To Market, To Market

A few months ago my family moved a whole 30 miles south of where we had initially settled in New Jersey.  It’s closer to work for me, and close to office friends who also live in the area and have children of all ages.  Not only will this give my daughter some friends outside of…

A Battle Over Breasts In Newark, NJ

This is a companion piece to Calandra’s post today on mortarnbrique. Over the weekend I read an article on TimeHealthland that left me a little perturbed.  The article, titled Can a Formula Company Really Promote Breast-Feeding and Fight Child Obesity?, discussed the criticisms that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has recieved in his decision to accept funding from…

Tag…You're It!

I remember when these “all about you” questionnaires would circulate via email.  My how times have changed…now they’re circulating through blogs!  Either way I love doing these things because they’re procrastination at it’s best.  Thanks to Calandra, my cousin & co-editor of this blog, for asking me to share 11 random things about me and answer…

What the Crock??

For Christmas this year my husband gave me a Crock-Pot cookbook.  For some women any kind of cookbook as a gift from her husband would result in one of the following questions: “Wait, does this mean you don’t like my cooking?” “So what are you saying…I don’t cook often enough?” and so on.  But since…

Thankful for Creative Cooking…at Christmas!

No, I’m not doing like the department stores and skipping Thanksgiving to go straight to Christmas.  But my original cooking plan was slightly thwarted, so the new dish will be attempted in December.  Yesterday I was talking to co-workers about the Thanksgiving meal and everyone around the table agreed that this is not the holiday…

The Beauty of a Mini-Makeup Party

Yesterday I attended my first makeup party, hosted by our very own Calandra Branch. About a dozen women gathered in a Brooklyn church to share our own makeup fears and frustrations and get tips on how to overcome them. Calandra got things going by reaffirming what most of us believed but needed to hear every…

Thankful for Creative Cooking

Every year for the past 6 years that we’ve been married my husband and I have alternated celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Virginia or his in St. Louis.  And each year I have to figure what to make to add to the meal.  Not that folks require me to bring a dish, I just…

Apple Butter!

A few posts back I wrote a short entry on apple picking and apple butter, asking for a good recipe. Well thanks to Calandra (good lookin out cuz!) a recipe was sent, which I tried out a few weeks back. It’s a slow-cooker recipe and when they say slow cook, they mean slow cook! It…

A New Look for This and That With Calandra!

Have you noticed anything different about This and That? Yes, we’ve redesigned our blog! We said goodbye to the dark background and HELLO to a bright, fresh page, complete with a banner and new slogan – “Be Beautiful…Be Healthy…Be You!” Feel free to let us know how you like the new look! NEW FEATURES! –…

Sometimes all it takes…

is apples.  Last weekend my family went apple-picking.  Being a fan of food and where it comes from I wanted my daughter to learn that apples come from trees, just like we showed her in May that strawberries can be picked off of low bushes.  But apples brought me back to North Carolina, where my…