Wednesday, November 2, 2011

TNT Mystery Movie Night

I love mysteries! Do you? If you are also a fan of the genre dear readers, you may be interested in this new presentation from TNT. TNT Mystery Movie Night, 4 weeks of original movies based on best-selling novels by your favorite authors. 
-              TNT Mystery Movie Night begins with Scott Turow’s Innocent, a legal thriller starring Bill Pullman and Marcia Gay Harden on Tuesday, November 29 at 9/8c.
-              The movie showcase continues with the steamy southern mystery Ricochet starring John Corbett and Julie Benz on Wednesday, November 30 at 9/8c.
-              For more information about TNT Mystery Movie Night, go to
 But, It gets better....

I have been lucky enough to be invited to a discussion with seven leading authors as they 
discuss taking their novels from page to screen.
Thursday,Nov 17, 2011
Cocktail reception begins at 6:30 pm
followed by the author Q&A at 7:30pm and at 8:30pm, 
exclusive sneak peek of Scott Turow's Innocent!

 This all takes place at the NEW YORK TIMES CENTER,242 West 41st St NY,NY 10036
 If you are planning on attending you MUST RSVP.Please  let me know and I will give you the e-mail to RSVP so you are placed on the guest list.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


We put your names in our hat and out came....SHANA!!

Congrats! If you had fun...send me a pic of you enjoying the show.

We missed it, snow in October...who expected that???
But the worst part was trees were falling down everywhere!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Ticket Giveaway

It's that time of year again my friends.
The good people at  Sugarloaf Crafts have sent me tickets to give away
on my blogs as well as a set for me (woo hoo!) to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival taking place in
Somerset,NJ this weekend. Oct 28th, 29th and 30th 2011.

If you have never been, you have been missing out on one of the best places to pick up some
lovely holiday gifts for friends and family unlike the same old stuff they are selling at a mall near you

(or me). They will also have 4 puppet shows a day for the kids by Middle Earth Studio.
Live music by Ngu Mbandi . Lots of craft demos (our favorite part) and for my foodie friends..
lots of food vendors to enjoy! Princess loves to talk to all the artisans about whatever it is they do and how they fell in love with it. We will be there Sunday if you wish to meet us or avoid us. ;-)
Want to win a pair of tickets? Leave me a comment here, or "follow" me, or e-mail me!
You can do all three for up to 3 chances per day to win. The contest starts now and ends at 9am Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 when Princess will pick one winner's name out of her witches hat (per blog).
That gives me time to mail it to you! Good luck!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In honor of National Hunger Month, Peapod is launching a virtual food bank.For every item a customer purchases from a list of nearly 20 products, Peapod will donate that same item to local food banks in the communities it serves. Up to $5,000.00.In addition, Peapod is continuing its Kids Give Back Program, which launched in 2010. Kids Give Back is a grassroots educational initiative that teaches students about nutrition and math, while supporting their community food bank.

Items include a variety of healthy, non-perishable items such as Nature's Promise Naturals Cranberry Juice, Nature's Promise Naturals Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Nature's Promise Organics Green Beans.

The food banks in the Northeast that will benefit from the Virtual Food Drive include:

•Greater Boston Food Bank
•Rhode Island Community Food Bank
•Community Food Bank of New Jersey
•Connecticut Food Bank
•Island Harvest ( Long Island , NY )
•The Food Bank of NYC
•Food Bank for Westchester

Peapod is also excited to kick off the new school year with the continuation of its growing Kids Give Back Program. Launched in 2010, Kids Give Back is a grassroots educational initiative that teaches students about nutrition and math, while supporting their community food bank.
Peapod partners with regional fourth and fifth grade classrooms, donating up to $500 in Peapod gift cards to be used to purchase food for the students’ local food bank. Working with teachers to complement curriculum, Peapod shares nutrition and math tips that help students make the most nutritious and financially sound purchase decisions.
To date, Peapod has developed programs with classrooms in Massachusetts , Rhode Island , Connecticut and New York with plans to expand to states like New Jersey and Illinois in year two. Teachers with an interest in participating should contact

I love when companies I support, support my community in meaningful ways.Won't you help Peapod make a difference in the growing issue of hunger in our community?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Too busy weeding to blog

just take a look around for yourselves... the weeds are trying to take over the yard. I spend so much time trying to stay ahead
of them, that I have no time to blog or to visit your blogs. This makes me sad.

Remember me telling you the pumpkin was taking over?

It has some competition from my favorite winter squash of all...

Butternut Squash!!

We are actually getting some tomatoes this year...although not as many as I would like. How are your gardens doing? Have you been canning? I have been canning green beans and

shredding squash and zucchini to fill the freezer for winter goodness.

Hopefully I will have enough tomatoes to can soon. The weeds are growing after the rain we have been getting, so off I go to pull them out by their little roots!

My apologies my friends...I will be by to visit with you all soon. I promise!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The pumpkin vine that took over

Did you ever think it would be nice to grow a little pumpkin for your kids?

One vine. Just one vine. How much room could it possibly take up in the family garden?

Farmer Dad and I argue over this each and every year as the seed catalogs start arriving.

Me, "Wouldn't it be nice to have an Autumn party here for all our friends with children and

let them pick their own pumpkins?" Him, "We don't have the room for that. Pumpkins take over the whole yard!!"

Me, "You're crazy! One little vine. How much room could it take?"

Well...this year I grew a pumpkin. Because I am the one who starts most of the seeds anyway.

It grew. I tried to figure out where to put it. (Farmer Dad usually gives them away when I grow them.)He told me this year I could plant it in the space between our yard and garden and our next door neighbor's yard and garden.

Can you see it? I thought...the ground hog might destroy it being outside the garden fence and all,but it grew survived the various animals (bunnies,ground hog,raccoons etc) and it grew.Sometimes I remembered to water it and it kept growing. Now, I had in my mind that this vine would crawl slowly along the side of the garden and gently turn into the side, depositing pumpkins onto the lawn (I am not a fan of the lawn anyway) and it did. It also grew back towards the lilac tree (and up it)In fact, up is where it wants to be.Up the garden fence, and up over my tomato plants.Can you see the "mass" of green that is the "one little pumpkin vine" I planted?Little adorable pumpkins started growing.

They are so cute!! Do you think I should admit to Farmer Dad that he was (gasp!) right about the pumpkin vine taking over??

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Someone new moved in

We have a relatively small backyard in the suburbs, but we have always had a lot

of wild life we are happy to share our little corner of the Garden State with.

Last week there was a bear in our neighborhood. Yesterday we discovered someone

new moved into the cherry tree in our back yard.

Just when I thought I had outsmarted the bunnies and the chipmunks were my biggest problem this year. (the chipmunks are KILLING me right now!)

I guess we will get used to him just like we did the Opossum family,snakes,hawks,owls,woodpeckers,cardinals,doves,bugs,rabbits,bats,chipmunks,squirrels and occasional deer and wild turkey, and all the neighborhood children.

I love my wild life, but I am missing the neighbor's old cat,George who did a lovely job keeping the chipmunks under control until he passed away this spring. I guess we will get used to our little racoon as well. Do you consider such creatures pests or neighbors?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Peapod Delivers to the Beach

My good friends at Peapod Delivers are once again trying to do a little something
to aid local food banks. You know this is a subject near and dear to my heart.
Here is how you can help, go to Facebook and "like" them. For each new "like" they get from now until July 1st 2011 they will donate $1.00 to local food banks up to $5,000.00!!
If they hit 25,000 "likes" by July 1st they will donate an extra $5,000.00!!
Click on the link above or here to read the full rules and help Peapod Delivers help
our local food banks.
I know many of you are busy getting ready to head down the shore for the long holiday weekend, Peapod Delivers can help make the whole vacation season get easier.
Why waste precious time food shopping when you can have them deliver your groceries (as well as sunscreen and maybe a new magazine to read on the beach) right to your vacation house!
They deliver to the following beaches:
New Hampshire,Ma Shore (North and South),Cape Cod, Block Island,Fisher's Island,Shelter Island,Ct coast,RI coast,Hamptons to Montauk,Jersey Shore to Toms River,Fire Island to Sayville. Click here to find out if they deliver where you are or where you are going.
They will also be sending one of my lucky readers a $25.00 gift card, and all you have to do is "like" Peapod Delivers on Facebook and leave a comment here by 11:59 PM (est)June 30,2011.
I will have a drawing on July 1,2011 at 2pm to pick my winner.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Here is what we are growing

Raspberries ... Peas...onions..shallots..


Some tomatoes died...but we started more..

Princess picked out some flowers..

OK..We have a lot more growing on around here now, but I have been busy gardening

and there has been no blog time. I will try to get caught up soon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Birthday Weekend

I got a lot of work done in the garden this past week...radishes, scallions,swiss chard, and beets
all got planted.

There was time for a coffee outside while the kids played.

Reading by the fire..

We started tomatoes and green beans inside and I will have to get out and get pictures of

the asparagus, lettuce and peas all coming up nicely.What is coming up in your garden?

What do you have planned? New crops? Anything you decided not to grow this year?

Best birthday gift this year? Farmer Dad and the Princess captured the Ground Hog and

entered him in the "Ground Hog Protection Plan". I beg for him to set the trap every year,

and then feel terribly guilty when the little thing is caught and squeaking in the have a heart.

I am sorry I can not post a pic of the capture, the very nature of the relocation plan demands

the utmost privacy. ;-)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Planting onions in the Garden State

It was a lovely Spring day here in our little corner of the Garden State on Sunday.
My Princess and I planted the onions and shallots right in front of the peas.

I actually only did the first row, and then she took over. She measured and

planted them all.

Doesn't she look proud? If you could see my face, you would see I was even more proud of her.

"I'm really getting the gardening spirit!" she told me when she finished.

Then she helped Farmer Dad direct sow some lettuce. It was a good day!

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday wherever you are and whatever you did!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seeds for Change Sowing Millions Project

Seeds for Change is giving away 100 million packets of their own certified organic seeds

to inspire people and organizations just like you to do impactful things in their communities through organic gardening!! Simply follow this link and sign up to receive your free seeds

(there is shipping and handling) and for every packet ordered they will donate a packet

to the American Horticultural Society. I ordered mine, and I encourage you all to do the same.

The Sowing Millions Project gives us all yet another chance to "put our money where our mouth is".

;-) It is raining here in our corner of the Garden State today, the daffodils are up and the hyacinths

are too. I can't work outside, but I can start some seeds and dream about all the delicious and nutritious organic veg we will be eating in the summer. What are you doing today?

Friday, March 25, 2011


Does it feel like Spring to you? Here in our little corner of the Garden State you can feel it in the air.
The trees are budding up.

The bulbs are coming up all over the place.

The Ground Hog has made an appearance.

And yes...
we got a bit more snow....

It's ok, we brought a few branches inside after pruning the plum trees this past weekend

and so even with some snow on the's Spring here.
I hope you are feeling it too!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Luck of the Irish

Spring is just around the corner... Farmer Dad was talking about taking out our cedar trees. I'm hoping he won't.
Princess loves picking out what kind of flowers to plant in her first pair
or rain boots. You can hardly see the frogs anymore. :-(

Farmer Dad moved my Grandfather's old water fountain where the
little cherry tree was (it did not make it through the winter).
We are planning on getting a solar pump for it.
We all spent the last two afternoons raking and weeding the yard.
Princess and I picked up some flowers and seed potatoes and asparagus
and peas. We also got a replacement cherry tree.
Normally I would have planted my peas today, but I didn't have any.
That is why we have Saturdays. ;-)
Happy Spring...Happy Planting!!
May the Luck of the Irish be with you all!!

Spring is just around the corner...