5 Questions With: Hudson Green

Photo c/o Hudson Green

We are bringing back our “5 Questions With…..” series, but focusing on spotlighting local Hudson Valley businesses and people. Kicking off our local series is 5 Questions with Hudson Green. Hudson Green is a local Westchester County family owned and operated business. This plant-based food company is run by Maria Rama and her son Will Reiter. Launched in 2018, Hudson Green currently sells two plant-based sauces, Meatless Bolognese and Velvet Vodka.

Hudson Green’s Meatless Bolognese sauce. Photo c/o Hudson Green.

Maria grew up in the restaurant business and has extensive experience in the food industry. Not only does she and her son make and sell their sauces, but she creates recipes, found on the Hudson Green website, that incorporate the sauces.

1.  I know starting a business is not a quick and  easy endeavor.What was the inspiration behind Hudson Green and how long did it take for you to go from the concept to creating your first sauce, the Bolognese?

I’ve worked in the food business as a cookbook author, account executive for Sunkist Growers, Tabasco Pepper Sauce, Korbel Champaign, and served as a consumer advocate and food spokesperson for nearly my entire professional life. After my dear husband Mark nearly suffered a heart attack, he made the life-saving decision to become a vegan. As the head chef in our household, and even though I was proficient in the kitchen, I had to learn how to make satisfying and delicious plant-based dishes, that were also fat free or at least had very little fat, including vegetable oils. This undertaking was tricky, even with my cooking skills. Prior to his illness, I’d just released my sixth cookbook, Bacon Nation, which gives you an idea of my cooking experience and my prejudices for using flavorful, umami rich fats in all of my cooking. Like so many others, we thought we were eating well and healthfully, but we weren’t. To save Mark’s life, I had to completely relearn how to cook.

One of the most delicious and useful dishes I created was a recipe for a Meatless 6-Vegetable Bolognese. It was a basket of vegetables in a pot, caramelized in very little oil, seasoned with spices like fennel, nutmeg, nutritional yeast and sun-dried tomatoes, and I added walnuts for a little protein and to give it a meat-like “bite.” It was so thick and delicious, and I used it to stuff peppers, make vegetable chilis, even lentil burgers. I had kind of a “eureka” moment in my kitchen. I thought, “This sauce is so good and so unique, maybe others looking for healthy and delicious plant-based sauces might want to buy it.”  That began my journey to create a recipe that could be scaled up, manufactured and safely jarred. I had no experience as a product developer and it took me the better part of a year to complete this part of my journey. I was helped by Cornell Food Venture Center, the New York State institute that approves all shelf-stable jarred goods before they can be sold in the U.S.

2.  Hudson Green is a family business.  What is it like working with your son?

This is an interesting question. I love working with my son, Will, and believe we’ve gotten to know each other much better through this business. It’s good that we bring different skill sets that can tackle and solve different problems. I focus on recipe and product development and manufacturing. I’m also a people person and love connecting with our customers. But my computer skills are limited, and so Will manages all the back office work, including our online Amazon sales. Also, he’s a lawyer, and he reads and amends all our contracts with the people and companies we work with, such as our broker, our co-packer, our vendors, our distributors. I very much admire how he’s trained to think more cautiously than I am. I’ll say let’s do this, and he’ll give me the smart and practical reasons that temper my enthusiasm. I think we make a good team.

3. You are a best selling cookbook author, have trained as a pastry chef, worked as a food stylist and as an account executive for major food brands.  Who/what influenced you to enter the food industry and how has your diverse background in the industry helped you in creating your sauces?

I grew up in a large, boisterous Italian family, dominated by women who lived to cook. They owned a successful grocery and meat market in Bedford Hills, Briccetti’s Bedford Market, for more than 50 years, and cooked for this store many of the most amazing and unique dishes I’ve ever tasted in my life, still to this day. I worked often in the store and in their home kitchen, absorbing all their secrets and also all the joys of creating food that was pure, delicious, nutritious, and that brought us all to an extended family table at Grandma’s house every Sunday. After graduating from college, I went right back into making food. My first real job was working in Boston as a pastry chef and then I was hired by a major New York Food Public Relations Firm to create recipes and products for different food companies. It’s a classic tale of how what you do as a child, if you love doing it, is very often what you seek to do professionally as an adult.

Hudson Green Vegan Chili. Photo c/o Hudson Green.

4. My family followed a vegan diet for 6 months and now 3 out of the 4 of us are vegetarians.  Your two sauces are both plant-based and meat and dairy-free.  We love pasta and sauce, but I love that you have created recipes like risotto, stuffed peppers and a shepherd(less) pie, that  incorporate your sauces. They really showcase how versatile the Bolognese and Velvet Vodka sauces are.  Do you have any tips or advice for readers who are looking to adopt a more plant-based diet? 

Cooking delicious plant-based foods is not as difficult as many people think. Meat, poultry, eggs, fish and dairy products all have different kinds of fat, and fat is filled with flavor. So, the trick is to impart flavor to your plant-based dishes without using any of these fat-rich foods. You can do it with either a technique or an ingredient. Here’s a few tricks I practice:

1.) Roast your vegetables! Use a little oil or substitute vegetable broth for oil in your roasting pan to roast veggies like red peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, eggplant, hard-shelled squash, etc. Roasting caramelizes the vegetables, to bring out their natural sweetness, and aside from the chopping, there’s little work to roasting!

2.) These are a few of the seasoning ingredients that I am never without in my vegan kitchen. They bring bland vegetable dishes to life.

  • Fresh Ginger Root — It’s slightly spicy, intense, slightly nutty, slightly sweet. Add it generously to your soups, vegetable stir-fries, stuffings, and pasta dishes.
  • Garlic — Like onions, it’s a must kitchen helper, but don’t ever burn garlic when you sauté it. Tease out it’s flavor by adding garlic to the pan after other vegetables have been fully sautéed and softened. Sauté garlic only about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Or wrap a whole head of garlic in tin foil and bake until very soft. Perfect for hummus dips!
  • Jalapeno Peppers — They not only add spice, but also lots of peppery flavor to vegetable sautés and soups.
  • Substitute cooked and pureed cauliflower for cream and other dairy to make creamy soups and vegetable purees. 
  • Curry powders are instant flavor enhancers, even if you don’t care much for curry! Yellow curries have a different profile than spicy Thai red curries. Try different ones to flavor soups, vegetable stews, stir-fries, dips, sauces. A little sprinkle or a large spoonful of curry powder perks up the flavor of just about any vegetable dish. 
  • We all focus on eating fresh vegetables, but don’t ignore frozen veggies. Stock them conveniently in your freezer for quick side dishes. We always buy and freeze a supply of shelled edamame, corn, and green peas, and add them to mixed greens for quick and nutritious salads. 
  • Olives, capers, roasted and pickled peppers, pickles — With their intense saltiness, these make great seasoners. Add them to salads or serving as satisfying garnishes to all kinds of vegan dishes. 
  • Good quality sea salt, kosher salt, truffle salt, etc. Salt can elevate the taste of a bland and forgettable vegan dish to something wonderful. Experiment with different salts to find a few you really like. 
  • Good quality white and red balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over roasted veggies, onto your favorite salad, onto avocado toast, etc. 
  • Fresh herbs, especially thyme, tarragon, parsley. 
  • Good quality vegetable broth. If you need to reduce the amount of oil in your diet, use a good quality vegetable broth instead to sautéed and roast vegetables. Oil does work to impart flavor, but vegetable broth will also impart some flavor and more importantly it will keep your veggies from burning while sautéing or roasting.

3.) We’re all eating more pasta dishes these days. To avoid putting on COVID pasta pounds, make the sauce the center of the dish, not the pasta. In other words, do as the Italians do, who eat pasta every day and never gain weight. Use less pasta and more sauce and fill your sauce with an assortment of vegetables. Your pasta sauce can become a vegetable delivery system. Indeed, this is the way we look at our Organic 6-Vegetable Meatless Bolognese. It brings to your pasta plate cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts. Use 3 to 4 ounces of pasta per serving, not 6 to 8, with our sauce for a truly satisfying dinner that won’t add unwanted pasta pounds. 

4.) Think outside the pasta box! Use our plant-based Hudson Green sauces not only to make great pasta dishes but also to make soups, veggie stews, to stuff peppers, to make a veggie chili, a lentil burger, or a cream-free, dairy-free mac ‘n cheese. Our sauces are not for pasta only! Check out our many Hudson Green recipes on our website.

5.  What are your future plans and goals for Hudson Green?
We’d like to extend our line of sauces, and we have several recipes ready to go. To that end, we’ll need to find investors or a larger company that sees the potential in our brand and wants to help us develop our products. 

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite food?
I don’t have one. But I love any dish that is perfectly and exquisitely seasoned and cooked. 

2. What are some of your favorite places in Westchester County to eat, shop and play?
My husband and I are avid golfers and you will find us often on many of Westchester’s public courses about 8 months out of the year, weather permitting. I love any restaurant where the cook makes something I can’t make better in my own home kitchen. Often a great slice of pizza or an exquisitely prepared eggplant parmesan will send me to heaven, so to speak.  And I often find these dishes in small neighborhood restaurants where the chef or owner has been making them for many years or even for his entire life.

Hudson Green’s Meatless Bolognese and Velvet Vodka sauces can be purchased online via the Hudson Green website, Amazon or at local specialty grocery stores including Wegmans.

To learn more about Hudson Green, visit their website!

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Five on Friday {Goodbye February}

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Happy Friday! The temps are rising to the 40’s and the sun has been out this week.  I can see signs that spring is finally on its way! Now that the temps are getting warmer I’d really like to do something outside this weekend. But it looks like it will be rainy both days. My daughter is volunteering at a Girl Scout event Saturday so we have to stay in the area. Otherwise, not sure yet what our weekend plans are. Here are five from the past week: 

1. 5 Wits- With all of the bad weather hopefully behind us, we had to get the kids out of the house.  Last weekend we took the kids to 5 Wits at the Palisades Center Mall. We chose the “Tomb” adventure and were tasked with trying to find a long forgotten Pharoah’s burial chamber and set his spirit free. My daughter is the only one in our family who had been to 5 Wits before.  There are three different adventures and Tomb was the only one that she hadn’t done, which is why we chose it.  We ended up with a score of 95/99 in 27 minutes!  It was a lot of fun and my 12 and almost 15 year old were the perfect ages to do this. We enjoyed this more than the escape the mystery room that we’ve done in the past.   

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2. Reading – This week I finished The Home Edit by Clea and Joanna.  I watched and loved the Netflix show.  The book had beautiful pictures but overall, I didn’t find it super helpful.  However, it did inspire some major cleaning and purging, which was much needed.  I’ve also started reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman.  My daughter watched the movie and read the book and recommended that I read it.  So far, it’s not my thing, but I’m trying to finish it since she recommended it.

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3. Watching – This weekend we had a family pizza/movie night and watched Over the Moon on Netflix.  It’s a Golden Globe nominee for animated film but none of us were impressed.

4. Cooking – This week one of our favorite meals were these Sun-Dried Tomato Quesadillas with White Beans and Broccoli which I served with a side of roasted broccoli. 

5. Sledding – Earlier this week my son met up with a friend to go sledding. We went snow tubing earlier this year, but he has not been sledding in years. A couple of years ago, we got him a foam sled similar to this one that has been gathering dust in our basement. He finally got to test it out this week, before all the snow melts this weekend! It was very fast! All the other kids sledding had similar sleds or snow tubes. I guess the flying saucers and plastic sleds are out?? He had a great time and I’m glad he finally got to use the sled!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared an updated post about Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Wednesday I shared Westchester County Family Dinner Deals.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Family Dinner Deals {Where in Westchester County?}

I love to cook, but some days, even I need a night off! However, feeding a family of four, including two teens can get pricey. There are several restaurants in Westchester County that offer family dinner deals. Most of these deals feed a family of four and are available for takeout. As always, please check directly with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information and prices.

Crabtree’s Kittle House: (Chappaqua) Crabtree’s Kittle House has different family dinner deals, depending on the day. Each feeds 4-6 people and it appears the menus change weekly, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date information. For this week’s menu click here. Sunday Family Meal ($79), Tuesday and Wednesday Family Comfort Meal ($89), Thursday Takeout Taco Kit ($59), Thursday Family Meal ($85), Saturday Surf & Turf Family Dinner ($155).

Gosu: (Irvington) Gosu is an Asian fusion restaurant featuring many Korean dishes. They have family trays including Chicken Katsu ($75), Chicken Teriyaki ($75), Spicy Pork ($80). They have vegetarian trays including Yaki Udon ($65) and Bibimbop ($75). Each family meal includes a choice of Miso soup or house salad and a bottle of red wine, white wine or a bottle of Soju (Korean alcohol).

The Greekish: (Harrison) This Greek restaurant has a family meal box that feeds four. There are four different entree options (Fish of the Moment ($85), Mediterranean Mixed Grill ($65), Baked Shrimp Santorini ($55), or the Greek.ish Gyro Box ($65)). Plus you also get pita, hummus, Tzatziki, seasonal salad, dressing, stuffed grape leaves and a, “tiny bit of sweet.”

Jean-Jacques’: (Pleasantville) Jean-Jacques’ in Pleasantville has a “Complete Dinners For One Or More” menu. Dinner includes 1 appetizer, 1 main, 2 sides and a dessert for $25/person. When ordering for 4 or more, the food is packaged family-style.

OKO: (Rye) OKO is a Japanese restaurant with locations in Rye and Westport, CT. OKO has a to-go Family Box Set that serves 4 (2 adults, 2 kids). For $49, the box set includes sticky ribs, a choice of Bigeye Tuna Poke or Marinated King Salmon Poke and 2 fried chicken bao buns. It also includes 2 kids bento boxes with a choice of Teriyaki chicken thighs, Teriyaki King Salmon or Wagyu Hanger Steak and miso soup, rice, vegetable tempura and edamame.

The Rail House 10803: (Pelham) This “eclectic American restaurant” has 5 different family dinner packs-to-go. Priced from $45-$65 there dinner packs include a burger night, a pasta night, a fish night, a chicken night and a party night (sliders, flatbreads, wings and calamari). 

Sergio’s Valhalla: (Valhalla) This Mediterranean-Italian restaurant has a Family Style Menu that serves 4. You have a choice of house salad, Caesar salad, pasta in marinara sauce or pasta in garlic & oil plus Chicken ($50) or Veal $55) Francese, Marsala, Parmigiana, Picatta, or Martini. 1/2 trays of Baked Ziti, Rigatoni Bolognese, Penne Vodka or Penne Primavera are available for $30.

Sofia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant: (Harrison) Sofia’s has a pre-fixed family dinner deal that includes salad, pasta (w/tomato sauce or vodka sauce), chicken (Parmigiana, a la Sofia, or Scarpariello) and a Carvel cake. This deal is $55 for 4 people, $70 for 6 people or $80 for 8 people.

Southern Table: (Pleasantville) This Southern cuisine restaurant has a Family Style takeout menu for $23/person, minimum of 2 people. Choose 1 starter and 1 entrée and family size portions will be provided for the number of people in the order. Complimentary mac and cheese and cornbread are provided with every order.

Taormina Trattoria: (Peekskill) This Italian restaurant has a dinner pack for 4 to go for $40 with many different entrée options. It includes a small pizza or Stromboli, house salad and bread, a choice of 1/2 a tray of stuffed Rigatoni Marinara with Meatballs and Sausage (4 of each), Manicotti and Stuffed Shells combo, seafood Scampi, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Francese, Chicken Martini, Chicken Stacey, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmigiana, Eggplant Parmigiana or Pork Medallions Taormina and a choice of two desserts (Cannoli, Cheesecake or Carrot Cake).

Trattoria Vivolo: (Harrison) This Italian restaurant has 3 different
family dinner packages priced between $120 – $160 plus tax. These meals feed 6 people and are available Tuesday – Sunday for pickup or delivery (to Harrison, Rye, Mamaroneck and Larchmont only).  Package #1 ($120 plus tax) includes Pollo Parmigiana, Penne Vodka, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli. Package #2 ($160 plus tax) includes Sole Francese, Linguini with garlic and oil, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli. Package #3 ($130 plus tax) includes sauteed sweet & spicy sausage and peppers, penne limone, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli.

Vela Kitchen: (Pleasantville) Vela Kitchen has a Sunday Family Dinner to-go special. You choose an entrée and two sides. House salad, garlic bread and dessert are included for $25/person.

Vintage 1891 Kitchen: (Larchmont) This contemporary American restaurant offers a family dinner to go for $40/person.  There are 3 mains to choose from (salmon, short rib or organic chicken breast). Then you choose two sides (mashed potatoes, french fries, Black Thai rice, sticky rice Risotto, green vegetables). A house salad, dessert and garlic bread are also included. There is a kids menu for $15/person and a bottle of wine can be added for $25.

Wood & Fire: (Pleasantville & Scarsdale) This Italian restaurant has three different family style takeout options. There are 3 different price points ($18/person, $22/person, $26/person) with a minimum of 2 people. Each comes with a choice of starter, a pasta or pizza and a main dish.

If you know of any restaurants that should be added to this post please email NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com.

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Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Westchester County has so many amazing restaurants, with new places opening every month.  I enjoy dining out, however, with a family of four, it can get very expensive!  Fortunately, many restaurants throughout Westchester offer special dinner deals throughout the week.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a fancy three-course meal, there are restaurants throughout Westchester that cover it all! (Updated February 2021)

**Please confirm the details with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.  

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
97 Lake Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 779-7944

Angelina’s offers a prix fixe dinner menu (appetizer and entree) Monday through Thursday 3 PM to closing for $34.95.

The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 668-2634

Tuesday:  Fat Tuesdays All-You-Can-Eat Specials $20.99 (Jambalaya, Catch O’Day, Pasta O’Day & Chops O’Day)
Wednesday:  Voodoo Night – $4 Abita Turbo Dog, $4 Amber Draft or Purple Haze, $5 Voodoo Wings (Readings are available from Angela for $20)

Bread and Brine
19 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 479-5243

Steamed Maine Lobster Dinners:  Available Wednesday through Sunday. 1 1/2 lb. steamed Maine lobster, cup of New England Clam Chowder, boiled potato, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and grilled corn bread for $55.

Casa Rina of Thornwood
886 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-451

Casa Rina has a $25 three course price fixed dinner available Sunday through Wednesday.
Thursday they offer a $25 four course price fixed dinner.

Fat Sal’s Bar & Grill
265 Tate Avenue
Buchanan, NY 10511
(914) 930-1771

Mondays:  Buy one burger, get the second one 50% off (equal or lesser value with purchase of a beverage)
Tuesdays:  5 Tacos for $10 (w/purchase of a beverage)

The Greekish 
273 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3333

The Greekish has two different dinner deals:
Tasting of the Greekish is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 PM – 8 PM. Enjoy 1 dip, 2 Meze, 1 entrée (land or sea) and dessert for $55. The Greek-Style Meze Special is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 PM – 9 PM. Enjoy 1 dip and pita plus any 3 Meze for $30.

The Hudson Room
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-FOOD

The Hudson Room offers a 3 course Prix Fixe meal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $32.95 (appetizer, main, dessert)

Public Pizza Italian Restaurant
Ridge Hill Mall
193 Market Street
Yonkers, NY
(914) 652-7604

Monday Pasta Party – (4 PM to close) $9 Penne Vodka, Angel Hair & Broccoli, Rigatoni Alla Norma or Fettuccini Alfredo
Tuesday Pizza Party – (4 PM to close) 50% off all individual pizzas (excluding seafood pizzas)

Risotto Italian Restaurant & Bar
788 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-6000

Risotto offers a Prezzo Fisso to go menu for $25 which includes a select Antipasti, Secondi and dessert.

Rye Roadhouse
12 High Street
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 925-2668

Mondays:  Build Your Own Quesadillas starting at $6.95
Tuesdays: Taco Tuesday – 5 PM – 9 PM, Cajun Nachos, Tacos, Burritos and $5 margaritas
Wednesdays:  Fried Chicken Night – Four piece chicken dinner with two sides for $12.95 (in house only)
Thursdays: Burger Night – 5 PM – 9 PM half-price burgers (in house only)

Wellington’s Grill
110 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 315-1532

Tuesdays: Lobster Night $25 includes a 1 1/2 lb. steamed lobster served with New England Clam Chowder, cole slaw and corn on the cob
Wednesdays: Prime Rib Night $28 includes a thick slice of slow roasted prime rib served with frizzled onions, cup of soup and a baked potato
Thursdays: $10 Burger Night

If you know of any other dinner deals in Westchester County, please email me (NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com) and I will add it to this list!

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Five on Friday {Waiting For Spring}

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Hello Friday! It’s been another week of crazy weather here. I had Monday off but we stayed home because the weather wasn’t great.  Even though schools are closed this week, District office staff still have to work. But because of another snow storm, I got a snow day yesterday.

New York is used to snowy winters, so fortunately we are not experiencing what Texas is currently going through. My thoughts are with everyone without power and heat. I see posts of people with burst pipes and the state not being equipped to deal with the weather. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before (ha!), but I can’t wait for spring to arrive!

I am hoping to be able to get the kids out of the house this weekend.  Since they are off they have been staying up super late.  They both  got up around  2 pm on Tuesday!!  Here are five from the past week:  

1. Valentine’s Day – We don’t go crazy on Valentine’s Day.  But we did order a breakable chocolate heart from Jane Street Sweets for the kids. It was fun to break open and had lots of tasty treats inside. You can watch the Instagram reel of us breaking it here.

My daughter went to a friend’s Valentine’s Day gathering.  She brought some snacks but I also bought a pink rose grape juice and cherry 7 Up (pink bubbly drinks).  I sent her with enough champagne flutes for her and all her friends to enjoy their drinks in.

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2. Reading – I am about halfway through The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Kline.  It’s a fantasy book which I’m enjoying more than I thought I would!

Photo Credit: Netflix

3. Watching – This week I started watching Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix.  It’s a YA drama about a ballet academy.  It’s alright and keeping me interested enough and again, based on a book! Yesterday, I also watched the Mars Rover Perseverance land on Mars. It was exciting to see it happen live.

4. Cooking – Last night I made the famous TikTok Feta Pasta.  It was pretty good and so easy to make.  Although the family decided that they like the Gigi Hadid TikTok pasta more.

I also made Pinch of Yum’s No-Knead bread to go with it because #carblover! 

5. Puzzle Time – My parents stopped by last weekend and my mom dropped off 4 more puzzles for me.  So with the day off Monday and a snow day yesterday, I’ve started this one.

6. Eureka Crate – My son got his last Eureka Crate last week.  He spent some time Wednesday working on the project – a pinball machine! He did it entirely on his own and it works! 

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Wednesday I shared my Hudson Valley Day Tripper Guide to Beacon.

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Hudson Valley Day Tripper: Beacon Guide

The city of Beacon is one of my favorite places to visit in the Hudson Valley. It’s only a little over a 30 minute drive from northern Westchester County and there’s so much to see and do. You can spend the day wandering Main Street, which is filled with tons of restaurants and shops. But there’s a lot more off Main Street. There’s really too much to see and do in a day, but fortunately, it’s close enough to make many day trips!

We are by no means calling ourselves experts and I know that we have not covered all of the great attractions, restaurants and shops in Beacon. However, we offer this guide as a starting off point for you and we will be updating it as we continue to explore this lovely city.

To Do:

For the Art Lover:

Dia: Beacon – (3 Beekman Street) Dia: Beacon is housed in the former Nabisco box printing factory. It houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum is open currently to guests by advanced registration only. Read our post about the museum.

For the History Lover:

Bannerman Island – (Beacon Institute Floating Dock) Bannerman Island, officially Pollepel Island, is a historical site that was once an arsenal warehouse. Tours to Bannerman Island are not currently running. However, in the spring, summer and fall, walking tours and self-guided tours are available (though this may have changed in times of COVID) via a boat ride to the island. There are also kayak tours from Cornwall. Read our post about Bannerman Island.

For the Outdoor Lover:

Madam Brett Park – (560 South Avenue) This Scenic Hudson Park is a great place for both history and outdoor lovers to visit. Ruins of the former Tioronda Hat Works are visible on the property. The main attraction is the waterfall on the creek. This is an easy, photogenic hike. Read our post about this park.

Mount Beacon Park – (788 Wolcott Avenue) This is another Scenic Hudson Park, but is a more challenging hike. The hike is worth the views from the top! If you hike up to the Casino Overlook, which is what we did, it’s a 2.4 mile round trip. You can continue up to the fire tower if you want to add an additional 2 miles to your hike. There is a decent sized parking lot. However, this is a very popular hiking spot and gets crowded!

Eat & Drink:


Hudson Valley Brewery – (7 East Main Street) This local brewery specializes in sour beers. They have some of the prettiest beer cans I’ve seen. The tasting room is currently closed and they are open for curbside pickup only. The beer menu changed weekly, so check out their pickup page to see what is currently available. However, with both indoor and outdoor drinking space, this is worth a stop once they reopen for tastings. Read our post all about the brewery.


Dennings Point Distillery – (10 N. Chestnut Street) Dennings Point Distillery uses local grains to produce its handcrafted spirits. Tours are currently on hold but they are open for tastings, cocktails and shopping. Read our post all about the distillery.


Vegan Whoopie Pie

Kitchen & Coffee – (420 Main Street) Kitchen & Coffee is a café that serves fair-trade coffee and teas as well as a 100% vegetarian menu. They also have homemade breads and baked goods. There is both indoor and outdoor dining spaces.


Momos from Momo Valley

Hudson Valley Food Hall – (288 Main Street) Housed in the former Roosevelt Theater, Hudson Valley Food Hall hosts a variety of food vendors. They have both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. We have dined from Bombay Wraps, Momo Valley and the Roosevelt Bar. Read our post about Hudson Valley Food Hall.

Portonini Wrap

Vegetalien – (504 Main Street) Vegetalien is a locally sourced plant-based cafe and juice bar. It’s rare to find a restaurant that only serves vegan food! We’ve only tried the Portonini sandwich, but the other sandwiches on their menu and the Buddha Bowls all sound delicious!


Coffee and Chocolate Donuts vegan ice cream cone

The Chocolate Studio – (496 Main Street) The Chocolate Studio is an ice cream and treat shop. They have a large menu of vegan ice cream, which is made in-house.

Chocolate glaze, graham cracker topping, marshmallow drizzle = Smores donut

Glazed Over Donuts – (315 Main Street) Stop in at Glazed Over for customized donuts. You are given a menu where you choose the glaze, topping and drizzle of your choice. Then you can watch your donut(s) being made through the kitchen window.


Beacon Bath & Bubble – (458 Main Street) Beacon Bath & Bubble is a bath and body shop. You can purchase soap, bath bombs, lotions, bubble bath and more that are all handmade on the premise. Plus, they have an old fashioned soda and candy shop where they stock over 65 different bottles of soda and a variety of old-fashioned candy.


Five on Friday {No More Snow!}

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Happy‌ ‌Friday!‌ ‌What‌ ‌a‌ ‌snowy‌ ‌week‌ ‌it‌ ‌has‌ ‌been!‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌had‌ ‌two,‌ ‌2-hour‌ ‌delays‌ ‌and‌ ‌one‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌from‌ ‌work‌ ‌this‌ ‌week!‌ ‌ And there‌ ‌is‌ ‌more‌ ‌snow‌ ‌expected‌ ‌next‌ ‌week‌!‌ Tomorrow‌ ‌Dana‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌are‌ ‌picking‌ ‌up‌ ‌a‌ ‌treat‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌ordered‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌kids‌ ‌for‌ ‌Valentine’s‌ ‌Day.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌next‌ ‌week‌ ‌off‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ ‌February‌ ‌break‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌only‌ ‌have off‌ ‌Monday‌.‌ ‌Here‌ ‌are‌ ‌five‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌week:‌

‌ ‌ ‌1‌.‌‌ ‌‌Eating‌ ‌-‌‌ ‌last‌ ‌weekend‌ ‌we‌ ‌drove‌ ‌down‌ ‌to‌ ‌Port‌ ‌Chester‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌local‌ ‌restaurants.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌closed‌ ‌for‌ ‌indoor‌ ‌dining‌ ‌for‌ ‌quite‌ ‌some‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌restaurants‌ ‌have‌ ‌lost‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌business‌ ‌and‌ ‌some‌ ‌have‌ ‌even‌ ‌closed.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌We‌ ‌went‌ ‌to‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Ann’s,‌ ‌a‌ ‌Mexican‌ ‌restaurant‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌enjoyed‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabras‌ ‌combo‌ ‌plate‌ ‌which‌ ‌included‌ ‌a‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌relleno,‌ ‌a‌ ‌black‌ ‌bean‌ ‌enchilada‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌guacamole‌ ‌taco‌ ‌served‌ ‌with‌ ‌rice‌ ‌and‌ ‌beans.‌ ‌

 ‌Even‌ ‌though‌ ‌we‌ ‌were‌ ‌all‌ ‌stuffed,‌ ‌we‌ ‌went‌ ‌to‌ ‌Bona‌ ‌Bona‌ ‌ice‌ ‌cream‌ ‌and‌ ‌shared‌ ‌a‌ ‌cup‌ ‌of‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Cannoli.‌ ‌So‌ ‌good!‌ ‌ 


2.‌ ‌‌Reading‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌finishing‌ ‌up‌ ‌Get‌ ‌Lucky‌ ‌by‌ ‌Katherine‌ ‌Center.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌older‌ ‌books‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌little‌ ‌free‌ ‌library‌ ‌bookshelf‌ ‌at‌ ‌work.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌been‌ ‌an‌ ‌enjoyable‌ ‌read‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌love‌ ‌it‌ ‌as‌ ‌much‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌love‌ ‌her‌ ‌newer‌ ‌stuff.‌

Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River.
Photo Credit: Netflix

3.‌ ‌‌Watching‌‌ ‌-‌ ‌This‌ ‌week‌ ‌I‌ ‌started‌ ‌watching‌ ‌Virgin‌ ‌River‌ ‌on‌ ‌Netflix.‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌realize‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌book‌ ‌series‌ ‌by‌ ‌Robyn‌ ‌Carr.‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌why‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌start‌ ‌this‌ ‌show‌ ‌sooner,‌ ‌since‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌really‌ ‌enjoying‌ ‌it!‌ ‌

 ‌4.‌ ‌‌Cooking‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌This‌ ‌week‌ ‌we’ve‌ ‌made‌ ‌so‌ ‌many‌ ‌tasty‌ ‌things!‌ ‌Super‌ ‌Bowl‌ ‌Sunday‌ ‌we‌ ‌made‌ ‌soft‌ ‌pretzels‌ ‌again. This time I also made ‌a‌ ‌beer‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌with‌.‌ ‌ ‌

‌I‌ ‌also‌ ‌made‌ ‌homemade‌ ‌naan‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌20‌ ‌minute‌ ‌basil‌ ‌chickpea‌ ‌curry‌ we had for dinner.‌ ‌

‌Wednesday,‌ ‌my‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌made‌ ‌everything‌ ‌bagel‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌balls‌ ‌after‌ ‌she‌ ‌saw‌ ‌them‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌TikTok‌ ‌cooking video.‌ ‌

‌ ‌5.‌ ‌‌Loving‌ ‌-‌‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌this‌ ‌murder‌ ‌mystery‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Salvation‌ ‌Army‌ ‌store‌ ‌in‌ ‌Port‌ ‌Chester.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌brand‌ ‌new‌ ‌and‌ ‌only‌ ‌cost‌ ‌me‌ ‌$2.70!‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌challenging‌ ‌since‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌no‌ ‌picture‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you.‌ ‌But‌ ‌the‌ ‌finished‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌should‌ ‌have‌ ‌clues‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌solve‌ ‌the‌ ‌mystery‌ ‌that‌ ‌was‌ ‌laid‌ ‌out‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌booklet‌ ‌that‌ ‌came‌ ‌with.‌ ‌I‌ ‌haven’t‌ ‌done‌ ‌a‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌since‌ ‌the‌ ‌beginning‌ ‌of‌ ‌quarantine‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌doing‌ ‌so‌ ‌many!‌ ‌And‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌and‌ ‌delays,‌ ‌this‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌week‌ ‌to‌ ‌start‌ ‌it!‌ ‌ ‌

ICYMI‌ ‌this‌ ‌week‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌blog:‌ ‌ ‌

Tuesday‌ ‌‌I‌ ‌shared‌ ‌my‌ ‌January‌ ‌2021‌ ‌Reads.‌ ‌ 

 ‌Sharing‌ ‌with‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌Favorites!‌ ‌Have‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌weekend!

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January Reads {2021}

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January was a great reading month for me! I read ten books and most were 4 and 5 star reads! This will hopefully be a preview of the rest of my reading year! I read several YA books, written by authors of color, that are doing a great job of showcasing social justice issues. I am trying to be more educated on issues of race and I know there is always more to learn. As always, I’m sharing my book reviews with Steph and Jana’s Show Us Your Books linkup! Check out my January reads:

4 stars:


Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer DeLeon – (August 2020, YA/Social Justice) A teen from the inner-city is accepted into a minority program at a wealthy school in the suburbs, where she is one of a handful of students of color. At the same time that she is struggling to adjust to her new school, her father is deported back to Guatemala. This book touches on many current issues of immigration and racism. My daughter is currently reading this book.


Family For Beginners by Sarah Morgan – (May 2020, Contemporary Romance) A lonely, single woman working at a flower shop meets a recent widow. The two hit it off, but he has two children, one a teen who does not want a replacement mom. This book does a great job of showcasing the intricacies in family relationships.


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth – (April 2021, Thriller/Mystery) I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Twin sisters, who are complete opposites, are super close to each other. Raised by a single mother who had mental issues, the sisters have kept a secret from childhood. One sister is desperate to have a child and will do anything to do so. Told from alternating points of view, this book has several plot twists and surprises. It had me engaged and wanting to keep reading. I have read all but one of Hepworth’s books and have yet to be disappointed.

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Insignificant Events In The Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling – (September 2017, Middle Grade Fiction) A young girl born with no arms, moves with to a western theme park that her parents will operate. She has to navigate her new life and ends up trying to solve a mystery. Aven is a spunky, likable character. This is a well written book about children with disabilities.


Rick by Alex Gino – (April 2020, Middle Grade Fiction) A middle school student explores his identity and deals with a toxic friendship. Our family did a read-aloud of George together by the same author many years ago and enjoyed it. While I didn’t love this book as much, I think it has some great messages for kids and introduces them to the LGBTQIAP+ community.

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The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler – (May 2020, Contemporary Romance) A girl goes on her dream trip to Alaska, which turns out anything like she envisioned. While there, she is introduced to the man who runs a local food joint, “The Tourist Trap.” His one rule is to not get involved with tourists. This was a fun read and Graham and Zoey made such a cute couple. There’s a second book in the series that I’m putting off reading until November/December, since it’s a Christmas themed read.

5 stars:


Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah – (February 2008, Contemporary Fiction) Two girls meet in the summer of 1974 and become fast friends. The book follows their friendship from the teenage years to adulthood. This was a reread for me. I read it when it was first published back in 2008 but wanted to read it again before the show came to Netflix. I have watched several episodes of the show now and think it’s okay, but really loved the book.


The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib – (February 2019, Contemporary Fiction) A former professional dancer is admitted to a residential home for women with eating disorders. Not everyone will enjoy this book. However, I found it interesting to see the realities and struggles that individuals with eating disorders endure.


Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam – (September 2020, YA/Poetry) This is a YA novel told in verse, reminiscent of Ellen Hopkins. A teen is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is sent to prison. He ends up finding refuge in his art. I read this book before watching When They See Us on Netflix. The show tells the story of the Central Park jogger case and the five boys who were falsely accused and imprisoned for the crime. One of those boys was Yusef Salaam, the co-author of this book.

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This Is My America by Kim Johnson – (July 2020, YA/Social Justice) A teen has been writing letters to Innocence X, trying to help her father, an innocent black man on death row, with less than a year to live. When her older brother is arrested and accused of murdering a white teen, Innocence X decides to help her case. In the meantime, she tries to figure out what really happened on both those nights that her family members were falsely accused of crimes.

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Five on Friday {It’s a Winter Wonderland}

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Happy Friday!  What a week it has been! We got hit with our first major snowstorm of 2021 Sunday evening.  I think we got over 18 inches of snow and had snow days both Monday and Tuesday.  I love me a snow day but shoveling all that snow was definitely NOT fun! So there wasn’t a whole lot going on here this past week. I know the Super Bowl is this Sunday, but I couldn’t tell you who’s playing! We are not football fans. But I do love snack food, so we may have to do something fun for dinner! Here are five from the past week:

1. Eating – Saturday we picked up cupcakes I had preordered from Nicole at Baked To Perfection.  I ordered Cookies and Cream, S’mores and Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie. You can’t tell from the picture and we didn’t discover until we cut into them that 2 of them were filled!

Since we were in White Plains we stopped at Papi’ for lunch takeout.  These fried ravioli were so good!


2. Reading – With all of the snow I’ve been reading a lot! I recently finished Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. He is one of the exonerated Central Park 5 (see below). This is a YA poetry book and it is really good. My daughter is currently reading it now. I’m currently reading The Daydream Cabin by Carolyn Brown. It’s contemporary fiction/romance and is a good change from the other books I’ve been reading.

3. Watching –  I might have spent a good amount of time these past few days in front of the TV! I finally finished Bridgerton which I really enjoyed.  I watched 3 of the four episodes of When They See Us.  It’s a mini series on Netflix based on the events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case. I also started Firefly Lane after rereading the book. I have to say there are some major differences from the book. I’m also not a huge fan of the constant time frame changes. However, I’m going to watch the whole series since I loved the book both times I read it!

4. Cooking – We didn’t do a lot of recipe cooking this week.  The grocery stores were crazy pre-storm and I didn’t want to deal with crowds and lines.  So we made do with what we had in the house.  We made it to the store Tuesday night and I made Saucy Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Garden Vegetables from Half Baked Harvest which we all enjoyed.

5. Snow Fun – Since we only have 3 shovels, during one of my shoveling breaks I made a snowman family! Meanwhile, the kids were throwing snowballs at me!

And Monday when I was out shoveling by myself, my daughter made me this mug of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I posted Charcuterie Boards of Westchester County.

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Westchester Weekly {February 3}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly to see where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County this week.

Please note, this will be the last edition of Westchester Weekly. Follow our Instagram account to stay up to date on where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County!


Sunday, February 7th: (Harrison) Quenas Restaurant in Harrison is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The Peruvian restaurant will be serving a special tasting menu from 2 PM – 9 PM for $55/person. Reservations are recommended.

Wednesday, February 10th: (Mamaroneck) Boleria Brazilian Bakery in Mamaroneck is reopening after a 2 month closure.


Let’s Eat for Port Chester Restaurant Relief: (Port Chester) After a 10 week shutdown, Port Chester restaurants are back open for indoor dining. For the month of February, select Port Chester restaurants are offering specials. Use code EAT4PC and help support these local restaurants.


Branches of Beauty: (Scarsdale) The skin care and beauty boutique has Valentine’s Day Specials for the entire month of February including 15% off all gift cards, a special facial of the month and beauty packages.

The Katonah Reading Room: (Katonah) The Katonah Reading Room is opening this week after a remodel of the space. Shop the bookstore and enjoy a cup of coffee and lunch in the coffee bar.


Saturdays: (Hastings) Shop the winter season Hastings Farmers Market at the Zinsser Commuter Lot on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The market opens at 9:30 AM and it is recommended that you pre-order.

Saturdays: (Mamaroneck) Shop the Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Marketat Harbor Island Park from 9 AM – 1 PM. There will also be a textile recycling collection at this week’s farmers market.

Wednesdays: (Yorktown Heights) Winter Farmers Market at the Jefferson Valley Mall January 6 – April 7 at the Jefferson Valley Mall on the upper level near the food court. The market will take place from 1:30 – 5:30 PM every Wednesday through April 7.


(Through February 7):  Teatown Hudson River EagleFest – This year there will be no festival at Croton Point Park. Instead, there are both virtual and limited attendance in-person events taking place January 30th – February 7th. Registration is now open for the various programs.

Saturday, February 6th: (Harrison) The Westchester Children’s Museum in partnership with Life Time Fitness is offering an in-person Smart Tennis Workshop from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. This workshop is for children ages 5-8 to introduce them to the fundamentals of tennis. Please bring a tennis racquet and wear non-marking sneakers. $18/member, $20, non-member – pre-registration is required.

Saturday, February 6th: (Yorktown Heights) Bestie Bash Hearts & Crafts at Pizzazzles in the Jefferson Valley Mall. This free event takes place from 11 AM – 12:30 PM and includes a DJ, crafts, prizes and fun. (SOLD OUT!)

Saturday, February 6th: (Katonah) The Katonah Museum of Art reopens on Saturday, February 6th with the Young Arts exhibition. The public opening of this exhibit begins February 9th.

Saturday, February 6th: (Rye) Make a Polar Bear with polymer clay workshop at The Rye Arts Center. Ages 5-8, 2 PM – 3 PM, ages 9-12, 3 – 4 PM. $20/participant (members receive a discount).

Saturday, February 6th: (Katonah) Tapping The Trees at Muscoot Farm. 10 AM – 2:30 PM, 30-minute timeslots, $20/family


Wednesdays: (White Plains) BINGO Night at Wolf and Warrior Brewing. 6:30 PM every Wednesday, hosted by Ashley and Mouse.

Every Other Thursday: (Mamaroneck) Modern On The Rails is hosts a Trivia Night every other Thursday at 7 PM.

Fridays: (Katonah) Trivia Night 7 PM every Friday night at Jay Street Cafe.

(January 30 – February 7)Teatown Hudson River EagleFest – This year there will be no festival at Croton Point Park. Instead, there are both virtual and limited attendance in-person events taking place January 30th – February 7thRegistration is now open for the various programs.

February 7 – March 21st: (Katonah) Maple Sugaring at Muscoot Farm 10 AM – 2:30 PM, 30-minute time slots, $20/family

Yoga Classes: (Yorktown Heights) FREE yoga classes are offered at the Jefferson Valley Mall on Mondays at 10 AM, Thursdays at 10 AM, Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 10 AM. Classes are held on the bottom floor in the former Gap store, across from Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Remember to bring a yoga mat and wear a mask.

In The Area:

Saturday, February 6th: (Garrison)  Enjoy eagle viewing at Boscobel House and Gardens with Constitution Marsh Audubon and Putnam Highlands Audubon.  Two hour time slots are available from 9 AM – 2 PM.  Admission is $12/adult, $10/senior, $6/children (age 5-18), Free/children under 5.  Advance registration is required. All participants must bring their own viewing equipment (binoculars, scopes, etc.) Masks are required. 


Thursday, February 11th: (Rye) Valentine’s Day Workshop: Laser Cutting with Glowforge at The Rye Arts Center. Ages 9-12, 4:30 PM – 6 PM. Students will use CAD to create a Valentine’s themed pendant or pin that will then be laser cut and engraved. All supplies included. $25/participant (members receive a discount).

Thursday, February 11th: (Rye) The Rye Arts Center is partnering with the Greenwich Library to present a virtual night of live theater. Love Notes: One-Act Plays with Play With Your Food will be presented virtually from 7 PM – 8 PM by professional actors from JIB Productions. Register with the Greenwich Library to receive the Zoom link and password. This event is free.

Saturday, February 13th: (Yorktown Heights) Valentine’s Day Eve Party at Pizzazzles in the Jefferson Valley Mall. This is a drop off event where kids will dance to a DJ, enjoy a spaghetti and meatball dinner, sip on sparkling punch, decorate cupcakes, paint, play games and more. 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM, $45/child.

Saturday, February 13th: (Rye) The Westchester Children’s Museum is holding an in-person Cupid’s Color Lab from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. This workshop is for children ages 4-8 and is half chemistry, half art as they create colorful, unique Valentine cards. $9/participant (members), $10/participant (non-members). Pre-registration required.

Saturday, February 13th: (Rye) The Rye Arts Center is holding a Valentine’s Day Pop Up Cards Workshop. The workshop is from 10 AM – 12 PM for ages 10 and up. Bring a picture of a special person or animal. Materials will be provided to make 3 cards. $25/participant (members receive a discount).

(Saturdays) February 13th – March 13th:  (Yonkers) Sugar Maple Tree Tapping at Lenoir Preserve. Saturdays from February 13 – March 13, families can learn how they tap the maple trees at the preserve.  $20/session (30 minute time slots).   Program is by reservation only. Please call (914) 968-5851 to reserve your spot.