Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays

In the spirit of the Holidays I attempted to take the 25 Christmas Cook challenge I found on www.epicurious.com.  I only made it to day two.... so hopefully all of you will have better luck.  Happy Baking!

25 Days of Christmas Cookies

Whether you serve them at parties, leave them out for Santa, or mail them as gifts, it's just not Christmas without cookies. We've chosen our 25 favorite recipes, one for every day from December 1st through the 25th. From chocolate hazelnut crinkles to five-spice gingersnaps, each one is unique, beautiful, and delicious. Looking for inspiration?

Tips for perfect cookies:

    * Release with Ease

Delicate sugar cookies or jam-filled ones like rugalach can sometimes stick to the baking sheet, making them tough to remove without cracking. In the past few years, many bakers have begun using silicone baking sheet liners to solve this problem. Silicone conducts heat, so it gets just as hot as the metal sheet underneath it, but its rubbery surface prevents sticking. Silicone liners are available at housewares stores. Silpat is one popular brand.

    * Chill Before Shaping

Most types of cookie dough or batter can benefit from a stop in the fridge before they're formed. For rolled or slice-and-bake cookies, this firms up the dough, which makes it easier to roll out or slice. For drop cookies, the resting time allows the ingredients to fully meld, which creates better flavor and texture. Dough and batter can be refrigerated for as little as 30 minutes but can also be chilled, tightly wrapped, for several days.

    * Store Snugly

Once cookies are baked and cooled, they should be stored, layered between sheets of wax paper, in a covered container. In general, cookies do not need to be refrigerated, but if you plan on keeping them for longer than a few days, you might want to consider freezing them. Most cookies will hold up well during freezing as long as they're tightly wrapped to prevent freezer burn. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's the Season for Bling!

Engagement Season is here and so are the RINGS!  Check out some of this year's popular styles from one of my favorite jewelers - Rogers and Hollands.

Romantic, Simple, Elegant - The princess cut is still a popular choice amount girls everywhere!

This three diamond classic original started as an anniversary ring, symbolizing a couple's "past, present, and future."  Yet in recent years this three-ring style has become one of the most popular choices for engagement rings as well!

non-traditional, unique designs.  From geometric shapes to swirls unique designs are making their way into the engagement market.  So why not design something special, represent your style, and bring something special to your bling!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wedding Trends - Birdcage Veils

Birdcage Veils are the latest trend in the Bridal World.  Check out all the different styles and options found on www.unveiledbridaldesigns.com

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Enjoy the experience of custom creating your own Birdcage veil!
Choose from the "Blusher" "Angle"  "Wedge ""The Masque "Fleur Wedge" or "Bandeau style birdcages". Custom comb decoration INCLUDED!


Paige is wearing a beautiful ivory "Angle styleBirdcage veil. This veil is our most popular veil since it can be ordered in different lengths for different placement options. The model is wearing the below the eye length with a placement of above the ear. Stunning look that will compliment casual to formal gowns.  


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Welcome Kelcey is one of our newest spotlight brides. Visit our Spotlight Bride gallery for more photographs of   amazing brides.
Here are the newest members


 IntroducingThe Fleur! Available now in our French netting shop.
 Photo by Maria Bernal
See all our NEW RELEASE gallery here

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The Bronze Wedge is a gorgeous custom birdcage that is full of Unique style and personality (available in assorted color).

 At Unveiled we long for brides to have FUN!
Relax and let Dorene create for you a veil of your dreams, or give creative freedom to Dorene and she will create a veil that is a one of a kind piece of art. Have fun & pamper yourself!
All our veils are made with a close attention to detail and a vision of the whole look of the bride. Every edge is trimmed, & all beading is hand sewn. What you will receive is a veil that will "reflect you" & have a timeless quality that can be passed down with pride to your daughter & her daughter!
Our Bride is wearing The Wedge! Order yours Wedge


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Customizing your birdcage!
In the Veil shop there are Rush veils or you may have some fun and go to the French netting shop to create your own.

For ideas you can go to the Accessory shop & the Past Birdcage combs page. You may also send a photo of your gown and Dorene will match your dress! All birdcages are handcrafted, hand sewn and customized by Designer~Artisan Dorene Vandermeer
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Ready for customizing now in the Illusion veil shop. 

Also ready for customizing in our catalog...
           Illusion Blusher  
                Illusion veils   

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