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29 Jul



We have accumulated an odd assortment of knives here in our kitchen.  Some were wedding gifts.  Others were random purchases.  We’ve even inherited a couple that are probably almost as old as I am.  My grandfather was a meat cutter and every so often some of his A&P work knives would find their way home with him.    After he passed away, two of those work horses found their way to our house.  Funny how that happens. Continue reading


Market Report

12 Jun

Green Onions Shrooms  Let Us  Shrooms

There are no shortages of Farmer’s Markets around Exit 51 this time of year.  But I never seem to get to them.  I know that I should, but I just don’t make the time.  So I was excited to hear that there was a new Farmer’s Market on Saturday afternoons at Green Spring Station.  Finally, a market that worked with my schedule.

According to what I read online, there are 28 vendors participating.  I can’t say that all of them were there when I visited but it was the first weekend and I was there right when it opened.  Maybe additional stalls were set up after I left.

What I did see was lovely fresh greens, hearty mushrooms, and colorful flowers.  Price wise, some of the vendors were high.  $4 for crimini mushrooms?  Yes, they are organic, but I can get nonorganic ones for half as much at The Fresh Market.  Sorry, but I’m trying to shop smarter.  And that’s the other thing about the Farmer’s Market, you’ve got to remember to bring cash.  I was digging around in my pocket to pull together $2.50 for the sweetest green apples I’ve ever tasted.

Hopefully things at the Green Spring Station Farmer’s Market will come together in the next few weeks.  I’ll let you know what I find when I stop back.  In the meantime, I’ve got to get myself back over to the Farm Stand in Parkville where I got that phenomenal asparagus.  I bet they have a bunch of new fruits and vegetables coming in.

Win a Geniune Ralph Lauren “Ricky” Handbag

16 Oct

As if the wonderful, handcrafted bags that we’re offering at this year’s B’More Bags Trunk Show and Sale aren’t enough to spark your interest, there’s more.  No, not a set of ginzu knives.  Not a shamwow! either.  Nope, way better than all that.

In conjunction with the Trunk Show, we’re raffling off a Ralph Lauren “Ricky” handbag.  What’s a Ricky handbag, you ask.  Inspired by a vintage Cooper saddle carrier, crafted in luxury French baranil leather, hand stitched and finished with custom made, hand-stamped brass hardware, this is the IT bag of 2008.  Check out the specs:

  • Leather trimmed canvas interior with snap and zip side pockets.
  • Logo-engraved function brass lock with two keys on a detachable key belt at front strap.
  • Elegantly presented in a protective felt pouch.
  • 13″ x 10 1/4 ” x 7″.
  • Made in Italy.

I’ve seen the bag.  It. Is. Gorgeous.  And it could be yours for as little as $25.  Can you believe that?  $25 doesn’t even fill up a gas tank these days.  But it could get you a handbag that sells for $3,495.  Talk about a bargain.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online at the House of Ruth Maryland’s secure online donation page.

Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.  The drawing will be held November 13th at the Trunk Show and the winner does not need to be present.  How cool is that?

I know you may want to keep this little secret all to yourself but each raffle ticket sold helps the fight against domestic violence and allows the House of Ruth Maryland to provide emergency transportation for families in crisis.  I hope you’ll spread the word about this incredible opportunity to support a good cause while being fashionably fabulous.

Dangerously Delicious

15 Oct

After weeks of forgetting to remember to get on over to the newest Dangerously Delicious Pies (DDP) location in Hampden, the opportunity to do so fell into my lap courtesy of ‘Da Mom. DDP Hampden is conveniently located between her ‘hood and mine.  So when we were trying to figure out where to meet for a late lunch, our mutual love of all things pie demanded to be recognized.  Continue reading


1 Oct

Graphic Courtesy of Jen Smith

Those of you who know me outside of this space know that my crafty skills do not extend into many areas of the traditional home arts.  Yes, I can sometimes construct a fabulous meal.  I can balance a checkbook.  I can install a ceiling fan.  And I can scrub a toilet like nobody’s business.  Despite the many things I can do,  for the life of me I cannot sew.  Not one stitch.

I recall trying to learn to sew.  One Christmas, Santa brought me a delightful Hollie Hobbie sewing machine.  That thrill lasted about all of one day.  And then in middle school, I have awful memories of the dreaded pillow project in Home Ec.  Mine, as I recall, was a giant yellow light bulb.  Really, I’m still trying to get over that fiasco.  Then during college, I had the brilliant idea to make a set of curtains for Frau Poshizzle.  I’m still apologizing to her for that ‘gift’ almost fifteen years later. So imagine my surprise to end up being involved in a project that is all about sewing.

There is a talented group of women who volunteer for the B’More Bags project at the House of Ruth Maryland.  Let me tell you, this is not your grandmother’s sewing circle.  These women design and create the most fabulous bags – tote bags, market bags, snazzy dressy bags, and uber cute hand bags.  Each item is completely handmade, one of a kind, and totally awesome.  Take my stylish market bag.  Not only does it look good, but it’s amazing how much it holds.  Even the folks at the market heart my bag.  How do I know?  Because they tell me so.  And they know bags.

Know what else makes these bags so special?  They support the House of Ruth’s mission to “lead the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.”  How can one little bag do all that, you might wonder.  The money raised during the yearly Trunk Show is used to provide emergency transportation to women and families in crisis.  During the first three years of the B’More Bags program, approximately $13,000 has been raised for the Emergency Transportation Fund.  These bags have heart.

The 2008 Trunk Show is Thursday, November 13th, 5-8pm.  Our sales goal this year is big…$10,000.  And I’m confident that we can reach that goal.  So mark your calendar, tell your friends, and get on over to the B’More Bags 2008 Trunk Show.

For more information, please visit the House of Ruth Maryland and B’More Bags.

Floppy Hat Night

8 Aug

SFC and I decided to take in an O’s game AND get this year’s Floppy Hat.  Now I must say, the team has done this promotion for years and some years the hat is better than others.  This year’s?  Not so good I’m afraid.  It’s less floppy hat and more, I dunno, sailor cap, sous chef hat, I’m sure there’s a much better way to describe it but it escapes me.

Anyhow, besides all that floppy hat excitement and the late game runs scored by the O’s (they still lost), the highlight of the game was watching a member of the grounds crew do some spectacular running.  There was a story in the paper recently but really, you need to see this guy do his thing.

This was his third trip out that game.  The first time, I just sat there kind of stunned and watched him do his thing.  The second time, I thought ‘too bad I didn’t catch that on video’.  So the third time he came out, I was ready.  My floppy hat’s off you to Mr. Fast Running Groundskeeper Guy!!!

Get Yo’ Pie On

23 Jul

I’m not one to spread rumors.


According to their web site, the Hampden location of Dangersouly Delicious Pies is open.

Maybe after the non-national retail chain repair service appointment on Saturday (after that fiasco, I found a local company who was more than happy to have a live person make an appointment with me that I have every expectation will be kept), the mistah and I can make a run into Hampden for some Dangerously Delicious Pie.

But maybe I should call first.  Just to be sure they are in fact open.  So if you call and get a busy signal, that would be me jamming their lines so you think they aren’t open and don’t come and eat all the pie before we get there.