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Monday, January 2, 2012


My Mom surprised us with an early Christmas gift a few a weeks ago.

A gift of warmth. A gift of extreme comfort. A gift that forces you to sleep in day after day due to its comforting effects...

Flannel sheets! (Macy's. Martha Stewart). Get some.

As you can imagine, more than thrilled that the color and pattern mixes well with our bedding.

Ahhhh - sweet dreams!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shit girls say

Anytime Mikey lovingly mocks my habits, you know, the typical, "does my butt look good?" kind of questions - I laugh. I totally realize I am completely ridiculous in many of my daily antics, but it's me, I am a girl with super girly habits.

I. DIE. This is so me.

LOL... watch and enjoy, please!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New product testing in action this week

Out of my "face makeup" I reached for something new this time: Laura Mercier's oil-free primer and tinted moisturizer, same combo I have been using from Philosophy. I am super anxious to try something new.

Will be reporting soon...
stay tuned.

Baby it's cold outside...

When it's bitter cold outside, there's nothing better than warm soup for dinner. My butternut squash soup kicked off the first of many new soups I plan to try this winter. The soup was super tasty, and easy to make. I loved it, and with rave reviews from the husb and my sister, this will for sure enter our soup rotation. I got the recipe from my Mom, of course.

Uber healthy? No. Uber delish? YES! I did not capture the best photos (cooking, enjoying a glass a pinot and socializing) but I still wanted to share this new must-try soup.

On the menu:
butternut squash soup, pomegranate seed salad, roaster chicken and french bread

Butternut Squash Soup
- ended up using about 3/4 stick of butter (TOTAL)
- 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3 diced red potatoes
- butternut squash (thank you Costco for pre-chopping, used the entire container)
- saute
- 3 cans of chicken stock
- let cook for 5 to 10 minutes
- strain veggies, place in blender, put back in soup pan with broth mixture
- add about 1 1/2 cups of half and half
- salt and pepper
celery and onion sauteing in butter
add in chopped red potato and butterbut squash (you could peel the potatoes, but I am lazy)
Add chicken broth, let cook
Pour all ingredients into strainer
(with bowl underneath of course to catch all of the yummy broth)
by now, your kitchen is filled with incredible aromas
Pop the veggies into the blender
Throw pureed veggies back into the pot with broth, add 1/2 and 1/2 and salt and pepper
Prep the salad ...
Serve the delicious'ness up


I paired this tasty soup with one of our favorite salads:
- mixed baby greens
- pomegranate seeds
- red onion
- blue cheese
- candied almonds (cook slivered almonds on stove w/ sugar, continuously stirring)
- pomegranate cranberry dressing

After a LONG day of shopping,
freezing outdoor temperatures
and an empty tummy,
this dinner rocked our world.

Monday, December 5, 2011

'Tis the Season

... for sequined dresses, glitter all over the house, baked goods, friends and family, giving, red lipstick, parties, snow, love, mistletoe, all-day holiday festivities with friends.

The last few years I have attended St. Thomas More's Holiday Ladies' Luncheon. A fabulous event held at our Church: shopping, champagne, raffle, wine, auction, wine, shopping and then more champagne and wine. This year some of the ladies and I met at our place for a toast to the holidays and Jaima's birthday. We kicked the day of festivities off in style - mimosas and birthday candles in muffins!

In addition to shopping, fun with friends, lunch, raffle and auction - we really started to spread holiday cheer!

Jaima doing a candle dance, seated - impressive.

Feeling ever so festive, with a desire to spread even more holiday cheer - the party continued, all day. Best girl's day. All day-sining, dancing, eating, etc.

We started the evening in style, a Christmas party at Quinn's followed by late night Molca Salsa with the husb, Vigil and Patti. I love my friends and family and love this lil' thing we call holiday parties!
That moment when you look at your camera two days later... really great treasures:

Quinn's Black Tie Bash! Oh - and my vintage fur (thanks, Mom)

Happy Holidays!