The big event I have been working on is one week away. The official countdown to Kids Expo started at the foot of the Walkway Over the Hudson with a press conference announcing our generous sponsors and some of the exciting entertainment lined up for the BIG event on October 1-2, 2011!
What will be happening at Kids Expo? Not much just…Train Rides, Games, IBM’s Watson Challenge, Kids Yoga, Dog On Fleas, A Petting Zoo, TONS of inflatables, Sky Riders Trampoline Show, Skate Demos, Karate Demos, Kids Karaoke, Radio Disney, Hudson Valley Renegades Fast Pitch Test, Bowling, Sky Hunters in Flight Animal Show, Vanaver Caravan Dance Performance....and SO MUCH MORE.
In our vendor booth you will be able to decorate a piggy bank, get your face painted, have your picture taken, make a spin art masterpiece, design a magnet, create your own Edible Arrangement, make dinosaur footprints and too much more to list. Did I mention that this is all FREE with your admission to Kids Expo?
With a food court by Coppola's of Hyde Park and Sweet Treats in the Pavilion no one will go home hungry.
Join us if you can. To purchase tickets visit www.kids-expo.org (you’ll get a $2.00 on-line discount). Even at the full price of $8 it’s the best day of family fun in the Hudson Valley. All of the proceeds from this event go to 4 great local charities; Walkway over the Hudson, The Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, The DCJCC, and Abilities First.
NEW DEAL for 2011! Kids Expo has partnered with Metro North Railroad's One Day Getaway Packages to bring you a discounted rail and Kids Expo admission ticket! Kids Expo is only STEPS away from the Poughkeepsie Train Station
When I saw a 100% whole wheat flour shortbread cookie recipe I had to give it a try. Baking when I should be packing to move may not seem like the best use of my time but I have this huge bag of whole wheat flour in my freezer and I don't want to move with it again. Every time I substitute even 50% whole wheat flour my cookies come out hard as rocks and my cakes taste like muffin. Don't get me wrong I like muffins but not when I want cake.
If you follow the recipe as written the dough is very crumbly and hard to work with. I suggest wrapping it in plastic and leaving it to sit at room temp for about an hour before shaping it into balls.
When I was a kid on the eve of back to school my mother hung my book bag on the foot of my bed and in the morning there were little wrapped gift inside. A Hello Kitty eraser, a set of mini highlighters, etc. Each year her additions to my school supplies delighted me. Every time I took my purple trapper keeper out of my desk I knew I was loved.
I have turned the tradition into a week long count down with little gifts every morning. Today my oldest son went to visit his first grade classroom. We met his teacher, loaded his supplies into his desk, handed in his summer reading log and came home to hang up the backpacks.
Today is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France that marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. The historic people's revolt was the first step to establishing a republican government. What a great excuse to pop a cork, dust off your high school French phrase book and download some Edith Piaf.
Tonight we'll be eating Coq au Vin and Tarte Tatin. I am using Nigella Lawson’s recipe for the Coq au Vin and Julia Child’s La Tarte Tatin from The Way to Cook. I'll let you know how they turn out.
Growing up my mother always made a special breakfast on holidays…popovers on Christmas, crepes on my birthday, strawberry shortcake on her birthday, eggs over easy with bacon for my dad. It was a great way to say I’m always thinking of you. Even while we were sleeping my mom was working to make our life feel special. I am keeping the tradition alive in my home and my boys were delighted to kick off our Fourth of July weekend with blueberry waffles, sparklers and smoke bombs. The biggest hit of the morning was the watermelon fruit bowl (now I’m glad I gave up a beautiful day on our Honeymoon in Thailand to take a cooking class).
We will spend our four day weekend riding bikes, swimming, kayaking on the Hudson River, eating lobster, listening to the St. Petersburg Quartet at Music Mountain, swing dancing at Boscobel, and watching the West Point fireworks. Whatever you do this weekend be safe, be happy and be grateful for your independence.