Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pimento Cheese Dip

I decided to try out one of Justine and Emily's recipes for the Kickoff to the Holidays Party, and it was absolutely delish!


Ingredients

8 oz. block of reduced fat cream cheese
8 oz. of shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of light mayo
4 oz. jar of diced pimentos
1 jalapeno, chopped
Garlic powder and pepper to taste


Directions

Combine all ingredients in a mixer and serve with crackers and/or veggies. Refrigerate any leftovers.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are my favorite little gifts on Christmas morning. They're fun to buy, fun to wrap in "Santa paper" (red tissue paper), and they're fun to open.

Stocking Stuffers
LUSH Snowcake Soap | Philosophy Ornament | Tory Burch Rollerball | Lindt Truffles | E.L.F. Baked Highlighter | Kate Spade Mini Bow Ring | DryBar Triple Sec 3-in-1 | Essie polishes | Gift Cards | Cleansing Wipes | LUSH Bath Bombs | Burts Bees Lip Balm | Yankee Candle Votives




Kicking off the Holiday Season

Kicked off the holiday season this weekend, and I'm still in disbelief that Thanksgiving is only a few days away!


Happy hour and a cheese filled lunch with the work peeps. Gourmet cheese, meats, fruit, and bread = the perfect lunch smorgasbord. Friday evening called for some much needed couch time followed by and even more needed pedicure and Target trip on Saturday before heading off to a friend's kickoff to the holidays party.





Sunday was spent working around the house, running some holiday errands, and Starbucks which was definitely necessary.



Joining Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip 
and
Biana for Weekending
and
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kick off the Holidays Favs

Such a busy yet fun week, and I'm looking forward to some relaxation and the kick-off to holiday fun.

1. Celebrated one of my favorite mama-to-be's birthdays. Half priced wine and yummy Italian food are always a good idea.


2. It was soooo cold here this week... ok I digress.. it was "Florida-cold". But I have obviously lost my CT blood, because this girl was COLD. Running the heat and wearing scarves, boots, and sweaters in Florida is not normal for November. December or January yes, but not November. I have a feeling we're in for a chillier than normal winter. Funny thing is it'll be back in the upper 70's/low 80's this weekend and I couldn't be happier!

*Warming up with a non-fat gingerbread latte*



3. Farewell happy hour for a great co-worker who leaves to go back to Denmark next week. Of course there was more wine...


4. Ventured into Pier 1 on my lunch break this week and fell in love with the Hayworth Vanity, it's just so pretty and I love that it has a drawer too. Does anyone know if big items at Pier 1 ever go on sale/clearance?



5. Loving my recent finds on Pinterest:









I already have most of these, but how fabulous is this set?! Great gift!
















Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday, Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop, and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Party Dresses

Tis the season for festive parties, weddings, and of course New Years Eve. I tend to gravitate towards all things shiny, lacy, and/or sequined this time of year and can't get enough!

I need several dresses as I have a kick off to the holidays party this weekend, our annual Christmas party at the house, my work Christmas party, a wedding, and a New Years Eve martini party that we're supposed to wear all white for. That's a lot of new dresses, and I couldn't be happier with an excuse for a shopping spree. Some of my favorite finds are from my go-to stores: Express, F21, Kate Spade, Kohls, Bebe, and LuLu's. Some are total splurges, while others are steals!
Holiday Party Dresses
1. LuLu's Black Swan Tinsel Lace Dress - Perfect for one of my many Christmas parties

2. Kate Spade Open Back Silk Mini Dress - Gorgeous festive dress

3. Express Sequin Cut-Out Back Mini Dress - You can't go wrong looking for holiday dresses at Express.. sequins and lace galore!

4. Bebe Embellished Lace Dress - Beautiful gold and blush tones

5. Kohls Lily Rose Embroidered Scoopneck Sheath Dress - I've found my holiday dresses for the past 2 years at Kohls and they continue to have great festive finds.

6. F21 Sateen Midi Dress - Nothing says the holidays like red and satin. Perfect combination.

7. F21 Sequined Fit & Flare Dress - Beautiful and comfortable looking, you won't feel stiff (or stuffed) all night.

8. Bebe Geometric Studded Dress - A decadent white dress perfect for the NYE party.

9. LuLu's Bariano Nanita Navy Blue Sequin Dress - Loved the color and pattern on this dress.

10. LuLu's Pretty Olive Green Dress - What could be more festive than green and sequins?

11. LuLu's Glory Never Fades Gold Sequin Dress - I'm always drawn to gold especially this time of year.

Where do you like to shop for holiday party dresses?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pretty Baubles

If you still haven't heard of Rocksbox it's time to see what all the fuss is about. A jewelry stylist picks three pieces to be shipped to you, and you can keep them as long as you'd like. When you're done, send them back and they'll ship you a new set. It's like Netflix for jewelry! You can see my previous sets here and here.


Urban Gem Elsa Necklace in Amethyst
House of Harlow 1960 Tres Tri Cut out Cuff
Kristine Lily Druzy POP Ring in Quartz and Silver






How can you not love a new shipment of pretty baubles as often as you want right on your doorstep wrapped in cute little bows? If you have any questions about Rocksbox, just ask me and I'll be sure to fill you in.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

One of my favorite fall desserts are my pumpkin spice cupcakes that I make from scratch. Perfect for Halloween parties and Thanksgiving potlucks.


The Cake

Cream 1 and 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter until smooth in a large bowl
Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar and mix until smooth
Add 3 eggs one at a time and set aside

Combine 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and 1 tsp. of vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside

Combine 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 tsp. of baking soda in a large bowl.

In thirds, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture blending well until smooth.

To make a cake pour batter into three 8 inch pans and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees
To make cupcakes, pour batter into cupcake liners in a muffin pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes 

After the cakes have cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting

The Frosting

Beat one 8 oz. package of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of butter (both softened) until fluffy.
Gradually add about 8-10 oz. of powdered sugar beating at low speed until blended.
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla beating until well blended









Store any leftovers in the fridge as the frosting contains cream cheese.

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