Posts Written OnJune 2015

Pursuit of it All Cookbook Giveaway - Get Spoiled!

  When’s the last time you bought a new cookbook? I know, I know. With all the great online resources these days, is there still a need to buy the paper classic? YES. There is. I’m not just saying that because I happen to be a foodie. I’m also not just saying that because I happen to get my hands on a lot of cookbooks. Nope. I simply love nothing more than sharing my love of cookbooks with other people. Like YOU. I consider “real” cookbooks to be works of art. The photography, the clever stories and quips, thumbing through…

Killer Doughnut Shops Nearby in Maryland

  Personally, I think the doughnut shop has become the “it” bakery over the past year or two. They’re taking the place of “cupcakeries” that were, a while back, popping up on virtually every corner. But they’re not new, those doughnuts. Doughnuts (unlike the modern icing-laden cupcake) have been around for a very. long. time. Centuries, even. The geek in me likes to dig around for the history of things – especially foodie things. In this case, I wondered, what exactly is the history of doughnuts? Where’d they come from? How come they have a whole in the center? (And is it…

Why You Should Join A Book Club

  When life gets hectic and deadlines loom, reading can be one of the first things to fall off the radar. Especially reading for pleasure. I am a self-proclaimed book geek. Ever since I was a child I’ve devoured books. In my opinion, there is nothing (AT ALL) more satisfying than spending a rainy day curled up with a page-turner. Oddly enough, until recently I’ve not been a part of an organized reading effort. I had no idea what I was missing. Reasons To Join A Book Club It’s a break from everyday life. Books and book clubs can pull you up out of…

J Bar W Ranch in Frederick County, MD

  Summer’s here, and our minds have shifted to all the fun activities and Frederick summer experiences that we’ve been looking forward to since the first hint of spring. We’ve pulled together 11 of our favorites, but rest assured – Frederick County has SO many more. That’s why we love living and working here! Amanda’s Picks Rita’s: I’m pretty committed to sweet, cool goodness making an appearance as often as possible during my summer and the best place to snag that in Frederick is Rita’s. They may be the only fruit I get in my system between June and August other…

Date Night at The Tasting Room in Frederick, MD

  As impossible as it is to make happy hours happen as a full-grown “married with children” adult, having date nights – with friends! – seems to be even more difficult. We resort to copious amounts of texting back and forth, comparing calendars and kids’ schedules, wondering if the baby-sitter’s free on the ONE NIGHT in 30 that we’re all free. It’s exhausting, all the planning. But, when you do finally make it happen, all the planning’s worth it. The catching up – in person! The laughter! The conversation! For a recent it-took-three-weeks-of-texting-but-we-finally-found-a-day date night, we met a few friends at The Tasting…