September 27, 2017

Chef Luke makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

One night this summer we had dinner at our friend Lucy’s house. When we walked in the house smelled DELIGHTFUL…like a cake was baking. Lucy made Blueberry Coffee Cake and we couldn’t get enough. Luke went right up to her *after licking  his plate* and said, “Lucy, could I please have this recipe? I’d like to make your blueberry coffee cake on my show”. She of course said yes and sent this ever so easy to make recipe that we are now obsessed with.

Chef Luke put on his hat and got baking. Though we went a little overboard with the sugar, the cake was so delicious and such a great use of blueberries.

Watch how Chef Luke made Lucy’s Blueberry Coffee Cake here and further below find the recipe that Lucy shared with us.

Jano’s Blueberry Coffee Cake (Brookesville, Maine)

Enjoy!

xx, Seri
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September 26, 2017

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Even though it might not fully feel like it, fall is officially here! The day that they were available, Maggie and I went to Starbucks to get our inaugural Pumpkin Spice Latte’s.

They were so delicious that it inspired me to make my own version – spiked, of course, to enjoy on the weekends!

Here’s what you need:
-espresso
-Bailey’s
-milk
-whipped cream
-pumpkin spice
-cinnamon sticks
-sugar
-honey
-espresso maker

Here’s what to do:
1) Brew some espresso.  While it brews, in a saucepan, combine 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree and 1/2 a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  Heat up slowly on low heat, stirring to combine ingredients.  Once mixture is hot, remove from heat and whisk until milk is foamed.
2) While espresso is brewing, get two separate, flat plates. Squeeze some honey onto the first plate, and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar onto the other one.  Rim your glasses first with honey and next with the cinnamon sugar mixture.


3) In each rimmed glass, pour 1 oz. of Bailey’s.  Add espresso on top of Bailey’s in each glass. Then, add pumpkin foamed milk, filling each glass about 3/4 of the way.
4) Top with whipped cream.  Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

I promise – this baby is as delicious as it looks! Grab your flannel scarf and warm up with the help of this latte.  Oh wait, just kidding.  It’s still 80 degrees.

Until next week… Cheers!

 

xx, Abby
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September 25, 2017

A Chic & Easy Halloween Party

Last week the fall holidays kicked off with Rosh Hashanah and from here on out it’s just holiday after holiday. The best of the bunch, in my opinion, is Halloween because there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate.

Every year, we sell a limited edition Halloween Party in a Box and this year may very well be my favorite.

We tailored this Halloween’s Party Box to both the young + old. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween playdate for the kids or adults only cocktail soiree, we’ve got you covered with this party for 8 people.

In the box you’ll find a chic collection of tableware and decor. One of my favorite items is the plastic cauldron that can be used in so many ways. We found an assortment of fall flowers in the market and used the cauldron as a vase to make a beautiful arrangement for the table. We put the flowers into a cup before placing into the cauldron to avoid leaking.

You can of course use the cauldron so many other ways. If you plan to purchase this party in a box for a children’s party at home or in their classroom you can fill the cauldron with snacks!

The black and white balloons that we have included this year are my favorite. Simply take them to your local party store to inflate with helium or grab yourself a Balloon Time Helium Tank to inflate the balloons at home. Use the balloons as a backdrop for your table or to take photos in front of with the BOO balloons that are also included.

Since it’s Halloween, you can get away with serving a menu of sweets at your party. We went over to our local bakery, Empire Cake and picked up a red velvet cake with a buttercream frosting and asked if they could drizzle the top with red frosting. Now stick a knife into the cake and scream!

How about some witches broomsticks for mini donuts? Pretty perfect right? And we made these with decorative wheat that I had lying around in a jar at home. Find the DIY for these broomsticks here.

You’ll find a tub of mini pumpkins in this Party Box which can be used in so many different ways. We found some bamboo skewers in the kitchen and stuck one of these pumpkins on each to make drink stirs. You could use them as confetti for the table, to top on your cake and so much more.

Now how about a little fun since it’s Halloween…? We included a set of Halloween themed tattoos that are SO FAB for the kids and/or adults! They are so easy to put on and come off with soap, water and a little scrubbin’.

As for the tableware, it’s disposable (make sure to recycle!) but you could also hand wash the items (I would keep that glitter cutlery for-eva!) and reuse.

You can clearly see how chic this box is but now I’m going to prove to you just how easy it is to set up. Watch and learn friends…

Find the Little Miss Halloween Party in a Box for sale here and now on Etsy too!

Happy Halloween!

xx, Seri
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September 22, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

I just had one of those “OMG I FORGOT TO POST THIS” moments and although I’m knee deep in Rosh Hashanah prep I’m bringing you a recipe that’s furthest thing from traditional Jewish fare ever.

Now, posting this the day before the start of the Jewish New Year is going to definitely garner me a seat in business class on the next flight to H.E.L.L.

But, there’s a reason for this so hear me out.

These beauties were made a few weeks into the summer and as you can see I dressed them up with some pretty garden flowers. There was no way I could wait another minute to post this because, well, everything is coming up really “fallsie” right now so these just won’t fit into the recipe lineup for the season.

Besides the fact, it’s finally summer around here (even though it’s mid September) and the temperatures today are not conducive to wearing sweaters and jackets. HOLD UP a second. By no means am I complaining. Our summer season is so short and we had so many weekends filled with crappy weather so…..if it’s not too late for barbecuing, you need to try these shrimpapaloozas. Yes, that’s my new word for shrimp that are on steroids.

Wait. Do you actually know what the difference is between a shrimp and a prawn? Of course, I’m going to tell you so you can tell your friends.

Prawns have claws on three of their five pairs of legs, shrimp have claws on two of their five pairs of legs. Their gills and body shape are different too. As far as cooking them goes, they are virtually identical and interchangeable.

But really? Who gives a hoot about how many claws between these two shellfish. In my books, a prawn is just a GIMONGOUS shrimp and to be quite honest, the bigger the better for me.

How will I repent for my sins (and this post) next week? I figured it out.

Today I’m going to give you this recipe and link you to one of my all time faves for the NEW YEAR.

To those of you who celebrate, Shana Tova. May your lives always be filled with sweetness, love, health and happiness.

GRILLED JUMBO PRAWNS WITH LEMON GARLIC BUTTER

– 8 -10 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and washed
– Salt & pepper
– juice of one lemon
– ½ stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
– ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
– ¼ cup finely chopped sage
– 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1) Preheat an indoor grill or outdoor barbecue. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Mix lemon juice, butter, parsley, sage and garlic in a small bowl.
2) Brush shrimp with butter mixture and place on grill. Continue brushing with butter until shrimp is cooked through – about 2 minutes on each side. If these are large shrimp they may take a bit longer. Serve hot and enjoy!

MY FAVOURITE ROSE APPLE TARTS

click here – Rose Apple Tarts

See you next week!

debi @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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September 21, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Dinner with Family + Friends

The Jewish holidays happen to be my favorite.  Specifically, Rosh Hashanah and Passover are the best excuse to invite family and friends over for a super fun dinner.

Since I love to entertain, I take these holidays pretty seriously when it comes to the menu and tablescape. This year, I had an extra set of hands with my cousin Daniella in town AND…with Crafty Maggie to work on all the fine details.

Daniella and I spent hours prepping the food on Tuesday night. I always serve a traditional Jewish menu for the high holidays which include recipes by my Canadian Family members. We made Aunti Debi’s Chicken meatballs, Aunti Sandy’s peach brisket and Boobie Frieda’s gefilte fish and Matzo ball soup.

I don’t have a bar cart in our apartment and I wanted a place to put the wine and glasses however I didn’t want to break the bank with this purchase. I found the most PERFECT cart by Oh Joy for Target for $129. The best part is? It came fully assembled! Daniella and I just pulled it out of the box and voila!  I’m totally obsessed with this beauty…

I wanted to play off the fall season for our tablescape so Daniella and I let the flower market dictate our color palette. The market was filled with dahlias in burgundy, soft pinks and purple. We brought home an assortment of these florals and tons of greenery and our incredible intern, Natalie made us a floral runner for the center of the table and a few arrangements for the tables and bar cart.

Crafty Maggie was busy all day adding to the most beautiful touches to the table. She designed menus off of the flowers that we picked up and added a gold leaf splatter of paint to each. My sister Mandy had the amazing idea of spray painting apples white with a stroke of gold paint for the seating cards and Maggie nailed it with the execution.

Maggie also designed a water bottle label with each kid’s name on it for their seating assignment at the kids table.

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. For the new year we start our meal by dipping apples in honey to signify a sweet and healthy year ahead.

My husband Adam’s family is not particular large, but I’m used to very large Jewish dinners from growing up. So his parents are always at our table and to fill in, I invite several friends. For the past several years, Ilana, Mike, Mazzy and Harlow have joined us and after so many years, it is like they are family. We were also joined by cousin Daniella and my friend Emily and her boys Charlie and Giles as well as Maggie who experienced her first ever Jewish Holiday dinner!

I wanted to set up some activities for the kids to enjoy when they walked in. We made stamps out of potatoes and gave them each a plate of paint + a blank piece of card stock to make cards with. Each kid also had a plastic tumbler that they could decorate with stickers and then take home. This craft lasted for about 30 seconds, they barely ate and then we popped on a movie with a huge bowl of popcorn. At least I tried.

It was the most lovely evening of incredible food, company and fun. From my table to yours, I want to wish all our Jewish friends L’Shana Tova!

xx, Seri
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  1. Rebecca shapero

    Shana Tova! Your table looks beautiful xx

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