Today, I plan to spend my day doing a little Christmas baking and gift wrapping and thought I would share a few of my favorite new foodie finds. These images from Dietlind Wolf have me motivated to bake!
I also discovered several new cookbooks I would love to own while shopping for gifts at Anthropologie.
Donna Hay is Australia's leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author. Her newest cookbook is filled with gorgeous photographs and the best recipes from her magazine.
When I visited San Fransisco last summer I was quite smitten with Miette, a modern American pastry shop with amazing cupcakes and pastries and delightful displays. Miette means "little crumb" in French
I know that time is at a premium right now with just a few days until Christmas but thought maybe you might have a little time to browse leisurely over the holidays. If you have not yet discovered Sweet Paul Magazine and their blog, you will get lost for hours discovering their lovely foodie centric photograph, recipes and entertaining spreads.
This warm and intimate space has me dreaming of a special dinner for two! I think the most precious gift we can give ourselves this Christmas season is the gift of time. Take time to share a special moment, cup of coffee or conversation over a long meal with those you hold dear...just the two of you.
Don't you just love visiting friends and family during the season, standing on their festive front porch and admiring their decor! I have to admit their are a few houses in town, I walk by on a daily basis that I would love an excuse to ring the bell and get a closer look! Every year I make the wreath for the front door and am always looking for creative new ideas to dress the door. I have been collecting ideas for next year already given I will need them well in advance of the holiday season. I learned something new this year, a florist's secret for creating the most lush, fresh wreath. You start with an oasis, floral foam wreath as the base and soak it in water and then grab your gardening sheers and head for the woods.
Here are just a few of the wreaths that have caught my attention this year followed by the wreath I created this Christmas for my new mud room entrance just off our new garage.
Since I took this picture, I have added a big burlap bow. I started with boxwood and then added lots of greenery from my garden. A neighbor trimmed her curly willow bush earlier this fall and I came home with an armfull that I have been keeping in the basement for the right opportunity. I added the little birds that are covered in silver glitter, jewels and real feathers. I discovered the silver bell garland at World Market and also weaved it through the garland of greenery that surrounds my front door.
I just thought I would check in with all of you to see if you are enjoying your holidays. With only a little over a week to go before Christmas, I have an amazingly long to-do list. I have had the chance to swag a little garland here and there but thought these two images where worth sharing just in case you still needed a little inspiration.
Are you entertaining in your home this holiday season?
You know the familiar saying "If you as the hostess are relaxed and happy, your guests will be, too!" One of the easiest things you can do as a good hostess is to set-up a well-stocked bar in the most warm and welcoming room in your home. Your guests will be comfortable helping themselves to their favorite cocktail and the bar alone will help keep your guests out of the kitchen. I love mixing a seasonal concoction or signature cocktail that is pretty and a little exotic. Freezing the vodka with seasonal greenery or cranberries is such a beautiful touch!
To create your own bar at home you will need the basics - stylish stemware and tumblers, a small flower arrangement, an ice bucket, essential bar tools, a pitcher of water, lemons and limes and basic mixers such as tonic water, cranberry juice, club soda, and Coke. For a simple bar start with vodka, rum, whiskey, wine, and beer. The experts say to plan on two drinks per person for the first two hours, one drink per person for each extra hour. Assume 40% drink beer, 30% use hard liquor, and 30% sip wine.
Be sure to make something special for guests looking for a non-alcoholic drink.
"Mix fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice with a splash of seltzer to make a light cocktail. Also try sweetened, diluted lime and lemon juice served over crushed ice, or whip fresh or frozen berries in a blender with ice and a dash of lime." from Party Planning Guru Martha Stewart Here is the link to some of Martha's favorite non alcoholic drink recipes.