Wednesday, November 28, 2012

3 sparkling holiday party looks!

I love this time of year...not just for the decor, and the yummy goodies, but for the events, and parties that go on. I love to dress up every chance I get, and when I do, I feel like a princess! Who doesn't??
I put together these three holiday inspired party looks on Polyvore. I love the glamourous lady like feel to these sets. I think these dresses have a very flattering shape. They are timeless classic lines that have been around for decades because they look fabulous on everyone. enjoy!

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I have really been crunching on the "classic" looks lately. I love the femininity of it all, and the pretty pointed toe pumps!! I love it so much that I just recently bought some to add to my shoe collection!! I waited for a while for the ones I had been eying to go on sale...and when they did, I bought a few pairs!! You can't go wrong with a pretty pointed toe pump!


These pumps are SO COMFY!! and easy to walk in!! I wanted some that were not TOO high, that I could wear while shopping or when I am out and about.
To see what these shoes actually look like being worn by a person, just click HERE and watch the video! Once I saw them on the actual model, I had to have them. They look nice on my feet.

Until next post...have a wonderful afternoon!
Amy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Walking in a Winter Wonderland....

This morning I woke to an overcast and chilly morning. The temperature dropped to near icy in my house overnight, so I had to pump up the heater quite a bit to get it back to a temp that was tolerable. When it gets that cold, I just don't want to get out of my warm bed!

Chilly houses aside, I am actually yearning for some snow right about now. I know in some parts of the country there is snow falling right now. In one of my favorite parts of MA, they have snow showers, and I can just picture one of the meadows where we shot some of our pictures looking just like a winter wonderland. I would love it if this year we could have a white Christmas, but I am not holding my breath. We usually do not get snow until after the first of the year sometime.

So while my son worked on some of his lessons, and I sipped my jasmine tea, I cleaned up my desktop, and looked for a new wallpaper to replace my autumn one.
Here are some of the beautiful images I found...


















bbbrrrrrrr!! Looking at these pictures makes me want a nice toasty warm hot chocolate!! YUM!!!



Here is a classic Hot chocolate recipe I found online. This is not a low-calorie version, but sometimes you just have to have a warm and fuzzy treat!


Gourmet hot cocoa recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole or skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint, orange or almond extract (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Homemade marshmallows (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe mug, combine milk, cocoa, sugar and extracts. Place mug in microwave and heat on high 60 seconds.
  2. Stir and microwave 30 seconds more or until mixture is hot. Remove mug from microwave; let stand 30 seconds. If desired, serve with cinnamon and homemade marshmallows.
Here is the recipe for the homemade marshmallows:

Homemade marshmallows

Serving size 16 to 20 marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 3 (7 gram) packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or canola oil

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer with whisk attachment, add gelatin and 1/2 cup of the water; stir until all of the gelatin is moist, and set aside. Whisk powdered sugar and cornstarch together in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Grease a 9-inch square pan with half of the oil. Fit a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan; grease parchment with remaining oil. Add three tablespoons of the cornstarch mixture to the pan and distribute evenly on all sides by shaking the pan.
  3. In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer fitted to the side, stir together remaining water, sugar, corn syrup and kosher salt. Heat sugar mixture over medium-high heat until the thermometer registers 245 degrees F, about eight minutes. Do not stir. Turn standing mixer on low speed.
  4. With the mixer running, pour the hot sugar mixture into the mixing bowl. Increase speed to medium; whip for three minutes. Add vanilla, increase speed to medium-high and whip until mixture doubles and is white and fluffy, about seven minutes.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, immediately transfer marshmallow to the prepared baking pan. Rub hands in the cornstarch mixture and smooth the marshmallow into an even layer. Sift 1/4 cup of the cornstarch mixture over the top of the marshmallows and place a piece of parchment over the top. Let stand two to three hours.
  6. To release marshmallows, run a rubber spatula around the edges of the pan; dust a clean cutting board with cornstarch. Flip the pan upside down onto the cutting board and gently pry the marshmallow out with the rubber spatula. Discard the parchment and dust the top of the marshmallows with additional cornstarch. Cut into squares using a pizza cutter or desired shapes with cookie cutters and dredge pieces in the remaining cornstarch mixture. Shake off excess before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to seven days.
AND...if you want a low calorie version of hot chocolate, with a minty kick, here it is:

Light and Minty Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
1 mint tea bag
1/4 c. boiling hot water
3/4 c. skim milk
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. agave nectar or sucanat
Mint sprig, for garnish (optional)
Preparation:
Place tea bag in cup. Pour boiling water over tea bag and steep for 2 minutes. Squeeze tea bag and remove from cup.
Meanwhile, heat milk over medium heat in small saucepan until very hot but not boiling. Add to tea mixture, then stir in cocoa powder and agave nectar or sucanat. Mix with a spoon until cocoa powder completely dissolves. Garnish with mint sprig if desired.
Nutritional information: Calories: 98, Fat: 3 g., Carbs: 19 g., Protein: 1.5g., Sugars: 16 g.


Until Next Post, 
Have a great day!
Amy




Monday, November 26, 2012

Some of my "Fashion Love" pins....

I wanted to share a few pins from my "Fashion Love" board on Pinterest. I have a few thousand pins on this board, so if you want to see more, come check it out on Pinterest.



a very classic look

hot



I want to make a tunic dress like this!


Jackie-O on her wedding day


wow


This look is very me...

LOVE THIS PIC!

awesome glasses she is wearing!

LOVE IT!!!

Twiggy

Very Sweet

For a beach wedding



I want this dress!!!

My kind of look

Cute!


SOOOKIEEE


Very Mad Men

Comfy and warm





For A little romance...



Love that coat!


Retro looking prom dress



WOW

adorable

SEXY

VAMPY!

CUTE





Lovely

flirty



As I said...these are but of few of the pins I have on my board.

I hope your week is off to a great start!!
Until next post,
Amy