Product Pick: Designer Ice

As we enjoy the last days of the summer season, this week’s product pick is selected to keep your cool. These ice forms allow you to freeze your favorite flavored water or wow your guests with designer ice for their beverage. The size and shape are best used in pitchers, punch bowls or larger tumblers and actually melt slower than standard cubes.

  • Iced, orbed greatness comes as a pack of four, making 2 inch round orbs of chill
  • Fill with juice, lemon or lime segments, mint leaves, basil, berries and more
  • Larger ice means drinks stay cooler longer – won’t melt as fast!
  • Because they are sealed, ice won’t smell like leftover food in your refrigerator
  • Can be used in pitchers, cocktails, punch bowls and tumblers

Available on in sets of 4 / $9.99 or 10 / $19.99


Bright and Sunny Thank You


I was recently asked to create a floral arrangement as a Thank You to a business who works with companies to build and market their brands. So what choice did I have but to create something that matched THEIR brand. Considering the environment that the arrangement will eventually be placed in should be a factor in the color and style of the final arrangement. ~ kf.

Not Just a Pretty Face.

Officially the holidays are over and your probably “not eating this” or “only a bite of that” but the reality of our uber-social lives is that most of us will either entertain at our homes this weekend, be invited somewhere for a party or simply meet friends for a congratulatory meal. And as Ms Emily Post says we should always bring something for the host (and put out the best for our guests…). Well I have found, and am now ready to share, what will now be your house chocolates and signature hostess gift.

Viktoria Richards Chocolates are more that just a pretty face. The most beautiful chocolates you will ever see are also some of the tastiest treats you will ever have.

“At Viktoria Richards Chocolates we introduce our customers to the traditional methods of chocolate making. By traditional, we mean, chocolates that are prepared daily, in small hand-made batches, with no preservatives. Our chocolates are created using only the finest French and Belgian chocolate, freshest creams, nuts, and fruits.”

Although based in the Tampa Bay Metro area VR Chocolates will ship anywhere. ANYWHERE. They will also work with businesses to creat gifts for your clients, even placing your logo on the perfect little squares.

Victoria and her husband Richard work non-stop marketing and producing these wonderfully appealing morsels. {I did drag her out for a coffee this week. And look forward to many more coffee chats in the future.} Visiting the shop is totally worth it, however, if you are in the Tampa Bay area you will find them in various boutiques and shops scattered throughout the area. Including but not limited to: CRU Cellars, Te Bella Tea Shop, FIG, Eds Fine Wines

Pretty + Tasty = An Appealing Plan

Gifts for the Foodie: DIY Kitchen Herb Gardens

Still searching for a gift for the foodie on your list? Create an organic kitchen herb garden for the counter or sunny window.

Collect all your supplies:

* Organic Herbs from local farmers market (or most grocery stores are now carrying fresh options by Shenandoah Growers in the produce area as well)

* Organic Potting Soil – I recently found Organic Mechanic Soil which is available main locations as well as mail order.

* Your favorite container (for this project I like a wider more rectangle shapped container)

* Small Shovel, Gloves (optional of course), Moss, Water

Place a few inches of soil in the base of your container filling it about 3/4 of the way up. Being to place your herbs in the containers, staggering them rather than placing them in a straight line gives the containers a nicer visual as they fill in.

Once the herbs are in, fill the remainder of the container with soil to the top. The dry soil will settle as you water it. Once watered place a topping of moss to retain the soils moisture. You can add labels if you wish to signify which herbs you have included.

Place under the tree and wait for your next invitation to a home cooked meal by previously mentioned foodie.

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