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 […]


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 […]


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) […]


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 […]


nyc-etc: austin edition

greetings from austin mural

June 26th, 2014

Mike had business in Texas a few months ago and we decided to go out a few days before and spend some time in Austin – we had, for a time, considered moving out of New York and Austin was on the (very) short list of possible locations. This is by no means a comprehensive […]


handmade seed packets

handmade seed packets

June 12th, 2014

Don’t be alarmed. This is a ridiculously easy craft – as if I would ever post any other kind! Noah “graduated” from pre-school today, and I wanted to make a little gift for him to give his classmates. As he is in both morning and afternoon sessions this meant making up about 30 gifts. You […]


what you see….

what you see....

May 16th, 2014

A sweet friend sent me a note recently, asking after Noah. She responded to MY response with this: “I’m so sorry. I’m always hoping that your life is as pretty as your pictures. I suppose it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but deep down I know that it’s probably not. Hugs.” It got me […]


announcing VRAI Magazine!

announcing VRAI Magazine!

April 14th, 2014

Big announcement for little me today. A while back I was contacted by Danny, of the blog 1227  Foster – he told me that he was starting a new on-line magazine, and would I like to be one of the contributors? My initial reaction was what it typically is in these situations – something along the […]


“mini cooks” dessert – cupcake cones!

"mini cooks" dessert - cupcake cones!

April 2nd, 2014

I was so excited to be tasked with dessert, to conclude this series with MJ and Joy. And not only because I love to bake, but because I’ve been waiting for just the right time to share this beloved treat with you all. I’ve been making cupcake cones – no joke – for over 20 […]


“mini cooks” lunchtime – a vegan smoothie!

"mini cooks" lunchtime - a vegan smoothie!

March 19th, 2014

It’s Wednesday, which lately means the next installment of “Mini Cooks” – a collaborative series with Joy and MJ, designed to get kids into the kitchen – and cooking! MJ’s up today, with a clever twist on lunch – a smoothie! I remember all too well the day that Noah – who had been an […]