Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BOXES ON JET BLU ARE A NO-NO

So how many times DID I fly out of JFK with boxes in tow? Many. I go to the counter this past Sunday for my flight to Bermuda with two small boxes, which are gifts--thank God for once it wasn't necessities for an event!

Jet Blu no longer allows you to fly with boxes as carry on OR to check them in! So a word to the wise: if you are thinking you can ship some boxes with you on Jet Blu as you fly to your next event, FORGET ABOUT IT! Items have to be in luggage or bags, but not boxes. They now consider them CARGO.

Fortunately, my bag was big enough, and yes, I used every inch of every pocket!

Best,

Cher

Great Design Article in the NY Times...

I love a good re-post, especially if someone didn't catch it the first time around.

This is a great article about a fairly new website called Lonny. It was created by two former employees (editor and photographer) of Domino Magazine - a great interior design magazine that closed in May 2009.

They decided to create an online magazine, with true pages to turn, zoomable photos, etc for the design community to enjoy, after losing so many inspiring publications (Domino, Blueprint and Home & Garden).

Check out this article and let us know what you think!!!


Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Most Interesting Man in the World

Yes I did manage to get the local Mexian Restaurant to sell me the life sized, 6' cutout!!!!!
Only someone from PFI would leave a restaurant with a life sized cardboard man!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

FAVORITE RECIPES FOR JULY 4 PICNICS!

RICOTTA CHEESE PUFFS

1 lb. ricotta cheese
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3 heaping tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Oil for deep frying (yep, you are actually frying!)
Confectioner's sugar (YUM!)

Mix ricotta, eggs, granulated sugar and baking powder and let stand one hour. Then add flour and salt and beat until smooth. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls (these make nice, mouth-size puffs) into oil heated to 350 degrees and brown lightly. Remove with slotted spoon to drain and dust with Confectioner's sugar. Eat WARM!

I'm not sure how many it makes because that part of the recipe has been lost for years! But the above is all you need to make everyone declare Ricotta Cheese Puffs as a new favorite!

OR TRY:

4th OF JULY POUND CAKE

If you are ambitious on the same day, you can move on to this one:

Buy a pound cake (you might want to after making the Ricotta Cheese Puffs because you may not want an assembly line in your kitchen like I do when it comes to baking; we refer to this as the "baking frenzy");
Slice cake lengthwise so that you make (3) total "layers";
Mix a combination of Ricotta Cheese , about a small container, (see why these recipes are good made together?) and a container of Cool Whip;
Fill the layers with this mixture and add freshly sliced strawberries and blueberries on top of each layer;
Assemble for a beautiful and impressive presentation that is easy to do and YUM!
You can even add small American Flags to put it over the top.

Nice choices for your get-together. Happy Eating!

Cher

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BEWARE CALLS CLAIMING 'MANDATORY POSTING' OF CERTAIN POSTERS!

I love when this happens (lol); I received a phone call from a company claiming to be advising me of "mandatory posters" related to health care that I HAD to post, and of course, buy. Here's what I was told: "You MUST post HIPPA ($32,95); HEALTH CARE REFORM ($19.95); something called the PPAC Act ($44.95) or you are NOT IN COMPLIANCE."

My red flag went up as soon as pressure was applied. I responded that I would first check with my accountant, health care broker and possibly my lawyer.

So after doing the appropriate asking around, guess what I found?? Not only are the posters NOT mandatory, some of the information I got was that the pros in these fields have not heard of some of them and therefore the need for posting. And then this: these are available for printing, FREE, on line.

No kidding. And of course I just had to call back the person who called me to say, "nice try."

So be a part of my generation and QUESTION EVERYTHING. That philosophy can serve you well and always, always, stir the pot.

Cher

Friday, June 11, 2010

We had an amazing 'garage sale' at PFI for the last two days! Woo hoo! Got a lot of cleaning out done AND made some folks pretty happy. Here's the "sleeper" item that went like crazy: PENGUINS. Little, black and white stuffed penguins. Selling like hot cakes. . . who'd have thunk it?? So fun. Let's do it again next year.

Cher

Friday, June 4, 2010

Are you having a Mitzvah?!?

Check out this PFI feature...

http://www.mitzvahmarket.com/mitzvah-ideas/misc/mitzvah-inspire-planning-factory-international/

This website, created by Sheri Lapidas helps Mitzvah Moms and Dads to make good vendor choices.

Mazel Tov!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Back from Bermuda (again)!

Very successful event with Bermuda Insurance Institute! 300 people attended this Awards Dinner on Saturday night...


Check out the centerpiece....(though not the best picture)....we used Manzanita branches with hanging votives, resting in a long vase that is filled with moss and topped with blue hydrangea.