Magical Museums Part 2

In December we were lucky enough to get into the City twice (of course I mean New York City) . We visited the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s a peek at our day by Rock Center and the Met.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is every bit as majestic in person as it is in this image!

Well we did it… On December 27th we went by Rockefeller Center to see the Tree and went to the Met! I can’t say I will ever venture into Manhattan that week ever again - it was crazy crowded everywhere!


My second favorite place on the planet. 1. Being the Chalet 2. Is most definitely the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


In all my years of visiting the Met I have never seen so many people there! Here my sis and Liam by the Temple of Dendur.


When you miss your neighbors by 45 minutes… The young lady on the left is Liam’s babysitter!

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Even Liam likes the Frank Lloyd Wright room. The design and all the contents are lovely. We also go through the American Wing when we visit the Met.


The Jewelry exhibit was beautiful - the exhibit showcased jewels over the centuries. The Galleries were set in low light to allow the cases to be showcased. I only took a few images: the Louis Comfort Tiffany exquisite necklace, these bracelets - because I am all about bracelets! I am naked without mine. And on our way out Liam looked up and said “Mom look at the gold in the hair piece - that’s Egyptian and we’ve seen it before.” He was right on all counts.


In between a Manet and a Degas we have Boy In The Corner! Ha… Liam is a big fan of the Met it is the museum he has visited most and ever his mother’s son… he loves a trip to the gift shop! (Insert Hand over Face Emoji!)

I was especially happy to walk through the Impressionist Gallery and take in these masters - having just watched a wonderful two part documentary about the Impressionists. - I have linked the programs here - I can’t recommend viewing them enough!

I have more than one post card of this painting and every time I visit I take another image. It reminds me of my sister - she’s the first person who ever brought me to the Met - and I love this glorious painting. I love the subject - the seaside and a happy sunny day!

This painting has caught my eye before - but, this time I remarked how it reminded me of a painting by our family friend Helen Flemming (you may remember the Barn painting on the porch is by her) my sister agreed so I grabbed this image.


I love to admire the view of Manhattan from Weehawken, NJ when we leave the Ferry terminal.

Til next time!

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Magical Museums Part 1

In December we were lucky enough to get into the City twice (of course I mean New York City) . We visited the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s a peek at our AMNH visit.


The Butterfly Hothouse at the AMNH was amazing and hot - during our December 3rd visit. There were tons of beauty flying all around us!


My son snapped this - I admire his take on the Bison.


The only diorama light as if it were night - its extremely impactful and a favorite. So freakin’ real!


You all know I have a thing for Cats!


I could have stood there all afternoon by the Whale and taken photo after photo…


The American Museum of Natural History opened in 1869.


If we’re in the city - we’re with my sister. Here they are - before our taxi ride back to the Ferry.

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Next week I’ll share our December 27th trip by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Til next time!

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A Cheery Warmly Goodly Wine

I so very much hope you had the very Happiest Christmas!

One thing that is sure to happen when we gather with family and friends is the raising of a glass or two! So in keeping with the spirit of the season I thought I would share a few cocktails we love around the Chalet. #slainte (pronounced: Slaancha - Irish for Your Health!)

In this scene from A Christmas Carol Scrooge’s nephew Fred is offering Bob Cratchit a glass of port… “The 5th essence of the Christmas Spirit!”

Champagne and Chambord

Champagne and Chambord

A glass of Champagne and Chambord is always yummy.

  • 1 ounce Chambord

  • 6 ounces chilled Champagne


    Pour chambord into flute add champagne and serve!

Dark and stormy

Dark and stormy

Always a crowd favorite: Dark and Stormy.

  • 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

  • Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer


    In a tall glass filled with ice add 4 – 5 oz of Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).


Eggnog is always a staple. Its a great non-alcoholic delicious option.



Everyone who knows me know my drink of choice is always a glass of Prosecco!

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

I grew up on Shirley Temples and now my son loves them!


  • Start with Ice add ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

whiskey sour

whiskey sour

I can’t close this piece without a Whiskey Sour - a real sour made with an egg! It’s so pretty and a personal fav! But, it must be made with Jameson Irish Whiskey for this momma!


  • Place the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Do not add ice yet.

  • Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (This is referred to as a "dry shake." It's good for incorporating the egg white before adding ice to the shaker.)

  • Add ice, seal again, and shake for 7 to 10 seconds more to chill.

  • Fit a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. This is referred to as a "double strain" and this method is used to catch any ice shards or pulp from the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

  • Garnish with a speared maraschino cherry.

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Raise a glass and know I am wishing you a brilliant New Years my sweet friends!

Cheers! Sante’! Skaal! Prost! Salute! Yiamas! Keskun!

Til next time!