In a world of acronyms and shorthand, it is only fitting that we follow suit by abbreviating the Housewives’ coined “Girl’s Night Out” event and reducing the 3 words into the short, but sweet “GNO”.
Let’s rewind the clock to 7/30/15. After more than a month of failed attempts at trying to locate local networking groups in my own area (Montgomery County, MD), I decided that I would buckle down and embark on the one-hour drive to The V Social Eatery and Brewhouse. I’d been following the Northern Virginia Housewives (NOVA HW) on Facebook (and the Nova HW Blog) for quite some time and I finally could commit to the drive. It was a day where I was free of chess club pickup and basketball transport; a day where my husband could pick up the baby and I could put down my “Mommy To Do” list and enjoy the evening. That day I flew solo, not because of a lack of companionship, but because I was up for an adventure and I wasn’t going to let the journey hold me back. I left my original destination of Rockville, MD and wound up at The V in Ashburn approximately 60-70 minutes later. The drive wasn’t intolerable, but it was quite a time investment for a married, mom of two boys with a full time job… and a half. Especially, when I didn’t know what the return on my investment would be.
However, I was most pleasantly surprised by what awaited me in Ashburn. I found an amazing bar & eatery that I may have overlooked otherwise. I enjoyed the vendors’ elaborate displays of products and services; most of which I had never even heard of prior. I enjoyed a nice glass of wine and a delectable appetizer while I made my rounds socializing. That evening, I tried something out of my usual ordinary and it wound up being a wonderful experience. I enjoyed a few more NOVA events since then and I’ve found there to be several key characteristics of a “GNO”. Each of these exists regardless of the venue or the local businesses present (from mom-preneurs and small businesses to chains):
Did you know that Montgomery County’s largest Easter egg hunt will take place on Saturday, March 26, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Seneca Valley High School of Germantown, MD? This large-scale event, coined The Easter Eggstravaganza, is graciously hosted each year by Journey’s Crossing; A Christian church. The Eggstravaganza is FREE to the public and will happen rain or shine… so mark your calendar now!
The festivities center around a grand egg hunt, boasting more than 50,000 candy-filled eggs. However, the family fun does not end there! In addition to the egg hunt, the Eggstravaganza also features bouncy houses and slides, carnival games and prizes, a magician, face painting, the Easter Bunny, a live band and more. With so much Easter excitement, you can imagine that it attracts residents from all over the county.
I was first introduced to this event three years ago by a good friend. I had just moved to MOCO and she told me that I just had to bring my 8-year old son because he would absolutely love it. The truth is, I couldn’t tell you who enjoyed it more, me or my son! I didn’t really expect much from a free, public event, so I was amazed at the vibrant, Easter display… the eggs and the face painting and moon bounces, oh my! I’ve been in attendance each year since and each year is always purportedly cheerful BIGGEST, BEST Easter Celebration EVER! Each year brings its own set of tweaks and improvements to serve an unending guest list in the most welcoming, cheerful and efficient manner possible.
I hope you can hop on over on Saturday, March 26 and partake in Journey’s Crossing’s hospitality! If you’re new, let me share a few suggestions:
* Arrive early to allow your children more time to enjoy the event!
*Parking is FREE, but early arrival will ensure the best parking possible. Also, carpool where possible!
*The event is free, but I do recommend that you bring some spending money to indulge in lunch or some afternoon treats. Here are some of the food vendors that will be present: Kona ...Ice of Cloverly, Curley'S ~ Q BBQ & Catering, Chix N Stix, L.A. Taco, Go Melvo Snoballs, Holy Crepes Food Truck, La Strada Mobile Italian Food and Carmen's Italian Ice & Cafe
*RSVP & Share the link with others!
*Have fun! My favorite part of the egg hunt is listening the children’s squealing laughter and observing their smile stretching from ear to ear!
Who doesn’t like options?
A perfect indulgence of ooey gooey goodness for mom & kids… or for the kid at heart!
When I first laid my eyes upon it, I had no idea what type of dangerous love affair would be forever etched in my heart. The glimpse of bright pink, blue, purple and green caught my eye from the distance and persuaded me to come closer. A decadent plate of treats sat before me and I couldn’t resist the temptation. What was it? It clearly resembled that ooey gooey marshmallow goodness known to all as a Rice Krispy Treat.
Over the course of my 35 years, I’ve seen many renditions of the traditional Rice Krispy treat; including the addition of M&M’s, mini Hershey’s chocolate chips, peanut butter or even adding food coloring to tint the marshmallow. However, marshmallow treats made using Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries was the ultimate game changer for me. It opened the door to all types of possibilities; such as Cookie Crisp, Trix, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks and more! The only dilemma now, besides naming it, was deciding which one to make first.
I decided to go with the Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries for the first round of my marshmallow-packed diet busters. After my targeted trip to the grocery, I stalked web page after web page, claiming to offer ‘The Best Rice Krispy Treat’ recipe. After wading through recipe after recipe, one equation emerged again and again: MORE MARSHMALLOW + MORE BUTTER = THEE most ooiest, gooiest treat! Eureka, I found it; a recipe for my very own “
Crunch Berry Treats”:
*Marshmallows – 5 cups
*Butter or Margarine – 4 TBSP
*Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries – 6 cups
*Additional butter or Pam Cooking Spray for pan (helps with easy removal!)
*Melt butter over low heat in a large pot
*Add in marshmallows; stirring frequently until fully melted and combined with butter
*Remove from heat and stir in the cereal (of choice)
*Transfer to a buttered pan and press into shape using a buttered piece of wax paper
*Once cooled, cut into pieces
Wanna get fancy? Dip a popsicle stick into melted white chocolate and then poke the dipped end into the Crunch Berry Treat. Once the chocolate hardens, you now have a Crunch Berry Treat Pop! It's the PERFECT Spring/Easter treat!
Try it and let me know what you think OR tell me what you substituted for your Rice Krispies!
I’m Laura – wife, mommy and coffee lover! Im so excited to be the new face of MoCo Housewives and connect with you.
Im a Southern California transplant living life in the greater DC area and love meeting and connecting with new people like you.