Rosé Sangria

This light, dry Sangria is perfect for serving with brunch or with hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy!


1 to 1 1/4 bottles of dry rosé*

1/4 to 1/2 c. orange liqueur

1 c. sliced, fresh strawberries

1/2 c. raspberries

1/2 pear, sliced

1/2 lime, sliced

simple syrup, optional

fresh fruit for garnish

Combine wine, liqueur, and fruit in a glass carafe. Chill for about six hours. Taste. If desired, sweeten with simple syrup. Pour into wine glasses – ice cubes, optional. Garnish with fruit. Enjoy!

* Preferably a dark colored rosé from France or Italy.

Gold Strike

We had another beautiful wedding yesterday. It was sunny and 75 degrees out – perfect for a garden wedding, despite still officially being winter. (This morning it is 32 degrees, so we got lucky – again!) The bride and groom chose yellow, white, gray and black as their colors – which was an elegant, yet sunny and cheerful theme. I didn’t have a moment to take pictures yesterday, but here is a photo that I took this morning of one of the gorgeous Gold Strike roses that we used for the arrangements. Have a lovely day!


Unsung Flowers

White miniature carnations tend to receive little attention when brides choose flowers for their bouquets. Yet these sturdy little flowers are quite beautiful and delicate-looking when used as a filler with the right companions. Shown here with yellow-green hydrangeas, these unsung heroes are a perfect match for the showier stars of the arrangement. Wouldn’t you agree?


Blushing Kiss Martini

I’ve been thinking about ideas for Valentine’s Day and I came across a cocktail recipe from Bakers Royale that I thought would be really nice for the occasion – or  for a bridal shower! The combination of flavors in this is slightly tart, slightly florally, and quite refreshing and pleasant.


Blushing Kiss Martini

2 parts Gin

1 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1 part fresh Grapefruit Juice (preferably ruby red or pink grapefruit)

Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of ruby red or pink grapefruit. Enjoy!

(The Baker’s Royale version calls for the drink to be stirred with, and then garnished with a sprig of thyme; but I am not a huge fan of herbs in my drinks, so I omitted that. Their version also called for the drink to be poured through a fine strainer, but I think that leaving a bit of pulp in the drink shows that it was made with fresh fruit. I also tried this with a Maraschino cherry, which worked nicely. It’s all a matter of personal taste. Cheers!)


Roses from Bridal Show

For The Morning Star’s booth at yesterday’s Manhattan Bridal Show, I bought four dozen pink, white, and pink-and-white roses, plus white, peach and pink alstroemeria, and branches of lemon leaves to make into arrangements for our booth. Connie, Anne and I enjoyed visiting with people who stopped by and we received lots of compliments on the flowers.







Thank you to Connie and Anne for their help and thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Orchids Indoors


I decided to share some of my orchid photos since Radiant Orchid is the pantone color of the year.
Have a lovely weekend!

Originally posted on A Taste of Morning:

If it weren’t for my houseplants, especially blooming ones, I would suffer terrible garden withdrawal pains during the winter months. Thankfully, several of my phalaenopsis orchids, which I keep by a kitchen window, have recently started blooming again. Here are a few photos of these beauties that I took this afternoon. I hope that you enjoy them.


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Geraldine Roses

Some pretty flowers to bring  a happy end to one year and a happy beginning to the next  …

Geraldine roses are a sweet bubblegum-pink color with guard petals tinged with light green. These roses mix beautifully with lighter shades of pink and cream and are lovely in pastel-themed bouquets.  They are also lightly ruffled and have a high petal count, adding to their charm.