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!!!
Posted in Entertainment, Food, Friends, Gourmet, Holiday, Life, Love, People, Summer
Tagged Baking, Dining, Entertainment, Food, Friends, Gourmet, Holiday, July 4th, Restaurant, Wordless Wednesday
What better way to take in the park…
My iPad, a bit of ‘Vino’ and people watching…what fun.
Life in action…
My day isn’t complete until I’ve had a Pretzel with mustard. Yum…
Look closely and you will see a guy jogging in his SUIT, with a beverage in hand. God, there is nothing like my beloved NYC!! LOL
Whew! All that people watching created a bit of a thirst. Starbucks anyone? 🙂
Did I mention that I’m a bit of a foodie…
Ended my day with a glass of chilled vino and my ‘Pad…
Posted in Emotions, Entertainment, Exercise, Food, Life, People, Spring
Tagged Central Park, Chocolates, Food, Foodie, Great Lawn, Park, People, Relaxation, Relaxing, Seasons, Wine
Going it solo this Valentine’s Day darlings? If so, then it is high time that you give yourself the love you deserve by treating yourself to something fabulous. Here are a few of my yummy suggestions:
Images: Veuve Clicquot 1998 Brut Rose La Grande Dame | Black Caviar Scrub | Orchidee Imperiale Rich Cream Basic | Champagne-Truffles | Trish McEvoy Face Vitamin C Cream | Jenny Packham | Cappuccino
♥ Happy ‘Hearts’ Day my treasures! ♥
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Posted in Apparel, Emotions, Fashion, Food, Gourmet, Love, Luxury, People, Romance, Women
Tagged Emotions, Fashion, Food, Foodie, Gourmet, Luxury, Pampering, People, Romance, Sex, Sexy, Single, Valentine's Day
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:
- 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
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
- Silver dragee
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
Posted in Entertainment, Events, Food, Gourmet, Holiday
Tagged Cake, Cooking, Dessert, Entertainment, Food, Foodie, Gourmet, Holiday
Let’s just call it what it is – a lack of self-control. It was all I can do to maintain my fabulous size 6 va-va-voom-ness and then I go and throw it all away by going to the greasy, dark side of fast food. Hello size 8.
I am an emotional eater and when things get pitifully ugly, all my reasoning heads south and I indulge in foods that are probably not helping the body beautiful.
Most of my days are filled with your normal activities & angst; Wake up, meditate, exercise, de-ugly, dress me up, obsess in front of the mirror, feed the dog, kiss The Husband, make a mad dash for the car and put the pedal to the metal so that I can make it to work on time but still make the necessary pit stops in between. Make a quick stop at Star-bees (Starbucks), call the assistant, review the day’s schedule, speed-dial the fam & friends for a quick hello/have a great day, pull up to the office, slather on my war paint and smack on a smile before I face the office troops. Whew! And this is all before 8 a.m.
So needless to say, by lunch time, if my VERY last nerve has been jumped on by some woeful, unsuspecting soul, look out. There I am, skulking to my car before anyone sees me (ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies), huge oversized sunglasses on my face, sitting low in my car seat so as not to be seen going through BK’s drive-thru. Next thing you know, I’m sitting in BK’s parking lot, munching on these wicked little fries. Yes, my dirty little secret are those greasy, breaded, fried (read: yummy) chicken fries. I curse the day they created those things. Now I have to hit the tread (mill) twice as hard because of this newly found weakness of mine.
Sigh. Well, I guess there is nothing else I can do for now except to embrace my ample, GROWING, butt. Heh!
Posted in Beauty, Food, Health, Image, Life, Lifestyle
Tagged Discipline, Food, Funny, Health, Image, Life, People, Weight