Gift Guide: Coworkers

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially here. True, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we know you’ve seen Christmas stuff at Target, holiday treat ingredients at the grocery store and that your neighbor has already put up their Christmas tree.

We may not have our decorations up yet, however, we’re going to pat ourselves on the back for already having our Christmas shopping list compiled—we have who we need to buy for, it’s just the “what” that we haven’t finalized yet.

One of the hardest categories to shop for is coworkers. You want to get something cool and useful (ok, maybe not always useful), all without breaking the bank. Its hard, we get it! To help you out this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite finds for coworkers. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration and the ability to cross a few people off your shopping list.

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Around Annapolis: November

The best things to do in Annapolis this month.

Annapolis Maryland

Small Business Saturday
Shop Local!

When: Saturday, November 26; all-day
Where: All Over Annapolis

Grand Illumination of the Holiday Tree
This year’s celebration begins at 4:30 pm with dancing and carols by local school groups.  Santa arrives to help light the tree around 6:30 pm and help get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Jaycees serve hot chocolate and candy canes and  have ornaments for children to decorate. The Jaycees also accept donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for their annual Angel Tree program, which helps local families in need during the holiday season.

When: Sunday, November 27; 5:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown next to the Market House

Tug of War
The annual event between Annapolis and Eastport is back!

When: Saturday, November 5; 12 noon
Where: City Dock

First Sunday Arts Festival – Holiday Edition
As the holiday season approaches the popular First Sunday Arts Festival continues on November 6th to fill the historic streets and parks of Downtown Annapolis with some of the regions best musicians, food, artists and crafters.

When: Sunday, November 6; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Calvert and West Streets

WRAYBN is Turning 3!
SAVE THE DATE for the special celebrate.

When: Saturday, November 19
Where: 12 Annapolis St., West Annapolis

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NOTE: Event list will be updated throughout the month. If you have an event that you’d like to have listed, please email madeinannapolis@gmail.com.

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Around Annapolis: September

The best things to do in Annapolis this month.

Vinyasa at the Vineyard
This is the final Vinyasa at the Vineyard event of the 2016 season. Vinyasa at the Vineyard includes a 1 hour all levels vinyasa flow followed by a wine tasting that includes 7 premium wines followed by a glass of wine of your choice. All you need to bring is yourself, your mat, and some water to keep hydrated throughout class.

When: Sunday, September 11; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Great Frogs Winery

Vinyasa & Vino with Capital Yoga
Yoga, nature, and wine!  Join Capital Yoga Studio at Great Frogs Winery for an all-levels Vinyasa flow (one hour class) followed by a wine tasting that includes 7 premium wines and a glass of wine of your choice.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Vinyard following the tasting.

When: Sunday, September 25; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Great Frogs Winery

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Ongoing Events:

Great Frogs Date Night Series

Come out for an intimate evening with music, pizza, and wine at Great Frogs the last Friday night of  August & September. Sample the newest selection of wines, choose a bottle to share and enjoy farm to table pizza from WellCrafted Pizza.

Wednesday Night Sailing Races

First gun is 6pm every Wednesday during the summer in which 150 crews test their skills in this weekly tradition. Grab a seat at a restaurant or enjoy the view from the Eastport Bridge or Ego Alley.

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NOTE: Event list will be updated throughout the month. If you have an event that you’d like to have listed, please email madeinannapolis@gmail.com.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

What do you get for the person who has everything? Here’s a list of great ideas–for budgets both small and large.

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Summer Guide: June

The best things to do in Annapolis this month.

11th Annual Bands in the Sand
Bands in the Sands is an awesome event benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. With the bay as the backdrop, you’ll listen to a number of bands (literally in the sand—on the beach behind the Philip Merrill Environmental Center) while enjoying food and drinks from Boatyard Bar and Grill.

When: Saturday, June 11; 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center

Eastport a Rockin
Eastport A RockinOne of the best summer events in Annapolis! This year’s festival has four stages that will host more than 30 local bands (from rock to folk to roots to blues to jazz to bluegrass to funk). A variety of food including local seafood, BBQ, gyros, shave ice and more, will be available. Beyond the music, the streets and sidewalks will be lined with vendor booths featuring local artisans, crafters, non-profit organizations, entertainment and more. There’s also a kids area with moon bounces, face painters, tattoo artists and other great family-friendly activities.

Bonus: Proceeds from the event benefit deserving local charities including The Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians (AMFM) and the Eastport Volunteer Fire Department.

When: Saturday, June 18; 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum on Back Creek

Maryland Avenue & State Circle Spring Festival

FullSizeRenderStreet festival on Maryland Avenue! Food, live music, fashion, arts & crafts, face painting for the kiddos and more!

When: Sunday, June 12; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Maryland Avenue

 

 

 

Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party

The annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party is a night of food, fine wine, friendship, flowers and fun that you won’t want to miss! Experience the charm of the William Paca House, indulge in culinary creations donated by the area’s premiere chefs and stroll through the luxurious English gardens, filled with beautiful rose bushes, an endearing fish-shaped pond and other garden features. All while you enjoy sipping a signature Pacatini.

When: Wednesday, June 15; 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: William Paca House

Heavy Seas – Troeg’s Brewing Collaboration Party

When: Thursday, June 23; 8:00 p.m.
Where: DRY85

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Ongoing Events:

Great Frogs Date Night Series

Come out for an intimate evening with music, pizza, and wine at Great Frogs the last Friday night of  June, July, August & September. Sample the newest selection of wines, choose a bottle to share and enjoy farm to table pizza from WellCrafted Pizza.

Wednesday Night Sailing Races

First gun is 6pm every Wednesday during the summer in which 150 crews test their skills in this weekly tradition. Grab a seat at a restaurant or enjoy the view from the Eastport Bridge or Ego Alley.

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NOTE: Event list will be updated throughout the month. If you have an event that you’d like to have listed, please email madeinannapolis@gmail.com.

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Kick Start the New Year with Healthy, Fresh Produce

The holiday’s have come and gone. For me, that means two things: winter and tax season. Depressing, right? Call it a New Year’s Resolution, but instead of continuing with my normal winter routine of moping around until Memorial Day, I’m making it a priority to remain positive, active and really make the next few months as productive as possible. How? Ok, still working on ironing out the details, but one area of focus is in the kitchen.

Cooking! I’m not a great cook, but I’m going to work on it and practice over the next few months. First things first, I needed to find out which fruits and veggies were actually in season this time of year. Turns out, there’s a lot of great produce during the winter months. Here are some of my personal favorites, along with recipes using the produce:

Beets

Beets contain antioxidants called betalains, which can help fight cancer and other degenerative diseases. They’re also rich in vitamins A, B, C as well as potassium and folate. Amazing!

When shopping for beets, look for crisp and bright green leaves and richly colored roots which should feel firm and smooth. On the flip side, smaller beets will be more tender than larger ones.

Kale
Full disclosure, I’m not one of those ‘all hail kale’ people. I’ve had it, but it certainly hasn’t been in my regular arsenal of food go-tos. It’s no surprise why it’s so popular though. It’s high in iron, fiber, calcium, and vitamins A, C and K. Kale is also filled with antioxidants.

When picking out kale in the grocery store look for dark bunches with small to medium leaves. See yellow and brown – steer clear. When you get home, store it in the coldest part of your fridge.

Fun Fact: Thomas Jefferson grew kale! Continue reading

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Top Recipes of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close I wanted to share the top recipes of 2015, based on the number of views each recipe received.

Gooey Butter Cake

Thank you all for a wonderful year and I can’t wait for 2016!

Happy New Year!

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