Weekend Adventures: Out and About in Georgetown + Sunday Errands for WinniE’s Bakery

 

Hey guys, happy Wednesday!

This weekend I wanted to keep things simple, but always looking for a little fun. I’m 24 years old, which means no matter how fortunate may or may not be, money is always something I am conscience of. I’ve always been told I was 3 going on 30, an old soul, wise before my time, etc. I have a deeply nostalgic spirit, as grateful as I am for the modern conveniences of today (hint…the iPhone I am using to write this post) I love learning and seeing how things were before, getting a sense of where it all comes from. Now, to tell you about my weekend without getting too sidetracked…I do that sometimes, get lost in my head, take a walkabout in my thoughts. Anyway, this weekend I decided to take a trip to Georgetown, and the result was utterly lovely.

On Saturday: The first stop was the Washington National Cathedral’s 75th “Flower Mart” celebration, which hosted all kinds of wonderful vendors! Then off to walk around Historic Georgetown. We saw the canals, great boutiques, good coffee…very important, visited 2 famous cupcake bakeries or cupcakeries…whatever you want to call them. The last stop was SWEETGREEN! Ohh, how I love SweetGreen!

On Sunday: I started my morning with a little reading, then it was off to my standing morning coffee date with the old “Padre”. Then, I reviewed inventory and discovered I was short some basics. Although, I usually receive my boxes and such via an online company, this weekend my shipment wouldn’t be here for a large order I have, for “Nurse’s Week”!

Here’s a look…

Saturday:

 

Flower Mart:

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That clothing was made of 100% Alpaca

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This is Alex and he worked the “Dress It Up Dressing” booth. He was a charismatic and pleasant individual. I had a chance to sample the product and it was delightful and unique. You can find Dress It Up Dressing at MOM (My Organic Food Market) or www.dressitupdressing.com

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This is Maria and her mother Andrea. Andrea is the owner and designer of Andrea’s Beau and Maria is her inspiration. They sell handcrafted, beautifully designed and original head ornaments. My dad bought my niece a head band, which was decorated with crocheted floral accents and delicate little butterflies. It was the perfect choice for her and she LOVED IT! Check out, http://www.andreasbeau.com!

 

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 Lastly, this is Michael. He owns Booda Boutique and they make handmade soaps, which smell EVEN better than Lush! He was so nice and told us all about the Eastern Market, where they also have a booth. You can find out more at their website www.boodasoapbox.com.

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Historic Georgetown:

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This duck was something else, it was ducking (LOL), shimmying and full on twirling.

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A cute pathway of steps…it’s the little things!

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I thought this restuarant what too adorable, quaint and really well decorated!

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Who doesn’t like a reminder of a some-what contrived, yet lovey “Romantic Comedy”. I mean, honestly who cares…it’s Kate Beckinasle!!!

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We stopped by Sprinkles..didn’t get anything, but it looked nice. Do you see what I see…?

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More canal…

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KITCHEN STUFF!!!

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Dean + Deluca, I bid you farewell. You were fabulous and I shall see you soon!

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And then there was Georgetown Cupcakes, aka…DC Cupcakes. Also, take a look at that line.

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As the sun went down we headed over to Labyrith Park.

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Cady’s Alley: This little gem was hidden away.

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The most delightful little SweetGreen you will ever come across. It was a certified “green restaurant”! There is Padre…again (LOL)

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Goodnight and goodbye, Georgetown! Let’s do this again soon and next time, maybe a drink at one of your several pubs!

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And this is Jermaine. He was honestly one of the coolest people I have ever encountered, so laid-back, so chill!

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I got the “Spicy Sabzi” salad…DELISH! I substituted garbanzo beans for the Tofu.

Sunday:

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The essentials!

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Stocking up!

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Michael’s always brings back memories of my nana, Winnie, clear as day. Now off to JoAnn’s!

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One of my many “happy places”!

I hope you guys like the post, I know I like sharing things with you!

P.S.: So sorry this took so long to post, it was meant for Monday. You would not believe the technical difficulties I dealt with. Anyway, see you tomorrow for a look at how things were today here at WinniE’s Bakery.

P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G

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My Day About Town: The “Spring Festival” with my friend Taylor

Hey guys, happy Friday!

I have been blessed, fortunate, lucky…whatever you want to call it. All I know is I am BEYOND grateful, for the many lovely and exceptionally ordinary things that create this beautiful thing I call my life. I wanted to take this time to share with you what I did this last weekend. For those of you who don’t know, my birthday was this past Sunday, April 20th. Now normally my birthday doesn’t fall on Easter, which caused a small hiccup in my original plans. My family does celebrates Easter, but normally we are able to celebrate my birthday on what ever day it falls on or the closest weekend. But, as I get older I find that my family and I live such independent lives. This year I really did strive to have us all together, for a celebration sepreate of Easter. But I found that we were all on different wavelengths, with different obligations. Although, it bummed me out we couldn’t all come together as I planned, I knew and felt their love! My immediate family consist of my Mom, Dad, my 2 brothers David (his + 2 | Heidi-my sister-in-law ‘snl’ and Mia their daughter and Corey and his + 1 | Juel his son) Since my brother David’s birthday is on the 30th of April, we have decided since there is so many of us and it’s a serious task to get us all in one place, we will all get together for dinner in-between our birthdays! I love them all, so much it overwhelms my mind!
Now refocusing and to lighten the mood. I decided to celebrate my birthday, in whatever capacity that occurred…GO WITH THE FLOW. Originally, planned to have a “Fairy Feast” (as I like to call it) with my close friends. A “Fairy Feast” consist of wearing a flower crown, lace or eyelet clothing, eating fresh, organic, farm-to-table food, good vibe music, a nature surrounding, a little alcohol and great company! Did I ever tell you guys I am a bit of a bohemian…? Alas, it was kind of last-minute when I decided on this as normally I’m not big on celebrations of my birthday, although I do LOVE a good dinner party for any occasion! Sadly, the majority of my friends were unable to take off of work during the day on Saturday. But, I was lucky enough to still be able to hangout with my friend TAYLOR! Taylor and I decided to attend a local “Spring Festival”. It was laid-back, eclectic, but most importantly it was a lot of fun! We walked around, shopped and tried on clothes in boutiques, had some good food and of course…COFFEE!
Here is a look at our day…
Old Mill Bakery Cafe:
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That’s Liz-Ann, she was so friendly and seemed very kind. She made our coffee!
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And this Taylor, she is loading her Pentax ‘vintage’ camera with FILM…film people (complements of her bf)
Boutiques: Zebop & Sweet Elizabeth Jane
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I thought this little floral sun dress was cute.
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Now onto Sweet Elizabeth Jane…it’s safe to say I just about lost my mind inside of the boutique!
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There was so much home decor stuff, that I was mentally decorating my future home!
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I bought those, as a birthday gift to myself!
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Taylor taking a photo of me, taking a photo of her.
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I fell in LOVE with both of these dress, but alas, I did not buy them.
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Taylor fell in love too.
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Thses are two of the lovely employees who helped myself and Taylor. Their names were Rachel and Fiona.
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Town:
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Some local sound.
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And this gentleman was quite the character, he kept giving me the “peace” sign from across the courtyard.
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Hidden Party:
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We went in through this “hidden” alley way.
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It was an interesting crowd…it was kinda cool.
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That is the band, “Goblinbold”
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That’s Nick, he worked the soundboard.
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Off to one of our last stops…
Bean Hollow Roastery + Espresso:
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Customer art and other artistic expressions.
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That’s Sean…who I found very familiar, but I couldn’t place him and didn’t think to ask if we might have known one another.
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yes…more COFFEE…I know, I have a problem!
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Going Home:

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I made it HOME! And the sunset is gorgeous and welcome!

Dinner:

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For dinner, I took a little trip to College Park. I have a passion for the food of SweetGreen! This is Gloria, she was nervous for me to take her picture, but it turned out great…don’t you think?!

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I got a “Spict Sabzi” with chickpeas instead of tofu and a “Misoba” with chicken (for Easter dinner). They were both DELICIOUS!!! I continued my night, after much convincing and went to the ‘club’ with my friends. But, most importantly I went with 4/20 twin, one of my oldest friends Shanay.

I really hope you guys enjoyed taking a look at how I spent my birthday! See you tomorrow!

Sunday Morning Ritual

Hey guys, happy Sunday!

 
If you all haven’t guessed all ready, I am very close with my family! But, today I wanted to share with you all a tradition that I’ve done every Sunday, for about the last three years. My dad and I wake up early, I sit and read while the sun comes into my window (or, i often write poetry or reflect on my feelings and “gage myself”) and he watches his morning news shows, if he doesn’t attend church. After my chapters are read and his new shows are complete, we headed off for coffee! Coffee is kinda like a really big deal to me, it’s a big deal to my dad and I. As I grew older and my relationship with my parents changed from parent to child, to parent and adult “child”.  I began to have these lovely relationships, with a great depth and  mature point of view. I developed a respect for the people they are, outside of being my parents. As for coffee, it  was the first thing we started truly bonding over, as the shift of becoming two adult friends, while being father + daughter. 
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I started my morning with Sarah Addision Allen’s lovely literary tale!
 
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That particular Sunday we were accompanied with our family friend, Steven. He is a Maryland transplant by way of Florida, he his an intelligent and kind guy, who loves creating + experiencing artistic self expression. 
 
My dad and I, discuss everything from our dreams + aspirations, to future plans, to forms of artistic expression, education, relationships (more rather me talking his ears off about my situations) and of course FOOD! So to my Dad’s supportive reluctance I brought along my camera (really my lovely sister-in-laws who is nice enough to let me use it…lol)
 
Here’s a look at our morning:
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Our community + charity board
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Being a proud grand-dad and showing off the “princess”!
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“The Boys”
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We were even joined by our county’s finest…we all know they need their coffee, too! I asked to take his photo and he obligaged, his name was Christian. He was nice, so thank you. 
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Now, home to plan for the week and work on the old blog!
 
 
P.S.: My go-to drink is a (hot) Grande Non-fat Cafe Misto. What’s yours?

P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G

My From-Scratch “Honey Coconut Pancakes w/ Raspberry Syrup”

Hello everyone, happy Monday! Here in Maryland we are having snow, about 5-10 inches, depending on where you live.

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Even though I plan to have my more indulgent recipes on either Friday or Saturday, I decided what the hell it’s a snow day, let’s have PANCAKES! I am a big believer in the 80/20 rule, the 80/20 rule is 80% conscious healthy living and the 20% is living life and enjoying whatever that is. So, although most of my blogs recipes will be very health-conscious + figure friendly, a small portion will be delicious, indulgent + absolutely delectable recipes! So here is one of both me + my family’s  favorites: Honey Coconut Pancakes w/ Raspberry Syrup!

Raspberry Syrup:
2 c. Fresh or Frozen raspberries
1 c. Raw cane sugar
3/4 c. Water
Instructions:
Mottle the raspberries (if frozen allow to thaw). Then place in a sauce pan over MED heat, stirring in the water + sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to LOW, stirring occasionally. Allow to soft boil/simmer, for 14-16min, until reduced + thickened. When finished set aside to cool for about 20mins prior to making the pancakes. Drizzle atop your “Honey Coconut Panckes” and ENJOY!
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Honey Coconut Pancakes:

2 c. All purpose flour (or whatever Gluten-Free flour of you choose..we like Pamela’s!)
2 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
1 tsbp. Raw Cane sugar
2 eggs (at room temp. is best)
1 c. Coconut milk (canned)
1 c. Milk (whole or 2% is best)
1/4 c. Unsalted butter (melted)
1/4 c. Clover honey
1 c. Unsweetened Coconut shavings
Instructions:
In a med. bowl measure and combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well using a whisk. Set aside.
Over medium-low heat, in a small pan melt the butter. Set aside to cool for at least 5minutes.
In a large bowl stir together both the coconut milk + the regular milk, melted butter + eggs until smoothly combine.  In two parts mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until small lumps are visable, then gently incorporate the coconut shavings.
Grease a griddle pan w/ butter or coconut oil or use a non-stick pan. Then, over med-high heat or (400 degrees for electric), drop about 1/3 c. of batter (shape into circles as needed). Cook until air bubbles appear or for 2-3mins on each side.
This recipe is completely Gluten-free adaptable! We usually enjoy gluten-free, since my Mom has Celiac disease.
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My niece got her very own special “Honey Coconut Pancakes” (her’s don’t have coconut shavings)
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And she was pretty happy about it!!!
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And here is the spread. I made some coffee, got some OJ and cooked some bacon…OH, SWEET HEAVENLY BACON! There you go, a delicious breakfast with the family…always a lovely combo!
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Now go off and make this for yourself or whoever you choose to share it with! Enjoy lovelies and thank you for showing support or interest in my blog. And you know I would love it if you all would follow!
P.S.: If you’re making Gluten-free…here is a pic of the flour we use.
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