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?
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.
If you really want a treat, go ahead and add in a chunk of mozzarella. I won’t tell anyone.
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.
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).
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’).
I bet you’re well into holiday shopping mode (or maybe panic because you feel behind? Yeah, I’m there too). The truth is that gift cards often make a great gift choice because your recipient will be able to use it to buy something they truly want. People like being gifted gift cards. And yes, they make gift giving a bit easier on you too, which is a nice bonus.
I’ve shared my thoughts with you before on the importance of wrapping a gift card in a thoughtful way and today I’ve teamed up with Target to share more DIY gift card wrapping inspiration for their #GiftCardCheer campaign.
Gift cards make great gifts, we’ve agreed on that (right?). But what makes them even better is when you make the recipient work for it … just little. When I was younger my aunt used to wrap the tiny box in the bigger box, inside of the bigger box. You never knew when the wrapping was going to end. I thought it was so much fun and wanted to make my own version of that.
Meet, the gift card yarn bomb.
First, purchase your Target GiftCard® and a ball of yarn. Secure the gift card by tying the yarn around it and knotting it. Then, you will begin wrapping away.
Last week I shared with you a few tips for simplifying your holiday party prep and today I’m going to share more ideas for holiday entertaining when it comes to what to serve. My key to any gathering (big or small) is to serve something delicious and pour a great glass of wine. Keeping it simple is key. Let’s start with the food.
You really cannot go wrong with a charcuterie and cheese pate. With this spread, there was something that appealed to everyone. Cured and dried meats, two different cheeses, smoked almonds, a variety of olives and even chocolate.
A lot of baking goes down in December. Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies.
This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice latte cake), and today I’m sharing my most recent holiday recipe with you – Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.
Have them on hand to serve your family or pop in guests, box them up and ship to a distant relative, or tie them with a ribbon for a special teacher gift.