Do you Pinterest?

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on March 06, 2012

It seems as though every few years there’s a new website craze that comes along and takes the world by storm. Out of the ashes of MySpace came Facebook. Then Twitter joined the mix. Other sites showed up to the party not long after. I’ve felt varying degrees of loyalty to all of them–still love Facebook and Twitter, haven’t gotten around to deleting my MySpace–so you can imagine my hesitation to get attached to yet another (potential) fad. But I can assure you that Pinterest is worth trying.

If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, essentially the site is a collection of virtual idea boards. It’s a place for you to pin dream outfits, hairstyles you’d like to try, books you want to read, recipes you’d like to make, and other inspirational things onto different online bulletin boards. You can sort these boards into different categories. For instance, foodies can have a board solely dedicated to food and recipes. If you’re all about your kids, create a board simply for children’s outfits and bedroom sets. If you love running, dedicate a board to health and fitness. The best part about Pinterest is that you can follow friends, family, companies, and celebrities to get inspiration. If you see something

you like on someone else’s board, you can “like” the pin or repin it to your own board. If someone else likes what you’re doing, he or she can do the same. It’s a great way to exchange ideas and find new things to try. I’ve found many delicious recipes and great new books through Pinterest.

I’ve always liked the idea of creating inspiration boards in my home and my office, so I love the idea of a virtual one that allows for collaboration with other people. I think it’s a great way to generate new content and to share ideas with other people.

Are you hooked on Pinterest yet? If not, check out the site here. You have to request an invitation to join, but it usually only takes a few days to receive one. It’s free to sign up!

I Love Little Local Chocolate Shoppes

Posted by Big Mike on February 01, 2012

I’ve noticed a nice trend lately …. There seems to be more little chocolate shops around!  Some of my favorites: there’s Speach’s Family Candy Shoppe (since 1920) in Syracuse, Sweet On Chocolate in Armory Square,  The Chocolate Pizza Company in Marcellus and Manlius, NunBetter (the Sisters of the Third Franciscan Order) on Court Street, Hercules in East Syracuse (family run for 111 years),  Kimberly’s Ice cream and Chocolates on Caz Road, Promise Me Chocolate (locally run on the web), Man In The Moon (in Oswego), and there’s also Gertrude Hawk and Lindt at the malls.  And now there’s a delicious new little shop I just discovered: Lune Chocolat in the Manlius Mart.  They feature all handmade-on-the-premises gourmet chocolates using local, all-natural ingredients. Owner Emily is from North Syracuse and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and she is a certified chocolatier!!  You have to love all these folks who work hard all day making chocolates for us.

Chicken Recipe

Posted by Melissa Midgley on January 24, 2012

Hi everyone,

I had a few requests for the Crock Pot German Chicken Recipe that I mentioned this morning with Big Mike. Here it is! Enjoy and  let me know if you try it. Have a great day!

Robin’s German Chicken
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 pound bag of sauerkraut
1 Cup of BBQ Sauce (I used a whole bottle of Dionsaur BBQ Sauce since I was going to be slow cooking this for 12 hours and I did not want dry chicken)
Layer the chicken, sauerkraut and bbq sauce in that order into a crock pot and cook on low all day long. I served it over egg noodles but it would be great over brown rice or even pasta.

What happens in Vegas….

Posted by Steve Kelley on January 19, 2012

… probably won’t stay there!   I’m taking a trip there, but I WILL come back and tell you about it!  After all, I’m not quite as wild and crazy as those guys in the Hangover movies!  End of February.  Flying in to Vegas, staying a couple nights there ($35 a night at the Excalibur plus free buffets– what a deal!)   Then, well, I always wanted to see the Grand Canyon so I’m thinkin’ about taking one of those Helicopter tours.  Goes down in to the canyon.  Have you ever done that?  What did you think?  Write to me on our Facebo0k page or send me an e-mail if you can.  Any other ideas for a single guy who’s got two nights in Vegas?  I know, that ‘s a loaded question!!   From there I’m going to visit an Aunt and Uncle that I haven’t seen in 30 years in Arizona.   Then to the Hoover Dam, do my impression of Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation… will take the ‘dam’ tour, I’ll be sure not to ‘wander off the dam tour’, and I’ll ask all the ‘dam’ questions I can think of.  Planning to drive on some of the old route 66… then drive over to CA…  spend a couple days with a good friend there, cruise around LA with her and be tourists…  maybe have lunch with a star in Hollywood!  Hey, it could happen!!  Should be great fun!  Any ideas, let me know.  Thanks.  (steve kelley)


Posted by Big Mike on January 05, 2012

Patas Monkey


This photo was one of the winners last year!  Sponsored by Sunny 102 and I have been a judge every year since the contest started.  Last year we received around 800 entries and it took hours to pick the best in many categories, by age and type of photo.  Nice prizes and what’s cool is that you can print a free admission coupon to the zoo too!  Check it out here:

Have fun!!