Who doesn’t love a good holiday party? I remember the days of working in NYC and going to fab parties at amazing locales. Today it’s only me, alone, sometimes in my jammies. So when Momtrends invited me to a party, I could not say no. I had to get out of the house so I was off.
#MTHoliday Bash 2015
It’s a party for our favorite brands to connect with the best of the NYC bloggers, AKA ME! I schmoozed and smiled as the brands showed off their newest products for the season.
My POM Wonderful POM – Mojito
1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
4 mint leaves
In the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass, bruise the 4 mint leaves with the fresh lime juice. Add crushed ice then the POM Wonderful and Rum. Top with a splash of seltzer and stir. Garnish with the mint leaf. Serve and enjoy!
1 1/2 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 1/2 oz. gin
4 oz. bitter lemon
Build all the ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a slice of English cucumber. Serve and enjoy!
I loved the floral arrangements www.teleflora.com placed around the room. It is so nice that their containers are not perishable and easily up-cycled. @telaflora
I have been waiting for an opportunity like this. I was in a room full of amazing bloggers and brands, I took out my business cards and off I went.
Tessamae is a family owned, Maryland based, dips, dressing and marinades Company. They are committed to healthy eating and healthy living, which remains the core of the company’s mission. All products are made with 100% natural ingredients. I love the following recipes from www.Tessemae.com. @tessemae
After School Snack – Honey Mustard Turkey Pinwheels – Serves 4
1 English cucumber
4 slices best quality deli turkey
4 slices swiss cheese (optional)
What to do
First, make the cucumber strips. Lay the cucumber flat on your work surface and use a vegetable peeler to cut into thin strips. When the strips get too seedy, flip the cucumber over and start again from the other side. You need 12 strips for this recipe.
Cut the turkey and cheese into strips about the same thickness as the cucumber. For us, this meant cutting both lengthwise into thirds. Layer the turkey down the cucumber, drizzle with a little honey mustard, top with cheese, and roll up. (See step-by-step shots below.)
Make ahead: Store the pinwheels, refrigerated, up to 1 day.
Pumpkin, Sage & Gouda Pizza – Serves 6
What you need
1 pound pizza dough
4 tablespoons Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons Tessemae’s Slow Roasted Garlic
1 Apple, cored and thinly sliced
8 ounces Gouda cheese, grated
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
What to do
- Heat your oven to 450. Cut the dough into 2 pieces. Place the pieces on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the Lemon Garlic; roll around to coat. One at a time, pull and stretch each piece until it is thin. If the dough is snapping back, wait a few minutes between stretching to let the dough relax. Arrange the stretched dough on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix the pumpkin puree with the Slow Roasted Garlic and season with salt and pepper. Spread the pumpkin between the dough. Top with apple slices, cheese, and the sage leaves. Drizzle with the remaining Lemon Garlic. Season all over with salt and pepper.
- Bake until the crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbly and browned, about 15 minutes.
“All Pillows are Not Created Equal”, made for kids and adults. Revolutionary technology that wicks heat and moisture away from the body. Keeping you cool and dry all night long. www.bedgear.com @bedgear
A board game might not be high on your shopping list but it should be. Let’s get the family together and have interpersonal interactions. Hasbro has integrated screens into some of our favorite childhood games. It fosters family time and conversation, try one this season. @hasbro
Have you heard of the Cabi Clothing line? We were treated to a beautiful fashion show featuring Cabi Clothing and Tieks. Have your own stylist come to your home and dress you, ooh feels like a celebrity moment. Check out their website to find a stylist near you. @cabiclothing @tieks
The Epson’s Expression ET-2550 EcoTank wireless printer gives me printer envy. A new technology using refillable ink tanks that last for up to 2 years, equaling 20 ink cartridges. Such a convenience. Who hasn’t run out of ink late at night, with a school project due in the morning? @epson
Look in your garage, how many Igloo’s do you have? You can always count on their products. But this year they have a new look, a more modern feel. A great addition to any tailgate, picnic or day driving around town delivering Blueprint Farm Organic Bars. I have two favorites, I couldn’t pick just one. “The Party Bar”, a throw back to the old outdoor beer chest of a Texas ice-house. It has casters, removable lid and LIDDUP®; LED lights that illuminate the cooler’s contents. I need one for Lacrosse season. I LOVE the monogramed sport ½ gallon beverage cooler, with hooks to hang on the fences. So convenient! @igloo
I had a great time with Nicole, Sherri and the Momtrends team, you are always so supportive and encouraging every time I come to an event. Thank you!!
*Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend the Momtrends event. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are of my own and have not been influenced in any way. All photos courtesy of MomTrends.