Christmas treats

Making edible gifts and keeping it simple & healthier.
I used 1 pound of Almonds, some Cashews and Walnuts  (I also love using salted Peanuts). Use whatever you like!

Melt 2 baking bars, I used one Dark chocolate (so it would not be too sweet) & one 60%. I used the double boiler method to melt over the range.

Spread the nuts out on wax paper and coat them in melted chocolate. Allow it to set for several hours then break into chunks and wrap in cellophane bags for gifting.

 

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Mom’s Cheese Ball recipe for the holidays

My Amaryllis and Christmas cactus are in full bloom – so beautiful!!

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Being the the first Christmas since my mom died I’m having sentimental moments of sadness. Everything about the holidays remind me of mom. She had a zest for celebrating and enjoying even the simple things in life. I take after her there as well.

I go on celebrating all the great things in life and know that she is resting in peace, and my guardian angel.

In honor of my mom I’ve entered a recipe contest submitting her favorite Christmas recipe for the buffet. She made is every year!

I like that this is simple and can be made a day or two in advance of your party.

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Mom’s Cheese Ball:

1 block of cream cheese

3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

2 stalks of scallions (diced)

1 teaspoon of dried dill

2 teaspoons of dried chives

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

After one hour resting time in the refrigerator roll the cheese ball in the nuts and wrap in saran warp and frig until ready to use.

Chopped Walnuts (I used) or Pecans

Mix all of the above in a medium sized bowl, rolled into one large ball and place in the refrigerator for an hour. After an hour take it out and gently roll the ball in the nuts making sure to cover the entire cheese ball. Wrap in saran wrap and leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I serve it with pita chips/assorted crackers and sliced apples.

 

Christmas deals

I was surprised to find a nice deal at Kmart – bogo $1 on shoes. So, I got these super cute festive flats for me and a pair of loafers for my hubby. 20151129_130130.png

 

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I also bought Christmas log of fresh Pine for my tablescape and Red dinner linen – @ my favorite,  HomeGoods 💕 20151129_131116.png

National sandwich day #sandwiches

I have yet to find a place that even compares to the AMAZING sandwiches made at Royal Scarlet deli!

Their sandwiches are Lunch & Breakfast or perfect sharing sammies. It’s our all time favorite deli. It is a must go-to place in White Plains!!

A new small sandwich shop opened in downtown White Plains, NY: Jimmy John’s.
We love a good sandwich but finding a good place is not easy and when I indulge in a sandwich I want it to be thick and yummy.

Pluses: Jimmy John’s is conveniently located right off Mamaroneck Avenue, it is clean, the employees are friendly and greet you as soon as you walk. It was well staffed. The place is bright and has hyper vibe. The potato chips (sold separately) are awesome, crispy & crunchy, the Jalapeno ones were yum!

The menu board is placed too high, even for me at 5.7″. I had to look way up to read the menu. The sandwiches are cold (I did not see a hot option). Sandwiches have names like “Pepe”, “Big John”, “Vito”, etc.

Minuses: Seating is limited. They have a wall sized window that opens up to the street which feels too exposed. The sandwich station is obscured from customers view with an aluminum signage, not cool! I want to see them make my sandwich!! I may have noticed that the ham slices added to my sandwich still had the casing on it, ugh!! I would have also noticed that the sandwiches are more bread than content – don’t know why they call is gourmet! It’s not unlike most other chain sandwich shops…oh well!

Wednesday WIP

It’s Autumn and this is what is on my hook…Fingerless gloves!
Made with Malabrigo “Rios” – pure Merino Superwash

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I will make some for sale on my Etsy too.

Some days…

Solitude is just what I need… time for “being still”.

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PuraVida – Pure Life

I’m rockin my inner BOHO with my new PuraVida bracelets. PuraVida bracelets 72115
They have cool color combos and styles – check it out! Free shipping and deals http://my.puravidabracelets.com/x/PhlHwl

Bursting with color!

Summer salad w Mango

MangoesTiger Lillies

I love the color Orange! These gorgeous blooming Tiger Lillies are everywhere this time of year! I was happy to find these huge and delicious Mangoes on sale this week (at ShopRite).

I’ve added Mango to this simple Summer salad = WINNER!!

Arugula
1/2 a diced Mango
1/2 diced Avocado
Feta cheese
Handful of chopped Walnuts
Dressing of Extra virgin olive oil & Cider vinegar, salt, black pepper & dried dill

Give it a try yourself!

4th of July

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Weather permitting, I expect my weekend to include a picnicking, outdoor concerts and firework shows. I will be carrying the usual goodies and wearing my birthday gifts (cuff and bracelets, in pic) and patriotic colored items from my closet.

Hoping to also get a lot more Crochet done, baby items and small cotton items. It seems that I’ve been doing a so much in the same color: Aran/Ecru/Creme. I want to go for a rainbow blanket next!

Have a great 4th!!

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On my hook

TEXTURED ST Baby Blanket

Wednesday WIP …

Working on a Baby blanket set, it will be available for sale soon in my Etsy store.

I love this stitch but had a difficult time finding the name but thanks to a few of my fiber friends, they located it… called the Textured Stitch!!!

Coconut Oil …gone bad!

Lesson learned – check the jar, and the expiration date before buying Coconut Oil!!

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To the credit of Spectrum company they offered to replace the jar. I called ShopRite supermarket in hope that they actually remove the bunch of jars I saw when this was purchased. I’m disappointed that ShopRite allowed this to remain on the shelves. 

Cool deal…

Found these @ Target today…stocking up on everyday cards $1 a pack of 8.
Love finding a good deal!!

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Flip flops Browns, Blue n Cream

My Etsy shop is now open!! Spring is here and Summer on it’s way. These cute Baby Flip-Flops sandals will have any baby styling.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/starbasset?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Village shopping

Visited the small town of Pleasantville,  NY this weekend. They have a quaint “The Village Bookstore” which is small but packed with books. Classical music played and you cannot help but feel relaxed. I found a number of good reads ;)
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Sky Star Jewelry Estate is offering deep discounts on jewelry of all kinds. I love Silver & Bohemian jewelry – joy!!
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Completing our visit at “The Black Cow” for their yummy blend of coffee.
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Scood

Spending this weekend getting my knitting on.
A friend made a beautiful Scood (scarf hood) and I am giving it a go too. I love the colors, it reminds me of coffee.

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Sara is my go to gal

When I need a nice jooshed up floral gift I can always count on Sara. She works in the floral department at my local ShopRite supermarket at 1 City Center in White Plains. She loves her job and it shows in her work. The prices are also reasonable.
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Great job on my Orchid plant Sara!!
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Deal!!

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I scored a nice deal at Barnes & Noble today. Waiting just 2 weeks and they are all 50% off! The rack was a bit of mess buy I searched and found this leather 2015 calendar in  pretty color.

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I used a 15% off coupon I received via email off on top of that. Total = $6.88 ☺

Cold Winter day = Soup!

Acorn Squash soup on the menu. Very simple, fresh tasting soup is a winner!!

1 large Acorn squash – do not peel (chop in pieces)

1 medium onion (chunked)
1 large Elephant garlic ( leave  peel on)

Olive oil
Salt
Black Pepper

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Roast all of the above at 450 degrees in a large roasting pan. Roast til the edges are toasty.

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Remove pan and allow the veggies to cool.

Scoop the squash out and discard the skin of squash and garlic.

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Put in in the kitchen Aid and pulse til smooth. It will be thick.

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In your pot add veggie/ chicken broth until you get the consistency you like. I added 1.5 cups.

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Stir and simmer. You may add coconut milk just 1 minute before serving for a creamier consistency.

Infinity scarves…

3 Infinity Scarfs Dec 2014 gifts

I made a number of infinity cowls for gifts this Christmas.  I also made one for myself in the pink/rose color. I used a K hook for the Peacock Blue cowl and a J hook for the other two using a hdc on all.

My current WIP is a neck warmer cowl in a V-stitch:

Purple Cowl neck warmer 12.2014

Pretty find – Zygo

Christmas Cactus

Stumbled on a  pretty find today, at ShopRite, Christmas Cactus’ for $1.99!!

Bought two of them. One looks like darker Pink, the other lighter Pink – just gorgeous!!

http://www.cactuscollection.com/info/cacti/christmas.html

Christmas Cactua ZYGO

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