Year: 2016

Food: A Treat for New Years Eve With A Side of Bubbly

Why is it I consider New Years Eve to be a sexy celebration. Perhaps all the glitter, sparkle and bubbly. 🙂 Or just the fact, it is a prelude to a new beginning.  Ponder, ponder. So while I prep the Hors d’oeuvre and pick out the best of champagnes, and the extras to bring in the new year at my home, I can’t help fall in-love with this recipe. Which by the way suits the theme I am going for this year, naturally….paired with champagne:

Focus on the Good of 2016…Is All I am asking

In the past few days with the untimely deaths of a handful of celebrity, people around the world have expressed how they can’t wait for 2016 to be over with since it’s brought nothing but heartbreak and disappointment, just to name a few. There are magazine covers depicting the death of 2016, articles equally heart-wrenching, and then there are the somber reaction tweets streaming across the globe – all of it causing me to shake my head at the mere idea of how we fixate on the negatives most. So I turned to the internet for some positives that happened in 2016 to help everyone understand that along with the bad, there is always some good. We just need to take a step back and reflect and be thankful for all the good the world and the people in it have done NO MATTER THE YEAR. Just in case we’ve forgotten what good came of 2016 this perfectly compiled list and some of my favorites will jar some memories and enlighten those focusing on only the doom …

Travel: Articles of Interest for the Avid Traveler

I’ve put all articles pertaining to travel on the shelf or in the blogging world – in draft mode until…well, the holidays were over. I figured the only reason at this point people want to travel is to get to their families for the holidays, and only a handful have planned a winter-some places summer getaways the weeks in between December 24 to December 31st. Ok. Long story short – here’s a few interesting articles for those of you who simply cannot get enough of travel articles in between the vacation planning:

Gift Wrapping Ideas

I love a uniquely wrapped gift, so I am always searching for ideas whether spending hours in a specialty store for gift wraps, an artist store for paint and paper, or online I pin-up my favorites and use them throughout the year for the perfectly wrapped gift. Here’s what I mean for this year’s Christmas wrappings:

Interesting Holiday Etiquette and What Not

Here’s an interesting article of how and what the French do – etiquette wise –   for the holidays season. Decorate Simply Decorate Indoors Only Wrap Up and put away decor Before New Year’s Eve Swap Eggnog for Champagne Indulge in Amuses-Bouche Mix Up Your Main Course Show off your desserts No doggie bag No speech at the table Kiss everyone – no matter who they are

Gift Ideas With ‘The Thought That Counts’ in Mind

I giggled at the title of this blog because…I was trying my best to describe this sort of gift ideas for the person who’s got everything and more and needs nothing. And the only gift is the one with the thought that counts. Although if you ask me these are very thoughtful gifts. {featured image photo click here}

Travel: Off the Beaten Paths – San Francisco Restaurants

This time of year we get together with friends, coworkers, and even family members for dinner – in a restaurant celebrating the holiday season over good food, wine and conversation. Over the course of this week I have selected the following five restaurants to try out for my get-togethers: