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 romantic bed & breakfast Inn on our 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, Agave Syrup, & 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 guest will be coming 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 :)
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.