Out & About: Fort McHenry

Love all the history-ness of Baltimore. Maybe because I grew up in the DC ‘burbs. Maybe because I’m a history nerd. Potato, po-taaah-to.

Anyway, got up off it and headed over to Fort McHenry today. Why? The usual reason; a friend visiting from out of town was gobsmacked that I’d never been. So we went.

And it’s awesome. Even with the chilly breeze, I can see myself heading here often.

Photos. Let me show you them. It’s easy picking for good shots here.

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Token majestic shot.
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Cannons go boom! Well, not anymore, as they're filled with concrete.
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Inside the fort.
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Still more cannons. Because they're awesome.
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One of the actual bombs that were bursting in air! Kewl!
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More big cannons.

Sunday Shot: Poe’s cognac and a St. Patty’s Guinness

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.

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Even though the Poe toaster is gone, fans still keep the poet well lubed.
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Clover! Festive! I drank it anyway!

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.

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Stew. With tons of mushrooms. Because they're delicious.

Mmmmm, pi.

Happy Pi Day! 3/14, get it? *crickets*

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.

Tada!

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All cooked!
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Side view, with cherry deliciousness
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Get in mah belly!

No matter what you do today, make sure you save room for pi(e). For science!

Sunday Shot: National Aquarium

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!

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Sexy and I know it.
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He's got nothing to say.
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Well, hello.
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Don't hate the player. Hate the camouflage.
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ZOMG batsies! Cuuuute!

Sunday Shot: Oscar Bundt

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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.

Ravens Superbowl Parade!

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.”

Whoa.

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.)