Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, August 11, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 8.11.17









Hey there, friends!
Welcome to Best Of The Weekend
How was your week?
Mine was productive -- I made lots of progress with the college preparations.

We did squeeze in a little fun, too.
We had a family outing to New York City which you can read about here.....
I did some shopping for an exciting trip I'm going on in the fall.
It's going to be a challenging one to pack for........

That's all I'm going say about it for now! 
Tomorrow, we're going to my cousins' for a barbecue.
Hopefully, the weather forecast will be wrong, 
and the predicted thunderstorms will stay far away from us.
 What's on your agenda for the weekend?
Whatever you're doing, I'm glad you stopped here first!





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Thursday, August 10, 2017

TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY: BACK TO OUR FOOD ROOTS





Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Goo Shoes family (Ms., Mr., Jr., and Aunt)
drove into Manhattan today to have lunch at a famous landmark, 
which has been serving the food of our ancestors since 1888.

Okay, maybe not the ones who lived in Russia - -
their diet consisted mostly of potatoes and borscht.
But our grandparents (Junior GS's great-grandparents)
who immigrated to the United States and ended up on the Lower East Side, 
could possibly have tasted their first pastrami sandwiches in this iconic eatery.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 Katz's Delicatessen has been an institution for New York Jews for generations,
and we wanted Junior Goo Shoes to experience it.
Jewish people aren't the only ones who dine at Katz's.
It has become a major tourist attraction, filled with visitors from all over the world
who want to enjoy a quintessential New York City food experience. 

Undoubtedly, many people became aware of Katz's in 1989
when the now well-known scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed.
See that sign?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

You know the one........
"I'll have what she's having."

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The restaurant is huge.
You can either order at the counter........

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

or opt for table service.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Katz's is known for their pastrami and corned beef, 
which are cured for up to 30 days, 
as opposed to 36 hours for commercial versions.
Even Junior GS immediately noticed the difference.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Is this corned beef beautiful, or what?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The latkes (aka potato pancakes) aren't pretty, but they are dee-LISH! 
Do you like yours with apple sauce or sour cream?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Half-sour and sour pickles, and pickled tomatoes - yum!



I couldn't resist a New York egg cream, 
invented in this very neighborhood back in the late1800's.
Why it's called an egg cream is a bit of a mystery, 
but rest assured, there's no egg in it. 
It's a delicious mixture of milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer.
It's not "official" unless it has a frothy top.
Soooooooo good.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'd love one of these old signs for my kitchen!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 The lower East Side is a mecca for Jewish cuisine.
The neighborhood is home to Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery,
operating for 100+ years (sorry, no photo),
and, just a few doors down from Katz's is Russ and Daughters,
another iconic food destination that's been around for over a century.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Look at all that dried fruit in the window!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


As much as I wanted to sample delicacies from all three places,
a girl can only eat so much
(yes, even this girl).  
The only way to do that is to go on one of those walking food tours in lower Manhattan.
I'm going to look into that.
This picture has nothing to do with anything,
other than the fact that it's in the neighborhood,
and is a really cool sign. 


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 It was a quick in-and-out of New York City,
and we did come home with doggie bags. 
There's no way Sadie's gonna get her paws on these leftovers, however. 

Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm going to research those walking food tours. 
 Who wants to come with me?




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Friday, August 4, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 8.4.17










Howdy, friends!
Happy Friday, and welcome to Best of the Weekend!  
As you read this, I'll be on a dinner cruise down the Hudson River.
I've done similar cruises before, 
but it never ceases to be a thrilling experience 
to see New York City and the Statue of Liberty from the water.
It's a beautiful day, and we'll be on the water around sunset,
so check my Instagram page for live updates!

  Ready to party? Let's do it!




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Stained Table Makeover | Lolly Jane


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

INDOOR PLANT DECOR: FAUX IS MY NEW REALITY


Disclaimor: I was given a silk plant from Commercial Silk, in exchange for an honest review. 


R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you take good care of your indoor plants?

You know, water them, talk to them, prune their dead leaves, give them ample sunlight?

I am the world's worst plant caregiver. 
It's not that I don't love them......It's not that I don't want to give them care.
I have good intentions........I just don't follow through.

Trust me, you don't want to ask me to take care of your plants while you're on vacation.
If I had to write a resume for a plant-care position,
"lazy" and "forgetful" might be two of the adjectives I'd use to describe myself.
Clearly, I wouldn't get the job. 

We're down to one live plant in our house. 
Over the years, I've killed them all off.
If it wasn't for Mr. Goo Shoes' attention to the last one, it would be in plant heaven, too.

In addition to my poor caregiver skills, I've given up on live plants because
there aren't a lot of rooms in my house with proper light.

 Still, greenery adds life to a room, 
and it doesn't need to have chlorophyll to accomplish that. 
When it comes to indoor plant decor, faux is my new reality. 

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are several spots in my home 
that would benefit from the addition of some faux greenery,
 so when Commercial Silk asked if wanted to review one of their silk plants, 
I heartily accepted.
As I looked through the website, there were so many options, 
such as artificial trees, plants, flowers, boxwood, topiaries, privacy screens and more.
When I landed on the Bamboo Plant page,
I knew that something with straight lines was what I was looking for.
I wanted a plant to use in either that pesky corner in the family room I told you about, 
or in a container in the living room that's been empty for about 14 years 😳. 
 
The living room won.

The tree arrived wrapped in plastic, in a long, narrow box.
It came in a plain pot, which was fine with me, 
since I wanted to put it into a container of my choosing.

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The branches needed to be adjusted to give the tree some fullness.

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The plant is sturdy, and the leaves and stems are a nice quality;
the touches of brown on some of the stems make it look a little more real,
although not as real as some of my former "living" plants which were entirely brown..........as in dead.

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The urn that I wanted to fill was too deep for the tree,
so I added an inverted plastic container inside it, and placed the plant on top. 

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Perfect!

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Fourteen years later, I found the right solution.
Well, you know, I wanted to be sure.......😉

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It totally looks real, right?

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's amazing how one plant can change the feel of a room.
I love it!
And, I don't have to get a case of the guilts when I walk by,
as I did around my real plants,
when I always wondered when was the last time I watered them........
Last week? Or maybe it was 2015?

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'm tempted to do my entire outdoor landscaping in faux,
since the deer and rabbits have been enjoying an
"all-they-can-eat" garden buffet on my property.
I'm going to send them an itemized bill for annuals, perennials, and shrubbery, 
plus a service charge for time spent planting, and mental anguish. 
"Dear Deer, about your diet......."

R PLANT DECOR: FAUX PLANTS BY COMMERCIAL SILK | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you need some plants to brighten your indoor or exterior spaces (and your mood!),
be sure to check out Commercial Silk.  
You can find them here, as well:
Thanks to Commercial Silk for sponsoring this post,
and for solving a 14-year old problem.
Now........about that problem corner in the Family Room......