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Happy Birthday James!

A Star Wars birthday party for baby James. Who isn’t much of a baby anymore, we have to say! Cool stormtrooper marshmallows! May the Fourth be with you! Joaquin and Gregory: Otis in the house! Sara and Katie: Tom, Michael and […]

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family, garden

Snowy Afternoon

A few inches of very light and fluffy snow, and we play. Snow, slo-mo! #sourcherryfarm #snow #lohudsnow #nyack #southnyack A video posted by Liz Johnson (@sourcherryfarm) on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:56pm PST Catch it on your tongue, Sam! Can […]

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entertaining, family

Happy New Year!

Suzie and Joe’s annual New Year’s party was warm and welcoming, with tasty bloody marys and a tour through the cuisine of the South, from gumbo and collards to ham and biscuits. Sam and Henry: Hunna, Irene and Tom: Other […]

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family, outings

The Tree at Rockefeller Center

Here’s our annual trip to see the tree. A nice one this year, to be sure! Selfie with Irene. Tree and ice skaters. Sam and Hunna. Les Dorkages. Confetti and broken cups from last’s revelry. Happy New Year! Related posts: BDoF: […]

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Tamales!

Just in from Texas: A big batch of homemade tamales! Laurie and her mom, Stella — whom SCF fans may remember from such recipes as Stella’s Potato Salad — made the tamales together and sent them up via FedEx. What a […]

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family, outings

Lunch on Arthur Avenue

What a wonderful, warm winter day to visit Arthur Avenue! We walked over from the New York Botanical Garden — and almost stopped to slurp a few raw clams at Cosenza’s.  Decided against it, though, in favor of wood-fired pizza […]

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family

Pizza and a Big Puzzle

After our morning trip to Bear Mountain, we headed home for a lazy Boxing Day. We did a big — 100 piece! — puzzle, a Christmas gift from Sarah to Sam. Then Hunna dusted off his homemade pizza recipe and […]

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family

Merry Christmas 2016!

A wonderfully quiet, laid-back day, with gifts, breakfast and a brisk walk around Rockland Lake. Santa brought Sam a robot! Hunna wins the wrapping contest once again. Just gorgeous! Hunna, Sam, Boo. Post-present relaxation. Sondra and Leigh join us for […]

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Christmas Eve 2016

We scored a last-minute guest to Christmas Eve services and dinner. Welcome to the Farm, Boo! Sondra, before the 4 p.m. service. Owen preaches. A star hangs above the entrance to the church.    Sam, in festive Christmas attire. Our […]

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family

Winter Party at Kindergarten

A few parents and I helped out with the winter party at Samantha’s kindergarten class. Crafts, stories and cupcakes. What a way to celebrate! Here, a pop-up book on the 12 Days of Christmas! Paper lanterns… a craft I designed […]

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family

Christmas Pageant 2016

My little angel is growing up! This year in the Christmas Pageant, she was a “lead angel,” and led the procession down the aisle to “Glooooooria,” twirling as she went.    No room in the inn. Ready to go, Sam? […]

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family, garden

First Snow of Winter

We woke up to a winter wonderland! First snow of the season! Snow angels were a requirement, naturally. Winter at the farm.      One last holdout from the garden: Down by Charlie’s house, evergreens! And then a fire and some […]

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family, outings

Visiting Herman Miller

  The new Herman Miller flagship store is rather more like a home than a retail space. A foyer of sorts welcomes you, then you make your way along an avenue that opens into rooms; an office, a living room, a […]

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family

A Christmas Sunday

  A very Christmas-y Sunday. Church, cookies, stockings! First, at church, we got to ring the handbells during the service!    After church, Sam and I made some gingerbread men. (Recipe here: Gingerbread Cookies.) And in the evening, I finished […]

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family

Watching Day at Ballet

Sam’s ballet semester comes to an end with a performance of the Nutcracker. And Sam got to play Clara! Warning: many cute photos of little girls dancing ahead. Related posts: Watching Day at Ballet Sam Graduates from Ballet Sam at […]

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Messiah Sing!

The annual Messiah Sing at Grace Church is a don’t-miss on our holiday calendar. And this year, we finally came bearing our own scores! Hallelujah! Related posts: Messiah Sing and Advent Party! Messiah Sing Blessing of the Animals The Annual […]

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Sam’s Fashion Sense

Today, she requested a braid in her hair, and permission to roll up her jeans to show off her minion socks! Related posts: Christmas Chic Getting Dressed: A New Milestone Reached

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Christmas Tree 2016!

I won’t bury the lede here: We, for the first time, set up the Christmas tree in a new location. Who said you can’t change tradition! One tradition did not change, though. We bought the tree at the local firehouse. […]

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Morning at Van Saun Park

A nice little morning at the park in Paramus, which has a train, a petting zoo and a carousel. A fine way to spend a few hours! Here we go into the tunnel! A peacock! Old cart: A pig. Should […]

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cooking, entertaining, family

Thanksgiving 2016

Family, friends, food. A wonderful day to give thanks for our many, many blessings. Whoever got this last turkey was blessed indeed! Thank goodness we ordered ahead! This year’s recipe was the same as last year’s. A smashing success! Bon […]

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Winter Concert

Sam and her kindergarten class — the whole grade — performed a few Thanksgiving and holiday songs for a group of adoring parents. Selections included such favorites as “Every Turkey Can Tango.” We have an extraordinary music teacher (here’s his […]

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Lazy Day: Cooking and Watercolors

Making gravy ahead of Thanksgiving. And Sam was making lovely watercolors with her birthday gift from Sarah.   Winter is nigh. Related posts: Cooking for Thanskgiving A Second Bloom from the Amaryllis Turkey Gravy A Morning of Cooking

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Storytime at Kindergarten

I am a class mom. Who would ever think I’d be writing those words! The job doesn’t entail much, but I do get to come and read stories and help with events. It’s nice to see Sam at school, among […]

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Birthday Party: Sam Turns 5!

Happy Birthday to Samantha! We threw another brunch party, with bagels and bloodys. And what is now becoming my famous strata. Entertaining: Breakfast Strata recipe Cocktails: Best Bloody Marys For entertaining, we asked Lisa Karrer to come and make musical […]

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family, outings

Trick or Treat! Happy Hallowen!

Sam and the neighborhood friends, out on a mission: Costumes and candy. I’d say the evening was a success. Sam was Officer Judy Hopps, from her favorite movie, Zootopia. “It’s called a hustle, sweetheart!” #zootopia A video posted by Liz […]

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family

Trunk or Treat!

A tradition at Samantha’s elementary school: Trunk or Treat. Starting Halloween early, parents dress up the trunks of their cars (or mostly, SUVs) and hand out candy. Kids dress up, have fun, and get another chance to wear their costume. […]