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Our Ravens

We are Ravens fans.  But not those ravens fans that wear jerseys but can’t tell you who they are playing this week.  Not the kind that wear lavendar fitted jerseys.

No. We are the kind that live and breathe Ravens football.  We can tell you what color the team is wearing.  We tailgate for hours.  We hate to miss a game. 

We. heart. the Ravens.

We may even bleed purple and black… 

So today, Joe got to go to the game, so I tailgated with my family for a little bit.  And it was a blast.  Cold, but totally worth it.  LET’S GO RAVENS! 

Update:  34 – 17  Woot!

 

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Pumpkin Feet

meeting the flay.

Today, I met the flay.  the Bobby Flay.  Master Chef extraordinaire.  I met him. 

Oh my goodness, so exciting.  And no, I didn’t tell him that moments before, I had totally messed up at my attempt at making dinner rolls. twice. 

Anyways, he was at the Annapolis Mall doing a book signing for his new cookbook, Bar Americain (there are some delicious recipes in there) .  So I lined up with what seemed like a billion people to say hi!  (Technically I said both “Hi”and “Thank you.”  lol.  I’m so chatty!) 

After 2 hours and 20 minutes of waiting with my poor hubby (whose knees were in so much pain).  We finally got into the store. 

At least then I could distract myself with all the pretty tools and delicious smells. 

(me totally geeking out)

Finally he signed our copy.  I was so excited! 🙂

So there you have it.  Me + Bobby Flay = best friends.  And by best friends, I mean I met him for 2 seconds, and watch his shows.  lol.  But I still had a blast! 🙂

fail.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.  I’ve been cooking like crazy, only to find that it was gross.  😦  I made my own granola bars, ratatouille, and banana bread.  fail. fail. fail. 

So frustrating. 

Sometime sthat happens though.  Not every recipe will be good, so I know I have to keep trying.  Luckily today I am attempting dinner rolls, chicken chili, and meeting someone oober famous in the culinary world.  I hope this totally inspires me! 🙂

Stay tuned.

Triple double

Sometimes we get down at work. Under appreciated. Over worked. Dealing with incompetence. Sometimes it can all just be a little too much.

So on those days we take time for a delicious break. Coffee. Coffee ice cream. Bacon peanut butter cookies. Mega cookies. And triple double Oreos.

I hope that you find time for a tasty escape from work today too. Here’s to sweets, friendship and a little bit of fun in your workday.

 

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Container Store Adventures

For those who don’t know, I am a junkie for organization.  I dream of rooms that are neatly organized, where everything has its place.  Minimalist, well designed, efficient storage.  That is my dream….

So one day I got it in my head that I needed to organize my kitchen.  I don’t know where I got that idea.  Maybe it was the brushes with death on kitchen stools trying to reach the appliances on top of the cabinets.  Or the fact that anytime I opened the drawer above the microwave, the plastic storage containers fell on my head.  Or the shelf in the pantry that seems to be bowing to the pressure of holding up 8 cans.  Or maybe it was the fact that I couldn’t find any of my measuring cups (and I have 3 sets).  Or that I always seem to be buying flour, but I can never find it (I had about 5 – 5lb bags!). 

Either way, I scoured Real Simple‘s website looking at dream kitchens and organizing tips.  I finally decided that I’d spend the weekend going through each cabinet/closet individually, get rid of what I don’t need, dust, clean, then decide which organizational stuff to get. 

So I cleaned.  I dusted.  I was grossed out by the top of my kitchen cabinets.  And I conquered.  (And I got to shop at Container Store! Woot!)

So I bought shelves for my pantry drawer, a pot/pan lid organizer that pulls out,  extra shelves for the cabinets, wood to make an extra shelf in a cabinet, and dove in.  I started out with a general plan, but then found that it kinda changed and evolved to fit my needs and what was available at the Container Store. 

Baby & Baking Cabinet | Cabinet Door Storage | Dishes & Cups

Adding storage to the pantry door | Cleaning Supplies | Lid organizer

So here are some of the results.  We still have a couple more things to do, like add one or two more shelves to the pantry (and fix the one that is bowed), and adding shelf and drawer liners, and investing in some Oxo-like storage containers for food/cereal/sugar but I am so proud of the work we did.  The kitchen flows better now.  Everything is where I need it and I’m a happy lady.  Now I can get back to cooking! 🙂

But if you’re organizing your kitchen, here are three tips that really helped me. 

  1. Maximize your vertical space in your cabinets by using cheap shelves.  It allows you to free up a lot of space when you are able to stack things on top of each other.  But make sure you can still access everything you need.
  2. Rank your items by what you use the most.  They should be in the bottom two shelves of your cabinet, or in a very easy to access spot.
  3. Group things together that make sense.  For me, when I’m grabbing a plate, I’m usually grabbing a cup.  So I moved my cups, plates and bowls to the same cabinet.  Also, I put coffee and coffee cups together, right above the coffee maker!  So convenient.

Anticipation

So.  I’ve been silent for a couple of days.  But that is because I’m working on something great.  My kitchen + Home DepotContainer Store = organizational heaven.  I’m working really hard to get out of this rut that I’m in and make my house, and life, more organized and efficient which will leave more time for things I enjoy like playing with Marcy, blogging, photo adventures, and working out.  More photos to come! 🙂

Are you excited yet?