On Christmas day we stayed indoors for the most part because that warm spell was broken by the coldest snap ever! Our friends invited us to their house for a little dinner, and because Lea and Mia’s mom is from Germany we felt a little bit of German Christmas in the air. The exception of course was the ‘Simon’ game under the tree – that was a piece of my own past!
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Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged candles, cheese wheel, children, christmas tree, fondue, games, German Christmas, holidays, kids, parenting, simon game on December 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Parenting, Travel, tagged bakery, baking, Boston, desserts, Flour Bakery, Massachusetts, muffins, scones, South Boston, sweet things, travel, yummy food on December 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Cooking, Crafting, Uncategorized, tagged American artist, Betty Stoukides, Boston, crafting, decor, design, Efharis Alepedis, Greek artist, jewelry design, nature, neighborhood, sea urchins, shells, silk worm cocoons on December 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My dad has been unwell, and things have been stressful. I had to leave “my littles” behind in NYC and go ahead to Boston for a few days. Coincidentally an old friend lives nearby and offered me a room to stay in. Her company and her inspiring house kept my mind off of hospital stress; offering a reprieve from it all.
Efharis Alepedis is an old friend and a phenomenal jewelry designer. Her sister Betty Alepedis-Stoukides makes gorgeous paintings and leather jewelry from Greece – where she lives fulltime. And Effy curates all these amazing things in her home in such a sunny way, I had to photograph it all. I do love her ongoing collection of jewelry by new designers… so inspiring! The cut leather necklaces and paintings on the wall are Betty’s. The sea urchins and silk worm cocoons are Effy’s favorite materials to work with. And all the other pieces labeled with pencil on the wall (and cut wood necklaces and bee/honeycomb ring on the table) are work by young designers that Effy and Betty find and enjoy. One of my all time favorites is the white china plate that she hangs in her kitchen. With perfect disks cut out of it, the resulting necklace hangs next to it.
I couldn’t help but include a shot of the streets and houses around her home… so ‘New England’ .. I felt like a kid in my old neighborhood again.
See some of Effy’s beautiful finished pieces here –
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, costumes, feast, halloween, health, holiday, kids, nutrition, preschool, princesses, Queens, school, teachers on November 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
After checking out Ezra’s march around the block I had to race to Zoe’s school to see her and her friends in their costumes, having a little feast of fruit! She inadvertently picked a book character as well … she was ‘Pinkalicious‘ for a day. And later joined her brother for the Jackson Heights Halloween Parade – to march down our main street and collect candy.
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged Brooklyn, chicken, children, food, kids, parenting, pier 5, scooting, Smorgasburg, waffles on October 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Remember we ran into Smorgasburg here and here? The Smorgasburg trend is spreading … and we are glad it is! We gorged on chicken and waffles (Uncle Anthony’s idea) – some fish and chips for the kids, steak sandwiches and shrimp spring rolls. Washed it all down with mango lemonade – yum! – and then on to more scooting. We are hoping that by showing them all this good food, they’ll crave some more and will come back again and visit.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged 84th street, best NYC pizza, children, eggplant rollatini, homemade Italian food, kids, Manhattan, Museum of Natural History NYC, parenting, pizza, Theodore Roosevelt, upper west side, vegetarian food on October 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Hamptons, Holidays, Parenting, Travel, tagged autumn, children, corn maze, donuts, fall, fun, go karts, Hamptons, Hank's, harvest, kids, parenting, pumpkin picking, spice, tomatoes, train on October 11, 2013 | 1 Comment »
I’m pretty disappointed that we couldn’t return to the Hamptons Barn (where my husband and I were married, and where we have frolicked with family and friends in past summers). We had a summer full of work, and Jewish holidays came earlier this year.. making it near impossible to get out there for tomato season (and ya know how I love my tomatoes!) We did however try like h*ll to get out there for some pumpkin picking – although this year was not as warm as Octobers of the past so we really felt like we were harvesting crops before the winter cold comes! Hank’s warm Pumpkin Spice Donuts really hit the spot when it’s cold outside.
Have a lovely weekend!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, tagged al fresco, beans, Bronx, children, cooking, figs, flavor, gardens, home life, italian food, jalapenos, kids, outdoors, parenting, peppers, vegetables., Westchester, wine, Yonkers on October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment »
If you remember a while back my brother married in Florida. His wife Tricia has a family who lives not too far from us near Yonkers, NY. They invited us to sit in their garden and eat a lunch like they do when they spend their summers in Italy: al fresco. The tomatoes were amazing – and their garden has copious amounts of little peppers that Ezra insisted on eating right off the plant (and then drinking a gallon of milk to take the burn out!) Tricia’s dad was so impressed that he wants to “keep him for a week” to help with gardening and to enjoy the vegetables; an invitation that E will never turn down! And Zoe loved eating figs right off of the tree.