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Today is a gloomy, rainy day. But I couldn’t help but notice little bursts of color that would not be muted among the concrete jungle. I hope you enjoy a little splash of sunshine among the raindrops. Happy Wednesday :)

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I have to do 6 weeks of O/T on my pinky. Yes, you read that right, on my pinky. A couple of weeks ago I was at R’s baseball game and a foul ball was coming at my head. I used my hand to shield my head and well, let’s just say that the finger that stopped the ball wasn’t too happy and came out at a very odd angle. A bad dislocation and other tendon issues that I barely understand have sent me to O/T to get everything fully functioning as it should be.
So, that is why today I started off my day in a ‘hood that I normally don’t hang out in. Times Square is actually quite pleasant on a weekday morning. The crazy crowds have not yet gathered and the hustle and bustle of people going to work, combined with the ever present lights offer just enough excellent distraction and people watching. Here are a couple of pics I took this morning. I look forward to getting out and exploring a new place a couple of times a week and of course, doing numerous hand exercises ;)
Have a wonderful day!

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In my Friday post I wrote about the amazing Bake It Happen fundraising campaign for Breast Cancer Research. It is simple- just head on over to the Bake It Happen website: http://www.bakeithappen.net and sign up. Once you have signed up there are 3 simple steps to help raise money for such an incredible cause.

1. BAKE IT-  You will receive three delicious recipes- Judy’s Pumpkin Brownies, Judy’s Earthquake Cookies and Judy’s Bottom Cupcakes. Have fun baking them, they are delicious!

2. SHARE IT- Package up your baked goods and spread the love AND word with everyone, everywhere!

3. WIN IT- Post to social media about all of your Bake It Happen fun and you could win an iPad Mini or Baked by Melissa Mini of the Month Club.

And the BEST thing about sharing all this wonderful baked goodness is that it is raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research!

Please consider signing up today and helping out this fun and worthy campaign.

My youngest daughter and I had a blast making the recipes this weekend. We shopped for ingredients, cranked up the tunes, danced around the kitchen and bonded over baking. Our apartment smelled amazing. We decided to share our treats with fellow neighbors and then the girls took more goodies to school today to spoil their teachers. Send in a request and maybe our next batch will arrive on your doorstep =)

Here are a few pics from our baking adventure!

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This weekend we have a wonderful reason to bake some delicious treats. No, it is not a holiday- although, it IS in Canada- Happy Thanksgiving! It IS October and that means that it is breast cancer awareness month. Last year the amazing Shari Brooks from My Judy The Foodie (a blog that honors the memory of Shari’s amazing mother who was a wonderful cook, baker and mom) started a campaign called Bake It Happen that combines the joy of baking and sharing good cheer while raising money for breast cancer awareness and research. Bake It Happen is teaming up with the Pink Pumpkin Foundation (hard working local farmers) who will also donate a % of their fall pink pumpkin sales directly to help breast cancer research.

So… the girls and I will be getting busy in the kitchen this weekend baking and sampling this year’s Bake It Happen recipes: Judy’s Pumpkin Brownies, Judy’s Earthquake Cookies and Judy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes. On Monday I will share with you how our weekend of baking went and if you are lucky maybe you will even get a little care package in person =)

Here’s what I would LOVE for YOU to do this weekend- please spread the word about this amazing campaign. Head on over to the Bake It Happen website and sign up. By simply 1) baking, 2) uploading photos, sharing yummy treats and spreading the word you can support breast research and have a 3) chance to win an iPad or Baked By Melissa Mini of the Month Club Membership.

We are getting our bake on and you can too! Keep an eye out for a post on Monday where I will be sharing our kitchen exploits and of course the pics of our delicious treats!!

Happy Weekend!!

P.S. If you want to see how other people are Baking It Happen, check out the incredible blogs below:

When Did I Get Like This 

From Hip To Housewife

Beccarama

 

 

 

Dopey immediately started giving me the puppy dog eyes as soon as I walked back into the apartment this morning. The sun was streaming in the window, the air is crisp and cool, a perfect day to stroll along Riverside Park. So, that is exactly what we did. The leaves are barely starting to turn but there is beauty all around. D-dawg was on full squirrel alert and I even caught a glimpse of a few handsome firefighters in full dress uniform heading to FDNY Memorial Day. Sometimes you just have to take a moment to breathe and appreciate the little gifts. Today the dog reminded me to take advantage of the beauty outside. Hope your week is going well. Enjoy the day and just keep on walking ;)

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We have had a spectacular September. It really has been an extension of the summer… Beautiful, warm, sunny, blue sky days and mild nights. Definitely nothing to complain about.

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Today, the first day of October is gloomy and drizzly with a bit of a chill in the air. But I don’t mind at all. I am ready for the days to get cooler. I can’t wait for the leaves to change. I love everything about the fall season in NYC. Bring it on. Hello October, lovely to see you.

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Keep smiling =)

Today’s Wordless Wednesday pic was taken on an after school walk through Central Park. R and I came across the statue of Balto, her favorite. She says that he inspires her to never give up. A little reminder for all of us. Happy Wednesday and L’Shanah Tovah to all my friends celebrating.

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