Month: November 2014

Pumpkin baked brie with toasted pecans

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Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes The easiest baked brie ever! All you need is 5 min prep, but be warned that you’ll probably want to make this all year long!

INGREDIENTS

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter, homemade or store-bought*

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 (8-ounce) wheel brie cheese, rind trimmed 1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1 large egg, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside. Place puff pastry onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread pumpkin butter evenly over the top, leaving a 1-inch border, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Set the cheese in the center of the sheet and top with pecans and cranberries. Fold the puff pastry over the sides of the cheese, pleating the edges to fit snugly around the cheese. Pinch the dough together in the center to seal and brush evenly with the egg. Place into oven and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with crackers.

Adapted from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Garbage room decor… Before & After

I know I’ve been luckier than most when it comes to garbage finds.  I often get asked what the secret is?  Well, I don’t know that there is a secret… I guess the secret is commitment.  It also helps that I live in a nice condo building and evidently the people in my building like to throw away perfectly good things that they no longer have use for.  That’s where I come in… and my commitment to checking the garbage room on a daily basis.  Ok, I’ll admit it… I have a garbage chute, therefore I really have no business going down to the garbage room unless I have large boxes or an excess amount of glass bottles.  I do like wine… and the glass bottles do tend to add up. So on occasion I actually enter the garbage/recycle room with something to offer.  The remainder of nights, I just can’t resist.  It just so happens that I take my dog out before bed every night, so what’s one more stop along the way?  Mosey knows exactly where we’re going and I’m certain that she likes it.  Really, when you think about it… it’s kind of like a store that’s open 24 hours with no line-ups and an endless return policy.

Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint can completely transform an item that would otherwise be overlooked and left as trash. Have a look at a couple of my before and after transformations.

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Caramel Apple Bourbon Cocktail

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Caramel Apple Bourbon Cocktail

Warm your bones on chilly nights with this caramel apple bourbon cocktail.

Serves: 1
Ingredients:

2 ounces Bulleit bourbon
2 ounces apple juice
½ tablespoon caramel sauce

Directions:
Add ingredients into a small saucepan on the stove.
Stir to melt the caramel and mix the ingredients.
Once the caramel is melted and everything is warm, pour into a small glass cup that has been rinsed with hot water and enjoy!

Product Review: Lancome Visionnaire Advanced skin corrector

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Lancome you’ve done it again…

I recently purchased this new serum from Lancome after reading endless fabulous reviews.  My skin is my most important accessory and I strive to keep it looking young and fresh.  After one week of applying this serum under my nightly moisturizer, my skin feels better than it’s ever felt.  It instantly shrinks pores and eliminates fine lines, leaving your skin looking youthful and bright.

What it is:
An antiaging skin corrector for more beautiful skin.

What it is formulated to do:
More than a wrinkle-corrector, this product is capable of fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin. The first skincare product with LR 2412, a molecule designed to propel through skin layers, it triggers a cascading series of micro-transformations along its path. On the surface, wrinkles and pores are visibly corrected. Imperfections like signs of UV damage and acne marks appear diminished.

What else you need to know:
This product is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and dermatologist-tested for safety. It is internationally awarded, clinically proven on multiple ethnicities, and a bestselling fast-acting serum. Much more than a wrinkle-corrector, this is the first skincare capable of fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin and the first skincare with LR 2412, a molecule designed to propel through skin layers.

Research results:
In a consumer evaluation of women, tempted by hyaluronic acid, laser, or chemical peeling:
– 1 out of 2 women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it

Based on self-assessment after 1 week of use:
– 79% of women tested saw a smoother skin texture

Based on a clinical study:
– Wrinkles and pores were visibly corrected; imperfections like signs of UV damage and acne marks appeared diminished

Garbage room diaries… my latest finds.

Some of you might be wondering where I’ve been over the last month. I know… my posts have been lacking.  This time of year is very busy for me, but don’t be alarmed… I’m still finding garbage!  Here are a few from the last month.
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Stainless steel frying pan in perfect condition.

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Juicy Couture limited edition playing cards

(new in package)
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White glass cylinder vase

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Retailing at $200