To BMore in Baltimore

In a couple of months I will be saying that I’ve lived in Baltimore for a whole year. Holy cow. How did that even happen?

How long can you live someplace and still get away with being the new kid on the block?

Even though I’ve been here for a while, I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it’s like to live here and experience the city. In all honesty, I haven’t exactly fallen in love with the place either…yet?

I suppose it doesn’t help that other life circumstances are less than ideal at the moment, but I’m resolving that personal stuff and family stuff that’s beyond my control will not have bearing on my ultimate opinion of the time I spend stateside.

Our goal isn’t to plant roots here or even to stay long term, but I would like to be able to say that I had a great time while we did live here…Read More »

Unhelpful Recipes: Newfoundland Wild Blueberry Icebox Cake

I just returned from a trip to Newfoundland to stay in the home my great-grandparents built in the forties. It was just lovely to explore the natural beauty of the province we call “The Rock” and, amongst the other fine experiences, was how special it was to prepare food in my great grandmother’s kitchen.

While my Nanny took the time to prepare blueberry pies from scratch, I opted for a simpler way to make use of the abundant wild blueberries that grow all around the property.

If you’ve never made an icebox cake, then you are in for a treat! They are easy peasy and so delicious. Not to mention, they have something of a vintage appeal to the “baking” style.

All you need is a handful of ingredients and the best part? It’s no bake!

Newfoundland Wild Blueberry Icebox Cake

Ingredients:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Whipped Cream (sweetened, if that’s your preference)
  • Wild Newfoundland Blueberries

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If you’re feeling extra authentic, start with some charming depression glass bowls or one large vintage serving dish!

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Directions:

  • Alternate layers of delicious ingredients
  • Chill in the fridge for several hours
  • And that’s it!

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Basically, the graham crackers absorb the moisture from the whipped cream and become cake-like. I opted to use coconut whipped cream on account of my lactose intolerance but regular dairy works the same. Feel free to add a splash of vanilla or icing sugar to your liking.

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Oh, and most importantly, share with friends.

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One Month Down: Baltimore Life

Well my friends, I’ve been living in Baltimore for around a month now. Obvi, I’ve still got plenty more to learn about being a Maryland resident full-time but, I must say, I’ve made a few discoveries in the short time I’ve lived here.

Here’s a highlight reel of some faves. If you come visit me, let me know which you’d like to see together!

First, I arrived here just in time for Canada Day! We headed to Clark Burger to see if their poutine lives up to the genuine article. (It does and it’s delicious.) We were in good company with a number of other Canadians indulging in the name of patriotism. So funny.

Of course, immediately following Canada Day is American Independence Day so I had to try my best to blend in with the crowd in red, white, and blue on the 4th of July. Luckily, the American Visionary Art Museum was hosting a dog/cat show with plenty of fur babies in costume. I was right at home.

I’m still looking for some good off-leash dog trails (hit me up with suggestions) but am having fun checking out some of the local options. Rigby thoroughly enjoyed romping through the river of the Gunpowder Trail.

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One of my July highlights was having friends visit and heading to an Orioles game. It was so fun but what I’m REALLY looking forward to is seeing the Blue Jays when they come to town at the end of the summer.

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Another highlight was the Artscape art festival. It was humongous! Art exhibits, installations and performances as far as the eye could see. Very cool.

I’m still discovering the little hidden gems that every city reserves for those to stumble across.

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Although I’ve moved to new places already a number of times in my life, this is the first time I’m living in a whole new country. What sorts of things do you look for when you’re settling into a new place?

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