Weekend ramblings….drinks, Waters, gardens and trucks!
May 13, 2011

Elderflower Sidecar...looks yummy...Ok, it’s Friday ya’ll….and you know how I feel about the weekend….so in that spirit, I offer a few modest suggestions for yours….ready? Soon it will be 5:00(newscast for me), and the old line…”it’s 5 o’clock somewhere“…The Elderflower Sidecar….here’s the recipe. And yes, I will have to go purchase some St. Germain Liquer if I want to make it…I’ve heard it is delicious, made(obvie) from elderflowers.


Home and Garden tour!!

And in the springtime, who doesn’t love a Home and Garden tour? This one  is on Susan Reimer’s blog Garden Variety-here, on the Baltimore Sun’s website. Browsing through people’s gardens on which they have worked very hard( how much pressure is that, to know people are gonna come look at your garden…Judging, judging, always judging). So they must be confident there’s is pretty fine….no leaves out of place.


Sneezy, HappySleepy and Co.

And if you have small children( their presence is probably not required at a house and garden tour…can you just imagine…”Jimmy, get out of that bed of pansies, before I whip your butt!…I mean it Jimmy, now!” 

So for you I offer a live performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…playing at the Glen Echo Park, put on by the Puppet Company Playhouse-ticket infor here. The production has been nominated for some awards….and at 40 minutes long, perfect for kids!! (And will keep them out of those flowerbeds)

Love, love love John Waters

Next up, how about a night with the King of Trash? You know…John Waters! The great director of classics such as Polyester and Hairspray, will be signing copies of his book,
 Role Models at Atomic Books on Fall Road-info here Saturday night at 7 pm. Funny story…my daughter had to deliver something to Mr. Waters recently for her job. There was no number outside so she wasn’t sure she was at the right address, and was kind of looking around….Waters
comes the door and and peers at her thru a little window..finally answers the door and says, “I thought maybe you were a stalker…”classic.
And here’s a freebie….hey,  never say I didn’t GIVE you something….great again for kids, especially for kids who love big trucks(I remember fondly Richard Scarry’s kids book about big machines).

Hey Dad, look...a BIG truck!!

 Some of the largest behemoths(is that redundant?) from the Baltimore City fleet will be parked on the lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway(interesting in its own right), all day Saturday….and all of you who pay city property taxes, like me, I say again….this is free. So let your kiddoes explore the mchines.

Enjoy the weekend, Don’t throw rocks, see something different and interesting this weekend…setp out of the rut for once….and come home safe….’cause we miss you!

Some lamb dreams were never meant to be….
October 29, 2010

Me, after peering into my slow cooker...

Ok, you know how I was all about the lamb in the crockpot yesterday…how fab it was gonna be…how smart am I, blah, blah, blah? Here’s the thing…when I arrived home yesterday, I put the mail down on the table, brought in a box that had been left on the front porch(hello Rue La La…no, not something for me…ties for xmas presents, so there)….and went straight into the kitchen. I have been oddly starving lately…seriously…I wonder what’s up, I’m just really hongry. (Hongry is one notch above hungry, fyi)..and nothing. No fragrant smell of lamb and garlic, no gentle steam coming from the crockpot…just a cold hunk of raw lamb sitting in some chicken broth and soy sauce. Aghast(really, I was horrified), I realized I had plugged the slow cooker into an outlet….that’s right, that doesn’t work. Why? WHY?

SO, dinner consisted of some skillet sautéed Andouille sausage, some leftover sweet potatoes and I steamed some brocoli. Not terrible, but it was a bitter disappointment, let me tell you. I plugged the cooker into an outlet that actually has electricity and let it simmer away the rest of the evening. Should be great this weekend, but still. Still.

I like this distressed black.....

What’s up for Halloween weekend? Tomorrow morning  I head off to visit a kitchen designer(I told you I’m knocking out part of a wall…and kinda redoing some things…not a MAJOR$$$ thing…though anytime you start kitchen stuff, you better be ready to ante up some dollah bills, ya’ll.

I hope you don’t gasp at the black cabinets…..I know lots of people love white cabinets and light cabinets and dark granite  in their kitchens and it is a pretty combo…but  somehow I really like the dark distressed cabinetry with a lighter colored countertop.

Pretty with dark cabinets???

 I’ve considered concrete countertops….I love the look, but in the end it may cost more than I want to spend and I’m really not sure about the upkeep. Probably I’ll end up with the ubiquitous granite, just like everyone else in the world.Thoughts, ideas, concerns??? Anyone have concrete and love it??

Yep, all stocked up....with my favs....

On Halloween proper…no, I do not dress up…nor do I go out(somebody has to guard the homestead)….But we are having lunch with friends down the street that day(hopefully no noon time trick or treaters?)….and then dinner at home(leftover crock pot lamb anyone?).

Someone asked if I get many trick or treaters. You know, it depends. Some years we have a lot, and last year, none at all…which meant a lot of fun size Reese’s Cups for Donna to eat. It must be said though, our house is a bit of a climb up steps….and sometimes I think groups see easier pickings just down the street and say, “Oh, to heck with them and their steps…let’s move on.” But it feels a little sad when I have no little monsters at all…like somehow the holiday is changing . I hope that’s not true. And if you do come to my house…I am stocked with more Reese’s!! Have a great Halloween, cook something nice and slow for dinner this weekend, be nice to each other and don’t throw rocks….oh, and come home safe, ’cause we miss you.