Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Favorite Author, New Book

 

 

 

I like to go through lists of upcoming publishing dates for new books and add them to my Amazon wish list, so I am ready to download my favorites, as soon as they are available. This author, Liane Moriarty, a new favorite of mine, did not disappoint with her newest book, Big Little Lies.

All her books are written with humor, but have a quirky, dark undertone as well. She puts her characters in real life situations, like dealing with school politics, marriage and friendship woes and parenting struggles. The conflicts are taken a step further when she adds in situations like mental illness, domestic violence and even, murder.

This new book used foreshadowing very effectively and made it hard to stop reading until the very end. From the beginning pages, the reader knows a murder has taken place at a school fundraiser, but we don't know who died or how it happened. I was curious and tempted to read the last chapter, but glad I waited for the shocking ending. She brings the story to an amazing conclusion, that will surprise most.

I highly recommend this book, as well as all her others. And, I stumbled across some interesting news. Big Little Lies has been optioned by none other than Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon as a future movie, with starring roles for both actresses.

Happy Tuesday!

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Strawberry Champagne Fizz

 

 

 

One last week of summer and one last summer cocktail. When we arrived in Pittsburgh, after a long car ride, my daughter Megan had this yummy and refreshing cocktail ready for us. It was perfect for toasting our arrival and celebrating our first visit to her new apartment.

This is a very simple, yet versatile cocktail. You could mix up a batch in a pretty pitcher for your guests as well as serving individually in a wine glass. It would even be perfect in a cut glass punch bowl for a bridal shower. The thing that makes this drink special, is that you can add as much or as little of the flavored water as you like and the flavor is still delicious. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Champagne Fizz


For individual serving - fill wine glass 1/2 full with champagne or prosecco. Add a healthy splash of strawberry flavored sparkling water. Top with frozen strawberries.

For a pitcher - fill a large clear pitcher with 1 bottle champagne or prosecco. Add 2 cups of strawberry flavored sparkling water. Top with frozen strawberries. Serve in wine glasses adding more strawberries to each glass before pouring.


Happy Monday!

 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

My Favorites in Pittsburgh

 

 

 

Our Pittsburgh weekend trip can be described by the different neighborhoods we visited; all unique and all equally fun.

 

 

We started the morning on Saturday in the Shadyside neighborhood, located near the University of Pittsburgh campus. It was a vibrant, residential neighborhood with fun shopping and restaurants to explore.

 

 

My favorite meal of the day was at the Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurant, where we enjoyed post shopping appetizers, margaritas and mojitos on the sunny rooftop.

 

 

After riding the incline to the Mount Washington neighborhood and taking photos of the magnificent view, we took a break at the Shiloh Grill. It was here that I enjoyed my favorite cocktail of the day; a frozen cosmopolitan. What could be better than a yummy frozen drink, enjoyed with my daughters on another outdoor patio with sweeping views, located high above the city?

 

 

Later that night, after a walk around the riverfront and a quick change of clothes, we walked through the downtown Cultural District to find the restaurant Megan had chosen for our dinner. Her choice, Olive or Twist, described as Pittsburgh's premier martini bar, is small and intimate with brick walls and a definite inner city atmosphere.

I started off the evening with the Perfect Pear Martini, very light and delicious with flavors of pear and elderflower liqueur. Our appetizer of Truffle fries was another favorite of the weekend - so yummy! Then, to finish off our meal, we shared a Strawberry Shortcake Martini made with cake vodka, Rumchata, strawberry purée and vanilla cream. It was served with a graham cracker rim on the martini glass and it was so good, I plan to recreate it at home.

My daughters are so fun, love to try new things and it was just a lovely trip :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spiced Plum Overnight Oatmeal

 

 

 

Plums are so pretty and juicy right now and I love having them available in the fruit basket sitting on my kitchen island. But, they are not a fruit that I think of using in recipes. When I came across a recipe for overnight oatmeal, made with fresh plums, I knew it was one that I wanted to try. I love making this easy style of oatmeal the night before and having its creamy and yummy goodness ready to eat, the next morning.

I have made several varieties of overnight oatmeal including my favorite, Maple Blueberry. This Spiced Plum Overnight Oatmeal was a unique version and the addition of all the classic apple pie spices added a great flavor to the plums. Because this has stronger spices that need to be mixed in, the technique needs to be a little different than my other recipes, where the ingredients are simply layered, then stirred. I would recommend shaking this well, before placing in the fridge. This ensures the spices are evenly mixed throughout. Enjoy this delicious and healthy breakfast while summer lasts.

 

Spiced Plum Overnight Oatmeal


1 small plum or 1/2 large plum

1/2 oatmeal

1/2 cup low fat milk

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of ginger

Pinch of nutmeg

1/2 tsp sugar (or Splenda)

Pinch of salt


Dice plum in small pieces. Add oatmeal to mason jar. Add all spices on top of oatmeal. Place diced plums on top. Cover with milk. Put lid on jar and shake well. Place in refridgerator overnight. Enjoy the next morning.


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Live Laugh Rowe

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Cedar Hill Ranch

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Jennifer Rizzo

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