October 1, 2016

Apple Picking & Fresh Apple Sauce {recipe}

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with ways to use those apples you get from the orchard! Using them for fresh apple sauce is ideal and will keep your family begging for more.
Fresh applesauce!| www.famfriendsfood.com

Every fall we try to make it to one of the local farms and pick apples. It's fun and if you pick the right day and the weather is perfectly cool, but not too cool... you'll want to spend the whole day outside.

June 7, 2016

Podcast Commute #2

Another week of commuting and I've got a few new podcast episodes that are worth sharing. I'm enjoying learning about new podcasts to check out as people recommend them to me. Please feel fre to share your favorites in the comments.

This week, I checked out some more entertaining podcasts to add some variety to what I listened to, and enjoyed a few new one's that I have now subscribed to so that I can keep up with the latest.

June 2, 2016

Photos from a day in New York City

Spending a day in New York City is always full of surprises! Take a look at what we found during our most recent trip!

#fleetweeknyc great day to be in the city yesterday. Love seeing the #WTC rising up into the sky

We started our day off by taking the PATH train over from Jersey City into the World Trade Center. Since we went in without a specific plan, we spent some time wandering around the memorial and checking out the sites.

Once we left the World Trade Center and wandered a few block over, I spied a little Cuban restaurant, Sophie's Cuban Cuisine, that had empanadas! After a quick look at Yelp! to see how the reviews were, we went in and enjoyed a variety of empanadas as an early lunch/snack... I had the spinach and cheese, and the rest enjoyed the chicken and the beef. They were definitely satisfied my craving!

May 31, 2016

Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad from Cooking Light

This lightened up version of broccoli salad will have you hiding it in the fridge so you don't have to share! 
My favorite #lunch this week! A lightened up broccoli salad. www.famfriendsfood.com #healthyeating

I have had a love/dislike relationship with my subscription to Cooking Light for while now. Some months, I page through and find nothing that appeals to me (or my family)... and every once in awhile an issue comes along that makes me want to give them another chance.

May 26, 2016

The Podcast Commute #1

My commute has grown longer in the last month or so due to my company relocating to Jersey City. So, to help me pass the time as I navigate new traffic patterns, I've started listening to podcasts some mornings. I prefer to listen to music on the way home so, I have a variety of things to keep my mind off of the traffic.

I've added a number of subscriptions to my Podcast app on my iPhone. I had no idea how many different podcasts were available... everything from entertainment, business, self improvement, health, cooking... the list goes on and on! So, as I come across specific episodes that I think are really good I'll share them here.

May 24, 2016

Freshening up a favorite banana bread recipe

Bake this moist and delicious Banana Bread on the weekend, and you'll be enjoying it for breakfast or with your afternoon tea all week. 
#bananabread #baking #fromscratch #formyfamily #famfriendsfood

Nothing like having a new oven to try out to get back into the baking game.

May 22, 2016

Hello! Anyone still here?

Hello to everyone who still stops by to see if there are new posts around here! 

I figured it's time to add something new and I'm starting with a new overview of what this blog is going to be about as I move forward.

Back when I started this blog, I wanted to solely focus on my food adventures with family and friends While food is still an important focus of what I want to share here, I also want to share some other types of information and experiences.

I've decided that I want to share more on my volunteer experiences with organizations that are near and dear to my heart. There is nothing more fulfilling than taking time to help others in whatever way you are able to on a regular basis. I simply feels good and my family enjoys finding ways to help others.

Since I'm also starting to listen to podcasts that offer ways to improve my work skills and entertain me during my commute, I want to share those that I find the most interesting or that I think others might enjoy as well. They will vary from parenting, career focused to simple entertainment. I figure if I need to be in the car for extended periods of time, I might as well use that time to learn something new that I can use in my day-to-day life.

I have missed writing in this space and it's taken me time to decide on how to keep it true to who I am. This space is not about what other blogs or websites are doing or sharing, which can be a distraction to what my intent is with my little space here on the internet.

Don't worry... bringing people together through food is still an important aspect of this blog! There is just so much more that I enjoy and I want to bring those things to my blog. Nothing fancy, nothing on a schedule (you'll find a couple of new posts a week)... this is something I enjoy in my free time. It's an outlet to allow me to improve my writing and photography skills.

I hope you'll join me for some great conversations and see where this takes us!

I'd love to hear what types of information you are interested in seeing here... so, let's talk! Leave a comment and share what interests you!

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.

February 14, 2016

Valentines Day ~ Recipes to Warm the Heart

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are spending it with those who mean the most to you!

Due to the bitter cold we are experiencing here in New Jersey, we are going to stay close to home today. I plan to make a couple of old favorites that scream comfort food to us.

In just a little while, I'm heading into the kitchen to bake up some Cream Cheese Cookies that are consistently one of our favorites!

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are always soft and cakey, which is the way we prefer them... if they last more than a day, you can keep them in an airtight container for up to a week.

Dinner will be cooking low and slow with my absolute favorite Red Wine Braised Short Ribs!


Serving these short ribs over creamy mashed potatoes is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter day - especially one that has negative degree wind chills in the air! You still have time to go and get some nice meaty short ribs from the grocery store to make these for your favorite people today.  They braise in the oven for around 2 - 2 1/2 hours... and the scent coming from your oven will be heavenly!

Wishing each of you who come to visit my little space on the internet a day filled with love and happiness! I'd love to hear what delicious treats you enjoy on this special day!

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.

January 24, 2016

Super Simple Snow Day Pancakes

I imagine that if you weren't on the East Coast this weekend, you enjoyed a relatively uneventful weather weekend. Those of us in the path of Winter Storm Jonas had the pleasure of staying home on Saturday while snow swirled around us for the majority of the day. The end result? About 30 or so inches in my town.

We are forever thankful that we did not lose power and that we have snow blower that allowed my husband to get out during the snow storm and attempt to keep up with the piles of snow every few hours. There are many others who were not so lucky that lived closer to the coastal areas and further south of us. My heart goes out to them, especially those who are still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy!

When we are fortunate enough to have a winter storm happen on a weekend, it means a relaxed day at home where we can stay cozy, watch movies and I spend some time cooking. It truly makes me happy when I can have day to make a few things in the kitchen and wander in and out to watch movies with the family.

I don't typically make breakfast on the weekends, even though it would seem the perfect time to get in there and make something special. We often have too many errands or other places to be early in the day to accommodate doing this on a regular basis. So, Saturday morning I made a super easy homemade pancake recipe that I've tweaked from one I found on All Recipes when I ran out of Bisquick one morning.

Snow day pancakes #breakfast #snowday #pancakes

January 3, 2016

Glazed Chocolate Bundt Cake to bring in 2016

Welcome to 2016! Are you ready for the new year and all the possibilities that it has to offer?

I always feel like the new year sneaks up on me and the previous year flew by at lightening speed. I am ready for what 2016 has in store and am working on goals rather than resolutions. It just seems to me that resolutions are something that are so easy to give up on after a short time, whereas a goal is something that you plan out and find a way to make it happen. So, no resolutions here... just well thought out goals that I am going to plan out the steps to reach them. What do you plan to accomplish in this new year?

We had the pleasure of bringing in the new year with our friends and neighbors. It's always a fun evening and filled with more food than anyone can possibly eat, but we enjoy nibbling until it's time to watch the ball drop on tv together.

Of course, being someone who loves to cook I asked what I could bring to share and she asked me to bring dessert. So, I began searching for something decadent and chocolatey to add to the celebration.

Chocolate glazed bundt cake | www.famfriendsfood

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