Birthday Brunching

One of my best friend’s birthdays was a couple weekends ago.  A bunch of us took her out to dinner on Saturday night, and then we all went to the party afterwards. We all know a birthday is never complete without a yummy birthday brunch.  Due to many of us being on budgets, and having gone out to a big dinner the night before, I decided to host the brunch at my apartment.  I figured it would be fun, something different, casual, easy, and much more economical.  It was easy to prepare for and everyone loved it.  You can even have all your guests bring something from your list, so it’s almost a ‘pot luck birthday brunch.’
 
Your shopping list couldn’t be more simple:
  • A variety of bagels
  • Various flavors of cream cheese
  • Fruit salad
  • Possibly some egg or tuna salad
  • Orange Juice and Champagne (no brunch is complete without mimosas)
  • Yummy dessert (such as mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, for you New York City folks)
  • And to make the birthday girl feel like a kid again – some fun little girl birthday decorations
 
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scarves, scarves, and more scarves

I could never have enough scarves.  They are the perfect addition to any outfit.  They make a simple black dress look fresh and new.  They make jeans and a tee look downtown funky.  They spruce up a simple blazer. They do it ALL (and they don’t even have to be expensive)!  As you can see, I have one shelf in my closet dedicated to scarves. I’m not talking winter scarves; I’m talking lightweight, fabulous little numbers that add that little extra something to any old ensemble.  And they also make the perfect present.  A girl can NEVER have too many of this staple item.

 

Some of my favorite scarves have come from LF StoresFree People, Laila Rowe, and Urban Outfitters.

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The Beginning

Welcome to From Prosecco to Plaid! With the end of 2011 nearing and a new year beginning, I felt it was the perfect time to start my blog.  You may wonder what this name means and what this blog could possibly be about.  It will be centered around pretty much EVERYTHING. In layman’s terms, it is a lifestyle blog.  It will cover everything I love – from fashion and style to cooking and baking to entertaining and event planning to interior design and decor and everything in between. Prosecco is not the only thing I drink and plaid isn’t the only thing I wear, but my blog will cover it all…quite literally from Prosecco to Plaid.  And more on the derivation of the name in due time. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy…

                                                                                                photo by: madlag – flickr


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a movie and (caramel) popcorn

There are few things better than going to the movies on a Sunday afternoon, getting a fountain drink (if my apartment could fit a fountain soda machine and they made chic looking ones, I’d totally own one), and splitting a bag of popcorn with your movie buddy.  It’s something I don’t do nearly often enough, but when I do, I couldn’t be more content. In fact, I went this past Sunday. While the movie was borderline terrible, the experience was as enjoyable as I remembered it to be.  That being said, sometimes you want something sweet and salty while at the movie theater, but you don’t always want to buy popcorn AND a box of candy.  While movie theaters don’t offer caramel popcorn as an option (at least the movie theaters I’ve been to), you can always make your own and bring a little bag of it.  And of course it’s also perfect for when watching movies at home.  The recipe is extremely simple (I promise) and it turns out nothing less than DELICIOUS.

Ingredients:
  • 1 package (14 oz) of caramels (I recommend Kraft caramels)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 12 cups of popped popcorn (or less depending on how much you want to make)
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Spray large baking sheet with cooking spray
  • Melt the caramels (easiest way is in the microwave – put the caramels, butter/margarine, and water in a microwavable safe bowl, cover with paper towel, for 2.5-3 minutes (depending on how strong your microwave is), and stir after each minute)
  • Combine the popcorn in a large bowl (try to separate from the kernels, because once the caramel is in place it’s hard to see the kernels when eating, and you don’t want to bite down on kernels)
  • Add the caramel mixture and toss it so all (or most) of the popcorn is covered
  • Spread onto prepared baking sheet
  • Bake 20 minutes – stirring after 10
  • Spoon onto a sheet of aluminum foil or waxed paper
  • Let it cool and then break it apart
  • ENJOY
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