Crepes & Beyond

Crepes & Beyond Restaurant in FSK Mall in Frederick, MDCrepes & Beyond is a welcome addition to FSK Mall. They are located beside Duet with Music in the space formerly occupied by Nestle Toll House Cafe. Here are a few reasons they’re worth checking out the next time you’re at the mall:

  • They make everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients.
  • They bake their own bread and pastries (croissants, muffins, and cookies).
  • Their prices are surprisingly good: BLTs are $3.99; a strawberry banana crepe (with real whipped cream) will set you back $5.19; and a greek salad costs just $7.19.
  • If you want a crepe or sandwich that’s not on the menu, they’ll prepare it for you if they have the ingredients on hand.
  • They have a few breakfast items on their menu (breakfast croissant; hash browns; omelet crepe; and egg, spinach & avocado crepe).
  • Call ahead–(301) 228-3882, and your order will be waiting.
  • They cater parties and meetings.

Crepes & Beyond Seating Area

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Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Book Sale (Odenton, MD)

scholastic booksThe next Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale is scheduled for December 9-19. We go every year–even though it’s an hour’s drive away–and save up to 80% on everything from video games and children’s books to goody bag favors and birthday presents that we stash in a closet until we need them.

Be sure to register ahead of time to get a Super Savings Pass coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase or $25 off $100.

Although these sales are promoted as being exclusively for educators and BookFair chairpeople/volunteers, many shoppers do not fall into any of these categories.

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Investigate Prospective Employees / Tenants / Contractors / Spouses for Free

Maryland Judiciary Case SearchThe Maryland Judiciary Case Search website provides free public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary. Records go back at least as far as 1975.

Information is available on all civil, traffic, and criminal cases in the state.  This information includes defendant name, city and state, case number, date of birth, plaintiff name (civil cases only), trial date, charge, and case disposition.

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Yet Another Reason to Join AAA

Our local AAA Care Care Center is yet another reason to join AAA. It’s located at 5620 Buckeystown Pike and does virtually all automotive repairs, except body work. Their phone number is (240) 397-7414, and they are open Sundays.

AAA members receive a 10% discount on repair labor and a 2yr/24,000 mile warranty on repairs. Non-Members receive 1yr/12,000 mile warranty on repairs (and, obviously, no discount on labor).

If you need to go somewhere in town while your car is being worked on, they offer free shuttle service–and they always have printable coupons available on their website.

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BestBuy Price Matches (Most) Products that are Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)

Our local BestBuy now matches Amazon.com prices, with the following restrictions:

  1. Amazon.com has the product in stock.
  2. The product is not priced below BestBuy’s cost.
  3. The product is fulfilled (shipped) by Amazon–in other words, the product must be eligible for Amazon Prime.
  4. The product is sold by Amazon.

To take advantage of this deal, ask the cashier to pull up Amazon.com on their terminal and to confirm the product sold by Amazon meets their price-match requirements. If it does, they will charge you the Amazon price.

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Little Golden Books Now Available as an Interactive Storybook App

I think this is a bad idea. Sure, you never know when you’re going to need to whip out a storybook to occupy/distract/engage a preschooler, but aren’t Little Golden Books meant to be chewed on and thrown across the room? Where’s the fun for a toddler in a book that runs on an expensive, fingerprint-attracting computer that no mom in her right mind is going to hand over to the little cutie? I’d sooner my kid played with a LeapPad or other electronic device that is built to withstand abuse.

Remember those Little Golden Books published by Random House? Infamously known as the most popular children’s books, those timeless stories are now available as an interactive storybook apps!

Earlier today, Random House announced that The Poky Little Puppy (the first of over 5 apps) is now officially available for purchase and download through the iTunes store. Originally published in 1942, this book is actually the bestselling picture book of all time!

By swiping your finger across the screen, you can open the cover (complete with Little Golden Books’ gold spine) to read the story filled with interactive illustrations. You can either watch and listen as the words are read to you, turn off the narration and read at your own pace (if a child gets stuck on a word they simply touch it to have the individual words spoken to them) or you can even record your own voice to play on each page.

In addition the new Little Golden Books apps offer a Hide-and-Seek Challenge that can be played at the end of each page to unlock bonus stickers. After reading the story, kids can use the stickers they have collected along the way to create their own storybook scene which can then be saved on the device’s photo album.

If you’re interested in downloading the new app, The Poky Little Puppy retails for $4.99, but is available now at the special introductory price of $3.99 through Apple’s iTunes store.

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