#4 - Don't You Love New York in the Fall

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." - You've Got Mail

I love New York in every season (although I have not been there in the winter, which I hope to change soon), but New York in the fall seems right.  G and I have been to New York a few times now; enough to have done all the touristy things and now I'd like to start exploring the neighborhoods and doing "real" New Yorker things.  I have been a lot of places for work and fun, and hands down NYC is always my favorite.  I wish we could move there, and maybe one day we will, but until then I will take any opportunity to visit this city.

I am by no means an expert, and you have probably already heard of most of these things, but this is what I love to do when we're in New York.

 Obligatory Times Square shot.

Obligatory Times Square shot.

 We had a foreign couple take our picture in Serendipity and my phone was acting up and they couldn't understand why I kept wanting them to retake the picture, so this is as good as we wound up with.

We had a foreign couple take our picture in Serendipity and my phone was acting up and they couldn't understand why I kept wanting them to retake the picture, so this is as good as we wound up with.

We love to eat pretty much everywhere we go.  So far, we've stayed pretty safe in NYC and gone to the classics.  Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity; hot dogs at Gray's Papaya; Pastrami sandwiches at Katz's Delil; Cereal Milk ice cream from Momofuku Milk Bar; and Shake Shack - every time, in every city there's a Shake Shack. 

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And then there's the Chelsea Market which is the foodies delight.

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And while you're in Chelsea, you should probably check out The Highline.  A perfect place to hangout, people watch, and eat...of course.

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Last summer we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and over to the Brooklyn Flea.  There's several fleas at different locations in Brooklyn including a food market called the Smorgasburg, which we will be visiting next time.

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And don't you kind of just have to visit the Today Show at least once? Say hi to our pals Matt, Savannah, and Al...and the Donald.  I just got an email that said they've suspended the NBC Studio Tours, but my mom and I went on the tour and really enjoyed it! Plus, even though I do think everyone should visit the Empire State Building at least once, the Top of the Rock actually has better views.  Rockefeller Plaza is really just a great place to hang out and people watch (something I love to do everywhere) - we usually find ourselves there several times every trip because we somehow wind up crossing through there most places we go.

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I think the Comedy Cellar is literally our favorite thing.  We've gone every single time.  Make reservations online, head down to Greenwich Village early and grab some food or if you're in a rush a falafel at Mamoun next door.  Last time my mom and I were there, it was a rainy night and randomly Aziz Ansari and Howie Mandel popped in and did unannounced sets!

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If you love baseball like my husband, you'll definitely want to head out to the Bronx and catch a Yankees game.  It was amazing how big the stadium is.  We caught the Yankees/Red Sox game which was surprisingly easy to get to tickets to and we caught a celebrity or two there.

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My mom and I went for her 50th birthday last year and had the most amazing weather.  Here we are at Rockefeller Plaza, the Whispering Wall in Grand Central, and at the Top of the Rock.

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Last but not least, Central Park.  Just go and spend as much time as you can there - it's huge.  In my dream world Central Park is our backyard and little Daphne can go run around there every day.  One day.

If you ever get the chance, go to NYC.  You'll love it, I promise.  And if you're a NYC veteran and have amazing recommendations, please send them all my way!!


#3 - My Top 25 Most Played Songs

(According to my iPhone)

I think you can learn a decent amount about someone by the music they listen to.  And if you look at someone's Top 25 Most Played Songs on their iPhone you can learn a little more, because iTunes does not lie.

Things about me: I love rap music (people laugh and think I'm joking when I say this, but I'm for real.  I love great beats.); I got on this kick of really liking Bossa Nova music when I first started consulting ( wiki: a genre of Brazilian music, which developed and was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and is today one of the best-known Brazilian music ) and it's still what I love to play when I just need to feel chill;  if a Christmas song happens to pop on while I have my music on random I will listen to it - on repeat.

#2 - Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I hope this doesn't start us out on the wrong foot, but I'm not a huge pumpkin lover.  You will never catch me with a Pumpkin Spice Latte or eating pumpkin ravioli.  I had honestly never even eaten a thing with pumpkin in it until my best friend made this amazing pumpkin chocolate chip bread a couple of years ago, and since then it's been my go to fall dessert recipe.

This is not healthy, but it's delicious and it makes oh so many muffins.  Unless you have a large family, plan on packaging some up and making friends with your neighbors or taking some to Bible study (I did both today and G and I still have enough to last us through the weekend).

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Here's the ingredients you will need:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cups (one 15-ounce can) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips - I only use Ghirardelli Bittersweet chips which I think makes all the difference because they're not as sweet as milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin cups or spray with Canola oil and flour.  (You could also make these a 2 bread loafs - that's what the original recipe was for)

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Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and set aside.

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Next, pull out that Kitchen Aid mixer - add in the pumpkin and oil and blend until combined.  Then add in the eggs one by one and the vanilla.  Add in about 2/3 cup of room temperature water.  This will make your mixture kind of frothy.  Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.  Last fold in the chocolate chips.  Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.

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Once they're done, pull them out of the tins and let them cool on a rack...and pull one out and eat it while it's piping hot.   Once they're cool I suggest storing them in paper lunch bags because it keeps the muffins from getting sticky on top.  Enjoy!  

#1 - 31 Days of Delightful Living

Welcome new friends! I'm excited to start this blog and share my life and passion with you! What a better way to kick off this new site and start a rhythm of posting than to join up with other bloggers posting everyday for the month of October? 

My blog is delightfully Meg, but what exactly do I mean by delightful? 

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So, for the next 31 days I've decided to blog about a synonym of delightful and what that looks like in my life.

Mondays: pleasant
Weekend Recap - October 3-5
Tuesdays: enchanting
Wednesdays: agreeable
Thursdays: delectable
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Fridays: amusing
My Top 25 Most Played Songs
Saturdays: thrilling
Don't You Love New York in the Fall
Sundays: charming
Hosting a Beautiful Baby Shower

I hope that you'll stick around as I share what it is to be Delightfully Meg!

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