Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
10. Tarte Cheek Stain - I love this stuff for a few reasons, its sheer so you can layer it on and get just the right amount of color. No clown cheeks! They come in tons of great colors and they even smell yummy!! They last a LONG time so its a good investment. I have blushing bride which I love and plan on picking up some bronze goddess for the summer.
9. anastasia eyebrow gel - say goodbye to unruly wild eyebrows. This is a clear gel that you brush on very lightly and offer all day smoothness. Comes in colors too, but I'm a clear girl :)
8. sephora primer - I use this after I put on a light moisturizer in the morning. It makes your skin feel so smooth like velvet!
7. Philosophy - I really love most of the philosophy products. There are so many great scents, it's hard to choose. This year Caitlin gave me the cranberry and I love it! As coincidence will have it, I also gave it to her! Their lemonade cream is awesome too and on sale!
6. Lush - my cousin Sara discovered this place and my godson Brendan sent me a little Christmas care package. The box smelled SO good, I can't wait to try out these fun products for your bath. Check out their huge selection of bubble bars!
5. Jo Malone - My favorite, favorite! I have several of her perfumes and they are all designed so you can layer fragrances (although I must admit I never do!) They smell great all on their own. My favorites for winter are: Pomegranate Noir and Fig and Cassis. Summer favorites: French Lime Blossom and Nectarine Blossom and Honey.
4. Laura Mercier - Her creme brulee line smells incredible. The kids beg me to put a little in their bath, the bubbles really last and the fragrance really stays.
3. Bi-Facil Double Eye Makeup Remover by Lancome - Hands down THE best eye makeup remover I have ever used!
2. Trader Joe's Purify Tangerine Sugar Scrub - available in the bath aisle at Trader Joes. Smells and feels great and it's cheap! 5.99 for 18 oz!!!! So moisturizing you can skip the lotion! Definitely pick one up next time you there.
1. Archipelago Botanicals Pomegranate Dry Body Oil Spray - smells great, light and not greasy mist of oil keeps the winter dry skin away! My mother in law gave me this for my birthday, I love it!
Here's to looking and smelling great in 08! Cheers, Brie
ETA: Hey what gives, does anyone know where my pics went? It took me forever to add them and I thought it gave it a nice touch. Now they are all gone...... sniffle
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
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3 browning bananas left in my fruit bowl always makes me so happy b/c they are perfect for banana bread! This is a family favorite. I have tried other recipes, and while they are similar, they do not compare to this one. The secret is the browning bananas and lots o sugar! This bread will dwindle away on the counter and be completely gone in about 2 hours (there are 6 of here) Enjoy :)
one stick of butter
1 cup of white granulated sugar
3 very ripe bananas (mashed with a fork)
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a med/large mixing bowl in the microwave, mix in sugar and eggs and blend well. Add banana and walnuts. Sift in flour and baking soda. Mix well, pour into a pam sprayed loaf pan and bake at 350 for 75 minutes (may cover with foil if the top is browning up to much). Serve with whipped cream cheese! xo Brie
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Got lots of wrapping done last night (yay!) but still have more to do! Project Runway was a rerun last night (booooo) but I realized I fell asleep last week before I saw who was "auf" - sorry Steven but you had to have seen that coming, that wedding dress was a toughy! I was SO SAD to see Jack go.... he was my favorite, his clothes were totally "me" and I had predicted him the winner. Health issues forced him to exit early, so now my new prediction for PR4 winner is (drum roll.......) Rami! Stay tuned :)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
Spray 11 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray (I am going to use on those recycle aluminum tins). Pour the mixture into the dish. Slice a loaf of French bread into 3/4 to 1 in. thick slices. Arrange bread on top of the sugar mixture.
In another bowl beat:
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Pour mixture over bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-45 minutes. (it will set like a custard and I will say when I make it, it is closer to 45 minutes and sometimes even over that)
Can also be frozen unbaked. Allow to defrost in fridge overnight and bake. I do this for Christmas morning. Yummy and effortless! Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
- brown sugar
- light corn syrup (karo)
- ground cinnamon
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 loaf of frozen bread dough (freezer aisle near the pizza)
Take out your frozen loaf of dough the night before, lightly spray a big bowl with pam and cover with a cloth to rise over night.
Next day: Put 1/2 cup of brown sugar , 4 tbsps of butter, and 1 tbsp of light corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat slowly stirring often until melted and combined. Pour mixture into the bottom of your round pan (mine is an 8 inch)
flour a flat surface and roll out your dough into a large rectangle shape. Melt 4 tbsp of butter and brush onto the top of your rectangle dough. In a separate bowl mix up 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon. Sprinkle all of this mix on top of the butter you have just brushed onto the dough.
Very tightly start to roll up the dough, round and tuck the ends.
Using a thread, you can "slice" round rolls about 1 inch and place into the round pan on top of the sugar mixture. Cover and let rise again for about 30-45 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (buns should be light brown)
Let cool 2-3 minutes, put a plate over the top of the pan and invert.
Let them cool completely if you are planning to freeze. Wrap them with saran wrap and put in a big ziploc. To defrost take out the night before, remove all saran wrap and cover in tin foil. Warm them in a 250 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! These are THE BEST!!!
Am I actually done with two parts of my holiday meal??? yahoo! Tonight, I wrap and watch project runway!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
- So I am hosting Christmas dinner again this year and I am excited about it! I really like to cook and I generally have a few tried and true crowd pleasers, so its really not all that scary. Christmas will be smaller this year than usual, but we will still be hosting dinner for a total of 10 people.
If I plan it just right, things do NOT have to be stressful. So here's the menu: hors d'oeuvres: (yes I had to look up the spelling, thank you Cath ;) will be shrimp cocktail, polska kielbasa in brown sugar sauce, (or as Liam calls them "sweet sausages") baked brie in puff pastry with brown sugar and pecans, and crab puffs (recipe below) Main Menu: roast filet of beef with creamy horseradish sauce on the side, mashed potatoes, spinach gratin (barefoot contessa), caramel rolls, broccoli casserole, and a small side of macaroni and cheese compliments of stouffers. I am not a huge fan of the mac and cheese, but the majority rules on this one. Dessert: tiramisu (from costco - it's in the frozen section and it's awesome). Now all I need to figure out are wine and fun drinks to balance out the menu. I usually like to do a fun martini, last year it was white chocolate ones and they were BETTER than dessert!
Here is the recipe for crab puffs. As I peruse the ingredients here it does NOT look all that appetizing. Trust me it's good, it's EASY, and people will ask you for the recipe (if they like crab that is!)
. package of louis kemp crab delights flake style (or like Keely calls them, Krab with a K)
on a side note, I cannot stand this type of fake crab in anything but in these for some
reason its ok
. 1 stick of unsalted butter
. 1 jar of kraft old english cheese (it's usually by the cream cheese section in a glass jar)
. 2 tbsp of mayo
. 1/2 tsp of lawry's season salt
. 1/2 tsp garlic salt
. one package of thomas' english muffins
rinse and drain the "crab" and chop it up really small (not good if its too chunky)
mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
cut english muffins in half (so you have two circles)
spread mixture generously onto muffin halves
put muffin halves with spread on a flat plate and into the freezer for about 40 minutes (this part believe it or not is impt!)
Remove the frozen muffins and cut into quarters
Throw them in a zip lock bag until ready to use (could be months from now which is the real beauty)
Broil the pieces until slightly brown and puffed on a cookie sheet with a lip (approx 5-8 minutes)
Serve and say goodbye to them because they will be gone within minutes ;)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Birthday highlights included (in no particular order) a portable speaker system for my ipod, fur lined crocs, a yankee candle mosaic tea light burner that I used to own, LOVE, and broke replaced (thanks mom and dad!), itunes card, all the fixings to make balloon animals, (long story, my grandparents are hilarious!), some bath and body goodies, TWO jo malone perfumes (my all time fave), homemade cards, lots of kisses and hugs, and a Friendlys ice cream cake with an "edible" image of strawberry shortcake. Who could ask for more? I am a lucky girl :)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Starting in January, I am going to begin to slowly rebuild inventory AND I will be taking you through the reorganization of my sewing studio. This reorg is in the very initial stages of my mind.... should be interesting, won't you join me on this mission impossible :)
With all of the wrapping, packing, cooking, frosting, shipping, and shopping that still await me, I somehow manage to find time to make this! (see link below) Procrastination is my middle name :)
Enjoy this time with your families! xo Brie
There are a couple of things I hope to accomplish with this shiny new blog. I hope you'll get to know us a little better, I hope to show off new products with contests etc, and I hope to improve my writing, photography, and overall computer skills. This last part will take time, so please pardon the larger than life pictures, typos, and rambling :) This blog will definitely be a journey with a high learning curve for me!
Thanks for stopping in, I promise to update lots and lots! xo Brie