Monday, June 22, 2015

Well, this is different...

My kid is at college taking his summer classes, my honey is at work.... and I'm at the park.. blogging, or, something.  I took the day off work and after going out to breakfast with my best girls this morning I have the rest of the day to pretty much do nothing.  I've been up since 5am (I told you my son is taking summer classes at college, 2 1/2 hours away by train and his first class starts at 8:30, yeah -_-) I'm not much of a napper, I was sick with pneumonia over Christmastime and even then when I was sick I didn't sleep during the day.  I was going to bake some biscuits for my buddy Apollo, but it's too hot to turn on the oven and way too nice to just sit inside.

Today feels like summer, it's warm but it's  not humid at all and there's a nice breeze.  I'm parked at the park around the corner from my house sitting under a tree.  I was hoping for a spot at a picnic table, but there seems to be some end of the year thing here with a lot of schoolkids.  Oh well.. it's still a gorgeous day out :)

I guess walking backwards is a new thing? There are two ladies walking backwards around the loop.  Odd.  I have enough trouble walking in a straight line on a good day, I'd trip over my feet going backwards HA!

Well... back to nature for me now :)  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry

I'm a no kid hungry blogger and I can't imagine how hard it is for kids who struggle with hunger.  As a single mom I've struggled and in the past when times were especially tough I've sacrificed my own meals to make sure my kid had enough.  It's really hard knowing when there's not really enough food to go around and it's really something kids shouldn't ever have to be burdened with.

The sad fact is, the summer is the hardest on kids who rely on school meals and that's why the summer meal program was first started in 1968.  Still though, it's tough for kids in rural communities to get the nutrition they need over the summer and that's one of the things No Kid Hungry is working to change.

The No Kid Hungry Chef's Cycle is coming up This weekend!! ( Nearly 50 chefs and restaurant industry professionals are riding bikes 300 miles to raise funds and awareness for No Kid Hungry. The East Coast ride takes place June 7-9 and the West Coast ride happens June 14-16.

Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry

 For nearly 30 years, chefs and restaurants have served as our most ardent supporters raising millions to help end child hunger in America. Now, they are getting on their bikes from coast to coast to raise awareness and funds for No Kid Hungry. Nearly 50 chefs and restaurant industry professionals are riding from New York City to Washington, DC and Santa Barbara to San Diego. 300 miles each! Follow them as they ride - New York City to Washington, DC June 7-9 and Santa Barbara to San Diego June 14-16. And support their efforts by making a donation today or planning your own ride where you live.

Together we can make a difference.  Donate today or start a ride of your own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

$35 for 1 year BJ's wholesale club Membership + $25 BJ's GC PLUS $10 credit

I don't normally post deals like this here, but really, this one is too good to pass up

First, sign up for Livingsocial here  Instantly get a $10 voucher on your first $20 Purchase.

Then, go here to purchase a one-year BJ's Inner Circle Membership + $25 BJ's gift card  for $35 ($75 value) But it's actually just $25 with your $10 voucher :)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ready as we'll ever be

Yesterday it was All over the news, starting at around 4am my phone beeped with a special weather alert that there was an impending blizzard.  As the day went on my phone beeped just about every hour with updated snow amounts, special warnings from the NYC Mayor, the Senator and everyone else in between.  "A Historical storm with totals this city has never seen before"  The thought makes me cringe.

Like I've said before, I've lived in New York my entire life, I've only moved in a 50 Mile radius of where I grew up and I don't like winter.. I despise it.   I hate the cold and the snow.

We did our weekend shopping Friday  night and then went back to the store yesterday for some last minute things and all I"m gonna say is we spent WAY too much money on groceries this week, the good thing is nobody needs anything else for the next few days, well... at least they'd better not.

We left this morning at 7:30 to get to work on time but the roads were fine and it started snowing around 8.  It's now 10:37am and I"m sitting here in my 4th floor office and the snow is coming down steadily.  They're calling for between 16-24" where I live and I'm not looking forward to this at all.

I'll try and update with pics here, if not check out the FB page and I"m sure there will be regular updates on this crazy storm.

Be safe out there!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Quick Artichoke Casserole

I was searching for this recipe this morning totally sure that I had posted this recipe a long, long time ago... turns out I had stuck in a recipe box long before the blog started.

I got this recipe from a coworker years ago and it's absolutely fantastic paired with some good crusty bread or as a side with pork or chicken

Quick Artichoke Casserole


1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
1 (7 ounce) can pitted black olives, Drained
1 (7 ounce) can button mushrooms, drained
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
oregano, to taste
basil, to taste

pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large, ovenproof casserole dish combine all ingredients.

Mix well.

Cover and bake for about 20 minutes.

Serve hot or cold with Hot garlic bread, pita wedges or tortilla chips.