Month: October 2013

A Baking Fiend!

Happy Halloween! This past week has been filled with parties, festivals and parades – and we haven’t even gone Trick-or-Treating yet! We plan to take Lady M (who will be dressed as a strawberry) around our complex later today, just to walk around and say hello. No candy please  😉

In honor of Halloween (and also “just because”) I’ve been making some treats myself. I’ve been experimenting a lot more with baking recently. I can’t say I love the act of baking, but I like to try new recipes and I also prefer homemade things instead of box mixes, as I figure anything that’s out there, I can just make almost as easily myself.

Last week I tried two new cookie recipes. The first is called Tea’s Cookies and you can find the recipe here. They came out really well and since I made so many, I froze half and found they also freeze well. Basically, you can add whatever you like. If you’re not a fan of dried apricots, try dried cranberries or golden raisins. Don’t love white chocolate chips? Use butterscotch or peanut butter chips. Since I didn’t have almonds, I used candied walnuts from Trader Joe’s that I had on hand.

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Getting ready to go in the oven

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The finished product!

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We went to a Halloween party last week so I decided to try this recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies. They were fairly easy to make. Instead of crushed candy canes, I added brown and orange Reece’s Pieces to the tops to make them festive. Again, play with the toppings and use what you like best.

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The balls will naturally flatten during baking

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Making them look pretty

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All ready for the party!

I’m gearing up to make cakes for Lady M’s birthday in a little over a month. Wish me luck!  😉  And since today’s the day, we’re all ready for our Trick or Treaters!

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A Busy Weekend

Well it’s been another busy, busy weekend. So busy, in fact that it’s taken me until Tuesday to write about it!  😉

I’ve mentioned before that I play the violin in an orchestra. This year, the orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary season and so to kick it off, we played a special concert Saturday night at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in NYC. We played Verdi’s Requiem with a 200-person choir and 4 soloists and it was so great! We had a sold-out crowd and I think we pulled it off!

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Dress rehearsal

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Sunday was another special day. Along with members of my Junior League, I walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for the American Cancer Society. It was a beautiful morning (if a bit chilly) and there were over 20,000 walkers helping in the fight against breast cancer.

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In addition, I’m just extra-busy now but I can’t really complain. I’m doing a ton of writing jobs and Lady M keeps me on my toes! Here’s to being busy. How was your weekend?

A Family Tradition Continues

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had another fun-filled Fall Saturday. This year we’ll celebrate Lady M’s first Halloween, so we’re packing in the Halloween-related activities. This past Saturday, we took her to Hicks Nurseries, a 160 year old nursery/garden on Long Island. I’ve been going since I was a little kid and can remember seeing the Otto the Ghost Halloween vignettes, buying pumpkins and candy apples, seeing the animals at the petting zoo and more. We had a great time and I’m so happy we get to continue this family tradition with another generation.

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Otto and the Pirate Ship 🙂

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Animals at the petting zoo

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Checking out the animals with daddy

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October Love

I may be a day late, but happy October! Although the weather in NY is a bit unseasonably warm right now, it feels like Fall really starts to get going in October. Since we’re in my favorite season, I thought I’d share some things that I love for Fall.

White Pumpkins

As I’ve said in the past, I’m a huge fan of white pumpkins. I think they lend a bit of modern elegance to any Halloween decor.

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Throws

It’s so cozy to get under a soft throw while reading a book and sipping a coffee. This is the perfect season to do so.

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Candles

To go along with the throw blanket, a beautiful and perfectly-scented candle is a must for chilly nights.

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Sweaters

I love layering in sweaters and long cardigans as the weather gets cooler. I’m a bit obsessed with gray at the moment.

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What are some of your Fall must-haves?

Images via Pinterest and West Elm