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Brie, Currants and Honey

‘Tis the season for entertaining!  This brie, currant, and honey cheese plate is perfect for those expected or last minute guests.   Brie, a handful of currants (in the raisin section at the grocery; look for the orange box), a couple tablespoons of honey and petite toasts are all that’s needed for a pretty presentation.      Decorative plate currently …

Carpus DiemBrie, Currants and Honey
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Vegetable Farro Salad

Farro is a whole grain similar to barley, with a nutty flavory and chewy consistency.  Commonly grown in Italy, Farro is used in soups and salads since it is a healthy, filling food.  Grill some veggies and add Farro for a colorful crowd pleasing main or side dish.     You will need: farro 3 carrots 1 yellow pepper 1 …

Carpus DiemVegetable Farro Salad
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Mummies and Broomsticks

Happy Halloween!  Check out these not so sweet kids treats for your trick or treater.  Mummies and broomsticks, simple and easy for this holiday. String cheese broomsticks are a no bake treat,  you will need: string cheese pretzel sticks chives First cut the string cheese in half, then use scissors to slice the ends.    Then, add pretzel stick to …

Carpus DiemMummies and Broomsticks
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Burrata Caprese

Using the remainder of garden tomatoes in a Burrata Caprese salad. An Italian cheese, Burrata is made up of an outer layer of fresh mozzarella filled with shreds of mozzarella soaked in cream.  It is quite fragile, handle with care.   See below a photo of the Buratta cut, so you can see the inside.    To make the Caprese …

Carpus DiemBurrata Caprese
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NYC annual meetup

It was a beautiful evening last Thursday for the 3rd annual Carpus Diem meetup Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel rooftop.  I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and new followers.   I never knew meeting other Instagrammers could be so much fun, this tradition will surely continue for many years! Some photos from the evening….   what a …

Carpus DiemNYC annual meetup
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Turkey Hummus Snack Wraps

Here’s a quick bite-size wrap recipe to fill up your appetizer trays! You will need: wraps turkey hummus orange peppers arugula cucumbers First spread hummus over entire wrap, and place a three slices of turkey at one end.   Next, add veggies and arugula…. Roll tightly and cover with saran wrap, cool in refrigerator for an hour. To finish, cut …

Carpus DiemTurkey Hummus Snack Wraps
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4th Flags

Surprise your family with fun 4th Flags this Monday! Super simple, with most of the ingredients already in your fridge…. whole wheat toast cream cheese strawberry jam blueberries First toast the bread and spread cream cheese.  Then, add blueberries in upper left corner.   Last, add lines of strawberry jam for a patriotic and hearty toasted treat!  

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Mint Lemonade

Adding mint and fresh lemon slices make a pretty presentation to regular lemonade mix.   My kids like to pick (and eat!) mint from the garden,  this a a fun way for them to contribute to making mint lemonade. All you need is lemonade mix, lemons, and mint…. Use directions on mix, and add one sliced lemon to the pitcher.  …

Carpus DiemMint Lemonade
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Killer Spikes

Killer spikes for the Killer Heels exhibit last night.    Hermés all silver collier de chien, worn with St Laurent Kate grey croc embossed chain bag.   Louboutin flo spikes adding edge to the outfit.   I had a wonderful evening meeting local fashion bloggers and representatives of The Frick Pittsburgh.    The Killer Heels exhibit provides a fascinating history of high heels that both men …

Carpus DiemKiller Spikes
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Snake Eyes

Since my son has a summer birthday, we celebrated at school Friday with these fun snake eyes fruit skewers and chocolate cake. These are super simple, a treat that needs no mixing or baking!  You will need: wooden skewers grapes strawberries-cut the tops off a small tube of icing Wilton candy eyes (can be found on Amazon.com ) first, place grapes …

Carpus DiemSnake Eyes