Monday, January 31, 2011

Chanel Inspired Home

Decorated by Caroline Endre

Images via Skonahem

I love that purple room.   Perfect images to start my week.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Random Images to Brighten My Day.....

I've had a rough week to say the least.  My oldest child has been losing her hair and we've had Dr.'s appointments, blood tests, and stress galore.  My heart break over her beautiful hair is probably worse than her reaction.  Thus, I'm posting totally random pictures that made me a little happier today! Enjoy!

Image via Old New England
Image via Life
 Image via My Dream Wedding
Image via Belle Vivir
Image via My Gourmet Connection
Image via Jorgensen Studio
 Image via Bon Appetit
Image via Southern Living
Image via Browns Fashion
 Image via Southern Living
 Image via Decor Pad
 Image via Lana O Crystal
 Image via Skonahem

 Image via Pink Memo

Say a prayer for my little girl.  I will keep you posted.  As of now, her thyroid is fine so now we have to wait for more tests.  Grrrr....

Enjoy your weekend and de-stress! 
I'll do the same!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Ideas From Etsy

For Her
Tangier Earrings
 White Orchid Necklace

For Him
Steam Engine Leather Journal
Pirate Ship Photo
For a Little Girl
Georgia Dress
Peek-a-Boo Skirt
For a Little Boy
T-Rex Rocking Toy
Frog Jingle Ball

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Flourless, Sugarless, Oil-Free Cookie?

It's delicious, trust me!   
My daughter asked me today if we could make cookies together.  Lately, I've been on this flourless/oil-free peanut butter cookie trip.
I tend to try and lessen sugar in every recipe but, in this particular one I used Splenda.  Wow.  I even added a ghastly amount of chocolate chips and I still tasted the peanut butter. 
These are super peanut-buttery!  I justify that I can eat six of these cookies because of the lack of flour, sugar, and oil....that's how crazy I am over these.  The recipe is:


  • 1  cup  creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4  cup  sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt (I didn't add any)
  • 1  cup  semisweet chocolate morsels (you know I doubled this amount)
  • Parchment paper


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together peanut butter and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in chocolate morsels.

Image via Etsy
2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
3. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets on a wire rack 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack, and let cool 15 minutes.
Image via Bunny's Oven
Note:  If you add alternative sugar make sure you lessen the cooking time.  I only baked mine for about 10 min.

As I mentioned before, I have made these a lot lately....I mean A LOT.  So my daughter asked if we could make something else.
  Image via Brown Eyed Baker
Her words were, "Not THAT cookie, but like a cookie."  Hmmm...I know.  I love seven layer bars.
 Image via Examiner
Who doesn't?  They're salty, chocolatey, buttery goodnesss! 
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup graham crackers crumbs, crushed fine
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup coconut flakes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (This was my only topping in addition to coconut)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 can condensed milk
1 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped
1 cup Heath’s toffee bits
1 cup mini marshmallows
Image via Pragmatic Attic
  1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. Spread the above ingredients in layers, in the order indicated, starting with the butter and ending with the marshmallows as topping.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or till done. (I bake mine at 350 for 18-20 min)
  4. When done, cool on counter. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, covered in plastic wrap. Slice into bars.
Yes, it's really that easy.  Now go.  

Make these bars and be merry....or be on a sugar-high...whatever.  
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ready For Spring...Clothes, That Is!

I have a habit of spending way too much time checking out runway fashions, particularly past seasons.  But, I really thought Charlotte Ronson's Spring collection for 2011 was beautiful, flowy, somewhat feminine but, with a masculine balance.  Enjoy!

Images via Elle
Isn't this dress she wore darling?!  I love it!


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