Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Here are some great holiday cabernets from Food and Wine magazine!
Under $20: Value Cabernet Bottles for Big Holiday Parties
2007 L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon ($13) This Sonoma producer's bottling is more elegant than most reds at the same price.
2007 Fineline ($14) The Paso Robles region's warm climate makes this Cabernet especially juicy.
2007 Josh Cellars ($15) A vineyard in the up-and-coming Red Hills AVA provides the grapes for this rich red.
$20-$50: Best Cabernet Wines for Special Holiday Dinners
2007 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley ($38) A complete winery revamp has distinctly improved the quality of this longtime producer's wines.
2007 Frog's Leap Napa Valley ($42) Black currant fruit and the dusty note typical of the Rutherford Bench define this impressive wine.
2007 Selene Dead Fred Vineyard ($50) Winemaker Mia Klein's superb, structured red comes from a vineyard named after the owners' beloved cat.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is a compilation of recipes from different holiday breakfast menus on Epicurious. There were a lot of dishes to choose from, but these ones looked the best to me!
Frittata with Bacon, Fresh Ricotta, and Greens
Cardamom and Orange Panettone Toast
Eggnog French Toast with Cranberry-Apple Compote
Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls
Spiced Hot Chocolate
Blood Orange French 75
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I recently made these cupcakes for my niece and nephew's birthday party and they were delicious! It's hard to find a really good cupcake recipe, but this one is great. I found it on Epicurious.
I added vanilla buttercream frosting with sprinkles. For Christmas I am
going to add peppermint extract to the frosting to make a nice
chocolate and mint combination, which is one of my favorites!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Its Jack & Lola's 2nd Birthday!
They are the best niece and nephew an
aunt could have and I love them so much!
|This is from the day we found out Robin was having a|
boy and a girl! She surprised us with booties the color
of the sex she was having. I have a whole collection of these pictures
with the booties all over the place.
|The first day they were born.|
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
16 Days till Thanksgiving!
|Cranberry Kir Royale from Epicurious|
This is a delicious cranberry and champagne cocktail that would be
great to give your guests as they arrive. A great start
to the festivities of the day and a nice ice breaker to get
the conversation flowing!
Find the recipe here: Cranberry Kir Royale
Sunday, November 7, 2010
18 Days till Thanksgiving!
|Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing from Gourmet|
Find this delicious recipe here: Italian stuffing
Note: This is very similar to the Italian stuffing my mom makes every year and it is
the most delectable and savory bread stuffing I've ever had!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
It is almost Jack and Lola's 2nd birthday (my niece and nephew) and for
that reason I want to flashback to my sister's baby shower. It was a
beautiful day and a beautiful set up. The theme
colors were turquoise and orange and my other sister Aimee,
of Aimee Grace Catering did an amazing job with the food.
We set up round tables on my mom's lawn and used turquoise
runners to add some color. The flowers were from the local
farmer's market and featured orange dahlias to go with the theme.
We set up a present area with the crib and wrapped our presents in
the theme colors. There were also lots of doubles since she was
A goat cheese "lollipop". Goat cheese rolled in
pistachios and truffle oil. These were delicious!
One of three flavors of cupcakes. I ordered the baking cups in both
theme colors as well.
The lovely fruit platter!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Some ideas from Martha Stewart
This centerpiece uses a white pumpkin as a "vase". I love the
fall colors of the flowers and the use of mini pumpkins.
This one is more of a winter display with the bright red color of the cranberries
against the pure white of the roses.
Monday, November 1, 2010
My sister Robin created this lovely display on
her mantle in her living room.
I love the combination of the white pumpkins with the
red branches and mercury glass stands. The mirror above
the mantle adds a sparkling reflection of the beautiful
chandelier, the mercury glass, and the candles when
they are lit. This is one of my favorite holiday
arrangements Robin has done.