Missy’s Fresh Spinach and Tortellini Salad

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Okay.  I admit it.  The above photo certainly doesn’t look like it could possibly be Missy’s Fresh Spinach and Tortellini Salad, but rather a bowl of crumbled bacon with tortellini peeking through!  But, here’s the thing:  the completed salad had salad dressing all over it (see photo below) and you can’t see the fresh spinach […]

Genesee Country Village: Where the Past Comes Alive

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Our great country has so many hidden “jewels” and Genesee Country Village is one of them.    Officially named Genesee Country Village & Museum, it’s a historic model recreation of America’s past that comes alive in a 600-acre pastoral park-like setting. On my recent trip to western New York, my brother, Glenn, and I drove […]

Bizzy’s Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Erin’s Mocha Toffee Frosting

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As you can see by the title of this recipe, Bizzy’s Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Erin’s Coffee Mocha Frosting is a family affair!  All my brother’s children like to cook, but defer to master baker/decorator, Erin, for the finishing touches. So, one of the days that Erin was baking and decorating Erin’s Iced Sugar Cookie […]

The Virtuoso

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The Virtuoso in the photo above is an enigma.  Multi-talented and multi-faceted, she’s a star soccer player at her high school.  It’s not unusual that she saves the day.  In fact, she just did it again the other day, scoring a 15-yard field goal for her team resulting in a tie game. This is my niece, […]

42 Things in Your Child’s Closet and Drawers

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Did you know that you have at least 42 Things in Your Child’s Closet and Drawers?  I’m not talking individual pieces of clothing either!  When you stop to reflect and analyze the items you have for your child, you can easily forget the mundane things in their closets, such as hangers, and in their drawers, […]

Erin’s Iced Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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Something happened in New York while I was living my life in California.  My New York nieces and nephews grew up!  Suddenly they are no longer children but young adults in high school and college leading very active lives and pursuing many interests. This is Erin… Erin is my brother’s oldest child, now a 21-year-old […]

Chautauqua Institution: Embracing Heritage, Culture and History

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In yesterday’s post, Missy’s Two Tomato Pasta Salad, I told you about Wegmans – the Disneyland superstore of grocery stores on the East Coast.  I mentioned that whenever I go back to New York to visit my family, I always ask them to take me to their local Wegmans supermarket because there is nothing like it in […]

Missy’s Two Tomato Pasta Salad

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There is this wonderful chain of grocery store’s on the East Coast called Wegmans.  There is nothing like Wegmans in San Diego or even all of Southern California, to my knowledge.  Not even in LA or Orange County.  Maybe the closest thing would be LA’s Farmer’s Market, but that really isn’t the same by any […]

New York State of Mind

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Some folks like to get away, Take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood. But I’m takin’ a Greyhound on the Hudson River line. I’m in a New York state of mind. New York State of Mind, an iconic song written by Billy Joel in 1976, keeps running through […]

42 Things in Your Child’s Bathroom

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For the next few weeks, I’m focusing this series on children.  Last Friday was the first part of this sub-series with 42 Things in Your Child’s Bedroom and this post, 42 Things in Your Child’s Bathroom, continues the theme.  All of the “child” things-related posts that I have lined up will take us all the […]

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