Posts filed under 'In the family'

make love not war

My favorite veteran and my hopefully future never ever ever ever ever a veteran.

Moms, hug your boys.

3 comments November 11th, 2011

puzzle master

If your kid needs help learning how to do puzzles, Matthew is an excellent coach.

2 comments November 6th, 2011

east coast cousin convention

2 comments July 8th, 2011

july 3rd weekend

This year we decided to spend the July 4th holiday weekend in Montreal with Matthew’s sister Theresa and her family. Theresa’s birthday is July 3rd so we thought it would be fun to come and celebrate with her. Plus she is due in just a few weeks with their 2nd girl, and their life is about to get a bit more complicated. Why not force houseguests upon them?!

We got in Saturday night after a hellish 12 hour journey and Sunday morning we started prepping for her birthday party. We got our 2 best people to handle the decorations.

Matthew was nominated as head chef and he and Theresa turned out an amazing spread of: sliders with his special hamburger sauce, potato salad, veggies with tzatziki, artichoke dip and corn and black bean salsa. All homemade, even the lemonade and iced tea. YUM.

Happy Birthday Theresa!

2 comments July 7th, 2011

father’s day 2011

A walk around the Lower East Side

Breakfast at Clinton St. Baking (best pancakes in NYC) We got there just after they opened and still had a 45min wait. All these peeps aren’t just hanging out. They are all waiting for pancakes.

There was pancakes, there was scrambled eggs with grilled tomatoes.

There was “macon”

Matthew was gifted a dozen roses.

It was a lovely day.

1 comment June 20th, 2011

photo: may 10

Asher LOVES flowers. Around here people plant flowers in these little garden beds on the street in front of their house. We usually try to make him look from behind the fence but he really likes to get up close and personal with every single flower we pass. He’s been learning his colors so its great practice. “a peenk fah-lah! a pupple fah-lah!” its just too cute. We have made multiple friends on our block due to his obsession and they all comment on how observant he is. We helped Mary plant some plants in front of her house. He watched her dig in the dirt, plant the bulb and water it and we even found a worm. Arthur came down from his stoop when he saw us admiring his new flowers that he planted because the tree in front of his house  had to be torn down, and we even met Andrew, a 17month old, and helped his mom and grandma clear small rocks out of their “garden.” (a 4×3 box of dirt on their stoop) Lucky for him we are a 15 minute walk from the botanic garden, and lucky for me it’s free on Tuesdays.


See what I did there? I pretended an entire month did not pass without a photo. I TOOK photos but the combo of 18 hr work days (Matthew) a week’s vacation in San Francisco and Monterey (all of us) 14 hr works days (Matthew again) no internet (our stupid apartment) and a bad cold (Meeeeeeeeeee!) I just haven’t been on my computer much at all. I’ve been really busy enjoying the beautiful weather with Asher. On top of that my blog server changed so I am in the process of redoing everything – if you aren’t seeing this in your reader that’s why – and its taking up much of my blog time.

Rising with the sun and spending long days outside lead to an early bedtime for me, but I will try to post when I can!

1 comment May 10th, 2011

paying the bills

Matthew has been crazy busy since he got home from the Superbowl. He recently did the Lighting Design for 2 web-only shows so I thought it would be fun to share his work since you’ll never see it on the TeeVee.

The first one was Live in NYC: The National (for MTV)

{photo by Scott Gries/MTV}

You can watch it here.

The next is a show Matthew does for Engadget on a monthy basis called The Engadget Show where they talk about new electronics and techy stuff. This one was a bit larger than usual because it was a world premiere of something or other. Flying cars? I dunno.

{photo by J.Wagenseller}

You can watch it here.

1 comment February 24th, 2011

on christmas day in the morning

3 comments December 26th, 2010

renee's latkes

Last year for Channukah we experimented with a new recipe. I had read about it in Food and Wine and being a lover of all things Gail I really wanted to try them.

My mom came to visit and made them and they were so delicious we made them again this year. We had a bit of a pot luck Channukah feast last week with Dan and Jen bringing her AMAZING matzoh ball soup and a delicious goat cheese and pear salad, seriously she makes the best salads so I always make her bring one. My mom made her famous meatballs and of course the latkes, and Matthew delivered a perfectly cooked roast beef. Ramona saved the day with her homemade rugelach and snickerdoodles or we wouldn’t have had much dessert at all.

Do yourself a favor and make these. You don’t have to wait for Channukah! They would be great in a mini size for a party and they freeze well and reheat. Don’t forget the sour cream and applesauce for dipping, even though my dad will tell you to sprinkle them with sugar.


3 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and halved
1 large yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped dill (we leave this out)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Canola oil, for frying
Applesauce and sour cream, for serving


Set a large strainer over a bowl. In a food processor fitted with the shredding disk, shred the potatoes and onion in batches. Add each batch to the strainer and let stand for 5 minutes, then squeeze dry. Pour off all of the liquid in the bowl and add the shredded potatoes. Stir in the flour, eggs, dill, salt and baking powder. Scrape the mixture back into the strainer and set it over a bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.

In a very large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of canola oil until shimmering. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the canola oil for each latke, pressing slightly to flatten. Fry over moderate heat, turning once, until the latkes are golden and crisp on both sides, about 7 minutes. Drain the latkes on a paper towel–lined baking sheet. Serve the latkes hot with applesauce and sour cream

{Original recipe here}

3 comments December 20th, 2010

oh tannenbaum

Today we picked up our Christmas Tree – the first we have had since 2004. For the past 10 years or so we worked it out so that we visit Matthew’s family in Vancouver one year and celebrate on our own the next. The past 2 “off” years we traveled to Europe on Christmas Day, making it pretty pointless to have a tree.

This time we thought it would be best to stay home and start some traditions of our own.

One of the things Matthew wanted to do was take Asher tree shopping so off we went. They sell trees on our corner, and 2 blocks away but we decided to head a little further down the road so we could buy our tree from the Old First Nursery people. The Annual Christmas Tree Sale makes up a huge amount of the fundraising efforts for their preschool and being neighborhood parents we thought it made sense to help them out.

Tomorrow’s big task, looking through decorations that haven’t been opened in 6 years. I have a feeling there will be a trip to the donation center in our future…

1 comment December 18th, 2010

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