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Five on Friday {It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!}

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Hello December and hello holiday season! It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I took last Friday off from posting and relaxed over the four day Thanksgiving weekend. I hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving. This year, instead of celebrating in Maryland at my sister’s house (or like last year on a cruise ship!), we celebrated with just the four of us.  It was a quiet but delicious day. Here are eight (added extra for missing a week!) from the past two weeks: (follow me on Instagram to see more of what we are up to!)

1. Thanksgiving – Our small Thanksgiving dinner included a Tofurkey, homemade cornbread, vegan green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and a roasted delicata squash salad. This was our first time having a Tofurkey. It wasn’t actually bad. However, I love all the sides so much more!

2. Christmas Card – We ordered our cards from Snapfish and have them stuffed and labeled.  I hope to have them mailed out this weekend!

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2. Watching – This week I started watching Dawson’s Creek on Netflix.  I watched this show in college, where even then I thought they had an overly sophisticated vocabulary for “teens.” It brings back memories of college, where I was when the show first debuted. I also started watching a couple episodes of “The Pack” on Amazon.  This reminds me of the Amazing Race with dogs.

3. Braces Off – After two years, my daughter got her braces off last week!  She was so excited, as this is a huge event in a teenager’s life! ……..and then in about six months, my son gets to get his braces put on.

4. Eating – Macarons from Amanda’s Macaron Shoppe in Arlington.

Pho from Saigon Pho in Poughkeepsie.

The Portobello Burger from Shake Shack.

Jalapeño cheddar bagels from JV Hot Bagel.

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5.Reading –  I am currently reading two books. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson is a YA book that I borrowed from the library for my daughter but decided to read.  I also just started reading an ARC of The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth.  I’ve enjoyed all of her books and am excited for this one.

6. Westchester’s  Winter Wonderland – last Saturday we had a hosted visit to Westchester’s Winter Wonderland.  This year due to COVID it was a drive-thru experience.  It was so colorful, festive and fun.

7. Hiking – Last Friday we went hiking at Black Creek Preserve in Esopus.  There is this cool suspension bridge at the very beginning of the hike and then beautiful Hudson River views at the end.

8. Cooking – these Butternut Squash Tacos with Crispy Brussels Sprouts was one of our favorite dinners this week.  Unfortunately, tacos don’t photograph well. But these were so tasty!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared our Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide.

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

You may also enjoy:

Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide

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Westchester Weekly {December 2}

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

Eat/Drink:

Longford’s Ice Cream: (Rye & Larchmont) Get festive and enjoy a scoop (or two!) of seasonal Peppermint Stick Ice Cream or buy an ice cream Yule log for the holidays.

Peekskill Coffee House: (Peekskill) Try the new Rainbow Cookie Latte (Raspberry, almond and chocolate flavored latte) at the Peekskill Coffee House.

Wing Things: A Takeout Pop-up at The Parlor: (Dobbs Ferry) On December 7th, The Parlor is having its first takeout pop-up featuring chicken wings. There will be six different flavors of wings by Chef Sanchez Salazar. Online pre-ordering and pickup only. Check the website for the menu.

Shop:

Coffee Lab Roasters: (Tarrytown) All month long they are offering 10% off all coffee and merchandise purchased on their website (code: DECEMBER)

Katonah Museum of Art Jewelry Show: (Katonah) This year’s show will be virtual, where you can purchase, “a diverse array of contemporary jewelry from a curated selection of artisans.” (December 1-4)

Peekskill Clay Studios Holiday Market: (Peekskill) December 5th & 6th at the Hat Factory, 11 AM – 4 PM. Shop for pottery, jewelry and other gifts at this holiday market.

White Plains Holiday Market: (White Plains) This holiday pop up market will feature over 40 vendors in individual open-air booths. (December 3 – 13) Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM

Play:

Booze & Boughs at the Bedford Playhouse: (Bedford) Saturday, December 5th, 4 PM. Enjoy holiday themed cocktails while you participate in a wreath making class lead by designers from the Bedford Village Flower Shoppe. $150/ticket

Virtual Chamber Music Festival: (online) Saturday, December 5th at 7 PM, enjoy a screening Watch Party on YouTube of The Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s student performances. Students in the Classical Chamber Music program have recorded a series of duos over the semester for your listening enjoyment.

Virtual Video Holiday Party: (online/Peekskill) Every Wednesday in December at 7 PM enjoy a Virtual Video Holiday Party with Cap’n Goodtimes Entertainment and Gleason’s. Order themed cocktails and food and snacks and you will get a link for the movie with your order.
Movies include:
December 2 – Home Alone
December 9 – Scrooged
December 16 – Gremlins
December 23 – Classic TV Specials (Rudolph, The Grinch and more)
December 30 – Trading Places

Westchester Winter Wonderland: (Valhalla) This year’s Winter Wonderland will be a 1.2 mile drive-thru experience featuring lights and music. (November 27 – January 3)

Check out our Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide.





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Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide {2020 Edition}

If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet….it’s time. Living in the Hudson Valley, there are some unique gifts that you can give and receive. Our Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide will help you find something for everyone on your list!

Magazine Subscriptions: If you want to give a gift that will last all year, give a magazine subscription to either Hudson Valley Magazine or Westchester Magazine. Both, owned by Today Media, highlight the best of the Hudson Valley and Westchester County, respectively. At just $18.97, this is an affordable gift that the recipient will enjoy all year long.

Park Passes:

On my list this year again, is a New York State Empire Pass. This pass costs $80 for the year and enables unlimited day-use vehicle entry into most of the NYS parks. Some favorite area state parks include Bear Mountain, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Minnewaska State Park. However, I see some New York state exploring in our future and think we’ll get a lot of use out of this pass in the upcoming year.

You can also gift/receive a Westchester County Park pass. If you enjoy staying closer to home, but enjoy the great outdoors, then the Westchester Park pass is a great gift option. For $180, the Family Park Pass is valid for three years from the date of issuance. The pass gives discounted admission to all pools, beaches and parking. The pass allows access to the boat launch at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle and the tennis courts at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. Plus, you get discounts for camping, golf and more.

Restaurant Gift Certificates – Now more than ever, restaurants need our business. Even though many of us may not feel comfortable dining inside, many restaurants offer takeout. Gift or ask for a certificate to your favorite restaurant.

Memberships: For another gift that recipients can enjoy all year, think about gifting a membership to one of their favorite attractions. In past years we’ve asked for and received family memberships to the Bronx Zoo, the NYBG and the Historic Hudson Valley.

Individuals and/or couples may enjoy a membership to their favorite museum or art or music institution. Memberships are available at the Hudson River Museum, Caramoor, Katonah Museum of Art and more.

Experience Gifts: If you know the interests and hobbies of your gift recipient, give them an experience gift. Because most of these experiences now require a reserved time, you may opt to give a gift card or get input from the gift receiver prior to purchasing. Below are just a few examples of experiences that can be gifted.

Boundless Adventures – For adventure seekers, give the gift of an aerial park experience. This was a fun family experience (read more here)! They sell Gift Tickets.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area – Have skiers or snow boarders on your list? They may enjoy a season pass or gift card to Thunder Ridge Ski Area.

Grand Prix New York – This attraction in Mount Kisco has go-karts, bowling, a GPX ninja course and an arcade. Gift cards are available so receivers can enjoy a visit whenever they feel comfortable going.

Homemade Gift Baskets – The Hudson Valley is filled with tons of small businesses that make everything from sweets, sauces, coffee and soaps to jewelry and tie-dyed or handknit goods. Purchase some of your favorites and create your own custom gift basket to give.

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Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide

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Westchester Weekly {November 25}

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

Eat:

Bona Bona Ice Cream Pop-Up at the Westchester Mall – (White Plains) This pop-up opened November 21st. You can enjoy Bona Bona’s signature meringue topped ice cream treats while you do your holiday shopping! The pop-up is located across from the Lululemon store. They will be selling ice cream sandwiches, sundaes and pints.

PB Pizza and Beer at the Jefferson Valley Mall – (Yorktown Heights) Peekskill Brewery has opened up an extension of their Peekskill production facility at the JV Mall. Visit the new restaurant on Level 2. Enjoy their selection of beers as well as pizza, wings and more. You can dine in, take out or get delivery.

Shop:

American Christmas: (Mount Vernon) The well-known Christmas Display Company is having a warehouse sale open to the public for the first time! You can shop their Christmas decorations sale November 27, 28 and December 5 from 10 AM – 5 PM.

Auntie Liana’s Baked with Love and Vintage & Vine Pop-Up Shop at the Jefferson Valley Mall: (Yorktown Heights) Enjoy Auntie Liana’s cakeballs and buy Vintage & Vine’s antique arrangements filled with live succulents. This pop-up featuring woman-owned shops will be open November 21st – December 24th.

hOMe Beauty & Wellness: (Chappaqua) The owners of Cold Spring General have opened a new store in Chappaqua. hOMe Beauty & Wellness is a wellness studio and boutique selling all kinds of beauty, wellness, home and holiday gifts.

Makers Market at Makers Central: (Tarrytown) Saturday, November 28, 11 AM -5 PM. Do some holiday shopping at the Makers Central studio and support local. This will be a socially distant, COVID conscious event. Dress warmly, as it will be similar to an outdoor market.

Play:

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland: (Valhalla) This year’s Westchester’s Winter Wonderland will be a 1.2 mile drive-thru experience featuring lights and music. (November 27 – January 3) Tickets are $25/car and are for a selected date and time.

Upcoming Events:

Katonah Museum of Art Jewelry Show: (Katonah) This year’s show will be virtual, where you can purchase, “a diverse array of contemporary jewelry from a curated selection of artisans.” (December 1-4)

White Plains Holiday Market: (White Plains) This holiday pop up market will feature over 40 vendors. (December 3 – 13)

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Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide

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Five on Friday {Quarantine is over!}

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Happy Friday! Today my husband and son are finally out of quarantine! Yesterday was Dana’s birthday, which was also his last day of quarantine.  I took the day off from work today and we are going out for a belated birthday lunch date to celebrate.  Field Hockey season ended earlier this week, so no more early Saturday morning practices for my daughter (and us). This weekend I’m hoping to get our Christmas card picture taken.   Here are five from this week:

1. Author in the family – I received a special package in the mail Wednesday: a copy of the book that my dad wrote!  We have a published author in the family!  It’s an historical biography that he’s been researching and writing for years. It’s amazing to see it finally in print!

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2. Watching – This week I watched the entire season of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. It’s based on a book by Walter Tevis. I don’t play chess but really enjoyed the show!

3. Baking – This week I made pumpkin bloodies. I’m not over pumpkin quite yet! I also made this no-knead bread. The bread is made in a Dutch Oven and was really easy. Hot, freshly made bread is delicious!

4. Eating – This week we ordered a Grandma Pie from Stella’s.  

Dana made Carrot Dogs.  They surprisingly tasted like hot dogs!

And we loved these African Curry Quinoa Puffs from Aldi’s. They were so flavorful!

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5.Reading –  I am finishing up Anxious People by Frederick Backman.  It’s not my favorite book of his, (Beartown is definitely my fave!) but it’s enjoyable enough.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I shared our Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide.

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Westchester Weekly {November 18}

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

Eat/Drink:

Christopher’s by Chef Joe: (Larchmont) Enjoy lunch or dinner at this new restaurant in Larchmont. Christopher’s by Chef Joe opened at the beginning of November and serves steak, seafood, pasta and more.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: (multiple locations) This is the last week of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. It is taking place until the 22nd. (Lunch $25.95, Dinner $35.95) Make your reservations now!

Meraki Taverna: (Armonk) This new Greek restaurant opened yesterday in Armonk. Head chef and owner, Mike Sarris is not new to the restaurant world, as he formerly owned and ran Elia Taverna in Bronxville and Yia Yia Taverna in Brooklyn.

Shop:

Clay Holiday Annual Sale: (Port Chester) Shop online or in-person, by appointment for the holidays. They have a variety of handmade products include decorative sculptures, mugs, serving pieces and more. Sale begins Saturday, November 21.

Play:

Hoe Down at PizZaZzles (Jefferson Valley Mall): (Yorktown Heights) Saturday, November 21st, 6:15 PM – 8:45 PM. A drop off event for children ages 4-10. Limited to 30 kids. $45/per child. Games, fun, fried chicken and cornbread and more. Register at: Jessica@pizzazzles.com.

Saturday Clay at Clay Arts Center: (Port Chester) Get introduced to clay at this class. Participants will be guided through themed handbuilding projects by professional ceramic artists. Pre-registration is required.
$25/person, ages 6+
Select Saturdays: November 21, December 5, December 19 (2 – 4 PM)

Other:

Holiday Clothing Drive: (Yorktown Heights) Clean out your closet and drop off any unused clothing at the Yorktown Love in Action Holiday Clothing Drive. Saturday, November 21st, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Curbside drop off.

Upcoming Events:

Katonah Museum of Art Jewelry Show: (Katonah) This year’s show will be virtual, where you can purchase, “a diverse array of contemporary jewelry from a curated selection of artisans.” (December 1-4)

Westchester Winter Wonderland: (Valhalla) This year’s Winter Wonderland will be a 1.2 mile drive-thru experience featuring lights and music. (November 27 – January 3)

White Plains Holiday Market: (White Plains) This holiday pop up market will feature over 40 vendors. (December 3 – 13)

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Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide

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Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide

The lights, the music and of course Santa Claus! With COVID, things may look different this year, but there are still many Hudson Valley holiday events taking place. Check out our Hudson Valley Holiday Events Guide for all the info!
As always, please check directly with the venue for the most up-to-date information.

A Christmas Carol 2020

A Christmas Carol 2020 at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinbeck: (Rhinebeck) This year’s performance of A Christmas Carol will be a drive-in live theatre experience. The show is presented on an outdoor stage
Dates: November 19 – December 20, 7 PM (no performances Nov. 26 & 27)
Tickets/Price: $20 /person

A Frosty Fest

A Frosty Fest: (Ulster Park)
Attractions include a Meet and Greet with Dasher the Reindeer, Holiday characters, drive through Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, visit the Magical Mansion, outdoor photo with Santa, walk through Frosty’s Adventure, photo with Blizzard the Bear, “Jingle the Elf” stage show and more.
Dates: Weekends only (Friday-Sunday) November 27 – December 20
Tickets/Price: $15.95/adult + service charge and tax, $12.95/child (under 12) + service charge and tax, Free/children under 12 months
*Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Christmas Tree at the Cross County Center: (Yonkers) The Cross County Center has a new Christmas tree this year. The 44 foot tall tree has a walk through feature where you can look up to the top of the tree. Throughout the season there will be strolling entertainers, a Holiday Food Truck Market and a Pop-Up Ice Skating rink.

Grand Holiday Illuminations at Untermyer Park & Gardens: (Yonkers) This annual holiday light show will take place at Untermyer Park & Gardens. Tickets are not yet available, but check the Untermyer Gardens site for updates.
Dates: December 12 – January 3
Tickets/Price: Free, but timed entry reservations needed

Holiday on the Hill at Lasdon Park and Arboretum: (Katonah) Enjoy the annual Holiday on the Hill exhibit and train show at Lasdon Park and Arboretum. Tickets will be sold online only for scheduled entry. Enjoy the holiday train exhibit, outdoor safe Santa visits and more.
Dates: December 4 – January 31

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Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo: (Bronx)
Enjoy five lantern safaris throughout the park, ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters and more.
Dates: Select dates November 20 – January 10
Tickets/Price: $34.95/Adult (Age 13+), $22.95/Child (Ages 3-12), $31.95/Senior (Age 65+), $17/Parking

Holiday Lights Parade at FDR Park: (Yorktown) The Yorktown Parks and Recreation department is holding a holiday lights parade featuring decorated floats.
Date: Saturday, December 5 at 7 PM
Tickets/Price: Free

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Orange County Fairgrounds: (Middletown) Enjoy a holiday drive through, multi media projection show, lighted displays and more. Drinks and treats will be available for purchase.
Dates: November 27 – January 3 (Thursday – Sunday, November 27 – December 13), (Daily, December 17 – January 3) 5 PM – 10 PM
Tickets/Price: $25/per car online in advance, $30/per car at the door

Holiday Tea Musicale at Caramoor: (Virtual) Enjoy a special holiday streamed performance and self-paced virtual tour of the Rosen House.
You can add a Holiday Tea Box for $50 that includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, holiday treats and a variety of teas. A Deluxe Tea Set is available for $120 that includes a teapot, two teacups, a tray and a Caramoor tea blend. Boxes need to be picked up at Caramoor December 18, 19 or 20 between 10 AM and 12 PM.
Dates: December 14 – January 1, with special viewing performances on December 18, 19 and 20 at 1 PM, where you can chat with the Director of the Rosen House and fellow attendees
Tickets/Price: $10

NYBG Train Show

Holiday Train Show at NYBG: (Bronx)
This year, the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is a members only event. Members need to reserve tickets in advance and are limited to one visit.
Dates: November 12 – January 31

Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival: (Wappingers Falls)
This year the Holiday Spirit Festival will be an all outdoor event. Enjoy the Winter Wonderland Walk through a North Pole village, train exhibit, Santa’s Reindeer Barn, holiday entertainment, characters and more.
Dates: Weekends Only (Friday-Sunday) November 27 – December 27, and December 22 and 23
Tickets/Price: $16/General Admission, Free/under 2 years

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Merry & Bright: A Holiday Driving Tour: (Hyde Park) The town of Hyde Park is holding a holiday light driving tour created by the community and local businesses. Homes can sign up to be part of the tour and ballots can be printed so you can vote on your favorite display. The kick-off on December 6th at 6 PM will include special one night only light displays at several town locations.
Dates: December 6 – December 20
Tickets/Price: Free

NYBG GLOW: (Bronx)
GLOW is an evening, outdoor illuminated experience at the New York Botanical Garden. During your visit you can also enjoy ice carving displays, dancers, musicians and other outdoor fun.
Dates: November 27, & 28, December 5, 12, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, January 1, 2, 9
Tickets/Price: $30/adults, $18/children (2-12), Free/children under 2
Members: $20/adult, $10/children (2-12), Free/children
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Peace, Love, Lights: Drive-Thru Holiday Lights Experience at Bethel Woods: (Swan Lake) Enjoy an over one mile drive-thru holiday illuminated experience from the warmth of your car.
Dates: November 23 – January 3, 5 PM – 10 PM
Tickets/Price: $20/car

While you are at Bethel Woods, you can also enjoy Dinner with Santa before or after your drive-thru experience.
Dates: December 3- December 27, 5 PM – 8 PM
Price: $45/adult, $20/child

Photos with Santa:

Jefferson Valley Mall: (Yorktown Heights) This year photos with Santa will be looking a little different. Reservations are strongly recommended. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks and guests are required to wear masks as well. This will be a socially distant experience.
Dates: November 27 – December 24

The Westchester: (White Plains) This year photos with Santa will be looking a little different. Reservations are required. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks and guests are required to wear masks as well. This will be a socially distant experience.
Dates: November 20 – December 24

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Westchester’s Winter Wonderland: (Valhalla) This year, Westchester’s Winter Wonderland will be a drive-thru experience. Enjoy a 1.2-mile illuminated drive from the warmth of your car. You will enjoy a light and music extravaganza.
Dates: Open every night November 27 – January 3, (except November 30, December 7, December 14, December 24 and December 25)
Tickets/Price: $25/car, $40/van or limo

White Plains Holiday Market: (White Plains)
This holiday market will be held on Court Street between Martine Ave. and Main Street. Over 40 vendors and artisans will be selling their wares in sheds similar to those seen at Bryant Park.
Dates: December 18 – December 23

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Five on Friday {Quarantine Edition}

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Happy Friday! This week has been a bit crazy and stressful for us. One of my son’s friends tested positive for COVID earlier in the week. Both my husband and son were in close contact with him and need to quarantine for two weeks. The friend, fortunately, has mild symptoms and is doing well. However, I didn’t realize how difficult quaranting could be! My husband has been relegated to the sofa to sleep. We moved my daughter’s stuff out of the kids’ bathroom and she is sharing my bathroom. When we are in the same space in the house as each other, we wear masks. COVID cases are increasing as seen in ALL the schools in our area. Sadly, with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up and cooler weather where people have to be indoors, the cases are likely going to increase. Please stay safe everyone! With my husband and son still quaranting this weekend, I’m not sure what our plans are. The weather is getting cooler and it looks like it’s going to rain all day Sunday. So, we likely will not be outside very much. Here are five from this past week:

1.Day Date – Last weekend the weather was beautiful. My husband and I tried a new-to-us Filipino restaurant, Karederya in Nyack. We ordered takeout and then went to a local park and enjoyed a picnic with this amazing view.

This was our first time trying Filipino food, but it won’t be our last. Everything, including this Pancit Bihon with mushrooms and crispy tofu was delicious!

2. Aldi’s – Do you have an Aldi’s near you? Our nearest Aldi’s is about a half hour drive, but we love shopping there. I hear they have several Advent calendars including a cheese one, a wine one, a beer one and even a coffee one! Last weekend when we stopped in, I didn’t see any of them (FYI – sadly ,NY Aldi’s stores don’t sell alcohol). But I did buy myself this chocolate Advent calendar that I’m excited about! #itsthelittlethings

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3. Reading – I am almost finished reading The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. She is one of my favorite authors and I usually love everything I read by her. So far though, I’m not loving this one. It’s very well written though, as she always does a ton of research for her books.

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4. Watching – Wednesday, I had off for Veteran’s Day. It was cold and rainy so I did something I rarely do. I binge watched the entire season of Dash & Lily on Netflix! The series is only eight episodes. It’s based on the YA book Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan Rachel Cohn. It was a fun, cute holiday series!

5. Eating – Star Fruit. It looks cool and tastes a little tart and a little sweet.

Our favorite dinner of the week was Pinch of Yum’s Creamy Red Pepper Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes.

Bonus: Tuesday I shared my October reads. One of the books that I read and reviewed was Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I’m not sure how she found my post, but she commented on it! It was a great book and now I want to read all her other books!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared my October 2020 Reads.

Wednesday I posted the newest edition of Westchester Weekly.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!

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Westchester Weekly {November 11th}

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

Eat/Drink:

Broccoli’s Luncheonette: (Dobbs Ferry) Enjoy all kinds of sandwiches, salads and more at this newly opened lunch spot in Dobbs Ferry.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: (multiple locations) Hudson Valley Restaurant Week begins Monday, November 9th and takes place through the 22nd. (Lunch $25.95, Dinner $35.95) Make your reservations now!

Shop:

American Christmas: (Mount Vernon) The well-known Christmas Display Company is having a warehouse sale open to the public for the first time! You can shop their Christmas decorations sale November 14, 15, 27, 28 and December 5 from 10 AM – 5 PM.

Apple Farm: (Peekskill) Apple Farm is having their grand opening celebration of their newest grocery store in Peekskill. The grand opening sale is taking place November 6 – November 13.

Bucko Shop: (Peekskill) This new clothing, gifts and home goods shop opens Saturday, November 14th in Peekskill.

Play:

Code Ninjas: (Mount Kisco) Code Ninjas is opening November 19th in Mount Kisco. November 11-November 17 they are holding open houses where families can tour the facilities and learn about their coding and robotics programs. Sign-ups for the open houses is required to limit the number of families at one time.

Exit 5 Live Music: (Katonah) Enjoy listening to the band Exit 5 play live in downtown Katonah. They will be playing their blend of classic rock, 80’s, 90’s, country, punk and R&B at the gazebo.
Saturday, November 14 at 3:30 PM

Virtual Cooking Classes with Zwillings Cooking Studio: $35/person
Friday, November 13: Virtual “Mexican Fiesta” (6 PM – 8 PM)
Saturday, November 14 : Virtual “Holiday Menu” (3 PM – 6 PM – $45/person)
Sunday, November 15: Virtual “Baking Basics for Kids” (1 PM – 3 PM)

YoFiFest: (Yonkers) The 8th Annual Yonkers Film Festival is taking place November 6 – 15. This year all of the films are available Virtual On Demand (VOD) with scheduled live talkbacks with the filmmakers. Check out the site for a listing of the films and live event schedule.

Upcoming Events:

Katonah Museum of Art Jewelry Show: (Katonah) This year’s show will be virtual, where you can purchase, “a diverse array of contemporary jewelry from a curated selection of artisans.” (December 1-4)

Westchester Winter Wonderland: (Valhalla) This year’s Winter Wonderland will be a 1.2 mile drive-thru experience featuring lights and music. (November 27 – January 3)

White Plains Holiday Market: (White Plains) This holiday pop up market will feature over 40 vendors. (December 3 – 13)

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October 2020 Reads

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Another month has flown by. My reading has continued to slow down, but I think part of the problem is that I haven’t been reading very good books. Most of my books this month were 3 star, “okay” reads. We are almost half-way through November and I am going to continue my tradition of reading some holiday books over the next month and a half! These will hopefully be light, quick, enjoyable reads! I’m sharing my October 2020 reads with Steph and Jana’s monthly Show Us Your Books linkup.

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – (Mystery/Thriller – March 2020) – A twisted mother/daughter relationship resulting in a dark and disturbing read. I honestly couldn’t decide who was crazier!

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – (Contemporary Romance – November 2019) A cute romance book about a chronically ill nerd and a red-headed apartment super/artist. I found the couple to be so awkwardly cute. A fun, light read.

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Whisper Network by Chandler Baker – (Contemporary/Mystery -July 2019) A group of women working in corporate America take a stand when one of their male colleagues will likely become the next CEO. This book is a mixture of the #metoo movement and a mystery. However, I found it to be a very slow read.

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkaner – (Mystery/Thriller – March 2020) A lonely girl witnesses a suicide. Then she meets sisters who befriend her and help her turn her life around. But is it too good to be true?

4 Stars

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Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey – (Contemporary Romance – April 2020) – Two strangers end up helping each other out and forming a deep friendship. With likable characters, this was a fun, light read.

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Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy – (Thriller/Mystery – October 2020) A newlywed couple move from the city to upstate NY. The The husband, a therapist sees his patients in the perfect office, in the basement of the house. He doesn’t know that a vent in the ceiling allows everything that is said to be heard in the house. Then one stormy night, he ends up disappearing. This thriller had lots of twists that made for an enjoyable read.

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One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London – (Contemporary Romance – July 2020) A plus-sized fashion blogger becomes the next star of a Bachelorette-esque show. Are the guys there for the “right reason” and can she find love? As a fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette series, I found this to be a fun read.

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