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Good Afternoon!


It’s me back from the dead…not really but I’m keeping with the whole Halloween theme around these parts. It’s been a while since we’ve sat down and talked, hasn’t it? I’ve missed you guys sincerely and apologize for the cob webs around here that have been taking up this bit of space on the internet.


So what’s new? Where have I been?


Well, I guess there’s no good excuse for that. I changed jobs and am absolutely in love with my new company, FiftyThree, and am in process of signing a lease on an apartment that will make me an official Brooklynite. See ya later Manhattan, at least as my sleeping quarters goes. As I’ve heard many times this weekend, my mother doesn’t see the charm but I think we’ll make a believer out of her eventually.


Remember a while back I mentioned I was planning a big change for ACB? Well, it’s finally here. After a long time of design problems, name problems, etc a new website was born. One that I could wrap my head around a little bit better than ACB. So what does that mean? Well, I am saying goodbye to my baby to start on a new path along with some good friends along side of me. I’m hoping you will join me there because I’m excited about it and also am looking for some good writers to come join us too. So…what is it exactly, you ask?


Cidr. No not apple cider although that is how you say it. But it is called Cidr.


Cidr is a new project that focuses on a community of foodies, travelers, adventurers, and everything in between. If the aesthetics and style of a specific camera tickles your fancy, if the thought of a burrito makes you salivate, and if seeing a photograph of a landscape you’ve never visited makes you want to just pack and go, then you’ve come to the right place.


We’re still going through a bit of a learning curve so don’t mind us as we get our footing but we hope you join us along for the ride. We are always happy to hear positive criticism and are always reading our emails. 


It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to ACB but I am excited for the future and a new change. See you there



xx Tia 

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Organizing a party is always a stressful task, especially when you are trying to choose the perfect theme. But recently there has been a massive rise in the popularity of casino themed events, as there are plenty of different elements to ensure you throw a success shindig. You can take inspiration from a real casino floor by having card tables for poker and blackjack, buy a miniature roulette wheel and even have sweepstakes going on throughout the evening, maybe who will get the most drunk! Using casino based decorations is another great idea, like creating huge playing cards, but also having a fancy dress theme, it will bring some fun and silliness to your party.


The food you serve can also be themed around casinos, which will added that extra bit of detail to your party. Poker chip cookies is a great idea, as you can either bake them from scratch or buy and decorate ones from the local store. You could even use food colour and make the cookies the same colour as the chips used in casinos for a decorative effect. If you are a more experience baker, then you could try some playing card shortbreads, detailing all the cards from 2 to ace. Both of these would sit well as either treats for your guests to eat whilst at the party, or to go in a “goodie bag” for them to take home with them.


But the most important part in ensuring your party is a completely is having a masterpiece and no shindig is complete without a cake. So why not go all out on the showstopper by making a roulette based centrepiece for your friends and family to enjoy. You can use any form of cake base, but decorate the top with red, black and green icing to create the 37 sections. If you are looking to make a more rectangle shaped cake, then why not use the design of a playing card, choosing either the Jack, Queen or King to give a royal seal approval. Fortunately, you won’t need to know the rules for any of these casino games whilst you eat.


Poker Chip Cookie Recipe


Cookie:

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies
 


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  2. Cream together butter& granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  5. Add granulated sugar to a large bowl for rolling cookie dough in before baking. Place each ball of cookie dough into the bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat well. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1½ inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.



Icing:

Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Add the dry ingredients first. Use your mixer’s whisk attachment to incorporate the sugar and meringue powder. 
  2. Add the extract to the water and slowly add it to the dry ingredients while mixing. At first the icing will be very liquid-like. 
  3. Continue to mix it at medium-high speed until it is fluffy and stiff peaks form, about 6-9 minutes. Mixing times are approximate, keep your eye it icing and stop mixing as soon as it becomes stiff. Over mixing and oil-containing extracts can keep the icing from setting up, so keep this in mind as you work. 

 



*This post was published in accordance with our disclosure policy & was not written by A Caffeinated Brunette

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Ghost pretzels


What does the first day of October call for? Adorable sweet treats and I’ve got the easiest and cutest recipe for you guys thanks to Franci. It’s always fun to go to friend’s holiday parties but as it gets closer and closer to the holidays things become a bit hectic. These treats are perfect and oh so easy to make when you’re on the go and are running out of time. Enjoy!




Ingredients:


– 1 box salted pretzel rods


– 16 oz fine white baking chocolate


– An edible ink black baking marker


– Wax paper




Directions:


1. Melt chocolate in double boiler or on the stove.


2. Dip 1 end of a pretzel rod into melted Chocolate to cover pretzel approx. 2″ down


3. Lay chocolate covered pretzels on wax paper-lined tray


4. Repeat with remaining pretzels until all are covered in chocolate


5. Place baking tray in freezer for 5 minutes until chocolate hardens


6. Remove pretzel tray from freezer and using baking markers, draw scary ghostly faces on the pretzels.


Your ghostly pretzel rods are ready to eat!

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Looking for a coffee table? Stylish examples in a variety of sizes, shapes and price points exist to meet every need from traditional, mid-century modern or today’s latest offerings in lucite, which is a transparent, colorless, manufactured product. It’s just the thing if you have a pretty patterned rug underneath the table for friends to admire while they drink coffee. 


Furnishing the living room with round, square or rectangular coffee tables is popular because of the variety of different tops available, such as glass, lucite, MDF or wood. Glass or lucite are useful options because ring marks from the bottom of cups or glasses can be easily wiped away. A rectangular table with a glass top and painted metal or stainless steel legs, accessorized with books, flowers or a ceramic dish, is a charming and stylish asset to any living space. Table legs come in a variety of styles. A traditional teak coffee table usually has rounded wooden legs, while a glass table top may float on metal legs with curves that are designed to resemble waves. Lucite has a definite advantage because one piece can be molded to form a U-shaped coffee table.


If you live in an apartment or a small house, multifunctional furniture is useful. For extra seating, consider a padded leather or fabric-covered ottoman with a lid, which opens to provide storage and doubles as a coffee table. Some tables have a shelf, great for storing magazines, books, games or toys in baskets. Others come with drawers under the table top to hide away clutter. Some models have castors, which makes repositioning the table easier. Another space-saving option is a model that changes from a low coffee table to a dining table by raising the top. The table top has a leaf which expands its size for dining.


One good table is the RGE Katrin, a stylish table in black lacquer, which displays both elegance and versatility. This innovative space saver is actually two round coffee tables in one. On strong castors, the smaller table can be swivelled out as needed for snacking while watching the television. It also has a shelf to store newspapers, magazines, books or electronic gadgets. 


Whichever style you pick, check its measurements carefully to ensure it fits well into the available space, before you take it home to enjoy. 



*This post is in partnership with Tesco and was not written by A Caffeinated Brunette

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