Wine and Cheese in Winter

Its December, Its Colder, and its time to hibernate.  Even if you enjoy the outdoors, its great to escape indoors near a fire, picture window, Christmas tree, or stereo. Add to this some wine and cheese and take the time to relax and rejuvenate.

The wine - We enjoy the sweeter and fruitier port wines.  We chose a tawny port which is based on a fruity cab franc wine and raisin brandy is added to it.  The higher alcohol content,  combined with the fruity flavor and sweetness gives it a richer and fuller taste.

Gouda Chesese
The cheese - Though tawny ports go great with desserts like german chocolate cake it can also be paired with cheeses.  We chose a mild Gouda and added a sweet mustard with honey to it. The sweet mustard paired nicely with the sweetness in the port. The mustard added to the taste of this port.

We used our melted wine bottles, a small glass dish, and brandy glasses to serve the cheese, crackers, mustard, and the port.












Snowflake Decor


I have been making a few snowflake inspired items to decorate your home or give as a gift.  Snowflake Coasters, Snowflake Suncatchers, Snowflake Tea Bag Holders, Snowflake ring dishes, and of course Snowflake Ornaments!  I make each by hand in a few different ways.

The snowflakes you see on the coasters, the ring holder, and the tea bag holder are actually made of glass! I place powdered glass in the shape of a snowflake and then it is 'fused' to the glass by kilning.  This makes it a permanent part of the glass as opposed to a decal or paint. 

The other snowflake sun catchers and ornaments are each my own design.  I cut each piece by hand and place it before it is heated and melted in my kiln to form one unique creation.


I've Got 10 Minutes! ... to Listen

A remarkable message came to us from a hotel owner named Dave from Maine. In commenting about his great ability to listen to others, his response was "I've got 10 minutes".  Meaning he has ten minutes to listen to a person.  What a great comment in today's day and age where many of us do not even have 10 seconds to listen.

Well we took 10 minutes, or so..., to make these great fern coasters using live ferns from Maine that Dave took less than 10 minutes to pick. ha ha.

One of my signature styles is the inclusion of real live plants into my fused art glass pieces. It first began years ago when I created a 'Fern Sushi Set' for my friend's wedding present.  I use real plants and coat them with powdered glass. In the kiln the plant burns away and leaves its impression like a fossil on the glass! 

Click here to go to my online Shop at http://chelkay.etsy.com to view many glass pieces using live plants!




Click here to learn About Dave and his Motel in Maine  http://seawallmotel.com
Finally, for creative ways to include plants and green home decor:  click here ---->>Go Green!

St. Therese

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Entertain with Wine and Cheese in Fall

Here is a quick way to entertain in the fall!  It includes food, wine, and two people or more.  Wine and cheese is often thought of as a formal fancy way to entertain. However, let me share with you an elegant yet informal way to celebrate fall with friends and family.




Step 1 - Pick the Wine

Step 2 - Pick the Food


Step 3 - Pick the Tableware and Serving Plates and Dishes 

In this party of early fall I chose a sweet spiced white wine . Then I chose applewood smoke cheddar cheese for the flavors of fall.  What rich tastes! The fish pictured in the middle serving plate above is smoked salmon. Finally the Presentation!!!!!

I used two rounded melted wine bottles brown and cobalt blue to serve the cheese and crackers.  Finally, I placed the salmon on an olive green 'sushi' style plate with a green leaf motif. Do not forget the people!  You can entertain and party with 2 people or as many as you wish.

Lobster Bisque


Ingredients:
4 cups 1% milk
1 cup light cream
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped cooked lobster meat (hint steam live lobster in shell with sea water for great taste!)
Paprika to taste
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Cream sherry

Over low heat sauté chopped cooked lobster meat in melted butter and paprika for 10 minutes








In meantime, heat milk and cream in microwave till warm and bubbles form around rim
Add heated milk to lobster and season to taste with pepper, salt and cream sherry. I used
approximately 1/2 cup of sherry. Stir often.



Purchase Handmade Spoon Rests useful when cooking!


Tastes better on day 2!











Acadia National Park

We just returned from Acadia National Park.  This is such a beautiful and peaceful place. Great views and chews! Lobster, Lobster, Lobster!

Click on the photo below for a recipe for lobster bisque. Stay tuned for more photos,  things to do,  places to see, and for great places to visit.


Lobster Bisque
Click here to see how to make Lobster Bisque

#prayforpeace

Pope Francis issued another tweet on Iraq, in which he pleas: "I ask the international community to protect all those suffering violence in Iraq." 

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-tweets-for-the-suffering-in-iraq

How to Make Party Favors and Small Gifts


I make small dishes to give as tokens of appreciation at different times of the year to family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.  Below is  a quick way to wrap a small gift or party favor.  I used my own handmade glass dishes but you can use any small dish and then do the same! I purchased all other materials at a local craft store. Click here to learn more about a custom order of 40 dishes I made for party favors for a bridal shower.

I also make small dishes for sale in my online shop and for sale locally for various occasions. (Purchase dishes in these two locations from my online shop.  SectionSection 2        Convo me at Etsy for larger orders. Thank you.)


A Quick Way to Wrap a Small Gift or Party Favor

Materials

  • Clear cellophane wrap 
  • Ribbon
  • Your Favorite Chocolates
  • A small dish 


Step 1  Gather Materials - (cut ribbon, cut paper, ...)



  Step 2 After placing the chocolate on the dish then place the dish on top of the cellophane plastic.
Step 3 Lift the cellophane, pull together, and twist.

 Step 4 Tie the ribbon just above the dish.
Step 5 The final step is to put a bow in the ribbon.  If you make more than one you can always vary the color of the dish or candy.





An example of what one of my customers did to wrap the dishes I made for her

These were dishes I created for a medium sized order of 40 total dishes that were given as party favors.  See this page of my blog to learn more.
Customized Party Favors for a Bridal Shower 
- Venetian Lace 






Check out some great Etsy Sellers

Here is some unique and pretty jewelry from an artist in Japan. She makes great jewelry, especially stone bracelets!



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The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Day 9

Holy Scripture celebrates the beauty of Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah defended Israel’s pure faith in the living God. In the 12th century some hermits took up residence on this mountain and eventually set up the Carmelite Order, which is dedicated to living a contemplative life under the patronage of the Holy Mother of God.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 9

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

 https://www.ewtn.com/faith/carmel.htm
Ninth Day
Prayer. O Mary, most holy Mother of Carmel, Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity, Mirror of the Angels, Assured Refuge of Sinners! Have compassion on me in my sufferings, listen to my sighs with clemency, intercede for me with your Son. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 8

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 8

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

 https://www.ewtn.com/faith/carmel.htm
Eighth Day
Prayer. O Mother of Carmel, when my last hour shall sound; when I shall take your holy Scapular into my trembling hands, fill my heart with confidence in it, and O my loving Mother, receive my soul and offer it to your sweet Jesus. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 7

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 7

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

http://www.lincolndiocese.org/religious/novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmel
Seventh Day
Prayer. Most loving Virgin of Carmel, I acknowledge gratefully your immense goodness towards me; hear my prayer and after this my exile, show unto me the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet, Virgin Mary. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 6

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 6

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.


http://www.lincolndiocese.org/religious/novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmel
Sixth Day
Prayer. O dear Mother of Carmel, I love you more than I can express, more than my very soul can conceive. I reverence you, I praise you, O sacred Virgin, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God. Bless me and deliver me from all evil. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 5

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 5

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.


http://www.lincolndiocese.org/religious/novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmel
Fifth Day
Prayer. Queen and beauty of Carmel, your glance is love, hope and sweetness. As the rays of the sun color the flowers, so also your glance gives to the soul strength and beauty. May I remain ever before you my Mother, and turn your eyes of mercy on me. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 4

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 4

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.


http://www.lincolndiocese.org/religious/novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmelFourth Day
Prayer. I thank you my Lady and Mother, for the gift of your holy Scapular. You know well my weakness and my malice, but I trust in you and under your protection I take refuge. O holy Mother of Mt. Carmel, despise not my petitions in my necessities, but deliver me from all danger. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Day 3

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16 Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

 https://www.ewtn.com/faith/carmel.htm
Third Day
Prayer. Virgin Mother of Carmel, remember me who am consecrated to you by the holy Scapular, I place my trust in you, O Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Ever-Immaculate Queen. O Mother mild, implore your Son to hear my prayer now and at the hour of my death. Hail Mary (three times). 

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Click here for the other days

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Day 2

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16Prayer to be said every day Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

 https://www.ewtn.com/faith/carmel.htm
Second Day
Prayer. I give thanks to you O Virgin Mother of Carmel, for the gift of your holy Scapular, the sign of your Confraternity: O my Mother, make me worthy to wear your sacred livery, and may my heart ever be pure, free from every stain of sin. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel    Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,    Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,    To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,    Favors grant ever,
None like to you.    Star of the Sea.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Novena To Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 8th is the first day of the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 
O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!
(pause and mention petitions) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

Click here to see the rest 

 https://www.ewtn.com/faith/carmel.htm

Wine and Sushi

Spring Roll with a Spicy Seafood Ro
Here is a pretty way to enjoy a romantic evening together. Pair some wine with sushi and serve them on these unique and pretty handmade glass sushi dishes.

We bought some tempura to go. We used a dark purple sushi set to serve the sushi with a dry Riesling.



Here we used my sushi set to serve spring roll and spicy seafood roll. We paired it with a Pinot Gris from Inniskillin.

I have handmade sushi sets for sale here https://www.etsy.com/shop/chelkay?section_id=14589136

Go here http://www.japanese-food-and-wine.com to find some ways to pair, depending on the wine or the sushi!