guest blog post by my single, good looking, and financially stable neighbor: Justin Chan of Bacon, Egg & Deez.
You may be wondering how a single, 30 year old guy like me heard of the cake show. Through the power of the Internet and an iPhone app, I was able to snag a deal onLivingSocial and all I could think about was free samples (how
utterly wrong I was). Maybe I had to purchase the upgraded ticket for the cupcake competition that evening, but my attention span can only be held so long and I got things to do.
In any case, I got to walk around tables and tables of cakes. In addition to professionals, cakes were also made by amateurs of all ages, from up-and-coming six year olds, to seasoned Betty (and possibly Billy) Crockers.
So with my trusty camera, I managed to snap several hundred pictures. Yes, there were that many cakes (and I noticed that I missed a few while developing my pictures). Oh well, maybe next year. Here are some memorable shots:
1. Do. Not Touch.
2. The best part. Frosting shots. Looks like some of us aren’t beating around the bush.
3. EXTERMI-BAKE EXTERMI-BAKE. This is from Doctor Who, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it.
4. This is a cake? It looks too real to be a cake. It belongs in a terrarium.
5. NANTS INGOYAMA
7. Toy Story.
Someone’s always chopping onions when I watch this scene:
8. Super Mario Bros.!
9. She deserves some award.
This six-year-old made the farm cake right behind her. She was walking around, scoping out the competition and I was lucky enough to get a picture of her next to her entry. Her mom says making the cake is like playing with Play-Doh. I say keep it up.
More information about the cake show at cakeshow.org.
Last week, we decided to take a break from reality and go on a little getaway as a family. We didn’t want to stay in VA, so we headed up north to Gettysburg, PA for a few days of history and R&R. We were invited to stay at the Inn at Lincoln Square – which happens to be the #1 ranked Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg via TripAdvisor.
We packed the car and headed up 15N (which is a beautiful, quiet drive). Less than 100 miles and two hours later, we pulled around the town square and parked right next to a statue of Abe Lincoln pointing to the bedroom where he slept the night before he gave the Gettysburg Address. We knocked on the front door of the Inn and Jeanine, the housekeeper, opened the door with a huge smile and said “You must be Andrea! Welcome!” She showed us to our suite right away. There were freshly baked muffins and a fruit bowl on the table for us. (Bonus: In a hidden full size kitchen, there was a Keurig machine with Donut House coffee – my fave!)
Greg, the Innkeeper, arrived right away to give us a tour. The room was immaculate and filled with hand stitched quilts and local art and pottery. I could feel the history around me.
Greg reminded me a lot of my Uncle Philip: tall, baseball cap, jovial, history buff, and he couldn’t wait to “make a plan”. He anticipated every question that I had asked. From battlefield tours by horseback to local boutiques, his recommendations were on point. As for dinner, he already knew the best spot for us and had the number for reservations on speed dial.
Example of the shock and awe customer service: After dinner we took a long walk around town to check out the boutiques. We were heading back around 10pm and I thought that maybe I should text Greg to see if he could put up a cot for our three year old. I felt bad texting so late with such a request. Greg’s response “I’m one step ahead of you, Andrea. The cot is already set up in your room – Have a great night!” Seriously? How awesome is that?
I have to admit, I have never stayed at a B&B before – it is much different than a hotel – in the most amazing ways. From feeling completely spoiled with excellent customer service to the softest handmade quilts, it was hard not to stay an extra night.
100 Miles or Less: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Location: Right in the heart of town.
Sleep Quality: Fantastic! Especially since the three of us weren’t try to squeeze into one bed (albeit, a King).
Rooms: 5/5 - every amenity that you could ask for.
Service: 6/5 !!
Connect: (be sure to ask Greg about the Pistachio muffins!)
Inn at Lincoln Square
12 Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325
on day 2, my cousin came down with his son and my gram. is anything cuter than 2 three year olds?
(well behaved only in pictures)
got a few of my neighbors to throw in... hopefully you won't hear from me again after the drawing tomorrow night :-)
I was recently invited to join a small network of local bloggers via facebook - and they immediately made me the social coordinator. Naturally, I assumed the position and had an event planned in no time.
Last week, we got a chance to catch up with each other and enjoy a cooking class at Alice and Louise Catering and Cooking School. great tip: you can bring your own wine bottle of wine and enjoy while you cook!
The highlight of my night was making warm pear butter with rosemary and cinnamon served over some blue cheese ... spread onto ginger snaps. o. m. g! we also made fresh pesto with spinach and almonds, sampled Mother Earth Meals' different salsas, and lathered up our plates with dark chocolate ganache before placing our Simply Dessertspeanut butter chocolate chip cheesecakes on our plates!
special thanks to @Caffeine and a Prayer for organizing the group! I had such a great time!
I had such a great time getting to meet some of my readers - all while being pampered! If you didn't get a chance to make it out... take a look at what you missed! special thanks to Jouvence Aveda Salon and Le Shoppe for having us!
Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show is an event celebrating expecting moms! Monica Byrd created this event so moms-to-be can stay fabulous during their pregnancy. The main event is the “Bump the Runway” Fashion Show where models show off the latest styles and provide future moms with creative fashion ideas.
The Moms Rock event was held at the swanky Bloomingdale’s in Friendship Heights. Expecting mothers and guests enjoyed shopping discounts of 20% off Women’s and Children apparel and 10% off Cosmetics. Swag bags contained a blue or purple baby blanket and a DJ was on hand mixing some upbeat tracks. Cherry blossom and vanilla cupcakes were provided by Enjoi Cupcakes.
Baby Bash and Bling Expo and Show
agingbooth: this is the best/funniest/most entertaining app that i have downloaded... want to have a fun night? open a bottle(S) of red wine and use this app with your neighbors... hilarious friday night.
My parents took B for about 36 hours this weekend. Just enough time for us to enjoy each other... wine tasting for 2, then shared a bottle on the patio of the old tasting room. I am SO looking forward to doing a tour of the local wineries this Spring!
I met Jenny from the Block at Carrabba’s last night for a pitcher of sangria ($10 off on Wednesdays!) and Chicken Bryan. Delish!
Upon our exit, I noticed a sign of Spring! Carrabba’s already had gorgeous bright yellow flowers planted around their sidewalks. And then, they had a large planter filled with sand to be a cigarette depository. I don’t smoke, but I appreciate the fact that the cigarette butts need to be disposed of. And I appreciate the fact that they are encouraging proper disposal rather than littering.
Anyways, in the jumbo ashtray – there are three hair rollers. Three hair rollers. It’s funny. But not really that funny, because it’s something have done myself – left the house with curlers in my hair. I find myself “running late” 99% of the time. But, can’t they be slipped in your purse? Is the ashtray (which is three feet from the door to the restaurant) the best place to put them? Typical suburban people problems.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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