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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.

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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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Girly Girl Gifts, Gifts with Personality

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Joining us on this episode is Laurie Cassille the owner and creator of Girly Girl Gifts!  Her hand painted gifts show that you took the time to pick the perfect gift and personalize it for that special friend or family member. What fun we had visiting with Laurie sipping Girly Girl Wine on their outdoor patio on a warm fall afternoon.  Our fabulous community of ladies joined us at the Girly Girl Tasting Room in Woodinville and socialized and enjoyed the gift giveaways from some local vendors.

If you would like an exclusive invite to our events make sure you sign up for our VIP list!

A special thanks to:

Cameron Baughn Photography for filming and editing If you are needing photography, filming or visual arts, Cameron is incredibly talented. (Cameron is my son! He helps me tremendously.)

Girly Girl Wines  A great place to meet with friends at their tasting room in Woodinville, Wa.

Catering with Mary Jane Landau for the yummy dessert give away! Mary Jane has catered several of my events and I love how she is so customer service oriented along with providing incredible appetizers.

Merry McCallum with Vivi Jewelry gave a beautiful necklace set as a giveaway for one of the ladies in the audience! What lovely accessories by Vivi Jewelry!

Robinson Dental in Lynnwood, Wa  Thanks to Brett Robinson for giving a Teeth Whitening Kit as a gift to one of the ladies in the audience! Also, for the Sonicare Toothbrush as a gift giveaway! I love the ladies at Robinson Dental that take care of my keeping my teeth healthy and Brett for the excellent service he provides!

I hope you can join us at one of our live filming events, we have so much fun! Enjoy the photos by Beautiful Butterfly Photography!  Yamileth Swearingen continues to capture the great time at our events! Check out her Facebook Page and give her a “Like” while you are there.

Cheers, Karen

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Makeup for Photos with Elle W. Hair

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Hi Friends!

Have you ever wondered how to look your best in Photos?

Laura Wentworth from Elle W. Hair Design and Makeup and Hair Studio 164 is going to give us some great tips on how to look our best from lips to eyes. Click below for the latest episode of Friendsfavz TV.

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If you have a favorite Winery or topic you would like to see, let us know on our facebook page or twitter at #friendsfavz

Coming soon! VIP list to get first notice for live filming events. 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors and our friends who gave Gifts for our Audience! 

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Stephanie Richter from Mary Kay Cosmetics

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Our Host Site: Kestrel Vintners

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Our next episode features:

 Rebecca J. Clark USA Today Bestselling Author and her book The Checklist Diet.

Thanks for joining us at Friendsfavz!

Cheers, Karen

Friendsfavz TV – Summer Wines with Kestrel Vintners

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Friendsfavz TV – Summer Wines with Kestrel Vintners

Welcome Friends!

Friendsfavz Web Show host and special guest this week is Kestrel Vintners ! Carolina Warwick, the associate wine maker, invited us into the Club Room at the Woodinville tasting room and we enjoyed tasting three of their many splendid wines. We tasted the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Cabernet Franc, and my personal favorite the 2010 Mourvedre.

Feel free to stop by one of their three tasting rooms in Woodinville, Leavenworth or Prosser and pick up a bottle to bring home to enjoy while you watch the web show posted below.  Listen to Cat as she shares information about the Estate Vineyards, the delicious Kestrel wines and how special it is to be a club member. The wine club members are always the first to taste many of the wines as well as be invited to special events!

On my first visit to the Kestrel Woodinville Tasting Room, I was greeted by warm friendly smiles and all the people working were so welcoming. I was invited to sit at the wine bar in the club room.  As I  looked around, I saw a room full of people having a good time visiting with friends. I meet some wonderful people myself and one of them, Michelle, even joined us for our filming event!

We had such a great time filming and visiting with each other, a true girls night out!  I hope you can join us and be a part of the audience for one of the upcoming filming events. Please check the friendsfavz group page on Facebook for future filming dates and locations.  If any of you have a suggestion for a great winery location, please comment below.

So many wonderful women contributed to the evening to make it so special, and I want to thank them all. Julie from Chive Catering served some wonderful appetizers that paired perfectly with the wines Kestrel featured. Beautiful Butterfly Photography took some amazing photos throughout the evening! Thank you Yamileth for coming and photographing all the fun we were having!

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Please check out Beautiful Butterfly Photography facebook page and give her a like when you are there! She also gave a gift of a mini portrait session in the gift drawings.

We had so many fabulous friends offer gifts for giveaways to the audience.

Cheryl King Art gave away a two Giglee prints and Linda was ecstatic about her new print that she won!

Cindy DuVall of Calypso Fused Glass Art gave away a gorgeous piece of glass art to one of our ladies in the audience.

Stephanie Richter of Mary Kay Cosmetics gave some summer lip colors to brighten a summer look for one of the ladies!

Kestrel Vintners had a fantastic gift basket to enjoy on a warm summer evening!

Laura Wentworth of Elle W. Hair Design and Makeup gave an outstanding package for hair and makeup for a special event!

Rebecca J. Clark, USA Today Best Selling Author gave away a signed copy of her book The Checklist Diet and two 30 day memberships to Thrive Gym access to her personnel training program.

Cheers,

Karen

 

Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

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Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

Join me as I discover some fabulous wines and add them to my list of Wine favorites. I’m out searching for the next amazing winery to feature for the Friendsfavz Web Show here in Woodinville and am finding some delicious wines to share with you.  This week, I’m featuring  Kestrel Vintners 2011 Mourvedre .

I popped over to my neighbors David and Diane’s house to have them join me in tasting the Mourvedre. It’s always fun to share a new wine with friends and get their impressions.

David began our wine adventure with talking about the Mourvedre grape. He knows much more about wines than I do and has quite the wine collection. I am no wine expert, but I’m excited to learn more about wine, the grapes and especially becoming more sophisticated at tasting!

David was saying that the Mouvedre grape, a Rhone varietal, is generally blended with other grapes,which is the case with, the 2011 Mourvedre by Kestrel Vintners. It is 86%  Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 4% Syrah.

After talking about the different aspects of the wine and the process of making it, we checked in with the wine notes to see if any of our guesses about the aromas and flavors of the wine were correct, and we were happy to learn that they were! (Well, at least a few of them.)

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To me, wine labels are works of art and tell a little about the personality of the winery. The label on the 2011 Mourvedre has a Kestrel (a type of falcon) stamped in the center surrounded by a very interesting description of the maker’s philosophy on wine. David commented that the Kestrel on the label, can be recognized by its distinctive feather. Diane liked the label because it reminds her of an old classic book. This made me think that this wine would be a perfect one to sip while sitting in a stately library, reading a classic novel.

The color – as you can see from the photo – is a deep garnet with a nice clarity. As we hovered over the glass to enjoy the aromas, David detected a scent of spicy cherry. The wine notes say you will notice an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors. It had such appealing aromas that you could almost drink them in.

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On to the taste! The first word that came to my mind was, “smooth”. Diane described the wine as rich in cherry and hints of other red berries. She brought out a wine tasting kit that had different aromas and we tried to identify some of the undertones of the wine. David mentioned that the Mourvedre has a smooth soft finish and a nice balance of flavors. We were all noting that this is a wine that could either stand on its own or would go great with food.

What a fun way to get together with friends and explore a new wine! We loved the 2011 Mourvedre and would highly recommend it to our friends.

A summary of the Winemaker notes:

The color is deep garnet with black undertones. In the aroma and on the pallet you will find an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors and floral elements such as red currant, cherry, rose-petals, dried herbs, cardamom and mulling spice.

Please find the full wine notes at Kestrel Vintners

I hope you all have a chance to try the 2011 Mourvedre and enjoy it with some friends!

When you visit the Kestrel Vintners tasting room in Woodinville, make sure you tell them that you saw their wine on Friendsfavz

Cheers my friends, Karen

*Save the date: Friendsfavz Web Show filming event at Kestrel Vintners in Woodinville, on Thursday June 25th at 6pm. Come join in the fun and be a part of the live audience! See you there!

Do you have a favorite wine we should consider for our Wine Favz? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what are your favorites.

Find out more about Kestrel Vintners at

Website –  kestrelwines.com 

Twitter – @kestrelwines

Facebook – Kestrel Vintners

Friendsfavz Coffee Hour Friday, April 17th

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour Friday, April 17th

Laura Wentworth of Elle W hair Design and Makeup and Co-owner of Hair Studio164 will be with us this Friday, April 17th at 9:30 at Brew in Bothell for our Friendsfavz Coffee Hour. I hope you can join us for an uplifting social hour with some fantastic women.

She will be giving us some Tips on Photographic Makeup for Women over 40! Do you ever wonder what you should be highlighting? Should you use shimmer in your shadows? To contour or not? These are a few of the questions she will be addressing along with answering some of your questions. 1402986_793071907405673_4470120518584457150_o

Laura has a passion for helping women feel and look beautiful. She is considered an expert in formal styling with an emphasis on Bridal work. I am so excited for you to meet her at our Coffee Hour.

You can find her at
http://www.ellewhair.com/

Come Feel Beautiful with us here at Friendsfavz! Karen