Old Fashioned

January 17, 2009

Whew! Six hours of driving, a mall walk, a cocktail party, dinner, and gathering and we’re here!

Our drive went fast – no traffic despite the 100+ “Inauguration traffic” signs up I-85 and 95. I started to get hungry around 11 and we whipped out our bag of carrots to munch on, which bought me an hour.

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Around 12:30 we broke out the sandwiches – Ham + Swiss with spinach, mustard and pickle on GH High Fiber.

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And I finished with an apple and a clementine.

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We arrived in Baltimore and drove by my grandparents’ old house. I took mom’s photo on the doorstep. So sad it’s empty and on the market :(

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My grandparents moved into a new apartment in a retirement center this summer and this is our first time visiting! It’s quite fun – kind of like a college dorm with multiple dining rooms, a bistro, exercise facilities, clubs and even a movie night going on this evening.

Once we arrived and got settled in one of the guest rooms, my mom and I went for a mall power walk since there’s a HUGEEEEE mall across the street. We walked for just over an hour – and made a few stops in stores along the way!

Here’s three generations enjoying the living room :mrgreen:

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My grandparents hosted a cocktail party this afternoon in our honor so their new friends could meet my mom and me.

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I floated through the party with an Old Fashioned, just like Gram! Bourbon, cherry, orange and a splash of club soda – with lots of ice.

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Gram put out quite a spread of festive foods!

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Cream cheese + caviar

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Cheese straws

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Chips + dip

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My eats! (I also nibbled on a few extra cheese straws before the party started)

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+ crab dip

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I ended the party with a tiny bit of merlot

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Time is set a few hours early here – the party was from 4:30-6 so we could all go down to the casual dining room tonight. Apparently some of the staff from Edenwald reads the blog because my grandparents have been spreading the word! (Hi Susan!)

Mom and I shared a glass of pinot with dinner. It went really well with the food –

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I started with a salad from the salad bar – mixed greens, olives, pickles, blackberries, grapefruit, carrots, pineapple, a drizzle of French dressing

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For my main course I had the Cognac Haddock (which was very good and slightly sweet!), a piece of salmon, green beans, lima beans and potato. Yum!

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And I somehow found room for THREE desserts!! C’mon Kath, get a grip! My mom, Gram and I shared all of these, but I definitely ate more than my third. KEY: An ice cream sundae with a cookie (I ate most of that), chocolate cake with marshmallow and blackberry pie with strawberry cheesecake ice cream!

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Check out the gift we brought Pop so he doesn’t have to spell out the blog address to his friends!

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I am totally stuffed, but we had a very fun day. I am planning to run in the morning at Goucher College and look what’s in the forecast!

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Tomorrow’s agenda:

  • Run
  • Breakfast
  • Church
  • Shopping + Girl Time
  • Dinner

I’m excited to get in bed early tonight :) I hope the husband is being safe at his fraternity reunion in Chapel Hill!

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1 zestycook January 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Kath, Glad you made it there safely. Food looks great and that sweater on Pop looks amazing.



2 Nate January 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Old Fashioned = Best Drink Ever. After Manhattans, of course.

Love the new KERF Model.


3 Victoria January 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Sounds fun. Your grandfather is that sweatshirt is so cute.


4 VeggieGirl January 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Charming house; lovely family photos; I WANT THAT COOKIE SUNDAE, PLEASE!!! 😀


5 Nicole January 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm

It looks like your grandparents know how to throw one fancy party!

The desserts look fantastic!


6 L January 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm


I noticed you don’t have your blog roll anymore and was wondering if you knew the blog’s address that was called Yoga Is Yummy? I always clicked on it through your blog and now I can’t find it anywhere!



7 Sharon January 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Haha, what a great gift for your grandfather!


8 Meg January 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Your grandparents are adorable. My grandma just moved to a place like that! Can you believe the desserts those dining halls serve!?


9 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Aww, these pictures of the grandparents are so cute! My grandma was from Baltimore and lived in a similar type of center, and your pictures remind me so much of what it was like to visit — antique family furniture, giant portraits above the sofa, cheese straws, stiff drinks … the whole sh’bang. Enjoy the rest of your visit!


10 gliding calm January 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Your grandpa is sooo cute! I love that you got him a sweatshirt too!!!

I’ve never had crab dip before!! The dinner looks fab though. I am craving me a good seafood meal.



11 caitlin (see bride run) January 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm

awww i love your entire family! seriously… you’re a lucky girl! :)

hope you have a fun vacay


12 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm

So wonderful! It looks like you had a fun evening to kick off your time in Baltimore. Enjoy the time with your family!


13 allijag January 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Ohmygoodness- that is the cutest picture in the world of you and your Grandpa – with Grandpa sporting your KERF gear! I love it! Looks like you had a wonderful time, and have pretty cool grandparents!


14 Lee January 18, 2009 at 12:28 am

Will you be in that area for the inauguration?


15 grace January 18, 2009 at 12:46 am

Goucher is a GREAT run Kath–I ran my first 5K there last summer. Have fun in my soon to be hometown!


16 Maureen January 18, 2009 at 12:59 am

OMG your grandpa is so awesome in that sweater. Looks like you had some great eats!


17 Denise January 18, 2009 at 1:39 am

Looks like you had a great time and ate lots of yummy food! Loving your Grandpa in that sweatshirt! :)


18 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 18, 2009 at 1:57 am

Your grandparents are adorable!

All of the food looks wonderful (and your photos are great as always), but mostly the desserts look divine!

Hope you stay warm during that run!


19 Marnie January 18, 2009 at 2:36 am

L: I found the blogroll under the favourites heading at the top when snooping around this afternoon.


20 Kelly(was Kwaze) January 18, 2009 at 7:03 am

Your grandparents are SO cute!!! Have fun during your visit to Maryland…it is FREEZING here!!!


21 Kath January 18, 2009 at 7:16 am

Thanks everyone!!,

The blogroll is still on the sidebar – just look for the KERF header and click that. SOrry it was confusing.



22 WendyF January 18, 2009 at 8:05 am

I love that picture of your grandfather in the Kerf T-shirt. You are so lucky to be able to visit them.

I have alot of blog reading to catch up on. I have been in Trinidad since Monday for work and have not done much of anything else. No oatmeal here… but good papaya. I can not wait to get home on Friday and have a bowl on Sat morning.


23 Beadie January 18, 2009 at 8:26 am

Glad you arrived safely!!

looks like a delightful evening and your Pop looks so cute in the KERF sweatshirt!!!


24 Becca A January 18, 2009 at 8:51 am

I wondered what the apartment/condo looking buildings across the street from Towson were. They sound like a great place to live!

Your grandpa looks so cute in his KERF shirt!


25 Julie January 18, 2009 at 8:58 am

How cute is your grandpa in his KERF sweatshirt??

I wish they had fun housing complexes like that for 20-somethings who can’t afford to buy a house, that would be my dream.


26 Katelyn January 18, 2009 at 9:17 am

Your Grandparents know how to through a party! That’s so sweet of them. And that picture of your grandpa in his KERF shift is priceless!


27 Katie January 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

That looks like such a fun way to spend a day! Love your grandfather’s shirt. Chocolate cake with marshmallow? Yes, please!


28 Diana January 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

your grandparent’s old house is so charming! the new place looks like party central though! haha!
‘pops’ looks so proud in his new sweatshirt!!


29 Marisa (trim the fat) January 18, 2009 at 9:20 am

That looks like an awesome time! Your grandparents are so cool!!

btw, looooove your outfit!


30 sarah January 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

the 3 generations are ADORABLE — what a cute post!


31 Laurie January 18, 2009 at 9:44 am

My grandma went to Goucher College….that was neat to see you mention it.


32 Mara January 18, 2009 at 9:54 am

That looks like a fantastic party!


33 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

Gram & Pop – too cute. I love the last picture with the KERF sweatshirt! (By the way, got my KERF mug – love it!).

That was so sweet of your grandparents to host a little party for you guys. I can see where you get some of your food know-how. Your Gram’s spread looked tasty!

Now, about those desserts…I could have eaten ALL 3…ALL BY MYSELF. :)


34 Biz319 January 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

I absolutely LOVE the pictures of your grandparents – cherish them!

I haven’t had grandparents since I was 18 years old.

Great eats too!! Love the crab dip – looks like one my Aunt Cele makes in Hilton Head.


35 Judith Gray January 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

Kath, I am an old friend of your mother’s; we were librarians together in Dedham, Mass. and shared pregnancy/baby experiences (my son was born a couple of months before you). I am an oatmeal fanatic and love all your ideas for enhancing it; also enjoy the tofu recipes as I find tofu challenging but am trying to eat healthy. (When my son was little he thought it was “toe food”). And you make the food look so inviting! I loved seeing the photos of you with your Mom and grandparents…thanks for sharing all that on your blog!


36 Amy January 18, 2009 at 10:45 am

Your grampa is cute as a button! :)

PS- I was away on vacation when you got your new camera. The second I got back and started catching up on blogs… I instantly knew you had a new camera without even knowing you had purchased a new one!! The quality of the photos is AMAZING.

Needless to say, there will be an Elph purchase in my near future! :)


37 theoddbod January 18, 2009 at 11:10 am

i love it when apples and oranges get a chance to see the country side too!


38 HangryPants January 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

I love your grandpa’s sweatshirt! Have fun visiting family.


39 K January 18, 2009 at 11:54 am

Aww your grandparents are so cute!! Have fun with your family :)


40 MaryBe January 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Love all the photos! Your Grandmother is very classy – it definitely runs in the family


41 Jasmine January 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

all of the food looks so good! your grandparents are so sweet for hosting that party, you all look so cute =)


42 Christy January 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Your grandparents are so cute! My grandpa’s fave drink was also an old fashioned. But he made it with bourbon, diet lemon lime soda, and a splash of grenadine. The orange is an interesting addition. Glad you had a good time! The haddock looked yummy!


43 sarah January 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Sounds like you’re having fun in Baltimore! Love the sweatshirt on your grandfather!


44 Katie January 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Great shirt! Looks like such a fun party. Big plans for tonight?


45 thepinkpeppercorn January 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm

hehe your grandparents are so cute – so proud of you!! Hope you have a great stay!


46 kristie in seattle January 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

the pic of you and your grandpa put a huge smile on my face!


47 Danielle January 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

What lovely grandparents you have, they must be so proud of you to tell all their friends about your blog. The cocktail party looked great, what a nice spread of food!


48 Marissa January 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Your grandparents are so cute!


49 Lara January 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Love the photo of you and your grandmother with your twin cocktails :) Such a cute post.


50 Kath January 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Julie ,
That would be very fun!!

Judith ,
Hi!!! Thanks for your comment. I remember riding bikes with you when I was in middle school. And I hear updates of you and Nathan (and Lauren?) from my mom each year. Mom says I’d love chatting with you about heath nut things :)



51 ashley (sweet & natural) January 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Fun with the fam! Your grandparents are so cute.


52 Raspberry Runner January 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

that bread on your sandwich looks sooo good!


53 Sarah January 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I. went. to. Hampton Elementary!

For kindergarten, while my family still lived in NC before we moved away.

What a small world.


54 brandi January 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I love the pictures of the three generations and Pop in his sweatshirt – it looks like it was a fun day!


55 Kati January 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

what a fun trip! your grandparents look fun and healthy! :) and the desserts you had look FAB!


56 Alison January 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Hi Kath, I just read your post about running at Goucher. I just graduated from that college and was reading your blog all last year!!!! It is such a gorgeous campus, I miss it!


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