cookie jar: a pair of palmiers!

chocolate espresso and gingersnap palmiers

November 27th, 2014

Over on Babble this week I’ve shared the magic that is palmiers. And by “magic”, I mean 2-ingredients-to-delicious magic. If you STILL don’t keep a stash of puff pastry in your freezer at all times (you know, for these. Or these.), this recipe will make you a convert. The basic how-to’s (and pictures) are on […]


what food banks really need – and not so much

what food banks really need

November 24th, 2014

Though food banks and shelters need donations all year round, there is no doubt that the holidays are a particularly difficult time of year (especially in colder climates). My friend Sara shared this article last week and it struck SUCH a chord with me. We have recently gotten involved with Family-to-Family,  and as Noah and […]


nyc-etc: cold spring

le bouchon cold spring

November 21st, 2014

For a place I’ve known and loved for almost 30 years, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to share Cold Spring with you. But I’m kind of glad I did because – as lovely as it’s always been – it’s gotten even better over the last few years, thanks to a few new additions. […]


favor-“ette”: a few waffle tips


November 18th, 2014

My love for breakfast – at any time of day – is well known. As is my preference for good, simple food. So, waffles. And while I occasionally use my waffle iron to make hash browns and “s’moreffles” (and stay tuned for the most genius use you’ve ever seen! here it is!!), I mostly use it to […]


local flavor: dreamworks’ “north pole adventure” at ridge hill!

ridge hill dreamworks north pole adventure

November 14th, 2014

Noah and I had a blast last week previewing DreamWork’s “Dream Place North Pole Adventure”, smack in the center of Ridge Hill. One of only eight in the country (and the only one in the New York Metro area), DreamPlace is a 2,000 square foot holiday cottage, decked out to the max. You are greeted by […]


“blove”: round-up edition!

"blove": round-up edition!

November 13th, 2014

If you are a regular reader of my “blove” series, you know the general format – every month or so I share a blog that I’ve been a long-time fan of. I talk a little bit about the blog – and the blogger – and then turn it over to that blogger to share her […]


favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) tip

use a fork to keep a taco shell upright

November 11th, 2014

As the holiday madness (a.k.a., baking every single day) descends, I find myself turning more than ever to certain dinners. Dinners that can be made ahead (like stuffed shells). Dinners that use ingredients that I have on-hand, when I “forget” to prepare in advance (like a quick ragu sauce). And dinners that ask nothing more […]


coffee cake muffins: your weekend, made.

coffee cake muffins

November 7th, 2014

So remember my post on making your own parchment paper cupcake liners? Seems many of you were WAY more interested in the muffins that appeared in that same post…… I get it – and they are totally amazing, by the way. I’ve posted the recipe on Babble – click here for the details – and […]


favor-“ette”: Madison Reed (sponsored post)

favor-"ette": Madison Reed (sponsored post)

November 5th, 2014

This post is brought to you by Madison Reed, the revolutionary new hair color that’s better for your hair. Click here to learn more about Madison Reed.  If you ever doubted my love for you all – doubt no more. Because I’m showing you my ROOTS, people – and I don’t show my roots to just anyone […]


family-to-family: a local organization doing more than just “good”

family to family logo

November 3rd, 2014

I am so proud to use this space every now and then to share with you some special organizations that are doing great things in their communities – and beyond. Today I’d like to introduce you to “Family-to-Family“, and a special project they are launching for a very short time. First, a little about Family-to-Family: […]