Category Archives: good times

Ghosts and goblins, mummies and monsters! Oh my!

Halloween is upon us and the kids-both big and small- are over the moon with excitement. Where I live is ground zero for Halloween fun. Every house is decorated with cobwebs, ghosts, skeletons and ghouls; fabulously carved jack-o-lanterns glow on every stoop; and the whole town has a Mayberry meets Tim Burton feel. It is […]

Learning from The Master

I learned to entertain at home from a master: my mom. Years before there was Martha Stewart, Ina Garten or The Food Network, there was Patsy Fitzgibbons creating magical meals served at beautiful tables. And, I was lucky enough to have a ringside seat. It was Mom who taught me that advance planning is key; […]

Hey, Mrs. Smith…

Yesterday a pack of 6th grade boys ran through my yard and kitchen like a bunch of puppies. Their laughter, whoops and yells echoed through the neighborhood and our house as they romped and frolicked inside and out with footballs, lacrosse sticks, nerf guns and video games. Sound like a crazy day? Nope, it was […]

Who knew?

Last Tuesday, before my cooking class arrived, I made a crudité and placed it on the kitchen table for my students/victims to nibble on while I cooked. I didn’t think anything of it. It was your basic crudité-carrots, celery, asparagus, yellow peppers and my favorite dip- a curry, yogurt, mayo mix. But, when the gang […]

A Resolution and Toast to Me…

Today is my birthday. I am midpoint in a decade. And I have to say, I don’t mind it a bit. In fact, as I pondered the gravity of turning 45 in bed last night, I realized that I kind of like it. Sure, I’d love to be ten pounds thinner and with a few […]

Eeking out just a bit more summer

Just like that, the end of summer is upon us…in fact, it is here. Labor Day has but a few hours left. But, while summer is officially over and we all must go back to the real world first thing in the morning, the fruits that define late summer still have a few weeks of […]

Gourmet Jiffy Pop

It has been non-stop fun here this week. My sister and her kids have been visiting and boy has it been a wonderful way to kick off the summer. The children have raced around the neighborhood after dinner each night playing Manhunt and Tag, the shreaks of their laughter punctuating the calm twilight hour. They […]

How to have it all: sun and fun and a yummy homemade dessert

Is it Monday already? Oops! It’s Tuesday! How did that happen-oh yeah, the spectacular Memorial Day weekend we just had, that’s how. And, in my little corner of the world, this past three-day weekend was truly spectacular, both in terms of weather and events. It was too fun by half and boy, as my alarm […]

BBQ as homework

This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always get to this part of the year and think, “golly, that went fast!” The school year is almost over, the pools are opening again, the weather is warm and everyone is itching to welcome summer with gusto. So, the […]

Meat on its’ bones…

What a beautiful weekend we have had here in the New York area! And, our weekend was even better because Debby Leggat is in town and boy, does a visit from Debby Dearest make this whole household happy. “Who is this wonder visitor?” you ask. Debby is a fabulous “almost-cousin” from Massachusetts. I can hear […]