favorites

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 […]

READ MORE

favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) trick

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 […]

READ MORE

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 […]

READ MORE

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: […]

READ MORE

halloween “in the house”: cheesecloth ghosts!

cheesecloth ghosts

October 28th, 2014

As we decorated the house for Halloween and I pulled these out I realized that I’ve never shared them here! These ghosts (courtesy of Martha Stewart) are probably my favorite decorations, and they are insanely simple to make too! Here’s how: Styrofoam mannequin heads (available at wig/beauty supply stores or on-line) Cheesecloth (two standard-size packages […]

READ MORE

local flavor: “phoebe g. green” book launch party!

phoebe g. green

October 24th, 2014

I am beyond excited to be part of the launch party for my friend Veera’s new chapter book series! Veera Hiranandani has penned a food-centered chapter book series, “Phoebe G. Green”, and she will be hosting a panel discussion on food for kids and out-of-the-box school lunch ideas. Joining me on the panel are chef-owner Matthew Karp of Plates and […]

READ MORE

halloween “in the house”: vampire teeth!

vampire teeth

October 21st, 2014

I love these: And while I wouldn’t call anything involving mini marshmallows “healthy”, it is Halloween after all – and at least you’ve got apples and nut butter, no? This would work just as well with Nutella or speculoos (homemade if you’re feeling it) too. Boo! Vampire “Teeth” (makes 8; may be doubled or tripled) […]

READ MORE

halloween “in the house”: slime!

slime for halloween

October 14th, 2014

The moment I saw this in the current issue of Martha Stewart I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, slime – what could be a more perfect Halloween party favor? I’m glad that I made this early on, as there are a few tricks to getting the consistency right – which of […]

READ MORE

favor-“ette”: a quick cake tip

honey cake with sugar coating

September 30th, 2014

Wow – so many of you made this honey cake last week – which makes me very happy! Even better? A bunch of you wrote and asked about the sugar-y looking coating around the top and sides. Which reminded me of a tip I’ve been using ever since I saw it in Cook’s Illustrated a […]

READ MORE

favor-“ette”: a little earbud tip

an earbud tip

August 26th, 2014

So I know that I’m getting older – and that my eyesight is failing – daily. But, REALLY WITH THE EARBUDS???? I can’t believe I’m the only one who cannot easily read the left vs. right – which, we all know, is critical before starting your workout. Now that my running partner has flown the […]

READ MORE

css.php