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Pin Me ~ Week Twelve ~ from my Product Shopping Board ~ How To Glow With The Best of Them

26 Apr

Raise your hand if you love beauty products?

Aside from shoes and pretty dresses, I don’t think there is anything more gurly than beauty products. And I love them all from nail polish to lipstick, from blush to sparkly creams.

blog mist 4That’s why when I came across the Must Buys From Target pin from my Product Shopping board, I just had to hop over to Elizabeth Dehn’s Beauty Bets blog and find out what goodies she loved.

I think what initially sold me was the J.R. Watkins Body Cream. Here’s what she said, “I could brag about how great this is or I could just tell you that IT SMELLS LIKE COOKIES. I keep it on my desk, apply it to my hands and let that yummy cookie scent gets me through the afternoon slump.”

As I was in need of some hand cream for my desk, love the smell of cookies and could use something to get me through the afternoon slump, I thought this was the product for me.

At lunchtime, I headed to my nearest Target store in search of cookies cream. Turns out they were out of the cream but they did have the body oil. And, as I was in need of some totally awesome and sweet smelling after shower body oil, I thought this sounded like a win!

They didn’t have the Grapefruit Oil Mist that was mentioned in the post but, OH MY, they had something better.

Coconut Milk & Honey.blog mist 3

or

Lait de coco et miel. (In case you want to spiff it up).

When intially applied, you smell better than cookies. You smell heavenly.

The spray bottle makes it super easy to put on and yes, you glow, just like the darlings that walk the red carpet.

The smell eventually fades (which is good because I wouldn’t want it to interfere with my LOVELY perfume).

Your skin is soft. Oh so soft.

And you feel oh so very gurly.

Happy Thang: By the time this post goes out tonight, I will be relaxing under the stars with my Sweetheart who always smells sweet.

Well….unless he’s working in the yard…then, it’s sweaty sweet.

Oh, who am I kidding. It’s just sweaty.

Maybe they make a men’s line?

 

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Pin Me ~ Week Eleven ~ from my Perhaps I Might Read Board ~ Hemingway’s Girl

26 Apr

Oh nuts!

You know what happens when you don’t keep up with your blogging? You lose track of dates. And, until you go back and start looking at a calendar, you won’t realize that you think you’re being so good catching up on your blogging only to figure out that you skipped an entire week! Hemingway's Girl

Doh!

So this is Week Eleven’s blog post, but in reality, it should have been Week Eight. I suppose I should shift all my blogs a week, but then I’d never catch up.

At any rate, I scored me a copy of Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck. I had been thinking about possibly reading this book (thus, why it was on my “Perhaps I Might Read” board), but it was Book Addict Katie’s review that pushed me to get it.

Book Addict Katie is funny, intelligent and works in a bookstore so you know she’s got double secret, back door access, to book knowledge that the rest of us can only hope to glean from those so wisely in the know of all things books. She has a blog and you can also follow her on Twitter. She is a Dog Mom to Marshall. And for those of us that are cat owners servants, she has cats (Patches & Rory). And yes, they try to kill her, too.*

Happy Thang: It’s the weekend.

*Note: if you are not a cat servant, this might need some explaining. Those of us that are, try most days to please our kitty kitties. Otherwise, they will make us pay. And it only takes one time for you to receive “that look”** to make you shape up and do their bidding.

**That look is the one they give you as a warning. It says, do what I demand, or else…

And that’s why we all sleep with one eye open.

Pin Me ~ Week Ten ~ from my Shoes Board ~ These Boots Were Made for Country Concerts

26 Apr

What’s a girl gotta do when she wants some kickin’ Cowgirl boots for summer  Country concerts?

Go to Texas of course!

And I did.

Well, I didn’t exactly go for JUST boots. However, when I was there, I did look at many, many pairs of JUSTIN boots. Unfortunately nothing fit right. Either the toes were too crampy or the heels would slip off. I went through at least twenty pairs (some twice, you know, in case this first time was some kind of fluke).

I event tried on pairs at the Rodeo. The nice gal that was helping me suggested I try boot mules. Fashionable? Yes. Look I wanted? No.

I have several pairs of Cowgirl boots. But they are way too warm to wear in the sunshine. Last year, we went to several summer Country concerts, and a bunch of the gals were wearing cute little ankle high Cowgirl boots.

So I’ve been busy pinning mini Cowgirl boots in anticipation of finding the right pair for me.

I’ve search high and low. I contemplated buying them online but, after my experience of trying on so many pairs that didn’t fit, decided I needed to be able to see them, hold them, and put my foot in them to be sure.

I went to Texas. I went to New York City. And I found my Cowgirl boots in Jersey. Thanks DSW Shoe Warehouse!

My new boots are FAB! And I mean FAB! Love, love, love the color and the extra long point of the boot. My toes are comfortable and I can wear a sock in these so no blisters on the heels. Now bring on summer!

My Happy Thang: My Sweetheart set up our patio furniture last night. It’s Friday Night movie night which we’ll enjoy on our swing.

Pin Me ~ Week Eight ~ from my Nifty Ideas Board

3 Mar

Can’t believe I’m already to week eight of my Pin Me project ~ 52 weeks of actually doing something with my Pins. For this week, I selected a pin from my Nifty Ideas board.

Not only am I a seller on Etsy, but I’m a pretty active buyer as well. So it’s really no surprise that I would have pinned a fellow Etsyian’s wares. What might be surprising is that I pinned a purse, because I sew, and more specifically, I sew purses.

But sometimes, even when you can make it, it’s fun to just buy it.

Santa brought me an iPad mini for Christmas. I love it for so many reasons, but near the very top is that it’s small enough to fit into my purse. Which got me to thinking that maybe the mini deserved a purse all its own.

Enter in Angela Kay Designs.

I had originally pinned this design thinking I would use it to carry my Kindle. Turns out it’s a two-fer: Kindle or iPad mini, either fits beautifully’

What I’m really tickled about is that I was able to get the actual design I pinned. She has so many to choose from, but I loved this one best.

And ladies, let me tell ya, the pictures don’t do this justice.

ADORABLE fabric inside and out. Fits the Kindle and the iPad mini like a glove. And that closure! So chic and charming.

As someone who sews, I can definitely tell you that Angela’s work is top rate. She has nice stitches and beautiful finished edges.

I believe a woman can never have too many shoes or purses. Am I right?

Happy Thang: Watching my 15 fish happily swim around their tank while I type this blog post.

Pin Me ~ Week Seven ~ from my Things To See at The Met Board

19 Feb

So for week seven of my Pin Me project ~ 52 weeks of actually doing something with my Pins ~ I selected a pin from my Things To See at The Met board.

My Sweetheart gave me a membership to The Metropolitan Museum of Art last year for Christmas and it was one of the best presents I ever received! Whenever we travel, we always go to a museum. My favorite museum abroad has got to be the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid. Beautifully arranged and filled with so many treasures. If you do nothing else, go to see the more than 140 paintings by Francisco de Goya.

I loved my membership so much that I asked him to renew it this year for Christmas (and squee—he did!)

It was very cold on Sunday and seemed like the perfect day to go to the museum (but really, when isn’t it a good day to go the museum)? I had wanted to see the current Matisse exhibit (through March 17, 2013) again. We had taken friends at Christmas time and I wanted a second round to enjoy.

Since we were there to see new stuff and old favorites, I decided to look up one of my pins: The French Comedians by Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne) currently on view in Gallery 616.

Comedians

The French Comedians

It is a delightful little painting that combines two of my favorite subjects: theatre and art.  It’s one of those treasures that if you don’t pay attention, you may walk past it. But it’s worth finding on your next visit.

John Singer Sargent ~ Madame X

John Singer Sargent ~ Madame X

Speaking of visits, I’ve had over a year to explore the museum and I still have yet to see all the galleries. The permanent collections have taken a back seat to the fabulous limited engagements. I try to see at least part of a permanent collection when I go but I have so many old favorites that I have to visit (such as John Singer Sargent’s Madame X) that trying to fit it all in a day can prove difficult.

The friends we took in December got a whirl wind tour of the Met. They want to go back (twist my arm) and take our time visiting about three galleries. If you allocated an hour to each, that gives you enough time to absorb the beauty and read the little stories behind the paintings. It also allows you a few minutes here and there to sit down on the benches to give your feet a rest.

If you’ve never been to The Met, it is a marvel. It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see (Asian Art, Musical Instruments, Drawings and Prints, Egyptian Art, Medieval Art, Modern and Contemporary Art to name just a few). If you really can’t decide, my suggestion would be this.

Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco

Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco

Begin in the Patio from the Castle of Velez Blanco. You’ll find this larger than life size patio which was constructed in southeastern coast of Spain, made its way to Paris where it was sold to George Blumenthal who brought it back to his townhouse in New York and upon his death, was gifted to the Museum.

From there, make your way through the Arms and Armor section so you can see the suits of Armor on your way to The American Wing galleries which are three floors tall.

There are so many amazing things to see in this gallery including the entire room that was built around the painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware. This is the place where you will also find several John Singer Sargent paintings (the most important one being MADAME X).

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Washington Crossing the Delaware

While you are over there, stop in the gift shop on the first floor and pick up a copy of STRAPLESS by Deborah Davis. It’s a fascinating read about the painting of MADAME X. If you forget to get it here, no worries. You can pick up a copy in the main gift store where you came in on 82nd & Fifth. They recently put in a bench near MADAME X, so you can rest a bit before you walk across the entire building to the 19th and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture.

These are the 800-830 galleries that house many of the famous works you’ve come to know by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir and Matisse. You can pretty much stand in any of the rooms and spin around and see paintings you’ve seen in books, magazines and movies.

There are lots of benches in these galleries so take the time to take it all in (especially Gallery 822 where you can view Monet’s Water Lilies).

Monet's Water Lilies

Monet’s Water Lilies

Then head down the stairs (or the elevator) to the first floor and take in the outstandingly, beautiful Greek and Roman Art gallery (150-172). Seriously, you can’t possibly go wrong with Greek and Roman statues.  Make sure you make your way down the hallway to the Cycladic Islands statues which you’ll find in Gallery 151.

Greek statue

Greek statue

This will also put you back next to The Great Hall where you began your day’s journey three hours ago.

Please let me know about your adventures at The Met and what pretty little treasures make your heart flutter.

Haven’t been to The Met? What is your favorite museum and why?

My Happy Thang: Anytime I step foot in a museum.

Pin Me ~ Week Six ~ from my Perhaps I Might Read Board

13 Feb

This week’s pin was selected from my Perhaps I Might Read board.

I first discovered Gail Carriger when a friend began reading her Parasol photoProtectorate Series. If you haven’t read it, drop everything and get thee to your nearest book store or pick up that Kindle or Nook and download immediately.

Gail is a funny, witty and intelligent writer that draws the reader in with engaging characters and fantastic Steampunk imagery.

That’s why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new series “Etiquette & Espionage.”

I’m a few chapters in but it is proving to be a great read and good fun with the main character and her side kicks. There is a wonderful little book trailer for it if you’d like to take a look.

Check out my Pin Me board to see what else I’ve been up to in my 52 week quest to do something with some of our Pinterest pins.

Pin Me ~ Week Five ~ from my Recipes Board ~ Pumpkin Cornbread

4 Feb

So I hadn’t planned on doing another pin from my recipe board so soon….but sometimes necessity wins out.

The motor on the furnace blew and it’s C-O-L-D. Making something in the oven at least heats up the kitchen a bit so that’s why I went in search of a yummy recipe. And I found one in this Pumpkin Cornbread.

If you love pumpkin as much as I do, head over to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen for all matter of yummy pumpkin goodness.

crumble with butter

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup cornmeal
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon molasses

Directions:

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Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8×8″ cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal; set aside.

dry

Dry ingredients

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.

wet

Wet Ingredients

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top.

mixed

Wet and dry ingredients combined

Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

baked

Fresh from the oven

Recipe Note:
This recipe makes 12 cornbread muffins, reduce baking time to 10 to 12 minutes

crumbly

Crumbly goodness

After trying it with and without a dab of butter, I decided to drizzle some honey over the top. YUM!

honey

Drizzled with honey

Happy Thang: Eating pumpkin….anything.

Week Four ~ from my Nifty Ideas Board ~ Repurposing the Cermanic Muffin Dish

1 Feb

I’m always looking for some cool jewelry holders. Yes, I have the jewelry box, but only so much of it can fit in there. Then, there’s the bracelet basket and the necklace hooks. I was using a gorgeous seashell dish I got at Z Gallery to hold stuff that I take off before I go to bed. The problem is that I tend to wear certain pieces according to the seasons over and over, so I don’t “put them away” in their permanent home but rather like to keep them handy for wearing.  And my little dish was filling up and I couldn’t find anything without dumping everything out on the bed. egg crate holder

I thought the Anthropologie-egg-crate-turned-jewelry-holder was a brilliant idea to keep my little treasures organized. I happened to be Marshall’s and found one just like it (in white). The only problem as I roamed around the store with it was that I didn’t see how it would hold any of my bracelets. I wear those alot and wanted them to have a place.

That’s when I went back to the bakery dish aisle and spied this little beauty.

A ceramic muffin dish that would be large enough to hold my bracelets. And it fits perfectly in my night stand. No more digging for stuff to wear in the morning. When spring comes, I’ll be rotating the bracelets and may add in a watch. The rings will stay as these are the ones that I wear on a regular basis. Although my necklaces would probably fit in here, I think I’ll keep them on the hooks so they don’t tangle.

ceramic holder

Happy Thang: Going to The Metropolitan Opera to see L’Elisir d’Amore which I saw two years ago in Venice with my Sweetheart.

Week Three ~ from my Recipes Board ~ Homemade Pumpkin Eggnog Donuts

22 Jan

plate full of donutsI’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this on my blog. If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know I love all things pumpkin. So it is no surprise when I found a recipe for eggnog baked donuts, that my variety would be of the pumpkin kind.

God bless my Sweetheart for buying up the pumpkin eggnog before it disappeared. I’m down to my last pint. It will be sad when it’s all gone, but that’s ok, I will just have to find other pumpkin goodies to occupy me until next Christmas.

So, it’s week three of my Pin Me ~ 52 Weeks of Actually Doing Something with my Pinterest Pins. I couldn’t resist making baked donuts. They turned out so good, that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to Dunkin’ Donuts again!*

My hat is off to Robin at Knead to Cook. Her donut recipe is divine! (Which according to her post is an adaptation from Ina Garten). I had a few little comments to add (you’ll see them in red below).

Ingredients:

Baking spray
Donut pans (I used mini size)
2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cup of eggnog
2 tablespoons of butter, melted (always use unsalted so you can control your sodium)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Topping:

8 tablespoons of butter, melted on the stove over low heat source
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
**I used 4 tablespoons and 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and still had some left over.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your donut pans and set aside.

In you a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Sift the dry ingredients once.

In a separate smaller bowl, blend the egg, eggnog, butter and vanilla.  Whisk to combine.  Then add to the dry ingredients. Whisk until incorporated.  Then fill each donut well about 1/2 or a tiny bit more with the batter. I used my one tablespoon measuring spoon and this filled them perfectly. Bake.  For regular sized donut pans, bake for 17-19 minutes.  For mini donuts, bake for about 9-11 minutes.  When a toothpick inserted comes out clean, the donuts are ready.

Remove and let cool for 4 minutes.  Mix the topping ingredients in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Then dip one side in the melted butter and then dip into the cinnamon and sugar topping mixture.   Place on a platter and watch them disappear.

So I bought my mini-donut pan at Marshall’s for $9.99. This just might be the best pan I own. My thighs won’t think so, but my taste buds certainly do.

batterYou’ll notice in the recipe that it says to melt 2 tablespoons of butter. I thought I had done this in the microwave. It wasn’t a complete puddle, but it seemed soft enough that it would all go flat. It did not. So I ended up with little clumps of butter in my batter. This had me worried that the donut would come out bumpy or extra buttery or just weird. I’m pleased to say that none of those things happened. However, I would still recommend melting your butter to save yourself this kind of stress in the morning (especially if it happens before you’ve had your morning coffee).

The first batch needed a little help getting out of the pan because I hadn’t sprayed it too heavily. This resulted in me banging the pan against my hand to get the last hold out which then cool donutspromptly fell on the floor. (Notice my pan holds 12 donuts, not eleven).  The next two batches I sprayed the heck out of that pan and every one came out with ease.

Every oven is different but I found that mine were baked to perfection at 9 minutes. So I’d say set your timer for 9 and check on ’em. Your little darlings might need the full 11 minutes, but best to be safe than sorry.

I liked the donuts plain and with the cinnamon/sugar/butter topping. My Sweetheart preferred them with the topping. Good chance if your guy likes donuts, he’ll prefer it that way, too.

I wrapped them in plastic wrap (and by I, I mean, my Sweetheart did as after I popped four of them in my mouth — had to test two with and two without cinnamon/sugar/butter goodness — I left the house to meet a friend for lunch) and the next day (meaning this morning) they were still moist and delicious. Ha! Take that Dunkin’ Donuts.**

Thought you might enjoy a few other pics of the process.

half-full batter, remember tablespoon measuring spoon works well for this

half-full batter, remember tablespoon measuring spoon works well for this

here they are fresh from the oven

without cinnamon/sugar/butter topping

without cinnamon/sugar/butter topping

with cinnamon/sugar/butter topping

*You and I both know that I’ll be craving a donut and will be too lazy to make them, even though it’s totally easy. So the answer is no, I will most certainly, be going back to Dunkin’ Donuts.

**The truth of the matter is, I’ve never turned away a Dunkin’ Donuts donut, even if it wasn’t wrapped in plastic wrap and was a little dry the next day. I don’t know that I’ve ever met a donut I didn’t like. Scratch that. I have. Not fond of those jelly filled ones. But I make a practice of not ordering that kind and problem solved.

Pin Me ~ Week One

6 Jan

Well, for my first week of my Pin Me project ~ 52 weeks of actually doing something with my Pins ~ I selected a pin from my Perhaps I Might Read Board.

I had seen the promo video for Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and thought it looked interesting.

My Sweetheart and I were out running errands one day and he agreed to buy me a book so I took him up on his offer and picked up Angelmaker.

I began reading it this week. I’m about three chapters in and I rather like it. Here’s the official description from the author’s website: Angelmaker

All Joe Spork wants to do is live quietly. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don’t always get paid and he’s single and in his mid thirties and he has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he’s not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, his infamous criminal dad.

Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn’t. She’s nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn’t. She used to be a spy, and now she’s… well… old. Worse yet, the things she fought to save don’t seem to exist anymore, and she’s beginning to wonder if they ever did.

When Joe repairs one particularly unusual clockwork mechanism, his quiet life is blown apart. Suddenly he’s getting visits from sinister cultists and even more sinister lawyers. One of his friends is murdered and it looks as if he may be in the frame. Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough, he seems to have switched on a 1950s doomsday machine – or is it something even more alarming? Edie’s story and Joe’s have collided. From here on in, nothing will be the same – Joe’s world is now full of mad monks, psychopaths, villainous potentates, scientific geniuses, giant submarines, determined and extremely dangerous receptionists, and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe – and if Joe’s going to fix it or even survive, he must show that he can be everything Mathew was, and much, much more.

Joe is a guy I would want to have a beer with ~ easy going, he’s got an ongoing battle with a neighbor’s mean cat and he can make non-working gadgets work.

Edie is a hoot! She’s tougher than she looks and so far she’s opened up a can of whoop ass on three guys that were going to take her out. I’m hoping we get to see a glimpse of her in her early spy days. And she has a great side kick in her dog, Bastion.

So it was fun to kick off my first week with a good book to read. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. In the meantime, I need to look for a Week Two Pin.

PS My Happy Thang for today: The NHL has ended their lockout. We’re going to have us a (half) hockey season. Whoo hoo! Let’s go Devils!