Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Brownies

Red Velvet Brownie Recipe:

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 9.11.51 AMYield: Makes 16 servings

Total: 3 hours, 10 minutes


  • 1 (4-oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1-oz) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


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The Christmas Tree

ImageI have many fond memories of my childhood and Christmas: going caroling with my church group as teen, touring surrounding neighborhoods to see the Christmas lights, and my favorite family night of the year, decorating our Christmas tree. For years, my three sisters, brother and I would all sit around the tree sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows and place our favorite ornaments on the tree one by one. As we did this, we would reminisce about Christmases past.

We did this every year. But around my 12th birthday, I got up the morning after decorating, went out to look at the tree and realized that our evergreen needed a new look.  I stayed up most of the night taking off everything, including every ornament and pounds of tinsel, to redecorate the entire tree. It was my masterpiece and the day a decorator was born inside of me. That day, I remember falling asleep under the tree – staring up into the lights with a deep satisfaction of my accomplishment.

I still love this time of year with all of the twinkling lights and holiday decorating. Even after decorating over fifty parties and buildings in the area – I still love the magic of the season.  I know that the tradition of making our home beautiful for the holidays is now instilled in my children’s hearts and being passed down to the next generation as they come home with their children, my grandchildren, to enjoy the festivities.

We wish you a happy, healthy and fabulous holiday season from all of us at Syzygy Events.

Be Grateful

Be Blessed

Be Amazing!

Julie Shanklin

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This Hectic and Crazy Time of the Year

This time of year is always pretty hectic and crazy for everyone. For us, the season started before Thanksgiving, when we started making holiday decor preparations for offices and hotels across the D.C. area. I had hoped to get our own houses in order immediately afterward thinking we would then be able to enjoy ourselves after coming home from endless days of decorating other places.

decorcloseupNot this year. Not by any stretch of my imagination! With each passing day the stress of not decorating our own homes grew, but after endless trips to our wholesalers for supplies, decorating every building on our list, and working on proposals for Inaugural events till midnight (yes, this is an Inaugural year), we had little time to work on our own homes.


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