And what a hiatus.  Fall and winter have really slowed my creative juices, but I’m on a mission of willpower and discipline.  There’s only one way to get back to a blog after such a long time and that is to dive right in before distracted procrastination settles back into it’s spot.

A brief and simple recap of the highlights since this summer:

1. LADY GAGA SIGHTINGS

Lady Gaga spoke at the Equality March in D.C.  After she finished she exited right in front of us.  Pretty exciting.  Earlier that month we had gone to Richmond to see her.  Richmond was really surprising for me.  In a good way.

The best of Richmond was the Canal Cruise in a Willy Wonka-ish covered boat that went along the historic canal walk.

2. GREAT MARYLAND MOMENTS

Ok really this is just a gratuitous beautiful shot of the harbor that makes me miss warm weather terribly.

With breezy windows open, fall was a good time for fort building.  Inside the fort were scary movies, and a fake fire plugged into the wall.

One morning we got to Harper’s Ferry so early no one was there.  (Except ghosts)  By the water was freezing but it was absolutely beautiful.  I’m sure I spotted a bald eagle.

Katie wanted to start this Maryland list.  The Baltimore 100.  We didn’t get too far, they’re all accounted for on her page, though.  Here is when we had to try oyster’s from Nick’s in Cross Street Market.  Not being in the mood for raw oyster slurping we got oyster po boys instead.  Which is not a Maryland thing, but it definitely works for me.

Every year in November, Easton hosts the Waterfowl Festival.  A family member carves on the caliber of those shown and accompanied us.  The workmanship was brilliant and the details were absolutely insane.

3. FOOD ENDEAVORS

Tons of beef stew.  The second it got chilly there was beef stew.

Drunken nights having to feed friends resulted in inventive steak preparation.  The bloody mary marinated steak.  Brilliant kitchen collaboration if you ask me.  Marinate and flip for a couple of hours in pretty much anything you would put in your bloody mary. Plus garlic cloves.

Pound carefully on countertop with something hammer-like.  Like a hammer.

Slice and serve with cheap and filling side dish.  Simply delicious.

Cheese biscuits made on Superbowl Sunday.  So comforting I’m sure it’s what make them win.  They were accompanied by andouille sausage red beans and rice.  Victory!

And because all of my friends are my valentines, I made V-Day cupcakes, each in their own shade of pink.  It’s funny because pink is my least favorite color.  But it was so important that they all be different.  Like my special friends.

4. DOG!

Our friend found this little scrappy thing in East Baltimore.  A shaky little girl all matted and nervous.  Katie and I took her in and she is ours.  Her name is Little Edie.  Long ago, I’m sure Edie was a sophisticated spoiled house-pup, who was then forced to become street smart.  But she has a home now, with us.

It took the groomer 4 hours to give her a “fresh start.”  Poor thing had all of her hair cut off, so I made her a sophisticated little sweater to keep her warm.

Those killer eyes are what got her rescued.  And her outer space face.

She’s fitting in rather well.

5. BLIZZARD

We got a lot of snow.  And I can’t take it anymore.  can barely look at these pictures of all this stupid snow.

Stuck inside with nothing to do.

Almost nothing.

The trash/recycling hasn’t come in about 2 weeks.  Our stuff along with about 4 days worth of other people’s trash is really piling up.  

I killed a fly yesterday.  Can you imagine, a fly in February!  The point is no one in this city has gotten rid of trash in quite some time.  It’s outrageous.  It’s supposed to snow again today or tomorrow.  Only a few inches.  But if that’s not it for the season, my bags are packed.  I can’t take it.  I mean look at the length of this blog, I’ve gone absolutely insane.  Hoping more exciting things happen and signing off.  Welcome back, me.

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Living for the weekend

June 16, 2009

A quick update for June, first being

Rufustival:

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We went to see the Dirty Projectors who were really exciting.  Apparently, David Byrne was there, but we’re too unlucky to be aware of that.

Farmer’s Market:

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Full-sour garlic pickles are my new favorite snack.

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DSCF0716this beautiful photo, taken by katie dexter

Home:

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Finally got to installing that sucker.  Not a good picture but I really like the way it looks.

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Here’s a little project we did.  Our fridge is old and dingy and after much scrubbing we realized there’s nothing we can do about it.  So we had to cover up.

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Dinner of the week- whole wheat alfredo, artichoke, tomato, spinach with grilled chicken.

Love muffins

May 18, 2009

Katie and I got back from Montreal last week. Although we enjoyed our food there, we were both excited to have home-cooked meals.  It was hard eating out every day and not having very much say in our food preparation.  One of few souvenirs that I got was something I’ve been wanting for a long while, is a salt pig.  Just like in cooking shows, it makes that extra dash so much more country cooking feeling.  What a weidro, I know.  What I was looking for was a general, simple, porcelain type like this.

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Actually I was dying to get my hands on one from Emile Henry salt pig, I always drooled over it in William Sonoma.

TEH0201.33.jpgWhen we stopped in Burlington, VT there were a ton of cute kitchen shops.  I found the best thing ever.

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A salt PIG.  It’s made my the company RSVP International and was much much cheaper than, well, anything at William Sonoma.

Fun kitchen gadgets help to make cooking and learning to cook fun.  I decided I never bake, so I made muffins.

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Then I got some kind of delirious motive to cook dinner.  So why not roast a chicken?  Cause I’ve never done it before.  Katie kindly took me out to get ingredients and a chicken.  I started cooking at 8 pm and we didn’t eat til around 11, but I’m glad that we did it, cause it wasn’t easy.

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I lined the pan with onions, garlic, and potatoes.  And set some onions and garlic aside to stuff into the chicken.

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The chicken sat on the onions in the middle.

A little side note:  This was my first time handling a whole chicken.  I’m not going to lie, it’s extremely uncool.  It takes a lot of ignoring to keep yourself from going veggie when picking up a whole chicken.  It’s way easier when it’s cut up into happy little pieces for you.  I got through it, but I learned I’m not quite as tough as I thought.

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Also since it was my first time, I was afraid of course that it would taste bad and that we would have to throw it all away.  So I basted it with a little bit of butter.

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Then stuck the onions garlic, and a couple whole sprigs of rosemary from the herb window.  Also a couple splashes of dry white wine.  Popped it in for a couple of hours, and there it was.

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Next time I might use more vegetables, more colors.  Anyway, the leftovers are awesome.  Real home cooking by a really amateur cook.  Yum enough for me.

These are a bit out of order, basically it was amazing.

Getting Ready for Spring

April 30, 2009

This week ended up being pretty productive.  Earlier this month I had purchased a 4×4 section of tin ceiling from Second Chance Inc. with the intentions of making a backsplash for the stove.  The back was very rusty and I put off taking care of that for the entire month.  Finally, the weather was inspiring enough to get it done.  Some elbow greased wire brushing and windy Rustoleum spray painting took care of it and the back was as good as new.  The front is now a pretty, light, and airy “Icy Mint.”

I’m still working out the installation for it but I’m thinking backing it with felt and hanging it with wire.

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I’ll put a picture after I hang it.

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Oh and here’s the dinner of the week:

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Lemon dill salmon, brown rice, and green beans almondine.

Philly Phun

April 14, 2009

This weekend was packed full of good times, starting with the Beirut show at the Electric Factory.  It was a wonderful show.  They did a great job of mixing the old with the new and I was able to find really good youtube videos of the show.

Basically, it was all I expected and more, and had great company to share it with.

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The next day we made plans to go visit Terrain where my friend Adam had worked when it was first opened.  Terrain is basically a home/garden/design mecca.  Although I am budgeting, I made a couple of plant purchases, which is always exciting.  The prices there are expensive in my taste, but no more than I expected.  We shopped, ate at the cafe, then shopped some more.  Very relaxing and inspiring.  A great little day trip.

Starfish

Starfish

Hothouse

Hothouse

Hothouse Terrarium Box

Hothouse Terrarium Box

Hothouse Arch

Hothouse Arch

Really Really Expensive Orchids

Really Really Expensive Orchids

Gourd Bird Houses In Back

Gourd Bird Houses In Back

Home And Bath Stuff

Home And Bath Stuff

Soap Table

Soap Table

Brunch At Cafe

Brunch At Cafe

Brunch In A Greenhouse

Brunch In A Greenhouse

Silly I know, but I loved the bathroom design

Silly I know, but I loved the bathroom design

Purchases

Purchases

Buckled Up For the Ride Home

Buckled Up For the Ride Home

Got home and immediately put our plants in their places.

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Window Garden

Window Garden

Oh yeah P’sghetti

April 7, 2009

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Turkey meat sauce whole wheat pasta spaghetti.  It’s just what we needed.  Along with lots of leftovers.  MmmMmmmmm

 

A very near and dear friend of mine celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday.  Here is our celebration, and what led up to it.

 

I found a really cool cake recipe on The Omnomicon blog, via Apartment Therapy

 

2 Cans of Soda, 2 Boxes white cake mix

2 Cans of Soda, 2 Boxes white cake mix

Divided up into 6 even bowls and added crazy amounts of color.  So bad for you, but it’s just this once, right?

 

Dropped colors into pretty color ordered blobs

Dropped colors into pretty color-ordered blobs

The blog recommended gel colors.  I guess they’re better.  

 

Bake and toothpick

Bake and toothpick

I feel the need at this point to assure you that I did not mess with the digital picture colors.  At all.  I had  speculated on the original blog’s pictures.  But I take it back.  The cake really is this bright and brilliant.

 

And cool.  It was a lovely day by the way.

And cool. It was a lovely day by the way.

 

Very lovely.

Very lovely.

We decided that for the icing we would go for a teal.  It turned out being pretty Tiffany blue.  I loved it.

 

Pretty enough to stick a diamond ring into.

Pretty enough to stick a diamond ring into.

 

And a B for Blaire!

And a B for Blaire!

 

It's not a birthday without balloons.

It's not a birthday without balloons.

We also made something very special for her.  And distasteful.  Mostly the latter.

 

Not just a paper mache penis.  But it's filled with candy.

Not just a paper mache penis. But it's filled with candy.

The get together was crazy.  The pinata was a hit.   

 

Literally a hit.  pffffff

Literally a hit. pffffff

And the cake looked fantastic.  Even when being ripped apart. 

 

Poor cake.

Poor cake.

Poor little cake.

Poor little cake.

 I haven’t baked in quite sometime, so I’m pretty proud and happy with the result.  I think I’ll bake special things much more often.  I could use some excuses to be a little more domestic from time to time.

sweets and sweets

May 3, 2008

I appreciate candy on many levels and recently have been reading various candy blogs and getting to know really what’s out there.  It all started with 1 box of sweet tarts:

 

and my stacking/building thing.

 

So the point is, there’s a lot of candy art and candy as art and candy as other things out there to be appreciated.

Like a hummer, made out of gumballs by Heidi Heisse. 

There are so many really nice candy blogs out there, too.  http://zomgcandy.com is a really cool one that mostly chocolate stuff.  candyaddict.com/ is pretty good for a variety of reviews, but the best i’ve found yet is candyblog.  It’s way cool, very thorough and written quite well.  

Another thing I’ve looked for is the weirdest (and grossest) novelty candy that exists.  And I definately have found some:

ear wax candy

gummy haggis?

i couldn’t put this in my mouth. 

gummy t-bone.

and possibly my fav:

(they also have abe lincoln.)

on this note i’m going on a diet and buying some lego’s to satisfy my color/building needs.