A sneak peek at some of the baby hats:
Summer 2014 is nearly over! Summer concerts, trips to the beach and picnics coming to a end. It was memorable spending time with my niece and nephew – making good memories.
The ladies of my Stitch & Bitch are always anxious to start a newproject that the group work on to produce items for charity. Lois came up with the idea to make baby hats for the newborns – “Hats from the Heart” will go to newborn babies at White Plains Hospital.
I used Caron Simply Soft, H hook.
1) Magic loop 12 dc
2) 2 dc in each st *
3) 2 dc st, 1dc st *
4) 2 dc st, 1 dc st, 1dc st , 2 dc st *
5) 1 dc st *
Repeat round 5 until you have 10 rounds.
6) The final round make 1 sc *
On a more serious note – my mom continues to battle Pancreatic Cancer with amazing strength. I am very proud of her. The Cancer had spread to her liver and the doctors said the chemo “may” address the liver cancer…a recent scan has proven that it did!! Liver Cancer = GONE!!! Wish they could do that with the Pancreas…some day…
White Plains, NY: PALOMBO: Pastry shop – Bakery – Gelateria – Cafe
A new store opened yesterday, 7/9/14. Located on the corner of Martine & Court St (across from 7-11).
The store space is small, clean and welcoming. There were a number of employees available to take orders and they all had smiles. I asked to meet the owners but was told they were not there. Oh well, I would have liked to meet them since it’s new.
There are a few club chairs with small tables so you can sit, sip and nibble something sweet. They also offer two trays of sugar free cookies. The coffee bar is good looking, They serve Espresso & other varieties and flavored coffee beverages. They also have boxed tea.
The counter is attractive and inviting. A counter of Gelato with a few varieties is up near the front counter. Around the side are long glass counters loaded with delicious looking baked goods.
If you’re looking for a wide variety of Italian pastries, cakes and cookies they offer a lot. Everything looks very good.
I was hoping for a full Italian bakery that would carry a line of crusty sesame covered NY Italian bread – nah, not quite. The employee pointed to a sad looking loaf…really!?
Well, I wish them well. It’s a great location.
Outdoor enclaves for lunching… one of our fav spots. The large pots are always bursting with seasonal flowers. These Petunias are gorgeous!!
Container plants are bursting with color, all over!
Makes walking downtown even more enjoyable.
I saw this neat idea and gave it a try. One egg is about all this green pepper ring could hold. I trimmed the over spill and added a dash of salt & pepper. It came out fine.
Tip: griddle must be hot or the egg will run out. Once the egg is in the pan reduce the heat to very low and let the egg cook.
June 1st…Roses always bloom in June, in New York. These are small but beautiful – and what a great color!
It’s Spring and I’m loving using multiple colors!!! Working on a handbag inspired by Lucy @ http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-bag.html…I used acrylic yarn. I usually make my Spring/Summer bags and totes out of cotton. So, I’m in search of a good supply of cotton yarn…0n sale of course!
This makes good use of scraps. A handbag is a necessity, for me!! Now, to sew on the handles! I will also be line the inside of this bag with cotton/ muslin. This bag measures 24″ x 14″ :)
I used some of the leftover yarn, I made this soft cover for my Kindle.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mom’s!!!
No Cancer or illness can steal the love I have for my mom.
I’m sorry it is not a “Happy” Mother’s Day for her. Hospital visits and Chemo fatigue
fill her days.
I sent her favorite chocolate truffles along with a card that I ‘d selected weeks ago. I’d returned from an out of State visit with her and felt the urge to buy her a Mother’s Day card, earlier than most. There was no time to delay! I selected a card with words that jumped out conveying my exact sentiments of appreciation. I arrived home and reread the card. What I somehow missed in the store were the final words “Happy Birthday”!! OMG…how did I miss that!? Funny, how the brain see’s what it wants!! I managed to cover it up with a carefully glued photo I had taken of us together. She loves it!!
Saturday morning May comes relief
Received and appreciated it arrived
Unwrapped, tangled and crystal clear
Sincere words of gratitude
Live fully, no delay
Cinco de Mayo should not be confused with Mexican Independence Day. That is September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is not a largely observed holiday in Mexico (with the exception of a few regions), but is much more popular in the United States. So, what is Cinco de Mayo? The short answer is that it celebrates the defeat of the French Army by Mexican soldiers at the battle of Puebla. The real answer is that Cinco de Mayo is a uniquely Mexican-American holiday. It celebrates a change in the relationship between the United States and Mexico.
The end of the Mexican-American war in 1848, not only left a strained relationship between the two countries, but left Mexico deep in debt which grew through the years of civil war. Mexico borrowed money from European countries and eventually, these countries wanted their debts repaid. England and Spain entered the scene and left just as quickly, but France took advantage of their moment and decided to invade. As it turned out, Napoleon III was determined to conquer Mexico, set a Hapsburg prince on a Mexican throne, and rule over Mexico. Some argue that from Mexico, Napoleon wanted to aid the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War. Exactly what role the French defeat at Puebla played in the U.S. Civil War is debatable, but if the French had supplied the confederacy more actively, the war could have been longer, harder and much bloodier.
When the Mexican Army defeated the first invading battalion they were greatly outnumbered and faced with a technologically superior force making the triumph all the greater; the reason it is celebrated today. Ironically, this battle did not end of conflict between Mexico and France, but was just the beginning. French forces returned a year later in larger numbers and took control of Mexico placing the puppet Maximilian in charge of Mexico. The people of Mexico resisted and once the Civil War ended in the United States, President Lincoln sent General Sheridan to supply the Mexican resistance. Many U.S. soldiers were decommissioned from the Union Army in Texas to join the Mexican Army. A battalion of U.S. soldiers marched in the victory parade in Mexico City when Maximilian was finally defeated in 1868. In honor of the aid provided by the United States, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border to join the U.S. military in the weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It is unfortunate that the real story of Cinco de Mayo remains lost to advertisers who see it as little more than an excuse to sell beer (Cinco de Mayo is now the second largest beer consuming day of the year just behind St. Patrick’s Day). It is a celebration of the long relationship between the United States and Mexico, including years of cooperation, and the hope of a future where two neighbors can set aside their differences and work together.
You will find some good recipes here: http://www.mexicanrecipes.org/
My appreciation of flowers came from my mom’s passion for plants. She even named me after a flower, Dahlia.
From very young, mom had her hands in our small garden. She wore those cutesy floral cotton garden gloves and enriched the soil with old coffee grounds and egg shells way before composting became popular. She grew the most beautiful Peonies, huge Roses, Dahlias, and Tulips. She put a lot of energy and love into it. Our yard was bursting with colors all Spring & Summer long, year after year. In Fall, I’d kneel beside helping her deadhead the Marigolds after they bloomed…the dried up flower heads would come off with the slightest touch. Every Spring we’d plant each tiny seed knowing how full and beautiful a plant each seed would become.
During this emotionally difficult time for me, as I watch my mom dying from Cancer and her “Season” is coming to a close I am sad. Yet, I can hear her saying, “This too shall pass”, “For everything there is a Season”, “Life goes on”… How very true. My heart is heavy and I am even more easily moved to tears but, I am grateful and learning to dance in the rain.
Thank you mom. Thank you God.
“For everything their is a Season”
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain”
Spring, a season of nature’s beauty, renewal and hope. It’s a reminder that life = constant change. All things grow …and come to pass.
Although I feel devastated these days, since my mom’s diagnosis of stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. I know it too will all pass. A phrase my mom has always used “this too shall pass”. Embrace the day(s) and the moment is what I remind myself throughout the day.
On this first day of Spring I have to have Faith that my mom’s end days will be peaceful. Not the pain filled hours that my mind creates and often obsesses about. :( I force myself to engage with the world (even though I feel like retreating). Life is good, God is good.
I’m blessed with a husband who provides enormous love and support during my emotional lows. I have friends who care. They know that I am likely to burst into tears at any given moment, and that’s OK. I walk around with water-filled eyes, yet I still wear eyeliner!! I just need to carry a box of Puffs tissues with me! I have received cards of support and it feels like a huge hug jumping out from the card. I am so very grateful.
As life happens, it turns out that a dear friend just lost her mom a few weeks ago. Naturally, she is grieving – “we will get through this” she said. Yes, we will, I replied.
It’s always beautiful to see blooming flowers at the NYC street markets.
During stressful times in life it’s important to continue to look for, and be thankful for daily blessings.
Life goes on…
Goodbye, farewell, literally, to God.
Witnessing the circle of life. This past Friday I found out that my mom has late stage Pancreatic Cancer – OMG!! I’ve done a lot of crying, and sighing. She is aware and says she does not want treatment. She feels it’s useless – with late stage PC, it often is. She saw her mom die of it as well, decades ago. While more is available these days, the bottom line is they can only buy time and attempt to ease symptoms. At the same time Chemo is powerful and has so many side effects that could only make her days very uncomfortable. My hope is medications could keep her as pain-free as possible. She wants to go to the beach and spend as much time by the ocean. I’m hoping.
There is nothing I have left unsaid with my mom. She knows I love her and am grateful. For the past two years, after suffering two strokes, she has battled with Aphasia. As frustrating as it is for her, she takes it with humor too. She will say something, then say “no, not that, ay carajo!” as she laughs at the words that come out of her mouth. Sadly, she was an avid reader and having lost that ability was devastating to her. She worked tirelessly trying to regain that ability. I will miss our two-hour plus phone calls. I will miss her sarcastic sense of humor and quick wit that sometimes got her in trouble with others. I developed my strong love of reading from her, and my love of flowers. We share our first name, we have similar tastes in food and she is the person I most resemble.
Praying for mom. Praying for strength, for myself, and my siblings that we will be able to do what we have to make mom as comfortable as possible.
Haven’t seen such a good snowstorm in years, like the Nor’Easter we had today. I’m enjoying every moment of Winter!
Not sure why, but our Post Office was closed – so much for conducting business! City buses appear to be running OK . And DPW has plowed since the early morning hours.
Thankfully, our local Starbucks was open!
to me: this pretty long black & white heart printed scarf from H&M. I used my $6 WRAPP app coupon, so I only paid a few dollars = extra happiness!! I do love scarves!!
I’m also doing a few random acts of kindness gifts of chocolate candy, free coupons & free cups of coffee this week. #ShowSomeLove #Valentines
‘Dump’ casserole recipes – mix and bake. So simple. It’s going to be few busy days of commuting into the city this week, so I’m preparing today! Thanks to my friend, Karna for posting the idea from the Betty Crocker site.
Naturally, this can be adapted to include whatever you like. I certainly did. I rarely use Bisquick mix, but like to keep it in the pantry for occasions like this. One could also use the gluten-free mix. You can add more cheese, if I had ricotta I would have cut back on the milk and used ricotta cheese. Some of the reviewers added ham/sausage, etc.
Veggie Casserole recipe:
1 box of frozen broccoli (cooked until thawed, but not overcooked – drain any liquid)
1/2 cup of shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of Bisquick
1 medium Onion, diced
2 medium potatoes (I microwave them just enough to cook some, 3 minutes for both) dice after cooking
1 cup Milk
1 teaspoon of Sazon mix (it’s a mixture of garlic, onion, annatto, coriander spices)
Dash of salt & pepper
Cover the dish with foil paper
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
And, for Kindness!! There was no shortage of kindness out there in the streets of NYC, & Westchester county.
During a major snafu that knocked power out to all the Metro North trains, for over two hours, during the late evening rush hour this past Thursday. Folks were rightfully upset with the long unexplained delay and inconvenience. People just wanted to get home! The Metro serves residents living in the city suburbs who come and go to work/shop etc. of NYC every day. Fortunately, there are a few transportation options available, albeit a long ride home.
So, I would like to thank the bus driver, of an Express bus line who reached into his pockets to offer us change (for the fare) – since we only had small bills, and of course, they don’t accept bills! He also dug into his pocket as we exited the bus to offer us his Metro cards – he overheard us discussing what bus we would take to get home. Kudos to this awesome man!!
I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness of a bunch of skeins of yarn for my Stitch & Bitch group charity projects. Yay…yarn!!
I will find ways to PIF = Pay It Forward
What’s on my hook this week are two more Laps-ghans (from our Valentine’s Day project).
Loving using size K – I can whip things up a lot faster with this large crochet hook.
Nothing beats the Winter weather like homemade soup along with what I coined “Sunshine” biscuits - they put a smile on everyone’s face :)
I used a can of the Pillsbury Grands biscuits. One can contain 8 large biscuits, take 7 and slice each in half – place the one in the center of a lightly greased skillet. I used a 11″ cast iron skillet, or, in any large baking pan/sheet. Assemble each half around the pan, going in the same direction. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 -17 minutes.
I love using the Crock Pot for soup. This is my Chicken & Veggie Soup recipe:
6 cups of water
1 can diced tomatoes (with the juice)
1/2 Green/Red pepper – diced
1/2 large onion
2 stalks of diced celery
2 Large Carrots – sliced
3 Whole Bay leaves
2 t of Garlic powder
1 t Salt
A generous pinch of Black Pepper
A pinch of red Hot Pepper flakes – if desired
5 oz of Tomato paste – OR, 1 packet of Sazon spice will give it some color
Cook on any temp on your slow cooker. During the last hour of cooking, add these:
One 16 0z can of Garbanzo beans (or, you may use White Beans instead)
1/2 c Uncooked Pasta, I used elbow shaped pasta
2 T of uncooked White/Brown rice
1 1/2 c of cooked shredded chicken. I used a chicken breast – leave out if you prefer Veggie soup.
On the eve of a New Year. I’m looking forward to 2014 & hoping it brings you the best of health & prosperity!!
I will continue to embrace opportunities to do Random Acts of Kindness – no act too small. There are many ways to be a blessing to others and to spread kindness that doesn’t cost very much. Sometimes those opportunities come in fleeting moments that can pass quickly.