November 19, 2013
Hello again! How has everybody been doing? As I’m sure other Moms and Dads can relate, when your young ones flee the nest, you need a hobby! A way I have been keeping myself occupied is learning a ton of new recipes. I have always loved cooking but since taking classes at Sur La Table, I just can’t stop! I find myself inviting my friends over for dinner at my home way more than going out these days just so I can have another excuse to try a new recipe.
Two weekends ago, Avery visited home and I wanted to show off some of my new culinary skills! Below are photos of the classes I’ve been taking with the wonderful Joel Gamoran as well as my two favorite dishes so far!
Then we moved on to the delicious dish, Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tangine. Click on the image below for the full recipe. Cooked with lemons, cilantro and olive oil, it is a great Morrocan style to spice up your normal chicken dinners.
One of my favorite dishes I’ve learned so far has to be the decadent chocolate-chunk bread pudding. We all need to treat ourselves every once in awhile!!
Please let me know if you decide to try any of these recipes and how they turn out!
Until next time,
October 7, 2013
Emerald was chosen as one of the top colors of 2013. It has always been a favorite of mine to incorporate into my jewelry pieces but I am especially excited to start picking up some different pieces and experimenting. A hot bag or pair of emerald hued heels could be an exclamation point at the end of your outfit. Don’t forget your nail polish and eyeshadow too!
Layering is right up there with boots on people’s favorite things about Fall and I agree. Its always fun to play around with a few extra pieces. Mix textures but not too many colors as it can look a little overwhelming
Believe it or not, there are people who still stick to the rule of no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. That is not the case anymore! Take a chance on winter white. They are some gorgeous jackets and chunky knits in white that are completely autumn appropriate.
What trends are you most looking forward to trying out for Fall 2013? What are your Dos and Donts?
Til next time,
September 17, 2013
Hello again! Well, it appears we have reached the end of summer. I love a lot of things about Fall. The crisp weather, the beauty in NYC parks and of course New York Fashion Week! But, its still hard to leave behind the beautiful warm days out on the water with friends, family and Turtle Time! Luckily, Turtle Time works in all seasons!
The transition of seasons was especially hard this year as Mario and I sent Avery off to college. It had been a very emotional time getting ready to send our only ‘baby’ off on her own but we began to look at all the positives. We are so proud of Avery and everything she has accomplished. She worked very hard all through her school career and we know she will continue to thrive. College is a time to grow, learn about yourself and have many new experiences. We can’t wait to head down to Atlanta for Parents Weekend and hear all of her stories thus far!
Mario and I also realized this could a special time for us and our marriage. Now that Avery is at college there is a lot less every day stress and worry. We can now spend some time focusing on the two of us with special dinners and nights together. Even some nights apart for personal time. The other day Mario was watching sports in one room and I was dancing and cleaning in the other lol. When focusing on the positive, it makes the life transition easier on us. But we did perfect our FaceTime skills just so we can still squeeze in our family time (when Avery allows for it!).
I appreciate all of your support during this time. Everyone’s messages and tweets from those who have gone through this process already or were going through it for the first time same as me, was so wonderful to read. You guys are the absolute best!
So, its time to embrace this season change and all that comes with it.
Til next time..
August 9, 2013
Hello again! I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. As I sit here on a rainy day, I decided to go through some of my photos and relive the past couple of months. Its been amazing! Mario and I have been very lucky to cherish some great moments with Avery before she is off to college.
We have been fortunate to be invited to some amazing events in the Hamptons filled with great people, great food, great music and even some live art!
One of our family days out was with my dear friend Sheila on her stunning yacht!
It took awhile but we finally got to the beach for the first time this summer! We packed up our coolers and baskets and had a full spread! I did not brave the jet ski but I was happy to watch safely from the sand!
Everybody knows its not really Turtle Time without the frick to my frack! We loved having Sonja with us for the weekend. We laughed, danced and even got in a little workout!
We are down to our final two week before we take Avery to college. Its an emotional time for us but we are so proud of her as she embarks on this new journey. Until then, we are going to cherish every single moment we have with her!
July 29, 2013
Hope you are all continuing to have a fabulous summer! I shared a photo of a grilled tuna Nicoise salad I made and the response was incredible! Anytime you are interested in recipes, gardening tips, outfits etc that you see me post photos of, please let me know! I love sharing the details! Find the salad recipe below.
First, have your tuna marinating in some olive oil and garlic. While it’s marinating, boil some small new potatoes and prepare your hard boiled eggs. In a separate pot, begin the blanching of the French string beans process. You will want to boil the string beans for 5-6 minutes, drain and then cover them with cold water for a bit so they are slightly cooked but still crisp.
At this point, throw your tuna on the grill and then being preparing the salad platter with Bibb and Endive lettuce, anchovies, olives, chopped tomatoes and parsley. Add your blanched string beans, potatoes and eggs. When your tuna is grilled to perfection, place on top and serve with the salad dressing of your choice on the side!
For those who do not like tuna, you may replace with grilled chicken!
July 16, 2013
Hello again! I hope you have all been enjoying your summer so far! If you live on the East Coast, especially New York, you are well aware that we are in the middle of a serious heat wave!! Every day it feels like a cool 101 degrees and its brutal. Anything that is not ice cold does not sound good to me.
Last night, I was thinking about what to make for dinner before I had to run off to film. I needed something quick and still somewhat healthy but everything that required heat completely turned me off. So I opened my fridge, rummaged around and started throwing a little something together.
Most of these ingredients you should be able to find in your kitchen already. First I put on a pot of water to boil. While that was boiling, I sliced some cherry tomatoes in half and drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20mins based on how roasted you want them.
At this time, the water was ready and I threw in a serving size of whole wheat penne pasta to cook for about 10-12 minutes. While the tomatoes and pasta were cooking, I threw some baby spinach into a pan and sautéed for about 5 minutes. If you time it correctly, you can have everything done at the same time.
I grabbed a bowl and threw in the pasta, roasted tomatoes, sautéed spinach with a small splash of olive oil and lemon juice. I then put the bowl in the freezer to get a quick cool off.
During this time I went to do my hair and make-up!
When I was all ready to walk out the door, I grabbed the bowl out of the freezer and added just a little bit of sliced fresh mozzarella and that’s it! It was a colorful and refreshing quick summer meal!
I’m sure with a little more thought there are some other great ingredients that could be added. What are your suggestions? What are your go to meals in this type of heat?
June 13, 2013
Hello again! The Singer family if off to Africa (don’t worry there will be plenty of photos to share)! I wanted to write one more blog for you all before we’re off! I had such an incredible Memorial Day. Memorial Day holds a lot of meaning for everyone. We often kick off the Summer with BBQs but it all stems from the celebration of remembering those who served our country. A great Patriotic holiday!
Every Memorial Day I have a gathering at my home for dinner. Theses dinners have been anywhere from twelve people to sixty people. So much is going on right now so we decided to have one table of twelve wonderful friends.
I marinated and grilled some shrimp and served with toast. Crisp, light and refreshing start to dinner.
I served pasta in fresh pesto sauce and then provided different toppings for people to choose from. A fun little make your own pasta bar!
I set out my antique gold china and cut fresh flowers from my personal garden for the table!
Mario lit all the candles and set out our American decor while we waited for our guests to arrive!
After dinner it was obviously TURTLE TIME!
We ended the night with some birthday cake!!
June 3, 2013
May 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Avery’s birthday with a dinner party for her girlfriends at our home. I did the flower arrangements myself and many of you asked for details on how I did it!
Flowers are one of my passions. I love gardening at my Hamptons’ home, cutting fresh flowers, taking long walks through the flower district. Its a great thing to use some creativity. I wanted to move away from the classic arrangement for this party. Avery is young and fun so thats what I wanted to capture. I wanted the table to look eclectic! I spent an afternoon strolling through NYC’s Flower District which is located on 28th Street between 6th and 7th Ave. I picked up some green floral foam, exotic green leaves, crystal beads and a bunch of flowers. I went with pinks and purples but instead of the same type of flower I did multiple different types.
When I arrived home, I pulled together all different size vases. I cut the floral foam to fit each vase and then saturated the foam in water. While the foam was saturating, I cut all of the flowers to the sizes I wanted them to be in each vase. This is,of course, is a matter of preference. When the flowers were cut, I put the crystal beads at the bottom of each vase. I then took the saturated floral foam and wrapped it in the green leaves, placing them in each vase. Once this is complete, I began sticking the flowers into the foam.
When I have all the vases complete, I began placing them on the table. How you place them depends on the look you are going for but I decided to scatter them a bit instead of putting them in a straight line down the center of the table.
This is a really easy and fun way to make some different centerpieces. Avery was so happy with the final look and we had a great night!!
May 14, 2013
Hello again! So as I sit here on another rainy day, I find myself daydreaming about the days of Summer right around the corner! So I thought I would take the time to share some of my beauty and style tips for the seasons changing.
With the heat and sun coming, most of your products should change. A heavy foundation or an oil cleanser is not needed in the Summer. For cleansing purposes, I like to go with a really light and simple cleanser that won’t strip my skin of its natural oils but is also not adding too much moisture either. I use the Tru Renewal Gentle Gel cleanser followed by the Tru Renewal Oxygen boost. At night I will use the Tru Renewal moisturizer but in the day its BEYOND important to use SPF. I can’t stress this enough! A favorite of mine right now is Kate Somerville but any SPF will do!
Foundation does not always hold well in the Summer heat and let’s face it, a fresh natural face is always best during those warmer days. During the Summer, I recommend using a tinted moisturizer that allows you to build for coverage. You are still able to use concealer for those “trouble areas” but your face won’t melt when you are out to lunch at that fabulous outdoor restaurant! I recommend Laura Mercier, both her tinted moisture (with SPF!) and the primer. Sephora has a great starter kit for a flawless face. Definitely try it!
Is anyone else as ready for Summer clothing as I am? I officially took out all my Spring and Summer outfits but the weather did not come with it! Right now it’s all about black and white. You see it in the magazines, the store windows, its everywhere! From shoes to tops, black and white are the statement pieces right now. Pour La Victoire has the BEST shoes. They are so comfortable, look like a million bucks yet affordable! They have some incredible statement shoes this season that will completely change an outfit. I truly believe you don’t need to buy a ton of new clothing to update your look. A pair of shoes will update you alone.
So you have your black and white outfit and your statement shoes. Now its time for a girl’s best friend, her bag! In the Summer, I am all about totes and Boho bags during the day. These bags are great because they are pretty much the Mary Poppins purse! You can throw in a cover up and some great sandals and head to the beach but you are also ready for a day of shopping and eating in town. When the weather is gorgeous, I want to go out and stay out which is why these bags come in handy. Stylish and so effective. Pour La Victoire has mastered these as well.
So now that we are ready for the Summer, lets get the sun out! I hope you enjoyed my tips and find them helpful. Be sure to head to www.RamonaSinger.com to see videos of my showroom shopping as I try to update my style a little bit based on tips that you all have been sharing with me!
Til next time…