Still glowing

November 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Posted in life, Washington | Leave a comment
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I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. Had the most marvelous Thanksgiving with family and friends at my mom and stepdad’s house in Maryland. We ate in a heated tent lined with twinkling lights. We had so many courses: jelly and cheese plates, pumpkin soup, homemade biscuits, fried turkey, baked turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, creamed pearl onions, green bean casserole, wine—lots of wine, red and white, that we actually didn’t have room for the pies! All was fine, because Friday morning pies go great with coffee! My pants are still tight from the weekend! My sister, Claire is in town from Paris through Sunday. I’m in heaven spending so much time together. More later, love.

Renaissance Festival in Maryland

October 5, 2010 at 7:53 am | Posted in life | 6 Comments
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Huzzah! Over the weekend I had the jolly pleasure of attending this year’s Renaissance Festival near Annapolis, MD with three of my favorite friends. Never in my entire life had I ever gone to one of these festivals; it was more or less what I had imagined, but actually more fun. There is a sweetness in the air because people are really into Ren-Fest. I mean, I love a good costume party, but I’ve never particularly been into fantasy or dungeons and dragons or anything like that—and the Renaissance Fest is a perfect haven for kings, knights and wenches. I received more than a few “hello m’Lady!” greetings.

Let’s face it, it’s not every day you get to see someone dressed up as a mime on stilts. …awesome!

The grounds of Ren-Fest look like an authentic village with tudor-style buildings. The structures reside there all year round and are only inhabited for a few weeks a year; exclusively for Ren-Fest merchants and attendants.

The driving force for me was eating a giant turkey leg (which was only $5!) and a ahem several Killian’s Red beers. Hellz yeah. We were all in!

The next most important thing for me was see the jousting competition. Which was only ok. I was kind of acting like a big kid at the mall whose parents were making her sit on Santa’s lap even though she knew he wasn’t real. To say the least, I was unimpressed.

Yeah, yeah, and they lived happily ever after.


I kind of love this guy.

The end.

Garden Inspiration: My parent’s house

July 6, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, life | Leave a comment
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Visiting my parents is kind of like staying at a B&B. It’s a place I go to get away from the city, enjoy delicious cuisine and relax at night by the outdoor firepit. My parents live in a charming, turn-of-the-century four-square in Gaitherburg, MD (about 20 miles from Washington, DC). The only downside is that I still have to do my dishes.



A woman once said to my mom “you can never have too many doodads in the garden” and we have never forgotten that.


Every year they have a gigantic vegetable garden from which I draw my inspiration. You can commonly find: heirloom tomatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, chives, radishes, swiss chard, carrots, zucchini, pumpkins, various herbs, peas, greenbeans, and peppers.

06_swiss chardAbove: Rainbow Swiss Chard, a hardy green—much like spinach except it grows happily for most of the year.
07_tomatoesTomatoes are beginning to grow. Marigolds are used to steer rabbits and deer away who dislike the scent.
Leeks are beginning to go to seed, but aren’t they beautiful. On the right, a gigantic golden zucchini plant.
Onions (I think) and carrots are sprouting up!
A radish plucked from the ground.

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