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Is Your Blog Ready To Be Printed!

How exciting is this new tool for turning your blog into a book!  Blog2Print does just that!  My blog is too new and certainly not worthy of going to print just yet but I couldn’t resist sharing this with those of you that are much more expierenced and blogging longer than I.  

I would love to know if anyone actually prints their blog and how it worked for you! 

Happy blogging and printing!

Mountain Jam V-May 29-31 in Hunter Mountain

Mountain Jam V poster

Mountain Jam V poster

Darn, my honey and I were just in Hunter Mountain last weekend.  Sounds like this year’s Mountain Jam V is going to be a great event!  While we could consider drive up on Saturday but we would have to drive back as my honey has to work bright & early on Sunday morning.  For those of you lucky enough to attend–enjoy!

Out-and-About-Another Day-Trip

Today was a dreary daPhoto by KF All American Drive-Iny here in the lower Hudson Valley, so, of course we decided to take another one of our famous “day-trip” adventures!  As you will remember, we already visited Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT (one of America’s best Hamburger places according to the Travel Channel) so next on our list was the All American Drive-In in Massapequa, NY.

 Simple and to the point, the hamburgers here are truly “all American” – do you want fries or onion rings with your burger?  I had the Photo by KF Cheeseburger @ All American Drive-Inbasic cheeseburger (and yes, American cheese is the only option) and fries and loved it!

After our famous hamburger lunch we decided to drive further out on the island.  We headed for Fire Island and to my surprise, cars are not permitted during peak season.  Okay so I’ve lived in Westchester County my entire life, heard a great deal of wonderful things about Fire Island, just not the fact that cars are not allowed.  So with that said, my “wondering” mind wants to know how do you get groceries out to your vacation house on Fire Island-do you bring them on the ferry?

So while we were “out-and-about” in Long Island we also drove through Babylon, Islip, Bayshore and more.  We had a great dinner at Horace & Sylvia’s in Babylon(we unfortunately didn’t get out own picture of this great place).  We would highly recommend this place when passing through Babylon.

That’s was our “day-trip” today – next on our list of famous hamburger places is World’s Famous Ted’s Restaurant in Meridian, CT.

2009 marks the 400th anniversaries of the voyage of English Captain Henry Hudson, who led (for the Dutch) the first European expedition to sail up the river that now bears his name

I’ve lived along this beautiful river (Verplanck) my entire life and am so grateful to truly love and appreicate it’s beauty and history.

Travel Trip New Yorks 400th Hudson Valley

Celebrate New York’s 400th with activities and events that will remind you why you live in the Hudson Valley and hopefully near our beautiful river.

June 6 will be the official River Day-many events and activities will are scheduled at various marinas along the river.

Here is a list of a few events:


Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

Bridge Music – June 6

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal


You may want to order your Souvenir Book ofor Quadricentennial by Mildred (Millie) Sullivan Schlachter, a local, Hudson River Valley region writer, presents, “A River Beckons….” Especially written for the ’2009 – Quadricentennial Celebration.

There are so many events scheduled that it is sure to be a wonderful tribute and celebration for all who participate. I am excitied(can you tell) and ready to attend as many of these events as possible! But in the event that I do not get to attend and you do, share with me which event you attend-you know, the where, when, how was it kind of stuff.

I really do love living along the river and love the Hudson Valley–I can’t image ever living anywhere else!

Westchester/Hudson Valley Dining According to Zagat

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Can't Help It–I LUV Ice Cream

Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute”

Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute”

Okay so it is completely different than my past blogs but I can not esist this! Who can resist ICE CREAM? 

Who knew, Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream, for the past four years, has recognized American neighborhoods with their Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute” and this year they continue the great tradition by throwing 1,500 block parties in neighborhoods across the country.

To celebrate, Edys is giving away 1,500 ice cream block parties!  To enter to win, you simply need to tell Edy’s why YOUR neighborhood deserves an Edy’s Slow Churned Neighborhood SaluteSM ice cream block party and you could be one of 1,500 winners to scoop up enough FREE Edy’s Slow Churned® light ice cream to feed up to 100 guests, plus a FREE party-in-a-box.  May 29, 2009 is the last day to enter.

In addition to that, Edy’s is also launching a brand-new flavor to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Rocky Road!  With their “A Taste of Recovery” promotion they are scooping ice cream and lifting spirits.

At Edy’s®, we have a history of lifting spirits. In 1929, we introduced a new flavor of ice cream to bring a smile to people during the dark days of the Great Depression. That flavor was Rocky Road. Now, 80 years later, we’re at it again. To brighten the summer, Edy’s® is introducing a brand new Slow Churned® Light Ice Cream Limited Edition flavor, and we need your help!

We’re looking for one energetic American to help us spread a little cheer by unveiling our new flavor! If you want to spend a day dishing up ice cream and dishing out smiles, fill out an application. You could be the winner of Edy’s® Slow Churned “A Taste of Recovery™” Promotion – and scoop up a cool $100,000 to help make a positive change in your life!

So like I said, while this is not my typical blos, I hope you enjoy–enter before May 29 and Good Luck!

Happy May!

Well, looks like a rainy weekend coming up in the Hudson Vally, as such, no special “day-trip” for us planned – darn. So while we can’t take our very special “day-trip” that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it – think about a future trip! 

There are some wonderful events/activities taking place in the Hudson Valley and Catskills in the coming months. Catskill calendar of events is packed with exciting activities. 

Do you enjoy bike riding, consider participating in the Great Hudson Valley Pedal August 11-16, 2009 through the picturesque and historic Hudson Valley.

Are you Irish & love the Catskills as I am and do? then you must plan on visiting East Durham NY during the annual Irish Catkskills Irish Arts Week July 12-18!

Best Hamburgers in America


I was watching The Travel Channel a few months back and they were featuring the best hamburgers in America. 

You may recall from my previous blog(s) that I love our special “day-trip”!  Back on February 7th, the temperature was warm; it felt like a Spring day, so off we went.  My fiancé and I took a drive to New Haven, CT to the famous Louis’ Lunch.  Located on 261-263 Crown Street, the hamburger was as delicious as they described on television-we were not disappointed.  Next we intend on driving to Massapequa, NY to visit the All American Drive-In!  

Hmmm, if the Travel Channel would only do the best desserts in America we would be set!

Earth Day & Going Green, What Does it Mean?

Flowers along a roadside in Maine-2008
Flowers along a roadside in Maine-2008

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, 2009 – going green is being talked about,  discussed and displayed everywhere.   Even ABC changed their logo on television last night to green – but, my wondering mind asks what does it all mean?  How willing are people to really truly go green?  How many luxuries are people willing to give up to really truly go green?  I’ve asked myself, what is it that I can do different today than yesterday that will help me be more green?  What, maybe change light bulbs – but in order to do that, I would have to purchase new light fixtures for some of my lighting.  So again, how willing are people to go green, to what expense? 

2009 marks the 39th year for Earth Day, which surprised me, I had no idea Earth Day was started in 1970.  For me, I was only 9 in 1970 but for anyone 39 or younger,  going green and recycling is a way of life, they know no different.  

I came across an opportunity to Win $20,000 to Put Your Green Idea Into Action!  SunChips and National Geographic have joined forces to create the Green Effect, an initiative to inspire people to take small steps for big change. 

There are even some fun Earth Day 2009 Crafts, Enviornmental Games and Recycling Activities for the young to enjoy.  These are the types of activites that will instill a lifetime of practicing going green and recycling. 

Going green won’t be something that has to be learned, as it is for anyone (or most) 39 or older, but it is a basic as brusing your teeth. 

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Great Day, Out and About. . .

What a great day today out and about with my honey.  Took a ride around Roundout Reservoir in NY.roundout-reservoir-ny  We so enjoy taking our day-trips through the Catskills, along the many reservoirs, lakes and streams in NY.  Stopping along side the water’s edge, fishing, walking along or just sitting and relaxing.  Having lived in NY my entire life (nearly 50 years) I can not imagine living anywhere other than the beautiful Hudson Valley.  I need, yes I said “need,” the change of seasons.  I don’t think I could do palm trees for Christmas and I love the Fall Foliage!  The popular phrase I LUV NY is true for me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!