Drink Wine, Support Heroes

May 01, 2014
Supporting Veterans after they've supported us is a big deal to me. A handful of my clients are organizations that help the military, military families and veterans. I also like wine, so when given the opportunity to try two wines while supporting Veterans, of course I said yes. 


If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you know my week was full of wine flights. During those gatherings, I loved being able to have a topic of conversation that involved wine and my life: CK Mondavi + Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Last weekend, my husband, an Active Duty Marine, Brady and I went to an Easter egg hunt hosted by another Active Duty Marine. We were surrounded by Marines, their families and CK Mondavi wine - it was great to have a great day with great people and even better vino.
Through August, CK Mondavi is donating a percentage of each bottle sold (up to $50,000) to Intrepid Fallen Heroes. I had the pleasure of visiting Napa last year, so even before tasting CK Mondavi wines, I knew they would be great since CK Mondavi is ran by the legendary Napa Valley wine icon, Peter Mondavi Sr., a World War II Veteran. 

So this summer, while you're sipping on a smooth wine from CK Mondavi, you know you'll be supporting Armed Forces and their families. 



Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name!

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.

The IFHF Mission Statement
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.  Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.  They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide.  The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in meeting this important national mission.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


2014 Food Trends in Virginia + Recipes

February 27, 2014
Farm Fresh recently polled Virginia-based chefs, culinary experts, food critics, bloggers and food enthusiasts for key food trend predictions for 2014. 

The results of the survey make me happy and remind me of when we lived California. Locally-sourced food and ingredients, as well as healthy eating, are becoming popular amongst Virginians. 

Farm Fresh was kind enough to give me gift cards to purchase ingredients to make recipes reflecting these hot trends. All three of the below recipes are affordable and delicious! 

The local experts offered the following predictions for the 2014 Virginia food scene: 
  • “Real” Food. Local, sustainable and farm-to-table options that have a healthy aspect to them.
  • Small Is the New Big. Virginians will forego formal dinner parties for more casual affairs with small-plate options and tasting menus replacing the more traditional multicourse meals.
  • Tango with Mango. When it comes to produce, mangoes, avocados, micro/local greens and dark greens were among the hottest produce trends predicted.
Mango Guacamole
  • Viva la Veggie. Consumers looking to eat healthier will also start to look for more unusual vegetables such as kohlrabi, turnips and different types of radishes.
  • Less Is More. Virginians will seek out more products with a limited number of ingredients and easy-to-identify ingredients.
  • Grain Brain. Ancient grains, such as quinoa, farro and wheatberries, will grow in popularity among Virginia cooks as the national healthy ingredient, healthy eating boom expands.
Curry Quinoa Salad
  • Chips to Nuts. Healthier snack options will gain in popularity. Kale chips will give way to seaweed chips, and we’ll see more nut-based snacks as a result of recent studies showing their nutritional benefits.
  • Healthier, DIY Foods for Kids. People will also turn to healthier foods for kids, and they’ll get kids more involved in food preparation with fun, simple, do-it-yourself recipes.
  • Fermentation Nation. Pickling will be the home food preparation trend of the year, experts say, as Virginians experiment with different fruits, foods and methods to create unique, interesting additions to their table fare.
  • Cultural Cravings. Asian ingredients and foods will populate the food scene in the Virginia area. Local experts point to growth in an array of cuisines and flavors, including Indian, Korean, Southeast Asian and Japanese. Interest in South American cuisine also is expected to rise.
  • Breakfast for Lunch. Or Dinner. Breakfast food for any meal was among the most notable predictions. Eggs, fresh fruit and fruit with yogurt or Greek yogurt will be top breakfast choices.  
Pomegranate Granola Breakfast Parfait

Thank you to Farm Fresh for providing me with gift cards and these delicious recipes. The recipes were easy to make, healthy, Weight Watchers do-able and a great addition to our meal planning. I am looking forward to trying more recipes and watch these healthy trends emerge!

New Blog

January 28, 2014
As you know, I strayed away from updating this blog within the last year, and have written about it in the past. While I'll still update family-related things, and share product reviews and promotions with you here, my new lifestyle blog is ChelseaRhane.com 

It's a work in progress, but the first post will explain a little bit about what it's about. 

I look forward to seeing you over there and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!