Winter Fest…

is what’s happening in downtown White Plains, NY., over the next  9 days. Court Street is lined with festive shops and vendors selling Christmas trees and Greens, serving up hot cocoa, holiday gifts, jewelry, accessories, pet treats, and baked items. Christmas Carols and Santa. Bring the kids or your fur kids.

Jewel colors

I love the jewel tone color way of this beautiful soft chunky yarn (Lion Brand Yarn).

Working on a cowl…a really warm cowl using a large R hook (as thick as a pretzel rod stick). I’m making the cowl tall to be able to roll it over or hide under it during very cold weather. Stitching half double crochet stitches around and around. I’m almost finished!

Final haul…

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from the White Plains Outdoor Farmer’s Market.  It was a nice 7 months of produce and fruit every week. Not seen in this pic is the large bunch of kale and 5 bunches of Cilantro. Last year I chopped and froze enough cilantro to get us through the Winter & early Spring. I will do the same this year.

 

 

Something good…

I had to remind myself to breathe…just breathe  as I watched the elections.

I am grateful to be able to practice my hobby of Crochet. I brought out my Christmas colored yarn and stitched like crazy making these.

Something good came out of that night after all: Christmas baby hats – for a local Hospital maternity ward.

Blue Moon…

Yarn of course! I love using Socks That Rock, sock yarn for shawls…3.75 needles and I’m on my way!

I bought two hanks in ‘rare gems’ and I’m alternate using both balls using the triangle shawl pattern.

 

 

Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival 

Spent the day surrounded by fiber lovers – touching luxurious yarn (at the Dutchess county fairgrounds). The Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival draws thousands of fiber lovers, from all over. There are vendors galore, aisle after aisle of amazing yarn. I’m grateful for gorgeous sunny weather with temps in the 60’s = perfect day!

I bought more than I should but, I’m frugal with my yarn purchase, most of year anyway.😉 A few skeins, but couldn’t find the Blue Moon “Fire on the Mountain” hank which I need to finish a shawl. Well, I bought another colorway to make another. I also bought some accessories (knitting needles, crochet hook, etc.), earrings, some alpaca socks (for gifts), my annual large basket purchase & of course, a falafel.

Another amazing day surrounded by yarn!!

 

First weekend of Fall!!

 

They’re filming CBS TV show, ‘Bulls’ here in downtown White Plains, NY. A lot of extras hanging out and a fake ice cream stand.🙂

I acquired a mini stash of this beautiful yarn. Feeling blessed. I’m going to knit a cowl. Maybe fingerless with the Purple.

Eggplant parmigiano, on the menu

A friend shared her homegrown eggplant. So, parmigiano is what was cooking in my kitchen this weekend.

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 Italian tomato sauce

2, 16 oz. can of tomato puree

1.5 cup of water

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1/2 medium yellow onion, minced

1 large bayleaf

Small bunch of fresh basil (reserve some to garnish final dish)

Large pinch of dried oregano

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 t. Salt

Simmer on medium for 45-60 minutes.

Once done add 1/4 cup of Parmesean cheese to hot sauce. Add 1/4 cup of Ricotta cheese. Reserve both mozzarella & ricotta for assembling the eggplant.

Eggplant

1 sliced (med-thick) eggplant

Soak in salt water for 10 minutes, rinse off and pat dry.

Add 1 tab of Olive oil to a cast iron pan. Do in batches. Cook for 1-2 min, flipping as it browns.

Set aside eggplant

Shred mozzarella cheese

Assemble like you would lasagna layering sauce, eggplant, cheese.

Bake 30-45 minutes.

Let the entire dish sit for at least 30 minutes to soak up the sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

Scrubby Yarn…

This is the my first time using scrubby yarn. I wasn’t sure if I should knit or crochet it. I decided to crochet using a single crochet stitch with an H hook. I like the look of a circular scrubby. The yarn is obviously a bit rough to stitch but, I had no problem finding the stitches. It is %100 polyester. Cost: $3.50 a ball. The yarn comes in a variety of bright colors.  It was a toss between this ocean blue and lime. They also had a multi-colored which was pretty too.

I made pot scrubbies and a veggie/fruit scrubby. The loop for easy hanging & drying.

I like it and recommend Scrubby Yarn.

 

“Extreme Crocheting”

Calling this “extreme crocheting” with an R hook. Next to my I hook the R is huge! This Bernat blanket yarn (acrylic) is super soft and perfect for the ‘throws’ I’m making for charity.

 

 

 

 

Colorful Summer score…

As we near the end of Summer I am enjoying the bountiful fresh fruits & veggies found at our local Farmer’s Market. 20160824_130624.jpg

I tried fresh figs…ah, not as tasty as I was hoping they’d be – that’s OK.

The nectarines, peaches, tomatoes, cukes, chives, fresh garlic, kiwi, melons are amazing. The variety of fresh flowers are always beautiful!

Making a lot of large salads with all the goodies and then some. I added cheese and deli meat roll-ups making this a full meal.

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Fav beauty items…

I don’t want to waste my time and certainly not my money on lousy beauty products.

Some of these are my favorite. I’m impressed at how well they work, and are reasonably priced. All can be easily found at Target, etc.

Sally Hansen – Complete Salon Manicure “clear for take off” works better than a salon manicure. I am always using my hands & my nails can take a beating. So, the fact that this lasted  and looked good for 10 days is amazing!!! It does not peel/wear off. I have worn it plain as well as one coat, on top of OPI polish. THUMBS UP!!! Can be found for under $8.

Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel, color #170 lasted longer than I expected. The only downfall is that you need to use the acetone nail polish remover to take it off. It only requires one coat too.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lip Color – Has a nice variety of shades. This one is a dark Red, goes on smoothly and lasting. Can be found for $6 – 10.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum volumizing lip gloss – has a nice Pink color (for the Summer) but not sure about any plumping going on! Super reasonable at $6.

CoverGirl Lashblast Mascara – my go-to, best Mascara on the market. Can be found for under $8.

Rimmel EXAGGERATE waterproof eye definer – I do love my dark eyeliner! It goes on smooth, dark and lasts. Can be found for under $7.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock pf 70 – I like the smaller tubes – easy to carry in my bag.  Larger tubes can be purchased for under $14.

Yummy find…

 

In downtown,White Plains, NY… Via Veneto 26 –  “Finest Italian Restaurant in Westchester” – it certainly is! 20160816_183454.jpg

It’s one of those places I pass by several times a day and mean to try… some day. I’m glad a few friends went last night. Everything is delicious! The brick oven pizza, thin crust is the best – the “Antonella” had fresh basil,  tomato & prosciutto. They serve garlic & spices  olive oil with the bread that was out of this world yum – I poured it on my pizza! My friends also enjoyed the pasta and a chicken caesar wrap.

The restaurant is clean, friendly, good service and offers enough reasonably priced dishes. They also offer a nice Wine list.

 

In celebration…

Turning what was a painful day (the day my mom went to be with the Lord) into a day celebrating life. A day well spent at the ocean helped cleansed the sadness.

Summer, 2016

We enjoyed an outdoor concert, “Dancing Under the Stars the other evening – the temps were gorgeous, it was breezy and everything felt magical.

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We’re having our first real heatwave (expected to last a week) here in NY. Fortunately, the humidity is not bad – I could breathe!🙂

Me and hubby enjoyed shopping (mainly window shopping) today. We visited K-Mart, I was in search of beauty items (nail polish, eyeliner, etc.).  I always enjoy HomeGoods and love seeing their ever changing items. The baskets, pillows and large glass floor vases were calling me name.  I picked up some of their amazing bottles of spice and some new cloth dinner napkins.

We enjoyed an early dinner at Applebee’s and shared a full rack of ribs…mmm. There is nothing like ribs to knock me off my vegetarian mode..lol The frozen strawberry margarita was (and is always) refreshing.

 

Keeping it together, stitch by stitch…

With all the craziness going on in this world I’m grateful for my hobby of Crocheting/ Knitting …it helps keep my restless hands busy and anxious tendencies in check.

I also use some of the helpful practices given (below).

Working on a few charity projects, these prayer hearts will be sent to women who are grieving the lost of an infant (2nd and 3rd trimester).

This turquoise baby blanket is for friend’s newborn baby boy. I love working with this cheerful color.

Simple practices that help:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22085/7-simple-practices-that-will-help-you-beat-everyday-anxiety.html

Headbands for Craniosynostosis


With a lot of craziness going on in our country, and the world, I gladly turn to my hooks and needles to create inner peace.

Summertime = more colorful ☺ cotton on my hooks & needles. I’m still whipping up cute girlie headbands. I’ve added another charity cause for girls with Craniosynostosis.  One of my friends sends care packages, a few times a year that will be added to care boxes they send to families. So, I have decided to do some of these for them as well.

 

 

 

Confetti = Summer fun

Looking forward to Summer outings and working on smaller projects – easy to carry around  and in bright colors. Today, while sipping on rich iced coffee and working on a few hairbands for my 10 y/o niece – she rocks headbands! I love this cheerful  ‘confetti’ cotton yarn with single crochet stitch and a matching flower.

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Happening this weekend: Outdoor Art Festival weekend

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We lucked out with beautiful weather today (rain expected tomorrow though). A lot of people and many families came out to enjoy. I brought a small WIP with me and “crocheted in public” while listening to the folksy/jazz band play.

The art work is exquisite – paintings, handbags, jewelry, stained glass, accessories, etc. I came home with these studs. Just a small birthday gift for me as I start the month off celebrating my special day.

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Memorial Day 2016

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Grateful for and in memory of those who served and gave their lives for our freedom, in the US.

Rye Playland and the Veterans  Administration celebrated and honored all of the service members with a tremendous picnic, entertainment & air show by the Marines. Included was a free day of rides at the amusement park.
The weather was perfect, and being by the water (tye soubd) we had a lovely breeze all day.

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