Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Seeing NYC on The Back of a Unicorn

We loved this little girls style and mode of transportation - why not ride your unicorn to Washington Square?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Enjoying a NYC Winter

It has been a cold, nasty winter but there are still so many fun thinsg to do all year long in New York.

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is always a classic way to enjoy a NY winter, and one of our favorites. Getting some exercise outdoors is always a great idea - see you on the ice!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Letchworth State Park

New York has so many natural gems, and one of our favorites is Letchworth State Park. Located in the Finger Lakes region near Geneseo, NY it's full of waterfalls, rivers and spectacular color in the Fall.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Growing Orchids in New York

The Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua NY is a jewel in the Finger Lakes region that not many people know about, but it's worth taking the time to discover.

The 50 acre estate is one of only two public gardens in all of the New York State Parks System. One of the really special things about the estate is the orchid collection.

The gardens are open on a seasonal basis and for special events.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Help To Find A Cure For MS


I was shocked to find out a few years ago that a woman I always called my fairy godmother because of how much she had done for me and my career was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She really showed me the real New York City by sharing her friends, sources, restaurants and the other things that make New York such a special place.

Because Babette has never been a person to sit around and feel sorry for herself she started Team Hanky Paws to help raise money to find a cure for everyone afflicted with this disease. I got this form Babette today, and I hope that you will consider helping Babette and everyone else affected by MS.

Dear All,
Only 28 days to our Walk MS, I thought I’d tell you how team HANKY PAWS (the team, not the dog) was born…hoping I’d curry favor for a donation. If you can send $5 because it’s tax time (or whatever - no need to tell me) I’d be thrilled and grateful. So, I'll trade you a story for a donation:
I never had to tell my mother, but I couldn’t keep it my father, Hal. The only time I saw him cry tears of sadness was one time before, when Doris (our mother and his wife of 56 years) died. I dreaded his reaction - what had he done wrong? What had he done to me? It was horrible.
I’ve always felt it much harder on family and friends.
Hal was desperate to do something. He’d donate to The Society, but not a man of means, I decided we'd form an MS Walk Team. We walked 2 or 3 in NY, 1 in Rye Playland (see photo: L-R Valerie- our great friend from Croton who showed up to support HANKY PAWS, Tony Brown & Hal Holland holding Hank and Ruby).
This was the last MSWalk Hal went on.He still raced up and down the hills and had a wonderful time.
He passed away the following year and I couldn't walk without him, my heart broken, for a while after that. Now I also Walk because of him. Yesterday was his birthday and someday I hope to tell him on his birthday that HANKY PAWS is out of business - that they’ve found the Cure for MS.
I’m writing as I hope those of you who have donated before will do so again - $5.00 , $10, $20 -or whatever you can. Those that never have, that this will be your year to send $5.00 or more
For a tax deductible donation, please click below:
Babette’s link

Hanky Paws Link

If you cannot help at all, consider telling someone else about HANKY PAWS by posting our links anywhere, if you can. Everyone knows someone living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Thank you so much. Hope you’re all doing and feeling very well.
I’m so grateful and I know that Hal would be, too.
With love and great thanks,
Babette, Tony, Nancy, Ibo, Hank and Ruby
TEAM HANKY PAWS

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What's Better than Apple Pie?


Today is National Pie Day, and one of my favorite pies is definitely Apple Pie. I've started collecting iron skillets, so what could be better than and iron skillet apple pie made with New York State apples? Here's a recent Lifestylist® tested recipe for one of the easiest and tastiest pies we've had in years.

It may be cold and snowy outside but today is National Pie Day! One of our favorite things to buy at the local flea markets and garage sales is iron skillets. There are so many things you can bake with them, and with a little elbow grease and some oil you can make them better than new.
The Hammocks communities are in apple country, so it only seemed appropriate that we shared this easy recipe for an apple pie baked in a cast iron skillet. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Pie
Ingredients:
4 lbs Apples - we like Empire or Granny Smith
2 refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare apples by peeling, removing core and slicing into thin wedges. Place wedges into a bowl and toss with the lemon juice.
Put your iron skillet on the cooktop over a medium heat and melt the butter, then add the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Stir until it starts to bubble, then place one of the pie crusts over the mixture.
Toss apple slices with granulated sugar, remaining cinnamon and allspice, then place in skillet and cover with remaining pie crust. Dust the top of the crust with a little cinnamon and sugar, then place in oven and bake for an hour or so or until the crust is golden brown and the mixture is bubbling at the edges.
Remove from oven and let cool - enjoy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Local Dining in Rochester

It's so good to be back in Rochester - it's beginning to feel like my home away from home. I'm so fortunate to have access to a furnished apartment at The Hammocks at Canandaigua - there is so much to do and see, and I love having a kitchen to try some of the local specials.

One of the first places I like to stop when I'm in town is Amiel's. If you haven't had a sub that was prepared in Rochester or Buffalo, you don't know what you are missing. Amiel's makes their own rolls and roasts their own meats, including a roast beef that is some of the best I've ever had.

My favorite? The Bernie's Favorite. I get it on their sesame roll, toasted, with all of the veggies and horseradish sauce. Bernie's has their signature roast beef and house roasted turkey which is the perfect combo.

Lucky for me I'm here for 4 days, so I'm sure there's at least one more Bernie's in my future.