Movie Review: The Hunger Games

 All photo credits: Murray Close Let me first say this.I’ve read the book, The Hunger Games. And I know this story back and forth. I loved the book, and VERY nervously anticipated the movie. Because nothing is worse than watching a story that you loved, one that took you days to read, being slowly destroyed in a matter of hours.Now.With that being said. . . .The Hunger Games film adaption was a surprisingly on target, bone chilling tale that had my stomach in. my. toes. within the first 15 Read more […]

Cinnamon Streusal Muffins, Baking Basics and Beyond GIVEAWAY, and Texting with Love. . . .

Nana just got an iPhone.She loves it.I love it.She has a Words with Friends Game (similar to scrabble) going on with EVERY member of my family. Except Phoebe, and as soon as Feebs gets an iPod touch, I’m sure she’ll oblige.I told her, “Mommy, I’m really busy, I don’t have a lot of time to play games, but I’ll try.”And it took me like two weeks but, now I’m in and I’m loving it.Also, she sends the funniest texts.Whenever she types, “Oh, boy!” It comes out “Ho Boy!”, which makes me chuckle every. Read more […]

Last Minute Superbowl Party Dip: Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip and The Ninja Professional Blender

It’s five o’clock in the morning.On Superbowl Sunday morning.I should be sleeping.Dreaming about what confections I might eat tonight.How many wings I might eat.How many cherry bars I’ll be able to shove down my throat.But instead. . . . .I’m practicing my Yoga breathing techniques and breathing slow and deep.Wishing I knew Karate so that I could go all Ninja crazy Kung Fu on these jokers in my house.WHO ALL wanted a Superbowl Party. WHO ALL said we NEVER have anyone over.  WHO ALL were at home Read more […]

Raw Kale Salad with Peanut Honey Dressing and a GIVEAWAY ~ Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook

Yesterday. My, oh my. Yesterday.It was a doozy.I went to a kick your hiney abdominal, legs, arms, crazy lady class at the gym. I figured out that I don’t know what a ‘plank’ is, but more importantly, I CAN’T DO ONE. I need to figure out what do when I’m in an exercise class and I discover that I have no abdominal muscles and my arms don’t work. Hint: Don’t cry.Also. . .against my better judgement, I went to Spin Class. And I spun. But, and as warned, it did feel slightly like I had a rod up my rear, Read more […]

Winter Vegetable Soup, Fishing in the City Pool and A GIVEAWAY: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook By Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge with Sandy Gluck

 Food Photography by Paulette Tavormina It’s raining catfish and dogs today.  I’m laughing hysterically to myself, even if you didn’t quite get the joke.I’m laughing because, as I sit here staring out my study window I’m . . .A.) Reminiscing about what a fun time we had this weekend watching our 3 girls play in their season opener basketball games.B.) Fondly remembering how Shelbi wrestled her a 3 pound catfish that she unhooked and grabbed with her bare hands from at our annual City Pool Read more […]

Best Slow Cooker White Chili

What I learned this past week:1. My husband knows how to River Dance. Well. And he’s not afraid to do it at his Company Christmas Party.2. I have no balls. When I tell a hairdresser to cut my hair just above my shoulders, and she cuts it just below my ears, I will emphatically proclaim I love it, because I don’t want to hurt her feelings, and then I will go home and slap myself around a bit.3. My husband thinks my new short hair is cute. . . . . .because he thinks I am cute.4. I love that guy in Read more […]

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner: Healthy Choice Top Chef Cafe Steamers

This is where I am today. In my car, on my way to my sister’s house, typing away to you because you’re such a great listener.It’s 24 hours before Thanksgiving Dinner is due on the table, and I’m stressed the mess out.I went to Walmart at midnight, Tom Thumb at 6am, and still I have no crystallized ginger. Guess what I’ll be making from scratch later on today. Hope it’s easy.My hair is scraggly, I want to get it chopped off, and Warwick got all tiffy because I prefer to get my locks cut Read more […]

My Crazy Weekend and Crazy Cuisine Potstickers, Teriyaki Chicken and Orange Chicken Giveaway!!!

On Friday we cleaned out the guest bedroom, making way for Christmas cheer and holiday guest (Nana) and cleaned up the house a bit.Saturday, we watched True Blood in bed until 9 am, watched two soccer games, and then pulled out the Christmas lights and started hanging. Don’t worry, we won’t turn them on until Thanksgiving weekend. We ate Chinese (from the freezer). And my kids loved me for it. Then after they went to bed, I made a Butterscotch Bread Pudding (coming soon) poured myself and Warwick Read more […]

The anatomy of a Christmas Card, Butternut Squash Dressing, and The Vegan Holiday Kitchen GIVEAWAY!!!

Update:  The Winner is. . ..Nerissa Maldonado 6 days ago My favorite Thanksgiving Dish is my mom’s Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread.  Yummy my taste buds are watering just thinking about it. She has given me her recipe several times over the years but mine never comes out like hers (my kids are quick to point this out to me too).Oh well! I try. Please contact me in the next 48 hours at to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -November Read more […]

Sad Clown Make-up, A Halloween Hangover, Easy Pumpkin Soup and GREEN VALLEY ORGANICS GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

  [Winner announced below]Ever just wake up and look at your face and wonder.Wonder about your face and every body else’s face, and the things they do to it?Like eyeliner. What about eyeliner?  I love it personally. I think I should wear more of it.And brown skin is nice, lovely in fact, but wonder how it would be to be white.  No, not like Caucasian.  I mean white, like snow. Like cotton. Like this bottle of Green Valley Kefir I’m pouring into my glass, and spilling it onto my desk. (We’ll Read more […]