December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Sparkle

Wishing you all a sparkly festive New Year's Eve!

Sparkle Up

Here's to a brand spankin' New Year chock full of possibilities, opportunity, & happiness!

December 23, 2010

Happy Happy Holidays!

Our city is ready, I hope you are too!

Holiday Ready

Wishing you all a Merry & Magical Christmas!

December 22, 2010

The Winter Soiree

Winter Soiree Treasury
See more of the party here.

December 20, 2010

Dapper Gift Wrapping

This year, I really wanted to dress up my Holiday wrapping with dapper little bow ties, so I whipped up these cuties:

Dapper Gifts

I also wanted to offer a free holiday download to all of you, & there are already so many adorable gift tags out there... maybe your last minute gifts need handsome bow ties too? I bet they do! Print out DIY bow ties of your very own right here!

December 17, 2010

Like Butta

Did you notice how those seemingly benign roasted potatoes that accompanied our salmon were pretty darn tasty? A little thing called Chive Butter is the secret.

Chive Butter

One of our foodie friends introduced us to Chive Butter (AKA Crack Butter- for it's addictive qualities) & we've been hooked ever since. I would give you a little to take home with you, but I'm afraid as usual, there's none left. I will send you off with the recipe though - now you can make it anytime & eat way more than you should in the privacy of your own home.

December 13, 2010

Entre Vous, Entree

Have you worked up an appetite after chatting about Palm Springs, & downing 3 glasses of wine? Good, because it's time for our main dish!


Our salmon is very simply prepared, but is rich & layered with goodness thanks to our sweet & savory Blackberry Balsamic Reduction. We'll be serving another glass of white with this course, usually we'd pop open a red, but we are on a roll, so let's go with it. Now who'd like to sample wine #4? It's Oriana, a Rhone style blend from Brian Carter Cellars.

Salmon Styled by R

Please don't let your salmon get cold while we pour the wine, dig in!

December 2, 2010

Laying the Groundwork

Now that we've enjoyed our appetizers, salad, & uhm.. dessert, it's time to bring out the big guns & lay the foundation for our main course.
Blackberry Balsamic Reduction
This recipe is from the true Chef of the house (R), & don't let the simple ingredients fool you, because your taste buds are about to fall head-over-heels goo-goo in love. Be aware that once this happens, you can never go back, & it's possible that you will pine for it, pen sappy love songs, & leave blubbering messages for it when you have had too much to drink.