Party Dresses!

November 19, 2009

Yesterday was my 200th post and what better way to celebrate than with a glimpse at some of my fave dresses for the holiday season? This weekend I am working on the decorations for my Thanksgiving/Birthday shindig and I couldn’t be more in the party spirit!!

My Thanksgiving Menu

November 11, 2009

Thought I’d share my Thanksgiving menu because I am getting so excited for Turkey day!

I linked all the recipes if you want to play along at home.  🙂

Spiced nuts

Beet- pickled deviled eggs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

String Beans with Shallots

Cranberry Relish

Chestnut, Prune and Pancetta Stuffing

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey

Cream Gravy

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla and Apple Cider Panna Cotta

Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Streusel Topping

Boy we are going to be stuffed! I promise to include pics once the day arrives. I have been a busy little crafting bee!

Parade on the fourth

July 6, 2009

sleeping octopus

It has been awhile since I attended a 4th of July parade in my hometown. My parents gave up on taking us years ago and coming from NYC, I haven’t really wanted to brave the crowds. The parking is impossible, people are squeezed in on every inch of sidewalk and lawn, and then there’s the waiting. Waiting for it to start, waiting for the never-ending throngs of fire trucks to eek slowly past and toot their deafening horns, waiting for it to end… The candy obsessed kids, the drunk adults, the cranky grandmas in their lawn chairs. I love every second of it.

I brought my niece this year to introduce her to one of my favorite childhood traditions and found myself charmed by it all over again. It celebrates all that is great about the fourth in a small town. Most of the floats are kind of half baked and the costumes thrown together, but filled with local kids in red sox tee shirts tossing candy to the crowds. The driver moves slowly because they are so preoccupied with waving hello and small talking with practically every person on the street.

This photo is from one particularly cute “underwater” themed float where the featured octopus had miraculously dozed off amidst the celebrations.