Well, we’re into day two of the three day weekend, and as far as cooking is concerned, it’s been a rhubarb spectacular. A friend brought me about 4 ½ lbs of rhubarb from his yard. So yesterday, with Magnolia’s help, I made rhubarb compote (rhubarb cooked with a ton of brown sugar into a kind of jam-type thing) and (even better) Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble (both recipes from, you guessed it, Smit Kit). I thought the pie was divine with some good vanilla ice cream on top. And the compote is going into my yogurt tomorrow morning.
Archive for May, 2010
Tags: brooklyn moms, Memorial Day, parenting
Hello, summer. We’ve been waiting for you. And we’re doing Memorial Day in the city this year — so bring on the fun.
BKLYN Yard’s weekend triple threat: Gowanus Food Truck Festival (get psyched!), Score Pop-Up Swap Meet, and Sunday Best Dance Party — Brokelyn
Luna Park opens at Coney Island — USAToday
Make a plan: Vacation ideas galore — Mommy Poppins
The season opens at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park — Victorian Gardens
Outdoor dining in Brooklyn — Brooklyn Based
A new fancy foods shop in Park Slope — Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn
Sex and the City 2 at BAM
Happy holiday weekend, mamas!
Tags: Cafe duCharme, CafeMom, cherry patter nyc, Foursquare, park slope, shiny brite blog, The Stir, Two Lovers
Tuesday morning started with a wardrobe meltdown which, after some drama and raised voices (mine), actually ended well (thanks for the support, honey!). Then school drop-off. Then random things with interesting names….
Tags: New York Times magazine summer travel, wanderlust, wanderlust cambodia
File under flukes: I happened to open The New York Times Summer 2010 Travel issue.
AND I had time to read it.
So now I’m obsessing over a store featured in the magazine called Wanderlust. It’s based in Cambodia, and run by a former New Yorker. The dresses, bags, shirts and jewelry are all screaming summer to me. The good news is that the store has a shipping facility in the U.S. I must have this dress:
Tags: DanaMade, farmer's market, Gowanus, J J Byrne Park, Meet Your Maker, Old American Can Factory, south slope
So “Life with kids, made better….” In case you hadn’t guessed, one thing that makes our lives better is shopping. Oh, how we miss the uninterrupted hours of browsing! But we still try to do what we can even though our free time sitch isn’t what it used to be.
We finally made it to the Meet Your Maker farmer’s market and artisan’s fair at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus — the last weekend before it moves back outdoors for the summer, but at least we made it. It was a low-key mix of funky and fabulous — local food and jewelry vendors, mostly — co-mingling in a great old space. I found some rings I really liked by DanaMade. Aren’t they fun? (I bought a blue stipe-y one.)
Dana uses vintage glass, plastics, and wood mounted on clear vintage lucite to make the rings; they’re bright, fun, perfect for summer, and very fairly priced (mine cost $20.) Check her Etsy shop for other markets around the city where you can find her.
We also spotted some adorable purses and kids’ clothing from a designer named Jessica Mezyk. Her Etsy shop is coming soon, but here’s a sneak peek:
This coming weekend, the farmer’s market moves back to its regular summer spot at J.J. Byrne Park (5th Avenue and Third Street in Brooklyn) near the playground and the Old Stone House. Love it because, well, it’s in the south Slope closer to where we live, and it’s not the zoo that the farmer’s market at Grand Army Plaza is. Don’t know if the artists and jewelry makers will tag along for the summer, but I hope so!
In any case, we’ll see you there.
Tags: fresh lemonade, iced tea
I have a long mental list of personal goals, but when I think about them cumulatively, it’s just too overwhelming. So I came up with the idea to set one simple, short-term goal for the summer. Something realistic, that I could achieve easily even as a busy mom, but that would also make me happy and add a little to our quality of life.
It may sound humble, but it’s to keep something cold and delicious always on hand in the fridge — namely, homemade lemonade and/or fresh-brewed iced tea.
The lemonade does actually take a little time to prepare ’cause you have to juice so damn many lemons and make the simple syrup, but it’s worth it once you have an icy-cold glass in hand out in the garden. (And the kids love it.) So far, I’ve been alternating between a pitcher of lemonade and one of iced tea.
It’s a small thing. But a good thing.
Wanna join me? Is there a simple summer goal you’d like to work on over the next few months? Tell me!