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Sunday May 28th 2017

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Spring Has Sprung, Albeit Early!

Spring Has Sprung, Albeit Early!

Our gardens are in over drive and early as with the rest of the tri-state area. We may still get frost though, so don’t plant your more tender annuals or fruit trees until May 15th to be safe!! Our Magnolias and bleeding hearts were roaring in March! Crazy! Even the [Read More]

Happy Students, Happy Sewing!

Happy Students, Happy Sewing!

Lately there have been some very fun projects done by my students. There are pillows, Roman shades, dresses, skirts, children’s clothes and toys in work. Nothing makes teaching more fun than that smile they get ear to ear when the project is finished and it turned out [Read More]

Sew You Want To Learn

Sew You Want To Learn

Good news to those of you who have asked and to those of you who may be wondering… I’m now teaching sewing classes and private lessons at The Sewing Studio in NYC! The Space is wonderful, the teachers talented and the students have been just great!! Classes and [Read More]

Holiday Joy in NYC

Holiday Joy in NYC

You may have noticed that my posts slowed down in October and November. No, I haven’t given up on The MacKay Way, I was headlong into a really fun freelance project! What was I doing? I was making really small outfits… 54 pieces of clothing to be exact, all to [Read More]

Preserved Lemons, a Lovely Gift!

Preserved Lemons, a Lovely Gift!

As with the rest of the country, finances have been tightened up here at The MacKay Way. With the holidays rolling along I’ve been trying to come up with creative and affordable gifts for those in my life. This morning I realized that I had a large bag of lemons in [Read More]

Thanksgiving Planning 101

Thanksgiving Planning 101

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a time for me to pull out all of the stops and show my friends and family how much I adore them by cooking up a feast. Starting about 15 years ago I began the annual Pot-Luck Thanksgiving Feast. I make a turkey or two, stuffing, gravy, [Read More]

Grilled Salad (You read that right!)

Grilled Salad (You read that right!)

Looking for a healthy option for your next tail gate? What could be better than a vegetarian dish that is tasty, easy and pleasing to most everyone?! This is the most simple of dishes, liked even by those who don’t seem to care for vegetables! Grilled Salad Serves 4-6 [Read More]

Let the harvest BEGIN!

Let the harvest BEGIN!

There are always a few vegetables that race to the finish line and get me all excited that it’s time to start reaping the rewards from all of the work done earlier in the year. This cucumber was the winner this year! I was inspecting the vines and came upon a fully [Read More]

Tumbling our Compost

Tumbling our Compost

We’ve set up the tumbling composter that my brother gave us. He’d gotten TWO for free via Freecycle. (Love that site!) I’ve got the counter top compost bin set up (and labeled to remind all NO MEAT!) in the kitchen and we’ve already emptied it a few [Read More]

Repotting your House Plants

Repotting your House Plants

Today was one of those over hot and humid summer days where you can smell the rain coming for hours and you can’t wait for it to arrive, giving a short break in the heat. I’d needed to pick up some things at a local hardware/home store and found they were having [Read More]

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Our FAVORITE Brownies!

Our FAVORITE Brownies!

I bet I’ve tried 25 brownie recipes over the years… but this one…this one takes the cake…er brownie! They [Read More]

Holiday Treat: Lemon Coconut Bars

Holiday Treat: Lemon Coconut Bars

When I got the call that I’d be doing a full 26 minutes on the TV show Robin’s Nest, and it would be [Read More]

Giving a Cat an Inhaler and other Normal Things

Giving a Cat an Inhaler and other Normal Things

Things around The MacKay Way are never dull. I can’t ever recall having an “I’m Bored” moment, [Read More]

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

After three weeks on the road it was so nice to come home and stroll through the gardens to collect some things for [Read More]

The Staple Dress

The Staple Dress

September has rolled in with a BANG! So much to do in the weeks ahead that my lists have lists!!! As I started my [Read More]

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