Declutter your work space and spark progress

  When Susan Carnes watched the Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” she immediately decided to kick her office clutter to the curb, purging filing cabinets, drawers and shelves, and throwing out desktop organizers and other detritus 20 years in the making. Carnes, a corporate communications director at human resources consulting firm APTMetrics in Darien, Conn., tapped into the KonMari method by asking herself if these items brought happiness. “Sparking joy was very important,” she says. “I kept copies of marketing materials that I felt pride in designing or writing. I did keep one copy of [each of] the many brochures we produced over 20 years to have a historical archive.” She did, however, discard “tons of paper I was saving for no reason” and “colored paper for reports we don’t do anymore because everything is digital,” overhauling her office over the course of three days. “It was long overdue,” says Carnes, now enjoying post-purge peace. “I feel more focused and forward-moving. I find myself more interested in learning some new skills, like literally my calendar has opened up.” Psychotherapist and therapeutic relationship coach Rachel Wright of Washington Heights sees a positive work impact after KonMari-ing her home office. “Each time I declutter, I get at least two new clients. It truly feels like I create space for something new,” says the co-founder of Wright Wellness Center, which helps people claim strong relationships and fulfilling sex lives. “I wanted to feel more clear in my thinking and less distracted by piles of paper.” Wright kept tax returns, confidential client information, receipts and special thank you cards and put...

A Caterer Shares Her Favorite CBD-Infused Appetizer Ideas

CBD might just be the buzziest word of 2019—as such, it’s being used as an ingredient in just about everything you can imagine, from skincare and supplements to desserts. It was only a matter of time until it became part of the wedding world, too. First and foremost, what is CBD? Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana. Unlike its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not provide the feeling of being “high,” but instead only provides relaxing and anti-anxiety benefits that can be therapeutic for many individuals. Recently, it’s become a popular addition to many different types of food and drink. Andrea Correale, celebrity caterer and founder and president of Elegant Affairs, has noticed an increase request for CBD-infused food and drinks, so she recently began offering a few different options to her clients. One of her favorite places to include CBD-infused bites? Appetizers. She likes infusing the ingredient into classics like mini lobster rolls, grilled cheese bars, and even suhu shrimp for a crowd-pleasing take on the trend. If you’re thinking about adding a few appetizers infused with CBD to your wedding menu, her tips will help you do it right. If you’re considering having a CBD-infused appetizer at your wedding, you probably have a lot of questions, including how much CBD is enough and how much would be considered too much? Of course, you can incorporate CBD into both your appetizer and your entrée, but Correale warns that it might overkill—just like putting truffle oil on everything on your menu would be too much. Instead, she suggests opting for one or the other—either adding a few CBD-infused options to cocktail hour or to...

GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES

GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES Ingredients 12 mint leaves 3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight Juice from 1/2 a lemon .5 cup simple syrup 1 cup black tea bourbon Instructions Slice peaches and freeze overnight (you can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation). In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon and blend, adding ice until a slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches. Serve immediately. – Courtesy of Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs Catering....

5 Spring Aperitifs To Kick Off Seasonal Celebrations

BRIGHT CITRUS, FRESH HERBS AND EVEN STALKY VEGETABLES GO INTO THESE DRINKS THAT GIVE WINTER THE HEAVE HO. Just like the return to Daylight Saving Time gives us a much-welcomed extra hour of sunshine, these drinks turn up the light. Enough with brooding and boozy; we are craving these refreshingly aromatic, irresistible cocktails to throw back during the golden hour. BUTTERFLY EFFECT Recipe courtesy of Tyler Plymale, Mixologist, Hen Quarter All of the drinks at this sophisticated Southern cuisine-focused restaurant and lounge in Dublin, Ohio are named after tunes, and the spring menu in particular drinks like a playlist of a story about love and love lost, Plymale says. This sip is an ode to the Travis Scott song about the phenomenon of how small decisions and changes in one place can have large effects elsewhere. “It’s very refreshing and has a great mouthfeel,” he says. “Genmaicha rice tea syrup gives the cocktail a very unique flavor and balances well with the Crème de Violette. Lavender bitters offer floral notes that pair great with the chamomile-infused gin. 1 ½ oz dry gin ¾ oz genmaicha rice tea syrup (instructions follow) 1 oz lemon juice ¼ oz Crème de Violette 2 dashes lavender bitters 1 egg white garnish: Lavender flowers, dehydrated lemon zest and a spritz of Crème de Violette Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice until frothy. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled. Double-strain into a coupe glass, spritz with the Crème de Violette and garnish with the lavender flowers and dehydrated lemon zest. For the genmaicha rice...

Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes from Celebrity Chefs & Restaurateurs

St. Patrick’s Day is always a jolly holiday to celebrate. To inspire you to expand your horizons and try your luck at whipping up gourmet Irish recipes today, here are a few delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and caterers. From decadent drinks to sumptuous desserts, here are some incredible St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you’ll definitely want to devour today. Prohibition Savannah is a nod to the classic 1920’s speakeasy, featuring craft cocktails and vintage decor, and a menu designed by Executive Chef Greg Garrison. The Savannah Historic District restaurant opened up last year from Irish Restaurateurs James Welsh and Ray Burns. It set the world record for most Irish coffees sold in one day, 2,223, last year as a fundraiser for a local firefighter’s fund. To help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here’s their hit St. Patrick’s Day recipe that’s as good as a pot of gold. St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: “Gran Rosta” Irish Coffee (Serves 1) Ingredients: Freshly whipped heavy cream, for topping (recipe below) Popcorn powder, for topping (recipe below) 1 1/4 oz. Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey 1/2 oz. Demerara syrup (2:1 ratio of Demerara sugar to water) 4 oz. freshly brewed Sumatra coffee Instructions for the whipped cream: Before creating the drink, make whipped cream by pouring one cup of heavy cream (cream must be at least36 percent fat) into a metal bowl or stand mixer. Using either the mixer on medium speed or a hand whisk, whip the cream until it has only slightly thickened and soft peaks have formed, about six to seven minutes (you want the cream to pour easily into the glass). Store the whipped cream in the...

Cheers To Spring!

It’s been a crazy winter in the U.S., but spring is in the air. A time for planting and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lighter, sweeter cocktails. Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs comes to our rescue yet again, with a bevy of libations perfect for celebrating the season. We love her contributions. They’re always filled with fun and flair, which comes easy for Andrea as a celebrity event producer and caterer to stars like Brooke Shields, Mariah Cary, Jimmy Fallon and Liam Neeson. Now you can be the star of your own spring celebration with these light and refreshing cocktails. Remember to enjoy responsibly!   Lemon Basil Margarita Lemon Basil Margarita.   Ingredients 1-1/2 ounces tequila 1 ounce triple sec 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup 3 basil leaves, for garnish 1/2 sugar/1/2 salt mixture, for rim Lemon rind, for garnish Basil leaf, for garnish Directions Coat glass rim with sugar and salt mixture. Shake all liquid ingredients in a shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon rind and basil leaf.   Georgia Peach and Basil Bourbon Slushy Georgia Peach and Basil Bourbon Slushy. Ingredients 12 mint leaves 3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight Juice from 1/2 of a lemon 1/2 cup simple syrup 1 cup Black Tea Bourbon Directions Slice peaches and freeze overnight (can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation. In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon and blend, adding ice until a slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches....