Well, folks, it’s been a year. It’s been the sort of year that teaches you loads about yourself — what you love to do, what you don’t love so much, and where your sweet spot really is. The holiday pop-up was a revelation — it was so much fun for me! I loved hearing your stories, your recipes and who was getting all those glorious food gifts. THANK YOU for showing up, sharing those stories and being such a supporter of Eat Boutique!
I hope you learned a lot about you in 2014, too, and plan to take that knowledge into your very best year yet.
I hope you spent a lot of time in the kitchen in 2014, and, if not, you can fix that in 2015.
And most of all, I hope you get a little time to reflect, away from a computer, on what matters to you most–perhaps with a little sparkling wine and this Cranberry Vanilla Syrup which I shared over on Style Me Pretty earlier this month (see exactly how I gift it over there). Just add 2 tablespoons of this syrup to a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine and a few fresh cranberries for garnish.
Happiest of new years to you!! xo
Cranberry Vanilla Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split length-wise
- 2 cups cranberries, frozen or fresh
- Place water, sugar, vanilla bean and cranberries into a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, swirling the pan every now and again to help the sugar dissolve. Once the boil is reached, lower the heat to medium and keep the mixture at a low boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Let syrup steep off the heat for 10 minutes. Strain, discarding the vanilla bean and cranberries (or throw them into some yogurt). Let the syrup cool at room temperature before bottling. Store in a sterilized glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.