Oct 222012

Hello there!! I hope you all had a glorious fall weekend! Here’s a little recap of what’s been going on my world…

(I should preface this post by saying that I also went out on Friday night with Fabio’s friends which was fun but not the highlight of my weekend by any means. I am skipping that recap and getting straight to the good parts 😉 haha)

So as I mentioned a couple of times last week, the University of Maryland celebrated Homecoming this weekend! Although this amazes me, after talking to some coworkers it seems that some schools don’t have a real “homecoming” and some people don’t even know what homecoming is (how could this be true??). I’ll do my best to explain all that is homecoming, but it’s so hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it.

For most schools, I would assume homecoming revolves around a big homecoming football game on Saturday (for my school though, our team has never been really good so many people skip the game). There is also sometimes a homecoming parade and fun activities leading up to this big game.

Because I was in a sorority at Maryland, I also got to participate in competitive Greek Life activities the week before homecoming which were definitely awesome (e.g, skits, sports, games, and theme-party overload). However, this Saturday mostly revolved around meeting up with friends at various football tailgates across campus. It was a blast!

Before we headed over to good ol’ College Park, we started off with a brunch at my friend Lauren’s. I brought the pumpkin scones and candy corn cookies that I mentioned last week and Lauren provided fresh fruit, bagels, and the makings for mimosas.

Yeah, we drink Andre because we’re classy like that 😉 haha! Hey, we were trying to relive our college here, remember? Lol.

I think my baked goods were a big hit 🙂 I think people especially loved the pumpkin scones…so delicious!

We had a great morning catching up and getting excited for the day! Soon it was time to leave and we headed on over to the metro.

Of course we took the opportunity to snap a picture because hey, we’re girls. What else were we going to do?? Lol.

Before we knew it we had arrived in College Park! Yay!

The tailgates were already underway when we arrived and we wasted no time joining in on the fun. We started out at Fabio’s old frat house, Sigma Nu. While there, we said hi to some of my favorite guy friends and enjoyed a few beers. Most of these guys live in New York so it was great to see them again! I miss that group!

After a while we decided to switch tailgates and go meet up with our friend Jess who was in a parking lot on campus. On the way, Megan and I stopped by our old house from senior year, Sloppytown!!<– Yes that’s what we named it lol. Jealous?

Ahh we were seriously nostalgic at this point. I miss living there! This house is also next to my old sorority house, Kappa Delta! I had such a great time living in both of these houses and it was so weird to be back. Although I love my life now, there is something so sad about going back to visit college.

Soon we arrived at the next tailgate and wasted no time getting in on the action!

So fun! We spent most of our time at this tailgate and we kept seeing so many familiar faces. It was great!

Of course it had all the typical tailgate staples like UMD-themed corn hole games…

And delicious food on the grill.

This right here is a bacon-wrapped cheeseburger! Ah!

We stayed at this tailgate for much of the afternoon and then headed to the oh-so-numerous College Park bars (there are only like 2 that are really popular haha).

I think honestly that was my favorite part of the day because I kept running into so many friends. When we were at the tailgates everyone was kind of spread out but as soon as we arrived at the bars it was like all of my favorite people were in one central location. It was so fun!

Eventually I took a cab back home to Arlington at 3:00 a.m. haha and I am refusing to check my bank statement to see how much that damage cost. Ugh. But, at 3:00 a.m. I felt much safer sucking it up and grabbing a cab than taking the metro home, which sometimes can take forever and, in PG County, doesn’t always have the safest crowd. Yeah, the cab was worth it.

Sunday morning Fabio and I headed over to my dad’s to go pick up Jack (where he stayed for the weekend). It was a beautiful fall day and we couldn’t stop “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the gorgeous foliage! The trees are really beautiful right now.

While at my dad’s there was a lot of recovery from the day before.

Football + cozy fire + dogs + family = best Sunday ever, right? Too bad the Skins lost (ugh!)

Eventually we headed out of the house to go pick up some apple cider from a local farm called Butler’s Orchard. Although I’m actually good friends with the owner’s nephew from college and we went to go to Butler’s many times throughout college, my true memories of Butler’s Orchard date back to being a little kid and going there every year to pick pumpkins, get my face painted, and eat caramel apples. They have a great fall festival that’s so much fun!

Yesterday though, we were only there to pick up some apples and apple cider. We plan to go back next week to do the full pumpkin-picking experience!

We did manage to pick up a couple things other than apples and cider, including two weird gords (one for my desk at work and one for Fabio’s!) and a big butternut squash. I cannot wait to cook up that baby. What should I make?? Soup? Raviolis? Tell me your suggestions!

We spent the rest of the afternoon sipping hot cider and later enjoyed a delicious steak dinner, complete with green beans, broccoli, baked potato, and garlic bread. So good!

I had fun goofing off with my little sister 🙂

After dinner we took our sleepy puppy home and we all proceeded to pass out. Phew. What a weekend!

I hope you guys had as awesome of a weekend as I did and that you all got to spend time doing the things you love! See you tomorrow!!


 Posted by on October 22, 2012

  25 Responses to “UMD Homecoming!!”

  1. Homecoming is always so much fun! I was in a sorority so I did all the greek activites, thought at Alabama we are awesome at football and don’t miss a game! I have been loving butternut squash recently and haven’t done anything special but roast it in the oven with a little coconut oil, salt, and pepper, then sometimes some ketchup on the side, nothing fancy but soooo good!

    • Yummmm! Yeah last year I made a really great soup but I think I might try something new this time. And you are so right, they are delicious just roasted as well!

      P.S. I’m so jealous your school is good at football! We suck haha

      • well let us know any good butternut recipes you try! I love it so much roasted that I haven’t been motivated to try anything else.

        • Ahhh it is SO good roasted. Last year when I cooked butternut squash I would roast half and make soup with the other half, but I did find some good mac n cheese recipes for it yesterday! Stay tuned…

  2. Poooooor, poor skins 🙁 BUT, I must say I was oh so very happy to find out Cooley is back! And secondly…I’m going to be uber creepy for a second and ask if your little sister is wearing a Damascus jersey?! Because one of my best friends lives in Damascus and I love being out there! Don’t let my creepiness freak you out haha but seeing as you’re one of the few other DC-area bloggers I follow, I always love to see things on these blogs and be all “hey! OMG I know that place!” 😉

  3. It looks like you had such a great time! I can’t wait to graduate and come back to see everyone I went to school with. It just seems like something to look forward to every year. And of course your baked goods looked amazing!
    P.s- love fall and all of the goodies that come with it! Like apples, endless apples 🙂

    • Yes! Graduating was actually kind of sad for me since I had such a great time in college, but now I am so happy with my life and homecoming is just a fun time where I get to go back and see everyone! You will love it!

  4. I loved your comment about girls always taking pictures. I am pretty sure I have just about every little moment of college well-documented with millions of pictures that are all practically the same 😉

    It looks like you had a great weekend, and I see you were enjoying some good ole Coors Light…the beer of champions! Nicely done 😉

  5. Sounds and looks like an awesome weekend. I’ve always loved visiting home and seeing old friends who I hadn’t seen in forever! It really is the best part about visits!

  6. I am one of those people who have no idea what a homecoming is! Or a tailgate. I think I need to google this… but it looks like you had a lot of fun! I went to a farm shop at the weekend and saw some of those crazy gourds as well. I was tempted to buy one but then decided against it for too much hassle to work out to cook it hehe.

    • Haha well I am even happier I included a brief explanation then! And yeah, I’m keeping my gourd as a decoration but I doubt I will do much more with it Lol 🙂

  7. Aww it looks like you had an awesome weekend being reunited with all of your friends for Homecoming! We had homecoming at LMU but it wasn’t really a big deal (we don’t have a football team) so for Greeks, we had a special week called Greek Week that had all the competitions and stuff. I’m sooo glad to know that I’m not the only one who thinks it feels sad going back to college! I’m happy with where my life is now too but I have so many great memories and it’s just weird to think that that time in my life is now over! On a happier note, those scones and cookies look DELISH!!

    • We had Greek Week too, which was pretty much the exact same thing as Homecoming but in the Spring. Even now I feel like I have to avoid facebook during Greek Week & Homecoming because all of the younger girls pictures make me so sad!! I think it’s getting easier though…

  8. I had a great time talking to you on Saturday! I love your blog and will most definitely keep reading it every day! Hope to see ya again soon 🙂

  9. Looks like a lot of fun! I went to one of those schools without a homecoming…we don’t even have a football team! Haha. But my boyfriend went to University of Iowa, which is very sporty and thus very party-friendly, so I was able to get a dose of it there. Looks like you had a ton of fun!

  10. Ahh, UMD homecoming was soo fun!! I wish we could do that every weekend..or just go back to undergrad 😉 Looks like you had a great time!

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