Showing newest 7 of 21 posts from December 2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 7 of 21 posts from December 2010. Show older posts

Friday, December 31, 2010

Just Say Nolita



Last night at Frank DeCarlo's
 perfectly perfect restaurant





Peasant 
in Nolita


I overheard someone saying that Snookie
 was going to be IN the ball 
that descends tonight in Times Square. 
OH GOOD LORD NO.
I had to reassure myself that was not so,
that our society had not dropped that low,
 pun intended,
 that there was not another reason
 for us to grab our bag, our dog and move to Italy.

"well I never!
never thought she'd talk about snookie...
who the heck is snookie?"

 In googling snookie+ball this is what I found. 
A nice surprise, I love clever blogs.

What I really love is Nolita,
Especially Elizabeth Street.
I would love to call that home.
There is a 1 bedroom right near Peasant for sale.




Oh, ONLY 2.5 million.
for. a. one. bedroom.
That does not include the 3k a month 
for maintenance fees and taxes.
You would have Billy Joel and Gabriel Byrne to ring for a cup of sugar though...
that's got to be worth something.
oh hi Piano Man...may I borrow some Grey Poupon?
So, for now, 
I will be happy to live snookie-free
 and stay here in CT.
Maybe get some goats.
Thankful that we are so close
to the greatest city in the world.
NYC is always a nice place to visit, 
just for fun, 
to walk around the old time areas
 and take in the energy that is New York.



Last night I arrived early for dinner,
Jeff and the kids still at a movie at the Angelika Theatre
so I cruised around and found this delightful little jewelry store.
Erica Weiner


Speaking of clever!


She uses old watch fobs, chains, cracker jack prizes along with contemporary fittings to make some pretty cool jewelry.
Always love seeing someone putting it out there. 
I bought a necklace for my step-daughter for her b'day
...can't show that here yet..


one for a friend whose logo is the Napoleonic Bee,

and one for myself, 
an early b'day present for me.





This compass so I will never lose my way.






The shop was 1800s NYC chic.
Old glass, brass and oak display cases that were to die for.
This shop inspired me to get my stuff out there in 2011.
I need to sell my cards, 
start working on my book...
speaking of books I am going to be illustrating a book for a fellow blogger..someone you probably know.
So there, I guess I will be getting my art out there.


Until then my friends,
 enjoy the rest of 2010 and raise a glass to peace,
 love and a snookie-free 2011!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Study of A Cabinet






I see this cabinet every day and night.
But I had stopped 'seeing' it.
Getting a new lens for my camera has me 
rediscovering so many of the elements in our home
that had become common place.



I forgot how much I love those Parisian bowls,
and just how sweet those white glass goblets are.
I need to dream up
 a nice little dessert
just so I can use them.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I've got a Sinking Feeling



working on the kitchen renovation
design process
so many things to chose!
The one thing we have already bought
 is an antique soapstone sink,
that's it buried under some funky stuff at
the coolest shop up in Wells, Maine.

 This green goddess lantern was there too. 
Thought that would look great over the sink
with a big edison bulb wired up with a dimmer.
Anything will be a major improvement 
after the florescent one there now.
Probably put in around the time this photo was taken.
 Looking pretty precarious on that stool there junior.

Sink : Done

Next, Faucet.


Found this cool one online at a salvage yard,
would look great re-plated in nickel.

Reminds me of this one below. 


I also love this beauty by Waterworks.


Probably costs as much as a Le Cornue.

le eye candy

 Isn't this a sweet way to store your sponges? 
at sarasgallery shop on etsy
Well back to the search,


Check back to see what we unearth next!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snow Kidding

 This White Winter Wonderland
 is making me very happy

Everything is so peaceful,
so serene.
(as long as you limit your time on the road)


I bet
Cheddar would live in an igloo
 year round if he could.
He is one chill pup, 
and thrilled to be jumping and playing in the snow,
as is his Pops.
We are one
Happy Household.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Festive Food

 Over indulging for the past week or so

Shrimp Cocktail might have been
 the healthiest thing I ingested.

 Coffee cake a couple times a day?
Why not?


Homemade bacon from one of Jeff's friends
perfumed the place
Christmas morning.

 This rib roast stunk up the whole house
Christmas Night
(Tip: a 500 degree oven has to be VERY CLEAN!)

We just had a pizza off tonight.
Ordered pizza from three different places 
and picked a winner.
Ridgeway Pizza in Stamford,
the plain pie.
Underdog crowd favorite.

Fun but I feel freaking fat.

It's about time I stop eating like this.



Time to get my butt back to the gym!

What's on your plate?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Coffee Cake

Every year I make my surrogate Mom Jane's
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake.
  
One of my favorite Christmas customs!

She is out in California now,
 so although I can't be with her on Christmas morning,
I can get what seems like a big hug...
when I slice up a piece of this delicious confection,
warm from the oven.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


2 cups plus 3 T sugar

2 cups flour
2 Sticks unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350' 

Spray a bundt pan with PAM.

Coarsely chop pecans and mix with 1 tsp. Cinnamon and 3 Tablespoons Sugar.  Set aside.

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together and set aside.  

Cream butter and 2 cups sugar (in a kitchenaid) until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and vanilla.  Add reserved dry ingredients.

Put one-third batter into bundt pan and sprinkle with two-thirds of the nut mixture.  Then add rest of batter and lastly add rest of nut mixture.

Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

Make every year for Christmas morning. 
Serve with your fave hot beverage.

(New York Times 1964)



Do you have any special holiday recipes?

my fave new crochet jellyfish

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's A Wrap!


Yesterday was one of the best days of my life.

Although I have been involved with Operation Santa Bronx for three years this is the first time I have been to PS55. What a beautiful building! The ONE good thing about our government not giving enough funding to schools like this is that they have not modernized it, leaving the oak railings, built-in cabinets, marble floors, wrought iron railings in place. 
Wish I took more photos. 
Does anyone ever say..,wish I took less photos? no.

Hard to stop and snap, we were a little busy not only getting the 600 or so bags, bikes, etc.. up to the second floor but it took quite some time to sort though it and organize them by classrooms, not to mention supplement the near empty bags the bad Santas filled. Seriously? You are going to give a 5 year old kid that believes in Santa a coat and a pack of cards in a garbage bag and that is it? Really? That part made me mad, we kept a 'naughty' list and they will not be asked back next year. Anyway, don't want that to spoil the fun, or the efforts of hundreds of people who did a great job.

Westy's a storage facility business in CT generously donates trucks, people, space and more towards the efforts every year. They sent their mascot this year, a giant white Westy terrier, to meet and greet the little kids whose Christmas wishes will be answered by all you great Santas out there.
Here is the doggie doing the hokey pokey with some pre-k kids. My heart literally exploded with joy when I realized one of my fave kids was in this class. He asked Santa for Michael Jackson CDs and socks. How flippin' cute!! 
I got him a keyboard you can make music on 
(with headphones, you are welcome family members
and those MJ CDs. Rock on little bud!
I'll miss those toys around the house, 
wrapping 'till the wee hours.
But it's never too early to think about next year and how to make it bigger and better for those little tikes who deserve all the happiness they can get!


Now to try and get Christmas together for my clan.





Merry Christmas to one and all!






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