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{My Holiday weekend in food…}

Al fresco dining…nothing puts me in a better mood than great friends, good food, and people watching.

Baked Brie cheese and fig sauce…yummilicious!!!

Nothing says “I love you” like a friend baking you a deep dish cookie … LOVE YOU IRMA!!!

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iPad Junky Anonymous

It may be too early in the game to call but I may need some serious intervention after last night’s iPad-thon (yes, my new made up word – Ha!).  Since its delivery yesterday by Mr. FedEx guy, I’ve been working and functioning with very little sleep and I now have under eye bags that can double for Chanel luggage.  With the new pretty in hand, I searched, downloaded, and played for hours last night on this thing until I saw spots flashing before my eyes. 

Bleary-eyed and babbling, I crawled into bed sometime in the wee hours of the morn.  Is this the start of an unhealthy iPad relationship?  Pfft! Perhaps but no one can pry my new ‘precious’ from my fingers.  {Insert crazed look in my eyes} 🙂 ROFL  If you look up glorious gadget girl in the urban dictionary, you’ll probably see my picture. Heh!

What about you my darlings? Are there any gadgets you absolutely cannot do without? And for those of you with an iPad, what apps do you recommend?

Enjoy your day lovies! xoxo

{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

Girl’s Night Out

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Fabulous Friday’s always start with a bang when the clock strikes five, especially when it’s girl’s night out. I make a mad dash for my car and leave the doldrums of my office life behind, in a swirl of white dust. Plans have been set with the elegant eight and my car is put into high gear so that I can get home in time to refresh and de-ugly. Pity though that I waste half of my life pining away for the weekend’s but the truth of the matter is that I have yet to reach that special sweet spot where my work is pure pleasure and so….. until then, bring on the delightful bubbly and let’s shake that job right out of my hair (well, at least for the weekend anyway).

What to wear? What to wear? This is my dilemma EVERY Friday night. Hmm. Are we going for chic and elegant or cool and hip? Nothing in my closet screams “wear me” so on occasion I must place a quick call to one of the chica’s for their fashionista input. And to that end, I call Becca. Becca is a picture of pure fabulousness and her motto is “Why age gracefully when there is Botox?” She makes no bones about telling us what’s in or what’s definitely out and for the evening’s festivities, who better to call? I dial her number and she answers the phone as though she has just run a marathon or heaven knows what else she has been up to and to boot I can distinctly hear Disco music pounding in the background. “Becca‘s house of pleasure”, she answered. “Becca, you crazy woman, what are you doing and what is with the 70s tunes?”, I asked. She laughs that Betty Rubble laugh of hers and proceeds to tell me that she is feeling a little retro tonight and has decided to mark the occasion with some Disco classics and some Boogie Oogie Oogie. Now Becca is the kind of girlfriend that any woman would want as a friend. Not only is she a total renaissance woman but she is loyal to a fault and always sees her glass half full. With Becca, it’s hard to have a bad day.

I told her to get her quirky back side to my house pronto, that I was having a fashion crisis. She sighed dramatically and said she would be over as soon as she waxed, plucked, dyed and scrubbed. “But you just dyed your hair last week”, I groaned. And without missing a beat she matter-of-factly stated that it was not the hair on her head that she was dying and that she was going to dye it with a product called Betty something or other. I stared at my cell phone in disbelief. I brought the phone back to my ear and asked her if she had lost her mind? She laughed and hung up. A million things raced through my mind. How would her ‘hub’ react to this new – ahem – neon pink enhancement? Would he laugh as soon as Becca sashayed into the bedroom in her birthday suit or would he hit the MP3 for a little love groove? Now, I thought my ‘going out’ rituals were insane but Becca took it to a totally new level. Her antics never cease to amaze me.

Finally, Becca felt she would grace the public with her presence and showed up at my house as though the paparazzi were waiting for her arrival. When I opened the door, I shook my head in amusement, as she breezed by me in an aromatic haze of Chanel. “Chica, did you bathe in that perfume?” I asked. “Nonsense”, she said. “Don’t be silly. I just did a light spritz.” I looked at her, amazed that she is so blissfully unaware of how over the top she really is but perhaps that is one of the things I love so much about her; her carefree attitude, her joie de vivre, her fearlessness, and of course her fantastic ability to accessorize. I always know that she has the gift of throwing together the right outfits so I just humor her Royal Highness. Heh!

By 8:00 p.m., the eight of us meet at some new swanky lounge and restaurant. We decide to share a few apps and have lovely cocktails while we enjoy the sounds of a smooth jazz group. We talk, we share, and we complete each other’s sentences. We dissect every issue and celebrate every victory. As I look around our table, at each and every woman, I give thanks for the beauty that each one brings into my life. Girlfriend’s can enrich your life and every woman deserves a BFF. Friday night’s are great for dates with your significant other but when you need to decompress and exhale, pick up the hot line, send out the distress call because it’s time for a girl’s night out.