yesterday at the beach

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Yesterday I was fulfilling my roll as The Desperate Housewife of Rockaway Beach. I was doing laundry, cleaning and I needed to go food shopping. I stepped outside to check on Baby Biff Ball and Obama when I realized how beautiful it was outside! I dropped everything and made a bee-line for the beach. Here are photos from my day.

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Shoes on beach don’t happen to often.

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This seems like the work of Whit or Keone?

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I brought back a treat for the cats! They liked playing with it (Cookie and Lefty especially) but no one wanted to eat it.

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Seaweed thing.

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I thought this guy may still be alive so I threw him back it the Atlantic.

I’m blessed to live so close to the ocean, I need to make a point to get out a few times a week and enjoy the winter beach season.

Nature Walk Feature – location, Rockaway, Queens. I’ll post everything from a beach critter I find on the sand to the tomatoes growing in my backyard. “The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” — Natalie Angier

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Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

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This was my first try at homemade icing. I don’t have much baking experience and so this was an attempt to gain some. It was so easy and guess what… it tasted like real frosting! I want to try different flavors next time and add nuts or strawberries. I found this recipe on delish.com. My only tip is to make sure the frosting is at room temperate before using. I’m sure all the bakers out there are laughing – you would think this is intuitive but I made the frosting the night before and put it in the fridge. I realized I would have to wait a few hours for it to soften before I iced the cupcakes, oops!

Cream Cheese Frosting

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar (I used 2 cups and it was still very sweet, next time I would reduce even more)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and butter, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed, until completely smooth. Add vanilla and beat to incorporate.
  2. Turn off mixer and sift in confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time; beat on low speed to start, then increase speed to medium to incorporate each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue adding sugar and mixing until frosting is completely smooth.

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Melissa’s Sweet and Tangy Homemade Dressing

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My friend Melissa brought over homemade dressing the other night and wow, it was delicious. Not only is Melissa a creative talent (she’s a jewelry designer) she is an excellent cook.

Making dressing in advance means less mess. Prepare it for the week and your not bringing out the oil, vinegar, and spices every day.

The dressing is sweet, tart, and rich – but not overpowering. I used it on salad. The dressing would also work very well over roasted chicken or sautéed veggies – yummers! Give it a shot and get creative. I want to experiment with Melissa’s dressing and maybe add chopped olives and finely diced onion. Here’s the recipe…

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients: 
2 large cloves of garlic
2 teaspoon of dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
1 cup of  2-3 acids – white vinegar, red vinegar, lemon
Olive oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients and then whisk in 2 cups olive oil

 

 

 

 

 

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Grams of the Week – Dec 27

Here’s a recap of the best instagrams of last week. If you want the day to day follow me here!

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Days before Christmas my favorite holiday, Gothamist wrote about the community cats I take care of, what a gift! Read it here and please spread the word about talking care of ferals and strays these cold winter months.

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Matt and I both got very sick  before Christmas, I haven’t been that sick in years, some kind of upper respiratory infection I think. It wasn’t easy cooking on Christmas eve but my sister and I pulled it off yet again. I couldn’t touch any food that was already cooked so I did all the prep work, breading, etc. The highlight by far this year were the stuffed clams and the lobster tails which were cooked on the barbecue, I know, impressive right!

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Now I’m almost 100% better from my illness and enjoying this week – so relaxing to be at home post Christmas. I’ve been cleaning out the basement which really needs it. I’ve also been thinking about my resolutions for 2017.

 

 

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