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It’s Citrus Culture Day! this time at Wine and Canvas, a painting class with cocktails.

Wine and Canvas! Citrus Culture Day

Wine and Canvas! Citrus Culture Day

Wine and Canvas! Citrus Culture Day

Wine and Canvas! Citrus Culture Day

 

Wine and Canvas is a mobile business that brings the party to your favorite venues, corporate events, or living room! They make painting easy and exciting. Their talented artists will instruct you step-by-step through re-creating the featured painting of the day. At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created.

“Life is too short for blank walls; unleash your inner Picasso”

 

5 Lemonade Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

We can hardly believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us! Most of us are gearing up for barbecues, picnics and trips to the beach—and what’s more appropriate then a cold glass of lemonade this time of the year? We rounded up five lemonade recipes that put a tasty twist on the classic summer drink.

Lavender Lemonade

This simple Lavender Lemonade recipe from Sunday Suppers is so pretty—we can’t wait to serve it at our next party.

Vanilla Lemonade

This Vanilla Lemonade infuses a sweet, aromatic flavor into the traditional recipe.

 Rosemary Lemonade

This sweet Rosemary Lemonade gets a savory kick from sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

A sugared rim makes this Blueberry Mint Lemonade a festive addition to your barbecue—not to mention a delicious base for a cocktail!Sparkling Rosewater Lemonade

Sparkling Rosewater Lemonade?! You don’t have to ask us twice!

via The Glitter Guide

Citrus exploring other sides of creativity!

Erika with her citrusy cake !

Erika with her citrusy cake !

Maria and her colorful cupcakes

Maria and her colorful cupcakes

stickynotes

Floppy Disk Post-it Notes

For $3.99, you can help your colleague throwback to the tech of yesteryear, with colorful post-it notes shaped like 3.5″ floppy disks. It’s a simple, yet goofy gift with a practical twist.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

mini filing cabinet

Mini Filing Cabinet

For the co-worker/networking butterfly in your office, get a mini filing cabinet. At only 6.5″ tall, the cabinet can store 600 business cards and help your friend keep their many contacts squared away. It’s only $9.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

desk calendar

Cubes Perpetual Calendar

Calendars are a tried and true office present but can get dull. This cubes calendar is a colorful adaptation to the hanging wall version, and will brighten up your giftee’s desk space for only $15.

Image courtesy of the MoMa Store.

NYC coffee cup

New York Ceramic Coffee Cup

The New York coffee cup is an iconic symbol of the city, so get your co-worker the ceramic version. It’s perfect as a collector’s item for the NYC enthusiast or just the coffee junkie who keeps using up the office’s paper cups. It’s $15.

Image courtesy of the MoMa Store.

file folders

Funny File Folders

There has to be one of them in your office — the paper collector whose desk is no longer visible because of all their printouts. Help them organize their life with these humorous folders. The rest of the office will be jealous, and it will only cost you $6.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

wooden phone dock

Wooden Phone Dock

This dock runs a little high at $39.95, but would be perfect for your closest office buddy. Combining a rustic, outdoorsy feel with modern tech, the dock stores pencils and your smartphone cords.

Image courtesy of the Etsy, BlakeAvenue.

paper weight

Paper Paperweight

If the office prankster is on your gift list, get them this paper paperweight. It will get a few laughs when people think you actually gave someone crumpled paper as a present, and afterwards, it’s still functional as a steel paperweight. It will run you $30.

Image courtesy of the MoMa Store.

Phone Handset

Phone Handset

Here’s the present for the Chatty Cathy in your office who can’t seem to get off the phone. The handset will help add a retro vibe to their talk time and features a high quality speaker. It costs $30.

Image courtesy of CoolMaterial.

Andy Warhol Notebook

Andy Warhol Notebook

You can’t go wrong with a notebook, especially for the colleague who constantly seems to take notes (even during the holiday party). Add a touch of creativity with this Andy Warhol Ideas Pad that even includes vellum inserts featuring Warhol’s own quotes and illustrations. The notebook is $18.95.

Image courtesy of the MoMa Store.

Scratch & Scroll Mousepad

Scratch & Scroll Mousepad

This is no typical mousepad and works perfectly as the present for the office multitasker. The pad lets you jot down notes using a stylus or just your finger. Simply lift the top sheet and the notes disappear (works well if your colleague has a lot of secrets as well). The mousepad is only $9.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

cable monkey

Cable Monkey

If you are constantly tripping over cords on the way to the bathroom because of one particularly plugged-in co-worker, get them this cable monkey for the holidays. It’s adorable and will help keep those cables in check. The monkey is only $5.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

Drinklip Portable Cupholder

Drinklip Portable Cupholder

Is there someone at your office who is always mopping up their desk after coffee and soda spills? Grab them this drinklip as a present. It will keep their drink safe and desk dry for $19.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

Bird Bottle Opener

Bird Bottle Opener

While drinking is generally frowned upon at work, we all know it’s fair game after 5 p.m. on Friday. So for those work happy hours, get your colleague a bottle opener that doubles as a nice desk ornament the rest of the week. This bird is $11.50.

Image courtesy of Etsy, riricreations.

Personalized Coffee Cozy

Personalized Coffee Cozy

Coffee will never go out of style, so get your over-caffeinated co-worker this cozy. Request a different phrase, like their initials, to be embroidered to add a touch of personalization. The leather cozy is only $15.

Image courtesy of Etsy, HideyHideyHide.

Mini Bulbosa Air Plant Pod

Mini Bulbosa Air Plant Pod

If one of your co-workers always seems to be itching for the outdoors, get them this air plant to add some nature to their desk. The pod planter is sleek and simple, and the air plant means minimal maintenance for them. It’s only $11.

Image courtesy of Etsy, seaandasters.

Recycled Computer Hard Drive Clock

Recycled Computer Hard Drive Clock

This upcycled hard-drive-turned-clock is a sweet present for the computer genius you constantly run to for IT help. This one-of-a-kind clock is sure to help them geek-out their desk space. It’s $34.

Image courtesy of Etsy, pixelthis.

poster

Doctor Who Poster

This artsy Doctor Who poster will add flair to any office cubicle. And if they aren’t a Doctor Who fan, there are plenty of other options for wall artwork that any colleague would appreciate. Posters run $18.

Image courtesy of Etsy, UnikoIdeas.

Star Wars Coffee Mug

Star Wars Coffee Mug

A boring, impersonal coffee mug is a good way to end that friendship with your office lunch buddy. But a Star Wars themed coffee mug only says clever. You can personalize the mug to say their name (and make sure no one in the office steals it) all for $7.

Image courtesy of Etsy, GelertDesign.

Star Trek Electronic Door Chime

Star Trek Electronic Door Chime

For that manager of yours who is living in the future, here’s a Star Trek collector’s item for their office. The door chimes when someone enters their office through motion detection. It’s $19.99 and will make going to the boss’s office less scary from now on.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

USB Toaster Hub and Thumbdrives

USB Toaster Hub and Thumbdrives

The ultimate goofy and useful gift, this toaster shaped USB hub will help keep any wired-up co-worker productive. And the mini toast USB drives are simply hysterical. Since the toaster, and each piece of toast is sold separately, it could work well as a group idea when everyone is chipping in for the boss’s present. Cost is $24.99 to $27.99.

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek.

via Mashable.com

 

It’s time to plan your 4th of July party!

Here are some ideas that you can use/do for the celebration.

Recipes

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • 3/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • 3 containers (12 oz each) Betty Crocker® whipped fluffy white frosting
  • 1 teaspoon intense red paste food color
  • 1/4 teaspoon royal blue paste food color
  • Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors red, white and blue stars
  • Coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place red, white or blue paper baking cup in each of 24 regular size muffin cups.
  2. Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry jam to each cup; cut through batter with toothpick for swirled effect. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  3. Tint 1 container frosting with red food color; tint second container with blue food color. Leave third container white. Spoon each color of frosting into separate decorating bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe frosting as desired onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with stars and sparkling sugar.

Courtesy of www.bettycrocker.com

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 pounds fresh red currants, stemmed
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 6 3/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh blueberries
  • 2 ounces fresh currants, on the stem

Directions

  1. Make the currant gelatin: Put currants and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until currants are very soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes. Add to currant mixture; stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath, gently pressing out liquid with a spoon; discard solids. Remove from water bath, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons currant gelatin into each of twelve 8- to 10-ounce glasses; set remaining currant gelatin aside. Refrigerate glasses until gelatin is completely set, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the panna cotta: Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  5. Put milk, cream, and sugar into a medium saucepan; bring almost to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Remove from water bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set.
  6. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons panna cotta over currant gelatin in each glass; set remaining panna cotta aside. Refrigerate glasses until panna cotta is set, about 1 hour. Repeat with another layer of currant gelatin and panna cotta. If either mixture becomes too firm, set over a pot of simmering water until softened.
  7. To serve, top each parfait with blueberries and currants, dividing evenly.

Courtesy of www.marthastewart.com

Drinks/Cocktails

Fourth of July Fizzy

Fourth of July Fizzy

Ingredients:

  • Blue Gatorade
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Diet Lemon Lime Soda
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill clear glasses with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
  3. Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
  4. Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
  5. Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!

Courtesy of www.craftingmom.com

Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris

Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris

Ingredients

Blue:

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup blue passion fruit liqueur, such as Hpnotiq or Alize
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons blue curacao liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Red:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes

White:

  • 1 cup coconut sorbet
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions

  1. Begin by making the blue layer: Put 1 1/2 cups of the ice cubes in the carafe of a blender. Add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left, adding the remaining 1/2 cup of ice if needed. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.
  2. For the red layer: Rinse out the blender and then add the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of fruit. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes a time, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to another small bowl and place in the freezer while making the final layer.
  3. For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum and lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes at a time, and continue to blend until thick and no bits of ice remain.
  4. Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the white layer over the second layer in each glass.

Courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

Decorate!

Red, White and Blue Wreath

Red, White and Blue Wreath

Materials

  • Double-sided tape
  • 4 (5- by 6-inch) pieces each of red, white, and blue
  • Cardboard (or any used box), cut into a 10-inch circle, plus more for a star
  • Clear tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • String

Instructions

  1.  To make a paper cone, place a strip of double-sided tape along the shorter edge of a piece of card stock. Roll the paper as shown, then press to adhere. Repeat with the remaining sheets of card stock.
  2.  Place a strip of double-sided tape on the back of each cone. Lay the cones in alternating colors on the cardboard circle and press to adhere. Turn the wreath over and secure each cone to the back with a piece of clear tape.
  3. Apply glue to a scrap of cardboard, about 3-1/2 inches wide, cover it with aluminum foil, and smooth out any wrinkles. Cut the covered cardboard into a star shape. Apply glue to the back and press it onto the center of the wreath, then let it dry.
  4. To hang the wreath, make a loop from the string and tape it to the back of the cardboard.

Courtesy of www.familyfun.go.com

Festive Window Swag

Festive Window Swag

This project is easier than it looks. Just join two pieces of fabric side by side, and then pleat the bottom. When sewing, machine-stitch slowly, using a heavy needle, or hand-stitch.

Tools and Materials

  • 18-inch-wide bunting, flagsexpress.com or apolloflags.com
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Fusible webbing, 1/2-inch-by-20-yard, from createforless.com
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Strong double-sided tape (optional)
  • 1/4-inch rectangular dowel (3 feet long)
  • 1/2-inch round dowel (3 feet long)
  • Eye hooks

Festive Window Swag How-To

1. Measure desired length for the flat part of the decoration. Add 30 1/2 inches for the pleated half-moon plus 1 1/2 inches for hanging. This is half the length of bunting required for the decoration.

2. Cut 2 identical pieces of bunting: Begin cutting after a star and end right before one, so you’ll have about 3 inches of blue on each end. Trim off hems for easier pleating.

3. Join the 2 pieces together side by side (make sure stars line up): Overlap by 1/2 inch, and adhere using fusible webbing; iron to fuse. If you prefer, stitch the 1/2-inch overlap together. The final width should be about 32 inches.

4. Mark fabric 30 1/2 inches from the bottom edge with disappearing-ink pen.

5. Pleat the half-moon: Starting at the bottom edge, make 1 1/2-inch accordion folds (A); iron after each fold. Continue up length of fabric, stopping at the mark you made. The raw edge of the fabric should point down.

6. Stitch along the center of the pleated rectangle to create a pivot point (B). Make one more fold, and crease with iron.

7. Attach rectangular dowel in the crease with fusible webbing; iron, fabric side up.

8. Sew channel at top of swag (for hanging): Fold fabric over 1 1/2 inches, and stitch 1 inch from top edge. Insert round dowel.

Courtesy of www.marthastewart.com

Simple Fourth of July table setting

Courtesy of www.jennysteffens.blogspot.com

Match it with a simple table arrangement and you’re all set. Just don’t forget your fireworks!

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day not just a day to appreciate the soldiers that fight for our country, although that is very important, it is also a day to BBQ and hang out with good friends in nice weather! With that said, here are 5 delicious recipes for a great Memorial Day party:

1.    Fish Tacos:

2 pounds tilapia fillets

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Cooking spray

1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 teaspoons canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

16 (5 inch) corn tortillas

2 cups shredded cabbage

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 tomato, chopped

1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and sliced

1/2 cup salsa

2 green onions, chopped

Directions

1. Rub tilapia fillets with 2 tablespoons lime juice and season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Spray both sides of each fillet with cooking spray.

2. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

3. Combine yogurt, 2 tablespoons lime juice, cilantro, and chipotle pepper in a blender; pulse until sauce is well blended. Set aside.

4. Grill tilapia on preheated grill until fish is easily flaked with a fork, about 5 minutes on each side.

Heat each corn tortilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until warm, about 1 minute. Divide grilled fish evenly over corn tortillas and serve with cilantro-lime sauce, cabbage, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, avocado, salsa, and green onions.

2.    Patriotic Parfait:

¼ cup plus 2/3 cup sugar

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoon almond extract

1 box vegan (or non vegan) vanilla wafers

1 pound vegan (or regular) cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups vegan (or regular) heavy cream, room temperature

2 pints blueberries

2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions:

Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract. Let cool slightly

Toss cookies in the mixture.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of 10-12 parfait glasses. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Next, dollop the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cookies on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

3.    Cool Slaw:

2 pounds green cabbage

4 carrots

1 medium yellow onion

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

2-4 tablespoons pickle relish (optional)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Cut cabbage in quarters and remove core. Peel carrots and onion and cut into pieces that would fit through the feed tube of a food processor. Fit food processor with the large-holed grater attachment and push cabbage, carrots, and onions through feed tube to grate. In a large bowl, toss vegetables together.

In another medium bowl, prepare the coleslaw dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and relish. Toss dressing with the cabbage mixture, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

4.    Chips and Dip:

½ cup heavy cream

1 8-ounce container of sour cream

2 tables spoons fresh lemon juice

2 scallions, finely chopped

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Blend the heavy cream in a blender until slightly thickened. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, vegan parmesan, scallions, dill and garlic powder and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill 2 hours.

5.    Orange Splash:

 

2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka

1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec

1 splash fresh lime juice

1 splash orange juice

Sugar (for garnish)

Orange slice (for garnish)

Directions:

Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker or large glass and shake vigorously. Rim a glass with sugar and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.

Thanks to the following websites for these fabulous ideas:

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/orange-splash-cocktail-recipe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carolyn-scott/vegan-memorial-day-recipes_b_1543917.html

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fish-tacos-ultimo/detail.aspx

http://hantla.com

http://realmomkitchen.com

http://stephandtonyinvestigate.com

http://myrecipes.com

 

The week of May 20, 2012, our nation’s small business owners will come together online and in Washington, D.C. for National Small Business Week. Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the event includes educational forums, networking sessions and an awards ceremony recognizing the impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners in 2012. The free educational forums this year cover topics like small business exporting, social media tips and best practices and how to win federal government contracts.

As part of the celebration, SBA has also launched the National Small Business Week Video Contest giving small business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to share their success stories and help to inspire others.

Three winning videos will be featured during National Small Business Week and shown during a Google+ Hangout hosted by SBA Administrator Karen Mills and the White House on May 23. Qualifying videos that don’t win will be showcased on SBA’s YouTube page. The deadline for video submissions is May 11.

Start Doing: Register for National Small Business Week and enter the National Small Business Week Video Contest.

via White House/US. Small Business Administration

May this Easter fill your heart with unforgettable joy!

 

Lubov Azria, the owner & designer behind the billion dollar empire of BCBG, received this year’s Leadership Award from NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners.

She hosted a wonderful, exclusive brunch for NAWBO Board and Executive level members at her gorgeous Estate in Holmby Hills.

She also previewed her Spring and Fall runway collections (including Herve Leger), gave a private, behind the scenes tour of her home (which featured a movie screening room, and one of those cool secret doors behind a bookcase).

Her home used to be owned by Academy Award winning author – Sidney Sheldon.

Lubov Azria with Kalika





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