Thursday, December 30, 2010

Your Mission

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Make 3 wishes at midnight.
2) Drink champagne and dance until the sun comes up.
3) Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. - Rabindranath Tagore

Create by Faith Ford with love

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hello my lovelies! I'm in Paris having the most FABULOUS time! Posting will be few and far between for the next week. I will be back on the 3rd of January with much more inspiration, recipes, tips and shenanigans from Paris!
Barrio Latino
46/48, rue du faubourg Saint-Antonine - 75012 Paris
Tel: 01 55 78 84 75
Barrio Latino is a four-story restaurant and bar that offers great latin food, music and dancing.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Your Mission

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Have a lazy day in bed... read, snack, watch a movie.
2) Make a list of 25 things you're thankful for.
3) Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. - Jimi Hendrix

Create by Faith Ford with love

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

click here to read on

Candy Wreath

You will need:
1 small wire wreath
4 pounds peppermint candy
Florist wire

Start by fastening the florist wire to the wreath.
Use two and two candies and fasten them to the wreath by twining the wire around them.
Let the next ones overlap the old ones.
Work yourself all the way around.
Fasten the last ones by twining the wire a few extra turns around the wreath.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Use your kids drawing, favorite food picture in a cookbook, artwork, map etc. All you need to do is take copies of them on a printer. You can use your home printer for small sheets of paper. If you need bigger sheets just take your artwork to a place like Kinko's and they will do it for you. You will get totally unique presents. via
sweet paul
Individual Pies

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chocolate-dipped peppermint
Dip the sticks, one at a time into the melted chocolate.
Roll the ends in nonpareils.
Transfer to parchment paper.
Let stand in room temperature until set

Friday, December 17, 2010

Your Mission

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Drink a cup of Hot Chocolate.
2) Make eye contact with 3 people, smile and silently wish them well.
3) Gratitude is appreciating what you have. To get more of it into your life, use these words daily: grateful, thankful, gift, lucky, fortunate.

Create by Faith Ford with love
photo via design is mine

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Happiness on a Stick
Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops
Perfect for those cold, winter nights

1 liter bottle Vodka (like Ketel One)
1/2 pound dried figs
1/2 Vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise

Pour all the ingredients in a pitcher and let stand for 1 week.
Pour back into the bottle, discard figs and vanilla beans.
Serve on the rocks in a tumbler with 1/2 fresh
fig as garnish. via sweet paul

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Caramel Popcorn Balls
Makes 10

1 large bag of popcorn
1 cup sugar

Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Melt the sugar in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Stir once in a while so the sugar does not burn. Once melted, pour the caramel over the popcorn. Using clean rubber gloves form the popcorn into balls. Store in an airtight container

TIPS: A cute way to serve these is to make a handle using a lollipop stick. Hot glue rick rack ribbon. Glue to the popcorn ball with some melted sugar. via sweet paul

Recycled paper chains
I pretty much love anything that reminds me of my childhood, and paper chains are one of those things. I think my grandmother still has the same paper chain that my cousins and I made in the 80's.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Taken By Trees - "My Boys"

"There isn't much that I feel I need, A solid soul and the blood I bleed.. "
Hot White Chocolate With Rum
serves 4

1 vanilla bean
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cardamom, lightly crushed
4 cups whole fat milk
4 ounces white chocolate
1 tablespoon rum
whipped cream, for serving
4 peppermint candles, crushed

Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place the seeds, bean, cinnamon, cardamom and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Let the spices infuse the milk for 20 minutes. Strain and remove the spices. Heat the milk again; add chocolate and rum and stir until the chocolate has melted. Serve with whipped cream and a few pieces of crushed candy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Your Mission

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Recite a verse or two of poetry.
(Reciting poetry balances the right and left brain hemispheres.)
2) Be curious. Make the effort to do something new and different.
3) We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. - Jawaharlal Nehru

Create by Faith Ford with love

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken
Serves 4

This is perfect for a Sunday lunch. It’s easy to make, and everything is conveniently in one tray. Can’t beat that!

1 large organic chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 small bunch of fresh thyme
8 thin slices of lemon
2 pound fingerling potatoes
6 bay leaves
1 head of garlic, the top cut off
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Rub the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place the thyme and lemon slices on top of the chicken, using string to secure in place.
Place in a large oven-proof dish and bake for about 45 minutes.
Mix fingerling potatoes with bay leaf, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and place around the chicken.
Roast for another 50 to 60 minutes.

Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before carving.
Serve with a green salad.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hello my lovelies, Hope you're having a relaxing Saturday. This morning I was up at dawn styling a Holiday Breakfast in Santa Monica. (Hopefully I'll have photos to share soon.) This is my first photo ever with Santa. Sad. I feel a little robbed of my childhood. Tomorrow I'm heading to the beach for a photo shoot with TomTom Jewelry, other than that it's a pretty quiet weekend. I have a very exciting week ahead of me, which I can't wait to share. Have a fun weekend, my loves.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your Mission

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Buy a box of crayons - Every respectable household should have one.
2) Say "YES" to something you wouldn't normally.
3) Do something everyday that scares you - Eleanor Roosevelt

Create by Faith Ford with love