Pop Fizz Cheers Posh

With so many highlights from 2013, I’m ready to start celebrating early! It really has been a great year and I have the perfect way to bid farewell. This perfection I speak of is in the form of a cocktail, because a New Years Eve celebration just wouldn’t be complete without em! Specifically bubbly (of course) and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

If you’ve never tried St. Germain, you must! It’s a french liqueur that features floral notes and tropical fruit flavors that quickly became a favorite of mine. It tastes delicious on the rocks, but also adds a fun twist to a simple glass of champagne! And….how gorgeous is the bottle in black and gold?!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You most definitely don’t need to be a bartender or mixologist to make this cocktail. Just a few ingredients is all you’ll need to get the celebration started:

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Posh Sparkling Cocktail

This cocktail is most commonly known as the Hummingbird, but I made mine omitting the seltzer water and using fresh squeezed lemon juice, lastly adding a sugar rim and blackberries for garnish.

The combination is sweet, bright and aromatic.

Ingredients

1 bottle of quality grade sparkling wine or champagne. (I chose Michelle Brut which is affordable and quite versatile. The sparkling wine is not too dry and has citrus notes pairing beautifully with the floral liqueur.

1 bottle of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Blackberries for garnish.

Gold sugar for the rim and posh. This is certainly optional, but I couldn’t resist!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Instructions

Rim the edge of each champagne glass with lemon wedge and dip in gold sugar.

Pour each glass 3/4 of the way full with chilled sparkling wine or champagne.

Top the remainder of the glass with St. Germain Liqueur and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Garnish each cocktail with blackberries.

And there you have it! A quick NYE cocktail, taking just moments to make and simple to replenish.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Pop, Fizz Cheers!

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Now that you’ve got the cocktail down, I’ve noted a few tips to add the Posh element to your Pop Fizz Cheers NYE.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can never go wrong with black and gold. Items like sequins and spangles, transform into sparkly confetti when combined.

Color coordinated print cards displaying simple words add an element of whimsy to any party. These cards can be made with your home computer and printer in just seconds. All you have to do is type, print and clip.

Other sparkly details like glittered clothespins that I made over the holidays add a touch of glam.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

Use mix and match glass and serving ware for a signature look.

Posh Champagne Cocktail - PLD

You can find the gold chevron paper straws in my Etsy Store.

This year for NYE my hubby and I will not be hosting or staying in. Instead we’ll be celebrating with a group of friends over a late night dinner at a restaurant and casino. What do you have planned? I’d love to hear!

Cheers and Happy New Year friends!

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2014.

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Year in Review

Over the last 5 days, I’ve held two separate Christmas celebrations in my home and have another one coming up on Tuesday. I think I drank entirely too much champagne, but enjoyed such wonderful times with my family. My husband and I also celebrated 17 years together this past week and we indulged in the most delicious macarons from the Marcaron Cafe in New York. It feels good to be ending 2013 on such a high note! Professionally, my first year as a company has been filled with learning experiences, but also so many highlights worth mentioning.

Here’s a look back…

PLD Year in Review 2013

In 2013 I was honored to have two of my recipes featured with DRY Soda, 1 recipe featured with La Marca Prosecco, two local vendor events for my online shop, one of my products displayed on the front page of Etsy’s Craft section, and lastly my DIY Walnut cards featured on Relish.com.

After such a wonderful year, I look forward to what 2014 has in store for me personally and for Posh. I’m super grateful to all individuals I worked with throughout the year, and also for all the wonderful support I’ve received. I wish everyone the very best that the new year has to offer.

With NYE tomorrow, I’m ready to celebrate (again), so I’ll have a cocktail recipe featuring sparkling wine and my favorite liqueurs on the blog shortly!

xoxo

Christmas Wishes

Just a quick post to wish my blogger friends a beautiful holiday celebration! Tomorrow is officially Christmas eve and I’ll be taking a few days to enjoy time with my loved ones, but here’s a peek at the images we used for our Christmas cards this year. I took them a few weeks back on an incredibly freezing morning. Let’s just say I was grateful that the girls cooperated long enough to capture a few shots…

Christmas 2013 - PLD

I think I’m most anxious to see their faces on Christmas morning! These are the moments we live for. Big smiles, and pure joy. So priceless.

I hope your Christmas is filled with just as many blessings and much love.

Winter Storyboard - PLDMerry Christmas and check back soon friends.

More to share after the holiday!

xoxo

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2013.

Make: Red Velvet No-Bakes (V)

Red Velvet. A classic decadence, that’s incredibly delicious when added to all things sweet! From cakes and cupcakes, to hot cocoa mix (from last year) and cookies, you can never go wrong with this flavor. I discovered this truth a few days back after adding it to my favorite treat, the no-bake! The idea came about after having success with the Maple pecan no-bakes I made around thanksgiving and here we go again! Let’s just say the result is dairy free, vegan deliciousness mixed with happy holiday cheer. They are that good! I mean, so good, you should really whip up a quick batch and share them with your loved ones, bring them to a Christmas Party, or, make more and throw them in the freezer, because have I mentioned yet how good they are frozen? Ok, enough rambling from me…you get the idea.

red velvet no bakes

Red Velvet No-Bakes (V)

The addition of the red velvet emulsion adds decadence and beautiful color making these festive No-bakes an ideal holiday treat!

Ingredients/Supplies

2 Cups organic white sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut, rice or almond milk

1/4 cup almond butter

1  1/4 cup coconut oil (in addition to the 1/2 cup)

1 heaping teaspoon Red Velvet Emulsion (for those of you who are wondering what red velvet emulsion is, it’s a water based flavoring and food coloring in one. Similar to an extract without the alcohol. You can find it online, or at some local baking supply stores. If you cannot locate it, substitute with one teaspoon of vanilla extract and red gel food coloring until the desired hue is achieved. Also bump up the cocoa powder a bit so the chocolate flavoring really comes through. Red Velvet Baking Emulsion

1 pinch of salt

3 cups quick cooking oats

Parchment paper

Instructions

Heat sugar, cocoa, milk and oil/butter together over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a boil.

Boil mixture for one minute, remove from heat and add red velvet emulsion, almond butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil, salt and oats.

Stir all ingredients together until fully blended.

Drop spoonfuls of cookie mix in a rounded shape onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing each about 1 inch apart.

Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour and they’re ready to enjoy!

Red Velvet No Bakes by PLD

These bad boys would look lovely packaged as a homemade holiday gift and if you have a Christmas party to attend, they’ll only take you 10 minutes to make…win!

Red Velvet No Bakes by PLD

Oh, and I do think santa would be quite pleased if you left him a few on Christmas eve. I can almost guarantee there would be none left to spare.

So there you have it, a homemade holiday gift, party cookie recipe and treat all in one.

Hoping you’re all ready for the holiday!

More to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Maple Pecan No-bakes is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2013.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2013.

Xmas Glam

When it comes to holiday celebrations, I’m all about glam and sparkle! Just about anything I can find with a touch of glitter or glitz is enough to make my heart sing. Silver is quite fabulous on its own, but for xmas I love how it pairs with red and white. The 3 colors together create a harmonious display of joy that lightens my heart and reminds me that the holiday is near. As far as the glam goes, I get super giddy this time of year because I know I can get away with going overboard on the shimmer and posh! Best believe I take full advantage of it.

As you can see, I used all of my favorites, as inspiration for holiday entertaining! Here’s how you can add some cheer and glam to your xmas celebration.

xmas glam - inspiration by PLD

The one thing I love about throwing a Christmas party is that most often your home is already decorated with holiday trimmings, so the addition of a few items, such as colored paper straws, a festive liquor bottle like the Belvedere Red, or treats in your color scheme are enough to set the tone. Since these 3 hues are very traditional for the season, you’ll find decor available in these colors in almost every store!

I know most of us are busy this time of year, so ordering treats such as macarons or cupcakes locally will make things easier on any hostess! You can always dress them up by placing them in purchased cupcake liners for display. Let me just add that the above Red Velvet macaron above is from Dana’s Bakery. They ship all over the US and are absolutely delicious!

Serving cocktails? There’s nothing better than a vodka cocktail and I love the bottle of this Belvedere Red! Not only is if festive but when purchased, Belvedere donates a portion of proceeds to the Global Fund to assist in AIDS research, a way to give back!

Mix 1 shot with 1 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice and top with a splash of club soda for a holiday favorite.

Now, how to add the glam, let’s count the ways! Mix and match items in a variety of price ranges for a look that will add the wow factor. Like the sequin placemats at H&M home for $9.95 apiece (steal), or glittered ornaments, silver serving plates, or sparkling serving set from Lief. Yes please to all of the above!

And If you are looking for an alternative to Secret Santa, consider an ornament exchange. Ornaments last a long time, and there’s always a great story behind every one that hangs on a tree, so I love the idea of incorporating this activity into a Christmas celebration. The simplicity of all white ornaments,  is not only gorgeous but helps balance out all of the sparkle and glitz I go crazy for.

Do you have Christmas party plans? If so, and you’re anything like me, you’re probably not anywhere near prepared. I can hardly believe we’ve only got 8 days left to go. We just got our tree last week and finally finished decorating and getting some Christmas shopping done over the weekend. Wishing I had a few more weeks!

Oh!! And by the way, I won the entire fantasy football season this year, coming in 1st place and finishing the regular season at 10-3 + two playoff wins. Quite thrilled considering my hubby didn’t offer me much advice this year. Another excuse to celebrate I suppose!

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Cheers and check back soon!

xo

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Travel Gram – Disney & Palm Springs

Christmas is less than two weeks and this is my first somewhat Christmas related post of the month, which means I’m way behind! With that said, while I’m in the process of working on some festive themed posts for the blog, I thought I’d at least share some of the IG pics from our travels to Disneyland & Palm Springs last week. A quick 4 day getaway to much warmer temps and lots of sunshine (it was 19 degrees when we left home).

This was our first trip to disneyland with the girls and we were a bit reluctant because they’re still so young, but visiting there was confirmation for us, that it was the right time to take them. When we saw their faces light up at each glimpse or meeting with a character, I knew we had made the right decision. Each moment was memorable! And can I just mention how absolutely beautiful disneyland is during the holidays?! I was mesmerized by the lights and Christmas displays. Especially the Sleeping Beauty winter castle at dusk. It was a truly magical experience and I would recommend anyone visiting DL during the month of December.

After leaving Disneyland we took a short trip two hours from Anaheim to Palm Springs for a few day stay with my in-laws. I love the laid back energy of the city, and the history right in the heart of town. We felt right at home here, and can’t wait to visit again soon!

Here are some of the highlights from our quick trip, captured via Instagram.

Travel-Gram Disneyland & Palm Springs

And then, we returned home to 14 degree temps, a power outage and frozen water main! Not quite the welcome home we were after. Back to reality!

Have you traveled to Disneyland and Palm Springs? Any highlights to share? I’d love to here from you all!

Let’s be friends on Instagram if we aren’t already!

Happy holidays. More to share soon.

xo from posh

Make: Maple Pecan No-bakes (V)

Hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday last week! Mine was super mellow, but still lovely! I just cooked for a small group of family members and everything turned out delish, especially the cornbread stuffing which I made in a vegan version so my youngest and I could enjoy! One of the other highlights from Thanksgiving were the vegan no-bakes that I whipped up as an alternative to pumpkin pie. I chose this cookie because I really didn’t have a lot of time on my hands, and I know how simple they are to make. Although I absolutely love the traditional no-bake cookie, I made this version with Thanksgiving in mind, adding the delightful duo of maple and pecans.

Only one word necessary…heavenly!!

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

Maple Pecan No-Bakes (V)

The addition of the maple and chopped pecans adds a sweet crunch to this no-bake, reminiscent of a maple bar, or pecan pie. It certainly doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to make these!

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

Ingredients/Supplies

2 Cups raw or white sugar.

1/2 cup vegan butter/ or coconut spread

1/2 cup coconut, rice or almond milk

1/2 cup almond butter

2 tablespoons Maple Extract

 1 cup chopped Pecans

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick cooking oats

Parchment paper

Instructions

Heat sugar, milk and oil/butter together over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a boil.

Boil mixture for one minute, remove from heat and add maple extract, almond butter, salt and chopped pecans and oats.

Stir all ingredients together until fully blended.

Drop spoonfuls of mix in a rounded shape onto parchment lined baking sheet, spacing each about 1 inch apart.

Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Enjoy!!

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

No-bake cookies are so simple to make that they are the perfect party treat! You can add a posh finishing touch by topping a stack of cookies with handmade flags from toothpicks and washi tape, or by wrapping them in color coordinating bakers twine.

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

What was your favorite dish from Thanksgiving this year? I hope you give this recipe a try!

More holiday posts coming your way soon!

Thanks for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Maple Pecan No-bakes is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2013.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2013.