The holidays and my New Year’s trip to Boston has put a hold on my updating.  In a few days I will bring you some good stuff. Promise.


Merry Christmas Eve Dinner

As family tradition, started nine years ago, we eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve. I always look forward to our Christmas Eve meal. Each year my family usually makes an event out of this dinner, but my little niece was not feeling well so we opted for take out. Though we dined in, our feast was just as fun and delicious as the past nine years of this tradition.

Chinese Food Christmas

7 Layer Bars

Once you make these bars, you will want to bake them all the time. These little treats are so addictive that they go fast in any home. I made them this week and they disappeared in two days.

Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) salted butter
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/3 cups toffee bits
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2 inch pan.
  2. Mix flour and brown sugar in medium mixing bowl. Cut butter into mixture until it is crumbs. Add egg. Mix well. Stir in 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips and walnuts. Set aside 1 ½ cups of mixture.
  3. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cookie. Set aside ¼ cup toffee bits and sprinkle remaining bits over condensed milk. Add ½ cup shredded coconut over top. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture and remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes
  6. Top with remaining toffee bits and shredded coconut.


Its ARRIVED…a year late

Last year, my sister’s Christmas gift to me was an IOU subscription to New York Magazine. It took me about ten months to get her to write a check for the gift and a few more for me to get around to ordering the magazine. But now the long wait is over! Can anyone ask for a better way to start the subscription than Reasons to Love New York issue? I don’t think so.

New York Magazine