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Received this beautiful suncatcher as a Birthday gift, from a dear friend.

It’s hanging on my window now and makes and me smile every time I see it.

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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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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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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.

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 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!

Bursting with color!

Summer salad w Mango

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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!

My mini haul from the Sheep & Wool festival (Rhinebeck, NY)

Our mini haul

I planned for my mini haul this past weekend. Having seen the prices last year I knew much of what I wanted would not be discounted. I bought a few skeins of baby Alpaca, so very soft, a hank of Miss Bab’s Yowza (Prince) washable Merino and some Mini Mochi. I plan on making cowls for my nieces and myself.

Also bought two large size bamboo hooks (size 12 & larger!) as well as Knitter’s Pride circular knitting needles (size 7 & 10).Some homemade soaps, two handmade mugs painted  for me and hubby), fabric, buttons, and two sets of earrings, some fabric and a few of the felted animals and such filled my bag. I managed to buy my favorite thing, a handbag!! Also bought a foldable tote in Leopard print.

Had a wonderful time with some of the ladies of my Stitch & Bitch at the festival and got to see a few Ravelry friends too!

 

October in the Hudson Valley, NY

There are many wonderful things to do during the Fall months in NY and up here in Westchester county.

Me and a few friends spent the day in Cold Spring, NY this weekend. It’s a quaint town with antique shops, and mom & pop stores along the beautiful Hudson river.Wall of Ivy 10.14

The Foundry cafe serves up hot coffee. beverages, huge muffins (I highly recommend the Pumpkin walnut!). We sat out on their cafe tables, sipped hot coffee, some herbal tea as we shared that muffin – it was yum!

The town was hopping not just with locals but tourists visiting NYC, College students, etc.

A ride on the trolley took us down to the riverfront where we spent time knitting. It was a great day with friends!

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Palombo opens in downtown

 

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.

Bursts of color

Outdoor enclaves for lunching… one of our fav spots. The large pots are always bursting with seasonal flowers. These Petunias are gorgeous!!
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Container plants are bursting with color, all over!

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Makes walking downtown even more enjoyable.

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Signs of Spring

It’s always beautiful to see blooming flowers at the NYC street markets.Happy faces Pansies

During stressful times in life it’s important to continue to look for, and be thankful for daily blessings.

Life goes on…Live in RW Emerson