Archive | November, 2010

Color Trends Tuesday :: Fashion

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Check out this outfit found on the runway for this Fall/Winter and the colors featured.

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Mmmmmm…Monday! Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

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Well, it’s Monday again!!! I hope you all had the best Thanksgiving EVER!! Below is a delicious recipe for HOMEMADE PUMPKIN POP TARTS :-D I found it on Emma’s wonderful food blog.
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Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Makes 6 rather large tarts:)

For the crust: buy premade puff pastry. It’s in the freezer section. Any brand, I like Pepperridge Farm (they did not give me any money to say that;)
For the filling: 3/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, 1/8 teaspoon all spice.
For the glaze: 1/3 cup softened cream cheese, 2-3 tablespoons cream or milk (I used milk) and 3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar.
The puff pastry I bought came in two sheets. Using a pizza cutter, cut out 12 rectangles from the puff pastry sheets. Place six of the rectangles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Combine all the filling ingredients, place a heaping spoonful in the middle of each rectangle.

Now place the other six rectangles on top, and using a fork crimp the edges. Bake at 375 F for 16-18 minutes.
While those are baking, combined (very) softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk and whisk to create the glaze.

Once the pop tarts are out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack and drizzle with the glaze.

Dear computer…

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ok so we’ll see just how good I do at this but I’m taking a real break from my computers and work starting today (other than a meeting I have) thru Sunday :) — with that said….


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Color Trends Tuesday:: FALL

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Ok, so it seems everyone is already in the Christmas Season and it’s still Fall :) With Thanksgiving only 2 days away, I’m still enjoying all that Fall has to offer. This photo is a great example of Fall Colors that might not be so typical.
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Mmmmmm Monday: Herbed Hummus by Emma

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Does anyone else out there LOVE LOVE LOVE Hummus?? Well I do, especially with spices and lots of Extra Virgin Olive Oil :) I found this sweet recipe on Emma‘s Blog and have to try it. Let me know if you guys make it and what you think!

Herbed Hummus, makes 3-5 cups

Ingredients: 2 cans drained chickpeas, 1/2 cup packed Italian parsley, 1/3 cup olive oil (plus more to serve), salt and pepper to taste.

In a food processor, blend together the drained chickpeas and roughly chopped parsley. In a steady stream, while your processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Remove to a serving bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. When you are ready to serve drizzle just a bit more olive oil over the top, for looks but it taste great too:) I served mine with toasted baguette slices, but fresh cut veggies are great too! Try it with cucumbers or carrot sticks.

Snapshot Sunday :: Heather Chérie

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Ok so…somehow I stumbled upon Heather Chérie Photography (also on facebook) and have loved every minute of looking at her pics. She posted a few from a Senior Session she had with Alleah Travis, who is obviously a DANCER. Check out my top 3 faves!!

 

Office Space Saturday: Skylight Cottage

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This week papernstitch, featured this lovely cottage that has been totally redone and I just HAD to show you.

I think that last image is my FAVORITE!!! You can see all the rooms of this beautiful cottage here.



Freebie Hand Drawn Christmas Card

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I hope you all are having a BEAUTIFUL Saturday!! I sure am :) I’m sitting on my couch watching a lifetime movie (I’m a bit embarrassed to say) sipping my coffee and catching up on work from throughout the week. I found this amazing Christmas Card that Mufn, inc. is offering for FREE! You can download it here.

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Handbag Designer Website

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Hey Friends, I’ve been TOTALLY M.I.A. from my blog and Facebook for the last week or two. It’s been the busiest time for me. I had no idea Fall could be so busy with projects. I just wanted to check in and post a little preview of a Website I’m almost finished with. We are hoping to officially launch it Monday!! The site is for a handbag designer out of Chicago, IL. Check it out:


Daily Quick Cleaning Checklist | Real Simple

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A dream of mine is to ONE DAY, actually have a clean house, meals prepared, my work projects on schedule, my emails replied to, and my laundry done and put away. (sigh)…..


I found this pretty sweet list of super quick cleaning ideas to help maintain a clean house. I know this blog post really isn’t much for design ideas, BUT it is a daily thing AND in my opinion, when my house is clean, I can think much better and be more creative.

The list below takes about 30 min to complete:

Kitchen:


  • Clear out and wipe down the sink (5 minutes). No piles of dirty dishes! Move them into the dishwasher, and wipe the sink with a sponge.
  • Wipe down countertops and stove (1 minute). Clean splatters and spills with a damp cloth or sponge and an all-purpose cleanser.
  • Wipe problem spots on the floor (2 minutes). You can save a full-floor mop for the weekend, but use the same cloth (once you’ve finished with the countertops) to quickly clean any spills or sticky spots, which will attract dirt and get more noticeable if left alone.
  • Fold or hang dish towels (30 seconds). Even if they’re clean, a jumble of dish towels on the counter can look messy. Take a few moments to fold or hang them.

Bathroom:


  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). If you use a premoistened cloth to wipe your face, swipe the sink bowl and faucet handles with it, too. Or use a washcloth, paper towel, or a product like Windex Glass and Surface Wipes, which don’t leave streaks on chrome or mirror.
  • Clean splatters off the mirror (15 seconds). Got foamy toothpaste spray on the mirror? Do a quick swipe with the same cloth you used on the sink.
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds). Same cloth! Just do the toilet last.
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15 seconds). If you see a ring, give it a quick scrub.
  • Squeegee the shower door (30 seconds). Wipe down glass doors to remove water droplets that can cause spotting. No squeegee? Use a dry towel.
  • Spray the shower and curtain liner with a shower mist (15 seconds). A quick spray with a daily cleanser will reduce buildup of mildew and soap scum.

Bedroom:

  • Make your bed (2 minutes). Even a fluffy down comforter pulled up over messy sheets will look polished.
  • Fold or hang clothes and put away jewelry (4 minutes). Even better: Resist the urge to toss them somewhere in the first place! Put them away as you take them off.
  • Straighten out the night-table surface (30 seconds). Take last night’s water glass to the kitchen, stow your reading glasses in a drawer, and straighten books or magazines.

Living Room:

  • Tidy the sofa (2 minutes). It’s likely the focus of the room, so neaten it. Fluff the pillows and fold the throws.
  • Pick up crumbs with a hand-held vacuum (1 minute). Concentrate on surfaces in plain sight: sofa cushions, coffee table, and rugs in the middle of the room. Look for dust bunnies, too.
  • Wipe tables and spot-clean cabinets where you see fingerprints (1 minute). Use a microfiber cloth or a Swiffer cloth to pick up dust. If the surfaces are streaked or sticky, use a moist cloth.
  • Straighten coffee table books and magazines (2 minutes). Toss old newspapers and corral the remote controls into one place (a drawer, if possible).
  • Clear major clutter (5 minutes). Stash video games, toys, and anything else you might trip over.

Daily Quick Cleaning Checklist | Real Simple.

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