We are on the threshold of a new beginning, I don't want to call it an end because of as always beginning is thrilling and inspiring. But, it is essential to look back as well. I had a tremendous eventful year. I started my blog this year and never imagined I could write that much without skipping even one week. Blogging has positively changed my life forever and gave a new meaning to my life. To my readers, I can't thank you all enough.
As I talked about a great year with the incredible beginning, I am thankful for it ended with a great ending as well. The last event in the last month of the year was Ctbloggersoiree. The event was organized by Connecticutbloggersbabe or ctbloggercollectives. Yes, I was lucky enough to attend ctblogger soiree with good food and company, more precisely with people in your own niche, almost like a dream come true. With all the hassle of life, I am glad that I could attend it. Blogging event like this helps us catch up with bloggers. An interactive panel discussion featuring Rachel of Pinteresting Plans, Alycia of CT Eats Out, Kallie of But First Coffee, and Sandra of The Rustic Life. Their secrets of success as well as dealing with not so good days. Great to meet all the wonderful bloggers as well. Even though I already follow some of their blogs, meeting them personally was amazing. Nonee https://www.noneesworld.com, Lydia http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com, Angela https://angelafadgyas.wordpress.com, Pinki http://www.aumaesthetics.com.
Also succulent food and great drinks by Flora. I came home with complimentary goodies. Ah, what a high end.
Hope you all have a great beginning and continue the greatness until the end.
Even though I am complaining about the cold, and unpredictable weather, I can't deny the merriment and joy of the holiday season with some great food and great company. As you know, I am from India, and I am not used to celebrating Christmas as a holiday, but after moving to the USA, we now look forward to this snow white Christmas holiday. I help my kids deck up the Christmas tree and enjoy their never-ending list for Santa. The last couple of years during Christmas I have always baked Christmas cake. This is a healthier version of the regular Christmas cake and is alcohol-free. I use wheat flour instead of refined flour and jaggery in place of white sugar. The cake is loaded with the goodness of dry fruit. My kids love it too. Great for after Christmas snacks, very filling because of the dry fruits. Do let me how you like it. Have a great holiday and enjoy the festive season.
1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
2. 1/4 cup of dates
3. 1/4 cup of cherry
4. 1/4 cup of cranberries
5. 1/4 cup of golden raisins
6. 1/4 cup of regular raisins
7. 1/4 cup of mix nuts of your choice, I use almond and cashews
8. 1 & 1/2 cup hot water
9. 1/2 cup jaggery
10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
11. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
12. 1/2 teaspoon coffee
13. Pinch of nutmeg powder
14. 1 & 1/2 grape juice
15. 8 tablespoon butter
First, you need to soak the dry fruits no. 2 to 6 into grape juice for 2 to 24 hours.
Sieve the whole wheat flour and add baking soda, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, and coffee. Boil water and let the jaggery dissolve. Switch off the heat and let it cool down and add it to the dry mixture. Now separate the fruits from the juice and add to the mixture. Add butter and mix it well. If you find the mixture is too hard, you can always add milk. Now, bake it in at 350 F for forty minutes. You can check with a toothpick. Once the toothpick comes clear, the cake is ready.
How is the holiday feeling? Snowing and sipping your cup of tea or coffee has its own charm. Decked up the tree but this is also the season when things start to slow down. Time for a vacation. I love snow, I love the holiday, at the same time I imagine great Caribbean vacation as well. Today, I want to make it short and share with you few of Puerto Rico vacation pictures, probably that will inspire you to visit Pristine Puerto Rico. Nature, culture, and wonders. Enjoy the season's festive offerings and take a break too.
I can see lights, lanterns, glam and glitters, yes holiday season is here. How about your holiday wardrobe. Are you ready? While in summer we don't like cakey makeup, in holiday nothing hurts to add a bit of glam or glitters to your regular outfit.
Earring - A great pair of earrings... I love large or statement earring. A pair of earrings definitely elevates your basic look to glamorous one. As a busy mom, I prefer instant fixes. I love to wear statement earrings. And here your basic look get an instant chic makeover.
Necklace - Just like earring, I like statement necklaces. To dress your basic sweater or blouse add a statement necklace.
Lipstick - A red lipstick or bright lipstick... I can't think of the holiday season without red lipstick. Obviously, depending on your preference deep maroon or crimson red. A red or bright lipstick can make up or break up your looks. A right bright or red lip.
Sequins- A bit of sequin whether it is a blouse or skirt is a must-have for holidays. For glammed up holidays, nothing can add as much glamor as the sequence can.
Shoes - Last but not least a pair of metallic shoes. Just to get a perfect look. A right finishing touch for your holiday look.
The list must go on, the basic black dress to bounce in brocade pants, furry in fur. But time to wrap up and get set for the holiday season.
Artisan, the location itself will sweep your feet away, located in Delmar hotel in the Blue Back Square. An ambiance that is a class apart, compact and modern highly welcomes you on the set. Interior setting is a modern minimalist approach, yet achieves the pop of color with vibrant, intricate art on the walls. The full pack Friday crowd already gave us the vibe of popularity that it has gained in the Hartford country foodies heart. Having said that we had to wait for a while but after some time were seated comfortably. They have a compact American farm to table menu, and as a sober, I started my day with cranberry juice.
For the appetizer, I went ahead with royal shrimp a grit.No surprise the shrimp came cooked to a perfection with grits with a little extra perk you needed for the shrimp and succulent risotto sauce. That excused the exclusive taste you expect in a high-end restaurant like the artisan.
Then we went ahead with our mains, baked chicken breast with moisty and whipped mashed potatoes with blue cheese.
Then for hubby, we got baktian, if you know what is the taste of farm to table, that's what it was garbanzo beans bed with luscious fresh, crisp veggies and sauce. Creatively crafted yet not over the top.
Then came the dessert, as they say, the perfect cooks 'culinary skill shows in dessert. Then that is it, you are in a kingdom of deliciousness what is called death by the chocolate ganache tart served with fresh berries and ice cream, and most yummilicious , buttery soft almonds cake with velvety ice cream strawberry preserve.
It was such pleasure to visit artisan with their exceptionally attentive service and delectable food. It definitely sets them apart from Hartford countries food scene. Just the minor grip as compared to their pricing if they can make the portion size little bigger especially entries.
My rating is 3.75 out of 5