Magnificent Table Settings with CB Lifestyle

I am so looking forward to working with our new sponsor, CB Lifestyle. As you know I love a good table setting and by now I know you do too!!! I met Carolyn through a mutal friend. She is an elegant party planner (among other very talented careers) turned place/setting tastemaker. She curates her website CB Lifestyle with the finest collection of tableware, entertaining and home decor items. It’s basically like she took the elegant 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman and nicely packaged everything for you to shop at home in one very beautiful website. I love how Carolyn creates a “mood board” for all her tables. She kindly shared her holiday board below. She is happy to work with you to create a new table of your own for the upcoming holidays or even work directly with a client to enhance what they already have and help create a “look” for their table.

For more information on CB lifestyle or to contact Carolyn with your own ideas, visit her website HERE. As for me, I am absolutely in love with the Ginori china picutred in Carolyns mood board. I am torn over which color I like best, they are all stunning. Which do you like. Drop me a line and let me know!! Bon Weekend!!!

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Greca Mediterranean Kitchen Opens in White Plains.

Last night I tried the new Greca Mediterranean Kitchen on Main Street in White Plains. The menu puts a rustic spin on the traditional Greek fare. The new location is quite chic and very metropolitan looking. They source local produce and sustainably raised fresh wild seafood and organic meats. This is the second location for Greca, the first in Westchester, and in 2021 their New Milford location won Connecticut Magazine’s reader choice 2021for best Restaurant picks and a 2020 top staff pick in CT Bites. Even though their food is quite outstanding, their primary goal is their approach to hospitality where “you enter as strangers but leave as friends”. See you there!!!!

Stuffed Grape leaves…a Greek menu staple!!!

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Zucchini Fritters!!!

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The Roasted Beat appetizer!!! Yummm

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The cocktails were really amazing!

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Here is a sampling of some of their amazing Greek Dips!

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Shrimp Santorini

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Assortment of some of their salads!

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They have an extensive wine selection.

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This was my favorite…greek egg pasta with mushrooms, truffle oil and light cream…oh and some Brussel sprouts too!

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Mediterranean Grill

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And loads of great desserts!!!!

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Michael Jackson on Broadway…The December Show…here we come!!!

Are you ready, to try AGAIN….?  Michael Jackson, The Musical is finally coming to Broadway this fall.  It’s going to be HUGE and probably one of the best shows our group has seen to date.  We were lucky enough to get a large block of orchestra tickets for the night of December 15th at 7:00 pm.  They are predicting that this show is going to be very popular and in great demand,  and we are so lucky to have been one of the first groups to be rescheduled once it opens after the Broadway Shutdown!! Each ticket is $150 so Email Me, to save your spot, they are going fast we are already 1/2 way sold out…..

MJ is the electrifying new Broadway musical that takes audiences inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history. Featuring over 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, MJ allows us to rediscover the man in the mirror – with an explosion of music and theatricality as unforgettable as the artist himself. Book by Lynn Nottage. Directed & Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Book Club Monday…

Who is ready for a thriller? Our Book Club is back and this week’s book is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I have started listening to many of my books on audible and I am loving this change. This book is particularly great on audible because you get an added bonus..an interview with the author. I am in the middle of it right now and I cannot stop!! Here is the story:

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. 

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband, Gabriel, returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.  

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Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. 

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

Home Goods Round-Up

Here is your long overdue Home Goods Re-cap. I am trying to avoid Home Goods because I end up with a cart full of stuff and you know what I really really do not need one more thing. I honestly cannot help myself. FINALLY, FINALLY after almost a year, our Port Chester Home Goods is getting good again. I went today and it was full of tons of great stuff. I can only hope that it continues to get better and better. Here are my favs from today!! Bon Weekend!!!

I love these Suzani pillows.

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How beautiful are these jewelry boxes?….

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With everyone working from home over the past year, I was always looking for a good side table that would fit a laptop and still look nice…

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I have a set of these nesting tables in my mudroom but I like the top on this set even better!!!

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How gorgeous are these lanterns..so great for a table setting for a party…

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There was a good selection of Spode for Thanksgiving. I love this pattern.

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The blue and white selection of urns was one of the prettiest I have seen there so far!!

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I was dying over this console. I would have brought it home for my family room but the measurements were wrong..someone RUN and grab this!!!

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Such a great piece for a shelf or table centerpiece

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These hobnail decorative bowls would be perfect filled to the top with candy corn!!!!!

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These black and gold bamboo tall lamps with the woven shades were perfection…and only $30 each!!!

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Such a pretty glam desk..marble top, bling handles and gold legs!!!!!

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Something about this mirror just stopped me in my tracks!!!

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I just cannot handle how cool these hanging containers are..but I did not have any vision for them at all so sadly I left them behind but someone please buy them and show me what you do with them…

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This artificial fern was probably the most realistic faux I have come across…however, I would paint the pot a matte black..

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Love this lacquer navy table….also the green lamps are fab too

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And how lucky to find matching end tables..

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It’s still there but now on sale..I featured this artwork in one of my other re-caps..still love it!!!!!

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And do not forget….only 92 days away!!!

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Creamy Tuscan ShrimpHere is a quick one

Here is a quick easy weeknight stove-top dinner that is really delicious. I love shrimp dinners and adding the spinach makes it such a great one-dish family meal. I have served this with white rice, brown rice, egg noodles, and even just crusty bread on the side. It is so good that it doesn’t need anything at all. Bon Appetit!

Adapted from Cooking Professionally

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Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons salted butter

• 6 cloves garlic, finely diced

• 1 pound shrimp, tails on or off ( I prefer off)

• 1 small yellow onion, diced

• 1/2 cup white wine (optional)

• 5 ounces jarred sun-dried tomato strips in oil, drained (reserve 1 teaspoon of the jarred oil for cooking)

• 1 3/4 cups half-and-half ( I use fat free 1/2 and 1/2)

• salt and pepper, to taste

• 3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed

• 2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

• 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (optional)

• 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs

• 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add in the garlic. Fry for one minute, until fragrant.

Add in the shrimp and fry for two minutes on each side, until slightly cooked through and pink. Move to a bowl. Set aside.

Fry the onion in the butter leftover in the skillet. Pour in the white wine (if using), and allow to reduce to half, scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan.

Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low-medium, add the half-and-half and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste.

Add in the spinach leaves to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer until the cheese melts through the sauce. (For a thicker sauce, add the water and cornstarch mixture to the center of the pan, let simmer while stirring the mixture quickly until the sauce thickens.)

Add the shrimp back into the pan, add herbs and parsley to taste.

Serve over rice, pasta, or steamed vegetables