page, and say hello to some local friends!

Guest Feature: Katy @ Have You Hurd

Today’s guest post is from Katy, an athlete-foodie from Fredericksburg! She takes a realistic approach to healthy eating, and is quite crafty in the kitchen!

Hi all! My name is Katy and I blog over at Have You Hurd. I am a former college athlete who loves to cook and more importantly, EAT! Since I got out of college and no longer have two hours of basketball everyday to keep me in shape, I’ve had to find other ways to stay fit. In the process of trying to keep up with my fitness while living in the working world, I’ve fallen in love with cooking healthy eats. I love trying and creating new recipes and sharing my favorites along the way.

Speaking of favorites, one of my all time favorite foods is corn bread. I don’t like dry, tasteless, barely sweet corn bread. I love the moist, sweet, cake-like corn bread full of small golden pieces of corn.

Can you guess what my lovely husband’s favorite food is? It’s hot dogs. Yes, everyone…my better half loves hotdogs. While I am a foodie at heart, my husband is sitting over here obsessed with a tube shaped food made of who knows what. But I still love him. A lot. I guess.

So you know what I did? I combined one of my favorite foods with one of his favorite foods and you know what I got? Corn Dog Muffins 🙂

Corn Dog Muffins

Serves: 4-6

  • Ingredients:
  • For the cornbread:
  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix (MY FAVORITE)
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 egg of 1/4 cup of egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 4 all white meat turkey hot dogs (you can use your favorite hot dog here!)
  • Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Spray a medium sized muffin/cupcake pan with cooking spray
3. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the corn bread
4. Chop hot dogs into bite sized pieces and add to corn bread mixture. Toss to combine.

5. Pour evenly into muffin tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffin tops (oh yea) are golden brown

I promise my cooking skills are much better than my nail polish skills

Katy @ Have You Hurd

Thursday Feature- The Voice of Charlottesville

Mike Bisceglia is known for his voice.

Better known as Mikey B on 106.1 The Corner, he is “the voice of Virginia baseball,” bringing sports news to the eager ears of Charlottesville residents (whether they are hanging out on the Corner or not).

It should come as no surprise, then, that when Mike found a creative medium outside of his professional career, he didn’t turn to photography, writing, or video production, but to podcasting, without question the future of radio.

Freeing himself of the constraints of public radio’s rules and regulations, Mike turned to podcasting as a means of personal expression. His new site, cvilleconnect.com, brings together Central Virginia podcasts (and podcasters) in a collection of audio segments on topics ranging from beer and food, to sports and entertainment. Mike’s own show, with Brad Savage of 106.1 The Corner, is “just two guys talking about life.”

Anyone can submit a podcast, whether it has been recorded on an IPhone or cut in a professional studio, and have it featured on the site. All of the content is free for download to the public and is compatible with all MP3 players. [Or, if you’re like me, you can even listen to it streaming online while you grade papers, cook dinner, or type up blog posts.]

If you’ve ever thought about taking your blog to an audio level, or have simply harbored fantasies of being a radio morning show host since you were a kid,* then CVILLE CONNECT is for you. Mike even offers 60 minutes of studio time—enough to record four short (some might say perfect) podcasts—for a fee of $300.

*I’m not saying I did. Or still do.

Want to find something new to listen to while churning out reps in the gym tomorrow or for your much-too-long commute home this afternoon? Check out cvilleconnect.com.

Interested in learning more about turning your musings into a personal podcast? Contact mike@cvilleconnect.com.

Sarah Pember

Monday Guest: Kristin Hodnett

Today’s guest, Kristin, is a fantastic blogger in Northern Virginia, who lives life to the fullest! Her journey has inspired many readers, and we couldn’t wait to have her share more of her story with you all today!

My name is Kristin, and I am a blogaholic. I’m also a new member of the Virginia is For Bloggers group, and I’m very excited to be sharing a little piece of my blog and my life with all of you today!

When I started 30-Something and Fabulous a year ago, it was primarily to share my weight loss journey; my focus was on diet plans, nutrition and fitness. Since then, I’ve learned a wealth of information not only about all of those things, but about enjoying experiences as much as food and living life to the fullest. While I am still on my journey, that journey has evolved into a much bigger one for me. I’ve worked with alternative medicine practitioners and life coaches, attended programs and seminars, and read more books, blogs and magazines than I can count. The most important thing I’ve learned is that weight loss isn’t the most important thing; living a fabulous life that nourishes you is, which leads me to today’s question – what is nourishment really?

I’m sure many of you, like me, instantly think of food. We’re not wrong, nutrition is a big part of the way we nourish our bodies. However, it’s much more than food that is low in calories. Nourishing food is food that gives us the nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins that we need to function well. Not all foods are the same for everyone; you have to know how a food interacts with your body to make the best choices. More than anything to be truly nourished, we must strike a balance between food that tastes delicious and we enjoy eating and food that supports our goals of health, weight loss or vitality.

There are other ways to nourish ourselves physically. As simple as it is, staying properly hydrated is key in keeping the body running smoothly (something I really struggle with!). Exercise counts too. Yoga and tai chi are mind-body experiences that provide a different form of nourishment. Though it doesn’t always feel like it when you’re used to being stuck behind a desk for 10 hours a day or glued to the couch every night, our bodies were meant to move. Giving them the movement they need is a a fabulous form of nourishment.

Still, nourishment is even more than that. We can nourish our minds with books and engaging conversations. Do you ever think about the media surrounding you 24/7? Do you make an effort to keep it positive? It can be challenging when so much of the world focuses on the negative, but it’s worth it! It’s nourishing to surround yourself with positivity. Try joining mastermind groups or attending seminars – they’re a great way to stay positive, motivated and to nourish your mind.

We’ve covered mind and body, but let’s not forget spirit. Do you make time for pampering? Do you “indulge” in activities that rejuvenate you? I’ve learned it’s not selfish or shallow to get a pedicure or have a spa day – it’s necessary a way to nourish yourself. Meditation is another way to nourish your soul. And just like we’re meant to move, we’re meant to have connections with others. Close friends, quality time with family, and healthy romantic relationships are like vegetables for the spirit.

What about you? What do you find nourishing? Do you make an effort to nourish your whole self or just your physical body? Be as conscientious about what you feed your mind and spirit as you are about what you put into your mouth, and you’ll be living the fabulous life in no time!

Kristin @ 30 Something and Fabulous

Thursday Feature: Tim Vidra Locally Sourced Mother’s Day French Toast

Today’s guest post comes from Richmond food writer, Tim Vidra. Find recipes, tips, and ideas for simple dishes that will impress on his food blog, E.A.T., where he advocates the use of simple, seasonal and local ingredients.

There are not many days bigger than this Sunday May 13th* and if you haven’t yet made plans with mum for Sunday you can redeem yourself by inviting her over and creating this french toast made with love from local ingredients.*Don’t tell Dad


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs (eggs used are from Sullivan Pond Farm)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Dash or two of ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices of bread (bread used is from Norwood Cottage Bakery)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (homemade butter from 17 Apart)
  • Warm maple syrup (Virginia’s Finest)
  • Fresh strawberries for decoration and enjoying with the French toast (Berries from Agriberry)

Place a cookie sheet in the oven and warm to 200 degrees. Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg or cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Pour into a large sheet pan, then add bread in 1 layer to give it a good soak, turning occasionally until bread has absorbed all liquid but isn’t falling apart (about 20 minutes).

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until it foams and then calms on down. Add bread slices to skillet and cook (I went with 4 at a time), turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes total. Transfer slices to a baking pan and keep warm in oven. Cook remaining bread in batches, adding 1 1/2 tablespoon butter between each.

Once finished, remove from the oven and plate on one large dish or individual dishes — dusting with powder sugar, oh yes. Pass the warm syrup for your guests to enjoy.
Then to turn and thank your mom for all she has done for you and let her know how much you enjoy having her in your life.
Happy mother’s day to my mom and all the mom’s out there. We certainly could not have not have done it without you!

As always, E.A.T. Local & E.A.T. Well! 

Tim Vidra @ timvidraeats.com

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