Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Foodday

We made it! Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

The Gushing Groom
1 ounce Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1/2 ounce Aperol
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Ginger ale to fill
Combine Scotch, Aperol and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir briskly. Strain into ice-filled double old-fashioned glass. Top with ginger alge.

Skillet Roasted red Pepper Artichoke Dip
1 Package (9 rolls) Frozen Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls, thawed and each roll cut in half
1 package Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeeze of excess water
1 package Frozen Artichokes, thawed and squeezed of excess water and chopped
1/2 cup Chopped Roasted Red Pepper
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 8-oz Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the middle of your skillet - or in a mixing bowl - stir together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Break apart drained spinach, artichokes, roasted red pepper, garlic and shredded cheeses. Stir together until combined. (If using a mixing bowl, pour into a skillet or other baking dish)
Bake the dip for 15 minutes, until bubbly. While the dip is baking, cut the thawed rolls in half. When the dip is done, remove from oven and place the rolls cut side down on top of the dip. Place the dip back in the oven and continue to bake until the rolls are baked through and golden brown on top.
Remove from oven and let cool for ten minutes prior to serving.

Carmel Apple Blondies
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup mini Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the egg until well combined.
Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Gently stir in half of the candy bars. The batter will be thick and sticky.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Press the remaining candy pieces all over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes. The center should be barely set.
Cool before cutting.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clutching The Quilt

Almost Friday lovebugs,
We're getting close. I thought we would spend some time in the purse department today. In particular the quilted clutch. I have a thing for quilted details, whether its in a jacket, sweatshirt, or today- the clutch.

JCrew Factory, Quilted Envelope Clutch, $88 (extra 25% off with code EXTRA25)
Here is a tough question for you: tell me when you wouldn't use this bag? Right.

Sole Society, Trichelle, $34
A simple wristlet that comes in a great berry color.

What a fun going out bag, but you can also use this as a great compartment to put your essentials in when you are using a bigger bag for work.

Last Call Neiman Marcus, Deux Lux Quilted Honeycomb Foldover Clutch, $65 $45
How about a honeycomb option? This bag looks so expensive, so don't tell anyone it's not.

The quilted clutch is a great option for a going out bag. It's classy and its got personality.

Be fabulous today! 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cuff Her

You what trend I'm having some trouble with loving? The ear cuffs. Who thought of this? Why? Why do we need to cuff the ear? But then I saw wearable options. The good people from Sole Society and BaubleBar who took this runway idea and made it workable for us normal folk. Let me show you.

Sole Society, Mini Stone Ear Cuffs, $24
See? We can do this. Great shape, not necessarily understated but we can do this.

BaubleBar, Hermes Ear Cuff Earring, $28
Two pieces, one ear. That's right. This is some serious ear bling.

Bloomingdale's, Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Ear Cuff, $58
So picture this with your faux leather jacket, now picture it with an LBD. It.Works.

This earring is so simple and stunning. Delicate petal detail with just enough sparkle.

So are you coming with me on the ear cuff train? I'm on it. I'm not driving the train, but I am definitely on board and enjoying the ride.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

V is for Cardigan

I'm a big believer in cardigans. I keep one at the office when they decide to turn us into popsicles, I have a small collection (as The Bf says) at home, and I just think they are the most versatile, four season piece you can own. Today we're looking at the v-neck option because it is great for layering.

Ann Taylor, Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan, $79
Two words: Dark pine. This color is my new favorite of the season. 

Have you tried the Gap eversoft line? It's the feel of cashmere without the price.

JCrew, Merino Wool Double Knit Long Cardigan, $78 with code TGIFALL
JCrew's merino does not go on sale often. Scoop up this do it all neutral, you won't regret it.

The look of Ralph Lauren with the utility and reliability of LandsEnd, and in a gorgeous violet.

The v-neck cardigan is a classic piece that you can wear buttoned up with a tie neck blouse or wear open with a striped tee for a casual look. It's your do it all piece.

Be fabulous today!

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