Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Photo from California Closet
If there are two things that I love talking about, it's clothes and money. All we are hearing on the news lately is how our economy is in the toilet. We could be heading for a recession. The stock market is lower than it's been in years. People are losing their retirement dollars in savings and 401ks. Depressing stuff, isn't it?
Sunday, October 05, 2008
No strings attached! A while ago I became an Allure Expert. The rundown is that certain companies like Chanel will send you a new product to try either before they go on the market or as they are launching. Your only obligation is to use it and give them feedback. I try not to think about the human guinea pig perspective and say "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
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Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
The perfect boots for me would be ones that you can wear with jeans or a dress. I love to wear boots with a dress or skirt and tights, but it takes a pretty feminine boot to pull that off. I think the second and the fourth look above would go with skirts/dresses or jeans/dress pants.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
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Monday, August 04, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Monday, June 09, 2008
Double up on markdowns and friends and family event with an extra 30% off! You can use this discount at Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft in store or online. Enter promo code 10701101. Just in case, I'd print out the coupon and take with you. Nothing infuriates me more than a cashier who doesn't know what I'm talking about, so be prepared.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I realize this has nothing to do with closets, style or therapy, but I am so dang excited that I had to share! As I mentioned before, we are a one car family and some days I stay in all day to help the budget in gas consumption. That, coupled with looking for new ways to save money and thus buy another car, I decided to do some culinary experimentation. On both counts, they were successful and simple with the goal of cost savings achieved. I found these You Tube videos to be extremely helpful and I hope that Mr. Breadtopia doesn't mind me sharing them with you.
In addition to the lower price and the satisfaction of baking something successfully, I can see how these recipes are going to be a successful way to add more vegetables and be creative with leftovers. We eat pizza once a week and usually buy a frozen pizza from Central Market for $5.00. I thought that was very economical and now I see that it was actually expensive because making a pizza yourself is quite thrifty! Below is the video with excellent step by step instructions on how to do it. Don't be afraid of doing it wrong because I think that the methods are quite forgiving while you are learning.
Although I am enamored with the pizza, bread was my first foray into these endeavors. Last year there was a no-knead bread craze that the video mentions and even before that I've always wanted to try making bread. There are many sites that explain how to do it and also variations on the recipe from the NY Times. Even I added more salt because of all the helpful reviews. I also learned that you can use dry active yeast in the same amount instead of instant and it comes out fine. Substituting flours to vary taste is another way to experiment later.
This bread came out perfectly for me in my handy Le Creuset dutch oven. It is earthy and crusty, looking much like the artisan's loaves you will see at a bakery. I have made one a week and we have no problem eating it all. I even used the last hard bit as bread crumbs for salmon patties a few days ago. I'm imagining that french toast is not out of the question either for bread past it's prime. After all, that is how french toast got started.
Here is my beautiful bounty of bread on my first try.
Gustavo has been more than impressed with this burst of culinary creativity on my part. When I made the bread the first time, I proudly led him into the kitchen and presented him with the crackly, steaming loaf. We both put our ears to the bread so we could listen for the highly anticipated "singing" as the bread settles. After that though I scooted him out to wait for 2 hours until the bread was ready for cutting. We had pizza again last night and I was more than happy to show him how I make it and let him laboriously knead the dough for 5 minutes. It is a wonderful way to relieve frustrations and what a joy to create something so delicious!
Since being on this mission, I've been thinking about adding these labor making activities into my life. Not working, I have a lot of time, but not a lot of money. I could easily return to the work force and have plenty of money, but no time. Am I digressing in function by choosing the simple act of making my own bread? Of course, a resounding no is my answer, but it does make me ponder what other simple old-fashioned ideas I had never considered, but am finding to be quite satisfying.
Besides money, I have found making bread to be so comforting and in a way makes me feel like I'm baking love. There is a reason that we equate bread with life, no? And being recently married, I have to tell you a funny story. Growing up, my parents had a trivet on the stove that I would read in passing often. I knew it by heart but didn't understand it until much, much later. I'm sure you will understand the meaning faster than I did! I don't remember how I came to have this trivet, but I hold it dear for what it represents-bread, family and love.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I usually never win anything. When there are door prizes I don't even get the little thrill when they are calling out the numbers. Maybe I have low expectations or maybe I prefer to be really surprised if I would win something. Well I have won something and I was surprised!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I have some rules that I adhere to as much as possible in my life. One of them is "Presentation is Everything". A gift well wrapped, a dinner served on a beautiful table, a bed coordinated with varying patterns or a sweetly iced cupcake. I believe making the simple things in life beautiful is an art.
Photo from www.marthastewart.com.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
President Bush is on TV right now giving a press conference about the rising gas prices. He keeps mentioning the sub-prime lending crisis, the foreclosures, rising food prices and other economic hard times that America is experiencing.