Take Their Knitting Needles Away

I’ve been short on time this week and am super short on time today as we are heading up to Peekskill and Cold Spring, NY to check out a house and drive around, so I am relying on Craftster to give me what I need to get you your weekly dose of funny, weird, and interesting finds!


That is a crocheted salad hat.  Yes, a salad hat.  You wear what you eat??? [groan]

This next one was listed under the title, “Awesome new tiny shirt!” … um, she can’t be serious, can she?  Did she run out of yarn?  Is the shirt for someone else?  I don’t get it … apparently, neither does she. [Sorry!]


I thought I had seen it all, but onesies with the faces of the cast of Law & Order SVU stitched into them?!?!?  You are under arrest.  [Although I must admit that the embroidery work is pretty good.]


And now I will leave you with this weird “How To” instructional guide find.  “How to Know What to Carry in Your Purse“.  Seriously, if you need a ‘how to’ guide for this, you don’t deserve a purse.

Catch you Monday!!! XO

fashion spotlights

Spotlight: Anna Butler of Custom Made

In 2004, designer Anna Butler launched Custom Made out of her love for handcrafting, accessories, and all things adorable.  Anna grew up in Oxford in the UK, where she inherited the sewing gene from her “mum and gram”.  [My mom bought me a sewing machine that sits in the back of my closet taunting me.  I’m lucky if I can stitch a button back on … and so is my mom for that matter!]  A friend of mine in London tipped me off to Anna’s goods and I raved about the Tweet Brooches and French Daisy Necklace in one of my previous posts.  Anna creates some of the most darling handcrafted items I have seen in awhile … and with a sense of humor!  Check out this awesome “Beware of the Yeti” Brooch – guys can wear this too!

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Stylish Maternity Clothes – They DO Exist

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find trendy maternity clothes [that you can afford!].  I also know that not all of us have that “I feel beautiful no matter how big my belly gets” feeling, whether people tell us we are glowing or not.  Last summer I lived in dresses and leggings with oversized tanks or babydoll tops … and not all of it was maternity wear.  Tatyanna Wright’s Haute Mama Style File for May highlights four ways to wear a black mini skirt.  [You will have to click on the link to see the other three ways to rock the mini!]   hautemamaMs. Wright also has a great blog and book coming out … check that out by clicking here.

This strapless floral maternity dress [which doubles as a beach cover-up] by Maternal America almost makes me want to be pregnant again.  There is even a matching halter tankini and, if you dare, a cute bikini. read more »

cooking life

Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Eat Well

Almost every weekend, we hop in the car and go for a drive to explore some new part of the five New York boroughs or upstate or along the Jersey Shore.  This past weekend, I couldn’t help but notice that it’s prime season for farmers’ markets.  Fresh from the farm veggies and fruits, homemade jams and sauces, colorful flats of flowers, and even a few crafts.  One of my favorite markets in upstate New York is the Saugerties Farmers Market, which opens this Saturday!


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Have Your [Cup]cake and Eat It Too

Since today is a holiday and I have things to do, I’m only going to talk about one think I like … one thing I really like.  CUPCAKES!!!!  Sweet, moist, yummy in my tummy cupcakes.  Last time I was visiting my family back in Ohio, my gramma showed up with an entire box full of cupcakes.  I think I ate one at every meal [or maybe it was one for every meal].  Thanks for all of the extra sit-ups, gramma.  Thanks alot.

Now you can have the deliciousness without all of the guilt … Organic Cupcakes [that taste anything but bland].  These delectable beauties come from cupcake yum. yum, who even have their own cupcake blog! [And they are from my home state!]

Chocolate Raspberry – Thick brownie cake w/ raspberry glaze and chocolate mousse


The Buckeye! – Dark chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter buttercream, & chocolate ganache


Cupcake yum. yum uses all natural ingredients [ie – local, organic, fair trade, etc] and none of the “bad stuff’ [ie – oils, dyes, preservatives, etc.] and has some really original flavors to choose from.  They also do cakes.  I am definitely putting them on my wedding cake list.  5 screams from Furious Shirley [out of 5, so that’s goooood]

Another popular cupcake spot is here in New York – BabyCakes NYC. They specialize in vegan and gluten free sweets and sweeten most of their products with agave nectar.  They have a blog too [apparently baking blogs are all the rage] and just put out a cookbook!  They bake cookies, cupcakes, breads, brownies, etc.  I need some [soy] milk.  Catch you tomorrow.  Happy Memorial Day.

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FYI – I’m taking Tuesday off this week.  Recouperating from a fun-filled, but oh so busy weekend!!  Will be back for Wednesday’s “I’m Hungry” posts!


Cheesus, Steak and Weiners, and Beard Crafting

I’m sure you have heard the news by now that Jesus has risen yet again … this time in a bag of Cheetos … again.  I was able to find four different Cheetos bearing what some thought to be a likeness of JC.  I also found a Chuck Norris Cheeto, a Loch Ness Monster Cheeto, an Abe Lincoln Cheeto, and then I stopped looking.  They all just look delicious to me.





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cooking life

Tips for Opening Your Own Catering Business

Are you thinking about taking your cooking skills to a new level?  Sunny Gandara of New York’s Fork and Glass shares her top 5 tips for getting started in the catering industry.  Be sure to read the profile post on Sunny too!!!

TIP #1: RESEARCH. This means everything from what permits you need, food safety certificates, and how you want your business to be formed (For instance we are an LLC which protects us as private persons against law suits).

TIP #2: Know your competition and define yourself clearly. Are you a high end caterer or a “budget” food provider? (I would never suggest the latter, by the way…) What foods or events do you specialize in? Find your niche, and be GREAT at that – not mediocre in a million different areas.

TIP #3: Don’t be afraid to outsource – a caterer can’t be everything from a florist to a baker.  You need to know your strengths and let others do what they do best. This also saves you time.

TIP #4: Don’t get into this business if you cherish your weekends and holidays – this is when you’ll be working.

TIP #5: You must love this business in order to excel in it – love food, loving throwing parties, and most of all – be great around people!!  What is going to keep you alive is repeat business, nobody wants to hire someone they are uncomfortable around.

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Spotlight: Sunny Gandara of NY’s Fork and Glass

I first met Sunny at J Records where we worked together in the International Department.  In fact, she spent nearly a decade in the music industry before realizing it was time to take a chance on her true passion – food.

Sunny is a Norwegian native and came to New York, by way of Rome, Paris, and San Francisco, 14 years ago.  She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2005 and also holds a diploma from the WSET [Wine & Spirits Education Trust], as well as several certified credentials from the Society of Wine Educators.  She currently has a totally awesome job as a mixologist and lead educator for Heavy Water [an ultra premium vodka brand from Scandinavia].  Sunny met her husband, [then Executive Sous Chef] Mark Gandara, while working the front of the house at the 3-star Scandinavian restaurant, Aquavit, in mid-town Manhattan.  How cute is that?!  Mark is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has over 10 years experience working in several high profile Manhattan restaurants [such as Union Square Cafe, Alto, and the Russian Tea Room] and with celebrity chefs from across the country.


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Summer Romance Fashion Finds

Every now and then I like to get ‘all dolled up’ for no particular reason at all – curl my hair, slip into something soft and frilly, and have a glamorous day.  Just looking at this handmade embroidery lace dress by Life is Only Illusion makes me feel pretty.  The belt is detachable and the dress can be custom made to fit your size.  $76USD.


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cooking creativity

Too Pretty To Eat … Almost

This post is all about food that looks so good you can taste it.  My mouth is watering already.

Have It Sweet Confections is a green business in California, run by a husband [French trained pastry chef] and wife team that donates 15-25% of their monthly profits to Kiva and they buy a tree from Plant a Billion Trees for every $20 spent in their store.  As if these confections themselves were not enough to die for.  Love them!



And one of my favorite sites for beautiful food is TasteSpotting, a “visual potluck” where you can register and submit delicious things like these…

Mango, Red Pepper, & Cilantro Salad

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Crunchy Brown Rice Salad w/ Dill

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And don’t miss out on SEASALTWITHFOOD, one of my favorite foodie blogs.  The photos are beautiful and the recipes are a collection of tastes from all over the world.  YUM.

Popcorn Shrimps

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

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