What’s Cooking with Kimberley Locke

I don’t know what’s happening, but you just can’t seem to get us out of the kitchen these days! We were in the kitchen with Anthony LoFrisco a couple of weeks ago…and now we’re back, this time in Kimberley Locke’s kitchen. Yes, Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, and so much more.

We did a “What’s cooking with Kimberley” segment a couple of years ago when we first launched Unlocking Litchfield, where we “cooked” a salad. For those new to our site, we are not cookers. We are very grateful for our husbands that do like to cook…and we usually stay far away from all those “tools.” We much prefer the eating part. But, we are always open to learning new skills, so Kimberley promised she’d make something simple.

A visit to the JED NYC showroom

During a recent trip to the city, we decided to mix business with fashion pleasure and drop in on the Jed luxury knitwear showroom. We wanted to say hi to Jed Krascella and his team, and see what they’re cooking up for fall 2017. Hint – an abundance of the finest sweaters you could ever want! 

At the office with Haver & Skolnick Architects

As our blog is turning two this month, we decided it was time to start planning Unlocking Litchfield’s dream office. Who better to help us with such a quest than Haver & Skolnick Architects, based in Roxbury. Renowned in Litchfield County and beyond, Haver & Skolnick are known for balancing the quintessential “Litchfield” look, while keeping things modern with a healthy dose of 21st century convenience. This would work for us and our vision!

We’ve driven by their office and antique store countless times (and you probably have too!), so it was time to stop in and meet the dapper duo, Charles Haver, and Stewart Skolnick.

How to pick the right summer camp

Bev here! I’ve worked at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Summer camp for 26 years. That’s 26 years of speaking with parents, guiding them through the enrollment process, and answering their many, many questions that they inevitably have (some enroll without a single question, and that’s cool too!).

Often, at the end of the list of standard questions parents will say, “What am I not asking?” or, “What should I be asking?” I present to you, a handy checklist of important questions to ask before enrolling your child in the summer camp of their dreams!

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

Our visit to Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen has ruined us forever. Known for their “single cow’s milk” chocolates, we have never tasted anything like it (and we’ve tasted our fair share in our lifetimes)! The chocolates sold at their off-the-beaten-path chocolate shop are out of this world.

In fact, you will not find chocolate made the way Thorncrest makes it anywhere else in the world. As you’ll read in our many fascinating tidbits we learned during our visit, the Thorn family will stop at nothing to make the very best, freshest chocolate you will ever have!

Foxwoods Resort Casino

When the weather outside is officially trying to kill you and you just need some FUN, where else to go but Foxwoods Resort Casino! An emerald castle of entertainment just two hours from home, it seemed like just the thing to take our minds off the New England end of winter blues!

Our itinerary would include; checking-in to our marvelous room for the night at the Grand Pequot Tower hotel, shopping the Tanger Outlets, having our hair made fancy at G-Spa and Salon, dinner and famous drinks at Sugar Factory (the most Instagrammed restaurant ever), followed by a show – Lora’s fave comedian, George Lopez. All of this without having to leave the resort. Basically, a huge enclosed bubble of fun-times. Take that, weather!

Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing

What better thing to do on a cold winter’s day than go warm up at a glass blowing studio? Today’s blog activity brings us to Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio in Riverton, CT. After the marver-lous (glass-lingo joke) afternoon we spent with Peter making not one, but three masterpieces, we firmly believe that everyone should give this a go.

As Peter’s website states, anyone from 5-95 can blow glass. Here we are to prove his point…

Makery Coworking

Do you work from home? Do you get distracted easily and partake in a little procrastination? Well, this one’s for you…

Litchfield County, home to a huge number of self-employed, freelancers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, just got a new workspace. The first coworking space in the county, Makery Coworking in New Milford is a 5,000 square foot space designed to allow individuals to work, create, collaborate, and network.

Makery Coworking is a hub to rub shoulders with other innovative people in the community. A place to share ideas, swap business cards, and grow our creative economy – we love everything about it!