Black Eyed Susan Day | Preakness Stakes

Black Eyed Susan Day | Preakness Stakes
Last week, here in Baltimore, it was all about the horses. As we geared up for the center jewel in the mighty crown of horse races, The Preakness Stakes, it seemed that everything became centered around these mighty creatures, even here in Federal Hill where we had a surprise visit from the massive and equally...

Home Maid | Baltimore

Home Maid | Baltimore
It’s not too often that I go to a restaurant, and feel compelled to sit down as soon as absolutely possible, go through my photos and get something written RIGHT NOW. It takes a special place to make me so amped that I can’t wait any longer, that I need to shout it from my...

World Burger Tour, here we come!

World Burger Tour, here we come!
This past week, the folks from Hard Rock Cafe contacted me, wondering if I’d be at all interested in checking out their World Burger Tour, a month-long celebration of burgers inspired by the flavors of the world. Um… YES. Of COURSE I would. Don’t you even know who you’re talking to? CLEARLY, I’m interested… So...

Gearing up for Preakness 2016

Gearing up for Preakness 2016
The past is certainly present at Sagamore Farm. The morning was dark and dreary, and rain started to fall. As I drove the 30 minutes from bustling Baltimore  to the quiet and serene setting in Glyndon, MD, I couldn’t help but gasp and the beauty surrounding me. It’s amazing to me that just a few miles...

Welcome to Federal Hill, Insomnia Cookies!

Welcome to Federal Hill, Insomnia Cookies!
A month, or maybe even a couple of months ago, as my family and I were walking down S. Charles one evening, we noticed a new storefront. A very EXCITING storefront. A storefront for a cookie place that touted delivery until 3 in the morning!  Like I said, SUPER EXCITING!  Insomnia Cookies was coming to...

Birthday Crab Cakes & Green Velvet Poke Cake

Birthday Crab Cakes & Green Velvet Poke Cake
This past weekend, we celebrated our big kid’s 8th birthday! I can’t believe Major is 8 already. No longer our little boy, Major’s entered the world of big-kid-dom, and that’s exciting! For his birthday, we celebrated with a big Orioles win, a Manny Machado grand slam (!!!!!!) and lots of peanuts and Cracker Jacks. We...

My new go-to breakfast: Kale and Eggs

My new go-to breakfast: Kale and Eggs
I usually don’t like breakfast. I don’t ever eat it. Well, that’s not true. I EAT breakfast, but my breakfast is usually cold left-overs. I’d choose a cold piece of pizza over pancakes any day. That’s right. Give me a bowl of spaghetti from the other night. You can keep your cereal.  But recently, I’ve...

Bookmakers Cocktail Club

Bookmakers Cocktail Club
The past couple of weeks have been majorly busy around here, and frankly, cooking new stuff and going out to eat somewhere we’ve not been a hundred times wasn’t on our docket. However, when Michael’s mom came into town this past week, we actually decided to step out of the norm and do some new...

BROOKLINEN: Best sheets ever?

BROOKLINEN: Best sheets ever?
There’s this movie starring Brittany Murphy that I just adore called “Uptown Girls.” It’s basically about this childlike woman who becomes a nanny to a child who acts like a grownup. It’s a sweet story where they teach each other balance, and while the nanny grows up, the girl learns how to be a kid....

Ally Special Dinner: Chicken Pesto Pasta

Ally Special Dinner: Chicken Pesto Pasta
A couple of weeks ago, my best friend since 5th grade came to Baltimore to visit! I was SO excited, and we had SUCH a good time, exploring the sites and sounds of Federal Hill, and the Inner Harbor.  On her last day here, after snuggling with the kitties and saying farewell to my boys,...

Jack’s 1st Birthday Party & Enter for a chance to win $250 to Minted.com!!!

Jack’s 1st Birthday Party & Enter for a chance to win $250 to Minted.com!!!
As you may know, my youngest son, Jack, just celebrated his first birthday! Happy birthday, little buddy! Minted, the awesome online design marketplace, contacted me with the desire to help celebrate this milestone in his (and our) life! How cool is that? Basically, I was charged to find some amazing party decorations on Minted, use them,...

Dear Jack – Your 1st Birthday!

Dear Jack – Your 1st Birthday!
Dear Jack, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we first laid eyes on you. Sometimes it feels like it’s only been just a few eye blinks, and other times, it feels like I’ve known you my entire life. I’m watching you walk around the living room, eating a granola bar, thinking, how...