January 12th, 2010 |
I don’t know about you, but the holiday season was so full of family dinners, trips to see the in-laws, decorating, wrapping, and baking….it left little time for me to catch up with all of my girlfriends! So – I am making an effort to catch up with all of them this week. And if you feel the same, consider hosting a little lunch….during the week, if you are home while the kids are at school, or this weekend when you are work-free. Whatever you do, keep it simple, light and all about catching up with your friends.
If you are looking for a few ideas for your menu, I suggest a peach nectar spritzer (non-alcoholic), a warm spinach salad with seared scallops, and a few colorful macaroons for dessert. Light, spring-y, and colorful…exactly what I am craving these days!
Images: kitchen (styleathome.com), napkin (weddingchannel.com), dishes (williams-sonoma.com)
December 30th, 2009 |
It’s no secret that I am a sucker for both plaid and cupcakes. So it’s no surprise that this idea from Southern Living literally made my head spin with ideas!
Although tartan plaid is typically associated with Christmas, I think you can use it all winter long. It’s the perfect accent to transition your home from Christmas decor into “winter” decor. Try using pieces of fabric to wrap your serving pieces, as shown in the picture above. It’s is simple additions like this that really take your party up a notch!
A cupcake bar is a simple concept that could be used for any type of party – a kid’s birthday party, a holiday party, a baby shower. Simply present your undecorated cupcakes with piping bags full of frosting, and cups of sprinkles. (don’t forget to color-coordinate your sprinkles to your party theme!)
December 28th, 2009 |
Today is my father’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Dad!)….and I can’t think of anything he loves more than chocolate chip cookies! I came across this idea for a cookie dessert bar….and I just think it’s the best thing since sliced bread! Perfect for a birthday party or a wedding…..add in some milkshake shooters, and you will have a dessert bar that will make cookie monster completely jealous!
Images: milkshake shooters (theknot.com), cookie dessert bar (projectwedding.com)
December 24th, 2009 |
I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner tonight for my extended family….so I am going to take the rest of the day off to cook! I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas….I hope you all have a magical holiday!
Remember….you are never too old to leave cookies out for Santa!
Image via inmagine.com
December 10th, 2009 |
With all of the Holiday cocktail parties, dinner parties and special events that are taking place this month, it’s time you update your cocktail repertoire! Here are 8 cocktail recipes that will definitely put a festive spin on your party!
Balthazar French Martini, Goombay Smash, Christmas Caipirinhas, French 75, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Lemoncillo, Algonquin Bar Punch, and Cranberry Martinis. Yum!
December 7th, 2009 |
Christmas cookies are one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season! I like to make all different kinds and box them up to give as gifts to my friends and family. Always in search of new recipes to update my assortment, I have come across a few new recipes that I can’t wait to try out! Any one of these would be perfect for a cookie exchange party.
1. Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses
2. Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints
3. Chocolate Peppermint Stars
4. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
5. Seven-Layer Cookies
6. Chocolate-Orange Swirls
7. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
8. Lemon Blueberry Fans
December 7th, 2009 |
Once you have completed all of your holiday baking, you have to come up with a unique concept for packaging your gifts. You can use tin cans, paper boxes, cellophane bags stuffed into a holiday mug…..I hope these images inspire you to get really creative with it!
Images: box with joy tag (williams-sonoma.com), tin can with bow (bhg.com), fabric covered box, tin can with stripe ribbon, mug (inmagine.com), loaves of bread (midwestliving.com)
December 3rd, 2009 |
Small bites, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres – whatever you call them, Holiday parties call for a lot of them! To freshen up your appetizer recipe file, I have searched the web – here are my new favorites, updated classics, and a few that just look delicious!
1. Marinated Feta and Olive Skewers
2. Sausage Mushroom Caps
3. Creamy Mushroom Phyllo Triangles
4. Cocktail Meatballs with Herbs and Ricotta
5. Citrus Salmon Lollipuffs
6. Chicken and Lemon Pot Stickers with Soy-Scallion Dipping Sauce
7. Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp and Pickled Vegetables
8. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Do you have a favorite appetizer recipe you want to share? Leave a comment below with a link!
November 26th, 2009 |
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful turkey dinner and some quality time with your friends and family!
When Thanksgiving finally comes to an end, there is only one question left to ask yourself…..what do I do with all of this leftover turkey?!
I have searched the web for some ideas for you, and have come up with 8 tasty recipes for turkey leftovers:
1. Turkey Pot Pie
2. Turkey Tortilla Soup
3. Smoked Turkey Panini
4. Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza
5. White Turkey Chili
6. Turkey Bacon Salad
7. Barbecue Pulled-Turkey Sandwiches
8. Cranberry-Turkey Spinach Salad