east 7th street

east 7th street

August 31st, 2011

Late last year an article in the New York Times caught my eye – I cut it out and filed it in my “things I need to do” folder. The article was a virtual “walking tour” of a 6-block stretch of East 7th Street in New York City. Although I spend quite a bit of time in Manhattan, I hardly ever find myself in the East […]

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secret weapon

mixed berry compote

August 28th, 2011

As anyone who bakes or cooks knows, it’s essential to have a few of what I call “secret weapons” in your recipe file. You know what I mean – that staple recipe, that “go to” that you rely on time and time again. For me, it’s one that can be put together quickly, with easily procured ingredients (ideally […]

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favor- “ette” friday: 2 ways to use a pretty bottle

ikea bottles with cucumber water and simple syrup

August 26th, 2011

“Bottled or tap?” Is it me, or does this seem to be the first question you’re asked at a restaurant these days? I mean, really – take my drink order first, please! I appreciate the offer – I don’t care for sparkling water, so tap is just fine.  And truthfully, I don’t give much thought […]

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a proper good-bye

a proper good-bye

August 24th, 2011

It always sneaks up on me – starting with the light. Sometime in mid-August – usually while I’m driving – I’ll notice that the light is different. Brighter, clearer. It’s subtle, but definitely sends the message: Summer is over. Yes, there are technically still a few more weeks till Labor Day but for me it […]

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donuts, dresses and dirt

donuts, dresses and dirt

August 20th, 2011

Six months ago today I sat at my computer, wrote a few lines, took a deep breath and hit “publish“. And although this is hardly a long time in the general scheme of things, I’m very proud to celebrate the 6-month anniversary of my little blog. As I’ve written before, this is the first project I’ve undertaken without a plan, […]

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favor- “ette” friday: disney world

favor- "ette" friday: disney world

August 19th, 2011

I’m aware that Disney World doesn’t really fit in to the “favorite find” category. I mean, it’s not like I discovered it – nor is it something (like a vase or a cherry pitter) that you can buy or bake or share. But it is Friday and here I am (although sadly, leaving soon). This […]

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a year in my garden: august

a year in my garden: august

August 17th, 2011

August. Meh. Definitely not a stellar time in my garden. First of all, it’s so $#@&! hot, and I have little interest in being outside for more than 10 minutes unless I’m poolside. So the garden gets a little – well okay, a LOT – neglected. August is also one of those “in between” months in the garden – most […]

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thank you

date nut bread

August 14th, 2011

This post is about parents, grandparents and Coke slushies. It’s also about gratitude, traditions and date-nut bread. I’m sitting in my kitchen, getting ready to pack and prepare as we leave for what will be our 8th trip to Disney World. And when I say “we” I mean Mike, Chelsea, Conor and me. Noah stays […]

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favor – “ette” friday: cherry pitter

favor - "ette" friday: cherry pitter

August 12th, 2011

Me: So what should this week’s favor-ette Friday post be about? Chelsea: Mom, your cherry pitter of course. Me: You think? Chelsea (as she’s giving me “the look”): Really, Mom? I mean, you’re obsessed with it. She’s right. I tend to be in the “less is more” school of kitchen gadgets. I try to avoid […]

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brooklyn bound: smorgasburg

brooklyn bound: smorgasburg

August 10th, 2011

This is one of those times where I wish I could just transport you all to this place, rather than attempt to describe it in words: ……I mean, seriously??? I mentioned Smorgasburg (the name is a mash-up of “smorgasbord” and “Williamsburg”) in a recent post about Brooklyn Flea. Seems that one of the more unexpected (and […]

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