Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How Handy!






INSPIRATION

Today's Inspiration- CARDS FOR PLACE SETTINGS!




Loving these cute ideas! Great for any event!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hottest Wedding Accessory

The hottest new wedding accessory doesn't have to do with stationary, wedding cake styles, or even dresses... it's nail polish. (Yes ladies, I said nail polish). Shellac hit the streets in 2010 and has become all the rave since. You don't even have to be a bride to indulge in this new trend!Shellac looks just as good, if not nicer than acrylic nails, and appears much more natural. Shellac is a special kind of nail polish that lasts for atleast 14 days without chipping, smudging, or loosing shine or shimmer. Your Shallac experience will start like any other manicure- the difference is the polish- after each coat, it must cure under UV lights. It takes a couple of minutes longer than a regular manicure, but you leave the salon with dry fingernails, which are chip & smudge resistant.
I was blown away when I had my first shellac manicure and two weeks later, it looked as fresh as the day I got it done. I am now officially hooked, and have started to get shellac pedicures too! It's the perfect solution for brides who want beautiful nails on their wedding day, and have them last throughout their honeymoon. Heck, it's the perfect solution for the hard working chick who might not have time to get her nails done all the time, and simply wants her nails to look nice, sans chips or loosing shine! Happy Polishing, Ladies!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn Treats

I LOVE LOVE LOVE All things Autumn, from the pumpkin patches, to picking apples.

The days are getting cooler, and Ive been reminded that I have been neglecting my oven for the past few months in favor of the grill. I'm excited to start roasting treats again with lots of herbs and full of fall flavor.


One of my favorite side dishes to make this time of year is Roasted Parmesan Butternut Squash. It's super easy and is always a crowd pleaser. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!



PARMESAN ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

2.5 lbs of Butternut Squash, peeled & cut into 1 inch cubes

3/4 cups of heavy cream

3 sage leaves

2/3 cups of finely grated parmegiano-reggiano



-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees with the rack in the middle

-Toss squash with cream, sage & a pinch of salt & pepper in a shallow baking dish.

-Bake, covered, for 30 minutes

-Stir in half the cheese & sprinkle the remainder on top

-Roast, uncovered, until the squash is tender (About 20 more minutes)

-Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving (cream with thicken)

-Enjoy!!



Chef Note: Squash can be cut upto 1 day ahead & chilled in sealable bags to save you time!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Easy Steps to a Healthier You #4

SUPERFOODS! And I don't just mean Super Yummy... these foods are great for you too!
Since it is the last day of Summer, I have to plug shellfish! Shellfish, in general, is an excellent source of zinc, calcium, copper, iodine, iron & potassium.

We always knew that adding a raw bar to your event was an excellent idea. You should also know that it is a healthy choice as well! It is Oysters though, that stand above the rest. Oysters are known for their ability to elevate testosterone levels and protect against prostate cancer.



Atichokes are fiber-rich and pack more potassium and magnesium than any other vegetable. They are rich in vitamin C and have eben proved to reduce the risk of strokes and amp up your immune system. Our Chef's Insider Tip: Ripe ones feel heavy for their size and sqeak when they are squeezed.


Summer means Blueberry Pie!! Why not induldge before the season is over. (We make an awesome Blueberry Pie, if I do say so myself!) Blueberries might be tiny, but they pack a punch- helping to prevent an array of diseases- from cancer to heart disease, as well as serving as an immunity booster.


All this talk about yummy super foods has made me hungry! Is it lunchtime yet??


Thanks Fitbie!