Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Thanksgiving Giveaway!  The winner is:

Yvonne Thomas!

Congratulations, Yvonne! I am going to send you an e-mail and get your address so that I can send you  a pair of these beautiful Little Acorn Earrings - Mahogany Obsidian and Sterling Silver Bead Cap Earrings (retail value $25).

Everyone, please join me in congratulating Yvonne, and stay tuned - another giveaway is coming soon!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Long Weekend

What did you do over the long weekend?

We did a lot of eating. Some napping. A little shopping. Then Husband went to work.  I did too - on these awareness bracelets.  (All are available here).

And a large order of these coffee bean charms.  (Don't worry, they are not all gone - there are some left for you here.)

And now I need another long weekend to rest!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Return of Thursday Edibles!

There are going to be some changes in our household.  We are saving up for a home!  In NYC, all apartments require at least a 10% downpayment.  Ridiculously expensive apartments (i.e., condos) require a 10-20% downpayment.  Other slightly less expensive (but still ridiculously expensive nonetheless) apartments (i.e., co-ops) require a 20-50% downpayment.  What is 10% of a ridiculously expensive apartment?  That's right, a ridiculously huge downpayment!

We went through our budget to figure out what we can cut out.  Can't cut out rent, student loan payments and t he rest of the bills.  What we can cut is what's left after all the "musts" are paid.  One of such categories is food.  We've drastically reduced our eating out budget and are going to be cooking a lot more!

This brings me to the subject of this post.  When I started this blog, every Thursday I shared my favorite recipe with you.  Then, I ran out of favorites and started sharing fun new recipes I'd try once in a while.  Eventually, those posts fizzled.

Now, I am going to try a whole lot of new recipes, and you will be the first to know when I find something good!  Next week is my first such find - Marbled Stuffed Potatoes!  If you are a potato lover, you won't want to miss this!
Marbled Stuffed Potatoes from Food Network magazine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Baby in the Family

Not in our family - the in-laws' family. :)  His name is Mac.  He is so sweet.  He plays like crazy, then sleeps like crazy.  He is about three months old in these pictures!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

As promised, it's time for another giveaway - just in time for Thanksgiving!  One lucky winner will get these Little Acorn Earrings - Mahogany Obsidian and Sterling Silver Bead Cap Earrings (retail value $25).

To enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment in this post and tell us what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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 November 28, 2010; the winner will be announced on November 29. One entry per person please. It is open to all readers. Good luck! 

P.S. The entire Little Acorn collection is available here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday in the Mountains

We spent a few days in the beautiful mountains of Western NC recently.  There were lots of leaves everywhere we looked.  More pictures are coming soon!

Happy Friday!  What are your plans for the weekend?  We are taking some clothes to Good Will, trying a new restaurant, and enjoying autumn in the city!  Did I mention I love this season?

Stop back this weekend - it's time for another giveaway!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Meet Max!

Max was an itty bitty kitten, just born, when my Aunt's friend (let's call this nice friend Aunt V) found him and saved him.  Aunt V was walking home from work when she saw a box with a Mama cat and a littler of newborn kittens.  Just like that, someone abandoned the mom and the babies in the middle of the street, along with a few cans of food.  Aunt V couldn't just walk by, so she scooped them all up and brought them home to two cats and a dog of her own.

Max was nameless then.  But he and his siblings and Mama had a home (albeit temporary), and were no longer in harm's way.  Aunt V nurtured and loved and fed them until they were two months old.  Then she made flyers and distributed them all over, and got the kittens and their Mama adopted to good homes.

That's how Momma's sister got Max, and now I have a cousin!  He is naughty and bites A LOT.  I have to admit, I bit a lot when I was little, but not as much as Max.  I call him Mr. Bite!

Momma got to spend a few days with Mr. Bite, and he is a funny little thing.  The vet says he'll be a big boy when he grows up!  I too hope to meet him one day.

Thank you, Aunt V, for saving Max and his family!  We are forever grateful to you!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Joy of Crate and Barrel

If you are looking for holiday gifts, check out Crate and Barrel.  There are some seriously good deals going on right now, especially at the Outlet

The other day I purchased several Christmas gifts and a few updates for our apartment.  I referred to our own purchases as "updates" for two reasons:

1.  In our small apartment that has absolutely no room for new stuff; something has to go in place of new arrivals. 
2.  Updates mean the purchases are a need and not a want. :)

I don't typically shop at Crate and Barrel online as household items can get heavy, but now through December 22 shipping is free on select items totaling at least $100!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Life of Pi

I recently finished Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 

I will admit, it took me a month or two to get through a third of the book.  I finished the rest in a day and a half.  If you haven't read it, I won't spoil it for you. 

All I'll say is that usually I like to get to that magical moment when you can't put the book down sooner, but it was worth the wait! 

Next up is Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee (Pam's recommendation).

Read anything good lately?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wine Tour!

Recently we visited three vineyards on the beautiful Long Island.

It was a picture-perfect day, warm and sunny.  We found the tour to be fascinating and educational; most importantly, we had a grand time!  Our first stop was Clovis Point - a boutique vineyard that produced its first bottle of wine just a few years ago.  We loved everything about it - the people, the feel of the vineyard, the wine itself.  We saw some gorgeous Cabernet Franc still hanging on the vines.  For the first time, we tried a Chardonnay aged in a stainless steel container rather than an oak barrel; the difference in taste was remarkable!

To ripen the grapes in the few warm months, the staff really has to baby them, which includes covering the vines with nets to protect them from birds.

You will not find Clovis Point wines at the wine store; you can purchase them online or by joining the Wine Club.

We stopped at a local farmer's market stand.  There we saw pumpkins and pumpkin-like things and purchased the most delicious blueberry muffin!

The next stop was Macari Vineyards - a much larger winery located on hundreds of acres.  This vineyard is as close as you can get to an organic vineyard on Long Island.  While everyone has to spray the grapes to destroy fungus prevalent on the Island, Macari has a number of compost piles and grows its grapes as organically as the conditions allow.  We especially enjoyed the delectable Block E wine - a sweet dessert wine prepared in the ice wine style.

Unlike Clovis Point wines, you can find Macari-produced wines in a variety of stores.
Our third and final stop was Laurel Lake Vineyards.  Juan, one of the owners, was so personable and hospitable that we felt like we were old friends visiting his home.  You could just tell that he pours his heart and soul into his wines!  We got to go to the wine cellar and taste some wines right out of the barrels!  We also blended our own wine from three red wines, and took our custom blends home.  You can purchase Laurel Lake wines through a wine club or online.

What a fantastic day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pink October Giveaway Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Pink October Giveaway!  You came up with so many wonderful suggestions for new awareness items; we will be adding them to our collection over time.

The random number generator picked Melody (entry #24) as the winner!

Congratulations, Melody!  I will be e-mailing you to get your address.  Everyone else - stay tuned; another giveaway will be posted soon!