Grams of the Week – Oct 24

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The pumpkins are lit. We are ready for Halloween this coming weekend!


The cats have decided they like the new door trim so much, they need to scratch it. NOT GOOD. We had to resurrect the old cat tree which we were storing in the basement. It has many scratching posts. Lucky for us, the cats are using it to scratch, play and sleep – they love it actually. Here, lefty is takin a nap in one of the sleeping holes.


Every few months my hometown friends and I get together at one of our houses and have a sleepover! This month it was Regina’s time to host. She planned a paint night for us and it was a blast. Muse is located in Garden City – It’s a paint studio with a bar! Doing this activity has inspired me to get back into creating artwork. It felt great to get some paint on the canvas again.



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tomato olive salad


I’ve been making this tomato salad for a decade, at least. Gosh, that sounds like a long time doesn’t?

The weather is getting colder and my inclination is to eat cheese, bread and meat but I’m really trying to keep the veggies in the forefront this fall.  I over-bought  tomatoes last week and thought this was the perfect dish to make with them.

This salad doesn’t take much time to prepare. I like making it in advance so when I’m hungry and looking for something  to eat, it’s ready to go. Preparing in advance, helps me avoid grabbing for that bread!


Serves 3-4
2 packages grape tomatoes
1 can black olives
Romano Cheese
Italian parsley
Eed onion
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Halve the tomatoes
Cut olives in half or thirds
Dice half of one small red onion
Combine the above in a mixing bowl and add some olive oil.
Chop a bushel of parsley and add it to the mixture I like using a lot of parsley but in general use what you feel is appropriate for your taste.
add at least one tablespoon of Ramano Cheese.
lastly add your oregano, salt and pepper to taste

I like this salad best room temperature so take it out and leave it on the counter for 5-10 minutes before you’re ready to snack!


Grams of the Week – Oct. 18

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Are they grand? I told Matt using old doors he found layered with paint would not do for the entryway closet. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. Don’t you agree with me? So he built me these custom solid wood doors – the light boarder is ash which we bought at Singh Hardwood. The darker inside wood is pine. I love these doors.


Saturday we ended up having an impromptu art day.  Pictured is Naomi and Keith painting Dave’s new surfboard rack (which was also built that day). Later in the evening, the gang carved pumpkins, ate pizza and drank wine!


I picked up some veggies this weekend at Edgemere Farm. It’s only open for two more weeks so make sure you get there. But don’t fret, Heidi will be selling farm goods on Sundays at RBSC for the next month or so – just in case you can’t make it to Edgemere. Eat local!


I have Kerry to thank for this decoration – she gave me this head! Anna did her makeup and made her very scary looking, poor thing!  Her Story: Betty, a beauty school drop out had a late night in the big city and ended up as Olivia Benson’s latest SVU vic. Boo!

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Grams of the Week – Oct. 11

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We’ve made much progress the past two weeks on the house although the details seem unending. Here I’m painting our pocket doors. There are 15 panes per door. Pictured, I’m painting the trim around the panes of glass. We’ll be back at the house work this wknd so expect more on this.


Matt made delicious potatoes and eggs breakfast this week!


This is Bif Howard, knew(ish) porch resident. We are very surprised Obama tolerates him but they seem to have worked it out. Obama sleeps on one end of the porch, Bif the other. Despite Bif’s menacing look in this picture, he is the sweetest street cat I’ve ever met. He loves sitting on laps and being pet on the head.


It’s soup season and my first (one of Matt’s favorites) was lentil soup. Next I’m going to make one of my favs, beans and escarole.


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