Alas, the title of this post is not an homage to any of the great literary or historical Fredericks that have existed (Douglass, the Great, etc, etc), but rather a descriptor of where I spent a large portion of my Sunday!
I headed up to Frederick, MD to spend time with the wonderful Lauren (who blogs at Oatmeal After Spinning if you’ve never checked it out. You should!). Frederick is a little less than an hour NW of where I live. Lauren was having a couple of friends over for a cookout and generously allowed me to crash their good times with my awkwardness, hehe. I dragged Sean and Daxter along for good measure.
Picture pilfered from Lauren
In order to prove that I’m not a total mooch, I brought over a couple of dishes for people to share. First up was my regular party contribution: Mango Guacamole. This time around it was more guac than mango, as there was exactly ONE mango in all of Safeway that seemed ripe enough to even consider eating, but it was still proclaimed “the best guac I’ve ever had” by Lauren’s friend Ken, so I think it worked out okay.
And the second thing I brought was more of an experiment. It was a blue cheese cabbage slaw recipe by the grillmaster himself, Bobby Flay.
I thought it was good because I love blue cheese, but the flavor is strong so a little goes a long way. I still have a big tub of it leftover in my fridge!
Lauren’s friends Terri & Ken made a delicious quinoa salad and this awesome spicy roasted eggplant that I failed to photograph (was too busy inhaling it, I suppose). All of these were sides set to accompany the main event, of course, which was made up of grass-fed burgers that were AWESOME.
Also, there was salad. Because we’re like, healthy living bloggers or something, I guess.
But more importantly, there was beer.
Delicious pumpkin-y beer that we all got to share (and then I also had a Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale in addition). I’m really coming around to beer! I think that makes Sean happy. Of course, my idea of beer and his idea of beer is still slightly different…
While we ate, we made sure to keep the canine fiends off our plates. Lauren’s golden retrievers, Jackson and Lance, are beaaaautiful dogs but they are HUGE in comparison to little Daxter!
Jackson and Daxter got along pretty well, and it was really cute to see them playing, but I think Lance might have preferred to eat Daxter instead of the burgers, hehehe.
Pic from Lauren, because evidently I can’t even be bothered to take a picture of my own dog.
For dessert, Lauren had made up a crockpot dish of apples, cinnamon, and squash! The squash was a surprisingly delicious addition. It gave the concoction some body without changing up the flavors too much, which was really nice.
It was served over vanilla ice cream, OBVI. (Sean and I shared this bowl.) In between courses, we also played corn hole, which I remain TERRIBLE at. Luckily, Lauren is kind of incredible at it, so the game I participated in was nice and short. The worst thing about corn hole is how when all four players are really bad, the games can last FOREVER. Of course, when you have SOMEONE scoring 3-pointers every round, it goes by pretty quick. Seriously, if you ever end up tailgating with Lauren, make sure she is on YOUR team.
Pic from Lauren
Lauren’s dogs really lived up to their name as “retriever” as they kept trying to catch/steal the bean bags too. It was super adorable. Daxter, however, gave the game a wide berth since at a BBQ earlier this summer, he was beaned (literally) in the face with one. I don’t think he’s such a fan anymore, hahaha.
Clearly, it was an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon (the weather was glorious!), and definitely worth the drive into no-man’s-land, hehe. I can’t wait until next time we get to meet up! I really want to/need to plan another DC bloggers meetup. It’s been way too long since we’ve had the opportunity to prove to each other that we exist in real life, and I’ve halfheartedly talked about planning one with a few people but have been bad at following through. If there’s interest with any of you local folks, be sure to let me know!