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!!


Posted by Melissa Midgley on December 29, 2011

It’s hard to believe in just a few short days we will be entering into a new year. My mother always told me to not wish my life away because as we get older time goes faster and faster, boy was she right! Each year, during the week between Christmas and New Years, I look back at the past year.  I am often amazed at the events in my own life and the world events that took place, a lot changes in 365 days! Last year, I rang in the New Year at the wonderful First Night celebration at Onondaga Lake Parkway. It was beautiful night weather wise and even more beautiful was the sight of so many families spending time together. Everyone was smiling and enjoying the live music, heated tents with clowns, a family karaoke party and many other family friendly activities. It warmed your heart to see families together to ring in a New Year! This year I will be at First Night with some of my family members, we are looking forward to the Orange Ball drop over the lake and the fireworks that follow. So, I invite and encourage everyone, of all ages, to attend this great event!  There is no better way to ring in a new year than surrounding yourself with the ones you love! Happy New Year to all of you may this year be full of good health, lots of smiles and an overload of love! Hugs to all of you!