Sunday, December 1, 2019

Traveling Tote #21 and a Giveaway

Hope my American friends had a good Thanksgiving. Our table was filled with a bounty of food and blessings. We are so fortunate to never be hungry.

My favorite place to visit is New York City, and this trip we attended the New York City Wine and Food Festival at Pier 94. We had tickets for almost a year, and it was a SOLD OUT event. Each October, the Food Network holds a  fundraiser for the Food Bank of New York City and the No Kid Hungry Foundation.Approximately 500 celebrity chefs and local chefs donate their time and talent to put on one of the biggest wine and food festivals in the country.We went on a Saturday, but it is four days of food-related events....the Grand Tasting and culinary demos were amazing.
We were the first group to enter the event when the doors opened. This allowed easy navigation and access to any vendor. As time went on, we noticed the volume of people and access to vendors became more challenging.If you are a fan of culinary personalities and celebrity chefs, you will be in your glory. Access to shows was easy. We are “Foodies” and enjoyed this event very much.I took some photos during the Cookbook signings, and it was the best spot to meet the chefs and culinary personalities.  The highlights for me were being in the audience for Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge on Food Network’s Chopped) and Valerie Bertinelli (the next Betty White) We left with our bellies full, a swag bag of foodie items and a celebrity chef high.

In October, the gals and I traveled to the Sap Bush Hollow Farm CafĂ© for a tasty birthday lunch and to meet Shannon from the Radical Homemaker Blog. On our way home, we made a quick stop at Beekman 1802 so I could introduce them to the wonderful goat milk products. I can't wait to start using the Beekman Advent calendar. 
We had a lot of fun picking apples this year, it was a perfect fall until Halloween. Then the unwanted weather began with flooding and then cold temperatures. Speaking of flooding, I hope they can protect Venice from rising sea levels. 
In November, we enjoyed a trip to the Finger Lakes for the MacKenzie-Childs warehouse sale. We're very lucky to live two hours from MC and to be able to enjoy all the sales they have. I only bought housewarming and Christmas gifts, with the exception of a magnifying mirror for the bathroom. We also made a stop at the retail store where they had a limited amount of Christmas decor at that time. 
This is the beautiful view when leaving the warehouse sale. Union Springs Park. 

An adorable tote and tassel came home with me. The tote will most likely be a Christmas gift for a lucky lady in our family. They don't read my blog...who has time for that with littles. 

Drum roll.... we have a special giveaway for our wonderful readers. Please visit The French Hutch and leave a comment to be entered for this giveaway. 
The Traveling Totes would love you to stop by for a visit.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

Thank you very much for your visit! Wishing everyone a cozy holiday season. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes for this time of year. 

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  ― Lewis Carroll

In my tote is something VERY special. A Surprise That Touches My Heart. Something I can't wait to share with you in A SPECIAL POST with giveaway details on January 15, 2020.  
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, I LOVE your leading and end photos! I do believe fall must be NY's best season. The wine & food fest is a perfect match for you & Joe, and the apple picking/leaf peeping so picturesque Americana. Of course, the proximity of the MC headquarters leaves me envious of the deals you're able to snag. I absolutely adore those tassels, and the one you chose is a beauty. I need to add one of those to my decor, even in a downsizing frame of mind.
    Happy December!

  2. You certainly enjoyed fall this year....The Food fest sounds like a fun time and i am sure you will enjoy all the special little gifts in the Beekman Advent Kit! I see something sweet and special peeking out from your tote!!

  3. Well never a dull moment:) I would have enjoyed that FN event! How fun is that and your pics..depict :) it!

    So cute and happy this post!

  4. Oh Deb, love the wine festival and such a great pic! You[ve had lots of fall fun traveling. What a great gift for someone special in your family. I have that tote and love it! Happy December dear Deb...........

  5. Every year when I hear about the Food Network's festival extravaganza I think about how incredible it must be to meet these chef's in person and taste the food! Love your wine photos, Joe is so much fun! You know I am so jealous that you and Patti can visit MKC so often and load up on treasures {those tassels are fabulous!} But it's probably a good thing I'm so far away :) So many cute fun fall photos! On to December adventures!

  6. Ah ha! You snuck in a cute sneak peek! I thought that might be your surprise one!
    We are foodies too, and my kids grew up watching cooking shows - they all loved them too. That would be such a fun event. I would love trying all the food and meeting the celebs! I would collect all their cookbooks too - even though I have so many already!
    You have such fun with the MC sales - the tassel and tote are so adorable. I agree with Jenna - it is a good thing I don't live close! BTW - you make a lovely farm girl!!! I love that picture on the tractor!

  7. Debbie, this post is full of goodness! I absolutely love every one of your fun filled adventures. I marvel at all you get done, working full time, and grandmother duty too. You look adorable in the photos, and how clever to give a teaser for our January surprise. Great shot.

  8. wow, that event looks like a blast. I admire that you and Joe are always on the go. Apple picking to lovely events. Meeting up with celebrities must have been so fun. Love getting new recipes. Great shot for the next post. Happy December.

  9. Wow, from the Food Festival in New York, to apple picking and the MCK outlet you have been busy. It all looks like fun.

  10. Deb, it's obvious that Joe and you are perfect travel companions! You all look like you totally enjoy your trips together. The pics are such fun! I would love to visit the Food Festival. I admire that you all organize your adventures so well. day will come when I am able to attend the Barn Sale for MacKenzie-Childs. Such a treat! Thanks for taking us along with you. CherryKay

  11. Your bag and you have been to a lot of events for the fall. The food event looked like a lot of fun! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoy the week.

  12. What a wonderful, fun-filled Fall you've had, Debbie! I loved seeing all your happy pictures and coming along with you to your favorite spots. The new tote will make someone very happy, and the owl tassel is adorable. Happy December, my friend!

  13. That food festival sounds wonderful!

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  15. This modern extreme sport, known as bungee jumping, seems to have it's own culture adhered to it. Bungee Jumping

  16. Not sure how I missed this post! What a great NYC trip and I love the pics of you and Joe ♥ Merry Christmas, Debbie!


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