Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year

For the first time since I became a mother, my family is spending the holiday season at my childhood cottage in the North Woods of Wisconsin. For my children it’s an opportunity to experience a true American winter, with snowdrifts as high as cars and the pale blue glow of the late afternoon sun. We spend the days cross country skiing, skating, and even ice fishing.

For me, retreating to the winter woods has  been a wonderful way to relax and reconnect with nature at this most reflective time of year. It’s a joy that can get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Our Winter Sale is in full swing, with up to 50% off selected items. We’ve added new items to the inventory and I hope you find that perfect bargain. Going forward, we will be promoting all our sales–from the website and warehouse to our Lisbon store and Harrods boutique on Facebook. Please become a fan and urge your friends to do the same.

I wish you a peaceful New Year and all the best in 2011.

 

Catherine

 

Happy Holidays from Papo d’Anjo

Nothing is more gratifying for the entire Papo d’Anjo team than receiving our customers’ and trunk show hostesses’ annual holiday photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Warm wishes,

Catherine

 

Recipe Insider: The Best Holiday Dessert

It’s the time of year when people exchange recipes so I thought it would be fun to share my mother’s delicious meringue dessert. Combining meringue, whipped cream, and melted chocolate, it’s a perfect and easy holiday treat.

Sigrid’s Meringue Dessert

Ingredients

8 egg whites

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Whipped cream

1 high quality chocolate bar

Milk

Directions

Beat egg whites with a blender until very stiff. Gradually pour in the sugar, continuing to whip until it’s smooth and shiny. Add the cream of tartar while whipping. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet (each meringue is 3 soup spoons). Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes. Do not open the oven while baking. Meringues should be cream colored, not brown, when done. Melt chocolate bar in a small saucepan, thinning with milk until it’s thin and smooth enough to drizzle.

Before serving, chop off the top of the meringue and fill with whipped cream or ice cream. Put the top back on, drizzle with chocolate, and garnish with raspberries for a festive look. Meringues can be made a day ahead.

 

 

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

It’s the time of the year when gift buying and giving is in full swing. Not only for our children, but also our friends who throw their doors open for holiday parties. When it comes to hostess gifts, nothing beats these very special Portuguese products.

Founded in 1887, Claus Porto is one of the oldest and most revered companies in Portugal. Their scented candles and soaps are known throughout the world for their fresh yet rich scents. Orange amber is a particular favorite of mine, especially in the Musgo Real cologne, which works well for both men and women. The soaps are wrapped in delightful printed papers, which remind me of Portuguese tiles as well as the Liberty fabrics we use at Papo d’Anjo.

Another unique treat is Elvas Plums, which are the original sugar plums of Christmas legend. Picked in July in the region near the southern Spanish border, the plums are soaked in sugar for six weeks then dried in the sun. I can’t find a place in the United States to purchase these delicious sweetmeats, but you can order them from Fortnum and Mason in London.

The Quinta do Vesuvio winery

Finally, what’s better on a cold winter night than a glass of Port? My favorite is Quinta do Vesuvio. Taylor and Graham’s are also reliable brands that are very reasonably priced.

Share Your Holiday Photos

It’s always a treat to receive photos of my customers’ children wearing Papo d’Anjo. This week, I was delighted to get this fantastic snapshot of Mary Lu and Mason Lampton enjoying Thanksgiving with their seven beautiful grandchildren.

Mrs. Lampton likes to dress her grandchildren in Papo for her Christmas card because she can always find options that coordinate but aren’t exactly the same. I love how well our new Velvet Pinafore goes with the older girls’ Tartan Gathered Dress and the boys’ Button Down Collar Shirt in a khaki and light green grid.

If you’d like to share holiday photos of your children dressed in Papo, please email them to me at Catherine@papodanjo.com. I’ll post them on December 20.

 



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