In life there are definitely a few pinch me moments. This is one of those moments for me. I have finally told my story in the pages of my new book, Italy is My Boyfriend. Now I am able to share the story of how we came to own several properties in Italy, how my love affair grew and how it all came about. It includes the ups and downs of living in Italy and is truly a pure love story of life and love. Life (and love for that matter) is not always what you think it will be, but that is what makes it fun right?
I’m proud to say my latest book is now available for pre-order here.
I am over the moon to share this tale with you. Stay tuned for book signing updates as the official release date is May 26, 2020.
Thank you to all the have supported me over the years in Italy and in the US; I could not have done it without all of you reading about my journey right here on the blog.
On Monday, I shared my recipe for latkes, and as everyone knows, latkes are even better with toppings. Greek yogurt and sour cream are good additions, but there’s nothing like topping them with apple sauces.
Over the years, I’ve perfected not one but two amazing apple sauce recipes perfect for latkes, and I’m sharing both with you today. Let me know what you think and which one you prefer. Honestly, I think it will be a tough decision to determine the winner!
Wouldn’t this make a lovely hostess gift? Tie some ribbon on the jar and you’re all set.
Traditional Homemade Applesauce
You will need:
– 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples
– 4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
– Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
– 3 inches of cinnamon stick
– 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
– Up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
– 1 cup of water
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels.
Mash with potato masher. Place in the fridge. It should last for 2 weeks in the fridge.
Cranberry Apple Sauce
You will need:
– 8 cups of cranberries
– 8 small or 6 medium apples sliced
– 1/2 cup sugar
In a large sauce pan place cranberries, sliced apple, and sugar.
Simmer on low heat, stirring regularly to prevent sticking, for 45 minutes until completely cooked and softened. Press the cooked cranberries and cooked apples with a fork to completely combine. The fruit should have a smooth yet chunky consistency.
Let the applesauce cool. Stored in a closed jar, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
So many people do holiday gift guides this time of year, but I thought I’d bring you something a little different this year. Instead of what to shop, I’m giving you ideas of where to shop.
Shopping small business is a passion of mine. Many of my closest friends have their own businesses, and as a small business owner myself, I know how hard the grind is. This time of year, it’s especially important to remember our small business partners. These are our friends and neighbors. They are the parents at your kids’ schools. They are the people who walk 10 miles a day at America’s Mart to bring you the best items they can find. And I love each and everyone one of them.
Here are a few of my favorite places that I will be shopping this holiday season. I’d love to hear some of your favorite small businesses in the comments!
Bernard Cohen Collection
As you all might know, Bernard Cohen is one of my oldest and dearest friends. He recently launched a pearl jewelry collection that is absolutely stunning. Anyone would be thrilled to unwrap one of his pieces. All orders through December 6 will be 20% off with discount code AJSTYLE at checkout.
Recently opened at Shops around Lenox in Atlanta, etuHOME is bound to be the next big thing in our area and beyond. I recently hosted a book signing there, and trust me, the space and selections are incredible. In fact, something tells me if you wander through etu, you might find something for yourself, too!
If my love for Minted isn’t clear enough, allow me to tell you one more time: Minted is a wonderful place to shop any time of year. As I’ve mentioned, their art selections are unlike any other, and art is always a fantastic gift! It’s personal and thoughtful.
PHOTO BY HEIDI GELDHAUSER
Ever since I produced this stunning party at Hudson Grace last year for Atlanta Magazine HOME, I’ve had a crush on this unique home store. They have so many awesome goodies, but I especially love their table linens and candles. Oh, and a little birdie told me they have RBG Christmas ornaments. Who doesn’t need one of those?!
By the way, I’d love to invite each of you to join me at America’s Mart in January. I’ll be discussing how small business owners can define their brand, merchandise, and more!
I was so touched to be asked to be the Honorary Chair Person for this year’s annual Elegant Elf Shopping for a Cause Event in Sandy Springs. I was lucky enough to sign books at the event last year as Cocktail Italiano had just been published, and I was excited to share it with the crowd. And a big crowd it was! This year I will be signing books on Saturday, November 9th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. I will be signing both Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli NY) and Cocktail Italiano (Skyhorse Publications).
We can also chat about my new book, a memoir called, Italy is my Boyfriend (Post Hill Press) which is scheduled to publish spring 2020.
Please stop by and say hi. It’s really a great shopping experience, and if you can get organized, you can knock out your holiday shopping and support a great community all at one time.
Finally, shoppers at The Elegant Elf Marketplace will be among the first to learn about 2020 workshops and retreats at La Fortezza, the 12th Century Italian fortress where I host retreats, workshops, and events. The details are below:
Shop For a Cause at The Elegant Elf Marketplace in Sandy Springs Nov. 9-10
Mark your calendars for one of the largest holiday markets in Atlanta! The Sandy Springs Society will host their 9th annual “shopping for a cause” fundraiser The Elegant Elf Marketplace Nov. 9-10, 2019 at City Springs and The Performing Arts Center in Sandy Springs, Ga.
This popular and highly anticipated two-day upscale gift market features more than 90 carefully selected local and regional artisans, gourmet food purveyors, and unique gift vendors of jewelry, handcrafted fashions, fine crafts, items for home and garden, handbags and toys.
For more information, visit Facebook @TheElegantElfMarketplace