December 29, 2012
that you have to arm yourself against the suns damaging rays. Still, you look at the beauty of a Winter sunrise…sky clear, snow sparkling…and the those bright Winter rays burning a hole right through your retina and making a bee-line to the center of your brain. Yikes…already a major headache and you haven’t even opened the first of your morning email. Simplequietmodern solution… select any of the frames available with tinted lenses from Lookmatic… like their Reeve…in black, gray or tortoise. Your eyes will thank you, your associates will thank you, and you’ll be putting a modern face forward in the process. If you happen to have received some Christmas cash that’s burning a hole in your wallet…even better.
December 27, 2012
New Years Eve? Going out on Amateur Night? Yikes!…no. A small gathering in with friends could be the perfect simplequietmodern plan. A few small plates and something sparkling in the beverage department will easily satisfy with a minimum of stress. If you whip up some tasty Greek meatballs during the week you can freeze them and reheat while your guests are enjoying their first beverage. Add some pita, tziki…and a big Greek salad, all easily prepared earlier in the day (or even better…ordered and picked up “to go”). Don’t forget the Baklava for a sweet note and you are done, done and done. How simple was that? You’re welcome.
This Greek Meatball recipe was fromhttp://www.sauceandsensibility.com/?p=1639, really,give it a try.
December 24, 2012
December 21, 2012
Odd name for the Winter solstice which is actually the first day of the season. Call it what you will, it is absolutely my most favorite of days. It marks the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight but signals the slow, steady increase in daylight hours as we move into spring. Sure, it might not seem like a big thing to you but trust me, if you live anywhere near the midwest, you will immediately notice that the sky has not gone to pitch at 4:45 in the afternoon. There is a feeling of hope…yes, that spring is just one season away. So, celebrate with me if you care to, with anything ( hell, everything ) that reminds you of spring… and relish every extra minute of daylight.
December 18, 2012
really simple, really impressive. A basic Choux pastry flavored with cheese, Gougere is the savory version of a cream puff. Traditionally served with Champagne or a glass of wine, these two bite wonders are perfect for holiday entertaining. Make ’em now…freeze ’em…pull ’em out and reheat when you need ’em…anytime someone stops by or pops a cork.
December 16, 2012
Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, Chinese Auction…you know them…you have come to hate them. C’mon, it’s Christmas…and there is really no getting around them. So how about a fresh take? Keep your dollar amount to ten and keep the gifts limited to something consumable. At first thought it seems like it can’t be done but these limitations provide the incentive to really crank up (or down) the creavitity factor. I’ve used this format for family gatherings and everyone , from teens to the oldest generation, had a blast. Oddly enough the shopping portion seemed to be the most fun for everyone…resulting in items like smoked sea salt, Amish butter, vintage sodas and an assortment of Hostess pastries ( which to me was the funniest). In the end, when all of the picking, swapping,opening and trading is done everyone will have had a great time, no one went into debt and no one had to make a trip to the Dollar Store. Yippee!