Monday, October 31, 2011

A Romantic Dinner with Appetizers

Stan and I had a early dinner with appetizers. Shrimp with bacon wrapped around them and a small glass of St-Germain.

Baked Brie With Pistachios And Dried Fruit

Preheat oven to 350
Place the cheese on a rimmed baking sheet. Prick the top with a fork in a dozen places and drizzle 
 with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the brandy. In a bowl, toss the remaining brandy with apricots, cranberries, and pistachios. Scatter the fruit mixture evenly over the top of the round. Bake until the cheese warms and softens, 8-10 min. Transfer the round to a plate and serve with baguette slices or crackers.

1 round Brie cheese
2 tbsp. Cognac or orange-flavored brandy
1/3 cup dried apricots, cut into thin strips
3 tbsp. dried cranberries
3 tbsp.pistachios
toasted thin baguette slices or crackers
Serves 10-12

Found the recipe in a Williams Sonoma cookbook

It was a perfect meal and not that much work. Hope you enjoy it.
Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Trip To San Francisco

We visited Stan's mom in San Francisco and went to the Ferry Building for lunch.

We had such a good time shopping
Our daughter Katie came from New York to be there too!

Delectable Cheeses

Herb  Wreaths

Wonderful Pastries

Presentation is Everything

So Chic...

Mast Brothers Chocolate is Delicious!

The Displays were very Creative

Love The Pastel Colors

There's Always Room For Dessert

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The "Stripe" Store in Santa Cruz

We loved this store "Stripe" in Santa Cruz. They have that look like Anthropology. 
I think you'll like how they display their merchandise. 
This display was made with just keys.
 Great Idea!

An Old Slide

Old Wind-Up Key

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Paper Airplanes 

An Old Cooler

This dressing room was displayed with old letters and envelopes.

Don't throw away your old scrabble pieces! 

Loved all of their ideas

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Petite Provence in Capitola

We stopped by Petite Provence and checked out all the beautiful French linens, candles, lavender sachets and other goodies they carry. I love French things.

Beautiful Tablecloths and Napkins

Lots Of Material To Look Through

Love The Candles

French Lavender Sachets

This beautiful tablecloth was handmade.


Lots and Lots of Ribbons

Time To Shop For The Pantry


Love The White Clothes

Every color of the rainbow

Hope you can visit Petite Provence when you're up in Santa Cruz.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria in Capitola

Had to stop at our favorite bakery for all kinds of goodies. What a display of creative designs on cakes and cookies. 

We had such a difficult time trying to make the right decision on what to order. How about You?

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