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Showing posts from December, 2011

Brookside Gardens - The Garden of Lights

One of our favorite things to do is driving to see Christmas Lights but nothing beats being able to walk through a Garden of Lights. If you are anywhere near Washington, DC during the winter holiday season you should make your way over to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD for their Winter Garden Walk. The entry fee to enjoy the Christmas lights is just $25 for a car full of your best friends. The lights start at 5:30pm but you can come early and enjoy the trains in the conservatory and then purchase your ticket inside. By arriving at 4:00pm we were able to stroll leisurely around the flowers until it got dark. You will get great parking this way and avoid the traffic as well.The Maryland Garden Railway Society has a large “G” scale display in the conservatory. The trains weave in and out of different flowering plants. From the Brookside Gardens website:“This year’s plantings will include a few edible plants like chard and hot peppers which offer colorful leaves and fruits. Flowering pl…

Enjoying Christmas

“Do you know how silly you look?” was what some old dude said to me after I had my photo taken with the Dancin’ Ranson Cow early one morning at the Ranson Chick-fil-A. I just politely smiled because I knew he was just jealous that he no longer had the ability to ignore what others think and just enjoy life. As long as it doesn’t interfere with others enjoyment, I am quick to act silly and you should too. There are way too many serious things to weigh you down in life that you should seize every opportunity to counteract them with a great big dose of goofiness. Take timeout to jump out of your car and pose with the Christmas lights, or even Santa Cow if it makes you happy!

Zingerman’s Bacon of the Month Club

Travolta said it best, “Bacon tastes good!” There is no better gift than to get a subscription to Bacon of the Month club by Zingerman’s. We received our first installment and instantly commenced to frying it up in a pan. Once a month Zingerman’s will send you around a pound of a different artisan bacon. Your bacon is accompanied by  recipes, a history of the bacon, a great little binder, and even a pig magnet. We were more than happy after chowing down on a pan full of Applewood Smoked Bacon. It’s not cheap but Bubba’s Garage definitely endorses this product!

Gaylord National’s ICE! – Merry Madagascar

We are always looking for something to do around the Washington DC area and last Saturday we drove over to the National Harbor to experience ICE! at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center. National Harbor is easy to find right off of I-95 in Oxen Hill, MD. We purchased our tickets online as well as discounted parking ($10 online or $21 at the garage). The price of the tickets provided an “ouch” moment; not cheap at all. Tickets for adults are $35 each on the weekends. They are only $25 if you go during the week.We decided to go to the National Harbor early to grab some lunch and do a little Christmas shopping. This was our first trip to the National Harbor and I have to say I was a little disappointed in the selection of shopping stores that were available. There were also some craft vendors selling but nothing interested us. Peg did manage to buy some Mike and Ikes at the Peeps store. At least there was a better selection of restaurants.Since we had some time to kill, we …