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Fall Adventures: PINE (Pumpkins + Wine)

 I love a good Halloween weekend!  On Saturday, we had PINE (Pumpkins+Wine) and on Sunday (see separate post), we dressed up in our costumes and took a few photos.  

On Saturday, we went to Bates Nuts Farm to hunt for pumpkins.  
The weather was so beautiful, and it felt good to be out in the country. 
 

After we found our pumpkins, we headed to Hilltop Winery for a wine tasting and charcuterie board.  I love how they serve the tastings in these elegant stands.  The little cards on the top share the name of the wine along with its characteristics, which is a fun way to learn more about wine. 


The tray below has about 100 grams of fruits and vegetables (from the grapes and pickles) and about 80 grams of protein from the cheese, meats, and almonds.  The bread, dried fruits, and jam don't contribute to the totals in either category.  


 Our favorite wines were the Cab 2018 (surprised?) and the Tempranillo Rose, which was a beautiful grapefruit color, the closest to a "pumpkin wine" that we could find.  You can see the glass below!

PINE and a Plan

We sat out on the patio, enjoyed wine, and talked about ideas for our Christmas cards.  On the drive home, just like last year, we discussed our nutrition plan for the holidays, if we thought there would be any challenges, and how we would overcome them.  Last year, we found it interesting that it was fairly easy to say no to regular sweets and treats but that a pitfall was wanting hot food and beverages when we were cold.  

I have advanced to the next stage of completing my 800 Gram coaching affiliation, so we also discussed the class I am taking as well as how I will find people to coach in the future, which made me think about my life as a college student when I was a self-employed English tutor, a great job with decent pay, where I knew I had a service that others needed.  I think I placed an ad in the college newspaper and then my students kind of found me on their own or via referrals from each other.  I think I can replicate this with a coaching strategy in the future.  

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