Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Daughter's Engagement Photos

Kaytelynd Ryan was proposed to on September 17, 2010 which was also her 24th Birthday!
Here she is with Mathew Thomas on October 24th. Just click the link below!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Products I am Hooked On

Thermal Guard for hair (good for blow drying, hot iron or curling iron) CHI
Really helps the hair not to break!!!

SMASHBOX lip gloss
pumps the lips a little, in natural looking shades, goes on smoothly yet your hair does not get all caught up in it!

my hair never felt so soft or looked so shinny before!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Countdown 2010!

Christmas Countdown 2010!: "Set as your homepage to count the number of days until Christmas 2010!"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar -

Watched Martha Stewart on Oprah and HAD to go and buy ingredients to make my own grill cheese bar.
So much for giving up cheese!:) gee, thanks Martha!!!

How to Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar -

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Apple Picking is a MUST DO Activity for Our Family Every Fall

Something happens to my soul when I step out on cool, crisp, sunny fall day knowing I am going to be with family outside and doing something fun and productive! The ride! Oh my, seeing all the early peaks of color atop the trees! I love to watch the little kids try and reach that impossibly high apple that they have their eyes and hearts set on! Something about the excitement seeing them pick out their pumpkins ... you just never know what they will pick up (small? oddly shaped? super sized?) it is so darn cute!
I get ambitious about baking an apple pie when I get home (I never did that exact day) yet each year I THINK I will:) how funny!

Here are some photos I am sharing you of Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA
What a great place to visit! Let's now forget those FUN hay rides that we wait in line for a LONG time to get on but never disappointing!
This particular year my husband was on-call but that did not stop me! I went with my son and mother. My daughter is 24 years old, newly engaged and was working this Sunday. She was greatly missed and I KNOW she would have had me laughing SO hard the entire time! Love you Kayte!!!

Me Richard (my 14 year old son) and wonderful, best friend Patricia (my loving mother).

Richard and the Orchards

Nature's PURE beauty at its best

The photo above and below reminded me Ireland or Scotland, It was stunning farm just about a few miles from where we picked apples, the great thing about going for a ride like this is taking the time to STOP and take it all in...I pulled over on the side of the road for these photos:)

 Below was a daring, typical NE Style Home with the most cute window boxes all decked out with orange pumpkins! Just LOVED it!

I don't DARE forget to mention the delicious Apple Cider Donuts that are made here and I HAD to have my mom STOP me from eating them ALL:) took some home to hubby and my dad:) Well, now I am hungry for the perfect snack! You guessed it! AN APPLE!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


  • Today is going to be a GREAT day to apple pick (and do some pear picking as well)! Can't wait to dig into the crisp apples, drink the cider and eat the donuts! YUM!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today was feeling very much like fall so it was a baking day...

CINNABONS filled the home with an incredible scent that made the chill in my bones finally feel warmer:)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The flavors of the shrimp with the linguica (and that clam juice) all play off each other. Don't forget your ground pepper and you can top with your favorite, grated cheese!cut up two shallots, saute w/a bit of EVOO, cut up linguica very tiny and add in pan, slice up peppers (I used an orange bell pepper), saute some more, now chop up 2 cloves of garlic and add them, put in shrimp and mix all around, ADD 3 Tablespoons of butter ... add clam juice AND chicken or veggie broth bring to a boil and take off heat. Cook Penne to your liking and throw it over the pasta! Y U M!

Here it is with Penne!! So yummy!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

heart healthy spaghetti with clams & corn (hint of a summer clambake Made EASY!).

First photo to the left  is BETTER as that was from the inspiration photo:) you can see mine is different! Tasted GREAT!!!!!!! A HUGE HIT!!!
I am not sure but this may have come Cooking Light Magazine or Eating Well.

You can make this a number of ways and basically use what you have and like. Start with some olive oil in a pan, saute with garlic (chopped), shallots (or a red onion or both), red or green bell pepper--add some clam juice and chicken broth before anything really browns up on ya....grate some fresh corn or use some frozen and throw that in (best if you grill your fresh corn and use that--extra yummy!), now throw in your clams (try buy FRESH, whole clams for this recipe)...I boiled whole wheat pasta and threw that in...add lemon and parsley at the end--top with your favorite grated cheese--ENJOY this easy clambake!!!

Summer-Veggie Filled Frittata

 A frittatta is not only easy to make but you can really control the calories and fat!
Use more egg whites than whole eggs, load it up with tons of good, seasonal veggies to use even less eggs

4 eggs whites, 3 eggs yellow, asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, basil, dill, yellow onion, shallot, green scallion onion, 2 types of cheeses on top baked ..sea salt. ground pepper(black), green bell pepper

Tuesday, August 17, 2010