If you're in Philly, you'll want to make some time on your calendar to attend the Sofitel Philadelphia Art Reception on December 4, 2018 featuring work from artist Alfred Ortega. Ortega's paintings will be displayed throughout the lobby and reception areas.
One of the things that I love about Sofitel (aside from their cozy rooms!), is the fact that they value community and local artisans - they bring in local artists to showcase three times a year!
The General Manager of the Sofitel Philadelphia states, "Community involvement is very important to us at the Sofitel. We strive to be part of the community and are always looking for opportunities to give back. Not only do we donate financially to organizations such as Broad Street Ministries and The Attic Youth Center, we have also made the decision to shift an international to a local curator specifically showcasing the incredible artwork of Philadelphia artists."
Attendees at the cocktail reception can sip the night's signature cocktail, the "Kensington Coco Old Fashion" and nibbling food samplings from the seasonal winter menu such as crab cakes, spring rolls, bouillabaisse spoons, smoked trout, creme brule, and lemon napoleon. Yum!
Alfred Ortega studied painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the artists work if represented by the Atlantic Gallery, Nantucket and the Ligne Roset Gallery, New York. Ortega's work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum and Twenty-two Gallery in Philadelphia.
It's hard to believe that we're already nearing the end of the month of November and are kicking off the holiday season! If you follow along on our social media pages, you know that I'm all about the holiday's and look for all of the festive activities to participate in each year.
In Lahaska, less than an hour from us, sits Peddler's Village and it's going to be all decked out in its holiday finery for you to visit! Peddler's Village is a countryside shopping, dining, lodging and family entertainment destination in the heart of Buck's County and is well-known for its over the top holiday celebration! Trust us when we say that you'll want to make their holiday lights a part of your Christmas celebration this year.
On December 1, the Christmas Festival begins, which includes a number of happenings throughout the village, and the highly anticipated Santa Parade!
This time of year, extended hours apply: 10:00AM to 9:00PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00AM to 7:00PM on Sunday's.
If you've talked to me, you know that philanthropy is near and dear to my heart and that I am a big proponent of spreading positivity and kindness like glitter. I simply cannot wrap my head around the fact that others don't always share this mentality, and I'm forever on a mission to change that.
By chance, I discovered that today is World Kindness Day, and it's an annual celebration each thirteenth of November. With Thanksgiving coming up, I've seen people talking about gratefulness and being appreciative of what they have; however, I think this WKD falls at just the right time.
Sure, we should be grateful for everything and everyone around us, but I love that WKD actually emphasizes making others see the light at the end of the tunnel too. The reality is that some people struggle, and that hardship can often toughen the soul. Scrooge and The Grinch, anyone?
Today, let's help the world celebrate and inspire kindness. No act of kindness or good deed is too small. A simple smile in the direction of someone who might have just gotten some bad news, and is contemplating how they'll make it through their day. Holding the door for that frazzled mama with a baby in her arms, one tantrum away from a meltdown herself. Adding on that $1 to your shopping trip to help a non-profit reach their fundraising goals.
Do you see the pattern here? It's so easy to be kind, and our kindness can actually change the trajectory of someone's day and sometimes, their lives. Let's take this time to inspire the same reaction and positive habits in others, and watch the pattern that stems from that.
Growing up, I was fortunate to not have many allergies to hinder my trick or treating, but as an adult it's hard to avoid the fact that allergies happen and there are children who risk getting sick or simply miss out on all the fun.
This year, we'll be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which ensures that all children, regardless of their allergy, can have a safe and fun Halloween.
Just like it sounds, paint a pumpkin a lovely shade of teal to let families know that you're participating and that your front door is one their little ones can safely run to with their pillowcases wide open!
Friends, writing this post is a bittersweet thing for me. I have made the difficult decision to resign from my position with Housewives in the City. Since 2016, I've been working hard to build this community full of empowering and wonderful women like yourselves and host monthly events to further grow that network and showcase local businesses.
I've decided to finish out the year, and so December 11, 2018 will be my final event. I hope that you'll join us at Al Pastor in Exton!
Tomorrow marks the start of October, and I'm over here loving on all things pumpkin. I'll admit, there's a lot of fall flavors I love more than pumpkin, but these muffins combined with a crumb topping and a glaze icing are such a perfect blend of the season.
1 1/2c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spie
1/2c vegetable oil
1/2c brown sugar (I used light)
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray or grease with butter.
2. In a mixer, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pie spice until blended. Then, add in the oil, sugars, pumpkin, eggs and milk. Mix until combined.
3. Slowly spoon or pour the batter into the muffin tin, about halfway.
As the oven preheats, make the crumb topping for the muffins.
1/4c brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4-5 tbsp melted butter
Mix together (with a fork) the flour, sugars and spice together in a small bowl. Then, slowly add bits of the melted butter in and continue to mix until it becomes a crumb-like consistency. You may not need all of the butter - you want to add until it's the consistency that you prefer and not too wet.
Slowly sprinkle the crumble over the muffins in the tins and then bake for about 20 minutes. .
What is a pumpkin muffin without a delicious glaze over top?
1 1/2c powdered sugar
1 tbsp syrup
1 tsp nutmeg or pie spice
2 tbsp milk
Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth, and drizzle over muffins once they come out of the oven.
The first day of Fall is tomorrow, and I couldn't be happier! I'll admit, I'm definitely a warm weather person, but there's something about this season that I love. From the food to the celebrations to the sweaters ... I'm sold on Fall!
Tonight, I decided to put together one of my go-to recipes for chillier weather, Swedish Meatballs. Served over mashed potatoes, they are filling (which means a little goes a long way with a crowd) and flavorful. Round this meal out with a green side, and you're set!
Start with ... Allie's Baked Meatballs
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/3c shredded parmesan cheese
3 tbsp chili sauce (or ketchup)
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large mixing bowl (I use my stand mixer), mix everything together.
3. With the meat mixture, form meatballs (about 2 inches) and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes.
As the meatballs are baking ... Mashed Potatoes
Bag of yellow/gold potatoes (or Russet if you prefer)
1/2c heavy cream
1/4c unsalted butter
1/4c sour cream
1. Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters.
2. Put the potatoes into a large stockpot, and cover them with salted water. Allow to boil about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft enough to poke with a fork and begin to fall apart.
3. Drain the potatoes, and then return to the stockpot.
4. Add the heavy cream and begin to mash the potatoes, then add the butter once the cream is mostly combined. Allow the butter to melt a minute and then continue to mash.
5. Mash in the sour cream, and then set aside.
While you're waiting for the potatoes to boil ... Swedish Meatball Gravy
7 tbsp unsalted butter
3c beef broth
3/4c sour cream
1. Melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, slowly whisk in the flour.
2. Slowly pour the beef broth in, one cup at a time, and whisk constantly for a couple of minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
3. Whisk in the sour cream and add seasoning of your choice (I added a dash of garlic powder and salt).
4. When the meatballs are done cooking, add them into the pot of sauce to heat through.
Pour the Swedish Meatballs over the Mashed Potatoes, and enjoy!
If you know me, you know I love me some southern food. I've found the holy grail.
Back in college, I frequented The Social Lounge; however, I was much more familiar with their bar than I was their menu. On Friday, a girlfriend of mine (and my MOH!), suggested that we grab dinner and double date at The Social in West Chester. Dan and I weren't sure if it was the same place ... and it kind of was but also wasn't.
We haven't been back for dinner to West Chester in a long time, and we're not even sure when The Social expanded their menu and location, but we're very happy about discovering this gem. If you know me, you know I'm a little southern lady trapped in the body of a suburban-Philly twenty-something and so stumbling upon this gem of a restaurant warmed my insides.
On the menu, we found things like Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimiento Cheese and Shrimp and Grits. To say I was in heaven is one heck of an understatement.
The portions are huge, so we decided to do a few appetizers and drinks instead of the entrees. Next time, I'm doing the Chicken and Waffles (literally dreaming about it). If you're into southern cuisine, you need to add The Social to your list.
For almost a year now, I've been in contact with Gemma from AR Workshop in Malvern, brainstorming an event before they even officially opened their doors. I'm so excited to finally announce that we've got an event on the calendar!
If you haven't heard of AR Workshop just yet, it's essentially Pinterest come to life. The designers behind the company (founded in 2010), has launched into a workshop-based franchise where the public can attend classes and parties to make popular projects for their homes. How fun is that!?
With the autumn season upon us, we thought it would be a fun time to collaborate, so that you can bring some of those fun projects to your own space. While this is not the same as our traditional GNO's (we're still hosting one on October 9 in Downingtown!), we thought it would be fun to incorporate an optional get-together for those who might want to attend.
We're already seeing a lot of you expressing interest in attending ... whether you've been dying to go and couldn't find anyone to go with you or if you have a group of girlfriends who just haven't gotten around to booking a workshop ... now is your chance!
AR Workshop in Malvern is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine, your girlfriends and register for a project for our special Philadelphia Housewives Workshop!
A simple salad entree with a lot of flavor.
It's hard to believe that we'll be celebrating Labor Day this weekend. Is it just me, or does it feel like two seconds ago we were swapping out our pastel Easter decor for red, white and blue?
One of my favorite parts of this season has been taking care of our first garden here at the house, and from that we had quite a burst of tomatoes. With all of this rain, we're at the end of that harvest and I wanted to make sure to use up what I still had in a tasty and quintessentially summer dish.
This past week the heat crept back (we're talking high 90's!), and I was trying to think of something easy to make that wouldn't require me to stand over the oven for too long. With it being the end of the season, I felt nostalgic for a summertime classic - the BLT! To make this salad a little heartier, I added chicken so that it was a suitable entree.
CHICKEN BLT SALAD
2 hearts of romaine lettuce (there's just two of us, but chop more if you've got more people to feed!)
4-5 chopped tomatoes
2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 c croutons
Dressing (we used caesar)
1. Cook the bacon over medium heat. Set aside on a plate lined with paper towel (to help absorb the grease). If bacon is your favorite part of the BLT, add more to the pan ;)
2. In the same skillet with bacon drippings, add the chicken and a thin layer of water. Cover with a lid and allow to cook, about eight to ten minutes. Halfway through, rotate in the pan with tongs.
3. Once the chicken is done, remove from pan and allow to cool about five minutes.
4. Rinse the romaine, and add to a large salad bowl with chopped tomatoes, croutons and bacon (crumble or chop it first).
5. On a cutting board, chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the salad.
6. Top with your favorite dressing.