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Home is where the HEART is

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches! We at Posh believe that this heartfelt holiday should be celebrated in the home all year round. Whether you keep fresh roses in the living room or accent with heart-inspired pieces, there are plenty of ways to keep love a theme in your home décor.

PoshLiving Valentine's Day Designs

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PoshLiving has many beautiful furnishings that will keep romance alive on a daily basis. If you’re looking to send more love to your little ones, PoshTots has pieces with a more playful spin!

PoshTots Valentine's Day Designs

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Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids? This adorable V-Day DIY and scrumptious recipe will have them loving the holiday!

Let Friendship Ring Valentines

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Champagne & Chocolate for a Posh Valentine

Nothing is more appealing than logs burning in a fireplace, a flute of champagne, and deliciously gooey chocolate morsels to celebrate this Polar Vortex Valentine’s Day.

Americans have become sophisticated foodies.  The consumption of wine has risen considerably and many homes feature wine cellars or storage units. Besides spirits, the country has also fallen in love with good chocolate,  gone are the days of the ubiquitous heart-shaped boxed candy.

What better time to celebrate our new found love of wine and chocolates than Valentine’s Day?  All of it can be done without guilt; we all know chocolate and wine are good for us.

We all have a favorite recipe for brownies, chocolate truffles, and cupcakes.  I like to surprise friends with my Brazilian treat – delectable chocolate treasures – Brigadeiros!

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Ingredients:

1 can of sweet condensed milk

Cocoa powder to taste

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of heavy cream added at the end (My special secret)

1 cup of chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

In a heavy -bottom pan, mix the condensed milk, the cocoa powder and the butter. Mix well. Using low heat stir constantly until the mixture detaches from the bottom of the pan; this typically takes about 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream.  Remove it from the pan and place it in a buttered plate to cool. With buttered hands, form small balls, roll them on the sprinkles, and then place them in paper liners.

If you want a shortcut, contact FaBrigadeirosusa  in Miami (305)934-3870. Delectable little brigadeiros will arrive at your door in all their deliciousness.

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Pick up one of our gorgeous flutes for some crisp bubbly, the perfect, romantic chocolate companion. With all of your varietal and pricing choices, don’t forget Proseccos (my favorites) or the American sparkling wines.

When the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 the French included limits on the use of the word Champagne to refer only to bubbly made using the traditional methods and grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Although Americans are not obligated to do it, many producers label their bubbly Sparkling Wine out of respect while Italians do the same by calling bubbly Prosecco.

Being in a patriotic mood after Super Bowl week, and still under the influence of Renee Fleming’s spectacular rendition of our National Anthem, I want to encourage you to try some of our domestic sparklers:  Domaine Carneros Brut (California) or Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (California) both dry and fruity, perfect for chocolate pairing.

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No one talks about bed linens for Valentine’s but I think that they should be on the top of a gift list. Is there anything better than crisp sheets and soft pillows when tipsy from some wonderful bubbly? Indulge: Valentine’s is only once a year!

Cheers!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

A Brazilian-Style New Year’s Celebration!

Eating grapes or pomegranates at the stroke of midnight (then keeping the seeds in your wallet) are some of the many New Year’s superstitions followed around the world. They range from the simple to the elaborate and most are diligently followed in hopes of a better year. These superstitions are taken most seriously in Brazil, where I was born. Rio de Janeiro hosts the most spectacular New Year’s party around the globe.

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Superstitious beliefs abound and dressing in white is at the top of the list. Thousands flock to the beaches to render homage to Yemaja, the deity of the Oceans. Little boats filled with white flowers and beads are thrown to the waves where the hopeful stand in white.  Fireworks explode in a myriad of colors and shapes. Throughout the city, parties abound and the bubbly corks explode in the air while all shades of white populate the landscape.

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A Brazilian-style New Year’s party might be the perfect theme for you this year. After all the hurdles of years past, we are more than ready for a blessed and fruitful 2014. Why not try to help out the planets?

Ask your guests to dress in white. It is a must. As far as the underwear goes, there are some rules as well: white for peace, red for love and yellow for prosperity.

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The table is usually a buffet decorated with white flowers and lots of bling.  Champagne should be at hand for the midnight toast. Green grapes are on the top of the grocery list, followed by lentils and pomegranates. The menu should contain foods that can be served at room temperature. This is not a time to be in the kitchen.

My perfect supper would be a delicious ham (I have heard that Martha Stewart has a great recipe for ham with pear and cranberries on her site), a lentil salad, a pomegranate salad and many bowls of green grapes. No heavy desserts. Buy assorted chocolate bites, like truffles, that pair beautifully with champagne.

Lentil Grape Salad

A couple years ago I took this Lentil Salad to a friend’s home and it was a hit:

For 4 servings

2 cups of dried green French lentils (lentils de Puy)

Cook the lentils in low sodium vegetable or chicken broth with salt and pepper and  2 bay leaves. Be careful not to overcook them. Drain pour over the dressing while they are still hot.

Also add:  golden raisins soaked in rum, candied pecans or chopped walnuts and green scallions

I also love to add some cubed roasted beets which you can substitute for halved grapes

Dressing:

Sweet curry powder ( I usually buy it at Penzey’s spices)

Rice vinegar

Maple syrup(make sure you get the real deal)

Mustard

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

cauliflower pomegranate salad

Cauliflower and Pomegranate salad:

For 4 people

Roast one head of cauliflower with olive oil and salt and pepper in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until soft, but not mushy.

Prepare a dressing using Tahini, lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Dress the cauliflower while hot and sprinkle some pomegranate over it.

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You toasted the New Year with a flute of bubbly, ate the grapes and the lentils, the pomegranate seeds are already inside your wallet and now it is bedtime – white pajamas and crisp white linens should be waiting for you. Light a nice scented candle and think good thoughts before lights out. Happy 2014!

Now that you have done all of it and your next year will be fantastic, make sure to call your travel agent and book your next New Year’s in Rio to see in person what it is all about!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Holi-D-I-Y Crafting

Tis the season to get crafty! After spending tons on presents for family, friends, coworkers, pets, and just about everyone else you know, the last thing you want to do is spend money on entertainment for your kids over winter break.

Instead, spend your time together doing family-friendly DIY projects that are sure to get you (and your home) in the holiday spirit! We have put together a list of some favorites:

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Skiing Pinecone Snowman

Work with your cuties to create this adorable winter décor!

What you’ll need:

  • Pinecone
  • White, light blue, and black craft paint
  • 1 brown chenille stem
  • 1″ piece of orange chenille stem
  • 2 medium light blue pom-poms
  • 2″ piece of light blue felt
  • 12″ light blue scrap fabric, cut to 1″ width
  • 2 medium white glittery pom-poms
  • 2 toothpicks
  • 2 jumbo craft sticks
  • Blue glitter glue
  • Snow texture medium (recommended: Snow-tex)
  • Blue chenille stem
  • White craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Feel free to play around with colors to fit your family’s favorites and follow the tutorial here.

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Looking to make your holiday foods more festive? Desserts are the perfect place to start.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes
  • 3 cups homemade or store-bought vanilla frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons green food coloring
  • 6 ice cream sugar cones
  • Edible silver ball sprinkles
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Special equipment: pastry bag or gallon-sized sealable plastic bag; small star-shaped pastry tip

If colorful trees are more your style, add round rainbow sprinkles as the festive ornaments! Find the full recipe here.

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Candy Cane Wreath

You hang them on trees, stockings, and now as wreaths! This simple, yet adorable design will fill your home with the holiday spirit.

What you’ll need:

  • Candy Canes
  • cardboard
  • black marker
  • Scotch tape
  • Ribbon

Once you follow the basic directions here, add ribbons and more to give the wreath some flare.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Entertain the Verrine Way

According  to the Larousse Gastronomique a “verrine is a thick glass with no stem, used for serving individual portions of food rather than drinks.” Do you have old fashion glasses? They are your verrine when you are not using them for scotch. The very fashionable stemless wine glasses also make great verrines. And what about the forgotten shot glasses? They can be mini verrines perfect for cocktail parties. We also love them for small portion desserts.

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I love to entertain and with time I am becoming smarter about it. I have my repertoire of key dishes that do not require time in the kitchen when guests arrive and verrines are on the top of my list. They make the perfect start for a meal and the perfect ending. Pair it with a dish that comes out of the oven to the table and you have an elegant yet easy dinner menu.

Invite your friends for a night of cheese and wine and sprinkle the table with shot glasses of mini desserts and you will have a fun and carefree party.

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For a bridal or baby shower, an assortment of savory and sweet verrines can be made into a beautiful tablescape.  For Oscar or Soccer night (the World Cup is almost here) try an assortment of delectable verrines and your guests will love not having to leave the TV to dine.

One of my easy favorites is listed below, but that does not mean that you should not search the web for other creative ideas to entertain the Verrine way:

smoked salmon verrines

For 4 vodka shot glasses ( you can increase the quantities for a larger glass)

2 (or 3) large slices of smoked salmon

2 tablespoons of crème fraiche

3 tablespoons of ricotta

About 20 stems of chives

1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice

Add dill if you like

Chop the salmon into small pieces, chop the chives and the dill. In a bowl mix the lemon juice, the ricotta, the crème fraiche and the herbes. Black pepper to taste. Add half of the chopped salmon.

Layer the bottom of a verrine with the smoked salmon, make the ricotta mixture to be the middle layer and finish it off with the smoked salmon and a sprig of dill. Keep it refrigerated until serving time.

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Verrines are all about layering.  Do you have a great crab salad recipe? Layer it with guacamole and decorate it with fresh cilantro. Do you make a delicious potato salad? Layer it with hard boiled eggs for a sophisticated approach to that all American favorite. Do you make a mean pudding? Layer it with whipped cream and some fruit . That wonderful brownie that you are so proud of can be crumbled and layered with crème fraiche for a yummy treat. Endless possibilities…

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When we chose to add old fashion glasses to our selection, we had in mind that they would double as verrines. We are particularly fond of the Quaddro Old Fashion for traditional style and the Savana for the modern home.

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

The Great Gifting Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for giving! This year Posh is giving you a guide to help with every gifting need AND a chance to win our new Peppermint Zig Zag Teepee!

There’s nothing like a giveaway to get you in the holiday spirit. Enter before 12/13/13 at 11:59PM EST using the form below. One random winner will have a lucky Friday the 13th afterall!

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The Gift Guide

Finding that perfect present for some can be a challenge… especially a new dad! He may still be growing accustomed to his role, so he’ll appreciate a little nudge in the right direction. Get great gear that will help prepare him for fatherhood and still give him a stylish young look, such as our Sons of Trade bags! Find more gifts for Dad here.

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Want to give a gift that makes someone in your life feel super special? Personalization is the key to showing you hold them dear to your heart! Whether it’s a keepsake bracelet or monogrammed letters for a bedroom, personalizing a gift shows an extra bit of thought. Find more personalized gifts here.

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Trying to stay within a certain budget? We know holiday shopping can get pretty pricey, but there’s no need to splurge to show you care. Instead of picking one extravagant item that can be rather expensive, try going with a few cute gifts that won’t bust the bank! From adorable velvet headbands for girls to classic wooden toys for boys, find gifts under $50 here.velvet rose headbandsHaving other gift giving dilemmas? Give us a call or send an email and we will help you find the perfect gift for your loved one! 1-866-767-4868 or [email protected]

Happy Holidays!

Living in a Winter Wonderland

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! That means it’s time to decorate for the holidays. Make your home a winter wonderland with this season’s trends.

PoshTots Winter Wonderland

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Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Snowflakes!

Your home should be just like snowflakes: one-of-a-kind and beautiful! The tiny, elegant ice crystals are trending in the home this winter. Add a touch here and there for a room that glistens!

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Sparkles and Silver and Gold, Oh My!

Want a fresh look from the traditional red and green color scheme? Silver and gold are excellent color choices for a winter wonderland! Even better—adding accents full of sparkles creates a joyful scene for you and your family.

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Furry Fun!

This is a trend that your children will love! Faux fur is in style this winter on the runway and in your home. Whether you’re wrapped in a fuzzy throw blanket or sitting on a furry rug by the fire, nothing says winter like cozying up indoors.

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Sparkling Ice Crystals DIY!

Include your kids in the decorating fun! Here’s a craft that the whole family can enjoy AND that will go great in your trendy winter wonderland.

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Give Thanks in Style

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You know what that means? Friends, family and food! It is so nice to be able to enjoy the company of your loved ones around the dinner table. But, why not enjoy your home décor as well? Celebrate this annual feast and give thanks in style with one-of-a-kind products from PoshLiving!

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The European Farmhouse Farmer’s Market Table brings a traditional, warm feeling to your dining room. What more could you want on such a special holiday?

 cellini silverware from poshliving

The Sterling Silver Cellini Silverware Set has beautiful handles with a shell design that adds a classic touch to any tabletop this Thanksgiving!

 floral table runner from poshliving

Add some charm to your dining room this holiday season with the Bradford Floral Table Runner.

 via veneto serving set from poshliving

Everyone needs the Via Veneto Silverware Two Piece Serving Set this holiday! This stylish set transforms your tabletop into a modern work of art.

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Feast your eyes on the beautiful Gustav Chandelier as you enjoy your feast this Thanksgiving!

In the craziness of our everyday lives, sometimes we forget what is really important. Thanksgiving is a great time to stop and be thankful for all the good in life. Let PoshLiving help make this holiday one to remember!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Halloween DIYs That Are Scary Fun!

It’s time to get ready for tricks and treats with Halloween is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than a fun DIY project for you and your little one?

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Blackboard Pumpkins

Tired of the messy pumpkin carving thing? This is the perfect craft for you especially if you don’t want your little one around carving tools. Just cover the pumpkin with chalkboard paint, let it dry and let your imagination wander! Plus, there’s no reason to fret over a little mess up since it can be erased.

For the full craft: Indie Fixx

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Chocolate Tart Pumpkin Bites

What’s the point of ‘trick-or-treat’ without the ‘treat’? This is an easy no-bake recipe that the whole family will love. Best of all, it is a much healthier treat than candy.

For the full recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

Serve your snacks on a spooky plate like this one for extra fun: Trick or Treat Personalized Halloween Plate

(Like the plate? Order soon and receive before Halloween.)

trick or treat halloween plate from PoshTots

Happy Halloween Crafting!

Tutu Cute Halloween Costumes

Costumes are magical. They transform the wearer into something beautiful, mystical, or haunting. This Halloween, let your little girl become whatever her heart desires while staying girly and beautiful!

Our new Tutu Costume Collection is here just in time for the Halloween season. These pretty ruffled dresses aren’t your typically thin costume materials. They will survive a long night of trick or treating with grace and last through years of dress up fun!

All Tutu Costumes are available in three sizes:

-Small: 12-24 months

-Medium: 2-4 years

-Large: 5-7 years

Make sure to order soon and receive your costume in two weeks!

Whimsical Witch Tutu Costume from PoshTots

The Whimsical Witch Tutu Costume is the perfect twist on a classic. Let her be a GOOD witch in this one!

Fabulous Fairy Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Your precious pixie can dance through the night in this Fabulous Fairy Tutu Costume!

Boisterous Bumblebee Tutu Costume from PoshTots

She will be busy buzzing from house to house in the Boisterous Bumblebee Tutu Costume!

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Channel her inner sass with the Prancy Paws Tutu Costume. Perfect for a kitty lover!

Magical Monarch Butterfly Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Let her flutter through the night in the beautifully detailed wings of the Magical Monarch Butterfly Tutu Costume!

Candy Corn Witch Tutu Costume from PoshTots

The Candy Corn Witch Tutu Costume is perfect for your little trickster with a sweet tooth!

Peachy Princess Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Transform your little girl into the princess she truly is with the Peachy Princess Tutu Costume!

Lovely Ladybug Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Everyone will love this little lady in red when she wears the Lovely Ladybug Tutu Costume!

Bouncy Bunny Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Your cutie can hop from house to house in the Bouncy Bunny Tutu Costume!

Prissy Pirate Tutu Costume from PoshTots

Who says all pirates are boys? The Prissy Pirate Tutu Costume will dazzle as she spends the night collecting gold – or candy!

Happy Halloween shopping!