Nov 24, 2019

Spiritual Sunday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

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Nov 24, 2019

One “Pretty” Cookie

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

I’m all about the “pretty” and this cookie  fits the bill perfectly. It’s a take off from my Mother’s Chocolate  Crinkle Cookies that she always had on hand during the Christmas holidays.I combined another recipe to come up with this version that I call Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie.  Enjoy this yummy recipe. I promise your guests will love it.

 

Xmas Red Velvet Cookies
Yields approx.: 30 cookies
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients

• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
• 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 5 tsp red food coloring
• 1 cup white chocolate chips
• 1 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.

With an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy.
Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring.
With Mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.

Pour powdered sugar into a bowl.
Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each).
Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 – 14 minutes.
Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.Store in an airtight container.

****If you want them a little more “chocolatey” you can replace 2 – 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 – 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder

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Nov 23, 2019

Pumpkin Hues for You…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Are you contemplating wearing pumpkin for Thanksgiving?  I don’t mean actually wearing pumpkin BUT  putting on apparel within the pretty pumpkin palette?

Here are a few  outfits that I hope will give you some style suggestions and inspire you to wear this hue.

 

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Nov 21, 2019

Talking Turkey

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Times a ticking and I’ve been ensconced in sourcing the “best” brand of  Thanksgiving turkeys to purchase before the weekend to beat the holiday rush. If you’re prepping Thanksgiving Dinner, I think it’s best to think ahead. Don’t you? I mean…. why stress over Turkey?!  Getting the whole meal on the table at the same time while still warm is stress inducing enough.

In my sleuthing to suss out the best tasting turkey, I’ve  uncovered a verrrry interesting article on which brand came out on top- (in terms of taste, texture and flavor) . I’m happy to report, that if you are longing to go Organic,  (Farmer Owned) Organic Prairie  is at the tippy top of the list. Sadly and a major surprise-at the BOTTOM of the list …(sit down for this one) was Butterball .  (According to this survey on eatthisnotthat.com.)  

Click on the image below and go directly to the original article for all the results posted. 

 

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Nov 19, 2019

One Sweet Cookie..Cinnamon Roll Biscotti

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

One Sweet Cookie..and recipe included:

I posted a recipe on my Facebook page this morning, in answer to my dear friend Mary Uhlich’s,  request to participate in a Christmas Cookie Exchange. The Facebook  response to my recipe has been  so warmly received I thought best to post it on my blog so you won’t miss this yummy dessert addition.  It’s the perfect compliment for Thanksgiving or Christmas, as  this Biscotti is filled with cinnamon and sugar -two ingredients synonymous with the holidays.

This is the perfect  holiday cookie to serve to your guests  and so easy to pack up and go- as a lovely parting gift.

Cinnamon & Spice & Everything Nice! ENJOY!

                      RECIPE

Christmas Cinnamon Roll Biscotti

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crème together:
• 1 stick unsalted butter (1/4 pound)
• 2/3 cup white Sugar
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 3 Large eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla

Add in Dry ingredients:

• 2 ¾ cup flour
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp Baking Powder
• ¼ tsp. salt

Chill dough for an hour.
Remove from fridge and roll our flat:

Mix together:
• ¼ cup Sugar
• 2 tsp cinnamon

Sprinkle dough with cinnamon & sugar mixture.

Roll into a log
Put onto baking sheet covered with a Silpat baking mat
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a light golden brown
Cut biscotti on the diagonal and bake each cookie by laying it on its side for 5 minutes
Take out of oven and flip cookie on its other side
Cool for another 5 minutes
Take out of oven and cool completely on wire rack.

Frosting:
(2 options)

For Cinnamon roll lovers…use the first frosting:
Glaze (mix together) and drizzle over cookie.
• 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
• 2 Tablespoons Milk
• 2 Cup Confections Sugar

OR

Melt White chocolate chips at low heat in a glass bowl over double boiler,
When chocolate is completely melted put into a plastic sandwich bag and cut tip on one end f the bag.
Drizzle chocolate over cookie

Let glaze and or white chocolate set completely before packaging.

Enjoy!

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Nov 19, 2019

Tuesday’s Tip…The Red Plaid Pump…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Tuesday’s tip is all about the red plaid pump andddd if I do say so myself … it’s the perfect item to have on hand for the holidays ahead. I know there are oodles of plaid pump options out there but I have sourced the offerings below to give you a range of heel heights and fabrications. I’m also mindful that the first pump  featured is basically  a Winter white pump with  a red stripe in the weave BUT it has a rhinestone detail and in my mind anything with SPARKLE  is a “must have” for the holidays.

Colette Pump (@J.Crew.com $268.00)

Erika Bow Mules (@ Talbot’s.com $139.00 SALE $97.30)

GX By Gwen Stefani Trio (@Lulu’s FINAL SALE $93.00) 5 Star rating

Jessica Simpson Pump ( @Dillards.com $89.00 SALE $53.40)

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Nov 18, 2019

Talbot’s on Trend…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Luxe Suede Trench (color: Saddle) $899.00 Talbot’s.com

There I was this morning… with visions of a perfectly put together outfit for Thanksgiving  in my head,when all of a sudden there IT was. A beautiful  suede coat in the  most yummy pumpkin  hue. (It’s named “saddle” on the site but in  my minds eye-it looks like the color of Pumpkin Pie. But, I digress). As I click on the image, I’m directed to  the  apparel site – Talbot’s.  Yes, you heard me… Talbot’s.

I’ve always associated  the Talbot’s  brand with classic style that is well-made and available at very affordable prices. But, low and behold Talbot’s, has done some sprucing UP. As I perused the site I noticed a number  of beautiful and quite stylish (read into that elevated classics) in a number of vibrant hues and patterns offered at prices that are a bit more expensive than the mid-range price point that is characteristic of the site.

Click on the images provided and go directly to the Talbot’s site. I think you’ll see that  the Classic Styling of Talbot’s have had an upgrade…

 

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Nov 18, 2019

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Go & Do!

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Nov 17, 2019

Sunday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Sunday..my absolute favorite day of the week.

I hope you have a day filled with happiness, and magical moments filled with laughter.

 

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Nov 14, 2019

Sized Right!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Fact. Did you know that 89% of  all women are wearing the wrong size bra.  89%?! That’s frightening on so many levels .

Bra’s are the “foundation” of our wardrobe. A well fitted bra can lift you up-LITERALLY and give the appearance of a smoother and more streamlined shape.

The good news is…. that this is a very easy problem to fix.

Major department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s, have a bra specialist in store- trained to measure,fit  and recommend the best bra size for your shape.

In addition, there are a number of  specialty lingerie stores (as in LaPerla &, Soma Intimates) where sales consultants are usually highly trained and can offer personalized experience to insure the absolute best bra fit.

In my opinion..I feel it is highly advisable to spend the money and go to a specialty lingerie shop at the onset to ensure that your fit is perfected and then you can shop as time goes forward with the knowledge you attained from a specialist. The number one reason that celebrities always look flawless is due in large part to the proper undergarments,starting with wearing the right bra.

I hope this little post  lifts your spirits and your appearance.

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