Thursday, December 31, 2009

Recipe Card - Fontaine's Fresh Lime Cocktail

Start your year off right - with Fontaine's Fresh Lime Cocktail! It's sweet and sour and scrumptious!


Fontaine's Fresh Lime Cocktail

1.5 oz. citron vodka
1.2 oz. lime juice (fresh and key, if you've got it)
1 oz. sweet + sour mix
Splash of carbonated lime-ade

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Party Hats!

Are you getting ready for a little party tomorrow nite?? How about showing up with a fab party hat?
Super easy to make, and frugal to boot. 



Find them on Cathie's blog here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Art of the Return

Santa didn't bring quite what you expected? Well, no one's perfect, right?

If your scarf was a putrid purple or your sweater a tad too snug, you can always practice the Art of the Return.

If a gift receipt was included (thank you!), simply exchange it for what you need. If not, shop around online until you find a store with the best return policy, one that has the item for the highest price (better exchange value), or one that has the color/size you need.

How to tell the gift giver? If they don't ask, there's no need. If they do, graciously explain that you LOVED the item, and leave it at that. If they push the issue, and you actually exchanged for something entirely different, be honest yet complimentary. It's the best policy!

{FM}

Friday, December 25, 2009

Bring On the Figgy Pudding!

Merry Christmas to all!

We hope you're having a warm and lovely time with family and friends, and we'd like to thank you for an amazing year at Fontaine Maury.

Oh-So-Merry,

{FM}

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I’ll Have a Green Christmas….

Here at Fontaine Maury, we love paper products and of course we love wrapping paper. But what about something….well…different? What about recycled wrapping? What about some good, old-fashioned resourcefulness? Here are a few ideas for those last minute gifts.
 

Sewing pattern wrapping, with gift tags (info here)


Ladies button down with vintage brooch (info here)


The old stand-by - newspaper - but with a trendy tweak (info here)





Tuesday, December 22, 2009

All I Want for Christmas....


Dear St. Nick -

Please-oh-please, I really would like to have, (you know, since I've been soooo good)..... a Patagonia fleece jacket. Yes, that's all. *hopeful smile*

Ever so sincerely,
Bunny

P.S.- I'm forwarding a copy to Mrs. Claus, just in case, because I know you have about a buh-jillion names on that nice list, and I'm sure that she's a GOOD a wifey like me and helps you remember all sorts of things. thx! xoxox

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'll Have a Blue Christmas....

A blue Christmas can be so chic, and a great change from traditional red and green!

Here's some inspiration for you - even if it's not snowing where you are, blue and silver make it feel frosty.


Check out Country Living and House to Home for more inspiration!

Very Merry!

{FM}

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Recipe Card – Cheese Straws

This is definitely a southern recipe –it’s a tradition in many a southern home, and a delightful savory treat. So when you’ve had enough of Aunt Martha’s snicker doodles and sugar cookies and candy coated nuts, give these cheese straws a try. 

Haile went to school in Savannah (a SCAD grad) and one of her friends worked at Paula Deen's now-famous Lady and Sons restaurant. Her cheese straws are as southern as they get!

Cook’s Tip – if you don’t have a heavy duty cookie press (such as a Mirro), just roll the dough into small balls, and lightly press into a wafer shape. They’ll be just as delicious!


Paula Deen’s Cheese Straw Recipe
Ingredients:
½ C. butter at room temperature
2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
1 ½ C. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper


Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Using a food processor, add butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne. Process until smooth dough is formed. Scoop into a cookie press, using either a star tip or a flat ridged tip. Pipe dough in 2 in. strips onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 min., or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


We know you’re fabulous and organized and oh so ahead of time, so you’ve certainly begun wrapping your presents already. Right? No? Eek! Me neither!

Our friend Nan over at Firefly has a signature wrapping style. When someone is presented with a gift and they spy the little dragonfly pin on the outside, they immediately know that this gift is gonna be GOOD.

Our ABCs of signature wrapping: 
Alike – wrap all your gifts in the same or coordinating wrapping
Bonus! – use a little bonus gift as part of the wrapping, such as an ornament 
Creative – Have fun! Use sheet music, twine, a vintage brooch, anything! 

Here are some super-fun ideas to dress up the presents going under the tree or in the post.

Of course you can always use our custom printed labels and calling cards! (order now for next year!)


Brown paper packages tied up with lacy flowers and monogram letters - simple + pretty. (find this here)

Toile paper with strips of sheet music, plain string and a tiny silver medallion is so Victorian! (find this here) 

A signature wrapping style isn’t hard to create, and it makes a huge visual impact. Stylish wrapping makes a present even better, and so much more fun to unwrap!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Staff Picks for Christmas Gifts



Sadly, the deadline for Fontaine Maury Christmas orders has passed (sigh), but one of our favorite fallbacks for great last minute gifts is, of course, J. Crew.

Here are our staff picks:


 Nephews


 
Best Friend

Sister-in-law



Mother Dear
Find more at J. Crew here.

Stay Merry!

{FM

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fontaine's Nice List


Dear Santa - 

All I want for Christmas is a vacation!

:) Lisa

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Order Deadline! Click click click!




Up on the laptop click click click, FM arrives with good St. Nick!


Today’s the last day to order for Christmas!
I know you want those stockings stuffed with bag tags and calling cards – not to mention memo boards and trays. (The trays are making like reindeer and flying away!)


So get to your nearest retailer (find them here) or shop online for a more limited selection (including trays) here.


Stay merry + start clicking!
{FM}

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peppermint Bark



Don’t you love it when someone gives you Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark at Christmas? It makes you feel all warm and pepperminty inside, and it goes oh-so-good with hot chocolate. Don’t wait for Christmas this year – whip some up yourself!

12 oz chocolate chips
1 pound white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup peppermint candy, crushed

Preheat oven to 250. Line a 9x13 pan with foil, letting it hang over the sides. Spray foil. Pour the chocolate chips in an even layer on the foil. Place in oven for 5 minutes or until almost melted. Remove from oven, smooth with an offset spatula or knife. Place in refrigerator until cold and firm, about 20 minutes.

Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a metal bowl over simmering water (don’t let bottom of bowl touch water), until chocolate is almost melted. You can use your microwave for this if you’re brave! Remove bowl from water and stir until completely melted, stirring in extract. Let cool a little bit so it doesn’t melt the chocolate layer when you pour it on top. Pour this over chocolate layer, and, working quickly, spread to cover. Sprinkle with crushed candy.

Chill until both layers are firm. Lift foil out of pan and shake off excess candy. Trim edges. Cut into 2” wide strips. Peel bark from foil and cut each strip as desired. Chill in covered container. Makes about 2 pounds.

(find original recipe here)

Stay warm + merry!
{FM}

P.S.- The Ordering deadline for Christmas delivery is tomorrow!! Get shopping!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Merrymaking Tips - Tie a Bow


Here’s a great tutorial on making Christmas bows for decorating wreaths and dressing up presents!
1. Make a loop leaving the tail the desired length.  




3. Secure the center of the bow with floral or bow making wire 


5. Cut the tails at an angle or in points to finish off the bow.

2. Continue making loops keeping them uniform in size until the bow is full and you have enough ribbon left over to make the remaining tail. 




4. Fan out the loops 






(Courtesy of Save On Crafts)

Very  merry!
{FM}

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

FM Gifting Guide


Here’s your cheat sheet for holiday gifting – this week we’ll focus on teachers!


For the ever proper I-missed-my-calling-as-an-etiquette-czarina:
Can’t go wrong with a Fontaine Maury monogrammed tray! It’s versatile enough to use in the classroom, but she’ll probably sweep it away to her perfectly appointed hacienda.


For the outdoorsy, green type:
A monogrammed water bottle stuffed with Clif Shots, other high-energy goodies, or good ol’ jelly beans – whichever you deem appropriate. Don’t worry if you don’t know the middle initial for a full monogram; just go with the single initial of the first name.


For the newly married:
Bag Tags, of course! Use the new last name, and it’ll be a hit, for sure. It’s perfect now and useful later, when they have to start tagging bags for the kiddies.


For the tried and true career teacher:
A monogrammed address stamp (only available through our retailers) is perfect. (You can still get teachers’ home addresses, right?)


Other options only available through our retailers:
Personalized Clipboards
Personalized Memo Boards
Monogrammed Mousepads
Personalized Notepads


To shop online or find a retailer, click here.


Keep it merry!
{FM}

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fontaine’s Nice List

Suzanne is our Customer Service expert – she’s the cheery voice on the phone when you call us and the one who makes everything easy-peasy for retailers and customers.

She is (of course) on the NICE list (again) this year:





‘Tis the Season,

{FM}

Friday, December 4, 2009

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

We may not have any snow other than cotton fields ready for harvest, but we know how to decorate for Christmas! Check out Haile’s holiday sprucing.



Stay merry,

{FM}

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Haile’s Cranberry Crumble


Looking for something super-easy + super-delish to get you in that Christmas shopping/decorating/wrapping/traveling mood?

Here’s just what you need. Make it like a “dump cake” (what a truly vulgar term for a food item), enjoy it like it came from the bakery!

Right before bed, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top – calms the cranberries and soothes the nerves. Sugar plum fairies arrive soon after.

Haile’s Cranberry Crumble

Ingredients
1 bag whole cranberries
1 ½ C. pecans, chopped
1 stick butter
1 C. flour
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract

Directions
Spread cranberries and pecans along the bottom of a 9x12 baking dish. Melt butter in a mixing bowl then stir in other ingredients. Mix, then pour over cranberries and pecans. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes – watch closely near the end of the cooking time.


Very merry,


{FM}


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Merrymaking Tips



While giftwrap is fast, fabulous and available in the most adorable prints, sometimes you need something just a little different to wow a certain person. Wrapping gifts in fabric is a Japanese tradition that’s becoming more popular with the eco-friendly. And it’s a great trick to pull out of your pocket at just the right moment. Not to mention you could wrap something special in a sweet little scarf for your niece!
 
Here’s a how-to:
 
Find info about the Japanese art of furoshiki (and photo credits) at Bliss Wedding Market here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fontaine Maury Giveaway!

Have you been wanting one of our swanky melamine trays? 

You know you have! You think about serving drinks on it at holiday parties, piling it high with Christmas cookies, having it set out so subtly, so perfectly on the sideboard when friends drop by for your famous mulled cider wine.


Well, why wait on Santa? Just head over to our friend Freck's blog {It's Five O'clock Somewhere}, and become a follower for a chance to win!


Of course, if you don't win, you could just treat yourself and get one here!


Be Merry!
{FM}