Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day!

Hi friends sorry for lack of posting, but life has gotten a little crazy! Speaking of crazy can you believe this day only comes around every FOUR years!? I kind of can't believe there aren't more fun traditions related to Leap Day besides that it is acceptable for a woman to propose to a man on that day. {weird} BUT as I am a fan of 30 Rock and was told to watch last weeks episode since I missed it they {SPOILER!} made up Leap Day William and that everyone should wear blue and yellow and it's a day where things you do don't count since it only comes around every four years. With hilarious results! :) Well so far I've seen about 10 people wearing blue and yellow, by accident or not it made me smile and I hope everyone has a fantastic Leap Day! Live it up it only comes around every four years!

And just because I am slightly ridiculous, here is my ensemble for the day...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Over the Holiday Season I attended plenty of soirees, but the one that took the cake was definitely this Mad Men Party. I know, you're probably wondering ummm aren't we way past this? But I'm getting to that! So it starts with one of the worst mornings ever. I'll spare the details but it ends with me literally holding back tears from pain, embarrassment and exhaustion. It all got better by the end of the day. This party was insane. Seriously, I can’t believe it even happened. There were roughly 1,200 people at the Carnegie Institute in DC.
the very beginning
It was amazing, people were super decked out, they had a photo booth AND a photo shoot set up where they styled you and did your hair and had props. They also had people shining shoes and handing out cigars. The food was so good, they had these mini Sheppard’s pies that were to die for. They even had a shuttle to take everyone back to Baltimore! I'm leaving out huge parts of the night but that is the gist. It was amazing. Since then, I have actually watched Mad Men and I have a love/hate relationship with it. But I love the character Salvatore Romano. Mostly because he kind of reminds me of several people I work with. But yesterday there was a wine reception along with the American Crafts Council Show (starts today!) hosted by Bryan Batt!
I wish I could have gone! I probably would have, had I heard of of it before yesterday! How poorly advertised was this? For someone who lives right by the Convention Center I never know what is coming! I heard it was poorly attended as well. I really wish I could have gone, or gone to one of the parties yesterday for Mardi Gras! And had a little King Cake but a girls got to stick to her resolutions! I hope you had a fab Mardi Gras!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Parents in Pigtown

My parents finally decided to grace us with their presence this weekend. I was so excited to have them come up for a few days! Unfortunately my dad had to work in DC for part of the time, but that just forced us to spend time in old DC. On Saturday Mom and I decided we wanted to go to Georgetown since we would be near there anyway. So we picked Dad up from our office and headed to the shops! Lots of other people had the same plan. But it was still fun! After a long day at the shops we headed back to Baltimore for a delicious dinner at Vino Rosina. And treated ourselves to a few flights and desserts! Dinner was wonderful Mom and I had the duck, (which I rarely pass up!) Chris had the lamb burger and Dad had the scallops. So wonderful and the perfect portions! No leftovers but I was still fully but not painfully so. The perfect way to end the day.
On Sunday I walked them all over Baltimore, Inner Harbor and Harbor East. They were so taken aback by how much it has changed since we lived in Northern Virginia, they couldn't believe it! We stopped at Lebanese Taverna for lunch and it was delectable as well! I love Lebanese/Persian/Middle Eastern food so much, and this was just right! I love the strong tastes of everything and sharing a couple kabobs was just what we needed after our long walk. Mister and I made dinner for them that night so we could stay in and they could watch the finale of Downton Abbey and get me hooked in the process! On Monday, I wanted to walk them around Mount Washington and take them to the Tavern but it burned down! Obviously I hadn't been there in a while! But Crepe Du Jour was open so we treated ourselves to a little french cuisine! :) By then it was time to take them to the airport and our weekend of nomming had to end! I hope you had a fulfilling weekend as well!



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day friends! I hope you all have a wonderful day no matter what your relationship status says! It's funny seeing how people dress for holidays. I know you're supposed to wear green on St. Patrick's Day or else be pinched but on Valentines Day it's a whole other game! The streets are flooded in color! For once! Everyone wants to wear pinks and reds and it's so exciting! It feels like spring should be just around the corner rather than near freezing temperatures for the next few weeks {months}.

Last night I made White Chocolate Raspberry Scones for Mister and I am enjoying them so much! I gave a couple to my office Valentines and I hope you enjoy this Valentine treat!

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Mix: 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 6 tsp baking powder, & ½ tsp salt.

Then cut in ¾ cup cold butter {I might even cut it up then freeze for a few minutes before} mix all of that really well so it ends up looking like a coarse meal. {Or if you have a food processor that might work even better!}

Mix in 1 cup {maybe a little extra} of small white chocolate chips. {I used Ghirardelli}

In a small bowl mix 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 cup milk. With your dry mixture in the bowl make a small mountain and then place your hand in it the make a little pool for the milk and vanilla. {Like a volcano} I think this is easier to just use your hands to get an even mixture into the dough. Then knead the dough till the milk and vanilla mixture is evenly distributed. Then add 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries to the dough. You can roll out the dough and cut like a usual scone or you can make smaller balls like I did.
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes {I only did 20.} The recipe I followed said it made 18 small scones but I'm pretty sure we have at least 2 dozen. Also, take off your rings to knead! Definitely needed to take a toothbrush to my ring afterwards! :) So enjoy with a glass of milk, cup of coffee and someone you love! Happy Valentine's Day!




Sunday, February 12, 2012

What a wonderful weekend we had! We started off with drinks and dinner with our good friends Chris and Shelley. We went to Matthew's Pizza, which I think I have mentioned before. We tried to Crab Pie and introduced Chris and Shelley to the Anna's Stuffed Pie. Both were so delicious and perfect after a long week. Then we had to indulge our sweet tooth. After unsuccessfully trying to pull friends away from Ale Wife we went to Vaccaro's for this beast of a brownie sundae. Split between the four of us we couldn't finish it! The next day Mister and I walked around Mount Vernon. It was pretty chilly for a walk but it was nice to get out. It was all worth it when we made it to the Milk & Honey Market for Mouth Party Caramels! :)

Chilly Husband!

Sunday, we cemented one of my resolutions by trying out a church in Ellicott City. I think the next church we try out will be a little closer to home. We learned there are some requirements we both like in a church, which of course will be hard to find but I'm willing to keep looking! We like a traditional service, a large community, an early service and of course an active 20-30's group of people, in either a Presbyterian or Methodist denomination. This search goes hand in hand with trying to make more outside friends in Baltimore. I know this is a lot to ask for but I've found it before and would love to try to find it again! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Look at the hood!
When we got home there were fire trucks and police cars littered around our house! I was a little nervous but when we got closer we saw that our neighbors car had caught on fire! Luckily, no one was hurt and it was put out pretty quickly. We ended the day with a trip to the gym and a lovely venison stew provided by some of our friends. I'm a little sad I missed the Grammy's since the response has been overwhelming! But I hope you all had a wonderful fun-filled weekend and here's to a lovely week!



Friday, February 10, 2012

Let Them Eat Scones

I've been in a baking mood lately so I decided to finally try to make scones for the first time. And they are so easy! They only take around 10 minutes to make and the same amount of time to bake. Depending on how big you make them. When I lived in Charlotte we would always go to Nolen Kitchen for brunch and as a little appetizer they would give you little scones and I just loved them! They were always different and just the little perfect pre-brunch snack. I made cinnamon scones from this recipe.
I want to make these white chocolate raspberry ones for Valentines Day. It's the perfect mini breakfast for those like me who can't eat breakfast until hours after I've gotten up. What kind of breakfast do you like? Do you have any great scone recipes to share? What kind should I try out next? Do you want to see the process of me making these? Enough questions! Enjoy!



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Last Nights Game

Fans are so annoying. Big fans of anything or anyone. Super. Annoying. But it is so much fun when Duke plays Carolina! {trash talk aside} Mister spent his undergrad years at Duke University so I like to say I went there I didn't go there. Because I was only there for the fun things! ;) K-Ville is so much fun when everyone waits in tent lines to get tickets to Duke/Carolina games. It's freezing but you're having so much fun playing games, drinking, ordering food and just general merriment. And these kids know how to prepare for a month out in the cold. Occupy had nothing on K-Ville. But last night we enjoyed the game in the comfort of our home screaming with delight over Zeller tipping in those two points for us. And then that buzzer beater from Rivers was just magical! So today in celebration I had to wear the blue tights!

I can't wait for the madness to continue! Who will you be rooting for? Have an excellent Thursday!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Let it Snow{board}

Last weekend husband and I went on the annual Dental weekend of debauchery and snow play at Wisp Resort. It was perfection. We drove up there with our friend Steve listening to tapes of Boyz II Men, Ace of Base, and several other wonderful 90's mixed tapes. As well as reminiscing over Cd's that reminded us of Freshman year! {Jack's Mannequin, Panic! at the Disco} and Junior year! {Cartel, Mika} and several others that got us lost in Pennsylvania. When we finally made it, most of our other party was arriving as well and the drinking commenced! We had around 20 people in the house and had a blast, playing games, {regular and drinking}, talking, hot tubbing, making bonfires, and staying up wayyyy too late.

Post Cranium Win!

The next day most of us who planned on partaking in actual snow events got up and headed toward the slopes! Chris has been wanting to teach me to snowboard for a while, and I tried once in high school and was terrible and spent most of the time on my butt. Usually, it's harder to learn something once you get older so I was fully prepared to fail and exchange for skis. But luckily husband is an excellent teacher and I was able to spend most of the time boarding down the mountain, rather than scooting on my bum! As we made it down for lunch it started to snow! Real Snow! We were all pretty thrilled. But it quickly turned very white and very slushy so we went went back early.SNOW!

For the rest of the trip we mostly relaxed and I think the dentists rested their brains from studying. All in all it was a great trip and I'm so glad I got to learn how to snowboard. We are going again in a few weeks and I will definitely be getting a snowboard! :)

How were your weekends? What do you want to learn? It's never too late!



Thursday, February 2, 2012

DeBois Textiles

After my terrible lunch I decided to finally go to DeBois Textiles. I had heard about this place in a few media outlets and google searches for vintage clothes and fabric stores. I had passed it quite a bit so when I realized what it was I knew I had to go in. This place made my day!! Seriously, it is chock full of great finds! I love vintage shopping because there is a ton more size variation. Sometimes I wear a size 14, which makes me want to know what the smaller sizes looked like. By today's standards I wear a US size 2 or 0. I'm sure my mom was one of those teeny tiny sizes, I'm pretty sure up until recently she was under 100 pounds and is several inches taller than me. Back to the shopping! They were trying to get rid of their cool weather clothes so just about everything was 50% off. I tried on a few pieces including a sweet little leather jacket ($15!) and a couple blouses ($3!) I ended up only getting a little silk scarf. But I couldn't resist trying on the many many pairs of Ferragamo shoes and picking through their vintage designer duds. I found Valentino dresses, 2 Dior suits, Prada, Chanel and a couple other notable designers. It was so much fun! The ladies who worked there were so sweet and so hilarious! I wish I could have spent much more time there! I highly recommend heading there if you're ever in the area. I actually went to look at their fabrics and I found a few I really liked but none that went with the looks I'm going for. I'll definitely be back though! Do you have any favorite vintage or resale stores? What do you look for when you go to stores like that? Have you ever been to DeBois before? Enjoy your vintage!



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Write kind of Friends

Okay that's massively cheesy. But in last weeks New Yorker magazine one of the men that stood in mine and husbands wedding was published! Eric Weinstein has been one of Chris' best friends from Duke, they met and of course immediately hated each other. That festered into a deep deep love because they are so awesome. Weinstein, as we affectionately call him, graduated early from Duke with a bachelors in poetry. He has published a book of poems, Vivisection, of which we have two copies and currently works at Random House. I have so many memories with Weinstein, I'm so glad the nights I can't remember at Duke always involved him and many shenanigans! I'm slightly embarrassed to write this knowing that he might read it. Someone that actually knows how to construct a piece of work that someone besides their family would actually want to read!? With no pictures!? Pish posh! Either way I feel like a proud mama! Hope you're having a great week!


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