Grab a Zucchini and Make this Simple Summer Side

When you come to our house for a meal this time of year, there are certain staples that are guaranteed to be part of the menu: zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Thank my green thumb husband for growing this produce literally at our fingertips in his gentlemen’s garden next to our home.  But what do you do with all that zucchini? Make this Simple Summer Side…

Evolving Traditions as My Group Grows Up

Our family has been hosting a summer pool party celebrating our twin’s birthday, well since their first birthday.  The tradition has ALWAYS included my friends and my children’s friends.  When they were younger I would cast a super wide net and invite all my friends and hope for some overlap.  Note: this gets trickier with time…

Grab Your Group and GO to the Beach/Lake/Park…when everyone else is LEAVING

As I made my way to the beach with my group the other night just after 5pm, there was a cavalcade of happy beach goers laden down with various beach accoutrements trudging in the opposite direction of my arrival tide. They were sandy and ruddy from the sun and the good cheer of a day well spent at the beach. But they were leaving. Which is why I was arriving…

Grab some Sugar and Butter and MAKE MONKEY BREAD!

Today, on my kid’s fourteenth birthday, I woke up early to treat the birthday twins and their delighted assembled friends to a Monkey Bread Breakfast (with a side of fruit to compensate for the less than healthy merits of the main dish)…

Grab Your Ingredients and MAKE this Salad

Gonna kick this post off with two words: you’re welcome.  You’re welcome for introducing you to your new go to group salad. You’re welcome for the opportunity to be the star of your next potluck show. You’re welcome for connecting ​you to a salad that is easy to make, can be made in advance and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser…

Giving (and Getting) an Experience Gift

As we navigate the season of  “who to give what”, I thought I’d chime in and give a plug for giving the gift of an experience.  I was reminded recently of how much I love giving and, in this situation, getting the “experience” gift.  Experience gifts, if done well, are the PERFECT gift.  They are thoughtful, meaningful and the ideal way to create a memory with a friend or family member.  The challenge is in pulling it off…

Cedar Lakes Estate: Grab your Group and GO!

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Cedar Lakes Estates, a rustic romantic retreat in the Hudson River Valley. I had been casting about for what had been concocted in my mind as the ideal getaway. My criteria included: under 2 hours of drive time from NYC, a freestanding unit with a beautiful view, a heady dose of nature, and a fun vibe.  Cedar Lakes Estate checked every box on my list and then some. One day, I’d love to go back with a larger group. Read on to find out why…