Thomas, Julia and Thierry Reboullet, from left, serve up made-to-order waffles from their mobile restaurant in the parking lot of Kendall's Hardware. (Submitted photo / October 19, 2011)

I was in Clarksville the other Saturday and I had to stop at Kendall's Hardware. As I entered the store, I noticed a food trailer in the parking lot. It had the name "Thomas Waffles" and was offering waffles with various toppings for sale.

I never gave it another thought while inside but as I was leaving, I happened to see the owner. He was standing next to his generator, filling its gas tank with fuel. He looked familiar but I couldn't place where I knew him from. Then I noticed the names on the trailer: Thierry and Thomas Reboullet. Thiery is the dad and he's the chef. Thomas is his son and the sous chef.

Then I remembered where I knew Thierry from: he is a good friend of our neighbors, Theo Pary and Mira Picou. Our families met while swimming in the pool at the Pary-Picou house, behind us in Highland.

Thomas came up with the waffle idea as a way to pay for college. Thierry developed the recipe for the waffles and he, Thomas and daughter, Julia, all work in the trailer. Thierry uses all natural ingredients to make the waffles and while I was talking to him about the venture, he insisted on preparing two items for me to taste: a liege waffle with pearl sugar chunks inside; and, a sausage, egg, bacon and cheese waffle sandwich. Both were very good.


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The menu is small, but everything is prepared fresh. Next time you are in Clarksville, stop by Kendall's Hardware and tell them you heard about it here.

Now that the parish center is open at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in Fulton, they have way more space in which to hold various kinds of activities and events and its next big event is the annual Christmas bazaar, Nov. 11 and 12. The hours are Nov. 11, 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

It promises to be bigger and better than last year's, with more than two dozen venders, a huge used book sale, fresh wreaths and Christmas greens, a basket raffle, a bake sale, a cake walk, a huge silent auction plus food and beverages from the kitchen. Also new this year is "Santa's Secret Shop."

The silent auction is a good place to get really good deals on all kinds of items such as vacation rentals, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, spa treatments, artworks, etc. The basket raffle it also very good — lots of neat goodies. For more information, go to http://www.instrumentofpeace.org or give them a call at 410-792-0470.

The current crop of Lime Kiln Middle School Students of the Week for the week that ended Oct. 14 are, in no particular order: Patricia Drumheller, Ryan Mahanand, Rebekah Araujo, Brian Greenblatt, Pranav Damera, Julia Sachs, Angel Haughton, Cameron Hochheiser and Trent Rose. Congratulations, kids. Keep up the good work.

Also, congratulations are in order for seventh-grader Grant Lee. He and his family won the gift basket with spirit wear and a $50 gift card to the J&P Italian Restaurant. Their name was drawn from among the parents and guardians that joined Lime Kiln PTA before Oct. 7.

I'm not sure which day the little ghosts, goblins, witches, warlocks, walking dead, etc. will be out in mass in the neighborhoods trick-or-treating, but please be careful driving through your neighborhoods. No doubt, some of the costumes will be dark and hard to see. So please, take your time.

This will also be the last weekend that the Mullinix's "Crack the Crab" corn maze will be in operation. For information, give them a call at 410-245-6146.

You only have a short time remaining to register for the next Howard County Master Gardener training class. The registration deadline is Dec. 16. For more information call the University of Maryland Extension office at 410-313-2707. Let Master Gardener Coordinator Georgia Eacker know that you heard about it in this column.

Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who are serving in harm's way and remember their families, too.