Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Dress - $1840.00 [Roksanda Ilincic]
Clutch - $1650.00 [Bottega Veneta]
Shoes - $850.00 [Giuseppe Zanotti]
Bracelet - $1095.00 [Yves Saint Laurent]
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
My family has enjoyed Sausage English Muffins every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. What's funny is that we love them so much but never make them any other time of the year. Isn't that weird? Anyway, they are super easy to throw together and perfect to make ahead of time. Enjoy!
Note: This image is of a slightly different recipe that calls for shredded cheese. Stick to the recipe below :)
1 lb mild sausage
16 oz Cheese Whiz
Separate English muffins in half and lay them on a baking sheet.
Brown sausage in skillet and drain.
Pour cheese whiz over sausage and mix together.
Top each half of English muffin with sausage/cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Image courtesy of the Kitchen Witch. Recipe courtesy of Paula Clarke.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
2 pkg crescent rolls
1 lb spicy (Jimmy Dean) sausage, browned and drained
7 eggs, beaten
A splash of milk
1 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1 cup shredded monzarella cheese
Preheat your oven to 350. Take a 9×13 pan and spray it with Pam. Roll out crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan and bake in the oven until lightly brown....not all the way cooked.
Next, brown the sausage, drain and set to the side. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, all cheeses, and for moisture a SPLASH - only a splash of milk. Add in the sausage and mix. Pour the mixture on top of the already "lightly browned" crescent rolls. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30mins.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass 9x13 pan. You can use a metal pan, but the edges may get crispy.
- To make the crumb topping, mix both sugars, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and whisk until combined. Fold in the flour until it is absorbed. Spread out a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter and spread this mixture out on the parchment paper to dry while you make the cake mixture.
- To make the cake, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and slat together in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Cream the butter until it is smooth and ribbonlike in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle. Scrape down the bowl and add the sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Scrape the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, scraping down the bowl before each addition, beating only until it is just incorporated.
- To assemble the cake, pour the batter in the prepared pan. Use your hands to scoop up a handful of the topping and make a fist. The topping should hold together. Break off in chunks and drop them over the cake. Repeat to use all of the topping. Remember, the topping layer will look very thick.
- Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Rotate the pan two times during the baking process. Cool the entire pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.
- The cake will last for three days, tightly covered, at room temperature.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
(Makes 12-15 rolls; prep time 1 hr 20 min)
1/4 ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 - 4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans (optional)
Glaze: 4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 tablespoons of hot water
A couple of dollops of cream cheese (I added this to the recipe)
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and eggs.
3. Add two cups of flour and mix until smooth.
4. Add yeast mixture and mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
5. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes.
6. Place in well-greased bowl and let rise until doubled, usually 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
7. When doubled, punch down dough. Roll out on flour surface into a 15x9 inch rectangle.
8. Spread melted butter all over dough.
9. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough.
10. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired.
11. Beginning at 15 inch side role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices.
12. Coat bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
13. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.
14. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
1. Weekender bag. I've been needing a new bag for weekend trips. This one is currently sold out. It's a good thing my mom Christmas shops in October :)
2. Leopard loafers. These were on my wishlist for fall, but I never got around to buying them.
3. Robert Abbey lamps. I love the shape of these lamps. A pair will look perfect on either side of my sofa.
4. Charisma sheet set. William and I need a new set for our bedroom. Charisma makes really soft sheets.
5. Zara black pants. Like most people, I tend to wear black skinny pants/jeans all winter long. I'm looking to add these skinnies to my collection.
6. Garden and Gun subscription. I can't believe I don't already get this. It's about time.
7. JCrew slippers. Don't these look comfy?
8. Tory Burch studs. I'm usually not a big "logo" person, but these gold studs are so classic. They're perfect for work.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
1. Send a teddy bear to a child of a deployed Marine: For $25, http://www.jonathancollins.org gives a plush toy with a voice message recorded by the parent when you press the paw.
2. Pick up the grocery tab for a senior: $8 to http://www.drivetoendhunger.org/ feeds a senior citizen healthy meals for a day.
3. Pay a student's bus fare: $40 to http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.org/ gets a child in Haiti from their impoverished neighborhood to a new school for two whole months.
4. Help women in war-torn countries start a business: $25 buys one woman a sewing kit so she can earn money as a tailor. Donate at http://www.womenforwomen.org/.
5. Send a kid to school: $25 to http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/ sends a child to school in a developing country for 78 days. $118 covers a whole year of school.
6. Preserve our oceans: Save half a mile of overfishing and pollution with a $38 gift to http://www.conservation.org/.
7. Care for a chimp orphaned or harmed by hunters or pet sellers: Just $10 to http://www.janegoodall.org/ buys 22 pounds of food at the renowned primatologist's clinic in the Republic of Congo.
8. Prevent blindness: Think the new Tom's sunglasses (same people as the shoes) are super cool? Purchase a pair and give someone in Asia sight-saving treatment.
9. Save a pet: Just $50 to http://www.animaladvocatesalliance.org/ bails a dog or cat out of a high-kill shelter and provides vet care and medicine to get it ready for adoption.
10. Provide clean water: Donate $30 to http://www.wellsbringhope.org/ to give one villager in West Africa access to safe water and good sanitation for more than 30 years. This will drastically reduce child moralities in these under-developed areas.
2. Who doesn't love a delicate wine glass? And, with color? Even better. Anthropologie provides these.
3. I am a sucker for a good cook book. Check it out at Amazon.
4. Tory Burch always gets it right and how classic is this wallet. LOVE!
5. Coffee table book is a must; I get one every year! AMAZON of course!
6. Ashley Terrell artwork! I am in love with her beautiful pieces and inspired by her creativity and color palette.
7. Ray Ban cat 5000
8. Zara, again. LOVE these boots!
9. I can't explain to you how in LOVE I am with Lululemon's crop pants. If you don't have any, just buy one pair I promise you will be obsessed. PROMISE!
10 & 11. I love kitchen things - gadgets, knives or organizational products. Anthropologie it is!
12. And, lastly a little happy from Etsy. I was blog reading and ran across these guys. Many colors are available!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
1. Monogram Pendant Necklace
2. Madewell Leather Transport Tote
3. J. Crew Pajamas
4. Anthropologie Riviera IPad Case
5. Nicole Miller Bamboo Flatware
6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry in Black Watch
7. Celerie Kemble, Black and White
8. Steve Madden Cathi Wedges
9. Tory Burch Brigitte Cosmetic Bag
10. Kelly Wearstler Pyrite Cubes Bangle
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
This October, SCAD unveiled the newly-expanded SCAD Museum of Art. The 82,000 sq ft complex houses some pretty amazing talent. And this week, I finally have some spare time to pay it a visit.
A walk through the museum is well worth the $10 ticket price. Information about art and exhibitions can be found here.
I am most excited about visiting the Andre Leon Talley gallery. Yes, Vogue's contributing editor has curated a selection of iconic dresses for display. I hear it is really impressive. Here's a sneak peek.
Oscar de la Renta
Isabel Toledo, Zac Posen, Tom Ford
Images courtesy of SCAD, Vogue, and misstomei.blogspot.com.
3. J Crew resin colorblock necklace: You know I can't leave J Crew off my wishlist! What a statement necklace (and this color is on sale)!
4. Lola by Marc Jacobs Rollerball: Don't you hate leaving your perfume at home because you can't bring it in your carry on? This is my current favorite fragrance and I would love this easy travel version.
6. Brookstone Automatic Wine Opener: genius!
7. J Crew Blythe blouse in neon azalea: How many times have I mentioned I love this blouse? I have decided on this pretty pink color.
8. Tory Burch Patent Robinson Zip Continental Wallet in Dark Sahara/Raspberry: Classic and chic.