101: how to make a “surprise” cake

101: how to make a "surprise" cake

February 3rd, 2015

This was fun. And “surprisingly” easy (sorry). Ever since Chelsea was a little little girl, I’ve asked my kids what kind of special cake (or cupcakes) they’d like for their birthdays. And I’ve done it all – from Pokemon to Hello Kitty, Power Puff Girls to Scooby Doo, Arthur to Winnie the Pooh. I’ve done […]

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cookie jar: classic pignoli cookies

cookie jar: classic pignoli cookies

January 29th, 2015

Right up there with vanilla and coffee (okay, and malt), I love all things almond-flavored. And one of my favorites? These: If I’m staring down a bakery display case, these are my target. And because they’re so ubiquitous (even my local grocery sells them), I’d never thought to make them myself – could I do […]

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101: dry shampoo

101: dry shampoo

January 27th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to wash my hair daily to keep it looking fresh. And while not always so convenient, it was never really a problem till recently. Now that I’m older, my hair has gotten much drier. And in addition to regular straightening sessions, I’m visiting the colorist every […]

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nyc-etc: babka, bagels and earth

nyc-etc: babka, bagels and earth

January 22nd, 2015

No this is not a potential blog name change. I just couldn’t resist, based on a day spent in the city recently at three new (or new to me) spots that I wanted to share with you all. First up? Arcade Bakery. While not as unusual as a doughnut shop housed in a car wash, […]

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favor-“ette”: pinhole press

favor-"ette": pinhole press

January 20th, 2015

For almost 25 years I’ve been archiving my family’s photos the same way – gathering the year’s worth of pictures and painstakingly taping them into an album, collage-style. If I’m super organized I will have broken the task down into two sessions – one mid-year, the other at the end of the year (I think […]

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favor-“ette”: an onion tip

favor-"ette": an onion tip

January 13th, 2015

You would be hard pressed to find someone who cries more than I do while chopping onions. I’M THE WORST. We’re talking buckets – burning eyes, smudged mascara – the whole package. Short of goggles, I’ve tried every trick in the book – freezing the onion, chopping it under running water – and nothing worked. Till […]

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bacon. better.

bacon. better.

January 8th, 2015

I honestly didn’t think it was possible to improve on this bacon dish. Till now. I was hosting a casual brunch on the last day of holiday break and wanted as much of a “do-ahead” as possible. So I made these rolls (which are prepped completely the night before and popped in the oven that […]

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happy new year – let’s eat!

happy new year - let's eat!

January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year all! Hope your holidays were fabulous, spent doing things you love with those you love most. We had a busy and fun break #sixteendaysofnoschool. There were LOTS of movies – both the child and grown-up variety. Highlights for me were “Song of the Sea” (gorgeous animation and a refreshing break from the […]

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fated to pretend

fated to pretend

December 31st, 2014

I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life. – Time to Pretend, MGMT There are years. And then there are YEARS. 2014? It was a YEAR. I often wonder about the culmination of events that take place over the course of a year – how it’s not really the events themselves […]

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cookie jar: almond butter graham cracker truffles

almond butter graham cracker truffles

December 23rd, 2014

Like, whoa. When I come across a recipe that causes me to spring out of my chair and immediately scour my cabinets to see if I can MAKE IT RIGHT NOW – well, I know it’s going to be a winner. And these amazingly delicious truffles? A winner – with much to love. First of all? […]

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