Recipes For Congratulations

A good recipe for congratulations is best decided by the individual taste and occasion. However below are some tips.


Give the proud new homeowners a bottle of wine personalized with their closing date and new address and they’ll be sure to treasure it forever. This is a housewarming gift they’ll enjoy and remember!


If someone in your family or team is retiring, use a personalized bottle of wine to send them off with your gratitude. Buy a nice bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic cider, if he or she doesn’t drink alcohol) and customize it with a wine label that thanks them for all their hard work and includes their years of service. This is a warm, thoughtful way to congratulate someone on their retirement.


Toast the happy couple with a bottle of personalized card with wine that includes their names and the date they got engaged. You can even suggest to them that they wait to enjoy the wine until their wedding day!

New baby. 

You can use a bottle of wine. Add to the labels the date to congratulate the new parents, but you might want to put the label on a bottle of non-alcoholic cider instead. You can customize the label with the baby’s name, birthdate, and measurements and give the new parents a gift they’ll cherish.

Milestone birthday. 

If someone you know and love is celebrating a milestone birthday, give them a gift to mark the special occasion a nice bottle of wine is a fun way to commemorate any birthday!

Wedding Cake

Always a great choice for most occasions. Either homemade or dinner out.

I’m not usually one to use a boxed cake mix and doctor it up. I’m much more accustomed to using entirely homemade recipes.

White Wedding Cupcakes
  • 1 2/3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter Unsalted Melted
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract Clear
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract Optional
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 4 cups White American buttercream frosting
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda. Keep aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, add sugar, melted butter, yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, almond extracts and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the dry mixture into this wet mixture and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix! This batter will be thick.
  4. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites for about 3 minutes until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold this egg white mixture into the cupcake batter. Don't over-mix!
  6. Pour batter in cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool down and then decorate with buttercream. Enjoy!


Yes!  This recipe can also be used to make wedding cake.  I made cupcakes for the wedding- plus a mini cake for the bride and groom to take home and keep.

Dinner Out?

Which Restaurant to Choose?

When you take the time to choose, oftentimes, you are rewarded with a great gastronomic experience built around the ambience of the restaurant and the attitude of the staff serving you.

In choosing a restaurant, one faces many considerations. Word of mouth or reviews is useful. They give you an idea of what the restaurant is like. Especially from people who had been to this place several times. That would be a vote for the restaurant.

But why not take the risk and try out something new each time? This, too, could result in gastronomic surprises.

In choosing a restaurant, what is your top criteria?

Here’s a list of criteria in choosing a restaurant.

Location of the Restaurant

Choose a Restaurant you can walk to. When you want to have a great time, driving afterwards can pose a real problem. So, get a restaurant that is close by where you can easily walk or where it is easy to get a cab. Another fifty bucks for a cab to go to a restaurant adds unnecessary expenses.

Atmosphere Matters

Sometimes, the restaurant may be beautiful but the décor is not to your taste. It jars your senses. Go to a place where you enjoy the general atmosphere.

Do they play music? How loudly? Check out the people who go to the restaurant. If you find it pleasant to be around these people as you eat your dinner, then go book a table. Maybe, a specific table away from the kitchen doors and not under the air conditioner.

Sometimes, you have to work when you’re in a restaurant. For meetings where you need to discuss serious deals, go to restaurants that have private rooms.

Choose a restaurant that gives good value

Price matters when you choose

When you are bringing a big group, look for one that will give you value for your money. This does not mean being cheap but getting a good meal that you feel happy about paying. You are satisfied for what you get.

Excellent Service

Want good service in a restaurant? Don’t just expect it. Make it happen. When you find a restaurant you like, befriend the waiters and waitresses. Treat them kindly as you would treat your own friends and you will find that you will get great service all the time.

Sometimes, these waiters are super busy and you demand a hundred things. When you see them carrying many things to your table, be helpful. Give them space to put it.

Take some of the things that are hard for them to place on some sides of your table. These may be little things but when you help them, they will go out of their way to make sure you are served properly.

Over and beyond this, of course, are restaurants with impeccable service no matter who you are.

Hygiene in the Restaurant

Check out the washroom

You may just want to check out the restaurant before you decide to book a table. Have a drink first and check out the place. Go use the washroom.

This is my friend’s standard procedure. Use the bathroom and when it is clean, chances are hygiene standards are followed in the restaurant.


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