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A Thanksgiving Narrative

There is much to be remembered of this past weekends excursion to Garrison to celebrate our third annual Thanksgiving among our friends.  But my favorite is of our excursion down the hill into the field to have our group photo taken by Jelle. There are many photgraphers among our group, professional and amateur... and thanks to the these amateur photographers, we were able to capture this adventure from all different angles.  
So the Sullivans, Midgleys, Warfields, Jung and Wagenaars– children and adults– all eagerly trekked in our nice clothes, through the tall grass and jumped, laughed and posed to document the event.













And of course, my Thanksgiving outfit: 
• Leopard jacket, from vintage store in Cold Springs
• Elizabeth and James Long black skirt, gift from Daniela
• Satin top by DarylK, Bond Street
• Necklace from Dear Fieldbinder, gift from Mark








The Manor at Garrison

This was our third thanksgiving in Garrison New York with our friends from Brooklyn.  It's really fun to share a little old American tradition with our friends, who are all  expat Brits, Dutch and German.   And even better, it's fun to share the kitchen with them.  Everyone seems to be a cook in some way or another. And some really different dishes get thrown in from the customary Thanksgiving meal, to create a more worldly thanksgiving feast.  There was red cabbage from German, Brussel sprouts from the Dutch, Devil on Horseback and Cauliflower Cheese from the Brits, and of course Turkey, roasted carrots and cranberry from the Americans.  The desert didn't miss a beat either.  We skipped the traditional Pecan and Pumkin Pie for a more gourmet set up of an Apple Strudel Pie with mystery spice and Cranberry cheesecake from the Dutch lady, and amazing chocolate soufflé from the Brit.   
We shopped, we cooked, we baked, we laughed, we photographed the event, we sat, we ate, w…

Just In: Footage from my Fall Fashion Class

Here at last, the footage from our exclusive runway show, featuring the designers modeling their own priceless designs.  All the girls sat for makeup detail, and then perfected their own personal walk as they strutted the halls of ps261... our own little runway.


I feel so blessed to have worked with these little ladies. They all hold a special place for me.  I'm hoping they will all keep in touch, and won't forget me.  I'll be back. That's for sure! see it and more here.

Pupcakes for Tiki!

Well just a week ago (has it been that long?) Tiki, our miniature dachshund turned 13! So to commemorate the occasion, I decided to have a real Birthday party for her, and invite all her friends!

So I made some pup cakes... really crazy recipe (see below), that is edible, but strange. And went and bought some kids cakes from One Girl Cookies.












Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Adapted from http://desertculinary.blogspot.com)

Cupcake Batter 1 granny smith apple, minced 1 1/2 cups wheat flour 1/4 cup rolled oats 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 large eggs 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Frosting 8 tablespoons 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 2-3 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1/2 cup shredded carrots
Preheat oven to 400
To make the cupcake batter
In a large bowl, whisk flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together yogur…

My Scary Halloween Round-up

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year.   I love dressing up, and always have. And Halloween is an excuse to really dress up and become someone or something else; an entity completely different than your self. 

Last year was hysterical; I dressed as Eddie and Victoria as Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous.  An original.   But this year Victoria had a fantastic party and everyone (almost) came dressed to the Nines.  I went as a demented soldier doll.   I wore these crazy contacts that had spirals in the center.  Really mad.  And pulled out my father's jacket and hat from West Point.  Tor was the Voodoo Priestess.  Hanna came dressed as a sexy man.   Daniela, a revolutionist!  So many great costumes and loads of fun.































The Drink:  Dark and Stormy; 3 oz Ginger Beer, 2 oz Rum, 1/2 Lime, and plenty of ice.
 = TOTAL SUCCESS!!!

Featured: The Fabulous Halloween Ghost Cake!

Read all about it, on my other blog Tarts and Whiskey.

Tarts and Whiskey is a new blog I created which will contain all posts about... um well..  Tarts and Whiskey.. or Food and Drink... or Baking and Tarting...  You get the drift.  I'll let you know here when I Post there.

The Fabulous Halloween Ghost Cake!

Inspired by the Martha Stewart Ghost Cake, which looked fabluous on it's black cake stand and black candles... I took it upon myself to re-create it for my friends Halloween Party.  Unfortunately I did not have the cake stand, or the candles...but found this great plastic silver candelabra.. and thought it would give it a more personalized expression.   I also did NOT bake it from scratch.  What with doing my costume, the kids costume, a Fake Halloween Gingerbread Mansion, who has time for anything else. So Betty came to the rescue. 



I started with two simple Betty Crocker boxes... made four unfortunate layers... started icing them up with snowy white frosting...


...then added in the marshmallows followed by sugar cubs and black frosting for eyes.


And there you have it... another Martha inspired project but with real time ingredients.