Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  For my family thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on the past year, gathering with family and friends and being thankful.  I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Amy Atlas and found her Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet.  Amy’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet really got me in the mood for thanksgiving, so I wanted to share.  Wishing each of you a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Turkey Brownie

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Turkey Cookies

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Pilgrim Hat Cupcakes

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Scarecrow and Apple Basket Cookies

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Burnt Butter Pumpkin Pound Cake

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Caramel & Sugared Pears

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Acorn Cookies

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Apple Cider with Cinnamon Sticks

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Marshmallow Sweet Potato Pie


Source: Amy Atlas

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Goodbye InStyle Weddings Magazine


The wedding industry has lost another great magazine.  Time, Inc. has decided to close the InStyle Weddings magazine due to the economy.  The last issue will be December 25 and will remain on sale until March 5.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is in three days.  Here are a few cocktails that you can add to your menu and impress your guests with your bartending skills. Even the non-drinkers will be impressed by your skill and originality.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 part kahlua
  • 1 part spiced pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 parts coconut rum
  • 4 parts cold milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Garnish with cinnamon

Put everything but the cinnamon in a blender. Mix on high. Serve in graham cracker crust highball glasses and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.

Smashing Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 part Goldschlager
  • 1 part Irish Crème
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • Cinnamon candies
  • Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice

Drop 3-4 cinnamon candies in the bottom of a martini glass. Mix the Goldschlager, Irish Crème, and Kahlua in a martini shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top.


  • ½ part ginger brandy
  • 1 part spiced rum
  • 4 parts eggnog
  • Crumbled gingersnaps

Put your gingersnaps in a blender and grind until you have cookie crumbs. Use the cookies to rim highball glasses. Mix the eggnog, rum, and brandy in your glasses. Serve with an intact gingersnap for dunking.

Royal Cider Grog

Royal Cider Grog

  • 6 parts apple cider
  • 1 part Crown Royal
  • Cinnamon sticks

Warm the apple cider in a mug. Top it with the Crown Royal and stir with a cinnamon stick.

Malibu Baked Apple

  • 2 parts coconut rum
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 3 parts apple juice
  • Dried apple rings

Mix all 3 in a microwave safe glass and heat until toasty warm. Garnish with a dried apple ring.

Rock Gobbler

  • 1 part Wild Turkey
  • 2 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 2 parts Chambord
  • 2 parts Amaretto

Mix everything in a cocktail shaker full of ice then strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Caramel Apple Martini

Caramel Apple Martini

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts sour apple liquor
  • 2 parts butterscotch liquor
  • Caramel candy

Drop a small caramel candy into a martini glass. Mix everything else in a cocktail shaker full of ice then strain into the martini glass.

Turkey Shooter

  • 3 parts Wild Turkey
  • 1 part crème de methe

Chill both ingredients. Pour the Wild Turkey into a brandy snifter then carefully float the crème de methe on top. The whiskey will warm you up while the mint flavor keeps you cool.

Turkey Trot

  • 1 part bourbon
  • 2 parts 7-Up
  • 2 parts cranberry juice

Mix everything in a highball glass and drink on the rocks.


  • 1 part amaretto
  • 1 part butterscotch schnapps
  • Whipped cream

Pour amaretto into a shot glass and layer the schnapps on top. Top with a dash of whipped cream. Throw it back as a single shot.

Source: FoodVu

Monday, November 2, 2009

Travel in Style with Barbie & Christian Louboutin








Christian Louboutin is taking Barbie on a fashion filled journey to his favorite places and private homes.  Barbie has entered into a multifaceted business deal with Christian Louboutin.  The deal includes

  • Louboutin made a hot pink Barbie shoe for women
  • Louboutin will customize a Barbie doll and accessories collection
  • Louboutin helped Mattel create a 12 month “diary filled with photos of Louboutin and Barbie as they explore Louboutin’s favorite things”
  • Louboutin will be Barbie’s “godfather” for a year

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Loubotin customized Barbie by reshaping her figure and making her ankles and feet smaller. 

The three dolls, packaged in Louboutin shoe boxes, each come with four pairs of Barbie-size Louboutin heels. In December, Mattel will unveil Louboutin’s jewel thief-themed Barbie; in February, it will add a safari-themed Barbie, and for May, Louboutin designed a Barbie that goes to the Cannes Film Festival.  The jewel thief Barbie is wearing a black catsuit with hood, headband and Christina Louboutin gold sandals. The doll comes with four pairs of Barbie shoes by Christian Louboutin, each with the signature red sole, mini shoe boxes and clothes bags.




Only the first doll (the jewel thief Barbie) in the series comes with the Barbie by Christian Louboutin calendar/diary and certificate of authenticity.  The diary is also sold separately for $40, is titled “My Year in Paris With Christian Louboutin.” Launching in December, it features photos of the doll shopping with Louboutin in his boutique, on a journey down the Nile, performing at the Moulin Rouge and in a cafe with a male doll that is decidedly not Ken. Only 2,400 Barbie by Christian Louboutin will be available and will be sold at $150.00 through the Barbie Collector.  The are 7,700 products worldwide.  Barbie Collector will also offer the Christian Louboutin Barbie shoe collection (12 pairs) for $40.






I’m here

It’s been a long time since I have posted on the blog.   I have been very busy with events, family, working on new projects and preparing for the upcoming year.  During my time away from the blog, I have been writing about different topics/ideas.  Over the next few weeks I will post all of the things that  I have been writing about and gathering information on.