Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2014

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Before we departed for Baltimore to visit my grandmother this weekend, I was struck down with a horrible stomach bug. The same thing that Mazen had a about two days prior (and his first time throwing up.) It was horrible – but thankfully short lived. But my appetite is still not back! So I have nothing to share from Friday or the first half of Saturday. I ate a popsicle from the city market (strawberries and coconut cream!) and then a hot dog at our neighbor’s cookout (and barely any of that salad). I haven’t had a hot dog in YEARS. It was yummy.

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Sunday morning we got up bright and early and headed up to Towson, Maryland to visit Gram!

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Here we are with her friend, Dr. Muuss. She’s doing great and painting up a storm. I came home with 3 new gorgeous paintings for the house.

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Gram is also an avid gardener. The house she and my grandfather once owned had incredible gardens with hidden pathways and all kinds of artistic decorations tucked about. At her condo building there isn’t a lot of space to garden, but she has won the container garden contest several times. She gave us a tour.

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We had Sunday brunch together upon our arrival. Mazen always draws lots of attention in the dining room.

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I ate All The Blackberries! And that deviled egg is topped with smoked salmon. Genius!

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We took Mazen to the putting green to burn some energy before nap time

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After we had all taken naps, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house for dinner. Mazen loved the vintage truck they brought out for him.

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And he had a blast with my aunt’s bubble machine! Must buy one stat!

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My aunt and uncle have a gorgeous yard. (Remember my cousin’s wedding was held there!) We enjoyed this lovely spread of appetizers and cheese in perfect weather on their patio.

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Along with some incredible wines. I’m still sad my stomach wasn’t up for doing much drinking yet.

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My aunt and uncle are great cooks, and we had a trio of meats (chicken, beef and pork) with delicious summery vegetable sides.

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I was a little too busy getting Mazen set up with dinner to do this food photography justice. It was delish!

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As was the dessert – tiny scoops of ice cream with home-canned peaches and fresh strawberries.

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Despite how much he ran around all day long, Mazen stayed up waaaaaaaaay past his bedtime (which came back to haunt us in a big way the next day).

Monday morning we had brunch with Gram after a lovely walk around the Goucher College campus.

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OJ, eggs, fruit, cheese and toast.

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We said our farewells and headed back to Cville in time for dinner.

Here’s my new painting from Gram, Adam + Eve, hung above my DIY chest paint project! I used the Annie Sloan chalk paint to spruce up a drab Italian-y black chest my dad won for free many years ago and it sure is more fun now!

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

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1 Ali @ Peaches and Football May 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

Holiday weekends with family are the absolute best! I bet Maze draws a crowd wherever he goes! What a happy guy. Running through the bubbles reminds me of when mom would set the sprinkler up with just a tiny bit of water splashing out and we’d run up to it and then it would get close and we’d giggle and run away. Apparently we could spend hours doing that and would wind up exhausted and sleep all afternoon. :)

Hope your stomach gets back to 100% ASAP!!

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2 Jackie May 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

Love that ombré dresser, what a cute idea!

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

That’s so great that Gram loves to paint, it will be nice to have those in your your home to think of her for many years to come!

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4 Livi May 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

I love Maryland! It looks awesome!

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5 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

Looks like a wonderful weekend and full of super yummy food! :) Hope you are feeling better!

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6 Molly @Mollysmusingz May 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

Looks like a wonderful weekend- how cute is he in those sunglasses!?

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7 Shel@PeachyPalate May 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

Your family know how to eat…gorgeous fresh food as always! Brunch and breakfasts look divine as does the trio of meats!!! Yummers!

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8 Laura May 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

The chest of drawers looks great!!! What a good idea and great color choices.

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9 Jessica May 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

Was Mazen just crankier the next day? My 22 month old son has yet to stay up any later than ten/fifteen minutes past his bedtime, but this summer there are a few occasions where I’d like for him to be able to stay up a bit later! (4th of July etc). I know that fun memories can be more important than bedtime but at the same time it makes me nervous, lol.

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10 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Yeah super cranky and more agitated than usual. The same thing happened to us on Christmas. We flew on Christmas Eve and he was so tired the next day he was not a very happy baby to be around.

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11 Barbara Younger May 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

So glad you made the trip and had a good time. Love the pics!

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12 Jenn May 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

what do you mean by italian-y dresser?

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13 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

It had an old world feel to it.

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14 Leah May 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

Cute painting! Where did you end up hanging the other ones? Were they similar?

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15 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I haven’t decided where to put them yet. Photo on instagram!

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16 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 27, 2014 at 11:06 am

Sorry to hear you got a stomach bug! I had that a few weeks ago and couldn’t get out of bed for 4 days or keep anything down for 2. It was miserable. I’m sorry Mazen had it too, poor little guy. Sounds like you still had a good weekend though!

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17 Sasha May 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

Your aunt and uncle put out an amazing spread- yum! I think it’s funny you mention the last time you had a hot dog; I thought I’d read about hot dogs not that long ago on your blog, and I was right! http://www.katheats.com/lately-16 not even a year ago- I remember thinking I’d just seen grass-fed beef hot dogs in my local WF, and then saw them on your blog. Funny how some foods feel like it’s been ages when it’s not been that long at all; I’m that way with french fries.

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18 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Not sure I count that one because it wasn’t a classic like this one was : ) It has been ages since I had one in public with a white bun old school style.

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19 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Looks like you had a great weekend!!! I’m jealous ;-)

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20 Tracy May 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

How was the chalk paint to work with? Was it user friendly? We’re thinking of painting a table & chairs. Did you photograph the process for a post by chance??

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21 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm

It was awesome. I didn’t prepare a post, but I wish I had. Maybe I will for the next item I paint (because there will be more!) I ran out of paint quickly though, so I’d get more than you need.

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22 Tracy May 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Great to hear! I hope you do a post!! Thanks, Kath :)

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23 Dawn May 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Did you use the wax they recommend using with the chalk paint? I’m debating painting a table and had been doing some googling and heard the wax was hard to work with, so was debating using poly over top instead.

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24 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm

They were sold out when I went in! I need to get some though because it does need some kind of protector – esp because I used white.

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25 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit May 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

He looks like the happiest kid! Like who gets that excited about eggs? His faced is thrilled, haha! So precious!

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26 Julie May 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

That chest looks awesome!

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27 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living May 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

It looks like you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! The food looks amazing! I went to the beach yesterday, and I was surprised how many toddlers there were. How old were your kids when you first took them to the beach?

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28 Coco May 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I’m curious to know where you went to brunch when you were in Towson–I live in the area!

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29 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

We ate at Gram’s dining room in her apartment building.

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30 polly May 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

LOVE that dresser and the painting and most of all your Gram’s face. She just lights up and i am sure Mazen is a precious bright spot spot in her life! you are such a sweet granddaughter, Kath.

Love the pic of fruit and ice cream! yum.

love ya, girl!! :)
XOXO

hope you are feeling better and enjoying this start to summer with your boys. :)

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31 Lucy May 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Is jon your dad’s or your mom’s cousin’s son?

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32 KathEats May 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

He’s my mom’s cousin

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33 Lucy May 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

He’s your first-cousin-once-removed then :)I think that trips most people up! Funny how sometimes cousins look like siblings and other times there’s little resemblance. Jealous of your yummy fruit. Going into winter here and I’m already reduced to apples pears and bananas :(

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34 Tonya May 28, 2014 at 6:56 am

I find it amazing when people can keep track of the whole 1st, 2nd, twice removed, once replaced, three-times-a-lady relationship identifiers. LOL I have eleventy billion cousins and they’re all just “cousins” to me. If someone introduced their relative to me that way all it would add to the convo is confusion.

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35 Lori May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I think it might depend on what part of the country you’re from. On the west coast I know that as a 2nd cousin. I’ve never heard anyone use the “removed” part in my personal life, only on movies and stuff

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36 Lucy May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I don’t think the terms are a regional thing..just perhaps it is less common to understand the differences in your area. Second cousin had a different meaning – Jon’s child would be kath’s second cousin. The once removed part lets you know that it’s a different generation. I find the easiest way to think of it which of your grandparents are siblings- great, great great? Here’s a simple explanation http://www.genealogy.com/16_cousn.html. I think it’s important to know the difference is you’re going to use the term. Otherwise as Tonya says then just use ‘cousin’ for everyone. But yes it’s one of my personal bugbears. Much better than the number if people who use stepbrother and half brother interchangeably though!

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37 Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Sorry to hear about the bug you caught! Looks like you had a fun-filled weekend! All the food looks amazing!

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38 Jeri May 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

To be able to eat brunch in a semi-formal setting would be so much fun to me. Reminds me of an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Charles gave Caroline a set of china as a gift. She decided that it should be reserved for special people, and since her family was special they ate on them all the time. I think it makes the meal even more enjoyable when good food is presented on pretty plates.

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39 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves May 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Such fun festivities! A bubble machine is totally a kid’s best friend. Love those things when I was a nugget.
Glad to hear that the stomach bug didn’t last too long. Looks like you still had an awesome time with your family!

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40 Jennifer May 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I just LOVE your grandmother’s paintings. She is extremely talented!

I also LOVE what you did with that dresser. Painting the drawers a lighter to darker shade. I would never have thought of that. Amazing!

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41 Suzie May 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

Hi Kath, I’m a long time reader of you blog (6 years!) and just love it. Also, while I am currently going to college in Nashville I went to High School at Towson High and always enjoy seeing your pics there. Hope you had a great weekend (:

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42 KathEats May 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

My mom went there too!

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43 suzie May 28, 2014 at 6:29 am

Awesome, Go Generals!!!!

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44 Tonya May 28, 2014 at 6:47 am

You’re grandma’s a really cool lady!

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45 chris May 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

You make traveling with an almost 2 year old (post GI bug) look too easy! He’s adorable and so is Great Grandma! I loved trying to catch bubbles on the porch with Ms C! Hope you are feeling better

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46 Heather May 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I saw all the paintings that ur gram gave you on instagram! super cute

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47 Eva May 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

love the green-blue tones on the chest! nice job with that!

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48 Shani May 29, 2014 at 5:22 am

Did either your grandma or mother go to Goucher. I went there and it is really common for women from the area to have studied there because it used to be a women’s college. So jealous….I miss it everyday!

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49 KathEats May 29, 2014 at 6:15 am

No they both went to Duke but it’s a lovely campus! I’ve been walking and running there for years.

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