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I Want to Start a New BIRTHday Tradition

  Wouldn't it be adorable to sing the "Happy Birthday song" to every newborn baby? Mom and Dad and nurses and grandparents and whoever... all gathering around the precious new life and singing a song we usually reserve for the first "real" birthday.     Isn't the first day of our lives worth singing over? "Happy BIRTHday dear BABY! Happy BIRTHday to you!" And seriously, doesn't Mom deserve to eat that cupcake after all her hard work? That's what I thought

Recipe | Very Berry Rainbow Salad

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}     It could be the fact that Spring is kinda-sorta-maybe coming... or it could be the fact that I spent all Winter eating pasta. But whatever the reason, I'm really craving salads right now. This is the only salad my girls will eat. And by "eat" I don't mean "gobble up and ask for seconds"... I mean "have a few bites, mostly berries, sometimes tomatoes and feta."     The stars of the Very Berry Rainbow Salad are the berries, of course. But the other key players are cucumbers, tomatoes, almonds, feta cheese, and chicken (optional.) (Um don't forget the lettuce. Just

Local Event | Corning Library | Spring Book Sale

  Hey Corning folks! Don't miss out on some fabulous deals at the library's Spring book sale this week! It started yesterday and ends May 7. Here are the details from their website: The sale starts Saturday April 30 with a members only day from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nonmembers can join at the door: $5 for an individual and $10 for families. Sunday May 1 hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday is 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday May 7 is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Discounts will deepen each day. The final day will be a bag and box day. Fill one for a set price. Cash and checks only, please. There will be more than 30,000 items from which to choose. From paperbacks to hardcovers and the occasional rare book, shoppers are sure to leave the sale happy. Proceeds benefit the Southeast Steuben County Library. The East Corning Fire Hall is located at 11873 E. Corning Rd.   The final day is always my favorite because there are

New Favorite Book | The Book Thief

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   My friend and I were talking about books the other day. We frequently swap favorite titles. Anyways she used a phrase that I just ADORE and am totally stealing... she said that some books are like dark chocolate. They have a depth. You chew on them more. You savor the complexity. So... my set of Twilight novels? Junk food. Delicious junk food. There's a place for all kinds of reading! ;-) No shame in indulging every once in awhile. But back to the good stuff.. I couldn't get that phrase out of my head, and I want to share a really amazing "dark chocolate" type book with you today. I just finished it last

Link Roundup | New York State Parks

  As I mentioned in this post, it's the centennial celebration year for our National Parks Service. And if you're like me, and not too sure that there's a National Park trip in your family's future for this year, how about checking out more of what your local area has to offer?     Right now at the Rockwell Museum there are some pretty awesome historic images on display from Watkins Glen State Park. Which apparently is rocking the #3 Best State Park in America by 2015's USA Today's readers!      With Spring Break starting tomorrow (at least at the Corning-Painted Post schools) I am thinking not only of things to do this coming week, but also in the summer.     Did you know that the modern American notion of a vacation was coined not too far from here? In 1869 William H.H. Murray published a wilderness guidebook about the Adirondacks, and the virtues of "vacating" the city to explore the