Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Chandelier earrings are perfect accessories this season because they are typically embellished with gorgeous gemstones that elegantly cascade down the ears and frame a woman’s face beautifully. The above set of Chandlier's are the designer version, while the Pink version below, are my interpretation of the trend.
This “Bib” necklace flaunts large, over-sized shapes against muted color schemes. Look for eclectic bold pieces that infuse various textures within the design such as ribbons vs. metal and woods vs. gemstones and colorful pearls. The "Bib" necklace is to be worn with little if any other jewelry. It is a great way to stay on trend while exuding a look that seems like it required a minimal effort.
...and this one with freshwater peacock purple pearls.
Bib necklaces by Jewels by Jeannine.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
It is easy to read, and I am really enjoying the fun of taking it with me everywhere! I could purchase really cool carrying cases at Barnes and Noble, but I plan on making something really chic for it soon. I will save that for another blog. :)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
1 bunch of spinach
1 big honey crisp apple, sliced thinly
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
4 or 5 cremini mushrooms, chopped into pieces
1/4 C. cubed extra sharp cheddar
red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients...so simple! I mix a bit of the olive oil and a bit of vinegar with salt and pepper to taste and dress the salad. The tartness of the apple and red onion really sing together. If you have it on-hand, toss in some grilled chicken and/or an avocado.
Serve in your favorite piece of Longaberger pottery and YUM!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This month only, you can order the Sort & Store Paper Bin Bundle for only $130. (It is originally $218!) The set included the Basket, Liner, Protector, Wrought Iron Stand, and Woodcrafts Shelf! For the sale price, you are only paying for the Wrought Iron Stand and Shelf, and getting the Basket, liner and protector for MORE THAN FREE...YES! Your accountant will love you for being organized during tax time AND frugal!... Your desk will look great too!
Connecting with friends and family is another priority for most people in the new year. What connects us more than homemade food and get-togethers? To whip up a couple of pies you will need beautiful pie plates, and a way to carry them to the gathering.
The Woven Traditions Grandma Bonnie's Pie Plate Bundle will do the trick. The Bundle includes, 2 Grandma Bonnie's Pie Plates, a Wrought Iron Two-Pie Server, Fancy Pie Basket and Protector! The set is only $103 this month, (regularly $173). It is like getting the Wrought Iron Server and 1 Pie Plate for FREE! No excuse for slacking on the entertaining this year!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Yesterday was a simply gorgeous winter day. I have been complaining to my dear husband for several weeks now, that we had run out of firewood.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Chicago-land area has been experiencing seemingly endless bitterly cold days and nights. It seems the weather will warm up a touch and get into the low 20's for the next couple of days but along with that, comes LOTS of snow. Here is the National weather forcast for the area:
Tonight...Cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening...then snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Temperatures nearly steady 17 to 21. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Thursday...Snow. Snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches. Highs in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds in the morning becoming north 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
Thursday Night...Snow. Areas of blowing snow. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Total snow accumulation 7 to 12 inches. Blustery. Lows 14 to 18...except in the lower 20s downtown. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph at times until early morning increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph at times during the predawn hours. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
If you were keeping count...the total snowfall could be 7-12 inches when it is all done. My kids are hoping for a snow day.
I have taken the liberty to resort to my experience of growing up in Wisconsin and have done some grocery shopping, so if we are snowed in we are prepared. I love a good "snow in", but I like to be prepared.
If it is a snow day, I plan to make a big pot of soup and snuggle up with the family. How do you spend a snow day?
Monday, January 4, 2010
Yesterday, my husband and my son Damon went ice fishing at the Chain of Lakes in Northern Illinois, near the WI. border. It was COLD! The high temperature was only about 7 – 10 degrees. Not a wise act by most people’s definition, but they are “hard core”. They relish the opportunity to get outdoors whenever they get the chance. After about an hour and a half, they broke out the portable “shanty” and a gas heater for a bit of comfort.
They caught 30+ fish, but kept about 13. One crappie and twelve blue gills. We are having fresh fish for dinner tonight! Yum! There is nothing tastier than fresh caught fish.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
They are definitely once a year cookies, considering the amount of butter in them. What I love about these is that they are rich (you really don't overindulge in these, and I make them small for that reason). These shortbread cookies are so simple. Just mix the ingredients, use a tablespoon to scoop out and drop on to a parchment lined baking sheet. I know you'll want to do more, asking yourself if you should flatten them, or at least roll them in sugar, but really, there's just no need. Make these and you will have plenty to put out on a plate when someone comes over. Which they will... If your family is like mine, they disappear within a day…so hide some for later!
Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
16 oz. butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. Add in vanilla, then slowly add in flour and mix between batches (add salt to the flour before you begin adding it to the mixer). When mixed, add in chocolate chips and just stir to combine. Drop in tablespoon-sized balls (or even slightly smaller) 1" apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (Hide half so you'll have them for later.)