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How to Serve Salted Caramel Meringue

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How to Serve Salted Caramel Meringue

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In Episode 14, Mary Jane Landau introduces the audience to her Salted Carmel Meringues from her catering business, Catering with Mary Jane Landau. She started in the hospitality business in the ’80s and became the co-owner and catering director of Landau’s restaurant in Bellevue, then moved on to own At Home Cooking School in the ’90s. Mary Jane has over 30 years of experience in the catering arena and loves helping people create special events. It was such a pleasure to have her visit with us and treat one of the ladies in the audience to one of her fabulous desserts.

Mary Jane catered a bridal shower for me and I was really impressed with her customer service and delicious food. Several weeks ahead of the actual event, she came to my home to see where and how I was going to set up the shower, and we brainstormed ideas for a menu. Even though I didn’t have anything in mind yet, she asked me about who was attending and how the shower would flow, then suggested several items she thought might work well. She worked within my budget and came up with some wonderful afternoon lunch ideas: Roast Carrot Harrisa, Peppered Chevre on Crostini, Roast Chicken Salad Tarts, Love Knott Rolls and Prawns Mango with Avocado salad cups. Everything was freshly made and the presentation was very nice and ready to place on my decorated table in time for the guests to arrive. 

The best part was the heavenly desserts she provided, pink rosebud meringues, sweetheart shortbreads, and my favorite: Strawberries Balsamico with Cream Monte Carlo!

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I was so impressed with Mary Jane and the fantastic food she creates, I ordered appetizers for our filming event with Girly Girl Wines. The presentation was so beautiful and the appetizers were incredibly tasty! Definitely a big hit with the ladies and everyone was hoping their number would be called for the drawing for the dessert.

I hope you can join us at one of our Friendsfavz Filming Events. Friendsfavz has become a wonderful community of women who are friendly, uplifting and we have a lot of fun at the live filming events! Check in on our Friendsfavz Group page on Facebook for upcoming events.

Cheers! Karen Rae

Photos by Beautiful Butterfly Photography

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Drinking Italian Inspired Wines, Martedi Winery

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“Martedi” means “Tuesday” in Italian, and the name has a special meaning for the Miglino brothers, who have a tradition of gathering together on the second Tuesday of each month for wine and pasta. Joseph Miglino is the winemaker at Martedi Winery, and he and his brother John are the primary owners of this Italian-inspired-winery, in Woodinville WA.

They specialize in Italian varietals, and their signature wine is a spirited Sangiovese! Joseph has a long and varied career in the wine industry and wine making. He is going to share his story and some of his knowledge of the nuances of wine with us on this episode.

Be the first to be invited to our live filming events by clicking the link below and sign up on our VIP list!

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I am so thrilled to have you all join this wonderful community of women! Friendsfavz is a place to create friendships, sip some wine and learn about new products in a fun warm environment!

Thank you, to all our sponsors who gave gifts to our audience: Anne Waters Fine Art , Margaret Spencer from Dres Systems , Cheryl King Art Martedi Winery for hosting Friendsfavz !

See you next Thursday with a new episode of Friendsfavz,

Cheers, Karen

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

Hi friends,

If you love lattes, cappuccinos, mochas or anything with coffee, we have a special Friendsfavz Coffee Hour for you! Come join us once a month at Brew of Bothell , located in picturesque downtown Bothell.

Join a fun and uplifting community of friends!  We will be bringing in some favorite authors, artists, beauty, health, clothing, coaching and other special guests to share their talents with us. Friendsfavz is the place to be!

Our featured guest at our first Coffee Hour:

Carol Ryan of Carol Ryan Consulting gives us a peek into her Vibrant Visioning Workshops that she has developed to help you make your visions a reality. I love her passion for helping people discover their unique qualities. She is truly empowering and possesses such insight to identifying your passions and bringing them to reality.

If you would like to connect with Carol Ryan and her Vibrant Visioning workshops you can find her at carolryanconsulting.com . Make sure you mention you saw her on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour!

Join us next time on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour on April 17th, 2015 at Brew Coffee in Bothell at 9:30 am. Or find the video on friendsfavz.com.

Come feel beautiful with us, here at friendsfavz! Karen

Special thanks to:

Brew of Bothell for hosting our Coffee Hour

Stephanie Richter for swag

friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

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friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

This weeks Episode brings us to Market Vineyards in the heart of Woodinville’s Hollywood Winery District. We had the privilege to taste three of Market Vineyards current releases and have Rhonda from their Woodinville tasting room give us the highlights on these fabulous wines.

We tasted, Market Vineyards Liquidity White, Arbitrage Cabernet and my personal favorite Dividend Syrah.

I met Rhonda at Market Vineyards several months ago and she and Terri, the tasting room manager, have been so warm and welcoming to me. Over the last couple of months that I have been popping into their Woodinville tasting room I have found myself intrigued by Rhonda’s depth of knowledge and passion in their wines.

Feel free to stop by Market Vineyards Woodinville tasting room and pick up the wines so you can taste along as Rhonda describes the character of each wine. Make sure you tell them Karen from friendsfavz referred you!

A special thank you to Market Vineyards and The Bistro at Hollywood schoolhouse for hosting our live taping of friendsfavz Web Show!

Thank you to 2Fore Pictures  for filming friendsfavz Web Show!

The Refinery Salon, Stephanie Richter, Market Vineyards, The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and HotFlash Designs were so generous in providing gifts for drawings for our audience. The ladies were super excited to win!

I look forward to meeting more of our friends at our next live filming of friendsfavz Web Show! We will keep you posted as to our next live event.

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen

**Episode 6 will feature HotFlash Designs

friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

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friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

Hi friends,

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse is going to be hosting our second filming of friendsfavz Web Show. Come join us and be a part of our studio audience on Thursday November 20th from 5:30-8:00pm. We will be featuring The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse, Market Vineyards and HOTflash Designs, plus some other holiday favorites.

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You will have a chance to taste appetizers at the Bistro created by Chef Frank as well as meet Cali and the rest of the staff. I came upon The Bistro one afternoon while I was out discovering new wineries and needed a bite to eat. I was so happy to see a new spot in Woodinville and was pleased by the variety on their menu. The french onion soup is fantastic and I have been back several times just for the soup!

We will be tasting Market Vineyards wines and talking about some of their new releases. Rhonda will be sharing information about the 2010 Dividend Syrah and 2012 Liquidity plus some of their other favorites.

You will also have the opportunity to view the  unique blend of painting and fused glass art by HOTflash Designs! It is like nothing else out there in the art world! The artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, will be sharing insights into their collaboration that resulted in this exclusive art form.

I hope you will be able to join us and enjoy a girls night out. Make sure you reserve your spot and RSVP to have your name entered into a special gift giveaway! You must be present to win.

Click here to RSVP

Look forward to seeing you on November 20th!

Karen Rae

 

Blog Challenge, Day 3 – A Tutorial

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Blog Challenge, Day 3 – A Tutorial

Today’s challenge is to create a tutorial blog post.

Luckily, I have a little video that  I filmed two years on how to create beaded serve ware. I did not have an HD camera at the time, so I had to use my Iphone and balance it on a box! Every time I bumped the table the phone jiggled and made the video a bit wobbly!

I invited my mom and sisters over for a girls crafting night. What a blast it was to create some pieces of flatware and see how each person created something so different. I had purchased some beads but the best pieces came from old jewelry that had broken and were recreated into masterpieces. I love crafting but am not super talented at crafting. However, it is a fun reason to get some friends together and have some laughs and good times together and use our creative genes.

I just had another girls crafting night last weekend and I think we talked, laughed, ate cake made from scratch (Darla the cake was amazing), and drank a little wine more than we crafted. In other words, we had a great time socializing! My niece Tiffany, brought all the makings for vinyl lettering for wall hangings and glass etching. Thanks to Tiffany’s patients we all had a chance to create one piece. Thanks Tiff, for all your hard work and getting all the supplies and transporting them to my house.

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Do you have a favorite craft? We are always needing ideas for our next girls crafting night!

Be crafty my friends and we will see you next time here at friendsfavz!

Karen Rae

friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

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friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

Today Alex Beadon is challenging us to dig deep and explore the reasons why we are blogging. What is our passion and what is our story. I ventured outdoors in the wind and rain for some inspiration!

Everybody has a story and my blogging story starts with a transition in life. It is a  time where I was reevaluating my purpose in life and what my new “job” would be as an empty-nester. I thought my transition from mom to Karen would be easy. As time would tell, it is not so easy.

I had to evaluate what I thought were my strengths: being a mom, having fun, being creative, meeting and empowering new friends,  and helping others feel beautiful. Put this all together and I came up with creating a video blog and web show for women. I am hoping to empower women to feel more beautiful and share our favorites! And to have lots of fun along the way!

Do you have a passion? Would love to hear what you are passionate about in the comments below.

Come Feel Beautiful with us at friendsfavz!

Karen Rae