During the podcast I shared a story about traveling with my father, to Paris (click here to read the post about this trip). It’s one of my favorite memories, exploring a city for the first time with my Dad. He wasn’t walking well, having double knee replacement a few months later. It might be important to note that I am an early riser on vacation - often having explored a city for three-plus hours before my family is ready to go. On this trip, I remember exploring the city on foot and returning to the hotel with a banana crepe and coffee to start his day. We would then hire a taxi to drive us around Paris. We both remember the day I pushed him in a wheelchair to explore the many halls in the Louvre. I could write a short story about that day! I read almost a book a day on that trip, which occurred just before getting my first ipad… my suitcase weighted down with real books. ;)Read More
Last week we took a road trip to the DC area, to continue the home search. With the dogs in tow, we spent 3-4 hours a day driving through neighborhoods, scouting out necessities that let us build a version of our northern NJ life in Virginia.
We drove by/walked through almost thirty homes. I can tell you not to believe a photo. Close to the district we saw houses with no yard, some twenty feet from the street, and one near a jail. Heading into northern Virginia, we saw a home with a gas station in the backyard, and a filthy total gut (which wasn’t listed ‘as is’).Read More
I, like many… (I’m making an assumption here), have been influenced by all things “in the kitchen” over the last decade thanks to social media. Remember when Martha Stewart and Food & Wine were our everything? I used to read through magazines, ripping out pages. I have a binder with splatter marked pages - recipes collected over the years.
I’m excited to share this cookbook with you. It’s one of my favorites. The author has won - WON - a James Beard award in food photography, and has been nominated for one in general cooking.Read More
It's no secret that I'm an avid reader and enthusiast of the industry. Sadly, I hardly take advantage of living so close to NYC and all of the social events available to me. So....
A few months ago, while watching a movie with my iPad in my lap (catching up on all things social media), I read a post from a friend mentioning that Paula McLain was coming to NYC. She was publishing a new novel, and I had not been in the city in a few months, so I bought a ticket that night.Read More
It's a snowy day here in northern New Jersey. My calendar is full of meetings, or I would be curled up on the sofa with a book, or maybe watching a movie with a roaring fire in the fireplace. Instead I made this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili over lunch and will take a snowy walk before the sun sets.
I am late sharing my list of favorite books read last year, a list that is too good not share with you. I'm thrilled to have read so many wonderful books: from historical fiction to time travel, page-turning modern fiction to books set in cemeteries.Read More
Hello lovely friends,
My family put away our Christmas decorations yesterday, on St Knut's Day. A day we have been celebrating for about five years.
Our tradition was to keep the tree up until the weekend after New Years Day until a Swedish runner and her family moved in next door. She introduced me to modern Swedish traditions celebrated in her childhood home. This aspect of our friendship has shaken up the old world traditions that my family observed. A welcome shake.
Nordic is a region but the people believe in a blend of Viking customs and Christianity. For Swede's, Lagom the daily practice. For the Dane's, Hygge. Hygge is having its moment! When asked to review THE HYGGE LIFE, and flipping through the pages, I knew I wanted to read it. My lifelong passion for design and the recent discovery of cooking made this a great choice.Read More
I'm surprised to tell you that most of my magazine and book reading happens on my iPad or iPhone. Long gone are the days when I was excited to find a copy of a favorite magazine in my mailbox. I have fond memories of devouring every page of a new magazine while curled up on the sofa, or in my reading chair.
These days, I follow favorites publications on social media and receive updates in my inbox - this lets me slowly roll into the day, or taking a few minutes at the end of any day... saving a recipe or finding myself inspired by a travel story. I'm always adding to my Pinterest board.Read More
We leave in less than twenty days! I'm busy getting the house ready for guests, preparing food, gathering our trek gear, writing a list of last minute items we need to procure, and most importantly.. finding a few books to bring with me.
Searching for a great book
I climbed Kilimanjaro with a copy of The Odyssey in my pack. I didn't even open the book but... I did listen to Rob Lowe's autobiography and a few other books while spending hours on the dirt, back roads of Tanzania (reading wasn't an option).
For this trek, I am planning to load my iPhone 7 with books, a mix of audio and written. Have you read any great/must reads worth recommending?Read More
Several of the Manic Mommies are reading Anna Karenina as our 2010 classic read… you need to be committed to read this one (800+ pages)! We are using the Oprah discussion guide to facilitate the discussion.
I finished reading part 3 last week and I am really enjoying it. I’m pleasantly surprised that this novel is so interesting and keeping my interest piqued. I didn’t expect anything less but I keep hearing people start Anna but do not finish it. I can’t wait to start reading part four, I need to know what happens next!Read More