Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Afternoons

Monday, April 30, 2012
It is May, and summer is upon us. Summers here remind me of caprese open faced sandwiches with pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil on top. In summer, dishes with too many toppings, sitting heavy in your stomach, don't make much of an appearance in our house. A lovely crostini with fresh ingredients on top cool these summer afternoons and lay just right in our stomachs. Even better, pairing with a homemade soda like the strawberry basil soda we made for one of our picnics last summer. Anything too sweet or sugary doesn't make it on our plates when the weather reports boasts 90 degrees. However, pasta salads with olives, tomatoes, and fig vinaigrette fits our bill for every picnic. We put everything in tight mason jars so that nothing leaks in our vintage picnic basket. Summer is also the best time to take the entertaining to-go. With hot afternoons, nothing beats getting out of the air conditioned houses like a spot in the shade.

Salut, Yelle
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Flowers & Friends

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Two things I do wish I could have at all times: fresh flowers of the season, and a crunchy batch of my homemade biscotti. Not only do flowers make a home alive and inviting, but the smell of the season is irreplaceable. As for the biscotti, well I always love to be able to offer guests a homemade treat. One thing that doesn't happen these days as often as it does in movies is unexpected guests. No one really knows the home address of their loved ones these days; instead we know their web address. For me it's fun and thrilling to receive a last minute visitor. It's an excuse to open that bottle of wine that I had no excuse for when I bought it. For me it's a crash course in spontaneity. For me, it's how people connect and feel like they belong somewhere to some community, to some tribe.

Salut, Yelle
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Yours Truly,

Saturday, April 28, 2012
My name is Danielle, and I go by Yelle. I have begun this blog to post my path as I start my career as an event coordinator, continue my life as a creative dinner party hostess, and finish my student life and obtain my degree in Event Management. I've always been one to plan, organize, design, and even write creatively. It only took me three years into college to figure out the the event management major was made for me. With classes in international events, fairs and festivals, and even history and culture of wine, this born-to-be hostess found her niche in this small college. Thus, I begin my posts of my events, personal and entertaining, and I will write about my process.
A few of my favorite things include events, writing, dried lavender, all things French, travelling, tasting wines and trying new food, collecting antiques, merrymaking, and drinking coffee.


Salut, Yelle
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