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{My random obsessions this past weekend…}

Image Credit:  Row 1.  Series Carry-On;  iPad;  Stylish iPad case Row 2:  Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3;  Reed Krakoff; Luzern Serum Absolut;  Row 4.  NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner; Flip UltraHD Video; Louis vuitton Monogram Blanket

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Happy Tuesday my darlings!  I hope this day finds you FABULOUSLY well. I’m traveling for business this week and thus far my meetings are running smoothly. Woo hooo!  Heaven knows that my monthly business trips can be fraught with stressful, anxiety producing moments but making sure that I am adequately prepared for every trip would make traveling the ‘friendly skies’ a much more pleasant experience.  Hence, my obsession this past weekend with these DIVINE items.  What types of items must you take on your trips in order to make it pleasurable and/or less stressful? I would REALLY love to know.

 

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{Fabulous Cocktails Friday…}

My darlings, can you tell that I am SO ready for Spring by looking at these DELISH cocktails?  After a truly stressful week, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with a few FABU~licious friends and these pretty potions?

Green Appletini

Ingredients
 
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz.  Apple Pucker Schnapps
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider
 Directions
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
Garnish with an Apple Slice.

The Clover

 

Ingredients

1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce triple sec
3/4 ounce lime juice
Dash of Pernod (or other anise-flavored liqueur)
Dash of green crème de menthe

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

 

Sangria Blanco

Ingredients

 

6 to 8 ice cubes

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) cachaca

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) Pisco

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) St Germain (elderflower liqueur)

1/4 cup (2 ounces) semisweet white wine such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer

1/8 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice plus 2 thin slices lime

1/4 cup (2 ounces) soda water

3 thin slices kiwi

3 thin slices apple

3 thin slices cucumber

3 green grapes, cut in half

2 fresh sage leaves

1 sprig fresh thyme

 

Lawnmower

Ingredients:
1 cup diced, ripe honeydew, cantaloupe or seedless watermelon
1 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
About 1/2 cup cold brut Champagne or dry sparkling wine
 

Directions:
Puree the melon in a blender (add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if necessary). Press the melon mixture through a strainer into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and mint. Shake vigorously to infuse. Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses and top with Champagne float. Stir once. Garnish.

And these garnishes…simply delightful!

Cucumber Slice Skewer

 

Mint Leaf Ice Cubes

{via Real Simple}

 Have a lovely weekend my treasures! Wishing you love, light and many blessings.

 xoxo

Tasty Tuesday

I enjoy the concept of Tasty Tuesday so much that I’ve decided to share my passion for Fondant Glazed Petit Fours. These delicious yummies will have your guests singing your praises as the best hostess EVER or put a smile on the hostess face when you bring these lovelies with you.  =)  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk, at room temperature

For the Fondant:

  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 drops lemon extract
  • Food coloring

For decoration:

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Silver dragee

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. In a mixer fitted with a whip attachment cream the butter until smooth. With the mixer running, slowly add the sugar and mix. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix well.

Sift the flour 3 times with the baking powder (this is to lighten the cakes). Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix. Add 1/2 of the milk to the butter mixture and mix. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix. Add the remaining milk and mix. Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth. Fold in the egg whites.

Pour the batter into a parchment lined jellyroll pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake until firm to the touch 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan then chill.

To make the fondant: Whisk the corn syrup into the hot water until dissolved, then whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon extract. Divide into smaller bowls and color with food coloring, adding color until you achieve desired shade.

To make the petit fours, cut the cold cake into small squares, rectangles, and circles using small cookie cutters. Place the cakes on a wire rack over a pan to catch the drippings, inverting them in order to have the golden layer on the bottom. If the fondant has become stiff, just whisk until smooth again. If the fondant is has not become to stiff, proceed to the next step. Either dip the cakes into the fondant and place on the rack to drain or ladle the fondant over the cakes, making sure all sides are coated. Once they are set, they should be coated again. Let dry, then with melted chocolate or colored fondant, pipe thin decorative lines or use silver dragees.

Cheers, Salud, and Happy Holidays!

Recipe courtesy of  Food Network

Image courtesy of Bing

Holiday ‘Fiestas’ and Other Nerve-racking Fashion Moments

Here we are, one month and some change shy of 2011 and as of yet, I haven’t managed to eat my way to super skinny and fabulous.  You would think that by this point I would have just given in to all of my size 8, Latina curves and va-va-voom-ness but quite frankly, I’d prefer a bit more flatlands on this body than all of these mountains (i.e. the bubbies and my derrière).  Sure, I could have exercised myself into a nonexistent dress size but my list of excuses weighed down my ample butt.  Now the holiday invites are quickly multiplying in our mailbox and the angst of choosing the perfect dress for all of these extravaganzas has me completely flummoxed.  The husband, thankfully, doesn’t have these issues because he can wear anything he wants and still look like my Mr. McDreamy but this isn’t about him.  Let’s get back to my dilemma.  =)

So, do I go short and leggy?  This dress would require my thighs to undergo a rigorous treatment of love whacks and pat-downs of a rolling pin.  Perhaps I exaggerate but a few thigh treatments at the spa may be in order if I go this route.  These legs MUST be up to snuff before I sashay my sassy self in this little confection of loveliness.

Do I go long and svelte?  This sleek number would require the – ahem – TWINS to climb up onto a stepladder and harness themselves up and out in order to keep them in saluting formation. Hmmm…maybe I can squeeze in a ‘bubbie’ appointment for a slight tuck and lift before the fiesta countdown. Heh!

Or do I go camouflage ‘caliente’ in this simple but spicy little treat? This may be just the ticket to hide any unsavory pooch puffs.

Sigh.  No matter how I go about this process, just getting to the “WOW” will be no picnic.

Gratuitous Sex and the City II

Let me go on record by saying that I was and continue to be a HUGE fan of Sex and the City.  No other series has managed to uplift and inspire me as much as the four amazing characters in it; Charlotte York, Samantha Jones, Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbes. Heavens, I have the DVDs of seasons 1 – 6 PLUS the last movie.  So, you can imagine how I felt when I heard that there would be a sequel to SATC: The movie. THRILLED!!! 

Recently, I went to see what I thought was going to be a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S movie with a few close friends. The gals and I were planning to make SATC II a total event, with Champagne and all.  Needless to say, after watching it, we were a bit disappointed. Honestly, I felt that SATC II fell extremely short.  Although it had some really funny segments and it was reminiscent of the original series, the writers should have left well enough alone with the last movie.  The original series was tied beautifully with a bow when it ended and I had wonderful closure with SATC I.  SATC II was just a poor attempt at giving us additional insight as to what happened to the characters lives after the wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my gals up on screen but in my opinion the characters didn’t evolve much and they cheapened poor Samantha with gratuitous sex. Trust me, I’m far from being a prude but honestly, Samantha was made to look like a common, middle aged slut instead of the classy, albeit oversexed, renaissance gal I fondly remember from the series.  In this movie, she was a hot-flashing, trying too hard, dog in heat.  I hate how they portrayed her.  Her role in the movie made me want to take a scalding hot shower and take off the grime I felt after watching it.  Perhaps a bit strong but its how I felt.  And as for the rest of the characters…let’s just say that their story lines were flat.  I never thought I’d say this but a special note to the SATC writers…ENOUGH ALREADY!! Don’t ruin it!!