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.


Getting ready to go in the oven


The finished product!


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.


The balls will naturally flatten during baking


Making them look pretty


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!




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!


Dress rehearsal



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.


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.


Otto and the Pirate Ship 🙂


Animals at the petting zoo


Checking out the animals with daddy


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.



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.



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



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


What are some of your Fall must-haves?

Images via Pinterest and West Elm