Warm Connections {Day 13}: Sisters in New York City

Warm connections happen when you share special times with your loved ones.

Earlier this month I won a trip to the Food Network Wine and Food Festival in New York City. The trip came from The Pork Board, when I went on this delicious outing with great blogging friends, earlier this Spring. I was actually invited along with my friend, Marla, from Family Fresh Cooking.

How did I win this fantastic trip?

I posted this information on my blog back in June. (You may remember that the standard temp for pork used to be 165.)

This week, the USDA confirmed that 145 degrees F as measured on a food thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest time, is safe internal temperature for pork chops, roasts and tenderloins.

My name went into a drawing and … I WON! I have never won a trip anywhere, so I was very excited to share it with my two sisters who came along with me to NYC.

Three sisters in NYC, and a beautiful birthday celebration for the middle sis who just turned 50.

Three sisters on a trip together, who’ve never traveled anywhere together, just us 3 girls. We wished our mom could have been with us, and we joked about if she could have kept up! We’re all fast walkers.

We laughed, we cried from laughing, we walked and ate and did lots of sight-seeing … oh, and did I mention we laughed?

We also sang, many times the song, Sisters, sisters, There were never such devoted sisters … Caring, sharing, Every little thing that we are wearing … You know the song!

We sang 3-part harmony together at my favorite pastor/author’s church, My Redeemer. The service was beautiful, with classical music and a spirit of love, encouragement, courage, and hope from Tim Keller.

The Central Park area on a beautiful sunny day.

Remembering 9/11.

Tower #4 with the other new towers in the reflection being built. Isn’t this an incredible picture?

Lots of walking.

And taxi rides and subway.

Enjoying Broadway, with Phantom and Lion King.

One rainy day. The rest sunny.

Can you tell who’s the blogger? :)

A beautiful ride on the Staten Island Ferry.


So what exactly is a Wine and Food Festival? It’s an event where you can sample delectable culinary creations, sip sumptuous spirits, and learn the latest cooking trends and techniques. It’s really cool and the Chelsea Market area was about the same size as the city I live in (kidding).

The highlight of the “Festival,” for me, was seeing Alton Brown and his live presentation. We’ve watched Alton for years with our kids, and love his humor and science-related insights regarding the foods we enjoy.

The Grand Tasting was amazing. It went on forever at Chelsea Market. We ate small bites like this.

Loved the culinary demonstrations by KitchenAid.


See the man in the pink shirt? That’s Justin Newby.

I was honored to meet him, a marketing person on behalf of KitchenAid, but also the creative mind behind “Cook for the Cure” benefiting Susan G Komen for the Cure initiatives which started 10 years ago.

I know you’ve seen the Raspberry Ice stand mixer model which came out earlier this year, which benefits Cook for the Cure. The Raspberry Ice stand mixer is the model commemorating the 10th anniversary.

We stayed at the beautiful Eventi hotel, and Sunday, right outside our hotel room in the outdoor plaza, was one of the Festival’s most anticipated events, Carts in the Parc (hosted by the New York Times.) The blue-grass music was fantastic!

With the hotel’s vibrant energy and striking city views, with most everything “touristy” that we wanted to see within walking distance, we felt the love from the Festival and how it gave back (100% of the proceeds) to the Food Bank of New York City and Share our Strength (No Kid Hungry).

Eat. Drink. End Hunger.

Thanking The Pork Board again for this trip, I’d say warm connections come when you do something without expecting anything in return. I had no idea I’d win. And I was blessed. But more blessed that I was able to spend time with my sisters. (Last night, last dinner.)

We did all the touristy stuff, but I must say my favorite memory was just being together.

Bye-bye New York City! I’m already dreaming about where my sis’s and I will go next …

Have you been to NYC and what did you love about it?

If you missed previous days to 31 Days of Warm Connections …
Day 1 (and 700 31 Day Bloggers): Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment
Day 6: Encouragement with Easy Pear Cobbler
Day 7: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family
Day 8: More About Others
Day 9: Technology Versus People
Day 10: The Table Experience with Bush’s Beans
Day 11: Dreaming of Autumn Guests
Day 12: Gathering Around a Homemade Life

 

 

(I won this trip from The Pork Board. They did not pay me to write this post today.)

   

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22 Responses to “Warm Connections {Day 13}: Sisters in New York City”

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    Heather — October 13, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    Looks like you had a great time, Sandy. I did that trip 3 years ago with two of my sisters – we had a ball too. It was great to see NYC but to see it with my sisters was the highlight. Warm connections indeed!

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    Roxanne — October 13, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I have been following your blog now for about 5 years and just wanted to leave a comment of how much of a joy it has been. And from what I have observed I would have to say that you have been a good testimony of your love for your heavenly Father. Thank you for that. I am so happy for your trip with sisters. What a blessing & may they continue to come your way.

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    Bev Weidner — October 13, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    I. Just. Love. This.

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    Kim {Recipes To Run On} — October 13, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Oh what a fun time! I’ve never been to NY, but it’s definitely on my list. I’m so happy for you!!! Looks like many sweet memories were made.

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    Kirstin — October 13, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Looks like so much fun! I only have one sister and we have never done anything like this together. I would love to see NYC

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    teresa — October 13, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Beautiful you Beautiful sisters….what fun.
    Thanks for sharing-

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    The Single Nester — October 13, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Glad you had fun in my city. Love how you called the subway, metro.

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    Aggie — October 13, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    I just love this Sandy! What a special and AMAZING time in NYC w your sisters :) so happy you won this trip, and got to share it with them!

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    Betsy @ Romance on a Dime — October 13, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Looks like you had a great time!! Fun! I have two sisters and we also sometimes sing the “Sisters” song from White Christmas as well!! We don’t have it down in 3 part harmony though – impressive!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Athina — October 13, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Lovely! I love spending time with my sister too, and I cannot imagine my life without her…
    By the way, your sister looks like she just turned 35, not 50 ;)) Thank you for this lovely virtual tour of NYC.

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    Laura — October 14, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I just got back from NY too! I was there last week, so much fun. I blogged about it here:

    http://orgjunkie.com/2011/10/facts-and-fascinations-about-my-trip-to-new-york-city.html

    So glad you had a great time!
    Laura

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    Carolyn — October 15, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    Just saw the NYC post and loved it. I, too, experienced NYC with one of my daughters and granddaughter last year. What a wonderful, lively city. As a north Florida cracker now living in south Louisiana, I was the country bumpkin with my mouth and eyes wide open the entire trip! So happy for you and your sisters to enjoy your time together. May the Lord bless you with another trip together. Thanks for sharing. BYW, love your blog!!!

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    Jenn Calling Home — October 20, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    What a blast! I’m so jealous. I went to NY for the first time…twice! Once for my daughter’s college audition, and again, to deliver her to college. Loved it…well, the city anyway, not leaving my daughter behind.

    In between blogs at the moment. Hope to be back to the blogging world soon. Blessings!

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