Friday, November 6, 2015


I LOVE Halloween! I love to dress the kids up, I love to take them trick or treating, I love to watch their faces when they count all that candy! Of course, we had to have a house party with lots of friends to go with all that fun!!

In previous years, my daughter was always the one insisting on inviting some friends over to hang out and eat cupcakes (surprise, surprise), the night before Halloween. This year, my son who is now 4, decided he also had rights over the "Pre-Halloween Hangout" and asked me to invite some of his friends. We fully embraced the idea and had lots of kids over!

 The party happened the night before Halloween. All the kids (and some parents) had costumes on, plus there was a basket full of costume props, just in case anybody was shy to dress up before coming!!

We prepared a sweets table with poison apples, mini cupcakes, marshmallow monsters, chocolate covered pretzels, meringue cookies, and monster macaroons. Everybody was allowed to dig into it only after their bellies was full of sloppy joes! ahahah We also served "Frankie-uamole", cheese and crackers, candy popcorn, and witches brew (fruit  juice).

The kids had a blast on the dance floor, and also played games of pin the nose on the skeleton, fear factor, and stump the balloon. The fear factor game was a success, and even though there were kids who weren't so sure about sticking their hands in a paper bag to touch witch brain, all of them got to the prize bucket at the end. Some of them even went twice! They also really enjoyed trying to pop each other balloons, while trying to protect their own!
Here's a list of the bags contents in the fear factor game:

Witch Brain = cooked spaghetti
Witch Fingers = sliced carrots
Monster Teeth = corn kernels
Eyeballs = peeled grapes
Witch Tongue = long sliced bananas
Monster Ears = dried appricots
Monster Hair = yarn

At the end of the night, everybody got a little Halloween bag to be filled up with all their prizes and goodies they wanted to take home.

The next day, everybody around here was pretty tired but happy, and trick or treating around the neighborhood went smoothly!! 

I hope you also had a great Halloween night!!

Tchau for now!
Fabi :)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Is 40 the new 20?

This year I turned 40 years old! I never thought I'd say this, but that was quite exciting. No mid-life crisis as of yet!

To celebrate it, my dear husband wanted to surprise me with a party. He started to plan it out in his head, wrote an email to my friends, and then realized it was going to be close to impossible to get a hold of them because he didn't have most of their contacts! Ha! Defeated, he turned to me, explaining all his good intentions!!
Long story short, we decided to have a cheese and wine pairing party.
Here's my list of pairings:

Ever since I came back from my trip to Italy, I started to appreciate wine and do enjoy a glass or two every week. That said, and because it was MY party, I chose to pair all my favorite wine with my favorite cheese. So the list above was carefully hand-picked!

I added to the table a variety of jams, mini toasts and crackers, salamis and prosciutto, olives, tomatoes, nuts and fruit. 

For dessert, we served Moscato wine and chocolate, in the form of cake and brigadeiros!!

I had a lot of fun with some of my dearest friends! Some of them came from as far as Montreal, Canada and San Francisco, California. Some of them cancelled and changed plans, others made sure not to miss it. And all of them who came, made my day even more special! Happy 40th to me!! :)

And to answer to the question in the title, I wore this very same dress when I turned 20! Yes, it made me feel good and yes, it made me feel like I was 20 again!!

Tchau for now!
Fabi :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Hello sweet jellies!

Strawberry season is on! At my house we just loooove this time of the year! The kids get super excited to go picking the berries and to use them in jams, cakes and frosting!! Have you ever tried frosting made with real strawberries? It is crazy good! Add some mascarpone cheese and you've got yourself a real treat. Yum!!
We went to a local organic farm (Cedar Circle Farm) and the picking was fantastic.

  Both of my kids got out of there with a full belly, and I got home inspired to decorate a table!

This year, we ate them fresh, made strawberry-lemonade, jam-filled mini cupcakes, pancakes and still had some left over to freeze and use whenever we please! I was also able to find at my local store some strawberry macaroons, and just had to have them!

My two little assistants could hardly wait to sample the treats! Oh that was fun!

Tchau for now!!
Fabi :)