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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Easy Christmas Appetizer

I am going to try to make this appetizer this Christmas.  Everyone LOVES a Mexican dip.  I thought this was such a clever idea since you use almost the same ingredients and can create the look of a Christmas Tree to serve.  

image inspired by charm

(adapted from tastesoflizzy.com)
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4.5 ounces green chilies (1 small can) drained and diced
  • 4.5 ounces chopped black olives (1 small can) drained (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt or more to taste
  • 5 10" flour tortillas (spinach if you are going to make the tree above)
  • Blend together sour cream and cream cheese with mixer. Stir in chilies, olives, cheese and seasonings. 
  • Spread the mixture on equally on each of the floured tortillas and roll them up tightly. 
  • Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for overnight or for at least 2 hours. 
  • Slice and serve with salsa

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A New Blog Sale AND Shopping With Glenn Close!!!!!

When I was in London, I found the most gorgeous gemstone rings.  I brought one home and every time I wear it I get asked so many questions about it.  I was able to contact the jeweler and he sent me a few other one of kind rings for a blog sale just in time for Christmas...the rings are so gorgeous in person and all are under $100.  They make incredible gifts.....Email me for more information..


Now....are you ready to shop with Glenn Close?  She recently put her Bedford estate on the market after living there for 30 years!!   She recently hosted her daughter's wedding there last summer.  The home is really stunning.   There is going to be an incredible estate sale there this weekend, Thursday, December 12- Sunday, December 14.  All the information for the sale can be found HERE.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Wrap Battle

I am the WORST wrapper!!  I cannot wrap a gift to look presentable at all.  So when my uber talented friend Eddie Ross posted that he was going to be on a show called Wrap Battle, a gift wrapping competition, I was fascinated.  OMG!! I LOVE it.  The contestants, Eddie being one, are given different items to wrap each week in order to win the grand prize.  And the items and assignments are really OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!  Of course I think Eddie's are truly the best, or at least have been for the episodes that I have seen.  You have to check out this show.  It is so much fun for this time of year...To learn more about the show click HERE.  PS Carson Kressley (from Queer Eye) is one of the hosts!!!









Thursday, December 5, 2019

Vanilla Meringue Cookies

Tis the season for Cookie exchanges...my daughter has one next week...She thought she might like to bring Meringues.  OH NO!!!  Baking is really not my strong suit.  I googled an easy recipe and ordered a pastry bag with the best reviews on Amazon and we are all set to go this weekend!!!!  Here is the recipe if you are in the same baking boat.  It is suppose to be very easy and very good......

image Food Network

Vanilla Meringue Cookies
(adapted from the Food Network)

Ingredients

3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar. Beat until the mixture is frothy and soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting about 15 seconds between each addition. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat for an additional 5 minutes. The egg whites should be glossy and stiff but not dry.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a large pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe 2-inch cookies onto the lined baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each cookie.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the cookies in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Come Home For Christmas Boutique...You Do Not Want To Miss This......

The Come Home For Christmas Holiday Boutique is this Sunday , December 8th at Sacred Heart in Greenwich from 12-4 at 1177 King St.  There is going to be the best holiday shopping and many new vendors that have never been in this area before!!!  Bruch will be served again and there will be a complimentary Hot Chocolate bar for shoppers of all ages.  It is such a fun day, mark your calendars and stop by.  I have highlighted some of the products that the vendors will be selling but there will be so much more.  40+ stations full of food, wine tasting, clothing, gifts jewelry, artwork, homemade and personal items, secret Santa shopping for little ones, gingerbread house decorating and so much more..you have to come and see for yourself.







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