Tuesday, December 28, 2010

my christmas feast

Every Christmas eve we have a feast this year we served it in courses.
    1st course: Tuscan stuffed mushrooms- they were better than any other stuffed mushroom I've ever tried, we plated them with extra virgin olive oil and green onion.
         2nd course: kale, green beans and button mushrooms with spicy Parmesan- we added ground chili to the Parmesan to add some heat :)
    3rd course: butternut squash and vanilla risotto- i was surprised when i saw this recipe for vanilla risotto... i forgot to buy a vanilla bean.. so i had to make do using extract.
           main course: poached swordfish in broccoli pesto with lemon- having a non meat-eater in the family we always have something with fish in it instead of a turkey(last year we had salmon wellington, the year before it was fish minestrone)out of all those years i think this dish was the best.
     cheese course: aged Gouda, Gruyere and Herve Mon Morbier ( a blue cheese) with pears in Rosemary syrup- for the cheese course i wanted a semi-hard a hard and a soft cheese. I've never heard of Herve Mons Morbier but it was delicious.
the risotto
     dessert: hot chocolate cake with homemade marshmallows- dessert this year was made by one of our guests, it was wonderful!!
the swordfish and pesto with a menu i made for that evening

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

my Christmas

Lately I have been..........
1.watching a lot of Christmas movies(miracle on 34th st.,a Christmas carol, Santa baby and its a wonderful life)
2. listening to a lot of Christmas music
3. eating a lot of sweets.
4. going downtown to see all the lights and Christmas trees 
5. writing a lot of Christmas cards... 
....... so you see i'm really in the holiday spirit!!:) 
 everyone needs a few baubles in life...

 gold Santa
red Santa
both Santas!!!
a nutcracker

i really enjoyed the nordstroms window

especially this little squirrel

also these sparkling balls from the Ralph Lauren window at macys reminded me of ornaments
have a great holiday! xoxo, thea

Friday, December 17, 2010

foodie fridays: a few things

prosciutto and lettuce sandwich with white pepper- balsamic mayo
mmm... extra rich hot coco

Winter woodland Christmas cake
AMAZING cake from torie jayn 
we've gotten our Christmas tree, trimmed it, received a few packages in the mail......all that has to change for christmas time is the weather- remember the snow i talked about in vintage/antique post? well now its about the opposite, you could were a short sleeve shirt outside! so much for a white christmas :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

DIY: little homemade christmas presents

Here's some ideas for a few little Christmas present this year!
                      clay ornaments 
These are really fun to make, all you need is air dry clay, acrylic paint and a dose of creativity.

little blue bird ornaments, I gave these out to guests at my bruschetta party
little cute cloud ornament
toadstool ornament I made for my bruschetta party

             make your own coco kit
this makes a really great gift for fellow crafty people. Here's a rough guide to make the coco kit: fill a mason jar with layers of chocolate chips and marshmallows, put a piece of felt over the top, tie a piece of ribbon around a candy cane and the top of the mason jar, tape on the 
directions and ingredients: you'll need 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1 cup milk, sugar to taste and as many marshmallows as you like.Directions: melt the chocolate,add 1/4 cup milk and whisk vigorously, add the rest of the milk and mix, sweeten to taste, top with marshmallows and garnish with the candy cane. enjoy!!     

the directions for the coco kit, equipped with a candy cane

I made this little mug picture

 the coco kit filled with marshmallow and chocolate chips
im leaving you with a cool pic I took , doesn't it look wintery 


foodie fridays : pumpkin creme brulee

finally, a foodie Friday post that's actually on time!
pumpkin, eggs and sugar
Pumpkin pie seems like something you would serve at thanksgiving but its really delicious anytime. One of my favorite things about pumpkin pie is its custardiness (i couldn't think of another word) , its so much richer and creamier than apple and other pies so I made it extra rich by turning it into a creme brulee.It was really good......maybe even better than pumpkin pie??!.......especially with the caramelized crust :)

                       the recipe
11\4 cups pumpkin
1\4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1\8 tsp. cinnamon 
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
9 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 6 teaspoons sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cream in heavy medium saucepan.Add pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Whisk yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in medium metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water (do not allow bowl to touch water).Add pumpkin and whisk vigorously until yolk mixture is pale yellow and hot to touch, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture.
Divide cream mixture among six 3/4-cup soufflé dishes or custard cups. Arrange dishes in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of dishes. Bake custards until almost set in center and light golden on top, about 35 minutes. Remove custards from water; refrigerate overnight.
Preheat broiler. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar atop each custard. Place dishes on small baking sheet.Torch custards, if you do not own a torch do the following. Broil until sugar just starts to caramelize, rotating sheet for even browning, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate custards until topping hardens, at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

eggs, the key ingredient

whisking the eggs and sugar

before they go in the oven

I love their peachy color!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

DIY: bruschetta party


A few days ago I hosted a party… not really your normal party (which isn't a bad thingJJ).

I hosted a bruschetta party; I made tiny rounds of toasted baguette topped with roasted eggplant for

Dinner one night, it was delicious!! So I came up with devoting a whole party to it.

Here are a few bruschetta I made for the party:

Toadstool bruschetta- goat cheese rounds topped with halved cherry tomatoes, they looked adorable! The green toast was "dyed" green with parsley pesto.

Eggplant bruschetta –delicious roasted eggplant and garlic with fresh parsley.

Wonderland bruschetta –prosciutto, fig, arugula and fresh

Clementine sparkler- fresh squeezed clementine juice with sparkling water and a bit of honey garnished with clementine segments, they looked great!

I also served make your own bruschetta-I toasted a baguette and served it with roasted sweet potato and homemade white bean dip, YUM!

Here's how I set the table:

Here are a few pics of how I set the scene for the party-it was a mix of elegant, rustic, and cute.

Everything was delicious and I would have gotten some more pictures of the food but everything was gobbled up too quickly!

the cute invites
okay, I really didn't need to label the utensils but it was fun! 
my fall/harvest bouquet
Please comment if you've had an out of the ordinary party lately.  

adorable homemade toadstool ornaments stood by the drinks

every last detail...
the drink station

Monday, November 29, 2010

foodie fridays: two ice creams

delicious chocolate sorbet sprinkled with pomegranate seeds
  Sigh.......have you ever wished for summer at random times in the fall....the beach, lemonade, sun and ice cream.  Well,as you can see I have cravings for these things all through the late fall and winter,especially ice cream (or at least anything anything chilled that contains cream and eggs ). This chocolate sorbet satisfies all my cravings- its refreshing, chocolaty, sweet, and, with pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top, perfect.
               Soooo, as you might have noticed today is not Friday........ its Monday, and this post is labeled foodie Fridays...oh well...
amazingly good eggnog ice cream for thanksgiving

          Bon appetite for the week!
xoxo, Thea

Monday, November 22, 2010

vintage and antique

meet James, the antique Indian elephant
adorable antique egg holders
I love these vintage children's  records (the Snow Queen, Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory)
Well, I guess now I have been blogging for a bit, and have gleaned a bit more experience i should introduce you to my semi-extensive (and growing!!) collection of vintage and antique items.

super comfortable vintage argyle cardigan I inherited from my great aunt Katie. 
my pup, Jasper loves snow!!
wonderful vintage scarve

another vintage floral scarf
Since yesterday its been snowing up a storm (no puns intended), dusting the ground in a fluffy quilt of powder, that is fun for playing in, but not at all for driving in! Lately I have been planning for the Bruschetta party Im going to have (im going to post about that soon) and making charming little homemade Christmas ornaments (another future post) as well as testing out recipes (pumpkin creme brulee or eggnog ice cream?) for Thursday. Have a great thanksgiving!! xoxo, Thea

Sunday, November 21, 2010


cool sandals from Calypso St. Barth: www.calypsostbarth.com
also from Calypso St. Barth

lovely purple heels from Kate spade www.katespade.com

Adorable bloom heels from Kate spade, awesome shoes from Calypso St. Barth
          what would we do without shoes?!

Friday, November 19, 2010

foodie fridays: fingerling potatoe, fig and and creamed cheese pizza

 I always have liked my pizzas with thin, soft, Italian style crusts,but those pizzeria crusts are for a home cook to master, ( I can never get it to spin in the air, how do they do that?!)   I have resorted to stretching my crust as thin as they can go, which all ways creates lots of holes!
       However hole filled or unprofessional my crusts are these toppings make up for all of its imperfections, I love how the figs caramelize, and the creamed cheese stays creamy but browns a bit on top,yum.
bon appetite!
olive oil waiting to be drizzled onto the pizza

Friday, November 12, 2010

first frost

*cute* mufflers from tiny toadstool on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/dadaya?

I found these great vintage milk jugs at:http://www.laborofloveprojects.com/
winter wonderland
chunky Fair Isle funnelneck sweater at J-crew http://www.jcrew.com

I LOVE these peppermint mufflers from Kate Spade http://www.katespade.com


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