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January 13, 2012
Announcing: Free Consultation Fridays!
Alyssa

 

December 2, 2011
My Wish List
Alyssa

Christmas turns me into a child enchanted by magic, presents, and shiny things. No matter how old I am, it is still supposed to snow on Christmas like in the movies and cookies WILL be left out at night. However, I have good reasons to justify my behavior. My birthday is Christmas Eve so I spend all year waiting in anticipation for two days out of the whole year. Therefore, when I come across that first house of the season shining with all it’s christmas glory, all of my pent up excitement comes rushing out of me in an elated fit of joy. I take pity if I am not alone in the car at that moment because that person is held against their will as I revel in the fact that the greatest time of year is starting again. From that moment on it’s all decorating, shopping, and Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” all the time. This brings me to the topic of discussion!!! What DO I want for Christmas? Well, I’m glad somebody asked!

A killer closet! My closet is so unorganized and would love for everything to have it’s own place. I don’t need a huge closet just a functional one!

 

Michael Kors… not the brand, the person. I want to have him all to myself so that everything he designs is for me. I love everything he makes and  I want to see the process of his genius.

 

A vintage jukebox for vinyl records

 

All of the free pallets I see on the side of the road so that I can do all of the amazing things I see on Pinterest!

 

November 18, 2011
My Friday Favorite
Alyssa

Trifles are by far my favorite desert! They’re so easy to make and have so many fantastic variations. Combining fruit and tiramisu looks soooo delicious. I can’t wait to make this one for the next party I go to!

Tiramisu Trifle

 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Sargento® Ricotta Cheese, any style
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Kahlua
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules

FOR THE LAYERING
1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs

FOR THE GARNISH
fresh raspberries
chocolate shavings

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine whipping cream and sugar in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade.

2. Process 1 minute, or until cream is stiff. Transfer whipped cream to a medium bowl and set aside. (Do not clean bowl of food processor.)

3. Combine cheese, cocoa powder, Kahlua and instant espresso granules in food processor bowl. Process until blended. Add cheese mixture to bowl with whipped cream; fold in with rubber spatula until no white streaks remain.

4. Transfer to dessert glasses.

TRIFLE ASSEMBLY
Create the Tiramisu base according to recipe directions. Layer it with freshly whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbs. Finish them off with a sprinkling of chocolate shavings and fresh berries.

NOTES
– Recipe can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to one day before serving.
– If you are not a fan of Kahlua, substitute it for 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.

November 18, 2011
Chocolate Mousse
Julia Balfour

Alright… let’s talk Dessert and yes I do mean Dessert not dessert. Dessert deserves to be capitalized, always. There was a time in my life (and my friends will attest to this) where I would order my dessert before the meal so I didn’t have to worry about saving room. In the Julia Balfour studio Dessert is VERY important, so we figured on our first Favorites Friday let’s share Dessert.

Now I didn’t have a problem choosing my favorite dessert. When I was pregnant I ate so much of this one particular dessert that my family was worried my son was going to come out looking like this. It was so powerful that the smell of it would quiet my morning sickness. So yes, I would eat it for breakfast. What’s the problem with that?

I don’t cook. I love food, but I just find that everyone else makes it better than I do. So here are some pictures of my favorite dessert. No recipes because I couldn’t promise they’d be good. But these pictures are delicious!