When I was in high school, my maternal grandparents started spending winters in Florida, and we shifted our Christmas Day celebrations from their house over to my Aunt Mickey and Uncle Ron's. There, we established some new traditions: taking turns sitting on the red Christmas Stool to open a gift while wearing a santa hat and answering a series of questions for Uncle Ron's video camera; singing around the player piano (for some reason the line… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 20, 2008 at 6:30am —
If you read my entry for the Second Day of Christmas, you are aware that I'm a big fan of rum. Not just in cakes--I like it in a glass, too! And if it's mixed with coconut, even better. That's me with my sister-in-law Mari, drinking pina coladas in Manhattan this past summer.
A few years ago, I stopped by Mari and Rick's house over the holidays and was treated to a holiday rum drink I'd never heard of before. My brother's… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 19, 2008 at 8:05am —
Christmas will never be the same without my mom. She was the heart and soul of our family. Above is one of my favorite pictures of us together, snapped the first Christmas after I moved away to New York City and had just come home for the holidays. I have done so every year since, now with my husband and children. My mother lives on in all of us and her joyful legacy--the spirit of Christmas--can always be found in my childhood home in my… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 18, 2008 at 5:00am —
When I was a child on Christmas Eve, after filling up on food and opening gifts at Grandma and Grandpa Corsi’s house (see the Fourth Day of Christmas entry!), we'd climb into the car and drive three snowy blocks to celebrate with the maternal side of the family.
When I say snowy, I mean snowy. This was snapped out the front door of my parents' house on a long-ago Christmas Eve afternoon--very typical Christmas weather for my… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 17, 2008 at 5:00am —
My paternal grandparents, Pasquale and Della Corsi, absolutely loved the holidays. When I think of their two-story house–where my grandfather was born and lived his entire life–I think of Christmastime, when it was invariably filled with family and friends, food and laughter. Mark and I like our house to be the same way, particularly over the holidays.
Every Christmas Eve that my grandparents were alive and healthy, we’d all head over to their… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 16, 2008 at 4:00am —
Every December, my mom would bake Bon Bons and Rum Balls, two unique specialty cookies that I think of as hers alone. Being a perfectionist, she made sure that each of these shaped cookies was identical in size--something I'm too slapdash to do (which was probably why she tended to make these while I was at school). She always used real butter--never margarine. To keep them fresh, she packed the cookies away between layers of waxed paper… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 15, 2008 at 8:30am —
Today is one of my favorite people--my aunt/godmother Micheline Pucci's--birthday. So it seems fitting to celebrate it with one of my favorite recipes--and a cake, at that. In fact, for her birthday this year I sent her one of my famous rum cakes, which she is probably enjoying right about now. So if you happen to be in my hometown today, and you run into Aunt Mick, be sure to wish her a happy birthday!…
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 14, 2008 at 9:30am —
Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy, celebrated in Scandanavian households in an elaborate ritual that involves a girl chosen to portray the saint, wearing a wreath of candles on her head. (Helpful hint: if you plan to celebrate AND prepare the recipes below, you might want to hold off on indulging in the glogg until after the candles are extinguished.) :-)
This blog is in honor of my… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 13, 2008 at 9:30am —
Twenty-two years ago today, on December 12, 1988, I was in my early twenties and had been working at Backer Spielvogel Bates, one of Manhattan’s biggest advertising agencies, for a few months. That was the tail end of the industry’s boom era: bottomless expense accounts, martini lunches, lavish parties, perks galore. The agency had gone all out for the annual holiday party, renting out an entire nightclub for an… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 12, 2008 at 4:00am —
I was asked to guest blog this week over at bookreporter.com about a special book I had given or received as a Christmas gift. I thought I'd share it here as well: Continue
Christmas was, in my small-town childhood, everything it's supposed to be. It was all about tradition: family, friends, Santa, church, parties, lights and decorations, sledding and skating, giving and receiving gifts, baking cookies, volunteering our time and giving to…
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 4, 2008 at 3:30pm —
It was a week ago that I wrote to tell you that our stove had broken on the night before our out-of-town guests were to start arriving for Thanksgiving. Mark and I went stove shopping Tuesday, sticking to our vow to always shop locally owned businesses when possible. We didn’t regret it. At Atlantic Appliance of Bedford Hills (shameless plug), when asked what we were looking for, we told the salesman “Anything you can deliver tomorrow!” and he… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 2, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Cooking TG dinner here for 28 people.
Houseguests arrive today.
Stove broke last night.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 25, 2008 at 6:48am —
I just dropped in and nearly fell out of my chair when I saw how many people have joined overnight! Welcome to my home on the web! I'd love it if the newbies (and anyone else, even if you've been here awhile) would chime in below and tell me how you heard about the site!
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 18, 2008 at 4:20pm —
If you didn't read my blog post a few days ago about my niece and nephew Hannah and Leo, the entry is still featured here below. And now, by clicking the link in the box to the left, beneath the Breast Cancer Awareness banner, you can see for yourself what amazing children they are. They were featured this morning in a WGRZ television news segment about the incredible gift they've given to women with breast cancer, and about how my mom inspired them. Both my sister and my dad were also… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 17, 2008 at 5:00pm —
My good friend Michelle Buonfiglio over at Lifetime TV's website has invited me to guest blog today. Come see us at http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/entertainment/romance-buy-the-book/blog
.I'd love it if you'd comment on my blog question, as I'll be popping in and out all day to discuss those "guilty pleasures"! To comment, just quickly… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 17, 2008 at 6:30am —
I’m bursting with pride. Can I brag a little?
Every summer for the past few years, my young niece and nephew, Hannah and Leo, have gathered a group of cousins, friends, and neighborhood kids to put on a little talent show in their backyard. They sell tickets and give the proceeds to charity: Making Strides with Breast Cancer, in memory of my mom. The event has snowballed–the crowd gets bigger every year, the contributions far exceed the ticket… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 13, 2008 at 7:35am —
I have, in the course of my adult life, engaged in various types and degrees of exercise to keep both my weight and my stress level in check.
Back in the eighties, I did aerobics with Jane Fonda on the VCR, trying not to grapevine through walls or cha-cha into furniture in various tiny apartments I inhabited. When I moved to New York City, I fell in love with walking. Not just out of necessity, but for fun. In the nineties when I was… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 12, 2008 at 5:00am —
Yesterday, someone asked me how I balance an author’s sedentary lifestyle with personal health and fitness. The answer: as resourcefully as possible. After all, I fully intend to live to a ripe old age, so–aside from drinking vast amounts of coffee every day–I tend to stick to healthy habits to offset the fact that I spend at least10-12 hours a day sitting at my desk.
Some of those habits are easier to maintain than others.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 10, 2008 at 8:00am —
Many of you know that our family is on a mission to visit all 50 states as part of my ongoing book tour, and this year, we passed the halfway point. As parents, Mark and I seek not just to entertain our children with these trips, but to widen their horizons and educate them. Yesterday, we glimpsed our legacy in action, and it was gratifying indeed.
Visiting different parts of the country–eating regional food, participating in local customs,… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 5, 2008 at 9:00am —
I'm sitting here trying to work on a scene in my new novel, but am feeling distracted having woken to the glaring absence of Tim Russert on NBC and the ironic news that Barack Obama has just lost his beloved grandmother. This election day, so filled with hope and the winds of change, feels unexpectedly bittersweet.
Instead of writing, I've found myself mostly staring out the… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on November 4, 2008 at 8:30am —