The FIRST Post

Going on day 6 with no air conditioning. Life is great in Baltimore. And by great I mean humid and sweaty. Since our A/C is broken and the Mid-Atlantic weather has been unseasonably warm, we tried to spend as much time out of the house this weekend as possible. Friday night I squeezed in a quick post-work gym trip before joining Jeanette, her mom who was visiting and her boyfriend, K, for a casual dinner at Mother’s.

Saturday morning, Adam and I were up early to head down to DC for Race for the Cure. It’s a tradition that we do with my mom since she is a breast cancer survivor and this was my 7th race! We usually walk the 5k course, but this year my mom had a foot injury and is in a walking boot so we just joined the crowd on the mall for the post-race festivities. I love the high-energy, celebratory feel of the event and it’s always amazing to see so many survivors (designated by their hot pink shirts) and groups walking in memory of those they have lost. Afterward, we headed to Poste for brunch and I had a tasty cheese omelet. I think calling it a cheese omelet was misleading though as it was heavy on the spinach and mushrooms and light on the cheese.

Mom and me at Race for the Cure DC

Mom and me at Race for the Cure DC

Saturday afternoon we returned to our hot, hot apartment to do some cooking for Sunday’s Mother’s Day get together. Adam’s brother and sister-in-law were hosting a lunch and I made a pasta salad and some funfetti cake batter blondies. I used this recipe for whole wheat pasta salad and it was a big hit! It was really easy to make and full of tasty roast vegetables: asparagus, mushrooms and red pepper. The cake batter blondies were also out of this world and crazy simple. You just combine vanilla cake mix with vegetable oil, one egg, milk, sprinkles and white chocolate chips. It is those white chocolate chips that really take these bars to the next level.

Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies

Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies

Sunday morning we picked up my mom and went to Potomac for the Mother’s day gathering. In addition to the dishes I brought, we munched on quiche, salade niçoise, chicken wings and plenty of cheese and crackers. After we spent some quality time with our moms, Adam and I took the metro into DC for the Caps game. It was game six in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Caps had the chance to win and advance in front of a home crowd. Unfortunately, the game got off to a rough start and the Rangers scored about forty seconds into the game. The Caps ultimately lost 4-3. Even though the game didn’t go our way, we still had a good time. I do some work with the NHL for my job so I was given the tickets and before the game we met up with friends at Rosa Mexicano for skinny margaritas and chips and guac. Free tix + mexican food = a winning combination! Quick side note – as much as I love Rosa (it’s right around the corner from my old office and we ordered many a lunch and spent many a happy hour there) the fact that they charge $14 for guac is outrageous!

Adam and me at the Caps game

Adam and me at the Caps game

So that ended up being a very DC weekend for the first post on a Baltimore blog, but doesn’t it just illustrate how great Baltimore’s location is? Easy breezy to spend the day in DC or Philly!

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