Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's about Time

It's about time we got away for a few days.

Next week I will tell you all about our trip to the vineyards last weekend.  For now, you can admire these Cabernet Franc that we were lucky to see still on the vines!

You can shop till you drop all weekend.  Just keep in mind that orders placed now through Sunday, 31 October will ship after 1 November.

And be sure to enter this giveaway if you haven't already.   

Winner will be announced on Monday!  Talk to you then.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pink October Giveaway!

As promised, it's time for a Pink October Giveaway!  One lucky winner will get this Think Pink Bracelet - Pink and White Pearls, Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Bracelet (retail value $45).

To enter the giveaway:

1. Check out our Charity/Cancer awareness items here and here, and let us know what other awareness colors/causes you'd like to see.

2. Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address right in the comments section, so that I have a way to get in touch with you.

I will pick a winner at random.  The giveaway will be open until October 31; the winner will be announced on November 1, 2010. One entry per person please.  It is open to all readers.  Good luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cupcake Giveaway Winner!

The winner is...

Stacy!  Here are the cupcake flavors:

Congratulations to Stacy - I will be in touch to get your address.

Thanks to everyone for playing!  Another giveaway is right around the corner, so check back soon!  I'll give you a little hint: it will be pink for Pink October.  In the mean time, check out our Charity/Cancer awareness items here and here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's All Fun and Games...

... until Momma's computer mouse no longer works.

And then Papa gives her his mouse.

But I break that mouse too - just like this:


Now Momma says she beat me at my own game by getting a wireless mouse.  I am not very computer-savvy, but how is it possible?  There's gotta be a cord somewhere...  Hmm...


Monday, October 18, 2010

What Kind of an Unpacker are You?

a)  I unpack as soon as I get home from a trip.
b)  I wait and postpone it.  Then I wait some more.  And then I wait some more.  And then I finally unpack.
c)  I unpack... never.
d)  Both b) and c).

I am back from my trip!  We ate, laughed, shopped, ate more, and I came back fat.  It was great. 

I have not yet unpacked.  I am definitely a d).  What about you?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I am going home to visit mom, dad and sister!  I can hardly wait.

I finally get to meet this little fella.  He is not even that little anymore.

Shop remains open while I am away; however, orders placed while I am away will ship on Monday, 18 October.

Don't forget to enter this giveaway if you haven't already!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Edibles - Pumpkin Soup

I first made this delicious soup while taking a cooking class in Europe last year.  It took me nearly a year to make it again! What a perfect soup for the fall season.  I found the perfect little pumpkin at the grocery store; Ruby checked it out and gave it the OK, and I got to work!

Servings: 4+

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion
2 celery stalks
1 small leek
1 small pumpkin (around 1 lb)
1 tablespoon flour
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup orange juice
1 cup heavy cream (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds 

Peel and chop the onion, celery and leek and saute briefly in butter.  Add the pumpkin (peeled and cut into small cubes) and continue cooking for several minutes.  Sprinkle with flour and add orange juice and vegetable stock.  Season with salt and pepper and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Puree the soup with a blender or mixer.  Pass through a strainer if desired.

Add heavy cream and heat through. (I skip the heavy cream - the soup is plenty rich without it!)

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds before serving.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Perfect Autumn Sunday

This Sunday we ventured out to the Upper West Side.  We had brunch at Nice Matin (where they serve my favorite Eggs Benedict ever!) and then headed to Riverside Park.  There we enjoyed a quiet walk and spotted this dog getting a tan.

Then we made our way back to Midtown. I noticed a carousel at Bryant Park! I am sure it has always been there, but I just noticed it for the first time that day. I LOVE carousels and Ferris wheels. Guess who rode it!  Husband and I both did!

It was a perfect Sunday in the city.  Then I ruined French Onion soup by dropping the plastic container filled with it on the kitchen floor. It went everywhere, and our house and cat will smell like onions forever.

What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cupcake Giveaway!

Not really.

The cupcakes are long gone!  *Don't sue me for false advertisement please.* But you can win this lovely Jade and Red Jasper Necklace with a Jasper Pendant and Sterling Silver Accents (retail price $50):

All you have to do is guess the flavors of these delicious cupcakes from Buttercup Bakery!  The person who guesses the most flavors correctly first will win the necklace.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment with your guess of the four flavors.

2. Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address right in the comments section, so that I have a way to get in touch with you.

I will pick a winner at random.  The giveaway will be open for two weeks; the winner will be announced on October 22, 2010. One entry per person please.  It is open to all readers.  Good luck!

P.S.  It was Ruby.  It wasn't me.  Ruby ate some of that yellow cupcake!  I caught her red-handed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Octopus Down!

Remember my octopus?

Now he is bleeding. (Did you know octopuses have white blood?)

He's got a sucking chest wound (and I think I caused it). Nooooooooooo!!!