Take Back the Kitchen: Yummy Yuca Fritters

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for P1090378.JPG As holiday parties approach, it’s always nice to think out of the box for appetizers. These yuca fritters are replicas of some tasty fritters I had in a Puerto Rican restaurant in NY over a decade ago. I hope you like them. They are also a nice alternative to the potato latke for Chanukah.
Yuca Fritters:

1 lb yuca, peeled and grated
1 green plantain , peeled and grated
1 1/2 tsp salt, more if needed
4 TBS sugar
1 egg
1 1/2-2 tsp anise seed
canola oil
Mix yuca mixture until all ingredients are combined
form 2 inch flat patties, will make about 20-25
Heat up enough oil in a pan, about 1/8 inch to fry the fritters
Fry fritters over medium heat when oil is hot,for about 5-6 minutes, flip and cook for about 3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
Place on paper towel covered plate and salt more if need be. Serve em up with a sauce that you like, such as mayo with a bit of crushed garlic and salt. Yum…..
For more great recipes, visit Alma Schneider at Take Back the Kitchen.

Keep Your Clutter from Coming Home

bedroom1.jpg While loading up the family to leave my in-laws after the Thanksgiving holiday, I stepped into our SUV to find a half full Gatorade bottle, two hunting booklets, a store flyer and a number of receipts. My husband, our youngest son, and two other members of our family had gone deer hunting the previous day. Seeing the remnants of their expedition, I gathered up everything but the receipts and asked my husband to throw the trash away. He responded that he wanted to read the booklets and the store flyer but that they would be out of the house by that night. By George, I think he’s got it! Minimize what you bring into your home, and when you must bring miscellaneous papers, bags, mail, coupons, newspapers into your home, do not let it linger. Get rid of the clutter quickly.
Junk and clutter breeds more junk and clutter. If there is already trash on the floor, do you think it will matter to your child if he adds another wrapper from a granola bar? If there are school papers, bills and junk mail all over your counters, what is the benefit of discarding the one advertisement that was hanging on the front door? The truth is that areas in your home that are cluttered will just continue to attract more clutter.
The key here is to be watchful of what you bring into your home. I have two large trash cans in my garage. This is where I put trash before I enter my home. I do not leave anything in my car that does not need to stay there and when I do take items inside, I quickly put them where they belong.
messyroom.jpg Ask yourself if the items you plan to save will actually be useful and if so, in how much time. If you will read a paper soon, immediately place it where it might be read; beside a bed, on your desk, or in the toilet area where you might have some quiet reading time. After it is read, either dispose of it or file it where you will be able to retrieve the information as needed.
Another common clutter magnet is accepting items being disposed of by others. Whether it is clothing, old computer games, books, or unused stationery, take the time to consider not accepting it. I am all about repurposing items and saving money, but you must gain control of what you already have before you bring more into your home.
Senior citizens sometimes contact me asking for help de-cluttering, purging, and organizing their homes. They have begun to realize that all of the things they have brought into their homes will be inherited by their children and grandchildren. Often the valuable family treasures get lost in the mass of clutter.
Make it a goal this year to be conservative and conscientious about the number of things you accept, pick up, and purchase. This will create a home with far less piles of clutter to manage. Less really does mean more when it comes to organized space. Less clutter means more usable space for everyday activities and less time wasted moving piles from one place to another. So as you are bombarded with advertising, samples, and treats during the holiday season, consider saying no or discarding them before you even enter your home.
Lorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and president and founder of “Get Organized!” “Get Organized!” is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. “Get Organized!” specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes for moms as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management.
Description: Description: LB-EmailBW.jpegA popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas’ two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox , and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, Mercator.net, SheKnows.com, and Daily Candy Kids. Additionally, Lorraine has shared the stage with stars from HGTV and DYI Network at the Great Big Texas Home Show at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. To obtain more information about Lorraine, visit www.GetOrganized.ws.

Amazing deal at kgbdeals!

Thumbnail image for Target_Restaurant.com Image.JPGEXCLUSIVE Restaurant.com/Target Gift Card Deal From kgbdeals

Black Friday is just a couple days away, which means the holiday shopping season has officially begun! You can shop on line or brave the crowds, but whatever you do there are wonderful deals to be had. kgbdeals is offering an awesome deal! It cost only $25 for a FREE $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card, along with a $25 Target Gift Card. Buyers will have the option to choose from over 18,000 restaurants of their choice nationwide, as well as an opportunity to shop for items at Target stores and Target.com.
So grab a friend for a fun day of shopping and dining! You can pick a perfect place for lunch, and then get all the special people in your life the perfect present at Target. Sounds good to me! For more information on this deal and all the other great deals kgddelas has to offer, click here. I know this Thanksgiving I am thankful for good deals. Happy Shopping

Retail Therapy: Caved in on Coach Boots

q1222_blk_a0.jpegThe holiday season is here and that can only mean one thing. IT’S TIME TO GO SHOPPING! I don’t know about you, but I happen to go shopping every weekend. Some would say that it’s an addiction, but I look at it as a way to blow off steam from an incredibly stressful workweek. And let’s just say, this week was an absolute doozy. But let’s get right to the point.
The Coach boots.
Back in the day, I used to be a big fan of coach bags – I had black handbags, chocolate backpacks, wallets, you name it, I was a Coach girl. My Coach addiction has now traveled down to my tootsies. If you’ve never bought a pair of Coach shoes or boots, then Role Mommies, you don’t know what you’re missing. Last year, I purchased a gorgeous pair of black suede boots that stretch – I have very big legs and have a very hard time every season trying to find a pair that fit over my colossal calves. But thankfully, Coach always makes boots that fit and this year did not disappoint.
I have had my eye on these boots for at least three months. They are black suede with a skinny heel and a little belt around the bottom of the boot. And when you put them on, let me just say, they look like a million bucks. I have to admit, they are pricey and I was hoping that when I wandered into Lord & Taylor yesterday that they would be on sale but alas, stores never seem to mark down items that they know people like me, who pine for them are willing to pay top dollar.
When I raced to the Coach display and didn’t see my boots, I was a bit concerned. Could I have waited too long? What was I thinking – I should have bitten the bullet months ago. I selected something in its place and then found another boot that was on sale and hoped for the best. The shoe clerk disappeared for about 10 minutes and when she returned, she had a surprise for me. She had found my boots! I was excited but a little nervous since I knew they weren’t on sale and usually don’t splurge that high on footwear. But you know what? I’ve been working like a dog, and dammit, I deserve it.
And so, I slipped on the boots and like Cinderella at the ball, I knew I had met my perfect match. After trying on the other pairs, nothing quite compared to that luxurious suede with a sexy heel. Within minutes, I made my decision. I bought my Coach boots and never looked back. The only thing I do vow this year is to bring them to work and put them on in the office. I am a serial shoe killer – I wear them all over Manhattan and on the weekends and by the end of the season, my shoes need rehabilitative services. But not this time. I will treat my beautiful boots with expert care and hopefully, if I wear them practically every day or at least for the next two years, I will truly get my money’s worth. Then again, you can’t put a price on a great pair of boots.

Parent-Teen Workshop “Preparing for Financial Independence”

Thumbnail image for wp library 3.jpg White Plains Public Library to host Parent-Teen Workshop “Preparing for Financial Independence” as part of its “Allstate Readiness Series”
Teens and their parents are invited to a fun and interactive panel discussion, “Preparing for Financial Independence,” on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave. The program will cover what teens need to know about money–earning it, spending it wisely, investing, basics of credit cards, and making that major investment in a college education. The workshop is free, and is a part of the “Allstate Readiness Series,” a year-long series of community education programs on financial literacy and teen safe driving, funded through a grant from the Allstate Foundation to the White Plains Library Foundation. Refreshments will be served. wp library 4.jpg
Our guests include two teen entrepreneurs, Tory Molnar and Nick Krichevsky, who will share their success stories about how they launched their businesses and earned their own money. Tory Molnar, a Pennsylvania resident, is an outstanding 14-year-old entrepreneur and CEO of Utoria (www.myutoria.com), a direct sales company designed to help teenage girls earn money and learn about business. Nick Krichevsky is a student at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, and the CEO and founder of iFixYourTech, a successful computer consulting business that was recently featured in Westchester Magazine.
The teens will be joined by three financial professionals offering expert advice on how to make smart decisions about spending money, investing, and paying for college. Jacqueline Cicale and Loren Fishkind, members of the Werbitt Cicale Team at Merrill Lynch in White Plains, NY, are experienced investment advisors dedicated to educating people on budgeting, saving, investing, and portfolio diversification. Carolyn Cohen is an independent educational consultant and founder of Pathways for College. She helps students and families conduct effective college searches and evaluate college costs and financial aid packages.
The program will be moderated by Beth Feldman, founder of RoleMommy.com, an online community for parents.
The White Plains Library Foundation, a non-profit organization, was incorporated in 1995 to raise funds to help meet the long-range goals of the White Plains Public Library. The Foundation’s work supports a wide range of programs and initiatives that promote literacy, educational achievement, career development, and lifelong learning.
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream.
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Role Mommy Fave Five

imgres-1.jpegThe holiday season is upon us and we got the chance to attend a special event hosted by Cool Mom Tech and CNET, unveiling their favorite holiday picks of the season. What I gleaned from the conversation is crystal clear. The #1 gifts on everyone’s wish list can be found at the Apple store. Plus, I found a few other cool items when I ran into some of my favorite blogging moms:
1. The Apple iPhone 4S – the ladies at CMT and CNET say that the camera on the phone is amazing and they love Siri – which recognizes your voice and even gives you smart ass responses. Gotta love that one.
imgres-3.jpeg2. The MacBook Air – One of my favorite writers and friends, Ellen Seidman confided that she’s got that one on her birthday list and frankly, I am so jealous. I’ve been lugging my hundred pound bag to work and am convinced that by the time I reach retirement age, I’ll look like the hunchback of Notre Dame. For that alone, it looks like I’ll be investing in the 11 inch model. The question is, do I wait until January or bite the bullet now???
3. The Ipad 2 or 3 if you wait for January – there’s no way to slice it, the iPad is hands down an amazing gift to give or buy for yourself. My personal favorite app is the New York Post – it’s chock full of photos, gossip and it’s all the news I need to give me a chuckle and keep me semi informed during my busy day. I mean, as long as I’ve got my Page 6 (which actually has it’s own app), then I’m a happy camper.
candy-stripe-camera-strap-slipcover.jpeg4. Ruffled Camera Straps – When I arrived at the CNET event, I ran into one of my favorite blogging moms, Kim Coleman, whose latest blog FoodieCityMom is taking off. Kim was all decked out in a gorgeous dress with a matching camera strap (and camera) that was so trendy and cool, I had to find out where she got it. She told me the name of it, but I of course forgot, but have no fear, I found this cool site, Gussy Sews where you can get any shutterbug a really cool accessory.
5. A Tricked Out iPad Case – Want to dazzle someone who already has an iPad or an iPod? Then head to SkinIt where you can send in a photo and create a custom skin for their phone or e-reader.

Financial Empowerment for Teens

If you’ve got a teen interested in everything from financial aid programs to budgeting to starting your own business, then you won’t want to miss our next event at the White Plains Library on November 30 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Check out the flyer below and hope you can join us!
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shot07_0036_SM.jpg When you think about maternity clothes the word “fashionable” does not usually come to mind. When I was pregnant five years ago with my son, it was very hard for me to feel like I looked good. I may have been comfortable, but definitely not cute. Boy have things changed! Designer Ariane Goldman, founder and creator of two birds Bridesmaid, felt the same way as I did, and decided to do something about it. Ariane conceived HATCH, a collection of chic, timeless and comfortable wardrobe essentials to wear before, during and after pregnancy, so women can look beautiful through all stages of life.
At a time when well-dressed women are investing in timeless clothing that can go the distance, there is no reason to buy a dress or blouse you will only wear for nine months. And so HATCH was hatched as a finely edited collection of flattering wardrobe essentials that cool and busy women can truly wear before, during and after pregnancy. And because feeling sexy and beautiful should always go hand in hand, every HATCH piece was designed to be ultra elegant, modern and alluringly comfy. HATCH is a collection of 14 key pieces for everyday casual to dressing up and going out for a special occasion. These pieces are designed to be ageless, timeless and fit all shapes and sizes.
And, HATCH is the proud sponsor of the Every Mother Counts campaign that raises awareness of global maternity and provides people all over the world with various ways to contribute and get involved. For ever purchase made, HATCH will donate $5 to help decrease the infant and maternal mortality rate globally. I love that!
Ariane Goldman is the founder and creator of twobirds Bridesmaid, a company designed to provide women with bridesmaid dresses they can wear again and again after the wedding. In planning her own wedding in 2007, Ariane created multi-functional dresses for her own bridesmaids and twobirds is the product of the belief that being a bridesmaid never has to mean forgoing style. Becoming a global phenomenon, twobirds has been recognized everywhere from Oprah and the Today Show to Vogue, and has become the go-to dress collection among millennial brides and bridesmaids everywhere.
See below for a few examples of the amazing clothing from HATCH. For the entire collection and more information check out the website http://hatchcollection.com/


nintendo3D.png New Yorkers are Invited to Play Inside Mario’s World on Nov. 12
for an Advance Look at Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS

To celebrate the launch of the Super Mario 3D Land game for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, Nintendo is giving fans in New York City a rare opportunity to experience how 3D significantly enhances and reinvents the beloved Mario gaming experience. Anyone who visits Times Square on Nov. 12 will be invited to play inside Mario’s 3D world with life size warp pipes, trampoline coin jumps and a flag pole finale! Consumers will also have a special opportunity to play Super Mario 3D Land in advance of its official Nov.13 release date.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy:
· A performance from a mass group of Nintendo characters at the start of the event
· A set of exclusive Tanooki ears and tails as featured in the original franchise, rewarded to fans onsite throughout the event (available while supplies last).
· A “Mushroom Kingdom” Pizza truck nearby offering free mushroom pizza slices to the first 1,000 consumers onsite that tweet using the #SuperMario3D hashtag.
· Additionally, in advance of its official Nov. 13 release date, Nintendo is rewarding its biggest fans in attendance with an exclusive limited early sale of the game at Toys “R” Us located in Times Square on Nov. 12.
So don’t miss this fun event for the whole family on Saturday, Nov. 12th at 10 a.m. Just go to Military Island at Times Square (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets) And click here for more information on the amazing new game.