Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Menu

We're a small group this year, so I'm keeping it simple with comfort food (read: lots of cheese) and endless glasses of wine!

Shrimp Cocktail
Baked Brie
Mixed Nuts

Mixed Greens w/ Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Baked Ziti w/ Meatballs

Brownie Sundaes

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Getting Ready for 2010!

We made it out to WH late last night and we have a busy day ahead of us. Lots of errands to do, including a trip to Michael's to pick up 6 framing projects and food shopping for the week. I need New Year's Eve menu ideas! Anyone?!?

Speaking of, with the New Year on the horizon, we're also making our annual house wish-list that ranges from DIY projects to "if we win the lottery, we'll tackle ____." I'm eyeing the Waverly Chocolate Garden Lattice fabric for a bar stool project. It's online only and pretty pricey at $20.99/yard, but my 40% coupon might justify the purchase.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hope you're enjoying the day with family or friends! We're ready to head to bed soon here in VA. It's been a relaxing, fun day with too many good things to eat.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

T-minus One Day!

I have a really exciting day ahead of me, I can hardly control myself!
  • Gym
  • Pack for VA
  • Laundry
  • Clean the oven
  • Take Vella to the dog park
  • Give Vella a bath

I think there might be a stop at Banana Republic in here to break up the day. They have an additional 30% off sale items right now and I have my eye on a pair of gray wool flannel trousers.

In other news, I'll also be called furniture repair shops today. Vella chewed the corner of our coffee table about 6-8 months ago when she was a puppy, and has apparently been tap dancing on the top of it since mysterious scratches appear about once a week. To add insult to injury, while I was out yesterday, she somehow found her way on top of the dining room table. Scratches and a few gauges from one end to the other. Since we have a dog and plan to have children (someday, don't go getting any ideas)!, should I just give up now?!? Ha!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

F for Preparedness

We quickly realized on Saturday morning that all of our snow "stuff" was at the house in WH, including my LL Bean wellies (crucial for walking through the sludge puddles that collect on the corners). We put on our coats, got Vella all suited up in her coat, and headed out to see if we could find anything. I say that because things sell out SO fast in NYC. We lucked out and I found some Hunter boots, even scoring the fleece inserts for them too. I know they're really popular this season, so I thought I'd give a word of advice. I've worn them every day and they've gotten the job done, but save yourself $50+ and buy the LL Bean version!

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's Beginning to look a Lot like Christmas!

I'm officially on Holiday for the Holidays! I'm still tying up a few looses ends at work through the end of the week, but I'm looking forward to the break. We'll head to VA on Thursday, swing back through NYC Sunday/Monday, then head out to WH for some R&R. The best part is that we have NO plans the next few weeks other than spending time with my family over Christmas.

We had about 10" of snow in NYC on Saturday. Vella had a blast in Central Park yesterday. Today, not so much. It's slushy and dirty. I think she'll be going to doggy daycare tomorrow!

Friday, December 18, 2009


Coming up for air, will post over the weekend while we're snowed in here in the Northeast!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Going Crazy w/out a Home Computer!

Our home computer has come down with the flu, so I'm offline until this weekend (fingers crossed!).

Friday, December 4, 2009

Paula Deen's Beef Stroganoff

This is a really easy one for this busy Holiday season! You could make it ahead of time and it's great for leftovers. Even Matt liked it...he didn't grow up with condensed soup or casseroles. Deprived life, right?!?

1 1/2 pounds cubed round steak, cut into thin strips
House Seasoning, recipe follows
All-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, sliced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can beef broth
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
Salt and black pepper
1 cup sour cream
Cooked egg noodles

Season the steak strips with House Seasoning, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.

House Seasoning
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Doggy Daycare

Dropped off the fur child at 7:45am for her first day of Doggy Daycare! It was time. It's getting colder out, which makes trips to the dog park miserable for all of us. And next to eating, playing with her canine friends is her favorite past time. I'm a mess of course, but let's be serious...she's at a place called The New York Dog Spa & Hotel. How bad that can be? She'll play, get treats and two walks outside today. If all goes well, we'll add this to our regularly scheduled Wednesday program. I'll pick her around 6, and she'll either be exhausted and happy as a clam, or totally ticked off at me.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Menorah

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

"Only you would buy a menorah at Pottery Barn." - Matt (every year around this time when we pull out the Holiday decorations).

$59 at PB right now. I bought ours about 7 years ago there.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Football

This doesn't usually go well for my 'Hoos. My family will be at the game today cheering on UVA. Go 'Hoos! Wahoowa!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

All over the place...

Physically and mentally! I was in VA for a long weekend and had a great time with family. I'm back in NYC and getting ready for Thanksgiving and another long weekend. We'll head out to WH tomorrow night. I have a long list of things I'd love to get done later this week, we'll see how much I can accomplish.
  • Take artwork to be framed at Michaels (60% off coupon in the mail this weekend, score!).
  • Buy bedding for the downstairs guest room and the Master bedroom. The ongoing debate over white bedding continues. The dog sleeps with us (yes, save your comments since I know we're breaking the one rule of dog ownership), so I need something that can be washed frequently and won't require ironing. Ideas? Please help.
  • Hang remaining shelves and anything else ready to go. We have some things that have been in closets/storage since we closed on the house 18 months ago. Embarrassing.
  • Trim hydrangeas and butterfly bushes.
  • Make some batches of something since we have no food in the freezer...butternut squash soup, chili, pasta sauce.
  • Start Chranukkah, Christmakkah, or whatever you want to call it, shopping. 17 days until Hanukkah and 29 days until Christmas. Yes, it's all very confusing, but somehow it works.
  • Finish custom orders.
  • Give Vella a bath. She smells like Doritos. Or, maybe Doritos smell like dogs? Ponder away in your spare time.
  • Take Vella for a pedicure. We don't attempt this, it's like she's having her leg cut off. Geez.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Giveaway winners!

Maureen and Katie are both winners! Maureen, you're the winner of the green jade and coral necklace. Email me your mailing address when you have a moment, I'm at Katie, I have something going in the mail for you next week too. A "new Mom" present of sorts. Although you're not new to being a Mom, you have so much to celebrate with a new little girl in the family.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

My younger sister Megan shared this with me and it's delicious. It's a knockoff on Bob Evans pumkin bread. I usually get a big old F in baking, but even I couldn't mess this one up last night. It makes three loaves, so be prepared to share!

3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three (9x5 inch) loaf pans.In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

'Tis the Season for a Giveaway!

I'm in the holiday spirit earlier than usual and thought it was a great time for a giveaway. This is one of my favorites that can be worn all year (green jade and coral). Leave a comment by 12pm, Friday, November 20 telling me about the holiday parties you have this year and what you plan to wear! I'll draw a winner for the necklace on Saturday, November 21 (Note to my two sisters, you aren't eligible since I'll make you a necklace any time!).

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rob Thomas

We had a great time at the final show of his tour last night. I'm not normally into tattoos and piercings (shocking, I know!), but as I told Matt last night, "I wouldn't exactly throw him out of bed for eating chips!" Best song of the show? He sang "Little Wonders" in a tribute to his dog, Tyler, who recently passed away. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house!

One Republic opened the show with a great 30-minute set...check them out here. You'll recognize Stay Awake and Apologize from the radio.

And the best quote of the night was, "This is yuppiest concert of the year!" That was just fine by us considering the last concert we went to was DMB at the Garden, which always draws a crowd interested in "extracurricular" activities at the concert if you catch my drift.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Special Orders of the Week

Top to Bottom: Green Jade with Coin Pearls, Amazonite with Purple Chalcedony, Pink Peruvian Opals and Oval Rose Quartz with Oval Coin Pearls.

Check back this week and in the weeks to come for giveaways!

Friday, November 13, 2009

What's Cookin' Tonight?

I got up early and worked out, which means I can head straight home from work to spend some QT with the furchild. I'm hoping for a quiet Friday at work since the morning started out so well! I even made time this morning to prep everything for dinner. I've recently been accused of not having food in the house, so I made a trip to Whole Foods on Wednesday and the refrigerator is full.

My sister recommended this recipe from Rachael Ray's first 30-Minute Meals cookbook. I'm adding a big handful of sugar snap peas and the chicken is marinating as we speak.

Cashew! God Bless You Chicken

1 box jasmine rice
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
2 TB sesame oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced and mashed
2 TB rice wine, rice vinegar, dry sherry, or sake
A couple shakes of crushed red pepper
Black pepper, to taste
1 large carrot, peeled and diced into small cu bes
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 can (about 7 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
3 TB Hoisin sauce
2 handfuls cashews
3 green onions, thinly sliced on an angle

Marinade chicken with 1 TB of the oil, the garlic, rice wine, red pepper, and black pepper.
Meanwhile, following directions on box, start the rice.
Heat the rest of the oil (1 TB) in a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat until it smokes.
Add carrot and stir-fry for 2 or 3 minutes.
Add the coated chicken and cook another 3 or 4 minutes.
Toss in the bell pepper and chestnuts. Heat through for 1 minute. **If you would like the cashews a bit soft, add them now also.**
Add the Hoisin and toss to coat evenly.
Dump chicken out over a bed of jasmine rice and top with cashews and green onions.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Currently obsessing over this store! Vella needs Xmas and Hanukkah presents, right?!?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekly Workouts


This week was a good example of a four-day workout week.

Monday - 2.5-mile Run; 1 Core Strength Training Circuit
Tuesday - 2.5-mile Run, 1 Mile on the StairMaster
Wednesday - Day Off
Thursday - Day Off
Friday - Weight Training
Saturday - Day Off
Sunday - 4-mile Run

Sample Circuit (15 Reps Each, 3 Sets):

Dead Lifts w/ a Row (I use a 35 or 40 lbs. bar)
Forward Lunge with Press(using a lat pull down machine or something similar, ensuring that it's set at shoulder height)
50 Jumping Jacks Holding a Balance Bar at Chest Level (15 lbs.)

I can't stress how much I believe in interval and core strength training when you're race training. Check out Hal Higdon's website. His training programs always incorporate interval and core training, which will prevent injury and increase your endurance as you log miles. The best part is that you can find ways to incorporate these in your schedule if you can't get to a gym.

Some resources:

Interval Training for Beginners
Strengthen Your Core

Sunday, November 8, 2009

BLT Fish Cheddar & Chive Biscuits

We had dinner at BLT Fish a few weeks ago. A must eat for any New Yorkers out there or visitors looking for a spot. I think everything I ordered had truffles worked in to the recipe. How bad can that be?!? Not a fish person? There are more BLT Restaurants out there.

Below is the recipe for the Cheddar & Chive Biscuits they serve. I think I'll make these for the holidays.


1 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
3 Tbsp Shortening
3 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Chopped Chives
1 Cup Sharp Cheddar (Shredded)
1 1/4 Cup Cream


1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne.
2. Cut the shortening and butter into the flour mix. DO NOT OVERWORK.
3. DO leave the butter and shortening in small pieces.
4. Toss in the chives and cheese.
5. Toss in the cream, just until mixture comes together. DO NOT mix too much.
6. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Change of Plans, Thanks Vella!

Note: If you order the dress, order up a size for the arms and have the rest of the dress taken in to fit you. The arms are really small, as in made for a super-model who hasn't eaten in three years and has twigs for upper arms.

I'm wearing this to an event tonight. I should be wearing these with it...

Vella had something else in mind since she ATE the right shoe this morning. Yup, chewed the heel to bits while I was in the shower. She plucked the shoe right off the "needs to go with me to work" pile on the bed. So, I'm wearing a pair of JCrew Big Bow slingbacks instead. Life goes on, they're just shoes. JCrew doesn't sell them anymore, I'll have to look on eBay. But I did tell my little Odie if she does it again, she's getting a one-way ticket to Abu Dhabi.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanks Blue Eyed Bride!

Erin hosted an Old Navy Giveaway last week and I was one of the lucky winners. I never win anything, not even scratch-off lotto tickets. Nada. Thanks Erin...we all love your blog!

Now, what should I buy with my $50 off $100 of in-store purchases? I'll make the trip to one of the Manhattan stores tomorrow and report back!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekly Workouts

Fitness is a part of my life that I haven't shared here outside of running the NYC 1/2 Marathon in August. It's my way of staying healthy, keeping my sanity. And, I have to do something to justify eating total crap on the weekends (and other moments that will not be mentioned). For those of you who haven't hit 30 yet, trust me on this one, your 30's are a WHOLE new ball game.

Let's rewind and I'll take you through my fitness journey. I'm glad I can laugh about this now, b/c it wasn't so funny at the time.

Early 1990's - High School...I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. I ran CC and played softball.
Mid to Late 1990's - College...I have two words for you, JIM BEAM. Oh wait, I have two more, POKEY STIX (all of you UVA and ACC folks are familiar with Gumby's). Working out was sporadic at best, and throw in a bout with Mono + steroids, and my weight went up, and up, like 15-20 pounds. I looked bloated and disgusting. I lost it all in my 4th year due to stress.
2000 to 2005 - Corporate gym membership! Total discipline.
2005 - Full time job, graduate school. No time for anything, I'm crabby, I cancel my gym membership. 10 lbs follow.
2006 - Wedding planning was in full swing. I was disgusted by pictures from a long weekend in the Dominican Republic (that's another post, let's just we won't be going back). Swift action taken by reinstating my Equinox membership and signing up for Personal Training.

And, here I am almost 4 years later in maintenance mode. I think wisdom comes with your 30's and you just get comfortable with your body.

I've noticed much discussion in blogland lately about how hard it is to weave exercise in to your daily routine, keep it interesting and/or see results. So, I thought I'd start sharing my weekly workout schedule. This is what works for me and may work for others. I'm not a licensed trainer and far from an expert, but I can share how I keep up with working out and make it more fun. Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions! I'll even post links to sites where you can see descriptions of some might even have a flashback to GYM class with mountain climbers and burpees.


Monday - 3 mile run; 1 mile on the stairmaster
Tuesday - Core Strength Training
Wednesday - Day Off
Thursday - Core Strength Training
Friday - 4 mile run
Saturday - Day Off
Sunday - 5 mile run

Here's a sample core strength training circuit. Each move in each circuit is 10-12 reps depending on your fitness level. Repeat each circuit 3 times and ending the workout with abs.

1. One-leg Squats with a bicep curl and press; Reverse Lunge with a Pulldown (using a lat pulldown machine or something similar); Tricep extension w/ a bench press (your back is on the bench); 2-minute sprint on the treadmill (you know, the kind where you feel like you might be sick)

2. Kettlebell swing (20-30 of these instead of the 12-15); Rows w/ a kettlebell in each hand; Walking lunges holding a kettlebell in each hand.

3. Two different ab exercises such a bicycles or vertical leg crunch.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Emily Post Soapbox

Is the Thank You note dead? Call me crazy, but I send one if someone gives me a gift, does something nice, buys me lunch or dinner, or you know travels half-way around the world for your wedding...just saying. I'll get off my soapbox now. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Howl

Caption: "I'll get you back for this. I'll be eating all of your shoes tomorrow while you're at work, including your beloved Jimmy "Chews."

Vella didn't win the costumer contest, but we had blast at the Halloween Howl in Carl Schurz Park. Always happy to support a great cause, especially raising $ for Vella's dog park.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Old Navy Review

Low-Rise Skinny Pants: SCARY. I couldn't return them fast enough. Run, do not try these one in an ON store near you. These were designed with the recently-fired 5'10", 120-lb Ralph Lauren model in mind. Do not buy these if you want to preserve any self-esteem.

Diva Skinny Jeans: Score. I think anyone of any shape or size could wear these. Price is right for what you get. Order up a size though and don't believe the short/regular inseam lengths in the size chart. I found the regular length to be shorter than 32". I'm 5'4" on a good day.

Shawl Cardi: Just went back for another one and they're practically sold out. Quality is fine and it doesn't seem like the sweater will pill. I might actually look stylish (gasp!) in this with jeans.

Long Island Wine Tour

On Saturday, we met up with friends for a wine tour. Bet you didn't know there were so many wineries on the East End of LI?! If you're ever in the area, the North Fork is beautiful. The best part of Saturday? The bus company sent the wrong bus...disco lights and stripper pole included for no extra charge.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vella here...

saying, "Stay in bed! It's cold and rainy out there." Have a great weekend!

Show us Your Life - What do you Make?

These are two of my latest creations, amazonite with purple chalcedony and pink peruvian opals. Visit my Etsy shop! I'm working on some custom orders right now and I'll post pictures of those designs soon. My listings are only a sample of what I have available. Feel free to email me with questions or to talk about colors and pricing.

Monday, October 12, 2009

More Buy it Now!

Just two of the items, you can find everything else from JCrew, AT, VV and BR PRICED TO SELL at:

Happy Columbus Day!

I'm taking today off since we aren't officially closed. The husband is in the office, but hoping to come home at a more "reasonable" hour than he's become accustomed to in recent weeks. So what's on tap for me?

1. Getting my weekly cleaning out of the way
2. A long run in Central Park once it warms up
3. Finish the four necklaces I started this weekend and order supplies for some customer orders
4. List more items on eBay...I'm still organizing and cleaning out, and found more clothes that I know I will never wear again

Pictures later today. Happy Monday!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

15% Off at Old Navy

Code through 10/15 is ONBDAY15. And, use your ebates account for 8% cash back. Can't argue with that. The price was right for things I'm not sure will work on me. I'm not sold on the "skinny" phenomenon, but I'll give it a try. I always manage my expectations with ON since the quality is hit or miss too, so I'll report back when everything arrives in the mail in like two years (slowest shipping EVER).

Skinny jeans to wear w/ boots, low rise skinny pants to wear with flats (my answer to JCrew's Minnie, for which I refuse to pay $$$$), and a shawl cardi.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Buy it Now!

eBay listings are up...and more to come as soon as I take some pictures!

Four More Bite the Dust

Bye-bye Gourmet, Cookie, Modern Bride and and Elegant Bride. Who's next?!?

Happy Monday

Starr Boggs was delicious on Saturday night. We had a great anniversary dinner. Thank you for the kind words! The weather in WH was gorgeous yesterday and we spent the day outside by the pool. The pool and hot tub will be winterized later this week. Sniff, sniff. I have a feeling that the mid 70's and blue skies will be leaving us soon though...Fall is in the air in NYC today.

I cleaned out all of my clothes this weekend and it feels great to get things organized. I'm totally a type-A person and our closets/drawers are never really out of control, but it was great to go through everything piece by piece. I'll be listing things on eBay. Pictures and details to follow. I'll be offering free shipping on everything, even multiple purchases.

Did I mention that I hate JCrew cashmere? When I was pulling out my sweaters from their storage bins, I remembered how easily it pills and just looks like crap after a few wearings. And don't get me going about how it looks like junk if you hand wash it once a season vs. dry cleaning. I've tried all of the tricks. Seriously, save your money. Buy merino wool. End of discussion.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We're off to pick up a new vacuum for the apt and a coffee table for Matt's "man room" here at the house. I've convinced Matt that we can make a stop at Five Guys for lunch.

I ordered the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. The price was right and the reviews online seemed to be consistent. I'll do a review of the vacuum once I use it a few times. We have a Dyson, but use it at the house and I couldn't justify another one for our 800 square foot apartment at that price. This is the coffee table we ordered for our downstairs. We chose navy blue fabric w/ embroidered anchors. I hope we like it because you can't take these things back! I think it will be subtle.

But, now we need something like this tie that room together.

We're finally celebrating our anniversary tonight! If the weather is nice, we'll make the drive to Sag Harbor and try to catch sunset at The Beacon (no reservations!). I have a back up reservation at Starr Boggs here in town if this rain continues. We can't catch a break on the weekends with our weather.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rainy Sunday

We had a change of plans this weekend and stayed in the City. We went for a 4-mile run in Central Park, took Vella to the dog park and had dinner at Good. It was a great Saturday.

Matt's off to the office for the day, so Vella and I are going to clean out Summer clothes and pull out what Fall pieces I have in the City (most of my clothes are in one of the guest rooms out at the house). I'm following the, "If you don't love it and haven't worn it in a year, it goes!" rule. I have a few hours of work to get through too.

Giants play at 1pm. We'll DVR it and watch it tonight when Matt gets home. Go Giants!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Show us Your Life - Desserts

It's Friday on Kelly's blog and desserts are on today's agenda.

This one is ridiculously easy and travels well. I am not a baker and I've been known to ruin chocolate chip cookies. Even I can make this one. Happy baking and eating!

Triple Fudge Cake

1 Package Boxed Chocolate Cake Mix (Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines)
1 16 oz. Package Cook and Serve Jello Chocolate Pudding Mix (Use Cook and Serve, NOT that instant stuff)
3/4 to 1 Cup Chopped nuts of your choice, I prefer Walnuts
1 Package Nestle Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Prepare the pudding according to the directions. As it begins to thicken, remove it from the hear and pour in the dry cake mix. Stir well. Spread in greased rectangular cake pan. Top with nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.

Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream!

You could also top this with chopped candy pieces, such as snickers or heath bar.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Matt!

Photo: July 3, 2009 at Dockers Restaurant in East Quogue, NY.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I'm still home sick. I'm going nuts. I have major cabin fever even though I feel horrible. I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Matt's birthday is tomorrow. We'll be dining here as long as he can escape work at a reasonable hour. Hope he likes his fish prints (see below).

I cleaned out the pantry and refrigerator in like 5 minutes flat today (it's NYC, we don't have that much stuff!). Almost everything went in the trash. Crackers, cereal, mixes, marinades, jams, you name it, we had it and it expired like two years ago. What can I say, Matt's never home and it's me and the fur child flying solo. I'm researching slow cookers. Any suggestions? I've always wanted one and I think we'd put it to good use out at the house in the Fall/Winter. I keep getting recipes from BHG about the best slow cooker recipes. Yum.

I need to take a nap, but 2nd Avenue subway work started this week and I can hear them tearing up the sidewalk/street 26 floors below. So, I'm watching lots of fun TV...Animal Planet, HGTV, The Food Network and Travel Channel. I also have a new Better Homes and Garden here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

More Etsy

I had to post again today. Look what arrived! I'm almost caught up on gifts for all you Summer babies! And, I'll be coming back for more since these items are so amazing. Love, love, love supporting small business.

Etsy Seller Head Over Heels:

Etsy Seller Baby Darling:

Under the Weather

I thought this was Fall allergies, but knew better on Saturday night when I fell asleep on the couch at 9:30pm! Yesterday was miserable and I was in bed at 9:30pm again last night. I'm taking a sick day today with more Dayquil and napping on the agenda. Vella doesn't mind having me home, although she misses her Auntie Erica who comes by twice a day while we're at work for walks/play time.

I'll leave you with a special order I finished for a friend. This was a birthday gift for her Mom. I love the aquamarine and purple chalcedony with a round pave clasp for Fall.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rosh Hashanah

What is Rosh Hashanah? The High Holidays begin tonight at Sundown and I thought I'd do a quick post for all of you out there that might not be familiar with Jewish holidays.

Significance: New Year
Observances: Sounding the shofar (ram's horn trumpet)
Length: 2 Days (Some: 1 Day)
Customs: Dipping apples in honey; Casting off "sins" into a river
Greeting: L'shanah tovah! (For a good year!)

We'll be having dinner with my in-laws and then heading to WH for the weekend. Traditional dishes include brisket, kugel, latkes and the list goes on and on. Trust me when I say that no one walks away hungry!

I was raised Catholic and my hubby is Jewish. We're very lucky to have such accepting families and have the benefit of celebrating Christian and Jewish holidays. I know this doesn't work for everyone and there can be challenges galore in inter-faith marriages. I'm reminded this time of year of how wonderful our families are and for that I am thankful!

Up next? A Yom Kippur post on 9/28.

J. Pocker

Matt has a bday coming up and our anniversary is on the 29th. With all of the big stuff purchased, we're at a point where we can start adding personal touches to the house (artwork, accessories etc.). The downstairs is his domain and the has a ton of wall space, so I thought I would get him started on sprucing up the room. I've had my eye on a few prints at J. Pocker for a while and made it there before the 5:30 closing time yesterday. These two guys are hand colored. I love how saturated the colors are in the scales and fins. I hope he likes them! We'll choose frames late next week after his bday.
Check out J. Pocker and Son. Their decorative prints are available online!

Monday, September 14, 2009

What a difference a week makes!

A very empty Rogers Beach this past Sunday. It amazes me how quiet WHB can be after Labor Day. Vella is excited because as of tomorrow, she can make the trip with us any time of day (no dogs allowed 7am-7pm May 15-September 15). I think we'll get plenty of beach time in through October.

For Your Reading Pleasure

Whether you like Tony Bourdain or not (We happen to love him, irreverence goes a long way in our house), you Moms out there will get a kick out of 8/28 blog post. Happy reading. My sister pointed me to this one, great minds think alike.

And, if you don't watch/DVR No Reservation on the Travel Channel, you're missing out!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Favorite Etsy Sellers

Brooklyn Limestone has a link up where we share our favorite sellers. Here are a few that I've bookmarked and/or shopped with recently:


Noodles & Milk

Head to Toe

Plum Cushion

Ode Shop


And of course, my little store Molly Rosedale. New Fall items will be up at the end of the month.

Happy searching and shopping on Etsy! So many talented people out there.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I won't say much, we all know the date. The mood in NYC is very somber. The weather is terrible today. My office overlooks Ground Zero, which is now one big construction site. Most of my coworkers chose to work from home today. I'll be saying many prayers today for the families who lost loved ones and those of us who will never forget what we saw that day as we watched from the streets below the Towers.

Labor Day Weekend

I went a different route with the necklace to spice up the black dress. 4 strands of pink and blue chalcedony mixed with coin pearls.

We had a great time at Keith and Lisa's wedding. I'm a terrible photographer, but here's a picture of the dance floor. And, Vella enjoyed some quality time with her Omi while we were in Oceanside.

Speaking of Vella, here's a picture of her running around the deck on Sunday. Don't feel bad for her, that red tether is 30-40feet and she literally has the run of the deck. We just use that to keep her from running UNDER the deck and getting in to all kinds of trouble.

Prep for Fall Swap!

I recently joined Monogram and Manicure's Prep for Fall Swap. Caroline (In His Shade) and I were paired up for the August 28 deadline. I had to laugh when I opened her package - we sent each other some of the same items! Great minds think alike?!? I had so much fun putting her package together and I know she put a lot of thought in to what she sent me.

Here's Caroline's adorable packaging. It's a tote bag! Love, love, love the ribbon too. You better believe that I saved it and it will find a good home on a future package.

A few of my favorites...oh so preppy note cards, coasters, umbrella and scarf. I can't tell you how much I love this umbrella. And, if this Fall is like last year in NYC, I'll need it! Caroline and I gave each other the same madras note cards and I also sent an umbrella for those rainy, chilly WA days...coincidence? I think not!

I feel very lucky to have met some wonderful woman in blogland. Thanks Caroline!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Today is my last "Summer Friday" at work and I'm taking the day off to catch up on some things around here before heading to WH this afternoon. Other than a wedding on Saturday night, we have no plans. The weather here in NY is gorgeous and we'll be spending as much time as possible at the beach. I have a feeling there will some football in the schedule too. Matt went to Cornell and in my opinion there is no reason to follow the Ivy League. I'm not sure students even go to the games! I can't imagine an undergrad experience without football. Virginia football is an institution and some of my best memories were getting dressed up (a tradition that has sadly changed over the years), tailgating and heading to the game with good friends. Go HOOS!

OK, enough rambling. Better finish laundry and go for a run in Central Park! Pics from the wedding and weekend to follow. Vella is resting up next to me on the couch.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Week in Westhampton

These pictures sum up our week in WH! We were at the beach every day and Vella was SO happy to have us all to herself for the week. We did venture out for dinner in East Hampton...Turtle Crossing and Nick & Tonis. Otherwise, just lots of R&R. We're counting down to Labor Day weekend now. I can't believe how cool it is in the Northeast!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rainy Saturday in Need of Color!

Purchased this morning so I can make a little something to go with the VERY boring black dress that I'll be wearing to a black tie wedding next Saturday. These are pink coin pearls and mixed carnelian. Pics of the final product later this week! I'm also working on three custom orders for a much fun.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I guess we'll be having an "inside" weekend on Eastern LI! Now, how do I take my dog out during a Tropical Storm?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


We came back to NYC on Sunday night and we're getting settled back in to work, gym etc. I'll write more tonight. We had a great week in WH.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend Recap

This was our first weekend in NYC in six months! We're having a major heatwave in the NE, so it was perfect ;-) We picked up our NYC Half Marathon packs on Saturday morning and headed to brunch at Fetch. Vella needed a new collar and leash, so a stop at Canine Styles fixed that (pink and navy madras, too cute) and we also made a quick $100 stop at Petco for some new toys. She promptly destroyed two of them in like two minutes flat. Nice work Vella, you owe me $25!

We were up bright and early on Sunday morning to line up for the NYC Half Marathon! There were about 15K runners this year. The hubby finished in 1:56 and I crossed the finish line at 2:20 flat. I'm really proud of both of us. It was a tough race...almost 90 degrees by the time we finished and the humidity was brutal. Needless to say, we're a little sore today.

We're in WH this week for vacation and looking forward to some R&R.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Show Us Your Favorite Vacation Spot

It's Friday on Kelly's blog. This week, favorite vacation spots are on the agenda!

It's no secret that our honeymoon holds a special place in my heart, but the Pacific Coast of Mexico is another favorite for a variety of reasons (one of them being the FOOD...there's nothing in this world like Oaxaca cheese!). We took our first vacation together in 2002, spending a week in Huatulco (stay at the Barcelo or Quinta Real). In 2005, we went to Acapulco and Matt popped the question (the Fairmont property is great). And in 2007, we spent my B-school Spring Break in Ixtapa (Las Brisas is so-so, I'd opt for the La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo if we went back). Finally, we traveled back to Acapulco with friends for some 2007/2008 New Year's R&R.
Next on our list, Punta Mita! Maybe later this year?