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OLD WOODVILLE ◆ $2,450,000 Exceptional, 166± acre historic estate featuring circa 1796 main residence, pool, guest LAKELAND ◆ $595,000 cottage, barns, equipment storage, and other Masterfully designed and crafted custom residence in a private outbuildings. Bucolic setting, rich farmland. and tranquil setting. The energy-efficient, light-filled home MLS#560539 Steve McLean 434.981.1863 has a great room with a stone fireplace, top-of-the-line kitchen, master suites on both first and second floors, home office and sun porch. Minutes from amenities including golf, skiing, hiking, and wineries, yet very convenient to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#558791 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

ARCOURT ◆ $2,495,000 French-inspired, custom stone residence on 22 acres, with superb, quality construction and details. Three-stall stable; spacious carriage home; beautiful, private setting. MLS#543296 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

ALICENT FARM ◆ $1,975,000 Circa 1920, classic Virginia residence, on 121 acres next to 500 acre park, perfect as grazing farm or vineyard. Guest cottage & pond. Visit: MLS#559536 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

KESWICK ESTATE ◆ $1,895,000 Exquisite, 4-bedroom home with premium finishes, paneled study, 1st-floor master suite, home theater, infinity pool, charming guest house, and gorgeous gardens. Walk to Keswick Hall. MLS#556917 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

BLENHEIM ROAD ◆ $1,175,000 Modern log home on private 22,58 acres, vintage 1900’s logs with contemporary plan, new stone fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, main level master, 4,418 finished square feet. Many special features. MLS#568186 Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455

BELLAIR ◆ $849,000 Circa 1953 brick home on private 1± acre lot, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen, dining room, 2 fireplaces and hardwood floors. Convenient, close-in location minutes west of the City limits. MLS#566703 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

BLANDEMAR ◆ $3,485,000 Beautifully constructed and designed English Country-style home built in 2007 overlooking a 6-acre pond to the Blue Ridge Mts. beyond. Features include: 8,800+ finished sq. ft., tall ceilings, spacious rooms, 4 fireplaces, slate roof, copper gutters, irrigation, pool, 3-car garage, and wonderful scale. 42 rolling acres, room for horses, complete privacy, breathtaking setting - —all just minutes from town! MLS#556879 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

DOWNTOWN MALL AREA ◆ $595,000 Extraordinary 2-story luxury Penthouse condo just off Downtown Mall. This extensively renovated and architect designed condo features panoramic mountain views over the City, 2 decks, tiled fireplace, multiple built-ins, gorgeous high-end kitchen with cherry cabinets, quartz counters, astonishing master suite with huge closets, private balcony, plus home office and dedicated parking space in Market Street Garage. MLS#569851 Tim Michel 434.960.1124


BLACKWELLS HOLLOW ◆ $599,000 Stunning 360 mountain views on this wonderful rural property in Browns Cove, just N of White Hall. Multitude of options. Made up of 4 parcels totaling 91.53 acres. MLS#569167 Will Faulconer (434) 987-9455

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Just Between Us… Dear Friends,

volume 19 issue 1 PUBLISHERS

january 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton


We’re very excited to be starting off the New Year for CharlottesvilleFamily with an exciting new project. Thanks to all of your wonderful feedback as readers, we’re creating even more home content every month with an expanded Home & Garden column and the new Food & Family column. Plus,


Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins

each quarter, there will be a special “flipped edition” of CharlottesvilleFamily’s


Home—all created to inspire you.

We know moms are deeply invested in their homes—whether it’s their first and they are making it their own with paint, furnishings and décor, or they’ve bought their next home for an expanding family. From flower beds and beautiful lawns for playing ball to bedrooms that are ever-evolving as

Susan Powell

MARKETING CONSULTANTS Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter


little ones grow into big kid fun, and living spaces that offer grown-up appeal

Cathy Ashby, Doug Bloor, Becky Calvert,

but are also comfy for a family movie night or lego projects, there is always so

Melanie Dick, Rick Epstein, Sarah

much to do.

Lyons, Whitney Woollerton Morrill,

Jan Pierce, Beth Seliga, Madison Stanley,

Ron Stolberg, Darlene Sweetland,

Bob Taibbi

In this inaugural issue, we’ve gathered up resources and ideas for starting the New Year off organized and in control of clutter, as well as recipes sure to encourage the entire family to eat their veggies. In this issue, we’ve also

BOOKKEEPER Theresa Klopp

compiled a guide to a myriad of talented local professionals who can help


make your home dreams reality no matter what your needs—an architect to

envision an addition that will give your family extra room, a builder who can


make over your kitchen to an open floor plan for sharing meals and stories at the end of each day, or the many service providers needed to keep your home running smoothly and your nest cozy. In 2018, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more organized about house projects. I’ve downloaded an app called “Measures” that my sister recommended and have started snapping pictures and recording inches. My dream is to never again get stuck in an antiques store wondering if the pretty little oak secretary will fit near the dining room window. It’s a small thing, but I’m already feeling sure that it will be helpful, especially if I can decipher all the other interesting organizational tools. May need to ask our teenagers for help on this one. Wishing You and Yours a Happy New Year’s!

Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

INTERN Brielle Entzminger, Sarah Payne DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom Magazine and CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC.™ is published weekly online at www., the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 12 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by Thinkstock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2018. All rights reserved.

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2004 Community Award Winner

Contents TABLE OF



Food & Family H-6 Better Dining Out Experiences

Cool Stuff H-12 Products for the Home Recipes H-10 Kid-friendly Finger Food


Editor’s Pick!

Mudroom Magic H-14 Tips on Creating & Maintaining Storage Space Near the Door

From winter home resources and local products to family-friendly food recipes, our NEW quarterly flipped edition has everything you need to tip off the new year together.

RESOURCES 2018 Winter Home Guide H-18 A Homeowner’s Guide to Local Businesses and Resources

12 So Love This! “I am really excited to try the fun recipe, Southwestern Egg Rolls, with the Food & Family column (pg. H-11)!” — Abby, marketing concierge



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“A strong family has well worn seats at the dinner table.” – Unknown Author

words and photos by Beth Seliga

Tracey Roberts

Mom & CHEF Families/CHEF for a Day, Program Manager & Volunteer Specialist with the PB&J Fund

Tracey Roberts and the PB&J Fund, a non-profit working to address childhood nutrition and food insecurity through cooking classes and food distribution, partner with other organizations in the community working with children, youth and families. All of the programs are grounded in a focus on Community / Health / Education / Friendship. A mom of an 11-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, Roberts has done countless volunteering in the community, such as early literacy intervention and parent education. Prior to her oldest being born, Roberts was a teacher in Albemarle County Public Schools, and more recently, she ran an after-school program. How should parents talk to children about hunger and teach them empathy? I think it’s something we slowly expose them to rather than giving a grand speech one day. Look for ways to volunteer with your children so that helping others is just something they grow up with. I started with Meals On Wheels deliveries when mine were still in car seats. When they were in elementary school, we started volunteering each year with PB&J’s annual Holiday Giving Program. Our participation was established as a wonderful Roberts family tradition well before I came to work at PB&J. I think hands-on volunteering helps youth to more easily connect to these ideas. What are some of your favorite affordable and healthy meals? I think everyone around here knows my favorite recipe— H-6

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Southwestern Eggrolls with Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce (see pg. 34). It’s vegetarian, but it’s also economical, delicious and fun to make with kids. I always joke that I could eat just about anything dipped in that Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce, and it’s made with plain Greek yogurt. Healthy AND delicious! What was your favorite book as a child? I should say The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle because it would tie so nicely into PB&J’s mission, but my favorite book as a child was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. I remember feeling so deeply for the little house surrounded by skyscrapers, looking to my child’s eye like it was scared and sad. The house gets moved to the country and is happy and vibrant again by the story’s end. I still love a story with a happy ending, and I still feel sad when I drive by a neglected old house, imagining how happy it must have looked when it was cared for. What traits do you find admirable in others? Whom do you admire? I admire people who are kind, sincere and genuine. That describes my late mother, and I hope it is what others see in me. I have also long admired my husband’s work ethic and productivity in all aspects of his life. The most recent example is the “tree house for our kids” that is nearing completion. It has turned into a fully insulated “tiny house” with electricity and heat. He might be planning to move out there.

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What is your favorite go-to snack? It depends on my mood. The easiest one to grab when I’m hungry is pretzels or baby carrots, but really anything dipped in hummus. If I have a knife and cutting board, it’s slices of a crisp Granny Smith apple with Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese. I also love Greek yogurt with some blueberries and granola mixed in.


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conversation with me during my teen years; she was concerned about one of my friendships, but instead of speaking against it, she just talked with me about how some people take from a relationship while others focus on giving to it. I think the essence of her words is captured in the popular series of books on “bucket filling.” If you haven’t heard that phrase yet, check out Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud, David Messing (Illustrator).



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Why is mealtime and preparing meals as a family so important? Family meals with children don’t always play out like a Norman Rockwell painting, do they? But today, more than ever, we need to continue to practice the art of conversation and basic table manners. We all need to put down our screens and talk to one another, and share the mundane events of your day. Take turns throwing out a conversation starter like, “if you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?” I’m also big on remaining seated during meals for safety

and social reasons. Many children with special needs struggle with stilling their active bodies. Work within your child’s abilities to create a family mealtime experience whether it’s brief, sitting on the floor or around a child’s bed. Gather around your “family table” wherever and whenever your family can come together. Why is it important to teach children about healthy eating? The eating habits learned as children are carried with us into adulthood, and it is certainly easier to learn the healthy habits from the beginning than it is to unlearn well-established unhealthy habits. I believe that if we teach children to make healthy decisions about food, considering and choosing what is good for their bodies, we are setting them up to be able to make good decisions about other things, like risky behaviors, based on if it’s good for their health. As our teens often face many decisions about whether to engage in risky behaviors, it can’t possibly hurt to have had some practice in how to make healthful choices.

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How can readers lend support to ending hunger in Charlottesville? Donate what you can, time and/or money, and don’t forget the power of your voice. Volunteer with a non-profit working to address nutrition and hunger in our community. Some of our community partners who are also part of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network include City Schoolyard Garden, Local Food Hub and City of Promise. If you could have a super power, what would it be? We’ve actually had this question as a Table Talk topic at PB&J! I would want to be able to fly, because there are so many places I would love to see and cultures I would love to experience.

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Kid-Friendly Finger


shared by Tracey Roberts with PB&J Fund

Southwestern Egg Rolls Makes About 2 Dozen From: Annie’s Eats Ingredients: • 2 Cups frozen corn, thawed • 1 15-ounce Can black beans, rinsed and drained • 1 10-ounce Package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry • 2 Cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, reduced fat • 1 4-ounce Can chopped green chilies, drained • 4 Green onions (scallions), roughly chopped • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin • ½ Teaspoon chili powder • ½ Teaspoon salt • ½ Teaspoon pepper • ¼ Teaspoon cayenne pepper • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder • 1 Package egg roll wrappers (about 24) • Optional – chicken, baked and diced • Cilantro cream for dipping (see recipe other page)


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Directions: • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. • In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers. Mix well to blend. • Lay an egg roll wrapper so that one of the corners is pointed toward you and place ¼ cup of the filling in the center. • Fold the tip closest to you over the filling, roll a bit and then take the points pointing outward and fold them in toward the center. • Continue rolling into an egg roll shape until a small part of the remaining point is still free. • Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. Place each egg roll on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. • Spray the top of each roll with cooking spray. Place in oven and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. • Serve with salsa and/ or cilantro cream.

Creamy Cilantro Dip/Sauce From: Miss Emily! Ingredients: • 1 ¾ Cups of non-fat Greek yogurt • ¼ Cup mayo made with Olive Oil • 2 Teaspoons lime zest • 1 Tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice • ½ Teaspoon salt • 1 Clove garlic • ½ Bunch cilantro • ½ Cup green onions, white and about half green stalk

Directions: • Chop everything very finely and stir together. (Or place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.)


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Mudroom Magic Tips on Creating & Maintaining Storage Space Near the Door


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With the winter season comes all of the necessary clothing and gear that we don the children in before sending them outside to play. And every year, the question of where to store all of this gear arises—no matter the season. Parents alike have experienced the time when you are running late and you can’t find one of the kid’s other glove or their favorite hat. So, here are some solutions for streamlining and organizing a designated space.

words by Becky Calvert


{inspiration home} Some homes have mudrooms—those glorious rooms dedicated to entering and exiting a home, especially in inclement and wet weather. Other homes have large enough foyers with closets that make setting up a wet weather station a snap. And then there are the homes that are referred to as charming or cozy, but most oftentimes leave their occupants wishing for just one more closet, or at the very least a few more feet in a particular closet or by the main entrance. No matter the size of your home, winter and its colder weather—and the gear it requires—can be hard to keep up with. In a perfect world, every house would have a mudroom, complete with those glorious built-in cabinets with a spot for every member of the family to hang their coat, stash their boots, hats and other assorted gear close to an entryway. It’s about having access to everything while also allowing them room to properly dry when required. But alas, we all do not have this luxury. So, the question is what to do about that? There are a number of ways to address winter gear organization, one of which is to hang an over-the-door shoe organizer in your coat closet to store scarves, hats and mittens. Labeling the pockets for family members is an extra little step that will make hurried mornings flow a little easier. These labels can even be as simple as a hand-written tag made from laundry tape. Assign each person a few pockets for their items, leaving the lower ones for the smallest members of the family, so they can easily reach their gear without help. If there is room for a small bench or dresser, they make for another excellent storage solution. Baskets or other bins can be placed under a bench and used for holding items while the bench can be used for pulling boots on and off. A dresser could be organized by giving everyone a drawer, or alternatively by having a drawer for specific items, such as hats in one, scarves in another and so on. A basket, bucket or tub for shoes makes for quick work of creating a spot by the door in which to toss shoes. To keep the shoe bucket from overflowing, assign the task of returning shoes to their more H-16

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permanent home to a child. This also prevents the inevitable “have you seen…” at the last minute. An armoire or other wardrobe can also be utilized in an entryway, particularly if


your’s lacks a real closet. Most armoires have a section devoted to hanging items

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as well as drawers, making a most efficient use of space while offering a storage solution for a number of items. Standing coat racks can also be useful, although

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if weight hung on them is not properly distributed, they can topple over. If solutions like this seem to take up cont’d on pg H-21

too much floor space in your entryway, consider wall hooks. A series of wall hooks makes quick work in giving everyone a


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Baskets or other bins can be placed above or under a bench and used for holding items while the bench can be used for pulling boots on and off.

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nearby stairwell? Hanging hooks at a

or permanently. A retractable clothesline

variety of heights can make the most of

mounted somewhere like in a basement

the space while also ensuring even the

or garage can be a game changer for

smallest of family members can reach

wet winter gear for a family with young

their jackets. You should ask the question:

children, particularly if there is outdoor

Where is there space that could be better

access to said basement. If you don’t have

utilized? Take a look around at friends’

a basement or garage, perhaps install a

homes to see how they tackle the issue.

retractable clothesline in a bathroom,

Sometimes, thinking outside of the box

spare room, covered porch or other space

just needs a small nudge.

that could be used for hanging wet items.

Of course, all of these solutions work

Pull out the clothesline when necessary,

well for dry weather, too. But come wet

and then retract it back into its case

weather, the idea of putting those wet

when done.

mittens back in a pocket in a dark closet





seems like a recipe for disaster, or at least

include collapsible drying racks, although

a wet mess. Short of hanging a clothesline

be cautious in loading them with too

by the front door, what’s one to do with

much weight, as they can topple over. A

these mounds of wet winter gear our

folding over-the-door hanger is another

children come in and strip off daily?

item can be pressed into service for

Actually, having a clothesline maybe

hanging wet items in a pinch. When not

isn’t such an awful idea. There are

needed, they fold up and can be stored in

retractable ones designed to practically

a closet or drawer. These are also handy

disappear when not in use. They come

for entertaining, when you need a few

in a wide variety of sizes and can be as

spare inches of closet space.

simple as one line or have as many as six

Walk-off mats are essential in any

lines, stretching anywhere from eight to

weather, but particularly in wet weather.

over 100 feet, and mounted temporarily

Positioned in the entryway, they protect

Be Water Smart! CHECK for leaks from faucets & sprinklers


Winter Home Guide (cont’d)

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Whether they hang from a hook or hanger, are tucked into a drawer or standing in a bin, be sure to have the umbrellas in a spot that is easy to grab along with your hats and gloves.

your floors by helping to clean dirt and other particles off the bottoms of shoes as they transition from the outdoors to your interior. These mats don’t have to be ugly but rather a small throw rug with good backing should be sufficient in protecting your floors while also giving feet something to wipe themselves upon. Pairing an indoor mat upon entry to your home with an exterior mat on the outside of the door makes for a double chance for wiping the mud, moisture and chemicals often used in treating ice and snow from your family’s shoes. Creating an area for wet boots and shoes to rest will further help protect your floors. If the flooring in the area doesn’t lend itself naturally to such an endeavor, create one. Plastic or metal trays make a good temporary station for holding wet shoes while allowing them to properly dry, H-22

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particularly if your entry has hardwood

a U-hook handle that easily hangs or

flooring or carpeting.

are the small, folding sort that neatly

In a pinch, a trash bag works, although

tucks away, having a spot for them to

not the most attractive solution, but

live that allows one to effortlessly grab

sometimes function wins out over form.

them in the rush to get out the door is

Protecting your floors over the long-term

essential. Whether they hang from a

makes for a slightly more compelling

hook or hanger, are tucked into a drawer


or standing in a bin, be sure to have the





umbrellas in a spot that is easy to grab

It’s also quite handy to have a nearby pile of old towels ready for use in this

along with your hats and gloves. Storing





weather, whether they are utilized in

inclement weather gear is an essential

drying off the dog after a walk, used to

part of winter prep, and one that should

wipe up wet floors or used to wrap up

blend easily into your home and lifestyle.

cold, wet, shivering children after they

When space is at a premium, it can seem

come in from sledding. The towels don’t

a challenge to be able to effectively deal

have to be in great condition; in fact,

with it all, so trying to discover ways in

you probably don’t want to use your

which to make your space multi-task

best towels. But they are oh, so handy

effortlessly is worthwhile. It’s never too

in dealing with cold, wet weather. Keep

late in the season to realize what works

them in a small basket along with all

and what doesn’t work for your family

your other winter gear so they are easy

and to adapt from there.

to access upon entering the house. It’s not necessary to have them as accessible at all times, as they are most likely only used in wet weather, so they don’t need a permanent spot. Last, but



least, is

umbrella storage. Whether they have

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Winter Home Guide (cont’d)

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