Great Places to eat in Central New York

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Here are a few of our favorite places to eat when visiting Central New York.

Pita Gourmet,  41 Main Street,  Cortland, NY  13045   (607) 756-4442
Great Lebanese food.  Great baba ganoosh, humus and falafel.
The fish pita is fresh and amazing. This is one of our daughter’s favorite
spots to eat.  We often take out an order of humus (the best I’ve ever had.)

Bob’s BBQ & Catering, 5260 W. Rd. Route 281, Homer, NY  13077  (607) 753-7098
You buy your food outside from the grill….then collect your plastic utensils and paper towels and pick a picnic bench to eat at anywhere on their very pretty property.  Ribs, chicken, brisket, beans, sweet potatoes, salads, and corn on the cob.  Our favorite is
the BBQ Chicken Dinner!

Doug’s Fish Fry, 206 West Road, Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 753-91845
One of our all time favorite restaurants!   Amazingly great fried fish sandwiches, homemade fries & onion rings.  Now that we eat gluten free, we can choose to have the grilled chicken, salmon or lobster roll (minus the roll.)  Another great GF choice would be the steamers!

Fat Jack’s BBQ, 234 Tompkins St., Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 344-3777
Went here our first day in New York for lunch.   Pretty tasty groceries!  A bit pricey but well worth it.  We enjoyed the Tennessee Trainwreck Combo plate, 3 meats plus 2 sides.  Our grandson added sides of Corn on the Cob and Mac and Cheese.

Buffet Star, 4089 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 729-1083
Definitely the top Chinese buffet in the area. were very tasty, and reasonably priced! Most importantly though, the food was excellent, from start to finish.  There were a lot of choices – this was one very expansive buffet!

Phil’s Chicken House, 1208 Union Center Maine Hwy, Endicott, NY  13760
(607) 748-6855

They will guarantee lots and lots of food, including: Grade-A chicken cooked over a rotisserie with Phil’s secret sauce; an assortment of homemade salads are available to choose from; breads and desserts are baked fresh daily; along with other meat alternatives; and all  dinners fresh and tasty whether you dine in or take out.
This is one of our must go to places to eat while in New York.

Magro’s (VJ’s) Restaurant Pizza & Catering, 169 Utica St., Hamilton, NY  13346
(315) 824-0303
This is a very nice (a” workingman’s” type of place) eatery – serves Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners.  A varied menu that suits all palates; food is well prepared and presented by courteous wait staff who will strive to meet your specific tastes. Prices are very reasonable.  We did have an enjoyable lunch with Pops and Connie Wright;  Connie had a Fish dinner, Rick had a steak salad, Pops had his favorite Mac and Cheese, and I had a BLT wrap.  Portions were very large making the need for to-go boxes.  Next time I plan to have the Chicken Riggies, one of my NY favorite entrees.

Have a yummy week,
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Menu Plan Monday – August 8, 2016

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MONDAY
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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Cucumber Salad
Raspberry Pie
Thanks to my friend, Kim, for the raspberries , and the homemade mixed
berry jam, and relish.  Her home-canned goodies are always the best!

TUESDAY
(from last week’s menu as we ate out at Bob’s BBQ)
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Pizza and Wings

WEDNESDAY 
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Meatloaf (Sean Michael’s Favorite)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

THURSDAY
(from last week’s menu as we ate at Magro’s in Hamilton, NY)Tri SaladsSummer Cold Plate

FRIDAY
Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Antipasto
Peanut Butter Pie

SATURDAY
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Grilled Pork Roast
Grilled Potatoes in Foil
Coleslaw
Chunky Applesauce
Garlic Green Beans

SUNDAY
Go to church
Eat out after church

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Peanut Butter Pie

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1 bottom pie crust
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 lg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 c. milk
8 oz. Cool Whip

Bake pie crust and cool. Stir together powdered sugar and peanut butter until crumbly. Spread over bottom of crust, saving some for top of pie.Mix 1 large instant vanilla pudding with 2 cups milk and stir until thick. Pour on top of crumb mixture. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle rest of crumbs on top. Chill. Serves: 8.

Thanks to Cindy DeJong for this yummy recipe.  We make this quite a bit!  I plan on using
gluten free cookie crumb crust for Rick and serve in parfait form so he can enjoy this also.

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Menu Plan Monday – August 1, 2016

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Our first month at the Farmhouse has passed so quickly.  Our vacation scheduled has allowed us to enjoy cooking in the farmhouse kitchen and times of eating out at a few
of our favorite eateries.   Tomorrow, I will share some of our favorite  places to eat out here in Central New York.

MONDAY
THARACIAN CHICKEN
Thracian Chicken
Greek Salad
Yogurt Sauce
Pita Bread

TUESDAY
Leftover Chicken

WEDNESDAY
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Sausage Squash Special
Crusty Bread
Sliced Tomatoes

THURSDAY
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Bacon Cheeseburgers
Potato Salad
Quinoa Salad

FRIDAY
Tri Salads
Summer Cold Plate

SATURDAY 

Pizza and Wings

SUNDAY
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Eat Out After Church

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Sausage Squash Special

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This recipe is one of our daughter’s favorite recipes.  How nice it is to have some input into menu planning this month.  Our daughter is such an excellent cook, and we so enjoy eating whatever she makes.  This is such a tasty way to use the excess of summer squash produced at this time of year.

Sausage Squash Special

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 cups sliced summer squash
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs (I used gluten free bread crumbs.)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. milk
1 tbs. snipped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
2 beaten eggs

Cook sausage and garlic till meat is brown; drain off excess fat.  Cook squash, covered in small amount of water till tender; drain.  Stir squash and next 6 ingredients into meat; fold in eggs.  Transfer to 10 x 6 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Meal Planning Monday – July 25, 2016

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I am a bit late in posting this week’s menu plan.   For sake of time, I’ll be posting them in a more condensed form.   We were fortunate to have had the farmhouse owner, Nancy, with us last week, and we so enjoyed the time spent getting to know one another a bit better.  Our gregarious grandson was immediately attached to her and was sadden to have her leave us so quickly.

Monday – Shepherd’s Pie – Peasant Bread (Sean Michael loved it.)
Tuesday – Roast Chicken, Potato Salad, Left over California Vegetables,
Fresh Strawberries, Lemon Cookies
Wednesday – Roast Pork, Applesauce, Grilled Potatoes, Peas, Peach Cobbler
Thursday – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Mac and Cheese
Saturday – Pot Roast with potatoes and root vegetables
Sunday -Speghetti, Meatsauce and Sausage, Garlic Bread, Salad

Have a Yummy Week,

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Menu Plan Monday for July 18, 2016

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MONDAY
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Speghetti Pie
Tossed Salad
Brownies & Ice Cream

TUESDAY
Leftover Speghetti Pie
(Always better the 2nd day.)

WEDNESDAY
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Crockpot Chicken & Gravy
Rice
California Vegetables

 THURSDAY
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Crockpot Chili
Southwest Cornbread Salad

FRIDAY
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Pizza and Baked Buffalo Wings

SATURDAY
Firehouse Chicken BBQ
From last week’s menu
Firehouse Chicken
Potato Salad

SUNDAY
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Tacos
Refried Beans
Mexican Rice

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Menu Plan Monday – July 11, 2016

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MONDAY
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What a  wonderful day we shared with family yesterday!  We spent the cool, breezy day chatting on the porch.  The Cousins’ Club members enjoyed romping in the fields, and what a delight it was for us adults to see them having so much fun.

TUESDAY
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Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Applesauce
Cabbbage Slaw
Asparagus

WEDNESDAY
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THURSDAY
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Green Beans
Tossed Salad

 FRIDAY
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Wings
Potato Salad

SATURDAY
Firehouse Chicken BBQ
Firehouse Chicken
Potato Salad

SUNDAY
Eat Out After Church

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Menu Plan Monday – July 4, 2016

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We will be spending some time here at South View Farm in New York this summer.  South View has become so very special to us.  Our daughter and grandson welcomed us our first day here by meeting us for delicious lunch at Fat Jack’s BBQ and then to the farmhouse to unpack and settle in.  Our grandson’s first words upon entering the house were, “Of yes, I remember this quite well, lots of wonderful memories made here.”  Did that ever warm our hearts!    And we do anticipate many more wonderful memories to be made this summer!

MONDAY
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4th of July
Cheeseburgers
Hoffman Franks (Rick’s Favorite)
Corn on the Cob
Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans
Garlic Green Beans
Salt Potatoes
Tossed Salad
Strawberry Shortcake

TUESDAY
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Baked Haddock in  Lemon Butter
Left over Salt Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
Tossed Salad

WEDNESDAY
Our Grandson, Sean Michael’s 8th Birthday!!!!
Fun Day at Chuck E Cheese
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Pizza & Wings
Birthday Cake!!!!

THURSDAY
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Hot Sausage with Peppers & Onions
Greek Salad

FRIDAY
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Coleslaw

SATURDAY
Our Grandson, Sean Michael’s BD Party at Put Put Golf
Pepperoni PizzaPizza
Birthday Cake
GF Cupcakes

SUNDAY
Family Get-Together
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Chips
Dish To Pass (Each Family)
Cindy’s BBQ Beans
GF Cherry Dump Cake
GF Red, White and Blue Fruit Pizza
Left over GF Cupcakes
Beverages
R,W,B Fruit Pizza

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For the Love of Beading – Makeovers and Newbees

Resting from a Lupus/Fibro flare this past week  so I decided to do some quiet activities, such as the repairing and redesigning of some of my jewelry.

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I purchased this set from “Heart Desire” Christian Bookstore in Oneida, New York
many years ago.  Karen Linton, the store would always  buy such beautiful pieces of jewelry to resell in the store.  This was one of my very favorite pieces.

I had lost an earring to this set so I took off two of five hearts and make earrings…now I have an extra earring.  It also was just a bit lower than I liked, so taking two hearts off made it the perfect length.  Can’t wait to start wearing this again.

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This piece my mother purchased for me from the Speigel Catalog when I was a teen (too many years ago, 1960’s).  I was allowed to purchase pieces for my school wardrobe, and dressy dresses for church and special events each year.  Wow, did I ever think that was the greatest thing to be able to do!  This set had a rather large bulky bracelet which I didn’t like, so I redesigned a much smaller one.  The necklace did break, and I could not quite remember how I had been beaded, so this is my best effort.  I did replace the snap-earring backings with pierced-eared posts.

I do have a few more jewelry pieces to repair and will take those on vacation with me to complete, and even perhaps work on a few new pieces.  To be sure I will be checking out the beading shops while away.  I especially like these:

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SuperDuo Zippy Wrap Bracelet
by Harlequin Bead & Jewelry

You can find the list of supplies and instructions for making his bracelet here.

 

 

 

 

Bracelet 171b
Crystal Chain with Pearl Variation
From Linda’s Crafty Inspirations
I have a broken pearl necklace that was my mothers, and I would dearly love to use those in a project, so this is going to be my choice.

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I will plan on making earrings to match.  You can find instructions for these on Linda’s Blog here

Linda’s blog is an amazing recourse for soooo many great beading projects.  I will want to stop by there.
http://craftyinspirationbylinda.blogspot.com/

Also Deb  Roberti’s,  Around the Beading Table is another great beading resource.  She has some amazing patterns at reasonable costs, and many are free.
http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/

Bracelet 067b Crystal Chain Variation
made with Deborah Roberti’s “Crystal Chain” pattern.

Supplies and instructions can be found here on Linda’s Crafty Inspirations Blog.
She will direct you to Deborah Roberti’s blog or listed above.

Have a creative day,
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