Thinking about welcoming a new addition to your household—one with roots and leaves? Plant parenthood can certainly be rewarding, especially when you’re staying home most of the time. If you’re just getting started, here are a few plants that can thrive in your apartment.
Jade. This simple succulent with scarlet-tinged leaves barely needs to be watered, which is a big plus, and can weather direct sunlight. So, if you have a sunny spot in your home and the time to water them once every two weeks, chances are you’ll be able to keep a jade plant happy.
Spider plant. Named for the branches that web out like the legs of a spider, this variegated plant is easy to hang. That’s why apartment-dwellers tend to love it—in addition to the fact that it doesn’t require frequent watering, and it grows well in low light. And one more bonus: it also cleans the air!
Bird’s nest fern. Whereas most ferns can only thrive in high levels of humidity, the bird’s nest fern is different. It’s happy in an average amount of humidity and very little light, so it’s much easier to grow in an apartment than some of its counterparts.Read More
A neighborhood wine cafe and shop, Locavino serves top-notch beverages and delicious food to drool over. Owners and close friends, Jarrod and Justin, desire to share their passions with downtown Silver Spring, providing a place where everyone is welcome and feels at ease. Their goal is to shine a spotlight on local beverages in the context of global wine and beer and to serve yummy meals alongside them.
Their daily food menu consists of appetizers, salads, soup, sandwiches, pasta, and dessert. If you want to try one of their popular dishes, many rave over their jerk chicken wrap and penne pesto, and for drinks, try their beer or cider! Whatever you choose to order, you’ll be delighted over the variety and warmth of the quaint shop, along with their excellent customer service skills. Be sure to visit their website before heading over from your apartment.
While St. Patrick's Day usually involves a visit to your favorite pub followed by a parade, celebrations will likely look a little different in 2021. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't enjoy the camaraderie, delicious food, and the Irish spirit that make March 17 so special. Here are three ways to celebrate St. Paddy's Day at home this year.
Get Crafty. There are countless St. Paddy's Day craft projects on Pinterest that will allow you to channel your creativity—and your Irish spirit. Some ideas include glitter shamrock bunting, leprechaun finger puppets, and DIY signage, all of which will add festive charm to your apartment.
Go Green. St. Patrick's Day isn't complete without wearing emerald green! If you don't have any green apparel, see if you can find some budget-friendly green finds at a thrift shop or eBay. Rather see your green in a glass? Try adding a few drops of green food coloring to your favorite beer or other light-colored beverage.
Whip Up an Irish Recipe. You can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without some delicious Irish fare, so why not experiment with some Irish-inspired recipes? In addition to a pint of Guinness, your feast on March 17 could include Irish soda bread, shamrock-shaped sugar cookies, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and Irish stew. Sláinte!
Parade Canceled? 5 Exciting Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home Instead [BHG]
31 Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts That You Can Make [Country Living]
17 Best St. Patrick's Day Activities for a Day Full of Magical Fun [Good Housekeeping]
Spice up your handheld eats and try recently opened Rita's Crepes in Silver Spring. Rita’s Crepes creates fresh wrappers with gluten-free ingredients and minimal butter and sugar. The result is a lower carb masterpiece that lets the flavorful fillings shine.
Choose from sweet options like strawberries and cream, lemon sugar, or Nutella, along with tons of savory crepes. The cheddar cheese, lox, or avocado variations feel almost breakfast-y, or you could opt for a veggie supreme, lamb merguez, or chicken Florentine crepe that are certainly a lunch or dinner all on their own. Rita’s Crepes focuses on using local ingredients whenever possible, and the freshest vegetables of the season.
Find Rita’s Crepes on Sunday at the Bethesda Central Farmer’s Market, or visit their new pick-up kitchen in Distribution Circle. Just pre-order from the website, and then grab your freshly made crepes Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Read More
For some reason when we think about celebrating special occasions, Italian comfort food always seems like the best option. That’s why for Valentine’s Day you should get cozy and celebrate with Olazzo! This local Italian eatery is owned by second-generation Italian brothers whose parents taught them everything they needed to know about making fresh, authentic Italian cuisine. You taste the love in every dish!
The menu is extensive with plenty of apps and entrees to share for the perfect date night. Favorite apps are the bruschetta and the stuffed dates with goat cheese and mint. Entree favorites are tough to decide because everything is so good but the shrimp and crab rosé pasta dish earns rave reviews and is a little pink in color which screams Valentine’s Day treat!
If you don’t want to dine in quite yet, you’re in luck! Their family takeout meals are pretty delicious, too. You can grab freshly baked ciabatta, a salad, your choice of entree, and cannoli or tiramisu for dessert. Throw in a bottle of wine with your order and you’ll get it 50% off. A perfect deal for Valentine’s Day!Read More
Sitting beside your date, you peruse the menu for a moment, then look into each others’ eyes as the waiter heads into the kitchen to place your order. The most delicious plate of spaghetti, topped with more than half a dozen meatballs and coated in tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. As you dig in, you and your Valentine find yourselves sharing a single spaghetti strand. You’re a street dog, sharing your supper with a show-quality spaniel.
That might a scene out of a Disney classic but, with Pacci’s Trattoria, you can recreate your very own Lady & the Tramp moment this Valentine’s Day. And, better yet, spaghetti and meatballs isn’t the only classic dish you can enjoy. Pasta, pizza, calzones, salads, antipasti, and more make up their traditional Italian menu. Pollo alla marsala or penne alla vodka, bruchetta al pomodoro or shrimp al limone, and margherita or quattro formaggi pies, you can customize your canine recreation with endless combinations of il buon cibo.
Of course, there’s no need for a holiday to enjoy your favorite sorts of Italian food. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner at Pacci’s any time of year, or order online for delivery to enjoy your favorite pizza, pasta, or other dishes from your favorite spot on the couch.Read More
A lot has changed in the past year. For one thing, staying home became the new going out. That theme is going to hold through this month, at least, which is why you should start planning for an at-home Valentine’s Day. Begin with these creative ideas.
- Plan a picnic in the living room. It may be too cold to head outside for a picnic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the romantic experience indoors. Lay out your picnic blanket on the living room floor, light a few candles, and serve up a beautiful charcuterie platter and some other simple finger foods.
- Make a meal together. In the mood for something more gourmet? Make the date about the process of cooking instead of just enjoying the meal. Pick a new recipe, gather the ingredients, and set up your cook station with everything you need to get going (and maybe a glass of wine or two).
- Have a movie marathon. Do you and your significant other love romcoms? Pick your faves and set up the living room for a romantic movie marathon! Make sure you have plenty of cozy throw pillows and blankets, your favorite snacks and drinks, and your top films all queued up and ready to go.
- Set up a spa night. One way to show that you care is by pampering that special someone. If you’re not comfortable going to the spa for a couples’ massage, bring the spa to you! Diffuse a calming scent, like lavender, and dote on your significant other with a neck or foot massage.
Let’s not sugar coat it. Burnt Mills East Special Park is a parking lot. But it’s an important parking lot, especially if you love to hike, bike, or take in the unique beauty of the Northwest Branch Trail. Time is ticking before the Maryland winter is here, so make plans to visit this natural oasis in Wheaton one more time in 2020. From Central, just jump on US-29 and head north. The quick 10-minute drive will take you straight to the Burnt Mills Reservoir. Leave your car at Burnt Mills East Special Park, and then take the day to enjoy the 12.9-mile trail studded with interesting flora and fauna, plus the gorgeous colors of autumnal leaves.
Check out photos on alltrails.com for a preview of the wooded trails, but do it quick. In the blink of an eye, winter will be upon us, and everything will be snow covered. Be sure to use the Burnt Mills East Special Park for at least one more outdoor excursion this year.Read More
Just when you think you can’t look at another cookie after a holiday season of indulgence, you catch a whiff of the buttery delights at Ooh La La Bakery and suddenly you’re in the mood for dessert again. Ooh La La Bakery is an authentic French specialty shop, and creates classic desserts, fresh breads, and custom coffee drinks in one tidy café space along University Boulevard in Silver Spring. Choose from fresh fruit tarts, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and apple danishes, or get stocked up on crusty loaves of sourdough, demi baguettes, or super seed bread. While you’re there, you can grab a hand crafted coffee, or pick-up something savory for lunch or dinner tonight. A hot, pressed panini, chicken pot pie, or spinach quiche taste so comforting and delicious on a cold winter day.
Ooh La La Bakery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make a stop the next time you need a coffee and pastry for breakfast, a dessert for a special occasion, or something fresh and handmade to eat.Read More