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…

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…

Grab your Group and Go to Paros

As a person who likes to grab her group and go, it should not be surprising to learn that I am a GIANT fan of the destination wedding.  The destination wedding is the ULTIMATE expression of grabbing one’s group and going.  This post is about the destination wedding we attended in Paros, Greece last summer and the amazing experience we had on the island. If you are interested in traveling to Greece, you should read this…

Last Minute Party = Grab and GO Snacks

Summer should be all about easy. Easy time with friends with easy to procure foods that are a pleasure to easily enjoy (i.e. no fork required) while conversing and connecting with friends. This gathering was all about easy…