Monday, October 13, 2008

The Big Apple and an Award!

Hi! I'm back! The big secret was that we flew up to New York for a surprise party for my dad's 70th Birthday. I have no idea who in my family actually reads this thing, but didn't want to take any chances on blowing the surprise so I needed to keep it hush-hush. All in all we were there for about 5 days - we decided to add a couple of days to the trip, pull the kids out of school and see some of the fantastic sights that the city has to offer.

This is me and my sister in Battery Park getting ready to take the ferry out to see the Lady herself. I had hoped we'd both get to wear crowns, but since that wasn't an option, I took the torch and here I am lifting my lamp beside the golden door.

The NYC Wine and Food Festival was going on while we were there but everything was sold out and I don't think I could have convinced the kids that seeing Alton Brown, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay would be more exciting than visiting The Whale at the Museum of Natural History (more about the whale later - I'm personally rather disappointed about the whale). I've got to download all the rest of the pics we took and sort thru them, but I'll share soon.

While I was gone, the lovely and talented Barbara of Barbara Bakes gave me the "E for Excellent" Award! Thanks so much! What a nice surprise for ME to come home to. I in turn, would like to share this Most Excellent Award with some bloggers who I think are pretty neat: Nancy at A Recipe a Day always has recipes that I think my kids will eat; April Marie of Girl Japan offers up a unique perspective on life abroad with social commentary (and food) in the mix; and finally Lisa who lives on The Cutting Edge of Ordinary who generously shares her family and food with all of us.

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  1. Aww Lisa thanks! That was so sweet!

    To answer your questions about the apple butter...yes I'm canning it, lots of it for a little extra Christmas pressie for family & friends. You can freeze it too. We always have a jar in the fridge. The best way to eat it, warm over ice cream! Oh gawd! It's so good!

  2. Luck you spending time in NY with your family!

  3. Lisa, thank you soooooo much!! I loved hanging out in Battery Park, do they still have the Au Pain on the corners? Happy 70th to your dad! You look like you had a fabulous time Lisa = )

  4. Lisa, congratulations and very best wishes to your dad! And congratulations to you on this well-deserved award!

  5. Congratulations on your award and THANK YOU for passing it on to me :)

    I loved reading about your NYC trip ~ we lived in the battery park area for 9 years and we MISS it!

    Thanks again!

  6. Your pumpkin spice version sounds really nice! Thanks for participating!

  7. Sounds like a fun trip to NYC. I'd say I'm jealous, but I'm going in a few weeks! Excited!


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