Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thankful Cocktail!

♥Spiced Cranberry Sangria Cocktail♥

Spiced Cranberry Sangria
Serves five

Spiced Simple Syrup
2 c. water
2 c. sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
8 allspice berries
6 cloves
3 whole star anise

Macerated Cranberries
2 c. fresh cranberries
2 Granny Smith apples, cubed
6 oz. spiced simple syrup
6 oz. triple sec
4 oz. ruby port wine

1 750-ml bottle Rose Tempranillo
4 oz. spiced simple syrup
3 oz. ruby port wine
3 oz. Torres Gran Torres orange liqueur or Cointreau
3 oz. cranberry juice
Apple chips (optional garnish)

1. Make simple syrup by bringing all ingredients to a boil while stirring constantly. Strain solids from liquid and discard spices, then set aside to cool completely.

2. Macerate fruit in syrup, triple sec, and port wine at least four hours (preferably overnight, mixture should be soupy). Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

3. For the base of the sangria, mix wine, simple syrup, port wine, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

4. To serve, add macerated fruit to wine mixture. Gently stir. Fill glasses with ice. Scoop 2 tbsp. of the fruit mixture and its juices over the ice! Pour wine mixture into glasses and garnish with an apple chip.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fluffy Fruit Puffs...

In case you need something a lil' different to add to your desert menu for Thanksgiving, I think these are the perfect side compliment to your Pumpkin Pie!

A little like cream puffs. A tiny bit like a fruit tart. A lotta delicious.


- Pepperidge Farm puff pastry shells (in freezer section near pie crusts)
- vanilla pudding (jello instant pudding, requires 2 cups of skim milk)
- whipped cream
- fresh fruit for topping. Use what you like!

Bake the shells according to the box instructions. You can use an egg wash to help brown the tops. (Just an egg whipped with a little water brushed on the pastries before baking.) After they cool, pinch off the center top. Then pull out the middle of the pastry halfway down the shell. It's easier with your fingers than with knives.

Use about a tablespoon of vanilla pudding for each shell because it's very sweet. Fill it up all the way to make it more like a cream puff.

Squeeze whipped cream to fill the pastry and nest the fruit on top. Serve immediately. If you plan to serve these hours later, use more vanilla pudding to make a base, because the weight of the fruit makes the whipped cream settle.

Next time next just use strawberries on top for a different take on strawberry shortcake. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hello Victoria's, meet Frederick's

The Holidays Are Coming!!!!

Holy sh!t; I don't think I'm ready.... are you??
If not, we can do this together...

I'm kinda feelin' like I'm not in the mood for the same 'ol holiday "stuff". I'm thinking different and nontraditional sounds WAY better! I plan to share a few new ideas I have been finding for deserts, wreaths, flowers and decorating, along with whatever else I can find!

But First! All of this holiday business would be way more exciting and fun if we all weren't worried about the eating and spending we will be doing over the next month... but lets face it, it's the same every year, we start out with good intentions of trying to be "good" but it gets the best of all of us cause its the merriest time of year and who can resist!
SO, take a look at this girl right here...
We can all feel as good as she looks. I'm convinced that if you have a few cute things to wear under your clothes, there is no way you won't feel better and you will feel sexy and ready to take on the holiday season and what ever it throws at you!!! I know for me, as long as I feel like I got somethin' on underneath that no one may know about and its making me feel good about myself.. things aren't so bad and I can look at everything is more excited positive way, cause as we know this time of year can be stressful in many ways!

If your a Victoria's Secret girl, then you probably feel like you can't always buy as many cute things as you want cause their favorite number over there is 50!
If you've not seen the world of Frederick's.... you need to! I made the switch years ago and haven't looked back. Don't get me wrong, I still browse and check for good deals at VS, but Frederick's get most of my spending's. Their price point is more around $29 and sometimes $19!. And there is nothing like their 5 for $25 lacey hot shorts and undies! They are the good ones that VS sells 3 for $30... you get more cuteness and more of them for a few bucks less!
This is where you should be thinking about what you have in your drawer that makes you feel good and sexy and if your having trouble finding these items... go to and get yourself something FAST! I'm more then positive you won't be in trouble for making this purchase seeing as how much better you will feel.. and so will he in return ;)
And while your at it, go get a pedicure; I'm SURE you deserve it. After all, us girls need a few of these things are all the shopping and cooking and cleaning and magic we create for the holidays, RIGHT?!?! ♥

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Feelin a little glitter....

Who doesn't love sparkles?!
I quickly ran into the store yesterday to grab a couple small bunches of flowers... I wanted reds, yellows and oranges... but it seemed as though everyone else did as well. I was less then excited about the selection. I wanted to put something "fall-ish" together but wasn't finding what I needed. SO, I grabbed one bunch of orange Gerber Daisies, 3 super small oranges, and a can of spray gold glitter and headed home.
I used a plain glass vase I had and threw the oranges in the bottom. I then realized I wanted this to be more then just a few daisies in a vase... so I ran outside and picked some leaves and berry bunches from the trees and bushes.
I submerged two of the daisies in front of the oranges and filled the top space with the leaves and berries and added the last two orange daisies. I sprayed the daisies with the gold glitter and also sprayed it in the water... its a lil hard to see the sparkles in the picture, but they're there!
It wasn't what I had in mind but I made it work and it only cost me $8. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I show you mine, you show me yours.....

My Ofey, Emily, and I met in Vegas in June. After screaming with excitement the NEXT thing we did was empty all our lip gloss from each of our purses and took a picture. (picture is above)

A little while ago I was unsatisfied with how I stored my makeup. I couldn't find anything, it was all over the place. I kinda sorta have it all together now and it feels a little better, BUT, I wanna see yours!!! Send me a pic of your makeup station or bag, box or whatever and I will post them, without names of course, in a week. So get to it!
To the one that looks the best I will send you a one of my favorite lip glosses. (brand new of course, not the one that's actually mine :) )
Send your pics to, your have 1 week! Don't let me down girls! I wanna see your stuff and i'm sure so does everyone else and we can get some great ideas from each other!!

Here is mine, now show me yours!

Monday, November 8, 2010

From Russia, with love ♥

I wanna be like Cindy Crawford when I grow up..... is it too late? ;)
She's only 10 years older then I am.
Why does everyone seem so much older when we are younger? Do we just catch up to them?

These are new billboards in Moscow for TsUM, Eastern Europe's largest fashion department store.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Falsies or For Realsies

I have a small inner obsession with false eyelashes. I have never worn them because I can't get them on right... but I want too! I LOVE Kim Kardashian's lashes and am convinced they are fake, so I want them!
Here is a blerb and photos from A Paige of Inspiration.

A Paige of Inspiration: Falsies

Fake eyelashes are so much fun and can make a big impact on your look! I love wearing them when I get dressed up and I promise they are not hard to put on! :] They have big dramatic lashes and simple ones you can wear everyday. Suzanne (SOS - Suzanne on Style) introduced me to them and now I’m a big fan! Love them!!!

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hello World

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