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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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friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

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friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

What is HOTflash designs all about? It is the vision of two artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, who have collaborated to create a unique union of painting and fused glass art.

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So excited for Cheryl and Cindy to be presenting their art at the filming of friendsfavz Web Show on Thursday November 20th! We are having a girls night out and invite all ladies to come and join us to be a part of the studio audience. There is no cost to attend and we will be tasting some delectable treats by The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and wine tasting with Market Vineyards. The Refinery Salon will be popping in to share some tips from “ask the expert” and Jenn will be glitzing it up with her bag of tips and tricks.

I hope you can join us and if you RSVP at the Facebook event page your name will go into a drawing for a gift giveaway. You must be present to win.

See you at the filming!

Karen

friendsfavz first live filming!

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friendsfavz First Live Filming at Alexandria Nicole Cellars

You are invited to join us for the first live filming of the friendsfavz web show! Grab a girlfriend and be a part of the studio audience. We will be talking with Kristine Bono from Alexandria Nicole Cellars and tasting two of their fabulous wines. Listen below as she gives a little insight to what we will be tasting!

Also joining us will be Stephanie Richter who will be presenting her luscious lip bar featuring hot summer colors! Come and try on some fun lip products and find a new favorite! We will have some fun giveaways too!

 Laurie London, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, will be talking about her new paranormal romance books!

Sarah Sewalelot, Owner and Stylist from The Refinery Salon in Edmonds, will be showing us some fun summer hairstyles with a sixties influence.

I am so excited to introduce you to some of my favorite friends for an evening of wine tasting, beauty, hot reads and flirty hair!

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Vlogging, What type of camera to use!

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What is a Vlog and what is a Vlogger Fair?

I was wondering the same thing a short time ago. To those of us of a more mature age who are just catching up to the trends, it is a video blog.

Who is vlogging you ask? Well, at this fair the popular personalities are under 40, single or families and they are a hit with the young female generation.

I was amazed and intrigued by the following of these You Tube successes. The majority of attendees at the vlogger fair, a two day event with vendors and you tube personalities, were  young, female and very familiar with all the names of the vloggers who were going to be speaking. Many of the You Tube people have vlogs about themselves and their families, kind of like a reality show but without all the drama. They talk about  family, their daily lives and  interesting things happening around them. Some vlogs have a theme, like make-up tutorials, fashion or crafting, but those types of video blogs were not represented at the fair.

I think the vlogs by Chris Pirillo, Shay Carl, Joey Graceffa, Its Judys life, and many others create a sense of community for many of their followers and invite people to be a part of their lives.  I felt they are a much better set of folks to follow than many of the movie, TV, and music celebrities many follow. It was a safe, fun, creative environment for young people to be attending.

If you like wine, listen in as I talk about my new favorite wine store with the biggest selection around.

Happy trails, Karen Rae

Dinner for Two

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ImageGuest Blogger!  Craig here, Karen’s husband.  She asked me to be the guest blogger tonight because I am both handsome and witty (hahaha – this will only get in if I can hit enter before she edits).  Tonight we found ourselves alone (again) as our oldest son is off to college and our youngest is off on another of his many events, friends, hobbies, or all of the above (today indoor “skydiving” with his Uncle at IFly – a great Christmas present – then off to church).  Anywhooo….. that left the two of us alone at home, so my lovely wife set a very nice “table” at the Kitchen Island, including her Glassy Baby’s, with their individual bling things, place mats, napkins… the whole deal.  And, we enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner (meat compliments of my In-Law’s who gave us a selection of Kansas City Steak Company steaks for Christmas), accompanied by a small bottle of 2008 Decorum Red Table Wine – made with love and care by Vinters (and our special friends) Drew and Deb Lowe.  Drew is a long time local wine maker, having started making wine with his friend and neighbor Gary Bunker probably 15 years ago or more (Wish Willing Cellars).  That fruitful partnership (witty alert!) ended due to both of them moving far away from each other.  Drew has continued on making fine wines with his wife Deb under the label Decorum.  I especially like it when I compliment his wines and that results in a few more bottles coming my way!  Tonight he responded to my text message with a promise of a case of the liquid gold…. And, I know Karen has Drew and Deb on her list of future guests, not only for their wine making, but also for their other creative talents such as making cheese, fruit jam and jellies, Lemoncello (yum!), and expertise in multi-dimensional nuclear physics (OK – not the last one, but I was trying to come up with something that makes them sound cooler).  So, stay tuned for a more in depth dissertation of their talents in an upcoming episode…. That’s all from me tonight, as I need to get back to the dishes, which is a cheap price to pay for a wonderful “Dinner for Two” with my beautiful, loving wife.