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What’s Irish and Stays Out All Night?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh, my post title…it’s a riddle! Do you know the answer?

Peek inside for the answer and some shopping with me…

What’s Hot, What’s Not…

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The winner of our CSN Gift Card Giveaway is Domestic Diva! Congratulations! I will be emailing you with all the details!

Today we have a fun list of Foodie what’s hot and what’s not from our friend Nadin in NYC. I love this!

Just as your style calls for seasonal updates, so does your palette. Restaurants, big and small alike, cater to consumer interests within the food world and adapt their specials and menus accordingly. This year, Kobe Beef is out, and pork is in. Low sodium-focused products have been replaced by gluten-free items and the cupcake craze has moved from a sweet direction to a savory one with lasagna cupcakes and a meat-filled take on these sweet treats.

Below is a list of the latest food items that food connoisseur must have this season , as reported by
What’s In:

· Whoopie Pies
· Miniature Foods (not plates)
· Savory Cupcakes
· Gastro/Nitrous
· Pork
· Gluten-free
· Chefs at High End Restaurants

What’s Out:

· Kobe Beef
· Low Sodium
· Sweet Cupcakes
· High End Chefs Consulting for Smaller Outlets/Quick Service

So there you go. What do you think is in or out this year?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Dexter Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot

FFF-My Birthday, You Get A Gift!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

As I sit here in my office at my tiny desk, on my birthday Friday (actual birthday on Sunday), I can’t help but be so grateful for everything in my life. My incredible husband, Eric, my amazing besties, my good friends, and all of you out there in tv land. Or blog land, I don’t judge.

Happy Birthday To Me!

But since I love you so much, I thought I should give you a gift. CSN has so graciously offered a $65 gift card to their massive online store. Last time we did a giveaway with them, my bestie Clint won and couldn’t say enough great things about the wine glasses and linens he received. Clint said everything was packaged in the most pristine way and both items were gorgeous. And they have virtually everything you could want. You could buy me an offset spatula! Or, holy Toledo, they have Le Creuset, too! Check out this set of bright yellow cookware – wouldn’t this make you smile everyday?

Just like sunshine!

So, my little darlings…comment away. I would love to hear your idea for my perfect birthday celebration. The winner will be announced on Wednesday by a random drawing.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Marvin Gaye – Got to Give It Up, Part I (because it’s my birthday and this is my favorite song, of all time..)

Going To The Chapel….

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day my angels! And if by chance you are getting engaged, you are going to have a ton to think about. How about two tickets to The Wedding Experience, being held on February 26, in downtown Atlanta? With Michelle and Byron’s engagement party last night to helping plan Valerie and Jay’s reception in September, I have had weddings on the brain.

The Wedding Experience is perfect for newly engaged couples to jump
start their journey down the aisle, featuring seminars geared toward
helping couples plan a successful wedding. The day will consist of
seminar sessions, table inspiration designs, and lunch.

Attending engaged couples will have the chance to win a weekend stay
at Watercolor Inn & Resort! The prize includes two night’s
accommodations for two PLUS dinner at Fish Out of Water($100 value)!

Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Brides who purchase their
tickets by February 18th will be entered in a drawing to win a set of
Tiffany & Co. champagne flutes.
Register to attend at

Wouldn’t it be great to have a group of professionals guide you in the right direction and give you some inspiration? Leave me a comment and we’ll pick our winner on Wednesday!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Shirelles – Going To The Chapel of Love

We Have A Winner…And Chips!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

The winner of our CSN $65.00 gift card is Clint! Hooray for Clint! I will email you the code so you can get to shopping.  I would love to hear what you picked out.

Whoo Hoo! Merry Christmas!
More Merriment inside!

Fun Find Friday-CSN – Cool, Super, New!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Well, I’m not sure what CSN stands for, but they have everything! From leather messenger bags to large appliances and everything in between. And, they have been so kind to offer one of my adorable readers a $65 gift card to use as you wish. Merry Christmas!! Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Monday, so you don’t have too wait long.

Lets take a look at some of the goodies (one for you, one for me! and maybe one as a gift…or not, your choice).

I know it’s cold outside, but how about pretending it’s spring inside with this gorgeous robin egg’s blue pasta bowl by iitala Teema?

iittala TT016255 - Teema 8.25

iitala's Teema Pasta Bowl - $17.00

And to feel uber chic while sipping soup, hot chocolate or a late afternoon latte, how about this fabulous set of 6 Venice Soup Cups by Ten Strawberry Street?

Ten Strawberry Street Venice Soup Cup - V-17

Pretend you are Sophia Loren and look super glam. Set of 6, $38.94

Oh, I know you will love this next one. Again, from Ten Strawberry Street, these black and white striped cereal bowls will have you clamoring to eat the most important meal of the day. Love love love!

Ten Strawberry Street Ring Black 6" Cereal Bowl - RING-7BLK

Set of 6, $38.74. Um, Santa, are you listening?

And for those of you throwing a little ‘do at the homestead for New Year’s Eve, how about an electric fondue set? You don’t have to worry about the little candle going out and gooping up all your cheese. Or chocolate. I don’t judge. This one is from Cuisinart, so you know it’s going to be swell.

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Pot - CFO-3SS

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set $54.95

Did you know that tradition dictates that if you drop something into the fondue you must kiss every guest of the opposite sex at the party or buy them the next round of drinks? Isn’t that a fun fact?

Okay, my sweeties, comment away. I can’t believe I’m giving this away and not keeping it for myself, but that’s how much I love you.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Mariah Carey – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

We Have A Winner!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

We have a winner of the Bookswim Giveaway – it’s Quinn!!

Quinn, please send your email address to me at  and I will forward your info to Bookswim. Look for their email and you are on your way to enjoying three full months of fabulous books!

The rest of you sit tight – more giveaways to come! And some fun photos from Aqua Vino last week.

xoxo, Patti

It’s a Giveaway!!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

My sweet friends at Bookswim have agreed to give away a three month membership to one of my darlings! I am not kidding, I am loving this service and wondering what I ever did without it. You pick  books, they send them, you enjoy them and send them back with the pre-paid label. It honestly could not be easier. I am reading more now than ever.

Reading is fun!

Right now I am on a fashion kick. I just read Clinton Kelly’s book Freaking Fabulous and am now finishing Tim Gunn’s style tome. Don’t you love those two? Clinton and Tim? They are the best!

All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite book. And since I want you to get started with your membership, I won’t make you wait, either. I will announce the winner on Tuesday!

The weather couldn’t be more perfect right now for curling up with the book of your choice.

So tell me – what is your favorite book?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Florence and the Machine – Swimming