This is St. Patty’s day weekend. Lots of Irishness, but also a bit of Poe. At the Westminster Church this past Saturday, they have a yearly Cask of Amontillado Tasting Among the Bones, a day of music, costumes… and crypts. *cue ominous music* There was also booze sampling and some very good cheese and grapes. This is now gonna be A Thing on my yearly social calendar.
Today, I headed out for a pint of Guinness, and the folks at Pickles Pub made it all purty. Mmmmm, art tastes good.
Oh, and lest you think all I did this weekend was drink, I did make some lamb stew. What I Learned: adding too much stout to a stew makes it bitter. A touch of brown sugar fixes it pretty well.
Fine. I’m a nerd. But I’m a nerd that likes to celebrate. And also, pie. But since I’m also a lazy nerd, I made crunch instead.
Whazzat? It’s when you take a box of cake mix, stir in pecans & 1/2 cup melted butter (or margarine, you do you), and sprinkle it over a 9×13 Pyrex filled with 2 cans of cherry pie filling. Or apple pie filling. Or, as my Grossie used to do, a can of crushed pineapple & a pint of fresh blueberries.
No matter what you do today, make sure you save room for pi(e). For science!
This was a chilly week. I always look forward to March, thinking “hooray, it’s warming up!” But sadly, it’s still cold. (Note: we’re supposed to be getting snow Wednesday & there’s been flurries here and there this weekend…. And next weekend is going to be in the 60s. So the weather is just as wonky as I am.)
After a morning appointment, I decided to walk over to the National Aquarium. They’re re-doing a huge section, but there’s still plenty to see. And it was pretty empty that day, yay!
I love the Oscars. I try to see all the nominated films, make guesses as to who will win (dust off shelf space, Hathaway, Day-Lewis & Affleck!) and of course, eat. This year I decided to skip my usual bottle o’ bubbly (because I was too pooped after walking around the B’More Health Fair) and stick to a nice red that I have at home. But I need a dessert! Hello, Bundt. It’s a mix, but I decided to sprinkle some of pecan bits on to make it more festive. I plan on topping slices (because who eats just one slice of cake?) with cherry pie filling. Because cherry pie filling is delicious. However, now that I see how nicely this cake rests on the pecans – no soggy bits to scrape off the rack – I may do this more often.
It’s crazy up in Pigtown y’all. The Ravens have come home, and Baltimore is throwin’ a party. Things are so packed at M&T there are helicopters announcing “M&T Stadium is filled to capacity. There will be no more people allowed inside.”
But if you want to make like you were there? I can do that….
Bling bling, like a Championship ring! (Thank you, t-shirt selling dude, for teaching me that one.)