Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hostess (with the Mostess)

If you enjoy entertaining and you like to create fun festive party atmospheres, then you need to explore Hostess with the Mostess.

Jennifer Sbranti has created a fun to explore blog with all sorts of tips and ideas for festive parties.

These aren't just any parties.

These are events, coordinated down to the last jelly belly and m&m.

The site features fabulously coordinated tablescapes. Perfectly themed favors. Mouth watering recipes.

And sprinkled in among all the terrific inspiration are surprise product giveaways.

If that's not enough, you will find links to even more websites with even more entertaining ideas.

And if you're like me, you'll be sucked into looking at all these wonderful blogs and websites, wanting more and more and more.

It's definitely time to throw a party...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fun Sweet Treats

Last year I discovered Bakerella. It's a delightful blog devoted to, what else, baking.

Miss Bakerella says she got the bug for baking after taking an introductory cake decorating class. Her signature treat? Cake pops. Very simple, but oh so cute and unique. She makes thems for just about every holiday and occasion. Bunny pops, chick pops, cupcake pops, pops with a cause. You name it, she turns it into a pop.

Slowly throughout last year, her pops started popping up everywhere. Entertaining blogs across the web started talking about the cake pops from Bakerella.

And people began to take notice.

Martha noticed.

And then next thing you know, Miss Bakerella was making her pops with Martha.

How's that for an internet blogging success story?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Julie and Julia

Last weekend my husband and I watched "Julie and Julia".

It was delightfully entertaining, funny, sad, and heartwarming. A great feel good movie.

If you've been under a rock the last year, this Oscar nominated film is "Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession ... intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book."

And she did. Over 500 different recipes.

Tonight I Googled Julie Powell. I found her original blog entry, just like it was featured in the movie. I read some of the over 800 comments to her blog entries, many of which came from newspaper editors and publishers in 2003 after an article about Julie appeared in the New York Times.

And I Googled Julia Child. She was a tall lady, all 6 ft. 2 inches of her. I also learned that during WWII, prior to beginning her French cooking escapades, she was a spy with the Office of Strategic Services, a huge spy network created by FDR, and a forerunner to the CIA.

So back to Julie Powell. At her husband's suggestion, she decided to spend a year blogging about the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".

And it made me wonder if - I tackled a similar project - what or who would I write about??

I think it would be Martha. Martha Stewart.

Many people often call me Martha. Not that I look like her or talk like her. Or even live in a house like her. But maybe because I take the extra effort to make events special, just like Martha would.

So what do you think? 365 days of Martha? So many books - which would I choose? Maybe something from all the books?

I'm going to give this some more thought.

In the meantime, Martha - are you listening? What do you think??

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Simplify. That's my word for 2010.

It's an easy choice.

Especially after viewing all the photos from Haiti over the last couple of weeks. When people who live on $2 a day can sing in the streets after experiencing such a horrific event, I have no right to complain about what I do or do not have. In fact, I am very blessed.

So my word for 2010 is simplify.