September-Gram

Hello all! Where did this month go?! I truly cannot believe I will be turning the pages of my calendar to October tomorrow.  After next weekend, my busy, on-the-road-every-weekend social calendars slows a but (at least for a couple weeks), so I hope to be able to share more recipes and fun fall DIYs with you all.  For now, let me catch you up on our comings and goings this past month:

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The first glimpses of fall while on a walk in South Mountain Reservation near my in-law’s home in NJ / NYC by sunset in my side-view mirror on a drive home to Queens one Sunday evening / Election season brought a hopeful candidate who decorated our block with balloons *swoon*

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After letting the entire summer slip by, we finally ate at Jackson Diner / Post-wedding brunch necessary: an epic bloody mary bar at Bond Street Social

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Josh and I “celebrated” 7 years since our first meeting / we traveled to Baltimore to watch two dear friends get married, and enjoyed the ambience including a giant pink poodle at the American Visionary Art Museum / Dimona got cozy with three Suss-men while watching football / my MIL and I enjoyed some glowing animal ears at my cousin Jonah’s bar-mitzvah

I hope you all had a beautiful September.  Looking forward to seeing you more next month and as we enter the holiday season! xo

(*all photos mine via Instagram)

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Another month has flown by and I am seriously bummed that I didn’t make the time in my schedule to come here more often and share my comings and goings with all of you.  I don’t want to fall into the habit of relying on another social media platform – Instagram – to fill my blog content.  But alas, for this past month filled with moving, weddings, concerts, crazy weather, and everything in between, here are a few pictures to fill you in on everything I should have been blogging about!
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  • If you haven’t been to Jackson Heights, Queens, you really should.  Falling in love with the sights and sounds of our new neighborhood…
  • My happy girl, in our her new bed, in her new apartment
  • The Great Googa Mooga festival was unfortunately rained out on Sunday, but we had an amazing time Friday night seeing the Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with friends, family, and a lot of good food!
  • When the rain cancelled the Googa Mooga festivities, we opted for a Sunday brunch scene at Woodland in Park Slope, BK.  Bloody Mary complete with salted rim featured here.
  • Easy weeknight panini recipe:  Sliced apple, caramelized red onion, sharp cheddar, bacon, kosher sandwich pickles, honey dijon mustard on rye bread.
  • Josh and Dimona enjoying a sunny Sunday on MDW
  • A quick “selfie” we took, waiting for the subway, at our new stop – 90th St/Elmhurst Ave on the 7 train. Think we like wayfarer sunglasses much?
  • Snapshots of 5 Pointz, an amazing haven of graffiti in the city
  • Manhattan skyline showcasing the city swelter of this past week’s 90˚F+ days

Welcome June!

30 Days of Thankful (November Recap)

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A central theme across social media this past month was to give thanks every day of November.  I had many friends and acquaintances post on facebook, twitter, their blog and/or instagram each day about a part of their life (big or small) that they were grateful for. I’m not dedicated enough to have posted every day, but since this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Thankful”, I thought I’d take this opportunity to incorporate the things I am thankful for with a recap of November via instagram pictures:

1. Sunday, November 4th – Taken at the Giants vs. Steelers game tailgate, with one of my best friends since age 8.

*I am thankful for sunny days spent outdoors, even as the weather turns colder.  I am thankful for lifelong friendships and playful rivalries.

2. Friday, November 9th – Taken at a dear friend’s family’s cabin, early in the morning.  I have a wonderful group of friends who continue to make time for each other, and we have a fabulous host who brings us to this serene location at least twice a year for long weekends.

*I am thankful for upstate retreats and catching up with college friends.  I am thankful for a few days a year when I can pretend, and act, like I’m still 21. I am thankful for peaceful mornings and the nostalgia that an image can create from years and years of wonderful weekends.

3. Saturday, November 10th – Also taken at the cabin: my fabulous bloody mary, with a slice of bacon.

*I am thankful for “make-you-own” bloody mary bars, and bacon.

4. Monday, November 12th – Taken at home with my family the night after we got our power back following Hurricane Sandy.  My step mom made this fabulous cake and it was made even more delicious while we celebrated heat and the ability to use the oven.

*I am thankful that my family stayed safe during Sandy and that there was no damage to our home. Although two (freezing cold) weeks without power were difficult, I send my prayers to those who do not have homes to go back.

5. Friday, November 16th – Taken along the waterfront in my town on Long Island at sunset.

*I am thankful that I live near the water and get to enjoy beautiful images – such as sailboats along the horizon during sunset – every day.  I am thankful for God and nature and all the elements of the universe that I will never understand that work together to create a sky such as this.

6. Sunday, November 18th – Taken in my living room of my dog (the princess) sleeping on her fort of pillows.

*I am thankful for the privilege of being a dog owner and taking care of the sweetest girl in a world that judges her based on her breed first.  I am thankful for how much I have learned about myself and my spouse, and how our relationship has grown, since we decided to raise a pet together.

7. Sunday, November 18th – Taken in our kitchen as Josh creates the “ultimate” pulled pork sandwich.

*I am thankful for great recipes that are easy to make and that can satisfy a hungry man.  I am thankful for dinners at home together, and amaaazing cookware wedding gifts (yes, that’s a Le Creuset dutch oven!)

8. Thursday, November 22nd – Taken in our Aunt Leslye and Uncle Richard’s home Thanksgiving day as three different generations of men carve the turkey.

*I am thankful for tradition, for family, and for love.

9. Friday, November 23rd – Taken at a local sushi place in town during a lunch & movie date on Friday when we had the same day off.

*I am thankful for the small things that bring great joy, such as seeing a movie in a theater and eating in a restaurant.  I am thankful that I get to wake up and look at that face every day for the rest of my life.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and wish you so much happiness during the coming holiday season.  I am VERY thankful for my readers, who took me to over 60,000 hits this month! xo

Weekly Recap: Valentine’s Day Edition

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Happy Saturday morning to all of my lovely readers.  For those of you in the northeast, I hope you’re enjoying waking up to snow, and can cuddle up today with friends and loved ones, or go out to play!  I’m soon headed to the upper west side for a mimosa-heavy brunch with some dear friends.

For this edition of my Weekly Recap feature, I thought I’d make it fun and Valentine’s day themed, since that seems to be what all bloggers have on the brain!  Here’s the best of the best from the web in preparation for this “Hallmark” holiday!

Happy weekend my lovelies! See you on Monday! xo

Winter Sangria

Christmas is just around the corner and for the past week my family has been planning our Christmas dinner menu.  Almost everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the desserts have been decided on, and we’re just putting the finishing touches on it – including what drinks to serve!   Although I love making mulled wine (you can check out my recipe here), stove top space is scarce on Christmas day with all of the other dishes being made, so a pre-prepared cocktail served chilled frees up some much needed kitchen space. This delicious and colorful winter-themed sangria is the perfect drink to serve at any party!

You Will Need:

  • 2 cups no-pulp orange juice
  • 3 to 6 ounces orange liquer
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 clementines or blood oranges, supremed 
  • 1 Granny Smith or other tart apple, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 red Anjou pear, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 liters sweet sparkling red wine, chilled (Sunny likes Rosa Regale)
  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda, chilled

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, whisk the orange juice, orange liqueur and honey. Add the cinnamon stick, clementines, apple and pear and stir to combine. Set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
  2. Right before serving, add the wine and soda to the fruit mixture and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses.

Recipe and image courtesy of: Food Network

I’m spending the rest of this rainy day wrapping presents and getting a much needed mani/pedi.  Let the countdown ’till Christmas continue!  Have a happy hump day, xo.