Setting the Easter Table

Setting the Easter Table

Enjoy this gallery of my elegant upcoming Easter table setting. Pewter Easter bunnies encased in a glass egg (our small gifts) accompany some fabulous floral arrangements on the tables. Placeholders created from favorite silks, glass and pewter chargers from Mexico, a miniature zebra rug to grace the table center, glasses that were gifts from friends and my sweet Belle (Memere) to all go along the egg-shaped Cognac server!

The Easter menu will be coming soon…

Lunar Celebrations…

Lunar Celebrations…

Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Celestial Moon…give me an excuse to create a Dinner Menu! Muddled Blueberry Martini kissed with Orange started it off…broken Chocolate Globes with Mousse and Creme lit with gold, a sweet ending! I’ll publish this luscious menu and all the recipes this week…for any moon you want to celebrate! Stage set!

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Iced Coffee à la Kitchen’s Bounty

Iced Coffee à la Kitchen’s Bounty

So playing with my daughter in laws favorite coffee drinks this morning! Chilly Iced Americano, topped with Cream kissed with vanilla! So for this MIL the only kind of coffee was hot, well I’m here to tell you it was time to open my horizons! So girls, I think I’ve got this, Starbucks…look out, 2 Iced Coffees, and for Memere double shot espresso, a little cream and yes, a little Kahlua (no clocks here). Out playing with KB’s French Velvet Roast and *Thunder and Lightening Espresso (named after my childhood dogs/ dark and awesome Shepherds). Who wants my job??!

Paczki Day…from feast to fast

Paczki Day…from feast to fast

So it’s Fat Tuesday, and around the Cleveland Area it’s Paczki Day. Yes those Jelly filled Donuts that are as fabulous as they look! I think all around the country people are buying and eating * Paczki’s! (*The Polish Name for these donuts)  I have tried to remember way back to my roots and I don’t think we called them Paczki’s in New England in the dark ages! But I do remember Pam’s Donuts fabulously jelly stuffed donuts and Jelly piped Beignets! What memories those were!

So yes, up early…not making, but buying Paczki’s at our local grocery store.

Stop the car, there’s one bite…now let’s do this seriously at home! Here is to every excuse I can find to celebrate an event, a Holiday…and in this case the day before a Holy Day (Ash Wednesday). From this number 9 of 11 in a big Catholic family, I can close my eyes and remember my parents home and special days like this. Obviously there always seem to be a food tradition and yes, I love those!

So I’m not going to instruct on how to make your own Paczki or **Beignet (Café du Monde is the best mix/helper I have ever found).  But I am going to go out on a limb, and tell you that I love this precursor to Spring…and happen to celebrate our current Pope and  am still entranced with his message last year and this year, that instead of just “giving up” for Lent…we give. Of our hearts, displaying kindness in our messages and to take a “Fast” from the criticism of others.  So I love this and with that Spirit in my heart…I enter this passage. So I did divert from the table and kitchen above, but it’s good to travel!

What’s old can be new again!

What’s old can be new again!

Walking the pups and had a lucky glimpse of a chaise about to be “rehomed”…Yes, I did make the call “what are you doing with that chaise, and sweet neighbor…”It’s Yours”. I had so much fun using fabric I love, and old fur Coat (that’s the buttons!) and a beat up throw made new again. What’s old IS NEW AGAIN, but it takes a village. Thanks for the greatest team, that always answers, “Yay, we can do that”! Newest hot spot for reading that book….that I’m gonna get to one of these days!! Cheers!

Valentine’s Day Menu 2021

Valentine’s Day Menu 2021

Make this winning menu for your love this Valentine’s Day…Home Sweet Home! Set a beautiful table and share the love with a wonderful meal.

Starting with a …..COCKTAIL
Bourbon Cranberry Sour (and a Red dinner wine here!)

SALAD
Wedge Salad with Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Green Goddess Dressing and Shredded Beet Crisp!

ENTREE
Beef Bourguignon (French Fabulous Beef Stew)
Duchess Potatoes  (Mashed, Piped and Baked)
Heart Shaped Breadsticks with Herbed Oil Dip

DESSERT
Tiny slices of Red Velvet LOVE CAKE
Chocolate Soufflé Cake with mini Magnums!