worthy of baking: my secret (and famous) apple crisp recipe

Fall is in full swing, and one of my favorite fall activities is a trip with my girls to the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick for some incredible apple picking with a side of fun by way of their Children’s Play Area. With pony rides, animals, playgrounds, music, face painting and, of course, the train, my little ones always look forward to a full morning there.

Then, when we get home, its time to make my famous apple crisp. It is so insanely delicious, and so insanely easy to make. Ready?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and slice up 12 granny smith apples (or the apple of your choice) into medium thickness apples slices.

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the apples with cinnamon until there is a nice light coating on all of them.

In a separate bowl, mix together 2 sticks of softened butter (not melted), 2 cups of packed brown sugar and 2 cups of flour. Kneed the mixture together until it becomes a crumble.

Put the apples in a 13×9 pan, and liberally sprinkle the crumble on top covering all of the apples.

Bake for 40 minutes, and set to cool.




worthy of helping: best private concierge + personal assistance

Good help is hard to find.

But, I found her.

After years spent trying to find an executive concierge service that could help me hourly with everything from household management to vehicle maintenance to personal errands, my friend and former event colleague Christina Kotseas has created her eponymous Personal Assistance & Concierge business, I could not more highly recommend her.

Whether you need a few hours of her time or want to employ her on a contract basis, Christina has been an absolute lifeline for my family.  CLICK HERE to read our testimonial on her website.



Worthy of reading…get informed

I want to be informed.  Well informed actually. I want to know what is going on in the world, I want the most unbiased perspective I can get, and unfortunately I don’t have the time to sit down sift through papers, magazines, tv and online to find it.  I think that venture would take a lifetime.

THE WEEK is the most incredible magazine you’ve probably never heard of, which, in their words “analyzes and curates thousands of media sources from around the globe, distilling a worldy and balanced, concise view of the issues that matter most. THE WEEK’s voice is multi-perspective and neutral in tone, giving readers all the facts and shades of opinion to let them make up their own minds. More than the news, more than one opinion, THE WEEK acts as an impartial observer of events and their ramifications.”

This publication could not be more worthy of reading.


Worthy of hanging: paintings by Kiki & Polly

I found Kiki and Polly on Etsy when I was looking to find inexpensive art to decorate my girls’ bedroom at the lake. I happened upon them in a moment of sheer luck, since searching on Etsy is like searching into the black hole of time.

Their prints are beautiful, etherial, charming and nostalgic. I love to picture my girls in them. They are perfect for gallery-style displays or individual pieces. Some of my favorites are:



worthy of wearing: thug life t-shirts

These hilarious t shirts are as funny as they are form fitting. I just purchased and am wearing this one today. Click on the image to purchase.