Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries…It's one of my all time favorite movie quotes by Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond!  And I can't help but think of that scene around this time of year when the strawberries are bountiful.  This past weekend I bought too many strawberries; rather than freeze them I remembered a Strawberry Bread recipe that had been handed down to me from a friend.

Most people are quite surprised when I tell them I make Strawberry Bread. The recipe is easy, perfect for summer brunch with friends and perfect to freeze should unexpected weekend guests stop by.

Strawberry Bread - Yields 2 9x5 Loafs
1-1/2 Quarts Fresh Strawberries (Chopped). You can use frozen strawberries, but use 2-10oz bags thawed and drained
4 Eggs
1-1/4 Cups Canola Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Flour
3 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Sugar

Preheat Oven 350 degrees
Grease and flour two 9x5 Loaf Pans
In a mixer mix together eggs, oil and vanilla extract
Fold in the strawberries
In a large bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sugar
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture until combined
Pour into loaf pans
Bake 1 hour or until cooked through
Remove from oven, when partially cool remove bread from pans to finish cooling.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate

For a little extra "zip" I add a sweet icing drizzle of 1 cup confectioners' sugar mixed with about a tablespoon of milk and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until it’s the consistency of syrup.  Drizzle on the loaf of Strawberry Bread, slice and serve.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Julie & John's Wedding Video

I had such the honor and privilege to be able to work with this wonderful couple, Julie and John, on the decor for their fabulous wedding at The Hanover Manor in East Hanover, New Jersey last weekend. 

Take a look at their same day edit wedding video by Gabelli Studio Photography & Cinema by clicking here to see their love story. Julie and John were such a pleasure to work with and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tammy & Val's Engagement Shoot!

A couple of weeks ago, one of our September couples went all around The Meat Packing District here in NYC for their engagement shoot with Lindsay Flanagan Photography! She did an incredible job as usual, and I hope you check out some of the photos from the shoot on Lindsay Flanagan's blog!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Quick Summer Tips!

Boy is it a scorcher here in NYC today! A high of 96 degrees! Yikes! This hot weather has inspired me to post some quick summer tips to get you through the day! Here we go!

Quick Summer Cocktail:
On ice - Vodka, Lime Juice, Splash Club Soda

Quick Summer Dip:
One can of black beans drained. Puree in the blender with 1/2 cup of sour cream, splash lemon juice, pinch garlic powder, cumin & salt. Serve with chips!

Hope you enjoy and stay cool! Cheers!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Wedding Boot Camp

Calling all New York City Brides to be! I will be speaking at this summer's Wedding Boot Camp at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier on July 11th from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Created by the fabulous Tatiana Byron of The Wedding Salon, The Wedding Boot Camp is a place where you will "discover the latest tips & trends to help plan your wedding!" Be sure to RSVP today by clicking here! Hope to see you there!