Monday, August 22, 2011
I must confess, I'm a bit of a coffee snob. I know how I like my coffee, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I love a good strong french roast with a bite to it.
It's funny, I started out as anything but a coffee snob. When I was a young, poor, student and I would go out with my friends, coffee seemed to be the perfect answer to my problems. Free refills, and it kept me awake :) Well, it grew on me, and what started out as a convenient friendship has turned into a full blown passionate affair.
I can remember where I had my first cup of dark french roast coffee. It was at a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast Inn on the way to San Francisco. The innkeeper served the coffee with homemade bread and jam for breakfast, I was in love :) I'm sure my fondness for the coffee had as much to do with the fresh baked bread and the crisp delicious Autumn air of Northern California, but I was hooked.
I'm probably going to age myself by saying I remember the smell of fresh perculated coffee wafting through our house in the mornings. Turns out it's a lousy thing to do to coffee from a culinary standpoint, but it sure made the house smell good :)
|My Coffee Station|
Since this is a blog on entertaining :) I'm going to give you some suggestions on serving coffee to guests.
1). Always keep a good quality coffee around so you're ready whenever guests show up.
2). Keep a selection of sweeteners in your pantry so you'll be ready for different guests needs and desires. Sugar, Splenda, Stevia, Agave Syrup, and honey are good ones to have around.
3). Don't pretend that skim milk is the same thing as cream :) Keep a container of whole cream in your refrigerator, it will last a long time (be sure to check the date when purchasing) it's great to cook with too :) Ask Paula Deen and Ina Garten :)
4). If you know guests will be coming over and you'll be serving coffee, have some pastries or cookies to serve with coffee, they don't have to be homemade, just delicious :)
5). Sit, enjoy, and languish over coffee with your guests, coffee should be enjoyed and maybe even let in on some wonderful and decadent conversations :)
Did you know that coffee intensifies the flavor of chocolate, so a chocolate molten cake like this would be the perfect pairing (of course this is coming from a chocoholic ) lol
Or how about pairing coffee with chocolate mousse cake, YUM!
OK, so maybe it doesn't HAVE to be chocolate :) Like I said, it just needs to be delicious.
So here's to my love, come on over and enjoy him, the welcome mat is out sweet friend.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Some of you may have noticed that I have been gone for a while. I took a month to go visit my family in California and really had a great time. I missed my blog and I missed all of you. I'm so happy to be back and let's face it, there's no place like home.
I thought it would be fun to feature one of my favorite things. Cameo's. I love the elegant, romantic, and vintage feel of Cameo's. I've always loved Cameo's, When I got married, I gave each of my bridesmaids a cameo brooch to wear.
I'm really looking forward to incorporating Cameo's into tables-capes and party decor. I hope you enjoy some of these fun and beautiful ideas when you think of romantic decor.
A cameo and ribbon placed on a small box takes this place setting from plain, to elegant
These lovely chocolates are made from a mold available from Wilton, what a great way to serve up romance at your next party.
I just adore Cameo's added to bows and tassels, they really say vintage romance to me.