Thursday, November 17, 2011

Life's Good

Time seems to have flown by. We are already a week away from Thanksgiving and soon Christmas will be here before I know it. I love Fall because we are always so busy with fun holidays and you can still be outside with a light coat and sometimes no jacket at all. The leaves turn colors and the park becomes a piece of art everywhere you look. As you can see from the photo above the kids found this very cool hollowed out log. Not only did they have a blast playing with it they each found a spot and yelled take our picture. You would think I set this great photo up but honestly all I did was push the button. 

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Halloween. We had a blast and I was utterly exhausted by the time the actual day of Halloween came along. Kerry and Faan hosted their annual Halloween party at their beautiful house in the Poconos. We decided to dress as an army troop. The kids had a blast digging through their closet for clothes and weapons for this costume. Kerry and Faan always throw a great party and my city kids just love running through their huge back yard. This year Coolidge was lucky enough to get invited to go back stage at the Phantom of the Opera. His friend's mother used to be part of the production and still goes back every year for the Halloween party. Coolidge and his friends got see the actors put on make up, they had a haunted house set up and they were able to trick and treat. Coolidge had a blast and thought it was the coolest thing. I have to say I was a little jealous I didn't get to go with him. This is one of those things that make me so happy we live in NYC. This year the kids got invited to more parties than ever. Because of this they each dressed up in about 3 different costumes. Coolidge was a Soldier, Spy, and a Safari guy. Brody was a Soldier, The Joker, and Spiderman. I didn't mind because all of the stuff was from our closet and they just loved every minute of it. Brody would dress up every day if he could. 

My favorite holiday is next. I just love Thanksgiving because it is a time when our whole family gets together drinks and eats yummy food without the pressure of giving the perfect gift. This time of year always reminds me of how blessed I am. This year we will be celebrating in Queens with my in-laws. I am very lucky to have married into such a wonderful family.

You all know how much I love to cook. I am in no way a chef but I love food and cooking. When I get  one of my food magazines in the mail it is like a 15 year old boy with his porn magazine. Ok maybe not quite, but very close. I have been posting the dinners I make on facebook. I have gotten quite a bit of a response to these photos and a friend of mine said I should really start my own blog. I never really thought anyone would really bother to read it and thought it would just be a waist of time. However, I couldn't stop thinking about it. After discussing it with Ben over and over I decided to bite the bullet and write my first entry. I am not very good about putting myself out there for others to criticize. I don't mind constructive criticism but when you are passionate about something and someone has a snarky comment towards it, I get very irritated. I told myself that I need to relax and do it for myself and if someone picks at it harshly, so be it. I love writing it and am constantly thinking of my next entry. Now my biggest challenge is to get other bloggers and those looking for a good recipe to come read it. I think sharing your recipes is one of the best things you can do for people. I named it Quest for Delish because I am constantly looking for the most delish recipe. Sometimes I find a recipe that is good but not great. Sometimes I find one that no matter what can't be beat. Those that can't be beat are usually the ones I share. I love the blog because I hope it will challenge readers to try the recipe and even make it better. So far I think I have gotten one comment of how to change the recipe. I loved that and am eager to try. So if you haven't read my new blog go and check it out and please share with others. Quest for Delish

This time of year also makes me want a house and a yard. I love to host parties but my little apartment doesn't allow for too many people at one time. And as you know once you start inviting you can't stop. I love the convenience of living in the city but there are times like this when I would happily give it all up. It starts to get cold and walking every where becomes annoying. The weather soon keeps us in because the  bitter cold is not so fun for very long. That is when I wish I had a basement of family room where the kids could act like monkeys while I am in another room. I guess no matter where you live there are pros and cons. Most of the time I feel like this city is for young rich people or rich families who have a country house they go to one weekends. hmmmm.