Friday's Favorite - Kathryn's Crafty Cakes

Friday Favorite – Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes

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Today is my seventh edition in My Friday Favorites in Southern Maryland series.  Today’s Favorite is certainly one of my all time favorites.  Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes is one of my all time favorite vendors in St. Mary’s.   I have used her exclusively for cakes, cookies and coming up cake pops for the last couple of years.  Once you see her work, you will have no questions why.  Plus, her customer service is top notch…she is kind, creative and impressively prompt when responding to any request you have.

Friday's Favorite - Kathryn's Crafty Cakes

Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes specializes in custom baked goods for all occasions! This includes cakes, cookies, cake pops, and cupcakes. Kathryn is a self-taught baker and decorator with over 10 years of experience and absolutely loves what she does. Be sure to contact her for all your custom dessert needs in the southern Maryland area.  (Contact information at the bottom of the post)

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As you can see, her work is so detailed and impeccable.  Whatever idea or theme you have, she can create the perfect cake or treat to serve your guests.

I personally love giving her cookies as favors for parties.  Many times, they are eaten before the guest leaves the party…major WIN!

Friday's Favorite - Kathryn's Crafty Cakes

Here are the cakes and cookies I had for Chandler’s 4th birthday party.  Chandler begged and begged and begged for Chuck E. Cheese.  I tried to persuade her to do another place, but nothing would change that sweet little mind.  So, we ran with a mermaid theme.

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So cute and fun.  And the cake was DELICIOUS!!

Shay’s 3rd birthday we did a airplane theme since we were having it at the Pax River Naval Air Station Museum.   The location and the tour guide was so ideal and Shay was in airplane heaven.  The cake and cookies were the perfect compliment.

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Here are some more examples of her talent –

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Kathryn’s Contact Information

Website – www.kathrynscraftycakes.com

Email – kathrynscraftycakes@yahoo.com

Facebook – Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes

Instagram – @kathrynscraftycakes

Matilda Jane Dresses

Matilda Jane Dresses

How adorable are these dresses that Matti Jane and Chandler are wearing?!?!

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These dresses are by Matilda Jane Clothing.  I had heard of Matilda Jane Clothing but had never actually purchased any clothing from the clothing line before.  I am not sure why, maybe because we did not have a local rep.  A friend of mine, Alicia Oliver, recently began selling the adorable and whimsical girls clothing line and I am IN LOVE!!

The prints are fun and carefree and childish.  They can be mixed and matched to compliment one another.  I think the main thing I was impressed with was how soft the material is.  And, literally 3 seconds after the girls put the dresses on, they said “Mommy, these dresses are soooo comfy”.  They asked if they could wear them fishing as that was the late morning plan.  Matilda Jane DressesMatilda Jane DressesMatilda Jane Dresses

The dress Matti Jane and Chandler are wearing is called Gimme S’more Dress.  I love the stripes, the polka dots, the ribbon detail but my favorite part is the back.  SO CUTE!!

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I think the brown, orange and lilac pops bring the pink down a notch.  And because the dresses are so comfortable, the entire MJC line is ideal for school clothes.  All of the dresses are truly too cute to choose just one.  How cute is the Something’s Cooking Dress??  My girls would LOVE to wear an apron as a part of their dress!!  And I love how it is easily paired with leggings or their fun socks!!  I just love the blue and yellow flowers on the white backdrop in the Go On Socks.

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The leggings and the pants look so comfy, the ruffles at the bottom are so sweet.  And there are so many tunics to choose from that would look great with the leggings.  I am totally digging the Permission Slip Tunic and the colors in the Monologue Tunic are gorgeous…remind me of the hydrangeas in our backyard!!

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The girls had so much fun taking pictures, they loved their dresses so much!!

Here are close ups of the girls’ dresses.

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There is a Spread the Love promo going on now through August 31st.  You buy one of the select items and get another of the same item to send to a friend…even in a different size.  Search “Spread the Love” and the Cameo Girls Flutter, Teacher’s Pet Romper, Puppet Show Top and the Puppeteer Tunic are what is included!!  The Teacher’s Pet Romper is too cute!!!

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If you are interested in hosting a Matilda Jane Clothing trunk show, contact Alicia Oliver. If you host a show with $800 in sales, you receive a free item from the September release in addition to the normal hostess rewards through August 31st.

Make sure to follow Alicia on Facebook to stay on top of all news related to Matilda Jane Clothing as well as upcoming releases.

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Friday Favorite – Port of Leonardtown Winery

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Today is my sixth edition in My Friday Favorites in Southern Maryland series.  Today’s Favorite is FUN, yummy and so darn convenient.  Port of Leonardtown Winery in Leonardtown, Maryland is a perfect stop if you are doing a wine tour in Southern Maryland or St. Mary’s, make sure you stop here.  It is literally in my backyard, so it’s a great little stop before we head home.

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Port of Leonardtown Winery is a cooperative winery.  There are twelve vineyards that sell their grapes to the Winery and the winemaker makes each blend.  There are 8 St. Mary’s vineyards located in Chaptico, Mechanicsville, and Scotland.  (I had no idea we had so many vineyards in St. Mary’s!!  Very cool :-))  There are a couple other vineyards in Calvert, Charles and Kent Counties that sell their grapes to the Port of Leonardtown Winery.   If you go to Port of Leonardtown’s Winery website, it will tell you which grapes are grown at which vineyard.

Peter and I have done tastings here many times.  We had a private event for Peter’s 36th birthday 4 years ago and most recently, I went there for a private tasting for the Mom’s of Matti Jane’s Father Andrew White class Night Out…talk about good times!!

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

A lot of the wines we tasted at our most recent visit were new.  We truly loved most of them.  There was just one that Peter literally made a gagging noise out loud.  And, rightfully so, the tasting room manager that was doing our tasting, gave him a dirty look and asked him “did you really just make that noise??”  We all laughed and kept drinking wine.  Me, on the other hand LOVED it.  Just for the record, it was the Peach Mango Mambo.  It was just too sweet for Peter and he did not bring his manners this particular afternoon 😉

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

We both really liked the 2016 Vintner’s Select White so bought a bottle of that to enjoy outside.

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

It was actually a perfect afternoon weather-wise.  It was in the upper 70’s and zero humidity…WHAT?!?!

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

The Port of Leonardtown Winery recently planted vines.  They look gorgeous on the property and are meant to provide a “vineyard” feel at the winery but they will continue to use the local vineyards’ grapes.   In line with traditional vineyards, they also planted rose bushes at the ends of each row of vines.

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The Winery is open 7 days a week!!  Each day, you are able to visit from Noon – 6 PM.  On First Fridays, they are open from Noon – 9 PM and provide live music on Saturdays. And, back by popular demand, they are offering Sangria Saturdays, all including Port of Leonardtown Winery wines.

I mentioned private events above.  Feel free to contact the Winery to schedule your private event (301-690-2192).  They offer food pairings to purchase or you may bring your own fare to enjoy on the patio.

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Another fun detail – the winery is near the start of McIntosh Run’s 3 mile canoe and kayak trail that leads to the Leonardtown Wharf. McIntosh Run winds through a 58 acre Forest Interior Dwelling Species Habitat—home to bald eagles, Baltimore Orioles, wild turkeys and many other birds. At the end of the trail is the beautiful new Leonardtown Wharf Public Park.

Every time we visit the Winery, we truly enjoy ourselves…to the very last sip 😉

Friday Favorite - Port Of Leonardtown Winery

Port of Leonardtown Winery

23190 Newtowne Neck Road Leonardtown Maryland 20650

Open Daily – Noon to 6 PM

First Fridays Noon – 9 PM

Also, thank you to Alicia for throwing an idea out – No Thyme to Cook.  I had never heard of it until Alicia mentioned it.  I will definitely investigate because Peter and I have been looking to do a couples cooking class and Matti Jane and Chandler are SO into cooking right now and I definitely want to nurture that talent 😉