Posh Parties: Eat Drink & Be Merry

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over I’ve started work on many festive projects that I look forward to sharing with all of you throughout the month of December. A combination of goodies, crafts and gifts all inspired by all the things that I love most about the holiday season.

First up is a little bit of cheer for your upcoming Christmas celebration. An ode to the season, the very merry hue of red and some delicious goodies and fun ideas sure to result in a festive and fabulous affair.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry Inspiration - PLD

Here’s how you can plan an “Eat Drink and Be Merry” Holiday Soiree of your own:

1. Decorate chevron.

2. Serve appetizers on festive plates.

3. Toast & celebrate the season.

4. Give unique party favors that your guests will love.

5. Ornament Exchange?

6. No time for baking? Order desserts online that your guests are sure to love.

7. Use color coordinated cutlery.

8. Send invites.

9. Serve a favorite holiday drink, like this delicious Candy Cane martini.

Happy Holidays!!

Source: 1.Chevron Fabric 2.Holiday Plates 3.Cocktail glasses 4.Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix 5.Pearled Ornament 6.Holiday Macarons 7.Colored Cutlery 8.Holiday invitations 9.Candy Cane Martini Recipe

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Holiday Spiced Cranberry Cider

This year we hosted Thanksgiving at our home and even though it was a busy day with many hours spent in the kitchen, I am always grateful for the opportunity to cook a memorable meal for my family. The recipes that I use are a combination of old and new favorites, some of my own and many that my mom cooked with when I was young. Now that I have children, one of my goals is to continue the old traditions while also starting new ones. This Spiced Cranberry Cider is part of the new recipe tradition we’ve started in our home and hopefully one that you will start too. It’s prepared in a crock-pot so it simmers for hours, filling your home with an aroma of the holidays. And the cran/apple duo…both tart and sweet, will remind you of comfort on a Fall/Winter Afternoon.

Drizzle in some caramel for a treat your children will love, or spike with a shot of spiced rum or butterscotch schnapps for an adult version that your guests are sure to enjoy. The combination was certainly a favorite in our home yesterday!

Holiday Spiced Cranberry Cider

Ingredients

8 packets spiced Apple Cider (Alpine)

6 Cups water

4-5 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 cup orange juice

4-5 Cinnamon Sticks (plus more for garnish)

4 whole cloves

1/2 an orange sliced into segments.

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

1/2 cup cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Pour all liquid ingredients into crockpot.

Stir in packets of cider mix until dissolved.

Add in cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Cover with lid and cook on high until simmering.

Reduce heat to low and keep covered until ready to serve.

Line rim of mugs in orange segments and dip into cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Ladle Cranberry Cider into mug.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice or top with caramel and/or your favorite spirits.

Comfort in a glass!!

posh little tip

Double the recipe and make in large quantities for Fall and Winter celebrations.

A tradition from my home to yours.

Happy Holidays!

Golden Thanksgiving

If you follow trends, you’re definitely aware that metallics are all the rage for Fall 2012, seen everywhere from fashions to decor. I personally love this trend! There’s just something truly chic about a metallic color palette that falls right in line with the holiday season. Especially the color gold….I can’t seem to get enough of it lately.

Silver and gold usually mean Christmas to me, but I actually love this color scheme for Thanksgiving too! The gold is elegant and timeless and together with the silver creates a balanced, yet modern effect perfect for a beautiful holiday celebration. So perfect that the shiny hues have become the focal point of my Golden Thanksgiving Inspiration Board which features the following products from some of my favorite online stores.

Cheese knives for your appetizer spread, a delicious homemade spiced orange wine recipe for your holiday beverage, darling DIY pumpkin place cards for your guests, my favorite style of champagne coupes and modern coasters for toasting, beautiful flatware for your main course, and lastly a little collage of words expressing what Thanksgiving means to me.

Feeling inspired? Purchase the above items for your own home by clicking on the links below.

Source: 1.Cheese knives 2. Pumpkin place settings 3. Champagne Coupes 4. Metallic Coasters 5. Orange spiced wine recipe 6. Gold flatware

Wishing you all a perfect holiday!

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Morning Inspiration

 Watching my two daughters interact the other morning inspired some impromptu camera time.

Unplanned, pure and honest.

filled with giggles

smiles

 

toothless grins

and lots of play.

As you can see from the shots, they already have such a special sister bond.

Priceless moments I live for.

Raspberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I have a delicious cookie recipe to share so I’ll keep this post short and sweet….very sweet! Key words. Fresh raspberries. White Chocolate. Macadamia nuts. Combination – heavenly!!
I used my all time favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from the incredibly inspiring Brown Eyed Baker, but tweaked the ingredients to make up this drool worthy version…as if it wasn’t already.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients/Supplies

2 cups + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups of coconut spread (or 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter) melted and cooled until warm

(coconut spread is optional. I used it to decrease the amount of dairy in the recipe so I could enjoy one of these cookies myself)

1 cup of packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg + 1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (add more if you’d like)

3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts

18 fresh raspberries (one for each cookie, rinsed and patted dry).

Parchment paper

Directions

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In an electric mixer, blend together warm melted coconut spread and both sugars until blended. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined.

Add dry ingredients to the coconut sugar and egg mixture and beat on low until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Spoon large ice-cream scoop sized portions of cookie dough onto baking sheet, 2 1/2 inches apart.

Push one raspberry deep into the center of the cookie dough, being certain to fold the dough over the top of the raspberry so none of the fruit is exposed.

Bake in the oven approximately 15 – 18 minutes until edges start to crisp. The center should still be soft.

Leave the cookies on the baking sheets to cool and then remove with a spatula.

I used the fresh raspberries that I picked up from Pike Place Market last week. Have a look at the soft gooey raspberry filled center.

Unfortunately with my dietary limitations I could only treat myself to one, but between my husband and daughter they still didn’t last long in our house. When you make them you’ll understand why.

Happy Baking!

source: recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Birthday-gram

Yesterday I celebrated my 31st birthday in the gorgeous city of Seattle and what a lovely celebration it was. Last year we were traveling at this time so it was nice to take advantage of some low-key festivities close to home. The weather was great with no rain and it was surprisingly sunny and warm. The tourist spots were quiet without the usual hustle and bustle and this was quite a refreshing surprise.

We shopped at my absolute favorite H&M flagship store, did some sightseeing, enjoyed the pier 54, merry-go-round and the Great Wheel, (which I was completely freaked out by, but I put on a happy face for my oldest daughter who was thrilled to ride it.) We ate some fresh and local seafood, sourdough bread, and enjoyed yummy birthday treats from a little French Bakery called Le Panier. I am totally obsessing over this place now! The French Macarons were to die for and were an amazing compliment to my vanilla Rooibos tea from the original Starbucks. Pike place was relaxed and the sounds of gospel filled the market. Fruit and veggies were vibrant and impossible to pass up. I took home some raspberries which I look forward to creating treats with over the next few days.

Here are some of the highlights from my celebration captured via Instagram. Follow me by clicking on the icon to the right.

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The day was nothing short of perfect. Unhurried, and filled with lasting memories with my loved ones. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Cheers!!