Dollar Tree – Grand Opening

Finally, White Plains gets a Dollar Tree store today!!
I had high expectations since every DT I’ve ever been too (out of NY) is a large well stocked and varied discount store. So, I was excited & anxious to see what ‘freebies’ might be offered to the first guests.

Well, the grand opening was delayed 2 hours as they waited for the “money man”…really people!? Ugh. Meantime, a dozen or so customers waited outside. Finally, the guy arrives, loads the cash registers. The employees gather outside for the obligatory group shot. Doors open!!

Inside is clean, stocked well but wait, it’s not a very large store!!😦  Why didn’t they use the entire existing space that the previous retail store had!? YGBK (you gotta be kidding). It looks like they’re using it for inventory – how bizarre! Oh, no freebies or coupons for the guests! *Sigh* Wow, no ‘whoop di-do’ here!

So, it’s not a large store. They have the usual dedicated aisles for cards, helium balloons & gift wrap, toys, stationary items, spices/food items, a large frozen food area, bath and cleansers, etc. Some sections are smaller than others. I was expecting a larger area for decorations/holiday stuff. I hope the seasonal section of supplies expands. It makes changing it up for the holidays easy on the pocket. I found this cute RW&B scarf for the upcoming USA holidays. #score I also picked up some cleaning supplies. Compared to other local ‘discount’ stores this is the best place for cleaning supplies – some other places charge over $3 for the same cleanser. So, that’s all, for now.
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‘Canoes’ on the menu…

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I made the first (of many to come) Summer squash dishes tonight.

Thinking of my mom and how she made these with the pounds and pounds of squash the neighbors up at our Summer cottage would share with us every year. She had to get creative and these were always a hit with all of us although, the squash she used were 10″+ (not like the ‘babies’ I used).

We call them ‘canoes’.

Slice each squash/zucchini lengthwise, scoop out the center. That extra squash gets chopped up and added to the meat filling. Use any ground meat, I used Turkey, which I sautéed with green pepper, onions, garlic & Sazon seasoning – does not contain MSG – unlike other brands. Once the meat filling is done, scoop it into the ‘canoes’ and place in a baking dish coated with olive oil.
Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 25-40 minutes, you can sprinkle with your favorite cheese during the last few minutes of cooking. The squash should be fork tender and roasted.

The ‘canoes’ can also be filled with a savory rice, like the side dish (arroz con gandules) I made (above). I served with a side of cukes and plantain chips.

 

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day in heaven, mom.

Love and miss you on this first Mother’s day in heaven.

I’m glad you are at peace…

Gardenia

Can’t beat free!!

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Reaping the rewards of “sweeping” (entering sweepstakes). I won a nice freebie: Rollerball fragrance, “bombshell” from Victoria Secret.  – $18.00 value
Has a light floral fragrance = perfect for Spring.:)

Yarn on the menu…

Started the weekend off with a trip out to two NJ yarns shops with a bunch of friends. We visited, Yarn De Vous & the Lion Brand Outlet. I saved my yarn purchases for the outlet store where I’d get serious deals. I also picked up two circular knitting needles: #8, 24″ & #10, 32″…for the throws I intend on making ☺

 

 

WIP on my H hook…

Newborn size vs teeny preemie size…

Crocheting using Caron one pound yarn & Bernat for accent stripes.

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So much smaller than this newborn baby hat
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Making a dozen of these for the preemie hat project of my Stitch & Bitch.

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On my hooks…

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I laid down my knitting needles for the weekend to crochet some newborn hats for our hospital project. Using Caron One Pound yarn. A lot of Pink & Mint!!
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I’m still knitting the wash clothes …halfway done for my 30 count goal.

Knitting pretty…

I’ve made #4 out of 30 knitted washcloths. I’m adding them to my ‘TLC packs’ for my Spring donation to the women’s  shelter. Going to wrap it around a bar of soap.

I’m enjoying using Cotton (Peaches & Creme) and working with the variegated yarn, in Spring colors!!:)
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Happy Spring!! Happy Palm Sunday and the start of the Holy week.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day, 2016

In White Plains, NY

I wore one of my mom’s scarves, Green, of course. The day was a little special thinking of how much she would have enjoyed celebrating herself. As we walked to the parade I felt her presence.
The weather was perfect!

Cotton, cotton and more cotton

 

I bought these gorgeous cones (14 oz) the ‘Seabreeze’ goes beautifully with this baby blanket. The striped ‘Limeade’ will make neat wash and dish cloths.

Lily Cotton (hot green) meets Peaches & Creme cotton (Seabreeze)

I decided to make a bunch of washcloths with the leftover cotton. They’ll go into my “TLC packs” for the ladies at a local shelter… along with soap, a toothbrush, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday

Using my favorite cotton making a few dishcloths. Also  on my needles, a cotton baby blanket #GarterStitch
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Together we’ve done a lot…

 

I’ve done a lot of crocheted items: hats, scarves, cowls, lapghans, and fingerless gloves for our charity projects. Added together my Stitch & Bitch donated in excess of 200 stitched items. I am grateful as a group could offer so much.

On my #8 needles today is a sunny, lighter weight baby blanket (for a friend’s baby). I’m using Caron Simply soft for Spring & Easter.

Christmas treats

Making edible gifts and keeping it simple & healthier.
I used 1 pound of Almonds, some Cashews and Walnuts  (I also love using salted Peanuts). Use whatever you like!

Melt 2 baking bars, I used one Dark chocolate (so it would not be too sweet) & one 60%. I used the double boiler method to melt over the range.

Spread the nuts out on wax paper and coat them in melted chocolate. Allow it to set for several hours then break into chunks and wrap in cellophane bags for gifting.

 

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Mom’s Cheese Ball recipe for the holidays

My Amaryllis and Christmas cactus are in full bloom – so beautiful!!

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Being the the first Christmas since my mom died I’m having sentimental moments of sadness. Everything about the holidays remind me of mom. She had a zest for celebrating and enjoying even the simple things in life. I take after her there as well.

I go on celebrating all the great things in life and know that she is resting in peace, and my guardian angel.

In honor of my mom I’ve entered a recipe contest submitting her favorite Christmas recipe for the buffet. She made is every year!

I like that this is simple and can be made a day or two in advance of your party.

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Mom’s Cheese Ball:

1 block of cream cheese

3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

2 stalks of scallions (diced)

1 teaspoon of dried dill

2 teaspoons of dried chives

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

After one hour resting time in the refrigerator roll the cheese ball in the nuts and wrap in saran warp and frig until ready to use.

Chopped Walnuts (I used) or Pecans

Mix all of the above in a medium sized bowl, rolled into one large ball and place in the refrigerator for an hour. After an hour take it out and gently roll the ball in the nuts making sure to cover the entire cheese ball. Wrap in saran wrap and leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I serve it with pita chips/assorted crackers and sliced apples.

 

Christmas deals

I was surprised to find a nice deal at Kmart – bogo $1 on shoes. So, I got these super cute festive flats for me and a pair of loafers for my hubby. 20151129_130130.png

 

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I also bought Christmas log of fresh Pine for my tablescape and Red dinner linen – @ my favorite,  HomeGoods 💕 20151129_131116.png

National sandwich day #sandwiches

I have yet to find a place that even compares to the AMAZING sandwiches made at Royal Scarlet deli!

Their sandwiches are Lunch & Breakfast or perfect sharing sammies. It’s our all time favorite deli. It is a must go-to place in White Plains!!

A new small sandwich shop opened in downtown White Plains, NY: Jimmy John’s.
We love a good sandwich but finding a good place is not easy and when I indulge in a sandwich I want it to be thick and yummy.

Pluses: Jimmy John’s is conveniently located right off Mamaroneck Avenue, it is clean, the employees are friendly and greet you as soon as you walk. It was well staffed. The place is bright and has hyper vibe. The potato chips (sold separately) are awesome, crispy & crunchy, the Jalapeno ones were yum!

The menu board is placed too high, even for me at 5.7″. I had to look way up to read the menu. The sandwiches are cold (I did not see a hot option). Sandwiches have names like “Pepe”, “Big John”, “Vito”, etc.

Minuses: Seating is limited. They have a wall sized window that opens up to the street which feels too exposed. The sandwich station is obscured from customers view with an aluminum signage, not cool! I want to see them make my sandwich!! I may have noticed that the ham slices added to my sandwich still had the casing on it, ugh!! I would have also noticed that the sandwiches are more bread than content – don’t know why they call is gourmet! It’s not unlike most other chain sandwich shops…oh well!

Wednesday WIP

It’s Autumn and this is what is on my hook…Fingerless gloves!
Made with Malabrigo “Rios” – pure Merino Superwash

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I will make some for sale on my Etsy too.

Some days…

Solitude is just what I need… time for “being still”.

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PuraVida – Pure Life

I’m rockin my inner BOHO with my new PuraVida bracelets. PuraVida bracelets 72115
They have cool color combos and styles – check it out! Free shipping and deals http://my.puravidabracelets.com/x/PhlHwl

Bursting with color!

Summer salad w Mango

MangoesTiger Lillies

I love the color Orange! These gorgeous blooming Tiger Lillies are everywhere this time of year! I was happy to find these huge and delicious Mangoes on sale this week (at ShopRite).

I’ve added Mango to this simple Summer salad = WINNER!!

Arugula
1/2 a diced Mango
1/2 diced Avocado
Feta cheese
Handful of chopped Walnuts
Dressing of Extra virgin olive oil & Cider vinegar, salt, black pepper & dried dill

Give it a try yourself!

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