Easy Limoncello Syrup

I’ll be serving this Limoncello syrup along with some fresh fruit for Christmas, but I can easily think of multiple ways to use it. It literally took about 10 minutes to make. This syrup tastes deliciously sweet with a bit of kick and looks pretty in this small bottle I purchased.

It’s so easy, I feel a little silly writing out a recipe for it.

  • Heat 1/4 fresh lemon juice and 3/4 sugar in the microwave or stovetop until the sugar is dissolved. (Careful it doesn’t overflow in the microwave.)
  • Add in 1/4 Limoncello and zest from 1 lemon.
  • Let cool and serve.

*via La Cafe Sucre

The Making of Churros in Mexico

While on the hunt for a Christmas tree, we stopped off at Churros Toño. The vendor was making his first batch of the day and I was all too happy to watch the process. Churros are the best!

Based on what I saw, he started off with boiling water in a big steel pan and then added flour, vanilla, and some more water. It was time to mix. This was not an easy task. I know because he let me try to do it. A lot of arm strength is required.

When the batter no longer sticks to your fingers, it’s ready to fry. It’s a strange contraption they put the batter into to push out the long tube shape into the oil.

Next, you let the churro fry until it turns a golden brown.

Cut into pieces and drag through sugar. Happiness in a bag!

The Perfect Recipe Book

For those of us that like simplicity, this recipe book from Zara Home is for us. It would also make a great gift.

It’s a book of guarded recipes and secret ingredients…

Each category allows for 10 recipes with photo.

Pockets are included at the end of each category as well.

Now it’s time to decide which recipes are the best of the best.

BTW: Conversion tables are in the front and a small section for Notes is in the back.

My Favorite Blogs from 2019

Here’s a list of my “Go To” social media for 2019:


  • Daily Stoic
  • Post Secret


  • The Simply Luxurious Life
  • The Daily Conniseur
  • Rip & Tan Blog
  • Victorian Magazine


  • Local Milk (& Lifestyle)
  • La Cafe Sucre-Food
  • Manger


  • Planete Deco
  • Emily Henderson
  • Cococozy

Gift Box Subscriptions

Who wouldn’t want to receive gifts all year long….Here are 3 subscriptions I would be all too happy to have.

A gift of selected books from Paris’s iconic Shakespeare & Company.

Shaker & Spoon Craft Cocktail. Everything you need to make artisanal cocktails. Bring on the Happy Hour!

My Stylish French Box. All items are direct from France.

My Best Cheap Kitchen Buy Ever

Have you ever bought a random, cheap item only to have it become your favorite. Check out mine.

I bought this small spatula probably 30 years ago from a co-worker who was selling kitchen items from a catalog. I think it cost around $6.00. I remember this as I was fresh out of high school, still lived at home, could not have cared less about kitchen utensils, and bought the cheapest item she was selling.

It’s been irreplaceable! So much so that I have superglued the handle back on twice. Longer handles are way overrated. There is much more control with the shorter handle. This small guy is all you need in a spatula, and it’s the only one Sr. Elizondo and I use. If I could remember the company (if it even still exists), I would give them a huge shout out right now.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Dreaming

Is it wrong to want to have Thanksgiving at my house simply because I want to set up a beautiful table? Do you have a favorite? I’m thinking the black/white/gold motif is my favorite.

Fall colors…

Black, white, and gold…

Dark and moody…


Or maybe just simple sophistication.