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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 | 0 comments

For the Love of Cheese

For the Love of Cheese

In honor of National Cheese Day today, we thought we’d share some of our favorite cheese-related posts. From serving and storing to baking and enjoying, let’s take a moment to celebrate all things cheese. First, what every cheese lover needs, a cheese serving board. Here’s an easy one you can make and customize with a wood-burning tool. To keep your cheese tasting its best, check out these storage tips from Del Ray’s “cheeselady,” Jill Erber. Have you ever tried making your own cheese? Here’s a type of cream cheese you can make from yogurt. Some of our favorite baked recipes include cheese such as homemade fig rugelach, asiago pesto bread, butternut squash tart and spinach pie. And of course, cheese is delicious on its own, with a fruit spread or alongside a grilled vegetable salad. Hope you enjoy some cheese...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #4: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #4: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Creative, quirky, stylish, sentimental and full of personality — that’s how I would describe this next house on the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour. Interestingly, this building was never meant to be a house (at the tour you’ll find out its original purpose), but walk through the front door and you’ll know you’re at home. Artistic, whimsical and even humorous accents can be found in every room… Take your time to explore every inch of this small but spacious home. Of special note, check out the over-sized windows in the master bedroom overlooking the cherry trees, as well as the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired bathroom, the wall of records, the art (almost all made by local artists from A Show of Hands) and the private garden out back. The Del Ray House and Garden Tour is Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Advance tickets for the tour are $20 and can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Scholarship Fund and neighborhood improvement projects. Stay...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Countdown to the MV Big Flea

Countdown to the MV Big Flea

We’re getting down to the wire at the MV Big Flea. Just TWO shop ‘n drops left this flea season on April 5 and 12, 2014 (2-4 p.m.) at the temporary showroom located at 3815 Mt Vernon Ave. Come on over to drop off household items you don’t want, or purchase any of the fine merchandise that has already been donated. After April 12, the flea will pack up and move all those wonderful donations to the Mount Vernon Rec Center for the actual Big Flea on April 26, 2014. Merchandise comes and goes every shop ‘n drop. Here are a few of the recent acquisitions — I’ll be working the shop ‘n drop this weekend so email me if you see anything you like and would like it to be put on hold. A gorgeous wall mirror would look amazing over a dresser or sideboard in a dining room. This chair is part of a set of six that comes with a dining table. Baskets galore — great...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 | 2 comments

How to Make All-Natural Lip Balm

How to Make All-Natural Lip Balm

There are a lot of cleaning and skin-care products you can make at home — some easy, some quite involved — but as I learned at a demo with Mellenie from Truly-Life, lip balm is on the easy side, a project you can get done in just a few minutes. DIY Del Ray helped coordinate the demo at Mellenie’s house (one of a series of demos we’ll be hosting this year). We all gathered around the dining table as Mellenie reviewed the supplies and process. First, you need a scale and a double boiler… Unbleached beeswax … Vitamin E oil (available at MOM’s organic market in Arlandria), olive oil and peppermint essence (from La Cuisine in Old Town) … And containers for the finished product (from the Container Store). Mellenie used the scale to measure 4 oz of beeswax. You must use unbleached beeswax, she says, not the kind you would find at a craft store to make candles. Since Mellenie makes a lot of lip balm as part...

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Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 | 0 comments

A Year of Eco Del Ray

A Year of Eco Del Ray

Hooray for an eco-friendly 2013! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite posts from the past year that celebrate an earth-conscious lifestyle — from simple steps to reduce trash, to green interior decorating and home maintenance, to preserving our natural resources. Take a look at a year of Eco Del Ray. Composting and Reducing Waste Kitchen Composting at the Farmers Market The Joy of Kitchen Composting with Worms Adventures in Bulk Food Shopping It’s Rain Barrel Season Upcycling Welcome to Del Ray, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center Making an Upcycled Rope Basket Savoring Christmas Trees All Year Long Salvage with Style: Sue’s Old Oak Doors My Upcycled Fall Sweater Wreath Interior Design and Decorating Small-Space Eco Design with Del Ray Cafe Very Phara’s Furniture Rescue Danielle and Casey’s Eco Modern Rowhouse Marcy and Jason’s DIY Kitchen Reno Protecting Green Space Monique’s Woodsy Backyard Retreat Beautiful Bounty: Evening Star’s Rooftop Garden Del Ray Café’s Green Landscape Renee’s Whimsical and Welcoming Garden A Wild Life at Huntley Meadows Park Neighbors,...

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