Highland Falls Market

This little market has a huge deli to order from. Part of their menu was ‘Market Outlaws’, a whole section of sandwiches that were disgustingly high in calories and greasy fried food. My older brother Allen introduced us to the Butch Cassidy, a huge hoagie roll piled high with chicken tenders, bacon, mozzarella sticks, lettuce, tomato and mayo. AND then, the entire thing is drenched with nacho cheese sauce.

Another is the Al Capone, a huge hoagie roll topped with chicken cutlet, prosciutto, mozzarella, sausage, Jalapeno poppers, fries and marina sauce. Both are incredibly delicious for the first two or three bites.


Dessert in New York City

Since we ate dinner at a Bakery Cafe, we just had to try some of their desserts. They had a fantastic array of cookies, cakes and pastries. More than any other bakery I’ve been to!

The remains of the Elephant Ear. We had a bite of each dessert we bought so everyone could taste the different types. It was the best way to share and taste food! 

 The New York Style Cheesecake. A must if you’re in New York City! 🙂

 Cannoli, which I’ve never had. It was delicious! I must learn how to make it soon.

Raspberry Rugalach. These were surprisingly delicious and moist. 

 Tiramisu. One of the family’s favorite desserts.

 Peach Tart. Not my favorite, but still delicious.

 Baklava. Compared to our friend’s delicious recipe, this was pretty gross.

Dinner in New York City

 We had dinner at the Hot & Crusty Bakery Cafe in New York City located 1276 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 1002.

This restaurant serves soups, salads, wraps, paninis, sandwiches, stone oven pizza, hand rolled bagels and a full line of cakes, pastries and cookies. 

Everything we ordered tasted fantastic (I’m sure the miles we walked and the lack of lunch helped)

Jane had pizza, of course. It’s her favorite food in the entire world.

One of the paninis we tried was the ‘Russian’. It was filled with roast beef, Muenster cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and Russian dressing (whatever that means). 

This is the B.L.T. three of the kids ordered this because they’re no very adventuresome when it comes to food. The proportions were perfect and the lettuce didn’t fall out because it was shredded. 
My mom ordered stromboly which was tasty.

My older sister ordered a Chicken Parmigiana. Breaded chicken cutlet, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. 

I ordered a Hot Corned Beef on Rye. I really enjoyed it and tasting little bits of the rest of the family’s food.


I love s’mores, but I always seem to burn my marshmallows. 🙂 We made a fire and s’mores at our campsite at Round Point, West Point during our one night there. 

Marshmallows (who knew they made square marshmallows?!)
Chocolate bars
Graham crackers

Toast marshmallows over a fire (or if you’re lazy, over the stove). Squash between graham crackers and chocolate. Eat and try not to get everything sticky!

My favorite is raspberries in with the s’more ingredients. We also did Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but they should have been melted a little more. I’d like to try Rolos cause I’ve heard they’re amazing!

On the Road!

During our month long road trip, I wanted to eat and serve tasty food. I wanted to avoid eating fast food and excessive amounts of junk food. 🙂

The Styrofoam containers and little sauce holders made making the food so much easier. I put the cheese and cucumbers in two different sandwich bags to keep them from making the entire dish soggy. This is our favorite pasta salad recipe!

Chicken salad sandwiches were a favorite. With grapes and green onions and served with pickles and chips. The foil wraps were awesome to have, saving me time in wrapping sandwiches. 

Tortilla roll ups were delicious, but more time consuming to make. 

Bologna sandwiches. I would never have served these, but my sister said they were delicious and they were! 

After so many days of sandwiches, I was so eager for a salad and made a spinach salad. It tasted wonderful! 

A makeshift gyro. Roast beef, tzatziki, spinach and other veggies in a tortilla, it was actually really tasty. 

This was so delicious! Mexican salad with cilantro, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes beans and chicken over lettuce (though I had spinach). 

The breakfast that we had some of the days. Bagels and cream cheese, yogurt and fruit. We also had granola and yogurt for some of the days.

Ellie and Grace’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate S’more Cake

Ellie Balkema and I made this cake up from the ingredients they had around the house. It was delicious and we had so much fun making it! 🙂


1 yellow cake mix
1 chocolate cake mix 
peanut butter 
chocolate frosting 
chocolate chips 
Preheat oven to 350. Grease cake pan of choice. 
Make chocolate cake mix according to packaging on box. Make yellow cake mix with eggs, oil and some peanut butter. Pour into cake pan and swirl with a knife. Bake cake until done and cool completely. 
Frost cake with chocolate frosting, then sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Broil till marshmallows are toasted.