If you follow me on Instagram (@amber_dessertnowdinnerlater) you might recognize most of these pics from earlier this month. I just had to share this fun night with you guys & tell you about Lagrima vanilla. So, this is kind of a sneak peak into some of the fun parts of being a blogger…like the events! It’s a super fun time when you get together with your blogging besties like mine above: Aimee (Like Mother Like Daughter), Alli (Cupcake Diaries), Me, & Yvonne (Tried and Tasty). Good laughs & great fun is to be had by all.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

This particular event was one of my favorites because we actually got to get in the kitchen & make something! Almond Biscotti using Lagrima vanilla. Now, I am going to tell you about this product & it’s not because I am being compensated for it. I did get a sample bottle to take home, but I would not be telling you about it if I didn’t like it, a lot!

Lagrima vanilla is different than other “pure” vanilla extracts out there. It is made with single-source, organic vanilla beans & is extracted in top-shelf spirits for no less than 6 months. There is also a handful of fresh, organic vanilla beans in every bottle. The large bottle (200ml) contains 40+ teaspoons! Plus, the vanilla is packaged in a tall, clear Italian glass bottle with a natural cork top. I mean, look at how cute the bottles are! Can you say classy?!

Neil is the creator behind Lagrima vanilla & he flew in to share with us his passion for bringing people together & sharing experiences that bring emotion. Which is one of the meanings of Lagrima: A reason for emotion. Their mission is to “craft & curate the best gourmet experiences available that will awaken both your emotions and your body. Foods that propel you and motivate you to experience life in all it’s fullness.” I mean, you had me at the fancy bottle with the high quality curated vanilla beans, but baking with my kids is creating memories, & I can see my kids asking lots of questions about the vanilla beans inside this bottle of vanilla. Just one more reason to get in the kitchen with my cute kids!

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

I know I had a fun night creating memories with my friends! Here are a few more shots from the evening:

Alli & Aimee making biscotti batter.

Of course a party isn’t a party without food. We had an incredible build your own grilled cheese/panini sandwich bar. I had roast beef, with onions, peppers & melty Tillamook monterey jack cheese, on some delicious Kneaders french bread. It was delightful to dip into some amazing tomato soup, that our hostess, Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite, cooked up.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

Yvonne, Kami & Holly posing for a pic! This is what you see on instagram…

This is what we are really doing…instagram-ing, tweet-ing, facebook-ing…being “social.”

More Pictures…

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

This is me with Jesseca, our hostess 🙂

More “socializing”

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

And of course an event isn’t an event without some swag bags & prizes! What a great night! Thanks to Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite!

Okay, back to Lagrima….

Do you want a fancy pants gift to give to your friends for the holidays??? Remember how cute the bottles are:

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Peterson Photography

Well, imagine sending your friend a bottle of Lagrima & it gets shipped to them like this:

…in a cute little tube with confetti that pops out!

Now if the bottle wasn’t cute enough, & the vanilla wasn’t more organic or high quality enough, the shipping tube should have you ready to order about now & Lagrima has a deal going on right now!

Use the code CHEER2013 to receive a 10% discount off your entire order (Expires 12/31/13)

Happy Holidays! Celebrate with Lagrima & make some memories!