Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I LOVE Kate Spade!

I love a good Kate Spade piece.  Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I've compiled a list of my favorites to share with my hubby... hint hint.   Feel free to do the same :)

Gifts under $20.00

1.  Spiral Notebook

2.  Paperclip Bows

Gifts under $45.00

1.  Gold Dots Pencil Pouch

2.  Large Agenda Cheetah"> border="0" src="" >
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3.  Home Desk Organizational Tackle Box

4.  Rain Check Umbrella

The "if you've been a good girl" Stuff

1.  Cedar Street Lacey Wallet

2.  Glitter Bug Stacy Wallet

3.  Small Harmony Tote

Mercury Candle Holders

Lately I'm totally into vintage looking mercury candle holders.  I just bought these from Pottery Barn

and I LOVE THEM.   Here's what they look like in my dining room. photography isn't as good.  And yes the drapes are also from PB.  Please disregard my candles... they are a little narrower width than I needed.  Haven't had a chance to go out and get bigger ones.  The PB website said they were for 3" diameter candles but clearly that is too small. 

I'm now thinking about getting these to add to a side table or maybe on the mantle in the living room??    Super cute.   I love the mismatched styles.   If I do use on the mantle I'll have to get those battery operated flameless candles since the television is above the mantle.  I'm not a super-fan of them but they do come in handy when I do want it to look like I have lit candles on the mantle.        
Shabby Cottage Chic Mercury Glass Votive Set Silver

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

These chocolate cookies are hard to resist.  I've made them time and again and they are constantly gobbled up by my husband and daughter.  The recipe only makes about 15 cookies so I usually double it without issue.  

They are super quick to make but they do have to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before rolling and baking them.  They are a must try!  The recipe is from this fabulous book I picked up one day in Border's Book Store, which is now closed.  It's called The Cookie and Biscuit Bible and has many fabulous recipes from cookies to scones and more.  It's a must buy.  You can find the book on Amazon for super cheap.
And here is the recipe.  The only change I would make is to shave 1 minute off of the cooking time as mine came out a bit brown on the bottom.

This makes 15-18 cookies depending on how you roll.

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar (the recipe called for superfine caster sugar but I didn't have any so I used regular granular sugar which worked out just fine)
2 tablespoon butter, diced
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degreen F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (I didn't have any so I used cooking spray which may have resulted in my too brown bottoms).

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar.  Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.  Mix together the beaten egg and orange juice and stir into the flour mixture.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Put the confectioners' sugar in a bowl.  Shape walnut sized pieces of dough into balls and drop into the confectioners' sugar (do this one or two balls at a time as the dough is sticky and it could get messy).  Toss until thickly coated with the sugar (if the dough is not coated enough the sugar will melt off in the oven) then place on the baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, until just set.  Trasfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Next, enjoy with a tall glass of milk or cup of tea.  Yum!