Archives for June 2014

Another Grad Party!

‘Tis the Season!

Of graduation parties, I mean.

Our cousin Matt graduated from HS this year (crazy!).  My Aunt and Uncle threw him a fantastic party where we all ate too much and played with bubbles.

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Lemon Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Berry Compote Filling

Mom and a bunch of her coworkers went out to a retirement dinner for one of the teachers at her school.  Barbara (yes, she and mom have the same name and both teach music!) had been teaching at the school for years.  Since we live so close to the restaurant, my mom invited everybody back for coffee and dessert. She asked if I would mind baking a cake for the occasion. Not at all!

I then realized I had no idea what kind of cake to make.  Chocolate? Cannoli?

The weather has been gorgeous lately and I wanted to embrace that summer feeling so I decided on something light and refreshing.  I had some extra mascarpone cheese in the fridge I had to use up and knew I had some frozen berries in the freezer–Bingo!

The Lemon Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Berry Compote Filling was born!

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A Wop Bop A Loo Bop!

So let me tell you one of the benefits of having a brother in this business.  You get to steal inherit his friends.  It’s great.

Robby was in a production of Sweeney Todd at the Fulton Theatre 3 (!) years ago.  Let me tell you that show was amazing.  Not only was the talent outstanding, especially that guy playing Toby ;-), but the people were awesome.  Almost every day I would be getting texts from the bro saying how incredible everybody was.  Not just talent-wise, but just great people.

Can I tell you how rare that is in this business?

Needless to say it was one of those show experiences that just stick with you.  I wasn’t even in the show and I can’t imagine not having met any of his friends.

Naturally, I stole them for my own.  Cause well, duh.  They’re awesome.

So one of his awesome friends, Shane, was Kenickie in Grease at Papermill Playhouse.  For you non-theatre folks, that’s a pretty big deal.  A bunch of the “Sweeney” crowd headed out to see him.

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Leftover Frittata

We had so many leftovers from Robby’s Grad party.  I wanted to use some of them up so I decided to make a Frittata.

A Frittata is a typical Italian dish made with eggs.  It’s basically a big omelet.  What I love about them is you can throw anything you want in it. My grandma used to make one every week with spinach and parmesan cheese.  Frittata always reminds me of my childhood.

It’s a great meal to be had at anytime of the day.  Have it for breakfast or pair it with a nice salad for lunch or dinner!

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Book Tuesday: The Girl Who Never Was

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Title: The Girl Who Never Was
Author:
Skylar Dorset
Genre:
YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date:
June 1, 2014
Pages:
304
Buy: Amazon

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.

 

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The Little Bro Graduated

So the little bro graduated.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude with his M.F.A. in Children’s Literature.

Obviously, he’s not very smart. Or talented.  He only had to write a BOOK for his dissertation.  Ya know, nothing impressive.

We had a small get together with the fam to celebrate and I decided to make a cake for the occasion.  Since his degree was in Children’s Literature, I thought I’d decorate the cake with children’s book covers.

Here is the finished product:

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A College Cabaret

I went to see my friend Amy’s Cabaret show, Once In Love, at 54 Below.

People, she was amazing.  Not that I was surprised.

Amy and I went to college together and she was my Big Sister in the theatre fraternity we had on Campus.  People always thought we were twins and we’ve both been dying to be in a production of Side Show for years.

Having your cabaret at 54 Below is a pretty big deal.  I mean, right before Amy’s show was Jane Lynch’s show.  Obviously, Jane Lynch was Amy’s opening act.  That’s how awesome my Big is.

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Book Tuesday: A Discovery of Witches

Title: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication Date: Feb. 2011
Pages: 579
Buy: Amazon

It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

 

Oh the awesomeness of this book/series!  [Read more…]

A Girls Day in Montclair

Sometimes you just need a girls day.

A day to just relax, eat, shop and do nothing but talk.  I’m so lucky I have two girlfriends who I can do that with.  I know I can call them anytime–day or night–and tell them anything.

Julie (aka Jules), Michele (aka Meesh) and I all went to college together.  (Oh the fun times!) One fact I learned after you graduate is it’s hard to stay in touch with a lot of your friends.  You move away, lose touch, join the circus…

Luckily with these two those things are not an issue. We try to get to get together every month or so to catch up on our lives.

We decided to meet up in Montclair for some good food, shopping, and chit chat.

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apparently there was a street fair that day

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Happy Father’s Day

My Dad’s a pretty cool cat, if I say so myself.

He’s Italian so he likes to cook, he can pretty much fix anything, he’s great at Math, and when I was growing up his job was to dress up like this:

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