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Posted by on May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Del Ray Dining: UMC Pancake Breakfast

Del Ray Dining: UMC Pancake Breakfast

For years, I have walked past the giant yellow banner at the corner of Windsor and Clyde Avenues announcing the pancake breakfast at the Del Ray United Methodist Church, always intrigued. And finally, the thought of an all you can eat stack of pancakes slathered with maple syrup was too delicious to refuse. We stopped by last Saturday morning to feast. Volunteers host the breakfast the third Saturday of every month in Lunceford Hall, located in the basement of the church. All proceeds benefit the church’s ministries. We aren’t members of the church, but happy to support a charitable cause. After paying our way, we sat down at one of the six round tables, each pleasantly adorned with a tablecloth, centerpiece and all the pancake accoutrements. One of the many friendly volunteers came around with coffee for me and juice for the kids. Followed shortly by a warm stack of pancakes and sausage. Devoured quickly, pancakes are a great way to start a weekend. We’ll be back for...

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

A Dog’s Life in Del Ray

A Dog’s Life in Del Ray

If I came back as a dog, I’d be perfectly content to live in Del Ray, and be the kind of dog whose owners take me around to enjoy the many ways our neighborhood caters to canine health and happiness. Dogs in Del Ray eat al fresco with their people… They lick frozen “puppy pops” at The Dairy Godmother… Mine took hers to go, picking it up and carrying it all the way home to finish inside. Dogs in Del Ray, like it or not, get scrubbed good and clean on the lawn at Nature’s Nibbles… They wait patiently for their owners to get their morning coffee at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub… Throughout the day, they show up unannounced on the doorstep of Del Ray Cafe to receive a homemade liver snap or two. Owners Margaret and Laurent tell me they are acquainted with at least nine dogs who stop by most every day. Others , they say, appear to have snuck away from their homes, in which case,...

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Posted by on May 1, 2015 | 24 comments

Giveaway: Gardening Consultation with Love & Carrots

Giveaway: Gardening Consultation with Love & Carrots

Spring planting time is here and we are positively thrilled to offer a giveaway of a one-hour gardening consultation with expert gardener, farmer, and the founder of Love & Carrots, Meredith Sheperd. Katie had the pleasure of meeting with Meredith last week for a consult on her back patio vegetable garden. She came away with a “wealth of ideas” on how to make the most of her space this season and for many to come. Love & Carrots is an organic gardening business whose goal is to “take the intimidation out of home gardening.” They provide a range of services from a personal consultation to design work to full-service garden maintenance. We first discovered and wrote about Love & Carrots a couple of years ago after we spotted some colorful raised beds in a neighbor’s front yard. If you win this giveaway, Meredith will design her consultation to your needs whether you’re a novice just starting out, or you’re a DIY-er or seasoned gardener and you want troubleshooting help...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 | 0 comments

A Garden Consult with Love & Carrots

A Garden Consult with Love & Carrots

I’d love to be able to claim that I know exactly what I’m doing when I garden, but truth be told, it’s been mostly luck if I get something to grow. We’ve tried various vegetables over the past several years — some worked well like last year’s broccoli, but others like the lettuce I planted two seasons ago withered away after a week or so in the dirt. Determined to improve my gardening skills, I met up with Meredith from Love & Carrots, an organic gardening business whose goal is to “take the intimidation out of home gardening.” They provide a range of services from a personal consultation to design work to full-service garden maintenance. (Psst — We’re doing this post with Love & Carrots as part of a giveaway which we’ll announce tomorrow!) Meredith came over on a weeknight for my consult. After I told her about my past gardening successes and failures, the first thing she did was take an accurate sunlight reading using a solar pathfinder....

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 | 2 comments

Paws to Read at Duncan Library

Paws to Read at Duncan Library

If you are looking for a free activity to do with children, the public library in Del Ray is always a great choice. When the dogs show up for the Paws to Read program, the library is an especially cool place to be. In the Paws to Read program, children in 1st to 6th grades take turns reading to trained therapy dogs in 15-minute intervals. The dogs are truly great listeners. The program cites “research, as well as anecdotal evidence to suggest that children who read to dogs improve their reading skills significantly. They feel at ease because the animals do not judge or correct them. Children can relax and enjoy reading out loud.” The kids usually leave with a bookmark with the dog’s picture and some extra information about their new canine friend. My kids have developed a few favorite dogs, although they are excited to read to any of them. This is a great way to get in some extra reading for your kids. You have to sign...

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