New Adventure… We bought land in Upstate NY! And this is how we closed on it.
Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them
Escape The Room, anyone else try it?
Meet Wobbert, My Cats New Best Friend – And I’m giving away 2 to your cats!
Celebrating Thanksgiving With The Chew
Avocado Sailboats Filled With Mexican Corn Salad
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with Cream of Mushroom Soup
Mexican Cheddar Cheese Dip
I Love Labels and I Cannot Lie, Tips to Organize Documents and Taxes for a Small Business
Bofinkles and Me Are In Love… Looking for your Pet Partner?
Christmas Dreaming with a Modern Kitchen and Decorations
How to Make a Whale Tissue Box, Hello Mr. Whale!
How to Throw a Inside Out Party! Ready for JOY?
Garden Update: What’s Growing in November?
We Adopted Our Brother Bear, It’s Time For You To Get a Best Friend Too!
Ricotta, Basil, Tomato Tea Sandwiches
1 Pan, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Box Them Up, How to Turn Tomatoes Red
#WokWednesday P.F. Chang’s General Chang’s Chicken + Wok Giveaway!
Making of new Brooklyn Farm Girl Banner – lots of cats!

New Adventure… We bought land in Upstate NY! And this is how we closed on it.

I’ve been so excited to tell you…. we bought land!

Did you notice the new menu category up above called “P+M Upstate Adventure”? Well if not I’m here to tell you about it! Our new adventure we’ll be starting is the journey of starting a once in a while getaway in Upstate New York. This is somewhere we’ll escape the hustle and bustle of NY, where we can expand our garden and eventually build a small home and maybe even a pond!  We won’t be leaving NYC, this will be a place we run away to maybe 30 days out of the year,  some place to call our own for the first time.  

We’ve lived in a big city since we were 18 years old and sometimes you grow tired of all the rules and not being to do what you want.  Plus there’s the issue of space, does anyone know of 7 acres of open land we can buy in Brooklyn? Unfortunately Prospect Park won’t sell us any.  We have the garden on the rooftop and that’s  awesome (and we’ll be keeping it) but in the past years our building has gotten stricter and in reality any day they could tell us we can’t garden on the roof anymore and it would be gone.  So we set out to see if we could purchase land that we would be able to do all sorts of things with that we wouldn’t be able to in the city.   

I will be posting every step of the journey, from buying the land (below) to building to figuring out how the heck we’re going to build things and make it all work.    We will be trying to do everything ourselves, but thankfully Matthew is Mr. Handy Man!  We are first time land owners so this will be full of ups and downs. I hope you enjoy the ride and I hope if you’re visiting the page for the first time and are in the same situation you’ll find some helpful info.
I’m excited!

What we wanted:
-At least 5 acres
-A section of open meadows
-About 3 hours max drive from NYC
-In budget
-In the Catskills
-Amazing View

The dream:
A large garden full of fruits and vegetables
Fruit trees along with pine trees
A modern shipping container home with deck with full view of Catskills
A pond
A place for friends to stay when visiting
A basketball court (I can dream!)
Lots of animals (I can dream!)

I think it was in late August that we seriously started to think about buying property.  We’ve always tossed it around but not seriously because at the time we couldn’t afford it.  Plus it seemed far fetched.. we could own land? This is something that many people own all over the world but living in a city often erases that possibility from your mind.    We looked at our finances, figured out our max budget, named our wishlist, drew a map of where we’d want to settle and then started to look at endless listings of land online.   

Buying Land Upstate

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Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Create the Good for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I think it’s fitting that before Thanksgiving this is a post saying thanks and helping out others. I found out about the Birthday Gift Project from looking on the Create the Good website.  The website allows you to enter your zip code and gives you ways to give back to your Community from searching in your area, in your state or doing work from home. Honestly, I haven’t done much charity work in person.  It makes me feel like an awful person. I always look at those people who volunteer 2 times a week with such envy.  I’ve always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter but I know deep down inside I wouldn’t be strong enough. Maybe you can handle that, or maybe you’re good at talking to seniors, or maybe you’d do great at a phone bank for getting food donations, or maybe you’d be great at helping make a kid smile at a distance or providing a school a new dictionary. 

The Birthday Giving Project is designed to give kids a birthday party that their families might not be able to afford. These boxes go to children in need, including a large amount going to kids in battered women shelters. The idea is to put in the box party supplies for them to celebrate a small party as well as a little gift to make them smile. Then you wrap it up and send it to the Charity who forwards it to the kid who has a birthday soon. You will help these families by providing a small “party in a box” for a child in need and at the same time gives children with “more” the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child.

As soon as I heard about this opportunity I went out on the same day and got my box supplies ready. I mixed and matched the party supplies to try to make it as colorful and festive as possible.  A little goes a long way here and everything counts.  If you can only buy $10 worth the supplies, that’s totally amazing and you’re awesome.  If you can buy $25 worth of supplies and gifts, you’re equally amazing. 

Now time to get the birthday box together!  

I was putting together a box for a girl, aged 6-10. Colorful party supplies plus pretty cool Animal glasses.  Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them

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Escape The Room, anyone else try it?

Have you heard of Escape The Room adventures? They’re getting popular in big cities. The basis is that you get locked in a room for usually an hour (sometimes more) and you have to figure out a bunch of different puzzles for the door to unlock win the mission. The room isn’t scary at all, it’s usually Detective or Space themed. The puzzles aren’t easy and they take alot of brain power and team work. They also make you work quick. Weirdly enough it’s a good stress reliever because while you’re in the room, you think of nothing else. It’s like this escape into another dimension. It’s awesome.

This was us after our first Escape The Room experience, look at how excited we still are.  Also that camera flashed totally didn’t work with my shirt… ooops!

With the holidays coming up you might be thinking about what to get your boy. There’s video games, new gadgets, the never ending pairs of socks and the other usual items on a male’s Christmas list. But you know what I think is some of the best gifts? Experiences. For example, last year for Christmas, the last gift I opened was tickets to see Aladdin, the Broadway musical, in just a few days. It was a present where we got to get dressed up for, go to a new place, enjoy a few hours together and then chat about it after. Right now I am all about date nights. I’ve been trying to set something up for once every two weeks as it’s really easy to fall into a routine with home life. Over the past few weeks I took Matthew to Escape The Room and then a few days ago we went to see the Ghost In The Shell movie (only in theaters for 3 days) and ate at Malaysian restuarant that we never tried. Oh and then we got cake truffles from Milk Bar which always makes me think “How can something be so delicious?”.

One night when Matthew got home I gave him a piece of paper with a smile. With a raised eyebrow he opened it up.

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Meet Wobbert, My Cats New Best Friend – And I’m giving away 2 to your cats!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Friskies for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wobbert brings all the boys to the yard.. and the girls… and the yard is my house.. and Wobbert has treats in his belly.. and this isn’t exactly a Kelis song but the beginning of this post was too good for me to pass up. La la-la la la.

You guys, Wobbert.  Life is all about Wobbert right now.

Remember when Tickle Me Elmo was huge and your parents stood in line for 8 hours for you so you didn’t cry on Christmas morning? I feel like if your cats find out about Wobbert, it’s going to be like that. This is honestly one of our cats favorite toys ever. How much does Toes, FiFi Bofinkles, Goblin, Brother and Xanadu love him?  I made a video so you can see.

Here were the first impressions:
Toes – a master at food in general.  Took her only a few minutes and she was throwing it down and eating up those treats.
Bofinkles – thought she could headbutt Wobbert down but eventually she got it.  She really likes eating the ears.
Goblin – rather confused by this all, didn’t really like anyone watching him,  but gave it a try. Brother, Xanadu – they were sleepy, so they were upset that Mom was dragging them out of their bed to try Wobbert.

After first impressions though it was all love. 

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Celebrating Thanksgiving With The Chew

Thanksgiving is just a few days away… are you excited?  Are you prepared?  Do you have the menu ready to go? So many questions, I know. The holidays are fun but sometimes stressful so I hope this recipe filled Holiday post will help you with some last minute decisions.
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Avocado Sailboats Filled With Mexican Corn Salad

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Avocado, you beautiful thing.  Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s.  As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole.  Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup.  Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl.    So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties.  I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy.   So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole?  And what I could do fun with them?  Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats!  And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.

These are simple to make.  You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes.  I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table.    I hope you give these a try!

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Avocado Sailboats Filled with Mexican Corn Salad

You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats.  If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly.  Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with Cream of Mushroom Soup

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RecipeTwist #CollectiveBias

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, vegetable dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup and Broccoli Casserole with them!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  As my first year as a Vegetarian during the holidays it’s going to be a culinary adventure but that’s ok, side dishes are always my favorite.  In the past turkey has been good, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  I made this casserole with the thought of doing a in between of a mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy and even better it uses my favorite Cream of Mushroom soup and a bunch of broccoli.  Have you guys noticed my love of broccoli in recipes? I can’t help it. I see broccoli hearts in my eyes.

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Instead of using all that milk and a bunch of cheese this recipe is calling for a Family Size can of  Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup from Campbell’s®.  You probably already have a can in your pantry for other favorite Thanksgiving side dishes but did you know it makes one heck of a potato dish too?   This is one of my favorite Condensed soups to have on hand because it’s flavorful and saves me a bunch of time when I’m making multiple dishes at once.

You’ll want to slice up 2.5 pounds of potatoes. I throw these into my food processor and they’re done within a minute. I always think it’s magic.  Then you’ll want to cut up a head of broccoli.  Use the reference photo below to the left to see the size of the broccoli cut up, each piece should be small.

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Mexican Cheddar Cheese Dip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBias


You either love it or you love it.   Have you ever met a person who doesn’t love it? Once I met a person who doesn’t like pizza and I ran away from them.

Cheese dip is one of those things that I love, no matter what time of the year or where I’m at.  You’ll find cheese dips at pot lucks, friends dinner parties or fancy art openings.  No matter what the event, you’ll find me at the snacks table swimming in that cheese sauce (not literally, the bowl isn’t big enough).    

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Recently my husband asked if I could stop including cheese in some of our dinners.  I looked at him and said “What type of monster are you?”. To satisfy him I added some broccoli along with the cheese.  See, I can compromise.

With a craving for a cheesy snack during a movie night I threw this together in minutes and served it with various foods to dip.  You have your typical tortilla chips and crackers but you also have your vegetables for those wanting a fresh option.  Because nothing says delicious more than a piece of cauliflower smothered in cheese, right?

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I Love Labels and I Cannot Lie, Tips to Organize Documents and Taxes for a Small Business

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutALabelOnIt #CollectiveBias

I know, what a title.

Why’s the end of the year great? Holidays, decorations, food, family, gift giving, smiles, lots of fudge and tea.
Why’s the end of the year terrible? I’m a small business owner (outside of the blog) so that means figure out expenses, organize 1099s to freelancers we have to send out, know if I have to spend, know if I have to save and start organizing my taxes.  And add up lots and lots of receipts. And cry. And continue adding up lots more receipts.

First, let me tell you a little bit about my other business besides this sweet little Internet home.  I don’t post much about work because I worry it causes confusion with my readers.  There’s recipes, gardening and then what happens when I post a wild fashion video?  Does that confuse readers?  Do readers like that?  Can you just tell me in the comments if you’d like to see more work that I create, including behind the scenes stuff? I hope you say yes as I’d love to start posting more, but I totally understand if you aren’t into it either. 

I work with my partner Matthew in a creative team.  We direct films for fashion brands, advertising, music videos and lots of online spots.  Our work has substantially grown in the past few years with new clients, bigger budgets and lots more hands in the cookie jar.  For one of our most recent jobs there was over 50 people on set.  With that many people involved, you can only imagine all the contracts and invoices that were involved.  Thankfully we have an agent that takes care most of that, but we still have to take care of all of our own paperwork.  

I love labels, I love labeling everything.  If you look in my closet you’ll see shoe boxes are labeled.  In our freezer, all the garden veggies are labeled.  So it probably comes as no surprise then that my label writer helps me stay organized with our business too.  Because gosh.. there’s alot of paperwork that we have to file.
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Bofinkles and Me Are In Love… Looking for your Pet Partner?

This post brought to you by PetSmart Charities. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/.

Did you read my post last week about Brother Bear? I hope so. I’m back with another adoption post… this one to get you to PetSmart for National Adoption Weekend.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that me and my FiFi Bofinkles have a special relationship, some even say romantic because we kiss so much. Yeah, we really love each other.  


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Bofinkles is my babydoll and this month she will officially be with us for 6 years.  We adopted Bofinkles when she was already a senior cat at 9 years. Now she’ll be turning 15, some might call that a old lady, but Bofinkles would swat you if she ever heard you say that.  Bofinkles story is interesting. She was born in South Carolina, so she’s a Southern Belle with drama.  Ask Matthew, he can’t touch her without her biting me. But me? Oh no, I can do anything to her and she will drool happily.  We’re BFFs.

My baby Bofinkles. #iminlove

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Christmas Dreaming with a Modern Kitchen and Decorations

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Modern Christmas Decorations

I know it’s only the second week of November, but Christmas is in the air.  I went into a store yesterday and they had a life size Santa Claus dancing to a beat.  Ok first of all, I have no idea how tall Santa would be to be life size but I would imagine he’s “average”.  Also the dancing Santa was a bit creepy, especially because his eyes followed you.  But that’s besides the point.  I’m really excited for the holidays and I can’t wait to start decorating, so enter the planning phase.

I’ve given you peeks into our home here and here.  We live in a loft with 12 foot ceilings and a wide open living area.  When it’s Christmas we get a giant tree (that always is a adventure getting it out of here) and decorate our hearts out.  We love color, we love kitsch but we also love modern  lines.   That’s why when it comes to decorating I like to do a mixture to bring the worlds of smiling snowmen and sleek trees and lighting together. 

Here’s our home sweet home.

 I love our home, but my dream list is a bath tub (I know – 10 years without one!) and a updated kitchen.  Have you seen GE Café™ Series?  Gosh, I want all of their appliances!  Looking at them just makes me cry with jealousy and happiness.  Maybe Santa will read this and know I’ve been a very good girl for Christmas.  Can we take a minute and marvel at how great these would look in our place? Imagine the sweet smell of cookies and savory casseroles that I could make with these. 

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How to Make a Whale Tissue Box, Hello Mr. Whale!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex Brand. Winter is coming.. get ready!

This weekend was a chilly one.  Last week I was saying how confusing the weather was and this stayed true.  Over the weekend I was in Upstate NY where the temperature was in the 40’s and I was spending much of my time outside.  With a Ninja style face scarf on, double pants and a pocket full of Kleenex Facial Tissues, I was ready to brace the cold.

I’ve been lucky the last few years without getting sick in the Winter.  Last year Matthew didn’t get his flu shot and long and behold, he got hit with the flu mid Season.  The things I can never control in Winter though is a runny nose and dry skin.  When I think back to being a kid my Mom would have tissues stocked and ready to go everywhere, how did she always have one within grabbing distance?  As a I grow up I’ve turned into that… anyone need a tissue? I got your back.

What else do I love with my tissues?  Like everything else in our home, I need a cute tissue holder.    So let me introduce you to Mr. Whale.
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Matthew and I teamed up on a weekend project a few weeks ago to make him.  Not to brag, but I got myself a handy man.  I told him I wanted a tissue box and it was cut and put together in about 2 hours.  So by “teaming up” with him I mean telling him I want a whale box and picking out the color.  Any ideas for complicated projects I can give him next to test him?  

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How to Throw a Inside Out Party! Ready for JOY?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias

Guys, have you seen Inside Out? Isn’t it AMAZING? Kids love it but adults really love it. When I first saw it I think there was more adults smiling in the crowd than kids.  I was one of them.

Well now it’s time to bring the fun into your home as Inside Out just came out on DVD last week (11/3 to be exact – I might have been waiting for it to arrive that day)!  Who’s ready for a party?
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If you haven’t seen Inside Out, it’s a 3D animated film made by the always amazing Pixar.  The film is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley.  Throughout her life there are 5 emotions that try to help her out in life problems, especially when moving to a new city.  The emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.  I’m not going to tell you more because you have to watch it. 

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Because I was excited for the film to come out and I had many friends (and Matthew!) who haven’t seen it I decided to throw a rainbow filled party to celebrate the release and get everyone to think about their feelings. No, don’t worry, we’re not getting psychological deep here where we’re going to sit around and talk about our darkest hours, but instead it’s a time to celebrate joy but also totally be ok with sadness and fear too.  

Throwing a Inside Out party is pretty easy because it’s all about color. For not much money you can have a entire party zone set up.  You want to keep in the colors of Yellow, Blue, Red, Green and Purple.  

Things you’ll need:
Inside Out  DVD (to have a viewing party or to play throughout the entire party)
Inside Out Toys
Crafts section – colorful markers and paper
Tablecloths – to be used on tables and walls
Napkins, Plates, Cups
Food!  Have a good selection of vegetables, hand food, sweets (cake, candy, cupcakes, popcorn balls (see below)), and then something easy like pizza or sandwiches.

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Garden Update: What’s Growing in November?

Remember when I said a few weeks ago it was going to frost shortly? Well it didn’t.  I’m kicking myself for picking all those green tomatoes but it’s better safe than to be sorry. After all, they are turning red in their shoe boxes beautifully.   So with yesterday almost reaching 80 degrees and the previous weekend requiring a Winter hat, it’s a little confusing.   I assume this is how the garden feels too, confused. Should I grow? Should I not grow?  Should I call for Mom to harvest me? Should I keep Mom away from us because she keeps doing weird dance moves?  

With a basket in hand I made it to the garden this week to pick some final vegetables of the season. The plants are winding down and I really believe this is it (minus the kale).  I picked a nice selection of green beans, peppers (bells and jalapenos), soybeans that I’ll be picking out their pods forever (anyone want to help?), tomatillos and the final red tomatoes.

This weekend we’ll start working on a new garden project that’s exciting but you’ll have to wait to hear more about it this month.  I can’t wait to get to work on it so I can share it with you!

For now though… let’s look at what I picked!

A nice selection of veggies..
End of Season Harvest

Green beans for days.  I’ve been freezing them so it looks like we have alot of green bean soup ahead of us for the Winter.
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We Adopted Our Brother Bear, It’s Time For You To Get a Best Friend Too!

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Can I tell you guys about our loving boy, Brother Bear?  He’s the best.

Almost 6 years ago to the day Matthew rode the subway to the last step in the Bronx.   It’s a long ride there, but there was a treasure there waiting to be brought home.  We were about to adopt Brother and give him a forever home.    We first saw Brother online on a adoption site and fell in love with him.  It didn’t take much persuading to quickly make this a 3 cat home  (at that time it was only Essy and Xanadu).  With vet papers in hand, pink carrier in the other (sorry Brother!), Matthew took the subway back home to Brooklyn where I was waiting for him at the door like the super excited cat lady you all would imagine.  

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First funny story, the Vet papers called him MIKE.  Seriously, a cat named Mike.  That’s hilarious and horrifying at the same time.  Everytime I look at his papers I laugh.  Mike! Unbelievable.  Thankfully Brother agreed that his name was horrible so he happily approved of Brother (or Brother Bear for his Mom and Dad to call him).  

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Ricotta, Basil, Tomato Tea Sandwiches

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There’s something about a afternoon get together with mini sandwiches that makes me happy.  Can you imagine a brunch with friends and there’s heart shaped delicious sandwiches waiting for you on the table?  Doesn’t that scream love and yum at the same time?  In this super easy to put together recipe we’re going to make Ricotta, Basil, Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can whip up in just a few minutes.

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe: bread, ricotta/garlic/basil mixture, Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, and more basil.   You’ll also need some adorable cookie cutters where you can be creative.  I used hearts here because I love you guys, but stars and festive shapes like pumpkins for Thanksgiving would be super cute too.  Also, cat cookie cutters are always a good idea.  Anything cat is always a good idea.  Trust me.

You can use any type of bread, I used whole wheat because that’s always something I have in my refrigerator.  You can also use some fancy bread but that’s something I pretty much never have in my refrigerator.  Grab a bunch of pieces of bread and start cutting your shapes out.

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1 Pan, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

You guys, you’re going to love this Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese.  It’s a real 1 pan, 3 ingredient, 15 minute meal and it’s one of my favorite cheesy pasta dishes.

1 pan – seriously.  None of this one pan with a small saucepan you need.  Nope, 1 pan.
3 ingredients – Noodles, cheese and broccoli.  Boom, easy.
15 minutes – A real 15 minute meal. Not 15 minutes plus prep time.  You might even finish in 13 minutes!

With recent chilly nights where I wrap a blanket around me, I crave comfort food. I want it hot.  I want it cheesy.  But I also want some vegetables because a garden girl always want some freshness.  Plus I like to think that when you add vegetables to recipes it makes them healthy.  Like Glazed Carrot Donuts,  Red Bean Brownies, Sinful Chocolate Black Bean Brownies or Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese.  See, all healthy recipes. You agree, right?  Ok, great.

So Broccoli and Macaroni and Cheese was the only way to go.  But with comfort food, I want it quick.  That way I don’t have to get out of my warm blanket for more time.  I could wear my pink house robe while cooking to stay warm, but trust me, noone wants to see that.
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Box Them Up, How to Turn Tomatoes Red

It’s a few days from November but I’m still enjoying fresh tomatoes. No, I’m not picking them from the garden, that ship has sailed.  The nights became too cold a few weeks ago and the garden was pretty much put to sleep, minus a few hearty greens.  To grab some fresh tomatoes I’m now picking them from a shoebox.  To be exact, 4 big shoeboxes full of tomatoes.  

Don’t you hate when it’s the end of the season and you have hundreds of green tomatoes staring at you?  The sadness.. The tears.  The longing to want to save all those baby green tomatoes so they can turn into big red adults one day. 

Tomatoes have been spotted.

We had so many green roma and cherry tomatoes left we couldn’t let them go bad.  Never leave a tomato behind.  We aren’t big fried green tomato fans, so it was back to the basics, time to box up those tomatoes and let them turn red naturally. 

The way to do is really simple.  Are you ready?
Put your tomatoes in a shoebox (or any type of box), close it. Put shoebox in cool place.  Check on them twice a week. Watch them turn red over time. Pick the red tomatoes out and enjoy! 

Now wasn’t that easy? 

Here’s another tip,  if you want to turn them red more quickly then add a banana into each box. Just make sure you keep a eye on the banana so it doesn’t turn into mush and make a mess.

With a bunch of green tomatoes left, we stuck them in their boxes about 10 days ago and I just checked them today to find a whole bunch of red beauties looking at me!
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#WokWednesday P.F. Chang’s General Chang’s Chicken + Wok Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love Chinese food.  I mean can you tell by my recipe category here?  For the past few weeks I was craving Chinese food so we finally stopped by one of my favorite restaurants and ordered the usual.  It was delicious, I was satisfied, but who wants to leave home when it’s cold out and who wants to pay $22 for take out?  Not me.

Matthew’s favorite Chinese item on the menu is always General’s Chicken.  Actually it’s what he ordered this weekend.  We have a couple busy weeks ahead of us with work that we’ll be staying at the studio until the later hours of the night so I need to come up some simple recipe solutions that will have us fed within 15 minutes of getting home (after we feed the cats of course, they always eat first, spoiled critters).

Let me introduce you to your new favorite weeknight dinner to save you the hassle of cooking from scratch, P.F. Chang’s Home Menu.  Their meal options include bold exciting flavors with quality cuts of beef, white meat chicken breast or succulent shrimp paired with crisp colorful vegetables, tender noodles, etc along with their  signature sauce.  Matthew’s able to get his chicken in while I can enjoy my vegetable mini egg rolls. It’s a win win situation!  Why don’t you shake things up a bit for Wok Wednesday?
PF Changs Chicken and Broccoli_3

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Making of new Brooklyn Farm Girl Banner – lots of cats!

Have you guys seen my new banner yet?  If not, take a look up top on the main page! If you’re not seeing the new one, make sure to refresh.

I shared my banner a few days ago on Facebook and your comments were so nice I thought I’d make a post about the banner and the process of  how you get a custom made banner for your blog.  

I love supporting the Etsy community and I’ve had success there with a bunch of custom work so I relied on it on finding someone who could make me a banner in a fun style.  I came across LaurynGreen‘s shop and fell in love.  She had the exact aesthetic that I wanted.  I wrote to her immediately asking her to do a custom job and she said yes.  Just a quick side note if you’re looking to get a custom banner done, Laura is awesome, creative, talented and very patient with every change I wanted.  She never discouraged me from wanting something changed and was timely in sending me the assets.  I’m already thinking of contacting her again for a holiday project!

Now banner making time…!
(PS, you can click the images to enlarge if you want to see the changes bigger)

My blog is called Brooklyn Farm Girl so the banner was pretty easy on the content.  I wanted rooftop gardening in the city with me and the cats.  That’s pretty much one half of my life.  Besides that I wanted something colorful, customized and fun.  After I told Laura a little bit about my blog and what I wanted to see on the banner, then I sent her some reference photos. She asked about the color palette and I wanted something more on the pastel side that popped at readers.  I sent one photo of me and about a million photos of my cats.  The silly part is that I was more concerned about the cats looking perfect than me.

Here’s my cat photos with short descriptions.


A few days later she sent me this sketch.   Besides some image changes I needed Brooklyn spelled right (lol), I wanted tomatoes instead of a pineapple on Goblin’s head, we were missing a cat and I needed water towers on the roofs in Brooklyn.  Also I wanted long sleeves because my arms kinda looked chubby. :D)
BFG Making of Banner 2

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For more information contact Pamela at pamela@pamelareed.com.