Continuing my love affair with stacked heels, I saw these boots at Nine West which are exactly what I've been looking for in a boot. A knee high, round toe, leather boot with a stacked heel, and it's comfortable, stylish, and casual enough for day time. The only problem is that these fit too high on my leg, and go up to the middle of my knee. An over the knee boot like this would be amazing too, but I haven't been able to find a good option. Here are some other great boots that I'll be keeping my eye on.
I saw these pumps at Steve Madden last week and they're definitely on my Christmas list! I'm so tired of stilettos...these stacked heels are so modern in an amazingly retro kind of way. I hope these are the next trend in footwear. They're much sleeker than wedge heels, but more stable than stilettos. While $110 isn't completely unreasonable, I'm still waiting for them to go on sale. Steve Madden has a version with a slightly slimmer heel for only $90, but I'm still holding out for the original...
Just a little twist on regular buttercream frosting. Fresh raspberries keep it light.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (Ideal texture should be like ice cream)
3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh raspberries, mashed
up to 4 tablespoons milk of heavy cream
Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of mashed raspberries and beat for 3 minutes. Continue adding raspberries until desired color and flavor is achieved.
If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
(Inpired by Savory Sweet Life)
I cannot go grocery shopping when I'm hungry because I am guaranteed to buy a box of those sugar overloaded, soft and crumbly Lofthouse sugar cookies. They're a little too sweet and mass-produced for me, but this homemade version is made with love and a little less sugar.
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5 -6 cups flour ( until desired consistency for rolling)
Cream together butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
Mix in dry ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate overnight (or 6-8 hours).
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Roll out dough to a 1/4 to 3/8 inch thickness using a generous amount of flour. Use a combination of flour and powdered sugar for added sweetness.
Cut out shapes and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.
Frost and decorate as desired. I used a rasberry buttercream frosting. Recipe coming up next!
(Inspired by Food.com)
Mmmm the smell of these just reminds me of USC Game Days! While I'm sure those hot dog carts are very hygienic, here's my take on a healthier version with turkey dogs and turkey bacon!
Turkey hot dogs
Wrap hot dogs in bacon. You can use toothpicks to hold it in place while cooking if needed.
Heat large skillet or sauce pan to medium high heat and add hot dogs.
Rotate frequently to cook evenly on all sides. Cover with top to make sure the hot dogs are cooked all the way through.
I added onions to the same pan halfway through the cooking process because I only made 4 hot dogs, but to make more at a time, you can use a separate skillet.
Once your hot dogs and onions are cooked through, assemble your hot dog as desired! I used ketchup and mustard, but mayonnaise is another popular topping as well as grilled bell peppers.
It finally happened! It only took a few weeks longer than expected. Now that my root is about 5-6 inches, it's ready to be put in the ground. I've put it in a one gallon pot and filled the dirt halfway up the bulb, being careful not to cover the sprout. Wish me luck!!
I don't know why I haven't started doing this before, but I've decided to try all of the Los Angeles restaurants featured on Food Network. Brilliant, right? My first stop was Baby Blues BBQ in Venice. My mom mentioned that Guy Fieri went there on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives while searching for America's best BBQ.
Being from Texas, of course I had to try the Texas Style Beef Ribs. I got the platter so I could also get two sides and cornbread. I went with mashed sweet potatoes and blues on the cob (grilled corn on the cob with blue cheese). Always be nice to the waiter because he threw in some free mac 'n cheese! Sorry you can't see the corn in the picture above. Trust me, it looks just as delicious as it tasted! The mashed sweet potatoes were sweet and creamy, and the cornbread was the perfect balance of dense and fluffy. The free mac 'n cheese was pretty classic, but nothing out of this world. Now down to the main course, the beef ribs! I've had a lot of ribs in Texas, and I'm not sure what "Texas Style" means to Baby Blues because I've never seen ribs like this. You can see how huge one rib is in the picture! It was tender, juicy, and melted in my mouth. Mmmmm I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Thankfully, the portions were huge, and for my $25 platter, I probably have enough food for three days! I can't wait to go back to try some other things on the menu!
And here it is...the final installment of the Leather Jacket Hunt, and my best attempts at finding a similar jacket to the Q40 Peplum Moto Leather Jacket, the post that inspired an entire month filled with leather jackets. the Peplum Moto Jacket has the look of a motorcycle jacket in the front and a surprisingly feminine ruffle detail in the back. Tadah! Check out the Victoria's Secret jacket, top left. Looks like a motorcycle jacket in the front, and I actually prefer the tiered ruffles over the single ruffle on the Q40 jacket. At $258, it's reasonable, but a little too steep for me so I'll be watching for it to go on sale! The third one isn't really similar to the Q40 jacket, but I still think it's cute so I wanted to include it here...
I hope you've found the leather jacket of your dreams this month. Hmmm what should I hunt for next?
Leather and suede, leather and denim, leather and jersey, leather and wool...the possibilities are endless! The Helmut Lang leather and jersey jacket, top left, is my favorite. It's just oozes casual sophistication, and right now it's on sale for $497.50!
I love the look of a drape front jacket. The trick is finding a soft, buttery leather so the front has a little movement. Solve that problem with my favorite on this page, the Sara Berman Convertible jacket, top left. The front ruffles are suede for a little visual interest, and the sleeves are detachable so you can wear it as a cool vest too! Stay tuned for my next post and leather combo jackets...