Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Events are Starting!!!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday events are beginning this week. We will update as necessary. Enjoy this magical time with your family and friends, and stay safe and warm!

Wednesday, November 27-
4:30pm- Hanukkah Menorah Lighting- Westhampton Beach Village Green- Students of the Hebrew Synagogue will lead in the singing of Hanukkah songs. Latkes and hot chocolate will be served.

Friday, November 29-
10:30 am- Angelina Ballerina- CMEE, Bridgehampton- CMEE welcomes Katherine Holabird for a reading of her book Angelina Ballerina. She will be accompanied by ballet dancers from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School.
$10 for non-members, free for members

10:30 am-Celebrate Hanukkah- Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton- Family program begins at 10:30am
Latke lunch at noon
Candle lighting, Hanukkah songs
Shabbat dinner and service starts at 4:30pm
Donate a toy for admission
$20 for dinner, $10 for younger than 12
Reservations required

Saturday and Sunday include more menorah lightings, tree lightings, a polar plunge, lighthouse lighting, fire truck parade, and Christmas parade, and lots of Santa visits. We will update on Friday!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harvest Activities Continue and Halloween Fun Starts!!!!!

As October continues, the harvest activities continue and Halloween fun starts!  Enjoy it!!!!

Saturday, October 19

11:00am-12:00pm- Surfin' Safari- Hither Hills State Park, Montauk- Keep your eyes and ears open for evidence of animal life. check for animal tracks, features, burrows, and sounds. Meet at Hither Hills Visitor Center. Parking is free.
$4 adults, $3 for children ages 3-17, under 3 is free.
Register at 631-668-2554

11:00am-2:00pm- Enchanted Forest Trail- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue- Meet whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails.  The parking lot will be full of games and activities.  Dress up if you like.
Ages 2-7 with adult.  Reservations are required.  $10 per person.  This event also takes place Sunday, October 27th.

11:00am-4:00pm- Harvest Celebration at Long Island Science Center, 11 West Main Street, Riverhead

12:00pm-4:00pm- AAA Member Spooktacular at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead- This event is free for everyone, but if you are an AAA member RSVP on the AAA website to be entered for a $100 gift card to Tanger.
Bounce house, photo booth, petting zoo, games, face painting, costume parade
AAA experts to do battery checks and car seat safety checks

1:00pm- 3:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Open House, Noyac Road, North Sea

Sunday, October 20

11:00am-12:00pm- Family Scavenger Hunt, Downs Farm Preserve, Cutchogue- Group for the East End, Southold Mother's Club, and Lyrical Children are hosting the 1st Annual Family Scavenger Hunt through the woodlands of Downs Farm Preserve. Please contact Lisa at tuthill1@aol.com or Missy at mweiss@eastendenvironmnet.org to register. Suggested donation of $5 per family.

For those of you planning ahead:

10/25- Halloween Bash at CMEE, Bridgehampton
10/25-20th Annual Spooky Walk at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/25- The Haunted Path and Rec Night at SYS, Southampton
10/25- Zombie Dance Party at Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays
10/25- Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
10/26- Tricks, Treats, Tentacles, and More at Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/26- Halloween Walkabout, Hampton Bays
10/26- Halloween Story Time and Trick or Treating, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton
10/26- Hampton Bays Library Halloween Parade
10/26- John Jermain Library Halloween Party, Sag Harbor
10/26- Pumpkin Decorating at Guild Hall, East Hampton
10/26- Sagtown Pumpkin Carving Contest at Sagtown Coffee, Sag Harbor
10/26- Halloween Barn Party at Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton
10/26- Trunk or Treat at Westhampton Library, Westhampton Beach
10/26- Trunk or Treat at SYS, Southampton
10/26- Little Lucy's Halloween Pet Parade, Southampton
10/26- Safari Adventure Halloween Party, Riverhead
10/26- Halloween Spooktacular and Drive-In Movie at Stotzky Park, Riverhead
10/26- Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Parade, East Quogue
10/26- 20th Annual Spooky Walk at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/26- Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
10/27- Tricks, Treats, Tentacles, and More at Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/27- Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/27-Annual Rag-a-Muffin Parade and Pumpkin Trail, Southampton Village
10/27- Sag Harbor Rag-a-Muffin Parade
10/27-  Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Yeah October is Here!

October, one of my favorite months, is finally here! It is perfect here on the east end this time of year. Enjoy this gorgeous weather, and all that our area has to offer.

Saturday, October 5

10:00am-10:00pm San Genaro Fest- Good Ground Road, Hampton Bays- Parade (10:30), Carnival rides, food, live entertainment, and fireworks (Saturday night). This is 10-10 on Sunday as well.

11:00am-5:00pm- Pumpkinfest- Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank- Pumpkin picking, crafts, games, wagon rides, and more. This is 11-5 on Sunday as well

12:00pm-3:00pm- Autumn Orchard Festival- The Orchard at Topping Rouse House, 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton- Pumpkin decorating, caramel apples, farm tours, mulled cider, local beer, cider doughnuts, grilled sausage and veggies. All inclusive admission at $35 for adults and $15 for children. This is 12-3 Sunday as well.

1:00pm-4:00pm- Circus Day at the Parrish Art Museum- Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill- An Art Midway of circus themed projects and circus workshops. The Amazing Grace Circus Youth Troupe will demonstrate a variety of circus skills including walking the tightrope, juggling, plate spinning, and unicycling. $10/ free for members, children, and students.
Reservations required 631-283-2118

2:00pm-3:00pm- Jungle Bob- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue- Live animal program for all ages.  $5 suggested donation. Reservations required.

Sunday, October 6
Don't forget the San Genaro Fest, Pumpkinfest, and Autumn Orchard Festival all continue on Sunday.

1:00pm-4:00pm- Riverhead Fire Department Open House- 540 Roanoake Avenue, Riverhead- Displays, demos, hands on use of hose, light refreshments.

It should also be a great weekend to visit our local farms and wineries, and enjoy the fall festivities.  If you are planning ahead:
10/11- Halloween Spooktakular Family Sleepover at the Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/11- Birth Monologues: An Evening of Birth Stories, Southampton
10/12- SYS Family Fun Day, Southampton
10/12 and 10/13- Wooden Toy Train Play Day at Long Island Railroad Mueseum, Riverhead
10/12 and 10/13- Montauk Fall Festival
10/12- Hampton Bays Fire Department Open House
10/13- Riverhead County Fair

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exploring with Apples

We are so lucky to live in an area with such amazing resources.  The fact that my son, at almost 2, understands that apples come from trees, not grocery stores, seems simple, but is so exciting to me because it is due to our local environment, and the oppotunities it provides for us.  JJ loves apples, so I decided to do a mini- apple unit this September.

First, we went to the library and borrowed books with an apple theme.  We chose Apple by Gail GibbonsTen Apples Up on Top by Dr. SeussCurious George Apple Harvest, and Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.  Ten Red Apples was the hit, and we read it over and over:)

Second, we used apples to make apple prints.  This is very easy we just had to cut an apple in half, stamp half in red, half in green, and JJ stamped them on paper.  He named his artwork "It's Green, It's Red, It's Apple."

JJ was also lucky enough to do apple stamping with his babysitter and best friend.  They do so many fun activities and I enjoy seeing his masterpieces.

Now that JJ was an expert with apples, LOL, I wanted him to see how and where apples grow.  My parents were in town, and we decided to take him apple picking at Seven Ponds Orchard.  He loved it! He was pulling them from the trees, they have dwarf trees there, bagging them, and tasting his crop.  Lots of fun!

Th next day, while I was at work, JJ made both apple sauce and apple pie with my parents.  It was fun for him to see how the apples come from trees, and can be made into new things.

Finally, we wrapped with a fun activity we saw on Pinterest.  I taped some contact paper on our glass door, sticky side up.  This wasn't as easy as Pinterest made it seem.  We drew a tree on it, and JJ used red pom poms to put "apples" on his tree.  I plan on doing the same with vines and orange pompoms for pumpkins.  Lots of fun and pretty easy.

JJ and I had fun working with apples this month.  As a working mother, I love finding these little simple ways for us to learn together.  Looking forward to a pumpkin study in October.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Fall!

I love this time of year!  Country festivals, apple and pumpkin picking, high school homecoming games, it is all so much fun!  October is my son's birthday too, so with that and Halloween there is so much celebrating to do.  For those of you planning your weekend, please be sure to check out our events calendar.  Here are some top picks.

Friday, September 27

5:30 pm-6:30 pm- Southampton Mariner's Homecoming Parade-Starts at Southampton Elementary on Hampton Road and travels down Main Street and Jobs Lane.

Saturday, September 28

9:00 am-10:00 am- Sag Harbor Whaler's Homecoming Parade- Parade is down Main Street followed by   a float competition at Mash Park

9:00 am- 3:00 pm- Presbyterian Church of the Moriches Country Fair- Corner of Montauk Highway and Railroad Road, Center Moriches

11:00 am- 3:00 pm- Annual Fun Family Day-Sag Harbor Elementary Field

11:00 am -6:00 pm- Southampton Septemberfest- Live music, kid events, food, pumpkin carving, historical reenactments. Here is the link to the schedule .

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Flanders Fire Department 65th Anniversary Parade

Sunday, September 29

10:30 am -3:00 pm- Long Island Steamers Public Run Day- If you haven't already, go to this event soon before the season ends.

11:00 am -6:00 pm- Southampton Septemberfest continues

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Country Fair- Brendan House, 4079 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

It should also be a great weekend to visit our local farms and wineries, and enjoy the fall festivities.  If you are planning ahead:
10/5- 10/6- San Gennaro Fest of the Hamptons, Hampton Bays
10/5- 10/6- Pumpkinfest 2013, Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank
10/5- Jungle Bob, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cartwheel by Target

I wanted to share with you a fairly new program called Cartwheel by Target offering even more opportunities to save. I've been using this program for a few months and i love it!! You can combine cartwheel offers with your coupons!! You are allowed one cartwheel offer with one manufactures coupon and one target coupon on the same item!!! Triple the savings!!!

You will need a Facebook account to earn savings and a smartphone to redeem the savings in the store...for those of you who do not have smartphones, like my mom you can still earn the savings. My mom prints her cartwheel offer barcode out and they scan it at the register just like they would your smartphone...the only difference is that when offers expire or if you want to add more offers you will need to keep printing out a new barcode to shop with.

To access cartwheel you will need to go to cartwheel.target.com on your computer or Mobil device. You can download the cartwheel app for Andriod devices HERE or download it for you iPhone iPad and other apple devices HERE.

Next, you will need to log into your Facebook account, then click on Collections to start browsing thru the offers. You can also use the browse button and sort by category. To select an offer, just tap on the card and it flips over showing a red “add button”. As you select offers, you will fill spots in your Cartwheel. You are automatically given 10 spots to start with and then after that, you can earn more by unlocking Cartwheel badges. These will begin to unlock as you select and redeem offers. If at any time you wish to return to the main menu, just click on the icon in the top left corner. You can remove offers if you change your mind.

When you’re ready to purchase your items and your offers are in your cartwheel, you can either print your Cartwheel barcode from your desktop at home and bring it with you to the store, or you can use the Cartwheel App on your mobile device. To print your barcode, just go to www.cartwheel.target.com and login, then click on your shopping cart and your barcode will come up. If you’re using the Cartwheel app, then just open it to your barcode for the cashier to scan and the savings will be applied directly on all of the Cartwheel offers on your list. If you are bringing a printed barcode from home, be sure to add all your offers to your Cartwheel before you leave or you won’t get the discount.

Cartwheel Policy:

  • The Cartwheel discount is taken AFTER Target Coupons and BEFORE manufacturer coupons.

    An IDENTICAL Offer can be applied a maximum of FOUR times in a single Transaction.

    You can redeem all the Cartwheel offers on your Cartwheel list at the time of your transaction, whether its 10 or more (depending if you have unlocked additional spots).

    You can save on your entire Cartwheel list up to 6 times per day.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

What's for Dinner

Weekly Recipes

Presto Pesto!

This week I made pesto with fresh basil from my garden.  Basil is an herb that grows abundantly on the east end this time of year, and pesto is a perfect recipe to use it for.  There are so many things you can use pesto sauce for, some of which I'll include here, and the best thing is pesto can also be frozen in small zip-lock bags to be enjoyed throughout the year, long after summer has ended and your basil has died.  I followed this basic pesto recipe:

The first night I added the pesto sauce to thin spaghetti, added 4 cut up grilled sweet Italian sausages, and 1 grilled red pepper.

A few nights later I made a White Pesto Pizza!
1 tube of Pillsbury thin pizza crust
1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of pesto sauce
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
4-6 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a cookie sheet and unroll the pizza dough onto it. 
Cook the crust for 5 minutes, the take it out to add other ingredients.
2.  While crust is initially baking, mix ricotta cheese, olive oil, and pesto in a bowl.  When the 5 minutes are up, take the crust out, spread the ricotta mixture on.  /Next sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan. then tops with torn pieces of prosciutto.  
3.  Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.  The pizza doesn't always look that pretty, but it's so good!

Finally another recipe which I'll be trying for the first time next week, comes from a good friend of the East End Mommies, Michelle Kelly.
Oven Roasted Pesto Potatoes
Michelle adds about 1/4 cup of pesto sauce to 4 cut up potatoes.  After she thoroughly mixes this, she spreads the potatoes in a baking dish, drizzles with some olive oil, then roasts the potatoes for 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. 

Any other ideas what to do with pesto?  Please let us know and we'll include your recipe on the blog!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekend Picks for July 27-28

While I'm not enjoying the rain, the cool weather was appreciated yesterday.  It was nice to be able to turn off the a/c and open the windows:)  Regardless of the weather, there are lots of fun things to do on the east end this weekend.


  • 10:00am-4:00pm- Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair- Beautiful fair in East Hampton marking its 117th year.  Featuring flowers, local fare, vintage clothing, arts and crafts, petting zoo, giant slide, climbing wall, face painting, games, balloons, and a carousel.  There is also a Nerf Ball shoot out for the kids, and a silent auction for the parents.  Located on the lawn of the Gardiner Brown House at 95 Main Street in East Hampton.  Click here for more information.                    
  • 11:00am-7:00pm- Country Fest Long Island- This is a two day event (Saturday and Sunday) taking place at the 4H Camp at 3186 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.  Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids under 10 are free.  Tickets are cash only at the door.  There will be live country music, local vendors, crafts, BBQ, games, pony rides, face painting, kids rides, monster trucks, and dace instruction.  You can check out the music schedule here.
  • 1:00pm -8:00pm- Quidditch Cup- Bring your Harry Potter fans out to Quogue on Saturday to see the 2nd annual Champagne Cup!  It is free for spectators and the only Muggle Quidditch tournament on Long Island this summer.  Check it out at the VFW field at 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue.
  • 4:00 pm-5:00pm- Read aloud with Alec Baldwin- If your Potter fans can't make it to Quogue, Alec Baldwin will be hosting a read aloud at Bookhampton in East Hampton that will be right up their alley.  He will be reading from Harry Potter at 4:00 (get their early, it fills up fast!)  Bookhampton is located at 41 Main Street in East Hampton.
  • 6:00pm- Sea Turtle Release- The Riverhead Foundation will be releasing four Atlantic green sea turtles and one Kemp's ridley sea turtle at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays.  Click here for directions.
  • 10:30am-3:00pm- Long Island Live Steamers Public Run Day- It's a public run day.  Make sure to catch at least one of these days this summer!   Public Run Days
  • 6:00pm-11:00pm- Southampton Kiwanis Bridgehampton Carnival- The Kiwanis Carnival is occurring Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Sayre Park, 154 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton.  Enjoy food, rides, and games sponsored by the Southampton Kiwanis Club.
Upcoming Week:
There are some great upcoming concerts this week.  Make sure to check out our events calendar on the blog for information about Brady Rymer in Greenport, Darlene Graham in Westhampton Beach, Project Vibe in Southampton, and CMEE's Tuesday Twirligig Performances.  Also, be sure to check out the Hampton Bays Fire Department Carnival happening Tuesday through Sunday this upcoming week!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

20% Off Your Entire Purchase at Michaels

This Sunday head over to Michaels for 4 hours only you will receive 20% off your entire purchase including sale items. Offer is valid Sunday 7/21, 3 pm - 7pm.



Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekend Top Picks

A little late today, sorry!  We are still on vacation and I've been very lazy this week. Staying at my parents for two week has made me regress to being a teenager, LOL.  The heat has not helping.  It's been too hot to even go to the beach till late, so we've been doing lots of pool days.  I'm hoping the weather improves this weekend so you can all get out and enjoy some of these events.

Saturday 7/20-

  • 10:30am-1:30pm- Children's Museum of the East End's 5th Annual Summer Family Fair-Arts and crafts, water rides, performances, games, music, and food.  $150 per adult, $100 per child.  
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm- Harbes Western Farm's Family BBQ- Chuck Wagon style family BBQ dinner featuring pulled pork, ribs, hot dogs, roasted corn, grilled veggies, salads, and dessert.  There will also be hayrides, pony rides, games, a bounce house, and roping lessons.  Tickets are $19.95 for under 12 and $24.95 for adults.
  • 9:20pm- The Great Bonac Firework Show.  It's still July and the East End still has fireworks!  Check out East Hampton's 33rd Annual Firework show over Three Mile Harbor.  Best viewing spots are Sammy's Beach, Maidstone Beach, Gann Road, any of the beaches off Hands Creek Road or Springy Banks Road, and at the head of Three Mile Harbor.  Fireworks provided by Grucci.
Sunday 7/21-
  • 5:00pm-5:45pm- WonderSpark Puppets- Southampton Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton-Come check out a free puppet show in Southampton for ages 10 and under.  The puppet show is "The Case of the Missing Kitten."
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm- Much Ado About Nothing- Shakespeare at Sylvester Manor, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island.  This is my absolute favorite Shakespeare play.  I love the comedic elements and the wedding preparations.  Don't miss a chance to see it performed at this beautiful location.  Shows are both Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 6:00pm and the show begins at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.  Students are $5 and children under 7 are free. Bring blankets, beach chairs, and a picnic supper.  
  • 7:00pm -8:00pm- Project Vibe- Saint Rosalie's Church, 31 E.Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays.  I know we have plenty of Project Vibe fans that read this blog, so I wanted to mention that they will be performing Sunday as part of St. Rosalie's Sundays at 7:00 in the back yard of the Parish Center.  Bring chairs and refreshments.
Upcoming Week:
I wanted to draw attention to all the cool events going on BookHampton this summer.  Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the various BookHampton locations are inviting children and thier grown-ups to wear the PJs, bring a lovey, and listen to story book classics.  Readings are held at the East Hampton location on Mondays at 7:00pm, Southampton on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, and Mattituck on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.  Here are the upcoming scheduled readings:
7/22-7/24- 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
7/29-7/31- Cinderella by Charles Perrault and Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
8/5-8/7- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Eloise by Kay Thompson
8/12-8/14- The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Her Purrless Cat by Lore Segal and Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
8/19-8/21- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
8/26-8/28- Rumplestiltskin by Charles Perrault and Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault

Check out bookhampton.com for these and other events.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best Yet Market Deals 7/19


Best Yet Market is having the crazy 88 Sale


Sweet Peaches - per lb - $0.88


Cantaloupes - $0.98


Plums - per lb - $0.88


Green Giant Baby Carrots - $0.88


Zucchini - per lb - $0.88


Best Yet Cheese Bars - $1.88


Green Peppers - per lb - $0.88


Crunchmaster Cracker gluten free - $1.88

$1/1 Crunchmaster Cracker Purchase

$0.88 after coupon


Honest Tea - $0.88


Best Yet Apple Juice - $0.88


Fage Greek Yogurt - $0.88


Best Yet Broccoli Spears - $0.88


McCain French Fries - $2.88

$1/1 McCain Sweet Potato Product

$1.88 after coupon


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It’s mommy’s time to play! Finding time to workout...

It’s mommy’s time to play!  Finding time to workout...

Before we had kids, lets face it we had all the time we needed to conquer the world.  Fast forward to the present, now you’re a mom and nothing will ever be the same!  

As moms we tend to put ourselves, our needs, and even our health on the back burner.  There is always something that has to be done with the children, the house, or our significant other. In time our lives will be harder to keep up with if we do not have the energy and stamina to keep up the pace our lives require.

So, its mommy’s time to play!  Working out does not have to be work.  I know for me personally, working out is an outlet.  I feel so good about my body, and I have a great time doing it.  My children see me taking care of myself and it sets the example for them  that they need to be good to themselves.  Now you may be wondering, how do I find the time to workout as a mom of 7 children.  It isnt always easy, but I get it in however and wherever I can.  I use my environment such as chairs, cans of soup, and yes even my 6 month old son!  I workout during naps, when the kids are playing on their own, and just whenever I can get a quick set in.  To be honest my favorite and most effective ways of working out are doing it in a group setting with other moms who also have children (the kids think its play time for them but it really is a mommy trick for time for me!) and doing workouts with my children.  My 6 yr. old daughter loves dancing so we Zumba, and they all love yoga so we break out the mats!

Being a mom does not mean you have to give up you.  Taking care of yourself is one of the greatest lessons you will ever teach your children!  

Stay tuned for some quick easy to do workouts!

Nicolle Whitworth
Certified Personal Trainer
Owner of Baby Boot Camp East End Long Island

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Top Weekend Picks for July 12th-14th

I am writing to you from Bethany Beach, Delaware this week.  We are enjoying time with my family and having a little summer vacation.  Bethany Beach is a fabulous family seaside town, and not too far from Long Island.  I will do a write up of our vacation soon. That doesn't mean I'm not trying to keep up to date on all that is happening on the east end.  And on that note, here are my top picks for this weekend.

Friday, July 12-

  • 5:00pm- 12:00am- Jamesport Fire Department Carnival- George Young Community Center, 446 South Jamesport Avenue, Jamesport.  Rides, food, and games for all!  This is also taking place on Saturday from 5:00pm-12:00am.
  • 7:00pm- 9:00pm- Summer Concert Series by Riverhead Townscape- East End Arts Green, Peconic Riverfront, Downtown Riverhead.  This week is The Long Island Sound Chorus. Bring chairs and blankets.
Saturday, July 13- 
  • 10:00am-11:30am- Pollock Family Drip Painting- Pollock-Krasner House, 830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton.  Children and adults can tour the home and studio of Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner, then families can make their own drip paintings.  Great for ages 4 and above.  Admission, tour and supplies included for $35. Register online.
  • 10:00am-6:00pm- 25th Anniversary Sweet Corn Festival- Both Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck and Harbes Western Farm in Jamesport.  Celebrate corn and all its uses, such as delicious food and a corn eating contest! This event also takes place Sunday.  For more information, click here.
  • 7:00pm -10:00pm- Hamptons Collegiate League All Star Game- Cochran Park, Peconic.  North Fork All Stars (North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, and Shelter Island Bucks) verse South Fork All Stars (Center Moriches Battlecats, Westhampton Aviators, Southampton Breakers, and Sag Harbor Whalers.)
  • 9:00pm- 10:00pm- Shelter Island Fireworks Display- Crescent Beach, Shore Road, Shelter Island. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Sunday, July 14-
  • 10:00am-3:00pm- BNL Summer Days-Brookhaven National Lab, William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46.  This is a bit of a drive, but these events seem like such a cool idea for those of you with budding scientists.  This Sunday's theme is Family Fun Day.  You can visit the Science Learning Center to learn about magnets, mirrors, and more.  Catch a fire safety show and see"Phenomenal Physics of Mr. Fish Show."  The summer days are free, first come, first served, and recommended for ages 10 and up.  Any visitors over 16 must bring a photo id.  Click here more more information.
  • 10:30am- 3:00- Long Island Steamers Public Run Day- Southaven Park, Brookhaven.  Another public run day!  Woo hoo!  Check them out!
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm- Williamsburg Comes to Quogue- Quogue Village Green, Quogue.  The Quogue Historical Society, with support from the Quogue Library, invites you to a lively afternoon to transport you back to daily life during the Revolutionary War. Roam the Quogue Village Green and Village Lane and meet the town crier, Benjamin Franklin; be inspired by the live military marching drills of the Third New York Regiment Long Island Companies 1775 as they perform a Reenactment of a Revolutionary War Encampment; join in the dancing to the tunes of Chart Guthrie’s period band; enjoy the live sheep and cow from the Cornell Cooperative Farm while you learn about cow milking, and hear the history of sheep shearing with the Long Island Livestock Company; stroll through a soldier’s sleeping tent and the outdoor colonial “kitchen” and learn about the tools used in daily life; take a horse drawn carriage ride with Quiet Time Shire.  This event is recommended for all ages, and is a suggested donation of $10.  For more information, click here.
Planning Ahead:  The circus is coming to town! The Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars is coming to the East End.  They will be in Center Moriches from July 15th-17th.  Performances will be at 5:00pm and 8:00pm daily and held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 313 Frowein Road next to the high school in Center Moriches.  Then July 22nd and July 23rd they will be visiting Southampton.  Performances will be 5:00pm and 8:00pm both days, and held on the Shinnecock PowWow Grounds off Montauk Highway in Southampton.  Finally, July 24th and July 25th they will be performing at 5:00pm and 8:00pm on the Greenport Polo Grounds, 400 Moores Lane off Route 25 in Greenport.  For coupons and to get tickets, visit their website here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

What's for dinner?

Chicken Waldorf Salad

I recently made this salad for a potluck lunch with fellow East End Mommy bloggers, and promised to share this easy summer salad.  It's great to serve as a sandwich on any kind of bread or roll, or over mesclun greens!

2 large chicken breasts
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

3/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper

1. Boil the chicken breasts in water over medium high heat for 20 minutes.  When the chicken is cooled, chop it up into bite sized pieces.
2. Toss the chopped apple in the lemon juice in a large bowl.  Add chicken, grapes, celery, caisins, and walnuts.  
3.  In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, orange juice, salt and pepper.  Gently fold the dressing over the salad to combine.  

Quiche Corner

Each week a new quiche recipe will be added, but (unless noted) it will always follow this basic quiche recipe:
Basic Quiche Recipe:

5 large eggs
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of fresh pepper
1 store bought frozen pie shell (unless you desire a crust less quiche, then omit this)

1. Whip the eggs, milk, and seasoning until the eggs are light and frothy.  
2. Layer meats, veggies, and cheese on top into the pie shell.  Pour egg mixture on top.

3.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (the quiche is done if a knife is inserted in the center and it comes out clean.

Zucchini and Bacon Quiche

Additional Ingredients:
6 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped, reserve drippings
1 zucchini (summer squash) cut up into cubes
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Additional Directions:
1. Saute zucchini is the reserved bacon drippings 
2. Continue to follow the Basic Quiche Recipe.

Friday, July 5, 2013

King Kullen Deals for the week of 7/5

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil 50 sq ft ( reg price) $2.99

$1.00 off any ONE (1) Reynolds Wrap Foil

$0.99 after coupon


Sabra Hummus 10oz (sale price) $2.49

$1.25 off when you buy one (1) Sabra Hummus

$1.24 after coupon


Sunlight Auto Dish Power PAC - Lemon Boost $3.99

$1/1 Sunlight Coupon

$1.99 after coupon


Firefly Toothbrush 2-count (regular price) $2.49

$1.00 off ANY Firefly Toothbrush

$0.49 after coupon


Hormel Rev Wraps $1.24

$1/2 Hormel Rev Wraps coupon

$0.24 when you buy 2


Mueller's Pasta $0.78

$1/2 Muellers Pasta coupon

FREE after coupon


Ajax Laundry Detergent Product $2.49

$1/1 Ajax Laundry Detergent Coupon

$0.49 after coupon




Thursday, July 4, 2013

Top Picks for 7/5-7/7

Happy 4th of July!  It's going to be beautiful this weekend.  Enjoy all our area has to offer this time of year, but don't forget to stay hydrated and use that sunscreen!

It must be carnival season!!!!

  • 6:00pm-11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival, Moore's Lane, Greenport.  Also happening Saturday 6:00pm-11:00pm
  • 6:00pm-11:00pm- Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Carnival, 6164 Route 25A, Wading River.  Also happening Saturday 4:00pm-9:00pm and Sunday 2:00pm-7:00pm.
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm- Pizza and Pajama Night at CMEE- Children's Museum of the East End.  Pizza and Pajama Night will be held at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack.  Children will explore the grounds and participate in a scavenger hunt.  Reservations are required.  Contact CMEE.
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival, North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea.  Also happening Saturday 7:00-11:00 and Sunday 7:00-11:00
  • 8:30pm-10:30pm- Guild Hall Films at the Farm: Jurassic Park, Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane, East Hampton. Bring a picnic and enjoy an outdoor movie.  $5 admission, free under age 5.  Tickets available at Guild Hall.  
  • 9:00pm-10:00pm- Southampton Fireworks.  Visible over Shinnecock Bay and Coopers Beach.
  • 10:00am-3:00pm- Coast Guard Open House at Shinnecock Station, 100 Foster Avenue, Hampton Bays
  • 11:00am-3:00pm- St. Luke's Summer Fair, 18 James Lane, across from the pond, East Hampton. Pony rides, games, music, face painting, balloons, raffles, and fair food.  True summer fun!
  • 9:00pm- Amagansett Fireworks, Devon Yacht Club, Amagansett- private club, but visible from Fresh Pond Beach.
  • 9:00pm- Riverbed Raceway Fireworks- 1797 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • 9:30pm- Sag Harbor Fireworks- Sag Harbor Yacht Club- private club, but visible from Havens Beach, Marine Park, Long Wharf, or the harbor.
  • 10:00pm- North Sea Fireworks- at the North Sea Carnival
  • 10:00am- The Secret Life in a Pond, South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton.  For children ages 6 and over.  A hands on program where children explore pond life.  There is a $3 materials fee.  To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.
Looking ahead:
  • If your older children are getting bored, now is the time to look into the offerings of the Town of Southampton's Youth Bureau.  Mondays and Thursdays, they offer pool night at SYS.  On Mondays, it is Neighborhood Nights in Flanders, and on Wednesdays it'sTeen Night at Ludlum Park.  And, on every Tuesday, there are local field trips.  This Tuesday is Cousins Paintball.  Check it out here!
  • Lots of outdoor concerts this week.  Tuesday, there are concerts in Montauk and East Quogue, and on Wednesday there is a concert in Southampton.  Check out our events calendar for details.
  • The Jamesport Fire Department Carnival begins Tuesday.  Check out our events calendar for details.

Monday, July 1, 2013

East End 4th of July Events

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the beachy, nautical decorations.  I love the food at all the cookouts.  I love parades, and of course I love fireworks!  Here is the roundup of our area's celebrations.
Tuesday, July 2nd

  • 6:00pm- 11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival- Moore's Lane, Greenport
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea
Wednesday, July 3rd
  • 6:00 pm-11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival- Moore's Lane, Greenport
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea- Fireworks tonight at 10:00pm
  • 6:30pm- The Lone Sharks@ Coopers Beach, Southampton Village- Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner.
Thursday, July 4th
  • 10:00am- Southampton Independence Day Parade- Main Street and Jobs Lane, Southampton Village
  • 11:00am- WPPB Studio's Post Parade Party- 71 Hill Street, Southampton (behind the movie theater)- food, drink, musicians, face painting, tumble bus, and dunk tank, free admission.
  • 11:00am- Southampton Center's Post Parade Party- 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton- free family party with music, circus performers, a bounce house, face painting, and refreshments.  You must register for this event at www.southamptoncenter.org or 631-283-0967.
  • 12:00pm- 4th of July parade in Southold- Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane, Southold
  • 6:00 pm-11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival- Moore's Lane, Greenport- Fireworks tonight at 10:00pm
  • 6:00pm-11:00pm- Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival- 6164 Route 25A, Wading River
  • 6:30pm-10:00pm- Independence Day Celebration- Peconic Riverfront, Downtown Riverhead- Performance by Brady Rymer, stilt walkers, face painting, Fireworks at 9:15pm.
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea
  • 9:00pm- Westhampton Beach Fireworks- Westhampton Country Club- Though the club is a private event, fireworks are visible throughout the village
  • 9:00pm- Stars Over Montauk  Fireworks, Umbrella Beach, 108 S. Emerson Avenue, Montauk
Friday, July 5th
  • 6:00 pm-11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival- Moore's Lane, Greenport
  • 6:00pm-11:00pm- Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival- 6164 Route 25A, Wading River
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea
  • 9:00pm- Southampton Fireworks- These are set off from a private residence, but are over Shinnecock Bay and visible from Coopers Beach, and the inlet. 
Saturday, July 6th
  • 6:00 pm-11:00pm- Greenport Fourth of July Carnival- Moore's Lane, Greenport. Fireworks at 10:00pm.
  • 4:00pm-9:00pm- Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival- 6164 Route 25A, Wading River. Fireworks at 9:00pm.
  •  7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea-Fireworks at 10:00pm.
  • 9:00pm- Amagansett Fireworks- Devon Yacht Club, Amagansett- private club, but visible from Fresh Pond Beach.
  • 9:00pm- Riverbed Raceway Fireworks- 1797 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • 9:30pm- Sag Harbor Fireworks- Sag Harbor Yacht Club- private club, but visible from Havens Beach, Marine Park, Long Wharf, or the harbor.
Sunday, July 7th
  • 2:00pm-7:00pm- Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival- 6164 Route 25A, Wading River.
  • 7:00pm-11:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Carnival- North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, Noyac Road, North Sea
Saturday, July 13th
  • 9:00pm- Shelter Island Fireworks- Crescent Beach, Shore Road, Shelter Island.
Saturday, July 20th
  • 9:15pm- The Great Bonac Fireworks Show- Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton. Visible from the beaches of Maidstone Park, Sammy's Beach, Gann Road, Hands Creek Road.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Old Navy $1 Flip Flop Sale - 6/29/13

The old Navy $1 Flip Flop sale is back!!! On 6/29/13 head over to Old Navy to get their Flip Flops for just $1. There are so many colors to choose from... Get there early because they may go fast!!!


Top Weekend Picks for June 28-June 30th

Hoping for lots of sun this weekend!  We seem to be in the pattern of humidity and chance of thunderstorms every day.  It might be a good weekend to check out some library programs, museums, indoor play places, or a bowling alley.  If the weather holds, don't forget the US Women's Open is happening at Sebonack in Southampton and the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League has games this weekend.  Plus all the farmer's markets are in full swing!

Friday, June 28th

5:00-11:00 Summer Carnival at Elks Lodge- Held at the Elks Fairgrounds on County Road 39 in Southampton through Sunday.  Each day is 5:00pm-11:00pm

5:30-7:00 Happy Hour Yoga- For kids ages 4-7 at Kamadeva Kids Yoga 15 Lumber Lane #2A, East Hampton

7:00-9:00 Summer Concert Series sponsored by Riverhead Townscape- Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the sounds of Frank Sinatra. Held on the East End Arts Green, Peconic Riverfront, Riverhead

Saturday, June 29th

9:00-4:00 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Race- held on the Peconic Waterfront, Riverhead. There are 4 races (one for youth) in homemade cardboard boats on the Peconic River.  Registration begins at 9:00, there is a hula hoop contest at 11:30, and races begin at 12:00.  For more information call 631-727-3200 or visit riverheadbid.com.

10:00-11:30- Pollock Family Drip Painting- Bring the family to the Pollock-Krasner House located at 830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton.  Children and adults can tour the home and studio of Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner, then families can make their own drip paintings.  Great for ages 4 and above.  Admission, tour and supplies included for $35. Register online www.imaginearted.com

10:00-2:00 International Mud Day- Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank.  There will be crafts, lots of chances to be messy, a rubber boot parade, wagon rides, chances to feed the animals, and visit the butterfly house.  Free admission.

12:00-4:00- East Quogue Village Green Festival- This event was rescheduled from Memorial Day weekend.  There will be live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bouncy slide, magicians, and food vendors.  It will be held on the East Quogue Village Green.

Sunday, June 30th

10:00-11:00 Waffle Day at CMEE- Start your day off right by making waffles at the Children's Museum of the East End located on the Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.  Did you know that most local libraries have free admission passes that you can check out and use at the museum?

10:00-11:30 Breakfast with the Princess- Breakfast and games with the princess held at The Castle at Westhampton, 59 Montauk Highway, Westhampton.  Tickets must be purchased in advance for $9.99.

10:30-3:00 Steamers Public Run- It's a public run day for the Long Island Live Steamers!  So much fun.  Come anytime between the posted hours, rides are by donation.  Rides are held at Southaven Park in Brookhaven.

12:00-3:00 Pony Rides for ages 2 and up at the Green Thumb Organic Farm Stand 829 Montauk Highway, Watermill.  $6

As we enter the holiday week (I think the 4th deserves a whole week of celebrations) , the East End Mommy will have a lot of events to post.  Don't forget the holiday week begins with the Ponquogue Concert this Monday.  The concert featuring Project Vibe is sponsored by the Southampton Town Youth Bureau and Project Vibe.  It will be held 6:00pm -9:00pm on Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays.  On the 4th, it is parade time!  And I will update this weekend with a guide to local firework viewing!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's for Dinner

Perfect Steak Marinade

Summer grilling is in full effect and this is an easy and delicious marinade for most cuts of steak.  I love using flank since it's one of the leanest cuts, but skirt steak is always a nice treat as well!
Obviously the longer you marinate the more flavorful the meat will be, but marinate for no less than 6 hours!

2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a shallow long dish add the steak and top with garlic and onions.  
2.  In a bowl mix Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and oil until well blended.  Pour evenly over steak then season with salt and pepper.  Cover and refrigerate flipping the steak over halfway through.  Steak is best if marinated overnight. 
3.  Bring the steaks to room temperature before grilling on med heat for 6-12 minutes.

Toddler Book and Art Activities

My son is car obsessed!  Really anything with wheels: cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, trains, wagons, planes, etc.  He can play cars and trains independently for good chunks of time, and is a little too obsessed with the Cars movies.  While I love that he can play independently so well, this summer, I want to make sure we focus more on books and art, rather than television.  Don't get me wrong, I believe TV has its place, but I want him to see reading and creating are also good quite time activities.  I've decided to combine these two ideas and do crafts based on some great books.  Every week we will pick a new theme, read books based on this theme, and then do crafts centered on the same theme.

 For our first week we did car/train/plane books.  We went to the library Monday, and the book store Tuesday.  Here is what we chose.

Care of Hampton Bays Public Library and Bookhampton

After reading them a million times, and I must admit watching Cars again!, I found some car based crafts from Pinterest.  Ah, how I love Pinterest! JJ and I try to do crafts throughout the year, but the summer is great because not only do I have more time, but painting can be done outside, so less mess.  We chose to make car paintings.  While JJ was napping, I gathered his paints and a bunch of cars.  When he woke, we set up paper on his plastic picnic table outside.  I had to model what to do once, he was a little hesitant about putting his cars in paint, but he quickly got the hang of it.  It was so fun, and I loved the final product.
Hesitant at first, but he quickly got into it!

Totally frame worthy

Since it was outside, I just hosed off the table and the cars and cleanup was done!  I already am looking up more ideas, thinking a cool stoplight collage I saw next.
Check out my Pinterest board for other book based craft ideas.  Happy crafting!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

King Kullen, Stop & Shop & Best Market Deals 6/21-6/27

Vintage Seltzer $0.50


BOGO Free Vintage Seltzer coupon

$0.25 each when you buy 2


Snapple 6 - pack $5.99


$1.00 off Snapple Half n Half reg or diet 6 pk

As low as $3.99 after doubled


Campbell's Skillet Sauces $2.49

$1.00 off Campbell's Skillet Sauces Coupon

As low as $0.49 after doubled coupon


Red Or Green Seedless Grapes - $0.99


Marie's Dressing - $2.99

$1/1 Marie's Product printable



Kraft Barbecue Sauce - $0.99

$1/2 Kraft Barbecue Sauce coupon



Old Cape Cod Popped Crisps - $2.00

$1/1 Old Cape Cod Popped Crisps Coupon



Vlasic Pickles - $3.29

$1/1 Vlasic Pickle coupon



Activia Multipack - $2.00

$1/1 Activia Greek Yogurt coupon



Over The Moon Milk - $2.99

$1/1 Over The Moon Milk coupon



Dannon Light and Fit Greek $1.00

$0.50/1 Dannon Light and Fit Greek coupon


Orajel Children's Toothpaste - $2.49

$1/1 orajel Children's toothpaste coupon



Motts for tots juice 64 oz $3.29

$1.00 off any Motts for Tots juice



Butterball Turkey Bacon - $2.99

$1.00 off any one Butterball refrigerated or frozen item





Super Sweet Corn on the Cob - $0.33


Duncan Hines Classic Cake Mix - $1.25

$0.35/1 Duncan Hines Product coupon



Jell-O Gelatin or Pudding Mix - $0.75

$1/3 Jell-O Gelatin or Pudding Mix coupon

$0.42 each when you buy 3


YoCrunch Cups

$0.25/1 YoCrunch Cups coupon



Popsicle Value Packs - $1.00

$1/2 Popsicle Products coupon

$0.50 when you buy 2


McCain Fries - $1.99

$1/1 McCain Sweet Potato Product coupon



Pampers Wipes - $2.00

$0.50/1 pampers wipes




I love shopping at Best Market...most of their fruits and veggies are cheaper than most grocery stores. Their sales are great...here are a few I found for this week!!


Blueberries -$1.88

Seedless watermelon $0.38/lb

Bananas - $0.48/lb

Tomatoes on the vine - $0.88/lb

Zucchini $0.88/lb

Cucumbers 3/$0.88

Domino Granulated Sugar (4lb bag) $1.88

Minute maid lemonades or punches - $0.98

Gatorade - $0.88

Loin center cut pork chops $1.88/lb

Best yet waffles - $1.88

Arnold country classic breads - $1.88

The best slow roasted turkey breast deli meat - $3.88/lb

Boars Head delux Ham $5.88/lb

D'Italiano Italian Bread -$1.88


Friday, June 21, 2013

Top Weekend Picks

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend!!!!  Grab you families and enjoy our local beaches, parks, playgrounds, farmers' markets, strawberry fields, vineyards, bays, restaurants.....the list is endless.  Enjoy it!

11:00- The Princess, the Frog, and the Pea, a puppet show at Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre.  A 30 minute all ages tabletop puppet show.  Tickets are $12, $10 for grandparents, and $5 for children under 3.  The theatre is located on Rt. 114 and East Union Street in Sag Harbor, behind Christ Episcopal in the lower level of the Parrish Hall.  Show will be on Saturday too.

All day- Kids Summer Reading Fair at Bookhampton, locations in Southampton, East Hampton, and Mattituck.  Purchase your kid's summer reading list, and find some good beach reads for yourself.

11:00 Art Adventures- Preview a summer art class being held at CMEE.  This class is appropriate for ages 2 and up.  This Saturday, children will listen to a read aloud of The Earth and I by Frank Asch and experiment with liquid watercolors. Class cost is $5 for members and $16 for nonmembers, includes admission to museum.

1:00 beach walk- Introductory seashell identification walk with South Fork Natural History Museum's director.  Must preregister, call 631-537-9735

11:00- Puppet Show at Marders in Bridgehampton. Show again at 3:00 and also shows on Saturday at 11:00 and 3:00.

8:15 pm- Strawberry Full Moon hike. The kids are out of school so let them stay up late and enjoy nature.  Join the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on a 1 1/2 hour walk for families with children 8 and up.  Must reserve a space.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recall: Idea Baby Bath Seats



Today, June 18th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a recall regarding the Idea Baby Bath Seats due to potential drowning hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2012 for about $40. About 30,000 units are involved in this recall.

If you own this seat..stop using it and contact the company:

Company info: www.buybuybaby.com (877) 328-9222

See other recalled Bathtubs & Tub Seats. (I actually own one on this list and didn't even know it!!)



Monday, June 17, 2013

Yellow Dye # What?!

     Other countries won’t allow them, but our “great nation” does.  Marketing companies prey on overworked parents by slapping “Whole Grain” labels on the boxes to help justify the irresponsibility of their product.  Yes I’m talking about the toddler and child beloved Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.  I’m writing this not to make moms and dads feel guilty or inferior, we have enough of that everyday simply by reading other blogs or checking other’s Facebook statuses.  I just hope to enlighten AND offer a simple solution to this nonsense surrounding what is undoubtedly one of Kraft’s most popular dishes.
     I swore off over processed boxed food such as Kraft’s Mac & Cheese years ago, in an attempt to eat and feed my then husband, now growing family, more whole foods.  That’s not to say our diet is perfect.  We don’t eat all organic, I regularly use white sugar, and even occasionally use boxed rice (which include mysterious “flavor packages”).  But I have and continue to make a conscious effort to read labels, cook good, healthy, and real foods, that I can feel good about serving.  A few months ago I read parts of Robyn O’Brien’s The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It. Like most nonfiction, I really considered parts that were relevant to me and moved past other parts that I felt didn’t apply to me or make sense.  One part literally kept me up, pouring over articles supporting its claim on the internet.  The use of artificial food dyes in many kid friendly foods that are BANNED in most other countries, except the U.S. 

     Here are a few links to the articles that fueled my disbelief and rage, and again take what you want from this.  But if topics such as food allergies, cancer, and childhood behavior and learning disabilities are of concern to you, seriously consider removing certain food products from your home as well as your child’s diet.

     Now, just because I don’t serve Kraft’s version of mac and cheese in my house doesn’t mean that I deprive my toddler (and myself) of this classic comfort food.  There are literally hundreds of recipes available online, but I’ll include the one I’ve been using for years, and now since I make it (usually in large batches to freeze) so often, I rarely follow a recipe because it really very easy to make.  And while this recipe isn’t quite as simple and convenient as adding milk, butter, and orange powder, it’s not that far off.  Most would even agree that it actually tastes a lot better too.
My guy enjoying left over mac & cheese for lunch

Baked Mac & Cheese
1 lb. box of elbow macaroni (any variety- I love using the whole wheat or pastas fortified with extra nutrients like Ronzoni Smart Taste)
¼ cup of butter
2 ½ tbsp. of flour
1 cup of milk
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup of bread crumbs (I love making my own from the ends of bread left out to get stale and pulsed in the food processor)

1.       Boil the elbow macaroni according to the “al dente” directions.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.       In a large pot melt down the butter.   Slowly whisk in the flour ½ tablespoon at a time to create a roux.  As soon as you’ve added all of the flour begin pouring in the milk slowly until smoothly combined.  Next add 1 ½ cup of the cheese until its melted and the sauce is creamy.  Remove from heat and add the pasta into the pot and mix.  Pour the macaroni and cheese into a casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of cheese on top, and finally top with bread crumbs. 
3.       Bake in the oven 20-25 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly.  If you plan on freezing a batch, put directly in the freezer after step 2 and defrost completely before baking about 30 minutes in the oven.