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Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

When you take a look at how beautiful and good looking your house is, on most occasions, you’ve got to be worried about your backyard—especially if you do not have anything to make it look attractive and alluring. Ordinarily, fire pits easily make the environment look unique as it gives it a very good touch of serenity. Aside this, it also serves a wide array of practical purposes. If you want to host a summer outdoor cookout or just a simple drink-out with friends, a fire pit can be a center of attraction at your backyard which can offer you this convenience.

Obviously, there are quite a couple of benefits to be derived from having a fire pit in your backyard. Apart from the decorative features it possess, it can also serve other purposes. For instance, when you have an outdoor fire pit, you would be availed the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends—no doubt, this would definitely improve your relationship and bond with the people you love and care for.

Here in this article, we have made a list of the top inventive and original fire pit ideas that you should consider having in your yard which are as given below:

  • Decorative Iron Fire Pit

If we are to talk about good ideas on fire pits, then it’s quite imperative that we discuss more about aesthetics than functionality. The decorative iron fire pit brings an ambiance and an alluring look to your backyard. It is set in an area where there are stones or gravels around which sitting benches and chairs are also placed.

  • Circular Fire Pit with a Wood Bench

The Circular Fire Pit is one of the most famous fire setups. The wood bench that is available around the pit gives you, family and friends the opportunity to sit under a rather comfortable and warm atmosphere. One of the main advantage that comes with this pit is that all its components are readily made available.

  • Campfire Fire Pit

Without any iota of doubt, the campfire fire pit is another simple setting whose inspiration is usually gotten from outdoor campfires. It is constructed by placing a bundle of wood and a circle of rocks around the pit. It is a prospect that is special—especially if you want to reproduce a certain camping vibe within the comfort of your own home.

  • Base-Level Outdoor Fire Pits

When the Base-level fire pit is built with care, it is usually found to look alluring and stunning. This is because it readily blends with the landscape of the surroundings without withdrawing from other details of the backyard. It is usually built by digging a deep base into the ground, and due to this, it is highly essential for you to check the texture and quality of the soil in your backyard before you commence.

Conclusively, even though having a fire pit would give some redefining touch and outlook to your backyard, nonetheless an outdoor fire pit require certain precautions. The availability of pets or children in your home makes it imperative for you to take safety measures at all times. Given that cases of serious injuries are being recorded every year, you cannot be so sure through negligence and non-nonchalance when it comes to securing the environment around your fire pit.

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Long Island is often associated with plenty of scary folk tales, unusual myths and ancient folklore. Moreover, the city has a rich heritage and history as it was first populated by Native American Indians. It was in the 1600s that European immigrants started inhabiting the land.

As a result, the city has plenty of ancient sites and Native American burial grounds along with landmarks important to the Revolutionary War. Moreover, Long Island also has a slew of glamorous mansions and huge estates for added measure.

You already know how this sounds like – a good way to see some haunted mansions! If you are interested in having the fright of your life, mentioned below are some of the most haunted houses in Long Island.

The Amityville House 

When it comes to haunted houses, there is no way we couldn’t mention this popular haunted house in the city. Located in Amityville, many people know about story of the family that was straight up murdered in this house! It all started in 1974, when Ronal DeFeo slaughtered his family in the house.  A lot of people believed that the vile spirits haunting the house drove Ronald completely mad, and led him to murdering his entire family.

In 1975, the house was bought by George and Kathy Lutz. Just a year after the murders occurred, the couple spawned a series of ghastly tales about bizarre, paranormal activities that they “claimed” to experience. Their stories led to several movie productions soon after. However, their stores were later revealed to be nothing but a hoax. But there are still many people who believe ghosts haunt the Amityville house.

Winfield Hall

This former manor has seen plenty of death. However, as per local legends, there are some pretty colorful tales about the owner of the mansion, Frank Winfield Woolworth. But there are also some stories about bizarre occult activity as well. You see, just two years after Winfield had the former mansion built, which was in 1917, he passed away. Sadly, just a couple of years after Frank Winfield’s death, his daughter Edna, committed suicide.

Fast forward to the sixties and seventies, the Winfield mansion served as a home to Air Career School, where students were reported saying that Edna’s room was always kept locked and no one dared to go inside. Moreover, the students also stated that they could hear sounds of moving furniture coming from the room. But there was nobody in the room!

Morgan Hall

Located in Glen Cove, Morgan Hall was built by the famous millionaire J.P. Morgan back in 1910. However, today, Morgan Hall is said to be one of the most haunted and creepiest places in Long Island! People claim that the mansion is haunted by the ghost of the financial tycoon’s daughter, Alice who passed away in the house due to the yellow fever.

Before being transformed into a Catholic school back in the sixties, the former mansion also served as a Russian Embassy. After the school was built, people have claimed seeing the ghost of Alice roaming around the attic as well as the school’s numerous halls and corridors. According to eyewitness accounts, Alice is always dressed in a black gown. Dare to meet her?

Fire Island Lighthouse

Located on Fire Island, the Fire Island Lighthouse stands at 74-feet and was built in 1826. However, thirty-two years later, the original lighthouse was torn down and replaced by the current one. And this lighthouse is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in Long Island.

According to folklore, the lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of a curator, who committed suicide. He died inside the lighthouse. The curator committed suicide, grief stricken by the death of his daughter, who passed away during the construction of the lighthouse. People have been reported as saying they could hear the sound of eerie laughter coming out from the lighthouse. Many others have reported seeing a vague, shadowy figure of a man carrying rope.

So there you go, a list of some of the most haunted places in Long Island, perfect for a Halloween trip with your friends. Or basically any other night as well!

Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

An amazing indoors way to celebrate the beautiful fall weather is to stop going for apple picking and just making a delicious, mouthwatering pumpkin pie. It’s just so much better than hayrides and roasting some s’mores. Moreover, you could not have a tastier treat for after dinner, enjoying some Sunday night football than this out-of-the-world recipe. And it’s simple, without any special ingredients, hassle-free, and it’s just perfect! This recipe is great for true pumpkin pie fans who want the very essence of the pumpkin flavor, the spice and a bit of tanginess without anything else getting in the way!

But Why is This Pumpkin Pie Recipe Great?

There are a couple of reasons why this pumpkin pie cake recipe will become an instant favorite and fall staple at your household. First of all, the pie will be packed with a concoction of wonderful flavors along with two big cups of pumpkin puree. In addition, you are going add all the best fall ingredients in your kitchen, such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.

The cake will turn out super moist, like sticking to your fork! To make it even more delicious you are going to add a mouth watering, smooth and silky cream cheese frosting. Lastly, because the cake is single layer, you can easily pack it take to parties, game nights, tailgates etc.

The Pumpkin Cake Recipe

The recipe is quite straightforward and you can’t go wrong with it. If you have ever baked a spice cake before, the preparation is similar to that in terms of texture and taste. Plus you are not going to need more than two bowls! However, even if you haven’t baked in a while, this recipe is still easy than a ton of others!

Let’s go over the ingredients and then the method.

As mentioned, the ingredients are simple and easy, it’s a homemade cake after all.

 

Here is what you are going to need:

 

  • Flour – (Go with all-purpose flour) because the cake already as a thick and wet batter.

 

  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Common household ingredients that help the batter rise

 

  • Cinnamon and Spice for the Pumpkin Pie – These are necessary ingredients to make the cake. You can prepare the spice at home by adding half a teaspoon of ground cloves, ground ginger, ground allspice and ground nutmeg. Don’t forget to add half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

 

  • Vanilla and Salt for Added Flavor – You can add salt as per taste and buy the vanilla extract from any local grocery store.

 

  • Cooking Oil – Layer the base of the baking pan with an even spread of cooking oil to make the base of the cake smooth and moist.

 

  • Eggs – Add 2-3 eggs for the structure of the cake.

 

  • Pumpkin – Along with 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree, you will need to add 1 regular can of pumpkin. Use the entire content of the can to avoid waste.

 

  • Sugar – You can mix some brown and white sugar for taste

Instructions: 

  1. Take two bowls
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in the other
  4. Mix both the dry and wet ingredients together
  5. Take a 9 x 13 baking or cake pan and pour the mix in, spreading evenly
  6. Bake it
  7. Let it cool down for five minutes and then make the cream cheese frosting
  8. Put the cake in your fridge for 30 minutes
  9. And voila, it’s ready for eating

 

There you go – everything you need to have and know about how to bake a wonderfully delightful pumpkin pie cake.

October Fun on Long Island

October Fun on Long Island

Visiting Long Island during October will make for a scintillating experience. The weather is a mildly cold, perfect for having some fun outdoors! There are just so many things you can do apart from enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Although the temperature will remain in the mid-range, if you do plan for outdoorsy activities on Long Island, it’s important to wear a couple of layers and bring a pair of hiking boots or shoes, especially if you want to experience the botanical garden in all its glory. Mentioned below are some interesting and exciting activities you can do.

Beautiful Long Island Landscape Hike

If you want to go out for a long, yet exhilarating and mentally stimulating hike, then Long Island is just the place. There are a variety of amazing trails that you could go on, for example, the Garvies Point Preserve. The preserve will nicely lead you down towards a pristine beach where you can take a breather and enjoy a mini picnic.

Moreover, Garvies also has spectacular refuges for wildlife in Long Island, like the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You can hike down to this national wildlife refuge, go to the shoreline and experience a huge gathering of different waterfowl.

Apple Hunting and Picking

As soon as fall hits Long Island, the place becomes an apple haven. There are a variety of orchards open to the public. You can go there with your family to pick hordes of fresh apples right at their peak. You can hunt for as many apples as you want and either eat them raw or make some fresh juice. There is no shortage of delicious recipes that have apples as the main ingredient.

Similarly, there are different farms of different fruits such as pumpkins, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries corn, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, etc. However, each harvest will depend on the time of the year, apple picking is great for October.

Look for Your Own Pumpkin

There are also plenty of pumpkin farms you can visit on Long Island, and some of the farms also feature corn mazes as well as pre and post Halloween events. While you can buy already-picked pumpkins for Halloween, there are also farms where you can go out for some pumpkin picking. You might end up picking the biggest pumpkin on the farm!

One of the most popular pumpkin picking farms on Long Island is Brightwater’s, located near Bay Shore. If you want to pick organic pumpkins, then you can go to Organics Today, which is a 3-acre farm. If you want to experience the thrill of navigating through a corn maze, you can head straight to Fairview Farm located in Bridgehampton.

A Weekend Escape in Long Island

Another great way to enjoy a fall weekend in Long Island is visiting the popular Glen Cove Mansion. The mansion was built back in 1910 and is an award-winning structure. You could also go to the iconic Oheka Castle, located in Huntington.

You could also plan a weekend getaway for some wine tasting at the popular Long Island Wine Country or visit the Hamptons (you would really enjoy it since all the summer crowd is already gone). The Long Island Wine Country features serene bike trails and cozy villages.

Have Some Fun with Your Pooch

If you have brought your canine companion along for a visit to Long Island, you would be relieved to know that there are several places designated for dogs, you can play with your pooch all day long or take him for some exploration. Plus, there are also off-leash parks and places where your dog can run wild.

 

 

So, there you have it – some of the best places to visit and fun things to do while you are in Long Island this fall. Some amazing October fun on Long Island for locals and tourists alike.

Plan An Exciting Memorial Day On Long Island

Plan An Exciting Memorial Day On Long Island

With three amazing days off from your mundane routine, Memorial Day is a primer to starting summer with some stress off your shoulders. This automatically translates into some partying, going to fun events, enjoying live music, and plenty of other outdoor activities. Considering this, mentioned below are some interesting ways you can celebrate this year’s Memorial Day weekend in Long Island.

Consider Going to Montauk
It really doesn’t matter if you are a New Yorker or not, celebrating Memorial Day in Long Island like you haven’t before should be on your to-do list for the weekend. Sure, Montauk may be a bit costly and you will find it a bit crowdy there, still there are plenty of iconic things you can do at the beautiful destination. Moreover, Montauk has a soothing, relaxing and serene vibe that you will not find in posh neighborhoods such as the Hamptons.

Irrespective of whether you want to stay up and out during the entire night, or if you are with kids or friends, or just want to relax at the beach, catching some waves, Montauk offers a slew of places you can go to. Regardless of the place you stay in the village, it is vital you take plenty of time out to visit its beaches.

Beaches in Long Island are just amazing; with sand as far as the eye can see and waves, it is a perfect destination for people who are big on privacy. If you are looking for some fun and frolic or want to mingle, Navy Beach has a great bar serving awesome cocktails.

Bethpage Village Decoration Day
This is a great and fun event you shouldn’t miss for the world on Memorial Day. On the Memorial Day weekend, you will find the village completely transformed, and you will experience a unique celebration. Did you know that back in the day, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day? Yup, you can travel back in history and take photographs of how houses used to look back in the 18th and 19th century.

North Hempstead Beach Park Fireworks and Celebrations
If you want to see some extraordinary fireworks and listen to some great music, head to Port Washington on Memorial Day. Bring your own food and some picnic blankets for a truly refreshing experience. Just sit back and chill with your friends and family, enjoy good food and listen to the music before enjoying the amazing fireworks.

Raynham Hall Museum Memorial Day Parade
Travel back in time and into the world as it was in the 19th century, by visiting Raynham Hall Museum at this year’s Memorial Day weekend. The Raynham Hall Museum is a colonial mansion with beautiful, large rooms and big gardens reminiscent of the Victorian era. Moreover, you can also tag along for the Memorial Day parade at Oyster Bay.

American Airpower Museum For the Legends of Airpower Show
If you are a hardcore aviation fan, this is a once a year event that you would not want to miss. The show displays a slew of exciting and legendary fight planes. Moreover, you will also be given a tour of the B-17 Yankee Lady. You will also have the opportunity to see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as well as the U.S Navy Blue Angels before they fly off for a cool air show at Jones Beach.

Which of these sounds most exciting? Feel free to learn more about these events and plan an unforgettable Memorial Day on Long

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

History and art are the next best thing to knowing and understanding our beginnings. What
better way of preserving our heritage than in a museum. Now, I know most of the
millennials think museums are a waste of time, and the internet makes everything so much
easier for us.
However, taking a trip down memory lane, is a much better experience than hitting the
search button. That is what the Nassau County Museum of Art offers. A place full of culture
and so much history, it’s like being back in time, and yet, still in the 21 st Century.
Museum Beginning
William Cullen was the original sole owner of the estate. Cullen was a patron of the arts,
poet, lawyer and political activist. In 1900, Lloyd Stephens Bryce purchased Bryant’s Upland
Farm and commissioned the architect Ogden Codman, Jr. to design Bryce House, on an
elevated site, overlooking Hempstead Harbor. Nassau County Museum of Art is that house.
In 1969, four years after the last owner, Childs Frick passed, the estate was purchased by
Nassau County with the goal of establishing the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art,
administered by the county’s Office of Cultural Development. The Museum became a
private not-for-profit institution in 1989, and is now governed and funded by a private
board of trustees.
The 145 acres surrounding Nassau County of Art is designated as a nature preserve. Marion
Cruger Coffin, a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects, initially designed
the beautiful landscape in 1925. The original blueprints of this beautiful landscape are
housed in the Museum’s archives, along with photographs of the garden, taken in the
1930s.

The Museum

Located about 25 miles east of New York City, in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, Nassau County
Museum of Art’s main building, is a three-story Georgian mansion. Designed in the Gold
Coast architecture of the late 19th century. Nassau County Museum of Art also houses the
Sculpture Park, architecturally-significant restored trellis, rare tree specimens, marked
walking trails, and the Formal Garden.
Considered among the nation’s largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau
County Museum of Art strives to expand the understanding of art and culture through
exhibition and educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Exhibits
Over 500 permanent collections from both American and European art are housed by the
museum. The collection encompasses both 19 th and 20 th century art pieces through many
generous contributions. The Nassau County Museum of Art also presents yearly rotating art
exhibitions, many of which originate from their collection.
Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, Chaim Gross, Robert
Rauschenberg, Moses Soyer, Robert Indiana, Auguste Rodin, Georges Braque, Alex Katz,
Frederick Warren Freer and Irving Ramsey Wiles are some of the many artists included in
the collection.

The Formal Garden


One of the most breathtaking exhibitions of the Nassau County Museum of Art
was designed in the 1920’s by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s leading landscape
architects. She designed this garden at the height of her career. Coffin’s overall plan for the
garden was to strengthen, clarify, and enhance the existing arrangement of walks, flower
beds, hedges, and entrances, using rectangles, circles, and arches to mirror the shapes
found in the symmetrical design of the estate’s mansion.
She also predicted that over time the garden would lose its beauty. In her efforts to
maintain her legacy, she taught the compositions of landscape architecture. Upon the
purchase of the estate in 1969, the garden was declared a public garden. Its maintenance
was dependent on private donations and volunteers.
The Roslyn Landmark Society, in 1989, restored the beautiful teak trellis, and in 1993,
extensive brick path restoration, including the restoration of the garden, which was funded
by New York State’s Environmental Quality Bond Act. Actual restoration of the garden began
in 2000.
In present day, the garden offers an elegant space to be admired by lovers of landscape
architecture. But most of all, a place to stroll, sit, and enjoy nature; a sanctuary of well
thought out reconstructed brick paths, perennial borders, and intricate boxwood designs in
four garden rooms, demarcated by yew “walls.” It is an ideal spot to be studied by historic
preservationists.

Sculpture Park


Nassau County Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park is considered one of the largest public
exhibition public parks in the Northeast. With around 40 sculptures, the majority of which
are permanent collections of the museum, lay well situated on the 145 acres of the Nassau
County Museum of Art.
Others include the prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Museum of Modern Art and many other galleries. Tom Otterness, Richard Serra, Mark di
Suvero, Manolo Valdes, Allen Bertoldi and Fernando Botero are just some of the artists
whose work is to be seen on the grounds.
Educational Programs
As part of the community, Nassau County Museum of Art provides a variety of educational
programs. The after-school program, for example, provides tours to the museum’s
exhibitions, and, customized workshops for specific interest groups can be arranged.
Another of the museum’s community outreach programs include the Autism & the Arts &
Creative Expeditions. The program was created in 2007, for the sole intention of
encouraging communication in children with autism.
Workshops are led by teaching artists, trained in art therapy, who encourage children with
autism to express themselves through conversations around works of art in their galleries,
and in hands on painting, drawing, and sculpture projects. The launch was made possible
through the collaboration between NCMA and the North Shore Autism Circle.
Visitor Information
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. Admission
to the main building is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $4 for children ages 4-12.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Docent-led tours of the main exhibition are offered at 2 pm each day; free with museum
admission. Meet in the lobby, no reservations are needed. Family art activities and tours are
offered Sundays from 1pm; free with museum admission. The Museum Store is open
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm.  Visit www.nassaumuseum.org for more information.

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