It's an attitude

Relax, you can do it! It seemed like a great idea when you casually mentioned, "come on over for a little bite to eat", but then the reality set in. Pulling off a memorable, relaxed evening with friends and family, dining on the beach, under the stars, is all in your attitude. A few long tables, mismatched chairs, tablecloths, napkins, some votive candles, house plants, and colored glassware, will set the stage for your perfect . Here are a few of my favorite tips:     

Enjoy these favorite, delectable, passable sugar cookies your guests are sure to remember . 

Marvelous Meltaways 

 1 1/2 c. walnuts, very finely chopped    

 1/4 c. white sugar Pinch kosher salt   

1 tsp. vanilla extract   

1/2 c. unsalted butter, chopped and softened   

1 c. powdered sugar 

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, mix flour, walnuts, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add softened butter. Combine everything with your hands until mixture resembles coarse meal. Form dough into small balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. When they’re still warm but cool enough to touch, roll cookies in powdered sugar. Set aside on a rack to cool completely. When cool, dust again in powdered sugar. 

Wine Recommendations

These recommended wines have all received very high ratings from wine connoisseurs around the world and are provided to simplify your selection next time you are looking for the perfect wine to serve with the provided recipe.  Enjoy!

Shaw SMith Sauvignon Blanc

Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc, Australia $24.99

A top selling Sauvignon Blanc, this award winning wine is produced by cousins, Michael Shaw and Martin Smith in the Adelaide Hills.


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Klein Constantia Sauvignon blanc

Klein Constantia, "Clara",
South Africa $36.99

Consistently rates as one of the top white wines out of South Africa, this elegant wine is from one of the most beautiful vineyards in Cape Town..

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Eisele Vineyard

Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley, California $108.00 

A bit pricey, but well worth it, especially when you have time to savor and enjoy. 

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Angela Beck