I’m as much of a Scrooge as anyone when I see Christmas decorations going up before Halloween. Bah, humbug! But here’s a holiday trend that melts my heart: People are not going as hog-wild about decorating their homes for Christmas as they used to. It seems everyone I talk to is planning to simplify and de-clutter for the holidays (and I thought it was just me). My friends and clients tell me they are going to select fewer pieces with greater meaning for them and their family, and leave the rest of it in the attic or the basement. They want more time for family and friends, and I agree. When … Read more
Tea is the new way to caffeinate, and with over 150 flavors to try at DavidsTea, this trend is here to stay. On a recent trip to the Armitage St. location, I taste-tested selections from their new Holiday and Winter collections, and stocked up on my all time favorite tea: Cream of Earl Grey. DavidsTea started in Canada in 2008, and has since expanded to 107 stores throughout the United States and Canada. There are currently three DavidsTea locations in Chicago, one in Lincoln Park on Armitage St., one in Lakeview on Southport Ave., and another on Damen Ave. in Bucktown. You can pop in for a cup of hot or iced … Read more
It’s the holidays. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with a little bit of Cognac? Make this easy recipe for the holidays and impress everyone with your boozy dessert skills. Pie filling: 1 15oz can pure solid-packed pumpkin 2 large eggs at room temperature 1 large egg yolk at room temperature 1 cup heavy cream, keep cold 1 Tbsp. Cognac or brandy 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick or 1 1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt a pinch Freshly grated nutmeg a pinch of black pepper a pinch of ground cloves Chocolate whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, keep cold 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa Pie crust: Use store bought deep dish crust Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake crust … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!