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Monday, October 22, 2018

Book Club Monday

I was so excited to hear that Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa's new book will be available tomorrow.  This new book is titled,  Cook Like A Pro: Recipes and Tips For Home Cooks.   Here is the summary:

In her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen. 

As America's most trusted and beloved cookbook author, Ina Garten--the Barefoot Contessa--has taught millions of people how to cook. A home cook at heart, Ina knows that cooking and entertaining can be difficult, so to make her recipes simple and streamlined, she tests and retests each recipe until it's as straightforward and delicious as possible. Although Ina is completely self-taught and doesn't consider herself to be a "professional" cook, she has spent decades working with chefs and learning the techniques that take their cooking to the next level. In Cook Like a Pro, Ina shares some of her most irresistible recipes and very best "pro tips," from the secret to making her custardy, slow-cooked Truffled Scrambled Eggs to the key to the crispiest and juiciest Fried Chicken Sandwiches. Ina will even show you how to make an easy yet showstopping pattern for her Chocolate Chevron Cake--your friends won't believe you decorated it yourself!

For Ina, cooking like a pro also means hosting like a pro, and along with know-how like how to tell when a filet of beef is perfectly cooked, you'll find dozens of other great ideas to boost your cooking and entertaining skills such as how to set up an elegant home bar and how to make an impressive Raspberry Baked Alaska that can be completely prepared ahead of time so all you need to do is finish it for your guests before serving. Beginner and advanced cooks alike will love Ina's delectable recipes, and if you have questions along the way, don't worry--Ina's practical cooking advice talks you through every detail, as though she were right there by your side. 

With beautiful photos and a treasury of pro tips that span prepping, making, and serving, as Ina says, "You don't have to be a pro to cook like one!" - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book (it will make a great gift for the Holidays!!!!!!) click HERE

Friday, October 19, 2018

Iconic Modern Home

I am so happy to introduce our new sponsor, Iconic Modern Home.  They are known for their luxury staging, bespoke interior design and expert art consulting.  I have been following them on Instagram for a while and each interior space that they post is more spectacular than the next. You have to check out their website.  In the meanwhile, here are some of my favorite rooms.  I am looking forward to sharing more featured posts in the upcoming months with the talented Iconic Modern Home team.  Bon Weekend!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Crock Pot "Fried" Apples

So the college set will be home this weekend...I want to make a really good fall dessert that everyone will like.  I saw this on Pinterest and I am dying to try it.   The recipe says that you can also serve it over pancakes or waffles.  Bon Appetit!!!

  • 12 cups of sliced apples peel on ( sour apples like Granny Smith or home grown on the tree are best!)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice

Slow Cooker Instructions:
  1. Set your crock pot on the high setting. Spray it with cooking spray then place the apples in the crock pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar and cornstarch until it's all mixed in completely.
  3. Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and apple juice over top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours  (this depends on your slow cooker!) or until apples are tender and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve hot for the tastiest results with ice cream or whipped cream!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Floral Flower Arrangements

Tonight my friend Stephanie did an incredible fall floral demonstration at Waterworks for The Greenwich Design District Taste and Tour.  She taught us about using "wow" flowers in an arrangement, picking unique berries and greens from the side of the road, even I95 and that your arrangement does not always have to look exactly the same from all angles, in fact, if it doesn't it is much more interesting!!!  Stephanie is so talented...to learn more of her tips and her future classes follow her instagram HERE.

*****Photos by me and by my friend Maria!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It's Sweater Weather

The other night I was wearing a cape that I bought over the summer on sale, on sale and even more on sale at Saks Off Fifth.  A friend who was with me asked me if I would post more things from the Off Fifth site that were at a good price point.  I decided to take her up on her challenge.  Since it is now "sweater weather", I was able to find a bunch of stylish sweaters for under $100.  And most have a code for an additional 30% off. Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Club Monday

Ok.....I read about this book, I have been recommended this book and I have seen it all over instagram....everyone says you absolutely positively cannot put it down...Ghosted by Rose Walsh goes like this....

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.

Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened--there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth. - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Powder Gel Manicure

I noticed a few bloggers that I collaborate with have the best manicures.  I asked them about it and they all told me that they get gel manicures but not just the regular gels, powder gel manicures.  I was impressed.  In every photo, their nails are always perfect.  I have tried regular gel manicures in the past and they really don't work for me. My nails peel within the week and never look great.  I decided to give the powder gel a try.  The label says it is the 21 day manicure.  I definitely can get the powder gel to last over 2 weeks but I'm still waiting to hit the 21 day mark.  But still not bad and my nails look awesome...better than they ever have.  And the damage to my nails have been much less than the gel manicures in the past.  Now I hope I can keep it up...Here is the procedure:

To apply, you first need to use a bond polish to the whole nail to make sure the color sticks, followed by a base coat to 3/4 of the nail. Next, dip your nail into a primer-like natural powder, then do another coat of the bond. After that, you dip your nail into the powder color of your choice and tap off the excess powder, then apply another coat of the base, and do another dip into the powder. Finally, brush on one last coat of the base and let your nails air dry. 

I've been getting my powder nails done at Tiffany Nails on the Post Rd in Rye (across from Jerry's) but most local nail places do the powder gel.  It costs about the same as a regular gel manicure.  I use color P38 (color numbers may vary), which is the closest to Ballet Slippers.  Bon Weekend!!!!

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