Just Can’t Get Enough! Steaz Teaz

20 Oct

Okay.  This post is going to seem more like a paid advertisement than anything else but, I can assure you, I’m just a MAJOR fan!!  If you haven’t tried Steaz Organic Iced Teaz yet, I highly recommend you do. They are super refreshing, all-natural, and actually taste like iced tea, not something totally processed.

My favorite flavors are the White Tea with Lime & Pomegranate with a touch of cane syrup and Green Tea with Lemon when I want something unsweetened. I’m not a big fan of the Zero Calorie flavors because I don’t like that fake sugar after taste.  You can buy Steaz at Whole Foods by the individual can, otherwise Chris and I order it on Amazon by the case load.  You’d think we had stock in the company!  Oy!

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook’s Bake Sale Tips

30 Sep

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and, as it comes to a close, the need for people to continue to help support children’s cancer research is imperative.  My dear friend, Michelle Rotman Jassem,  styled the photographs for the fantastic cookbook, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt. Michelle agreed to share some of her favorite tips and products for a perfectly styled bake sale with OnMyPlate.

In 2007, Gretchen Holt-Witt and her family’s life changed forever when her then 2 1/2 year son, Liam, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer.  After successfully seeing Liam through chemotherapy, radiation, a nearly 12-hour surgery, and antibody therapy in the Fall of 2007, Gretchen turned her sights on finding a way to support the doctors and researchers who needed help funding clinical trials to aid families like hers so children and families had more hope in finding cures. Hence, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was born.

With the holidays coming and school activities in full gear, this is the perfect time to do your part.  The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website gives you step-by-step instructions on how to register your bake sale, along with great tools and tips to create a successful event.  And they even sell hand baked cookies to order if you’d like to send a friend or family member a birthday, holiday, or any day treat for an exceptional cause!

Check out Michelle’s great tips and tricks below.  And don’t forget to pick up Gretchen’s Best Bake Sale Cookbook (#1 below) for awesome sweets recipes for your bake sale…or anytime!

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Closets & Pantries: Anna Harrington

13 Sep

Chris’ and my dear friend, Anna Harrington, is an artist, fashion industry insider, chef extraordinaire, wife, mother of two adorable boys, entrepreneur, and all-around renaissance woman. And she’s been able to combine her passions and talents into one incredible business, Yummy Time!, guiding children ages 4-8 with hands-on cooking experiences in Manhattan and at the incredible children’s store and activity center, Pomme, in Dumbo .  Anna was a perfect person for Closets & Pantries because I wanted to know what’s in her kitchen and her closet this season!

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Explore the Store: Terrain

9 Aug

I have been a huge fan of Terrain, the home and garden website, for quite some time.  Earlier this summer, I was chatting with my dear friend, Sara Goodstein, who heads up communications at Anthropologie and she told me that Terrain was opening a store in Westport, Connecticut.  Of course the masterminds behind Anthropologie and BHLDN also created Terrain!!  I was so excited because Chris, Jack and I were planning a visit to see my sister Cheryl and her family, Pete and Will, in Bronxville so I knew they would be up for a short trip to Westport.  And, Chris’ sister, Natalie, and her family live near Westport so we would be able to see them, too!

The Saturday during our trip, we drove to Terrain and soon realized it was the perfect destination store.  The enormous store and its outdoor garden department, with its perfectly curated product vignettes, makes you feel like you’re roaming around a giant cabinet of curiosities…with some amazing gourmet foods, dishware, and beauty products thrown in!  We all had a ball walking around and shopping.  But the pièce de résistance had to be Terrain’s farm-to-table restaurant, Terrain Garden Café.

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The French Market Opens in Manhattan – Photographed by Ed Baynard

3 Jul

The French Market officially opened last week in Chelsea Triangle, on Ninth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets, and artist, photographer, and dear friend Ed Baynard was there to document his findings for On My Plate.  For you Chicagoans, this market is under the same ownership as the year-round Chicago French Market.

Open every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm now through November 24th, the market features farm fresh fruits and vegetables, organic local pastas, breads, and French baked goods, pizza, homemade cheeses, and organic meats.  It also sells crafts and home goods from local designers.

Ed couldn’t leave without buying an organic lavender scone (below).  And the mushrooms he photographed are absolutely divine.  They look surreal! …as does the rose vendor….ooh la la!

 

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