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.
Sunday morning we got up bright and early and headed up to Towson, Maryland to visit Gram!
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.
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.
We had Sunday brunch together upon our arrival. Mazen always draws lots of attention in the dining room.
I ate All The Blackberries! And that deviled egg is topped with smoked salmon. Genius!
We took Mazen to the putting green to burn some energy before nap time
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.
And he had a blast with my aunt’s bubble machine! Must buy one stat!
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.
Along with some incredible wines. I’m still sad my stomach wasn’t up for doing much drinking yet.
My aunt and uncle are great cooks, and we had a trio of meats (chicken, beef and pork) with delicious summery vegetable sides.
I was a little too busy getting Mazen set up with dinner to do this food photography justice. It was delish!
As was the dessert – tiny scoops of ice cream with home-canned peaches and fresh strawberries.
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.
OJ, eggs, fruit, cheese and toast.
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!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.