November 29, 2015

add a little wow to your tablescape

These elegant burlap utensil holders make any tablescape look amazing! I got mine at MerMade Designs here in Newport Beach.  I love the simplicity of these little guys.  There are several styles to choose from, and I could decide between these two, so I got both!  The one with the red ribbon is just so pretty for Christmas, but I am thinking they would be fun for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and all the patriotic holidays!  The other style has a spot to slide in a name card.  It’s so easy to just print out your guests’ names and personalize each place setting for a really elegant look. 
   Which one would you choose?
Check out MerMade Designs for more fun coastal inspired inspiration!

ciao! fabiana

mini cakes for gift giving

Amy makes the best Black Russian Rum Cakes for our school boutique every year and they sell out quickly!  Aren't they cute in these little ceramic bread dishes?   They are soooo delicious, and she shared the recipe with me to share with all of you. 

Amy's Black Russian Cake
1 box yellow cake mix 
1 large package chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup strong coffee (prepared and cooled)
1/4 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Kahlua
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon rum extract 

Mix together all ingredients. I make these in cupcake form and in mini loafs (makes 6 mini loafs filled 3/4 high) 35 minutes, cupcakes less time. Remove from pan and cool slightly.
Glaze:  Bring ingredients for glaze to a boil and pour over cake.  (I use about 1/2, some like more)
Dust with powdered sugar after it cools.  Serve with blackberries, raspberries and mint.  Great cake that some say tastes even better the next day.  Just freshen up with more powdered sugar and berries.

ciao! fabiana

November 27, 2015

5 fave instagram thanksgiving tables

Reese Witherspoon

Harper Loren
Maison de Cinq

Stevie Storck

Hampton Toes

ciao! fabiana

quick fix: new dining room light

We had a little bit of a hiccup on Wednesday when my dining room light accidentally got damaged.  Luckily, my handy man George was over, fixing a few other things, so I ran over to Home Depot to see what I could find to replace my damaged chandelier.  I was pleasantly surprised that they did have a few decent choices.  We have a really low ceiling in the dining room, 7 foot, and I needed something that wasn’t too obtrusive.  I settled on this simple hanging drum shade with black trim.  I really like how it turned out.  George and I worked together to adapt it to better suit the low ceiling.  We removed 3 decorative balls that were on the cord above the fixture, and I love how it looks!  Here is the link to the light, called the Marcey Brushed Steel Pendant.  And, the good news is it was less than $100! We had light for Thanksgiving!  Here’s how it looks, with a few little Christmas accents I added today.

ciao! fabiana

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