Netflix series

“The Land of Steady Habits” (a new Netflix series) is filming in downtown White Plains, NY today. Huge trucks lined the street. “You just missed seeing Edie Falco said the Kraft service guy as I walked by. What fun!

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In the oven & on my needles!

 

Spring is in the air in NY! After a nice Sunday morning walk, it’s knitting & cooking for the rest of the day. I’m making a few meals, for the week – including roasted chicken and turkey meatloaf.

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1 lb of ground Turkey – you can make a larger loaf with more Turkey.

Add 1 medium onion, chopped

1 egg

1/2 of a Green/Red/Yellow Pepper (diced)

3 cloves of fresh garlic

1/2 t of both garlic powder & onion powder

1 t of Mustard (whichever you prefer) 1 t of Ketchup

1/2 cup of raw Oatmeal

Salt & Black Pepper

Cover in foil and bake at 350 – approx 35 -45 minutes or until done.

You cna make a sauce to cover the meatloaf using ketchup, mustard to cover the entire loaf and bake during the last 1o minutes.

My current WIP:

On my circular needles: the Red White & Blue newborn baby hats (for our hospital charity project). I had a random ball in my stash but this Red Heart Yarn batch is years old and has shorter color striping resulting in a spiral look.

 

Americana

Working with Red Heart Yarn, “Americana” self striping Red White & Blue making newborn baby hats for one of my charity projects.  Lois, a member of my Stitch & Bitch collects baby hats for the newborn babies of White Plains Hospital.  We often make hats with holiday theme colors. She came up with the brilliant idea to make these inclusivity hats as a “welcome to America” for the newborn babies. Red Heart Yarn can be found at any yarn store & places like Walmart for $2.88 a skein (in NY). One skein makes 3 hats.

I will glady accept yarn donations from anyone in the Westchester County in the NY area.

 

Women’s March in NYC

 

We boarded the Metro North train into the city, a 32 minute ride, from Westchester county. At every train stop more and more Pink Pussy Hats entered. There was a common exitement in the train and even at Grand Central Terminal, although it was packed by everyone moved along smoothly. It was easier than rush-hour. The positive energy at the March was palpable and emotional. We did not bring signs, thinking we’d get a few at the March. Instead, a nice  random guy handed us extra handmade signs he had. And, a women handed out some cool buttons. Nice!

The Batala Drumming group of NY were amazing – all female ‘badass’ drummers – they  performing along the March.= rocking the city streets!

The crowds were massive, over 400k in NYC & many more  from Marches all over the world – unreal! We were united, “we the people” all marching for civil rights, for all. Men, many families with children and, older folks converged onto 42nd street then 5th Avenue.  As a native New Yorker I’d never been a part of such a large gathering. – it was surreal. Even the weather cooperated – with temps in the 40’s.

I am grateful I was able to share this historic day standing alongside my husband.

New finds in 2017

My pretty new monthly calendar was 50% off (for waiting 2 weeks) @ Barnes & Noble.

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Love to snag a nice deal on these Tocca roller-ball fragrance. They were 50% @ Anthropologie and one regular price at my other fav, Sephora. I’ve enjoyed the ‘Cleopatra’ (foral) scent for awhile now and needed a new one. I also decided to try, and like both the ‘Stella’ (citrusy) and ‘Florence’ (woodsy). I lke them all!

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2017

Happy New Year, 2017!!

A fun time was had by everyone at the Ball-Drop in downtown White Plains, NY. Milder temps than usual made it a nice time to be outdoors. The DJ and band was fun.Confetti and fireworks followed with a ball-drop at the midnight hour. A few minutes later we had light snowflakes falling…it didn’t last but a 10 minutes but, was beautiful!

Today we had a nice dinner and enjoyed down time today.

CHRISTmas 2016

I’m thankful we were blessed to be able celebrate Christmas Eve with loved ones. We share cooking duties by each bringing their special dish. Mine is Pernil aka Roast Pork and empanadas. We always gift by having a fun White Elephant exchange.

This year me and hubby left early to attend a Candlelight Mass – always beautiful and humbling.

As we left Church and saw our Church protected by police cars – a sad reminder of all that is not well in the world.

Thankfully, it was a peaceful night. We walked home enjoying the Christmas light display around town. Beautiful.

Today, we’ve decided to spend time alone, at home. I’m preparing Christmas Dinner for us.

Merry Christmas!!

WIPS: Ear warmers

I’m still working on  a few of these neat ear warmers to gift to the Asst Managers at our Panera for Christmas. I used Stitch, Stitch Boom pattern. The Moss stitch has great texture. I used Vanna’s Choice 4 ply yarn. This one is actually a dark Brick color, the other is a Dusty Purple.

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.