how to grow amaryllis

how to grow amaryllis

October 31st, 2013

Amaryllis are large flowering bulbs that are widely available right now and through the holiday season. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and some are even quite fragrant. And unlike their popular cousins, Paperwhites, Amaryllis will actually re-bloom year after year. As we are entering the cold-weather season here in New York, […]

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favor-“ette”: bread and butter

banana bread and strawberry butter

October 29th, 2013

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It […]

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halloween “in the house”: eyeball cookies

eyeball cookies

October 25th, 2013

This may be my favorite one yet. I mean, seriously – could you picture a bowl of these at a Halloween party? Or a few in a glassine bag as a trick-or-treat offering? Here’s another recipe that is no-bake, so it’s an easy one to pull together and a perfect project for the kids to […]

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favor-“ette”: fall nail color

essie navigate her

October 22nd, 2013

Fall can be a challenging season in New York, wardrobe-wise. Here we are in the third week of October and the weather is still in the upper 60’s, with sunny day after sunny day. It’s not yet cool enough for sweaters and boots, but shorts and flip-flops don’t seem quite right either. Even my summery […]

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halloween “in the house”: mummy cupcakes

mummy cupcakes

October 18th, 2013

How adorable are these cupcakes? And guess what – they are super easy. Like, even-your-littlest-helpers-can-do-it easy. They’re also low-fat. Aaaaaand, they can easily be made vegan-friendly. Oh – and they’re delicious – my family will vouch for this. Let’s get started! Be sure to check out my Halloween Pinterest board too!

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blove: pars caeli

mj, pars caeli

October 17th, 2013

Oh, you are going to LOVE MJ, of Pars Caeli. all images courtesy of MJ Although we only met in person last June at Alt NYC, I had known MJ “virtually” for many months, as we are part of an amazing group of ladies who blog and create. Not only are these women smart, talented and […]

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favor-“ette”: an apple do-ahead tip

peeled apples in cold water

October 15th, 2013

So are you elbow-deep in apples yet? I thought so. I mean, it IS October. And if my Facebook and Instagram feeds are any indication, you have all been apple picking. Me too. And, like me, you’ve probably been making endless batches of apple sauce, muffins, pies, quick breads and more. Life with a pre-schooler […]

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halloween “in the house”: chocolate dipped pretzels

chocolate dipped pretzels

October 11th, 2013

So many things to love about these pretzels. They’re super easy to make – even if you’re not a “baker”. They keep well for several weeks, so you can make them in advance and check at least one thing off your list. Clustered in a vase or large glass they can double as a cute […]

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nyc-etc: summer streets

summer streets, grand central terminal

October 10th, 2013

We did something SO cool this summer. And apparently it’s been going on every summer since 2008 (HOW did I miss this?). It’s called “Summer Streets“, and here’s the scoop: “Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles […]

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favor-“ette”: shirt box cupcake carrier

shirt box cupcake carrier

October 8th, 2013

So I’m back in the cupcake business, big time. I knew that having a little one again would mean my re-entry into the world of classroom treats – I loved baking for the kids’ classes when they were younger, and looked forward to doing it again with Noah. Last year we had one morning a […]

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