Category Archives: The Magnificent Seven

The Long Goodbye and Chanticleer Garden

My girlfriend Pat, whom I met when we were studying to become Master Gardeners ten years ago, is one of my best friends. She is relocating out of state after many years of living the Jersey life. To extend our fun and bank … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Grounds for Sculpture

My girlfriend Pat, a fellow Master Gardener and one of my best friends, is moving after many years of living in New Jersey. To extend our fun and bank a bunch of new memories, we decided to visit as many “local” N.J. gardens as … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and The High Line

Have you had to say goodbye to a great friend? I’ve hugged many a woman friend goodbye over my adult years, and every time, I feel like my heart is breaking in half. Gone will be the fun times spent together … Continue reading

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Comfort Food Kitchen: Friday Night Party

Cooking with Suzanne Michaud and the Magnificent Seven Last Friday night I had a great time in my Magnificent Seven friend Gail’s kitchen. As a wonderful, generous gift Gail had arranged for Professional Chef Suzanne Michaud (http://comfortfoodstories.wordpress.com/) of Comfort Food … Continue reading

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The Southern Belle Restaurant, Montclair, NJ

I Wish My Great Aunt Had Cooked Like This Two of my Magnificent 7 friends and I went out to celebrate our birthdays recently. And because Margaret and Gail are so easy going, I got to choose the restaurant. I … Continue reading

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Riding Shotgun

Just Shoot Me Now I’ve begun riding shotgun, but not by choice. My daughter Tory is in the driver’s seat of her little yellow VW Beetle, whom (yes. It is a ‘whom,’ not a ‘what.’) she’s named ‘Sunny.’ She finished … Continue reading

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Witch Hazel Can Get You Through the Winter

Another Winter Storm Yesterday Pat, one of my Magnificent Seven buddies, and I drove to Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ to learn more about Hamamelis (aka witch hazel). The folks there are experts on the care and growing of … Continue reading

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A Low-Maintenance Indoor Garden

Add a Little Silk Hopefully our local 9th graders will think that their cafeteria is a bit more beautiful and serene with the indoor planter beds now filled with tall green bamboo. That was my goal anyway. The indoor garden … Continue reading

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NJ Flower Show — Setup Day

Flowers Like It Cold; People? Not So Much My supplies were lined up in the front hall last night. The fresh-cut flowers were in water in the cool basement, and the ‘prop’ chair was sitting right next to the flowers. … Continue reading

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Can You Make Spaghetti & Meatballs on the First Try?

I got up yesterday morning and made a Shop Rite (that’s a food store for those of you not located in the Northeast) run to get the makings of a spaghetti and meatballs dinner with garlic bread and Caesar salad. … Continue reading

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