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Weekend excursions

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 by Susanna

Last weekend’s gorgeous, warm weather pulled us out from our (not quite) winter hibernation and we went for a walk at the beautiful Hampton Mansion in Dulaney Valley. The mansion’s exterior was under construction and the gardens were obviously all done for the year but the property was still very enjoyable.

The small houses and barns down the hill really make me want to own an old, old house.

Maybe our next house.


Cheese Pumpkin & Recipe Roundup

Posted on November 8th, 2011 by Dan

I LOVE pumpkin in the kitchen. It’s so versitile. You can use it to replace water in almost any bread or pasta recipe, adds a lovely golden color and packs a punch of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. One of the great multitaskers of the culinary world.

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.

Cosmo and pumpkinThis is a cheese pumpkin. Not sure why, but it was big and fleshy. Above is a picture with Cosmo for scale.

Cheese PumpkinLike I said, a very fleshy pumpkin which totaled about 16 cups of puree.

I made as many pumpkin dishes as I could and froze the rest, 2 quarts, for later. Here’s a few of the recipes, with pictures, I particularly liked.

  1. Pumpkin Pull Apart Rolls, VeganDad
    A very moist, soft roll. The pumpkin puree adds just enough flavor for these rolls. Unfortunately, we ate/served them all before realizing we didn’t take a picture of the finished product.
    Pull Apart Rolls
  2. Pumpkin Spice Granola, A Healthy Passion
    I really liked this granola because there was no sugar added and I could control the sweetness with the amount of maple syrup added. I used toasted, chopped pecans instead of the pumpkin seeds or walnuts. When I make it again, I will probably add more nuts for extra crunch. Raisins might also be a nice touch to this.
    Pumpkin Spice GranolaPumpkin Spice Granola
  3. Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls, Ginger Cream Cheese Glaze, Healthy. Happy. Life.
    These were amazing! We ate the whole batch in a week. Sweet, moist, chewy, the whole 10 yards. Unfortunately, my photo was taken in bad lighting, so don’t let that discourage you.
    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
I’ve got lots of good ideas for Thanksgiving that I can’t wait to make and share.
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? Let me know, I’m always looking for more ideas.

Nature and Fall

Posted on November 5th, 2011 by Dan

Last weekend we decided that we had limited opportunities left to go outside and enjoy the last remnants of a Maryland fall before we were covered in snow. Baltimore  has lots of parks, but its best kept secret is Cylburn Arboretum. Not only are the main grounds of the arboretum beautiful, but the large majority of the 207 acre property is forested… right in the middle of Baltimore City!

We had fun with our camera, so here’s a few fun shots to share.

Shelf Mushrooms

Maple Leafs

Somewhere down a very large hill are the foundations of servant houses that belonged to the owners of the property back in the late 19th century. We found lots of cool mosses, especially this 3.5ft2 patch covering a stone wall.

Moss on wall

Another moss growing on a log with sporophytes.

Moss with sporophytes

Moss with sporophytes

It started off chilly, but warmed up as we hiked up and down hills, away from the buildings and grass paths. It was a fun day getting outside and being able to appreciate the beauty autumn has to offer. We hope you get a chance to spend a day outside before all the leaves are gone and it’s far too cold!

Happy Halloweenie!!

Posted on October 31st, 2011 by Susanna

Happy Halloween to everyone from The Brellis House. We’re not very festive with this holiday but we did get a couple pumpkins (for Dan to cook with). Halloween, pumpkin, cat


fall leaves in puddle

ducks, vineball, fall


Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Us!

Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Susanna

1 year anniversaryTwo sundays ago was our Year 1 Anniversary. We decided to start a tradition of taking a yearly photo with the number made out of the material of the year (you know, like the anniversary gift materials, only we don’t really do gifts, so this is our interpretation of the tradition).   So here is number 1 made out of paper (sheet music to be specific).

We didn’t really do anything special, and it’s a good thing we hadn’t had any plans because I was sick all weekend. Our new camera was enough to make the anniversary memorable. Oh, and I think I’ll always remember how long it took us to take this photo, I hope photos of years to come are a little easier.


New camera!

Posted on September 10th, 2011 by Susanna

We decided rather than taking a nice trip or doing anything for our (Year#1!) anniversary we’d splurge and buy ourselves a new SLR camera. We’re pretty excited about it. After lots of research we decided on the Nikon 3100. It was a tough choice but we didn’t want anything too too fancy since we’re just beginners. And we are definitely still just figuring it out.

Nikon 3100

Hopefully this camera will make us post more often! Michi is, of course, my favorite subject so here are some pictures taken with the new camera:

Michi in our sink

Michi cat


And this was my mini project today:

hardware organized

I organized our big box of random nails and screws, we’ll see how long this system works..


Have any photography tips for us? We need them!