Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Free Holiday Exhibits in NYC

The Station at Citigroup Center Model Train Exhibit

Nov25th-Dec 30th
Citigroup Center Atrium 153 East 53rd Street at Lexington, Midtown
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
How Much? Totally Free!!!!

Holiday Train Show at the Transit Museum Store in Grand Central Station by Lionel
Totally Free!

Holiday Laser Light Show
Laser lights displayed against the famous Sky Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal
Runs every 15 minutes
Totally Free!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Holiday Favorite

Cranberry Melange (My husband named this!)

1 (6 oz) pkg. of cranberry Jell-O
3/4 cups of boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 can of whole cranberries
1 lg. apple, peeled and diced
1 can of drained mandarin oranges
1 cup chopped walnuts

Dissolve Jell-O in 3/4 cup of boiling water. Stir in cold water, whole cranberry, apple, mandarin oranges and walnuts. Chill at least 3 hours.

You can serve it as a true Jell-O mold or from a pretty bowl.

Whats your Thanksgiving favorite family requested dish?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Holiday Events

NY Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

The Bronx Zoo Holiday Zoo Lights

"The Nutcracker" Eglevsky Ballet at the Tilles Center

American Musuem of Natural History, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Free Magazine Subcriptions

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Fast and easy recipes for everyday cooking!

Smart Moves

Family friendly advise on family activities and eating healthier!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Spot AToy Bargin?

Tis' the season to go broke buying toys.......

I spotted my first bargin at
Barbie's Happy Family Sounds Like Home Smart House.....Toys-R-Us has it on sale for $59.99 but KB online is selling it for $39.99 shipping and no tax......

Trains, Trains, Trains!
Do you have a little train lover too?
Check out the "XTS Mini Train System" at
They have an entire set of this snap together train system including carring case for $59.99 plus shipping.........if purchased seperately at
it costs over $100....but you can get add on pieces and trains at Toys-R-Us online!

$5 off any $25 purchase at Toys-R-Us (coupon)
expires 12/25/05.

%15 off (coupon) on any one item at Borders book store-expires 12/31/05.

If you spot a bargin this season post it!

Petri Irish Dance School

Irish Dance School Opens in Franklin Square
Petri Dance Studio
137 New Hyde Park Road
Check out their Celtic Christmas Spectacular!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Applesauce and Cinnamon Cookie Ornaments

Check out this fun and simple craft to do with the kids by McCormick.
They make great gifts for Christmas
and they smell wonderful too!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Christmas Cookies Recipe Swap


8 ounces almond paste (1 cup plus 2 teaspoons)
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs separated
20 drops red food coloring
12 drops green food coloring
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Chocolate Coating
6 ounces semisweet chips melted according
to package directions
Mash paste; add butter and egg yolks, beat till fluffy and add flour, set aside. Beat egg whites till soft peaks and add to butter mixture, mix thoroughly by hand. Divide batter into three parts, approximately 1 1/2 cups each. Add red to one part, green to the second part and leave third part yellow.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool 5 minutes, inverted on rack.
Remove wax paper and trim edges if necessary. Spread raspberry on green layer, top with yellow, spread apricot and top with pink layer. Cover with plastic and set in fridge for several hours until set. Cut short side 2 inches wide and pour chocolate over strips and let dry. Slice 3/4 inch thick frozen!

What's your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

Important and Fun Links for Kids and Mom

NY State Sex Offender Registry
Do you know your neighbors?

New York Public Interest Research Group

NYPIRG Fuel Buyers Group
This is a non-for profit fuel buying group that can help you lower your oil heating bills this winter.

Franklin Square School District

The Long Island Childrens Museum
Check out the Ghostly Gala at Halloween.

Saint Catherine of Sienna

Camp Sienna
Great and affordable 4 week summer camp program.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Don't forget about the IMAX theater.

Lionel Trains
Free train printables

The Bronx Zoo
Bundle up and go see the Holiday Zoo Lights

The NY Botanical Gardens
Bring your camera and check out the Holiday Train Show November 19, 2005-January 8,2006. Wear layered clothing. Iit's a green house and very warm.

Harbes Family Farms
Great place to go pumpkin picking for the whole family and they have a corn maze.

NYC Transit Museum
My son is a train buff.

Franklin Square Theater
In the summer they offer an 8 weeks free movie program on Thursdays for kids at 10:30 a.m.

Franklin Square Library
Check out the free childrens programs

Do you have little green lizards around your house?

They are called "Italian Wall Lizards". They were introduced to Long Island by accident in Garden City according to a member of CSTL. CSTL or the Center for Science Teaching and Learning is located at Tanglewood road in RVC . They are a non-for profit group that rescues reptiles and educates kids in science. They also offer programs in science and rocketry for elementry and middle school kids at a reasonable fee. For more info go to
Participate in an interactive map and help Hofstra researchers!