Whew this weekend was kind of crazy. Always moving but we got the wedding invites stamped and addressed!
Like our bows? They were on the invite boxes.
Sissy did her part by keeping us entertained and only stepping on a few envelopes.
Nick didn’t really have anything to do, but he kept us company.
After our little stamping party we made a trip to Lancaster to have dinner at our rehearsal dinner location
The restaurant is keeping with the wedding theme of sustainable happy food from the local area.
We had dinner with Nick, Nick’s mom, Nick’s dad, Nick’s step-dad and my momma beans!
Waaaay too much steak on top of some lovely greens. My only complaint about the restaurant is the portion sizes were a little large for a sustainable restaurant. I guess they want you to have leftovers? They only serve local beer, which Nick was really excited about and they even have local wines (not sure if they are good are not).
Less than 3 months to go!!!!!
Crunch time and the rocks are here!
N and I had a pretty busy weekend with a food movie (Food Matters) showing and raw food dinner – from Zia’s!!!! – along with a crazy 60th Birthday celebration for N’s dad. Even though our time was crunched I was still able to bang out two stellar breakfasts.
French toast with sunflower seed butter, granola and grilled MD peaches that I canned last summer.
I love FT on the weekend.
I had a lot of fun using my mini doughnut pan this morning but unfortunately the recipe I used is nothing to write home about.
They are still really cute though and the best part was actually located on the “ugly” side.
chocolate chips!!!!! I may have eaten all 12 throughout the day and this is why I do not have grab-able snack food throughout my house
Wedding Update: We picked up out wedding bands today and they are exactly what we ordered. Simple and US. I really like that my band is just a simple white gold band and I am probably going to write a post about wedding rings and the hype that surrounds them. We also got all of our stamps for our wedding invitations, now I am just waiting for the actual invites to come back from the printers! Walk through with all parties involved on Thursday – this is so exciting because I get to talk design with my coordinator. Lastly my boutonnieres are being shipped!!!!!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
It has been an eventful weekend!
Saturday I was up early to work the BARCS event 7-11.
The weather was awesome, and I really hope that BARCS raised a ton of money. I baked some pumpkin scones to sell at the bake sale and they came out great! I saw someone eating one and he said it was good!
Mom, these are your black kittens.
Then I went to visit some puppies.
$600? $700??? Nope, these puppies are up for adoption! Why would anyone go to a pet store that supports puppy mills???? There were so many rescues at the event for all types of breeds. Even such breeds as Pug and Lab have rescue centers that everyone should look into first!
Enough of that…on a lighter note, after animals Nick and I went apple picking!
We picked Nittany and Cameo. The Nittany are tart and crunchy which I prefer and Nick got Cameos that are a bit more sweet and crunchy.
I also got to seem some of those cool fall gourds growing on their vines.
I always thought these dainty gourds were grown with protection, but obviously not.
Time to finish up the Raven’s game and drive Nick to the bus stop
Mini Golf! I finally beat Nick at something! By 7 strokes I might add!
I had to get to bed early because Saturday was going to be a crazy bike adventure!
I headed down to meet with my friend Jen in DC. We had planned to bike to Mount Vernon and back along a bike/walking trail that follows the Potomac River.
I only fell off once! I have issues saying up on my bike. Considering how many people were on the trail and that we rode through parts of the city I think once is pretty good. (It was almost at a stop mom, nothing crazy)
It was great to see Jen and Meredith (who took the pics!) we went out for Greek, self serve fro-yo, of and some gelato! We had to make up for the 40miles!
Sunday needs its own post…coming right up, peaches
Sorry I have been MIA for awhile. I should be posting more often now that my momma loaned me her camera for a month.
Me and Poppop. See the ocean?!?! It smells amazing there.
See you later tonight for a new recipe!
There are something that just make you happy in life.
Friday afternoons, knowing that you have the whole weekend in front of you, is one of them.
Add a little cheese and wine and I am perfectly happy.
Nick and I enjoyed some wine, cheese and olives on our balcony to kickoff the weekend.
In racing news…
I think I did pretty well all things considered! Maybe one day I could actually place top 3? I would not want the added pressure of this idea though.
Overall I would not recommend this race. It was expensive and poorly organized. They were still setting up when we arrived and were not ready for the 10kers at the post race pavilion. I will not be doing this race again. I am however looking for my next one!
I hope you had a great weekend!
Well hello there!
What have I been up to?
Well Maine was awesome as always. My grandfather really enjoyed his birthday and I just wish I had some pictures We enjoyed many wonderful dinners and angel food cake!
Back Bay Gril – beat pasta with goat cheese, pine nuts and basil.
Coolest Place Visited:
Yes, Stonyfield now has cafes! Well actually there seems to be only one in Maine!
They have a ton of fresh organic food made to order and they even have happy hour!
It grosses me out that strawberries and 2/$5 right now. They taste like nothing and are covered in pesticides! I also feel bad for the pickers, because that was serious hard work and I know they are the ones making less because of the bumper crop.
Thanks for staying with me!
Maybe I will get a new camera some day!
I hope you had a great weekend!
Nick and I enjoyed a lovely evening outside on Friday night in Federal Hill.
I am always game for sangria and tapas so when I heard about Centro I had to check it out.
The menu is extensive and we took our time making or plan of attack over a glass of sangria.
Manchego 12 Month (D.O) || semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese-peppery, zesty, full of robust flavor
Cabrales (D.O.P) || blue cheese from the Asturias region-made with cow, goat and sheep’s milk, semi-hard, crumbly texture, aged 2-6 months in limestone caves, unpasteurized
Murcia al Vino (“The Drunken Goat”) || semi-soft goat cheese, sweet, buttery, smooth, wine cured
Next we split a lovely salad
I loved these almonds!
Up next… mushroom stuffed sweet peppers and spinach and chickpeas.
Pimientos del Piquillos Rellenos $7 || sweet roasted red peppers stuffed with wild mushrooms, cava cream sauce
Nick and I both agreed this was our favorite dish, and he doesn’t even like cooked spinach or chickpeas!
Then we waited and waited for our remaining main dishes…apparently things got a little backed up in the kitchen.
The squid was not as good as we had hoped and the oxtail would have been better with less masa.
We also got a special snook fish that came with bay potatoes that tasted like pure butter. There was supposed to be saffron in them, but I could not taste it.
I also had a glass of sustainable pinot noir from Chile that was delicious.
We ended the night with a flourless chocolate almond cake that was not overpowering and very almondy. I enjoyed the light end to the evening.
Overall I love tapas and sharing flavors, but I wish they all didn’t have so much oil. I can defiantly start to weigh me down.
It was a great experience and a nice night to eat outside.
IN OTHER NEWS…if you live in Baltimore and want a dog please come see Stitch at BARCS!
Do you have a life list?
I know a lot of people in the blog world have been posting “life lists” and “bucket lists”, but I find that things like that stress me out a bit. I would spend too much time worrying about getting everything done rather that enjoying the activity.
There is one thing that I want to do before I die, and that is to visit every state in the US! I have already been to 23, and the rule is you must have slept there (airports do not count!)
I put a map up in my cube to give me a visual of what I am working for.
I was talking to Katherine about how to tackle this, and I am thinking National Parks.
I know this will take me a long time, but I will be patient. I am hoping to live a long and happy life, so I am in no rush. Plus I would really like to go back to some states I have already visited mainly AZ and CA.
I currently will not be taking leave until October due to my new employment status, but I CAN wait.
Do you have any life goals? Do you set time limits for completion?
In other news:
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. This was my Friday night activity.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOMMA BEANS!
It is freezing today! We have frost warnings tonight and tomorrow night. What is going on Maryland?!?! Mom is coming tomorrow for dinner and to celebrate a delayed mom’s day and I wanted the weather to be warm for her. I can’t wait to see her!
Another big event…yesterday was my blog anniversary! Yes, it came and went with no candles and cake, but that is OK. I need to figure out where this little baby is going and what I really want to do with it.
On that note lets get back to the last 24 hours of my life.
Yesterday after breakfast I ran to the farmers market, and then I shoveled compost and snipped seedlings for about 5 hours at a small urban garden in a not so nice part of Baltimore.
The school where the garden is. They have problems with vandals in the area.
When I got back in the car at 12:30, I was hot and hungry.
I had the mini pb and j from my packed lunch to hold me over until I got home.
Orange, pickles and a wrap with spinach, meatless balls and goat cheese.
I made baby rhubarb upside down cakes with farmers market strawberries and homemade almond macaroons. I am thinking about making brownies and sprinkling these in top. That is if I don’t eat them all first! I think I had about 8 yesterday!
For dinner nick and I went for sushi. It was nice because I was not very hungry from the macaroons so I just got a spicy tuna roll and two pieces of unagi.
The other stuff is Nick’s.
Finally we are caught up to today! I need to leave for the grocery store in a minute so I wanted something with minimal dishes and tasted good.
Time to bundle up and get out the door! We have to leave in two hours for brunch! Maybe I won’t be making brownies.