Work It :: Practice Isn’t Overrated

Quote: Practice Makes Perfect

I spoke at a conference January 2014 as a tandem keynote speaker. I shared the stage and dual presented with someone really brilliant. And then, I bombed it. Like BOMBED. I was so nervous that it didn’t matter what great insights I had to share. My delivery of the content was all that the audience could focus on (and no, this wasn’t just in my mind because the post-conference survey respondents spoke loud and clear about it).

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Make It :: Watercolor Note Cards

melissa_shower-image-revisedToday I have the pleasure of joining in an online baby shower honoring the adorable mom-to-be Melissa of Melissa Creates. If you don’t know Melissa’s work, pop on over to her blog for fun crafts, entertaining tips, and recipes. You’ll be glad you did!

Inspired by this gorgeous invite created for Melissa (above), I decided to make a set of watercolor notecards to have on hand. It’s so nice to have pretty notecards on hand when you want to pop a friend a note or send off a thank you card in the mail. And who knew it was so easy to make your own watercolor palette (see the recipe link below)?

how to make watercolor paintUse watercolors to paint any design your heart desires onto blank notecards.

how-to-make-watercolor-paintI mixed things up with some lines of different widths and also with a few phrases like “hello” and “thanks.” Get as creative as you’d like.

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Serve It :: Drunken Caprese Appetizer

It’s the New Year and while I am definitely eating healthier, I am not one for sacrificing delicious flavor. One of my favorite appetizers to serve (and eat!) is caprese … in any form. Salad, pasta, on a sandwich, or simply stacked on a skewer. It really doesn’t matter I want to eat it all. In this recipe I ditched the mozzarella but I got the tomatoes drunk. I say that’s about even, wouldn’t you?

Drunken Caprese Appetizer

The first step is to place your cherry tomatoes into a small bowl of red wine. Any red wine you may have leftover will work great. Make sure they are at least 1/2 way covered and let them soak for about an hour (stir them at about the 30 minute mark). After your tomatoes have taken their lovely wine bath, remove them from the bowl and place them on a paper towel. Next, all you have to do is skewer your tomatoes and fresh basil —it’s that simple.

Simple Caprese Appetizer

If you really want a treat, go ahead and add in a chunk of mozzarella. I won’t tell anyone.

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Bring It 2015

This time of year, the bridge between the Christmas craze and the impending New Year, is sort of odd —isn’t it? Typically I find myself in reflection of the previous year and feeling a bit melancholy about letting it go. Not this year. Personally, I say good riddance to 2014.

This year I have been walking around feeling like a poster child for all of those inspirational/therapeutic sayings on Pinterest. Yep, each one of these was “made for me!” (and I’m sure all of the other folks who pinned them too feel the same). But this phrase, is the one I played on repeat in my mind. All. Year. Long.

Keep Going.

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Instead of resolutions I could make a list of lessons learned. Lessons about others and definitely lessons about myself. Perhaps I’ll do that….and keep them in my pocket. Write down all the lessons I (unfortunately) learned the hard way. (Que the George Strait lyrics … “Baby, write this down, take a little note // To remind you in case you didn’t know).

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Sip It :: Mini Holiday Martini

mini martini

I love a good holiday themed martini. I also love serving mini martinis at cocktail and holiday parties. Here’s why: you can create a fun signature martini and even you non-martini-lovin’ guests will happily take a glass and enjoy. It’s a nice and festive 2-3 sips without the commitment of a full martini (for the record, gal doesn’t mind this form of commitment… just sayin’).

mini martini recipe

I adapted the cranberry and rosemary cocktail recipe I shared a while back to be served in these adorable mini martini glasses. Aren’t they cute?

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