Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thanksgiving Cocktails with Santa Margherita Presecco Superiore DOCG

If you are like me, you may need a drink during the holidays. Here are some yummy libations made with Santa Margherita Presecco Superiore DOCG. 

Orange Cinnamon Blossom
1/2 lemon
1/2 orange
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
Rinse lemon and orange and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar (use the smaller amount if you prefer drinks on the tart side, the larger if you want a sweeter flavor), cloves and allspice.  With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG into hot citrus base and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes.  Keep warm over low heat. Ladle into heatproof cups or wineglasses.

Holiday Sangria

1 large orange, sliced
1 large pear, chopped
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
4 cinnamon sticks
Add fruit to a large pitcher. Top with Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva. Place in fridge for an hour before serving. Spoon fruit into glass before pouring wine. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Add ice to top (optional).

Lemon Elderflower Cocktail
1-2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
2-3 drops Angostura bitters
Lemon rind (as garnish)
Place St. Germain Elderflower liqueur into a cocktail glass and add drops of Angostura bitters. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG to mix. Top with twist of lemon.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall Faves!

My favorite thing about a season change is switching out my warm weather products for my cold weather products. I admittedly don't know if this is a real thing that women everywhere do, but I do it. And being the weirdo that I am, I REALLY look forward to it, lol. These are my favorite winter products.

The Zoya Party Girls colors are fabulous for fall and winter. The collection has it all: darks, warm colors, a cool blue, and metalics. The shades are ideal for any look you are looking to create for the holidays. Just so you know, that gold color on the end, Nadia, is me all day long come Christmas.
Zoya Party Girl Colors, $10 each

I have essentially been using the same soap since I was in high school. Many soaps dry out my skin are cause me to itch. But this Treets Traditions Revitalizing Ceremonies Foaming Shower Gel is light and nourishing and smells like magic! It's my new favorite shower treat.
Treets Traditions Revitalizing Ceremonies Foaming Shower Gel, $15

I know that there are many of you out there that say that using a hand sanitizer doesn't keep you from getting sick, but believe me when I say that I keep this Everyone Hand Sanitizer Gel with me at all times. People get sick and yucky in the winter and me and hand sanitizer are fighting the good fight against getting ill this season.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer, $5.82

Dark Spots

I tell myself that I am not vain, but I am. Oh am I! I may not be one of those women who does those IG videos where they are making kissie faces into their phone cameras, but I am close, particularly when it comes to my skin.
My whole life, I have enjoyed a beautiful, creamy complexion. Even as a teen, when I had friends that had such bad acne that they were on prescribed meds for it, I coasted through my days zit free. My twenties were also wonderful years for my skin. Now I'm in my 30s. Let's just say that things are a little different.
Dark spots are a very common skin issue, but they are enough to drive a self-obsessed person insane!
I am so jealous of those girls that made the right decisions in life to get a job that gives them the insurance go to a to-notch dermatologist. Since I am not one of these girls, I have been Googling ways to get RID of these spots. For the next month or so, I will be washing my face with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. All the articles I have read have said that this is a sure thing. And yes, lemons break me out. I know. But I will have to just drink tons of water to get rid of the zits. Getting rid of the spots are my top priority.
My grandma once told me that your skin is a gift. She died this year at 91, practically wrinkle and blemish free. So I guess I am at an age where I have to take my gift seriously. I will keep you posted on the results.

RECAP: Arts, Beats, and Lyrics

Art and hip-hop enthusiasts made history as the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats and Lyrics national tour made its way home to Atlanta, serving as the first hip hop/urban event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 
Among other art displays, an art installation by Charly Palmer, was displayed on an electronic LED board in the Art, Beats and Lyrics exhibition.  Patrons also got to enjoy cocktails from the Arts, Beats, and Lyrics sponsor, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey. 

The Arts, Beats, and Lyrics crowd also got to enjoy a performance form the legendary rapper Rakim, demonstrating why he is recognized as one of the most talented and influential Emcees of all time.  

For information on Art, Beats and Lyrics please visit (Photo by Kat Goduco/AB+L)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems Collection Available for a Limited Time

Pink Sapphire, $8.99
Just in time for fall and the holidays, Sally Hansen has added six new colors to its Color Therapy line. These new hues, inspired by gemstones, are awesome for the season.
Brilliant Lapis, $8.99

Orchid Amethyst, $8.99
Sally Hansen's Color Therapy collection uses Argan Oil to nourish nails. It also wears for ten days, fade-proof.
Smokey Emerald, $8.99

Opulent Pearl, $8.99

Rose Diamond $8.99
The Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Enchanting Gems” collection will be available at mass market retailers for a limited time. 

The Perfect Cold Night Dinner with Explore Cuisine

Pumpkin Stuffed Green Lentil Cannelloni

Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 55 mins
Total time: 1 hour 40 mins
Serves: 3-4 servings
For the Cashew Cream:
  • ½ cup raw cashews,
  • 1 cup water boiling water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 sheets Explore Cuisine Organic Green Lentil Lasagne
  • 2 cups prepared tomato sauce
  • 1 t0 2 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste, optional)
For The Filling:
  • 15oz canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ tsp salt (to taste)
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  1. To prepare the cashew cream (this can be prepared ahead of time), soak the cashews in 1 cup of boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the soaking water
  2. Combine the soaked cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and the ½ cup of reserved soaking water in a high power blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add salt to taste. Add the lasagna sheets and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often to keep them from sticking together
  4. While the pasta cooks, prepare the filling. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to use
  5. Once the pasta sheets are cooked, drain them and run them under cold water (if any of the sheet are stuck together, separate them carefully). Set them aside
  6. Preheat the oven to 375F. Combine the prepared tomato sauce and red pepper flakes (if using) and pour on the bottom of a 10.5 x 7.5 inch baking dish. Spoon about half of the cashew cream over the sauce
  7. To prepare the cannelloni, place about a tablespoon and a half of filling on each pasta sheet and carefully roll each one. Arrange them on the baking dish, over the tomato sauce and cashew cream. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes
  8. Drizzle with the remaining cashew cream before serving. Serve warm
*Recipe by May I Have That Recipe for Explore Cuisine

Friday, October 27, 2017 has the best movies for Halloween

This Halloween is going to be a chill Halloween for me. Even though I am in my 30s, I usually try to dress up and go door to door for candy. No one ever withholds goodies from me, even though I am clearly not a kid. But thisyear, I don't have the energy to get over on the system. I am going to tuck it in and watch some of my favorite scary movies until I fall asleep, high on miniature Snicker's and unsalted popcorn. Below are some Halloween thriller must-sees, courtesy of

13 Scariest Classics for Halloween
Psycho (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Carrie (1976)
Halloween (1978)
Alien (1979)
The Shining (1980)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Saw (2004)
The Conjuring (2013)

13 Halloween Favorites for the Whole Family 
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
E.T. (1982)
Beetlejuice (1988)
The Addams Family (1991)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Casper (1995)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Monster House (2006)
Coraline (2009)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
ParaNorman (2012)
Frankenweenie (2012)