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A dear friend had a birthday this week, and one of the many reasons I adore her is exhibited in her Instagram photo above – she transported the champagne for her party in a bicycle basket to her Georgetown home… (it was such a lovely gathering!)

  1. As she shares my cookbook addiction, I treated her to a few new faves including this one, this one, and this one.
  2. Today is Remembrance Day in the UK… Have you seen the photos of the poppies installation at the Tower of London? Breathtaking…
  3. Gosh, it’s been 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell?  I was visiting friends at Marquette U at the time… where were you? Love this commemorative Google Doodle.
  4. Can I admit to you I don’t yet have a blogging plan for the week? Thank goodness this fabulous post on inspiration hunting, and this amazing list of tips to increase my productivity as a blogger were in my Bloglovin’ feed this morning.  I need a plan.
  5. If you live in DC, the Red Hen must move to the top of your “Restaurants to Visit” list.  And order the Ricotta Cavatelli with Sauerkraut, Bacon, Green Onion, Spinach & Mustard Breadcrumbs.  Trust me.
  6. How did Amazon end up as Literary Enemy Number One? Read this Vanity Fair article to understand…
  7. How can you ever go back to a plain rice crispy treat once you experience ones made with bacon, bourbon and brown sugar?
  8. I need to make these scones
  9. I had so much fun wandering through the menu of the Most Epic List of Trashed-Up Baby Shower Foods to End All Trashed-Up Baby Shower Food Lists… a gathering of invisible blogger friends to celebrate Jessica of How Sweet Eats‘ adorable baby… what a cool community!  Over 30 bloggers participated, but here are a few faves:
  10. Salads, like Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini
  11. Burgers, like Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy
  12. Tacos… Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos
  13. Pizzas… Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle
  14. And the Desserts, like Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake.  Wow, this crew can plan a party for me anytime!
  15. And finally, I’d love to give a shout-out to the wonderful Fiesta Friday hosted by Angie of the Novice Gardener.  I’ve participated in a few link parties since starting this blogging adventure, but this one is by far the most interactive community I’ve experienced… a wonderful group of bloggers (many new) from all over the world who really comment on each other’s posts. I’m still trying to figure out how this group got started, but I love being a part of it.  Stop in if you haven’t done so yet… And dear Fiesta Friday crew… aren’t I overdue to host?

Have a wonderful week…

MB

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3 Responses to "Inspiration from My Internet Wanders"
  1. I loved the Trashed up Baby Shower link and that’s my kind of bike ride. Oops did the healthy doctor say that? Yup, will cycle for champagne. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the mention in your post. I look forward to following your blog as well.

  3. Fiona says:

    I am so flattered that you have captured a special moment for me in your post. Feeling good about turning 50. Can’t wait for 60. Fx

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