reset. renew. repeat often.

reset. renew. repeat often.

So one of the things that I need to remind myself of (especially while the world seems not under our control), is to take moments for yourself to reset itself. I mean from the soul. We often feel like we have to be the ones to hold everything together and be the strong ones for the family. It all starts with being strong for yourself first. My favorite escape is taking a soothing bath and just letting things go for a little while. Just concentrating on quieting the mind and refocusing on myself. It sounds amazing because it is but it's also not easy carving out the time to do it. Life does get in the way and we tend to re-prioritize ourselves last.

I like having a bath tray made up of goodness to remind me that it's important to take these moments every once in awhile. I used to go and get manicures and pedicures often and used that time to slow my world down for the moments that I let someone else take care of me. With the quarantine, that hasn't been the best option so these days, I create my own spa. What is your favorite method to de-stress lately?
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French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites


Here is the recipe for the French Toast Bites. It basically starts with a good French Toast. Then it's simple to assemble - just cut each one into 9 bite size squares and stack 3 on a wooden food skewer and top with a slice of strawberry. You can serve them lined up like soldier on our cutting board and use the ramekin inserts for toppings like syrup, whipped cream and even an infused berry coulis! How fun, pretty and delicious for your next party! Check out our "Products" section for links on the bottom of the product description to retailers where you can get yours!

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
1 cup half and half (whole milk can be used as well)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 6-8 slices bread (a simple but really good soft white sandwich bread)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract Butter as needed

INSTRUCTIONS
- Whisk together the half and half, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a big bowl
- Place griddle or pan over medium heat and melt enough butter in pan to coat the surface
- Dip bread slices in egg mixture (important: only dip for about 5 seconds each, making certain both sides are well coated but not soaked)
- Carefully place the bread on the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides - a couple of minutes per side

That's it! Make all of them at once and then cut and assemble onto the skewers. You can make these in advance and line them up on a pan and keep them warm in the oven at 200F and assemble on the cutting board when ready to serve. Dust them with powdered sugar for some bling and enjoy!
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A Perfect Shower.

A Perfect Shower.


So my gal pal sent me the pictures from the baby shower from yesterday. A great time was had by all and the pictures looked amazing! She went with a brunch theme and had a bunch of miniature food so that all the guests could try a bit of everything and they were a huge hit. She mentioned that some of the guest's favorites were these small French toast bites that are pictured above as well as small handmade quiches which was an easy way for her to provide vegetarian and non-veg selections to hit all of her guest's palates. She was super surprised how fun the "make a onesie for the new mom" station went and she said that the things that each of the women came up with were inspiring and fun. Pictured above was one that her mom made that she loved. As fun as the event ended up, she was exhausted afterwards but the new mom had so much fun, that it was completely worth it for her. As a bonus, my friend provided the recipe that she used for her French toast bites and she got her cute food picks from our partner at amazon. I will post the recipe for those interested in another post. The best part - you can make them in advance and put them in the oven at 200F to keep them warm. Right before serving, she just dusted them with powdered sugar for presentation. It was literally the easiest menu item that she made that day so that definitely sounds like my sort of recipe!
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Baby Brain…

Baby Brain…

As mentioned in my previous post, a team member of mine is planning a baby shower for her good friend and it is approaching quickly.  Her brain has been stuck on all sorts of ideas for the shower and sometimes Pinterest can be a lifesaver (as much as a nightmare)! Exhibit A: giveaways. I personally love giving live plants because they last and grow and, in my opinion, is much less wasteful then flowers no matter how beautiful they are.  I think that the succulents she ended up turned out adorable. The only challenge left for her (she has a perpetual black thumb - no joke!) is keeping them alive until Sunday! Exhibit B: a make your own onesies station. I've seen this a ton of times at all the baby showers that I have attended and I love this activity because people can be creative and the baby mama can also take them home with her. I also know that she will be running around the day of the shower making sure everything is flowing and everyone is happy so she wanted to make hers beforehand. It’s also a nifty way to show guests different ways to create their own and make them really special. I saw the that she made based on her Pinterest search and I absolutely loved it! I mean...can she make me one???  Next debate she is having is whether or not to make a full cake or mini cakes or maybe even a bundt cake... It’s a brunch sort of event and normally I’m a cupcake girl but I’m kind of digging the whole bundt cake idea. I'm sure that she will work it out but she definitely wants to use a crate to elevate it on a dessert table. She says that it adds interest and height and just makes the whole dessert display pop.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with and I have tasked her to keep taking photos so that I can brag out it here!
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Celebrate the Moments!

Celebrate the Moments!

So one of the gals that works with me was an event planner in her pre-Corona life and you know what they say...once an event planner, always an event planner! This means that she absolutely loves throwing a good party and sees everything as possible party props and serving utensils. With our current products, she is like a treasure trove for me to re-think and re-imagine all the ways that they can be used for any event that I am throwing. She's currently in the process of helping to throw a baby shower for one of her really dear friends (Rona babies is a real thing guys!).

She had a great idea during this new Corona-era.  She had ordered a sewing machine (her hobby addiction is strong). While she had never sewed a thing in her life, she saw all these incredible people sewing masks for our intrepid healthcare warriors and she wanted to do her part.  Well, based on her rantings, it seems as if it is not easy.  Apparently even getting the thread through the machine is a task!  Every time I talk to her, she is literally spending all her time mastering the basics.  She finally was able to make a decent mask and had this idea to make some as favors for the baby shower.  How ingenious is that?  It also has the double benefit of having masks available for those women attending that would feel more comfortable within a small crowd. Aren't they cute guys?

Using our small crates for a centerpiece was a no-brainer.  She loves to bake so using them for a cake/cupcake/mini dessert/mini food holder is her favorite thing to do...our different sized crates had absolutely no chance not being used! Celebrating with a good party is just what all our souls need right now and what better way than to celebrate a new life coming into this world. So while 2020 is not off to the best of starts, I am still, as always, hopeful for the future.
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