Al Fresco Dining

alfrescoEven though there’s a chill in the air and darkness falls early this time of year, it doesn’t keep us from enjoying our back deck at dinner time.  Just add a space heater and turn the overhead lights on and we’re good to go.



Getting Ready For Turkey Day

al1al4al3I’ve already started on our Thanksgiving meal.  The roasted veggies are done and so is the turkey brine.  I’m getting ready to peel potatoes, assemble stuffing and bake a pecan pie.  This will make tomorrow much more relaxing!  How’s your prep coming along?

Baking Season

bakingIt’s officially begun with a batch of peanut butter kiss cookies and a few loaves of country french bread.  Happy holidays, ya’ll!


Gardening Season

ba1It’s officially over with our first hard frost.  We’re still drying ghost peppers and next year’s garlic crop has been planted.  Just two months until it’s time to start seeds again.

Mother Daughter Weekend

Our daughter Claire met me in NYC this past weekend for a whirlwind touristy visit.  We met at LaGuardia at 7AM.  Considering we live 90 minutes from the nearest airport, you can imagine what time we had to wake up Friday morning.  At the end of the weekend we had walked a total of 17 miles and dodged the NYC marathon.  Here are some crappy cell phone photos of a few of the highlights.  I think we need to go back when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits Broadway in a year or two.


We saw the musical School of Rock on Broadway, it was better than the movie.


We went to Mood Fabrics and met their mascot Swatch. The three floors of thousands and thousands of fabric bolts was seriously overwhelming.


We visited the Museum of Modern Art.


And the 9/11 Museum.


And the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This Tiffany stained glass was probably my favorite thing on display.


Besides King Henry VIII’s armor, obviously made for him during his chubby period.