Wednesday, November 30, 2011

victoria's secret fashion show

How fabulous was the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night?  If you didn't watch, you missed out!  t enjoyed a lovely evening of holiday decorating while watching fashion show.  Amazing musical performances by Jay-Z, Maroon 5, Kanyee West and Nicki Minaj.  Of course, all of the lingerie was amazing.  The show featured a variety of themes:  ballet, passion, super angels, I put a spell on you, angels aquatic and club pink.  I especially loved seeing all the behind the scenes interviews with the angels and designers.  Until next year...

If you need me I will be doing crunches for the rest of my life! ;) 


(photos and video via victoria's secret and cbs)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

i heart ________

I hope everyone's week is off to a lovely start!  Since yesterday was cyber Monday I did a little of online browsing (no purchasing).  I was really loving all the heart themed items I stumbled upon.  So sweet, happy and quite lovely!  Maybe even a few holiday gifts in the mix...

1. mod cloth, with all my heart tote
2. j.crew, heart me sweater
4. stella & dot, ever after necklace (s&d giveaway here)
5.  diane von furstenberg, heart-print earbuds
6. american apparel, sheer heart knee sock
8. marc by marc jacobs, heart-slice bangles 
9. tory burch, floating hearts bangle

I heart...all of you!
{heart via}

Monday, November 28, 2011

english toffee

We spent Thanksgiving and the past weekend with my husbands family in Texas.  We had a lovely holiday, wonderful meal and enjoyed our time relaxing with family.   We spent lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking dishes and treats from new and old recipes.  Plenty of fun and laughter!  My mother-in-law makes the BEST homemade toffee ever - seriously!  I look forward to enjoying this delightful candy every year.  Over the weekend she gave me a lesson in the art of toffee making!  It turned out perfect (of course) and I cannot wait to make another batch.  Perfect for a tasty holiday gift (or for Santa)!

1 cup sliced/toasted almonds, divided use
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. white caro syrup
3 Tbsp. water
2 1/2 regular Hersey bars, broken

Toast almonds to very light brown (cook at 250° for 10-15 minutes).  Finely chop 1/2 cup and coarsely chop the other 1/2 cup.  Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts over foil evenly, set aside.
In a heavy sauce pan melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in sugar, 3 tablespoons water and corn syrup.  Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar for about 4 minutes.  Clip candy thermometer to side of pan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 290°, soft crack stage (should take about 15 minutes). 

Remove from heat and remove thermometer.  Pour over almonds in the pan, distributing as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle the Hershey chunks on the toffee and let stand for 1 minute.  Spread the melting chocolate evenly over the surface of the candy.  Sprinkle with the finely chopped almonds and press them gently into the chocolate.  Let cool and break apart to serve.

Delicious and dangerous!
(this batch came home in my suitcase...)

Friday, November 25, 2011

bits & pieces

{photo found here}

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I had a lovely day and wonderful meal with my husbands family.  The rest of my holiday weekend will be spent relaxing!  No black Friday craziness for this girl!  If  you are braving the busy shopping weekend I wish you luck!  The countdown to Christmas is officially on!  The past week was filled with two trips, family, friends, work and a lot of fun.  Here are some bit's and pieces...

:: nail polish of the week ::
{butter london - queen vic}

:: super fun surprise party ::
{retro bowling ally}

:: zen lunch hour ::
{yoga with the girls}

:: art in the airport ::
{oragami on the walls of the denver airport}

:: clever chocolate shop name ::
{dude where's my car, anyone?}

:: thanksgiving traditions ::
{the famous greenburg turkey}

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