It’s the last day of 2014. Doesn’t it feel like I was just saying that about 2013?
Now a new year begins with new years resolutions, positive spirits and the never ending mistake of continuing to write the year 2014 until at least May. I have some specific resolutions in 2014 (not really resolutions but goals – run a 5K, build permanent greenhouses, learn to budget), but more so they are vague but yet personal on other levels, “be positive”, “do you”. I feel like 2015 can be a important chapter in life, both professionally and personally so I’m here to welcome it in!
Do you have any resolutions? This year is the year to learn how to make social networking work. I’m best on Instagram, ok on Facebook, not that great on Twitter and only on Pinterest in the PM. I try to do them all, but how does anyone have time in the day to successfully post interesting and witty thoughts on them? In January I’m going to really investigate how to value social networking more, attend a festival of like minded women and look to how to extend Brooklyn Farm Girl. There are already a few things cooking in my brain pipes, so I’m excited to start the year off with a bang.
I recently got a new phone, Motorola Moto X which I’ve been trying to customize to fit my lifestyle. How much time do I spend on the street looking at maps or texting on a corner or walking West on a street while meaning to walk East (hey, it happens – alot). 2 years ago I made a switch with my phone and again this December I made another big switch to the Android World. Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been playing with all the customized features and finding the right apps to help me during the day.
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First of all, I want to wish you all a lovely holiday. I know it sounds cheesy but I really do love you all and when you visit Brooklyn Farm Girl it gets me so excited I just want to grab a snowman and dance. I hope it’s a special holiday for your entire family (including furry ones, especially furry ones!) and you smile alot and eat many cookies. Here’s my holiday photo.. from me to you (shown here our 2 stuffed frogs – names are The Grandpas!). We got this taken at the local mall where I grew up in Pennsylvania when we were visiting last weekend. :D)
This year’s Christmas morning is going to be different than our past 10 others. This will be our first Christmas without our cookie bear Essy. On Christmas morning she was sassy (how we love her), ready for her catnip treats and mentally preparing herself for her favorite time of the day, dinner. There she fell in love with every turkey we made and after eating a bowl (or more) she would purr on our laps with happiness.
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The last few days I spent in Pennsylvania visiting my dad. We usually only get to see each other once a year, so it’s always special as he’s so important to me. So Matthew and I rented a car and drove out to visit him, along with a Keurig 2.0 to gift him, and to have hot chocolate and tea parties with me – of course.
We did lots of things in our short 2 and a half days visiting. We saw lots of my family, ate too much food, drove up many hills and on the way back to NYC we stopped off at Christmas Village. If you’ve never visited, Christmas Village is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a tourist attraction due to their village they made with lights and decorations. It’s only open in November and December and it it attracts people from all over. I used to go there all the time as a kid, so I wanted to share it with Matthew. Not much has changed but it’s still always fun (plus hot chocolate and soft pretzels because it’s always freezing!).
The time is close… who else is getting excited wrapping presents and smelling pine when they walk in the door?
Who else is sad that no matter how hard you try, your cats will never love the idea of dressing up for Christmas?
Every year I try… every year I fail.
Goblin is thinking “Please someone help me…I’m not a reindeer.”
And in this one Xanadu is plotting on how to push me off the bed tonight..
One of these days I’ll get them in a costume.. maybe while the’re sleeping! 🙂
I am a donut (or doughnut if you must) lover. As a kid my mom worked at the donut shop and she would always bring me home my favorite blueberry donut. At Halloween she’d bring me home little festive munchkins that were decorated like Frankenstein and pumpkins. Sometimes before school for breakfast on a busy day, I’d run into the gas station and buy a donut. So what I’m saying is that the donut love has been strong for a long time.
I’ve been craving a good homemade donut but wanted to make them fun for the holidays, so I decided to do a #CandyCaneHacks donut recipe. Say hello to Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting.
The donuts are chocolate are oh so moist. I only made a batch of 6 because I wanted to play it safe.. and only eat 6. 🙂
I used Dark Chocolate Dreams from Peanut Butter & Co for the peanut butter frosting. The frosting is ridiculously good. So much that after I made it, I ate way too many spoonfuls and then worked out 30 minutes later because of pure guilt. It was worth it though, that frosting can’t be beat. Because I love you and want you to get your frosting on, use coupon code YUMSQUADLOVE to get 25% off your entire order at Peanut Butter & Co this December. What a stocking stuffer that would be….
The frosting is magical. I’m serious guys. It casts a delicious spell on you when you can’t do anything but eat it. I went back at least 6 times and took a spoonful of this. It’s so fluffy and has the perfect peanut butter taste to it.
You’ll want to crush up your candy cane until it’s almost powder like. I like when it gets that consistency where is’t not too big you’re going to feel a crunch, instead it’s just like peppermint sugar on top.
And then donuts are ready to be eaten!
I know I’ve already told you I eat M&M cookies in bed, but I also want to tell you I ate a donut in bed a few nights ago. Again, I started with a half, and then went back, grabbed the other half and crawled back into bed. I just remember falling back asleep with sweet sugary dreams!
Shanghai Stir Fry Rolls are a healthy and delicious dinner packed with vegetables! Ingredients include Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots! These make a great appetizer too!
Do you ever get obsessed with a food and can’t think of anything else? Sometimes it’s naughty and you’ll want brownies 24 hours a day. Sometimes it’s not naughty at all and you’ll want vegetables all the time. With the holidays, I’m feeling happy to have that stretch of just wanting a good vegetable Stir Fry, especially when it contains brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots all wrapped up in a rice roll. Garden fresh vegetables in the Winter.. I love it!
2 dozen Mini M&M’s Christmas Cookies recipe! This is a family recipe that everyone loves!
There’s something just perfect about M&M Cookies isn’t there?
Is it the sweetness? Is it the chocolate? Is it how the cookie is still moist inside?
Ok, it’s all 3 of those. M&M Cookies win my heart.
M&M’s Christmas Cookies
I spotted these M&M ‘s Minis Baking Bits at the grocery store and knew I had to bake cookies with them!
You ever taste cookie batter and think to yourself “This is the greatest thing I ever tasted in my life”. That’s how I feel about this batter.
And then when the cookies come out of the oven and your home is smelling like cookie land do you take a bite of a cookie and think “This is the greatest thing I ever tasted in my life”. Ok, me too.
I especially love using the baking mini’s because they aren’t too overwhelming in the cookie. They are just the right size to fill that cookie with M&M happiness.
A few days ago Matthew and a friend were moving some furniture into our home (a new bed that I’ll be showing you soon because Matthew made it!). After they finished, I treated them to a cookie. And then suddenly they ate 8. I was so happy. They were so happy. It’s a win win situation.
And because I love my friends I’ll be giving many of them these Mini M&M’s Christmas Cookies for the holidays!
CAT LADY CRAFT! Step by step craft instructions on how to make cute cat garland, perfect for decorating for the holidays! This is a creative garland that we love putting on our Christmas tree to show everyone how much we love our cats!
Hello my lovely cat ladies, you look purrfect today.
Do you have any cat stories to share this holiday season? Is your cat knocking over your tree? Is your cat catching those lights? Is your cat cozy sleeping under the tree? Is your cat knocking over every ornament you have?
It’s Goblin’s first Christmas and he treats everyday like it’s the best day ever. I am pretty sure he thinks every ornament is a toy that we gave him. He just doesn’t understand when we tell him we can’t knock them down. I know he’s thinking.. “Give me toys so I can look at? No, Goblin must play!”. What else does Goblin love.. garland! Hours of entertainment when there’s string involved! To step up my cat lady game though, I decided this would be the year of cat garland.
Garland is so much fun for any day of the year, but especially around the holidays. It’s great for trees, walls, front door and parties! The great thing about making your own garland is customizing it to whatever color or pattern you want.
Hold on, there’s a Christmas party? With fudge? And holiday recipes? And sparkly trees that I can knock down on the floor? I’m invited right?
Of course you are Goblin…
Can you smell the holidays in the air? Can you taste it? Can you hear it? I’m smelling Pine Trees, tasting my favorite Chocolate Fudge and blasting Mariah’s classic Christmas tune. Oh did I mention I’m done shopping? Yeah, I’m feeling the holidays… but I need to stop eating this fudge! Fudge is one of my favorite treats, ever. Which means I’m in pure danger around it. Have you ever made fudge and only ate one piece? I know, it’s impossible. But this Chocolate Fudge is so good…
Choosing the right bowl means knowing your cat. It also means making sure the bowl is full of the cat’s favorite food. Because trust me, your cat will let you know. Your cat will also let you know if it’s bowl is moved, the bowl is not the right shape or they want the bowl emptied so they can climb in.
First can we talk food? If your FiFi Bofinkles you want to talk food all the time. That girl loves to eat, especially off a plate. Especially people food. Especially any type of food. She loves it all. She takes after her Mama.
I have lots of holiday wishes for my loved ones and ones I don’t even know. For Matthew, I want him to get a break. Matthew works so hard with both our work with our work as well as teaching at 2 NYC Universities. He’s such a hard worker and sometimes I know he just wants two hours to himself to paint some miniatures or play a game. With the holiday season coming up, I’ll make sure he puts his feet up and relax! For my Dad, I want good health. He’s been sick a bit the last few years and I worry about him constantly. My dad is probably reading this right now and knows I nag him all the time about how he’s doing, but I just want to be sure he’s healthy because he means the wold to me. And for every pet in the world? I want to give it food, water and a comfortable home. And plenty of kisses. Ok, lots of kisses. Especially those furry cats. Goodness gracious, do I want to kiss those cats. I think of how fortunate our cats are and then I see some kitties on the street and it breaks my heart. I want to bring every single cat home with me but Matthew says I’m not allowed to.. can you imagine that?
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Matthew and I surprised his Mother and family by showing up for dinner a few minutes beforehand. Only his brother knew we were coming back so it was organized well. Thankfully someone recorded a video of Matthew walking in the front door and it’s the sweetest reaction his mom could make – crying and yelling. It was really special coming back to Cleveland for a few days to see his (my) family.
We had such a ordeal getting to Cleveland though. This is how the schedule went:
Wednesday 12:00PM – Say goodbye to our kitties and make them all kiss me. 4 times.
Wednesday- got to airport with plenty of time to spare as everyone says the busiest day at the airport is the day before Thanksgiving. There were no lines. Spent 2 hours waiting watching Tudors.
Wednesday 2:30PM – supposed to start boarding plane right now.
Wednesday 3:00PM – started to board the plane.
Wednesday 4:00PM – still sitting on the runway. Pilot comes on and tells us the plane is having mechanical issues.
Wednesday 4:30PM – we’re back sitting inside the airport now. They say they are bring in parts from another airport. This doesn’t seem good. But they say don’t panic, we’ll be fine.
Wednesday 5:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 6:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 7:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 8:30PM – Panic, the flight is cancelled.
Wednesday 8:31PM – Passengers are either angry or crying because they can’t find any other flights for Thursday morning.
Wednesday 9:00PM – America Airlines tells us that they found Matthew and I a flight with another carrier in the morning, we should be ok. They pay for a cab to go back home to sleep for the night. Cats are confused why we’re back because their party was just beginning.
Wednesday 11:00PM – Call American Airlines because the flight they said we are now on is actually booked and it’s stating online that we are wait-listed. Other airline confirms the flight is booked. American Airlines is confused. They have no idea what to do with us.
Wednesday 11:30PM – After 4 calls back and forth, they get us a flight for the morning. We have to fly New York to Chicago to Cleveland with a 2 hour layover, but whatever, we’ll take it!
Thursday 3:00PM – Finally get to Cleveland!
Whew, that was a bit stressful.. but we made it!
Now back to the topic.. missing kitties!
Whenever we travel I miss my little baby dolls so much. I even travel with a Polaroid of each of them so I can wake up in the morning and see them:
These RED CHRISTMAS Gingerbread Pancakes are fun for the holidays! This recipe is easy to make for a family! Serve them with a powdered sugar frosting tree on top! Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is Christmas morning. As a kid my parents had a rule that I had to stay upstairs until they went downstairs first and put on the tree lights. When Santa came on Christmas Eve came he would decorate our tree, so the first time I would see it all lit up and decorated is Christmas Morning. Mom and Dad had a good idea here, don’t let the kids involved in tree decorating. Instead, lie to them and tell them they better not decorate because it’s Santa’s job and Santa will be angry if he doesn’t have a tree to decorate. It’s not like Santa doesn’t have millions of other plans that night, right?
Christmas Breakfast recipe
Now we decorate our tree weeks in advance, but Christmas morning is still special. Why? Because it’s one of the most delicious breakfast meals of the year! There’s always bacon sizzling, bread toasting, eggs however you want and the big plate of pancakes. Oh yes, would it be a holiday morning without the sweet smell of maple syrup poured over moist and delicious pancakes?
What do you think of when I say the words comfort food? For me, I think 2 things. Macaroni and Cheese. And Mashed Potatoes. Thankfully this post is about one of these foods. The holy grail of love and comfort… mashed potatoes!
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and then we have the big month of December which is full of festive dinners and parties ahead of us. One side dish that is always a staple is mashed potatoes. This weekend we had our annual Friends Thanksgiving dinner and it was fun and delicious. And of course, there were potatoes there! Is Thanksgiving even possible without mashed potatoes?
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Snowman Peanut Butter Balls is a fun and delicious recipe for the entire family to make together! They’re so cute everyone will love them! Eat them for dessert, a appetizer or use them for a gingerbread house!
I’m obsessed with these Snowman Peanut Butter Balls. They are delicious. They are super cute. Does a holiday treat need to be anything more than that? Plus they are snowmen! There’s nothing with a snowman on that I don’t fall in love with.
Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos recipe! The meat is so moist!
What do you think of when you hear Leg of Lamb? What recipes come to your mind?
Tacos might not be the first… but I’m here to change that!
These Slow Cooker Chipotle Leg of Lamb Tacos are super delicious as they are slow cooked with a bunch of spices for flavor. The lamb itself gets to marinade in this sauce for 8 hours making it oh so juicy when you grab a fork and cut it up. Unlike sometimes when you slow cook, the marinade doesn’t always sink down into all the meat, but these tacos have flavor in every single bite you take.