Archive | December, 2012

It’s Winter time: Time for Comfort Food!

31 Dec

pot roast

Hello to everyone and Happy New Year!

Now that all the holiday festivities will soon be over, we enter into that period when it is cold, miserable and just plain yucky outside. We want food that will fill our tummies and warm our souls. We will hibernate until spring, when we will work on getting back into our shorts and bathing suits.

One of my favorite comfort foods is mac and cheese. I think I have made it every way possible. My family also loves meatloaf.  I have listed some sites for good comfort food recipes.  I would love to hear what some of your favorites are. Bon Appetit!


The 2013 Mummers Parade is Here!

30 Dec

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Growing up in the Philadelphia area, New Year’s Day would not be complete without watching the Mummers. For those of you not from the area, The Mummers Parade has been a tradition in Philadelphia for well over 100 years. The Parade became an official city event beginning in 1900, but the tradition “unofficially” began in the 1800’s.

What it involves are men, women and some children parading through the city in these elaborate costumes to celebrate the New Year. There are many different types of costumes broken down into divisions which are judged and one is picked as the winner from each division at the end of the parade. The parade is an all day event, starting in the morning and ending in the early evening.

There is truly no other parade in the country quite like the Mummers. I have listed links if you are interested in attending this year’s parade, or just interested in learning more about the pageantry of the parade:

I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2013!

PS 22 Kid’s Choir’s Tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School

21 Dec

sandy hook ribbon

This a beautiful tribute from these little children. Please take a minute to click on the link below.

The Amish Victims of Nickel Mines Reach Out To Newtown, CT

19 Dec

As some of you know, I am originally from Chester County, PA. Chester County borders on Lancaster County, the home of Nickel Mines, where six years ago five young girls were murdered when a mentally deranged man forced his way into their school and shot them.

I was living in Connecticut when this occurred. I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing. I was frantically making phone calls to home to find out what was going on. I remember feeling helpless. I remember crying uncontrollably thinking how can this happen so close to where I grew up.

My daughter was in kindergarten at the time. I remember thinking, these little girls were only a little older than my child. I decided that we were going to do something to help the families. I decided to get five autograph stuffed dogs and brought them to my daughter’s class. All of the children signed the five dogs for the surviving girls, and I wrapped them in decorated santa boxes for the holidays. We sent them to the families to offer some comfort that there were other little children thinking of them.

Little did I know that six years later my community would experience the same trauma that occurred in Nickel Mines. Twenty children and six teachers were murdered by a mentally deranged person. The same feeling of helplessness came over me. The same uncontrollable crying.

The families of the victims of Nickel Mines are reaching out to the families of Newtown, hoping to provide some comfort. I have listed the story below of how they plan to help:

Remembering the Victims of Sandy Hook, CT

16 Dec

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In Memoriam

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Rachel Davino, 29

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeline Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

The U.S. Postal Service has set up a dedicated PO Box allowing the public to send messages and condolences to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary victims. The address is:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown 
PO Box 3700 Newtown, CT 06470

I will be updating this post with more information in the upcoming days. If you would like to help the community of Newtown, CT, here are some links below:

Daniel Barden Fund

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund

CT Teachers Credit Union,

P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, CT 06722

Emilie Parker Fund!/EmilieParkerFund

Friends of the Engel Family Fund

Newtown Memorial Fund

Newown Parent Connection  203-270-1600

Newown Youh & Family Services 203- 426-8103

 Sandy Hook Memorial Garden

RIP Victoria Soto

Moms Know Best: The Best of the Mom Connection 2012

13 Dec

It’s time to Vote! “Moms Know Best-Best of 2012” is up on our site!  to Vote for your favorite restaurants, summer camps, daycares, etc. There is even a section for your kids to vote. Results will be broken down by state. Click on the “Moms Know Best Tab”. Please email your picks to .  Results will be posted at the beginning of 2013! Happy voting!

Skyview Elementary Sixth Grade: The True Meaning of Christmas

12 Dec

Skyview Elementary

During the holiday season, many take the time to reflect and think of others who are less fortunate. The sixth grade class at Skyview Elementary School in Eagleville, PA is no exception. Sean McCracken, the sixth grade science teacher at Skyview, started a project with his students where they would raise funds for a worthy organization in order to learn the value of good citizenship, which is the class theme.

The class was them tasked with the challenge of choosing a worthy organization. One of the students, Lauren Raquet suggested The Make a Wish Foundation, after learning of a 11-year old girl with cancer from Philadelphia named Kayla. The class all voted to choose her. Kayla’s wish is to go to Disney World.

The students are raising money by asking their fellow schoolmates “Estimate how much money Skyview can raise for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” with an arrow pointing to a collection jar for the organization. Students can place money in the jar on the way to their classes. The whole school has been participating, including the teachers.

The sixth grade has raised $300 so far, half of their goal of $600. If you would like to help them reach their goal, I have included a link to Shawna Rondeau, who is the HSA President for Skyview Elementary School, as well as the main phone number for the school district. Let’s help them reach their goal!

Shawna Rondeau, President, Skyview Elementary HSA:

Skyview Upper Elementary School: 610-489-5000, x 34200

Honda Recalls Odyssey, Pilot, Acura MDX 2003-2006

12 Dec



Honda has just announced they are recalling over 800,000 minivans and SUVS due to vehicles rolling away, even if the ignition key has been removed. The following make and model years are affected:

2003-2004 Honda Odyssey

2003-2004 Honda Pilot

2003-2006 Acura MDX

Honda owners will also be able to find out if their vehicle is involved in the recall by calling 800-999-1009. Acura owners will be able to call 800-382-2238 for information.

Information will also be available at the Web sites:

Christmas Cookie Recipes for 2012

5 Dec


‘Tis the season for holiday baking! I can remember as a child the thrill of making holiday cookies with my family. I loved rolling out the cookie dough and using the cookie cutters. Reindeer and snowmen were my favorites. I loved putting the sprinkles on and painting the icing in my own artistic way.

Cookie making has come a long way since I was a kid. There are lots of new recipes out there. Many I will have to try this season! I have complied a list below of sites for the best holiday cookies this season  that will hopefully suit everyone’s taste! Bon Appetit!

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