From all of us at Modern Posh, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year! It has been our pleasure to serve you in 2012 and we are looking forward to a continued partnership in 2013. We’re so grateful for you, our wonderful clients, and couldn’t be happier that you continue to choose us for your fine stationery needs.
May each of you ring in 2013 with health, happiness, peace and joy!
As promised last week, when we shared some delicious and simple Hanukkah treat ideas, here are some fabulous and tasty Christmas treats for you to make this year with your family. Enjoy!
Hot Chocolate Dippers
This one could not be simpler! Dip candy canes in melted chocolate (dark, milk, or even white!), then drizzle with white (or milk) chocolate for added pizzazz. If you choose to get fancy, you could even add a mini marshmellow or two!
Brownie Christmas Trees
Cut brownies into triangles, add a thin candy cane as the trunk, decorate with icing and Red Hots – or any candy of your choosing. Simple, fun, and festive!
For these adorable bites of deliciousness, you’ll need a few more ingredients…large marshmellows, lollipop/popsicle/ or pretzel sticks, ribbon, melting chocolate, cinnamon candy, small pretzels, candied pearls (or other candies) for the eyes.
It’s a tad more labor intensive than the other treats I’ve shared with you, so here are directions…
Break the pretzels in half, you’ll need two halves for each reindeer’s antlers. Count out your cinnamon candies, score the tops of the marshmellows (for the pretzels) and put them on the sticks. Once your assembly line is set, it’s time to melt your chocolate.
Place chocolate melts or chocolate chips in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate is just melted, but not too hot. Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it entirely. Use the backside of a spoon to smooth out the side and top, and to remove any excess. Repeat the process on the next marshmallow.
After about five or six marshmallows, add the pretzel antlers, by gently inserting them into the scored parts of the marshmallows, and hold them for a few seconds to make sure they are secure. This might take some practice, so be patient!
For the nose and eyes, you can either add them when the chocolate is still wet, or finish the whole batch, then dab some melted chocolate onto each piece and attach it to the marshmallow to make the face.
Once they are completely dry, tie a small piece of ribbon around the stick like a scarf. Ta da – so very cute!!
Merry Christmas! Enjoy your delicious – and adorable – holiday treats!
So Hanukkah 2012 started a few days ago but for all of our Jewish friends, we thought it would be fun to share some quick and easy ideas for Hanukkah treats. The kids (and adults) will love ‘em! And of course one not need to be Jewish to partake in the yummy Hanukkah goodness!
All you need is marshmellows, pretzel sticks, blue sugar, and some Hershey’s kisses. So easy and fun!
These delicious Hanukkah treats are created from Hershey’s kisses, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and melted semisweet and white chocolate.
This yummy Hanukkah menorah is so simple! Cupcakes (homemade or store bought, whichever you choose), Twix candy bars, and Peanut M&M’s on top for the candle flame.
Stay tuned next week for delicious Christmas treats…
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Hanukkah, that is…it’s early, first night is Saturday December 8th. That’s less than a month away! For all you crafty girls, let’s get movin’…
Star of David Mobile – use pipe cleaners to make a Star of David and hang decoratively in your home. Don’t feel locked into blue – try silver and black too.
Handprint Menorah – baby/kid handprints are a great way to make a unique and special holiday menorah
Dreidel Game in a Jar - fill a decorated baby food jar with with Gelt and a dreidel for a fun gift
Spool Menorah – let the kids paint and decorate each one of the spools., then add the candles for a craft-lovers menorah. For the tutorial, visit Parents.com.
Because Hanukkah is early this year, Modern Posh is offering a special 15% discount on our Hanukkah cards. Create yours today!
I don’t know what it is but as soon as September arrives, I’m in total “fall” mode – colors, recipes, football…and I even find myself wanting to break out sweaters, boots, and jackets. Let’s not discuss the fact in some areas of the country the temps are still in the high 90′s, even triple digits. But I don’t care – pumpkins, spices, hayrides, gingerbread, warm apple pie – it’s all I can think about!
So, when I found this delish recipe from A Kitchen Addiction for Pumpkin Bread with Salted Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Buttercream my heart skipped a beat. I could eat the whole loaf!
Have you ever tasted apple butter? I had the pleasure recently, and I have to say, I’m a fan. So I went looking for a recipe. YUM!!
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Makes a little more than 1 pint
1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
Peel, core, and chop a dozen apples. Toss the apples in the sugar and spices. Put everything in the Crockpot, cook on low overnight. After a few more hours on low, bump it to high and prop the lid. It will cook down and thicken quite a bit. This is optional, but I’m a smooth butter – rather than chunky – kind of girl, so blend the butter down. Finally, pour into clean canning jars.
Who’s ready for fall??
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The summer is almost over…Labor Day is THIS weekend and the kids are back in school. Did you blink? Crazy, right!? Soon, we’ll be talking about Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving turkey, and Christmas morning eggnog. But for now, Labor Day…
Old tradition would tell you to pack away your white – your white pants, shorts, skirts, shoes, shirts, accessories. Only “winter white” is suitable for after Labor Day, right? WRONG! Where did that silly “rule” come from, anyway? You may be surprised to find out that it actually has historical roots. Ya learn something new everyday!
Whether or not you choose to pack away the white or keep it out, chances are you’ll be heading towards a Labor Day BBQ of some sort this weekend. What to eat? Perhaps, your plate will look a little something like this.
Perhaps your outfit could resemble this.
I’d venture to guess they’ll be a whole lot of RED, WHITE, and BLUE! Kinda like this…
Regardless of how you celebrate Labor Day and what “labor” means to you, you’ll do well to keep this in mind…
Happy Labor Day!
SUMMER IS HERE! Bright colors, hotter temps, beach vacations, BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and succulent refreshing seasonal fruit.
Sure, fresh summer fruits are delicious on their own. But they can taste even better when they’re part of a seasonal meal. We found some fantastic recipes using some of summer’s best crop — plums, peaches, apricots, berries, and melon — in dishes you can enjoy all day long.
A new brunch favorite! Instead of the usual French toast or pancakes, try this bread pudding with fresh peaches to start your day.
Warm skillet-roasted fruit is a satisfying dessert that’s only made better à la mode.
This fresh summer chutney can be served with grilled sausages, pork chops, charcuterie, or cheese. If you prefer a smoother chutney, cut the plums into smaller pieces at the beginning.
This fresh summer dessert combines juicy stone fruit and berries and nutty pecan shortcakes.
Grilled Cornmeal Flatbreads with Peaches, Serrano Ham, and Spicy Greens
These tasty flatbreads are topped with ham, cheese, peaches, and a delicious almond topping.
Recent studies show that the powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries may improve cognitive function. Paired with walnuts, they make a blueberry smoothie that tops the antioxidant chart.
Traditionally, authentic agua frescas are made without blenders by simply mashing fruit with a fork or masher before adding water. We like using a blender for an ultra-light, refreshing rendition of this traditional Mexican drink.
Inspired yet? We hope so! Go on…run to your farmers’ market and pick up some yummy summer fruit. A world of deliciousness awaits!
I’m seeing hearts. Yep, lots of red, pink, big, little, polka-dot…you name it…..it’s all about the hearts! I especially love cute unique projects I can create on my own. When I ran across this darling little project for a Valentine I just had to share it with you. Just Lila is responsible for this sweet piece of art. You could put it in a window or add to a greeting card for a pretty gift. So easy and yet effective.
Here is what she used:
burlap cut to heart
torn toile ribbon
small scrap of red ticking
scrap of torn scrim/cheesecloth
a word (she embroidered hers but you could stamp it or cut from an old card or something)
Dark color sewing thread
Burlap is definitely a hot decorating item right now. What better way to incorporate it into your Valentine’s Day decor then this. While you’re making one for yourself why not make a few more to surprise the ones you love with. Who wouldn’t adore receiving one of these little beauties. So go get your craft on!
Now that we are all done running around trying to cross-off everything on our to-do list for Christmas, it’s time to slow down, relax and enjoy some quiet home time. After seeing this unique dessert table over at Hostess (with the mostess), I thought this would be a great idea for hosting a small get-together for New Year’s Eve. Jessica of Pen and Paper Flowers, is the creative talent behind this beautiful party idea that reflects the warmth of the Holiday Season.
This color palette has such a calm soft feel to it and lends itself to be used in so many other settings — wedding showers, anniversary parties, baby showers, etc. If you’re thinking you might like to use this idea for your New Year’s Eve party, why not sprinkle a little opaque glitter around your table to jazz things up.
As 2011 comes to an end we at Modern Posh want to thank you for your patronage. We look forward to an exciting and creative 2012.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Today I thought you might enjoy a stroll through vintage Christmas memory lane. Karen, of My Desert Cottage, home reflects the cottage style and gives off that warm, cozy, welcome feel as soon as you enter. But during the Christmas season she goes all out to transform her home into a beautiful vintage Christmas wonderland. A web designer by trade Karen’s free time is spent creating pretty vintage items. As you will see in this tour of her home, many of her Christmas decorations are hand crafted by her.
These snowflakes are the bomb! She made these too! Loading her mantle garland with glass ornaments, lights, crystals, berries and paper snowflakes make this a show-stopper for sure! Keeping with the theme Karen used vintage sheet music to create the snowflakes.
Adorning the dining room chandelier with greens, glass ornaments and antique tinsel adds more ambiance to the room. Hanging the glass balls and crystals is such a pretty touch to the already gorgeous chandelier decor.