Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Now y'all know I do not accept advertising, nor promotionals - anything I blog about here is just personally what I like. And figure well, maybe you might, too. I also love to support and encourage people to shop independent stores and entrepreneurs. Win-win all around. They stay in business and I don't miss out when I need more or want to visit again.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Clockwise continuing - Cute yarn wrapped ornaments/gift tags/decorations. I have them hanging from my entertainment unit knobs. $1 each
And set of two Christmas trees, which light up! for $2.50 I plan to add some glitter and sequins to make them sparkle.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Number of teabags: 22
Type of tea: Rooibos Red
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Add ins: A little bit of fat free condensed milk
Teabag fragrance: Faintly spicy-chocolate
Ingredients: Rooibos, Mediterranean carob, ginger, cinnamon bark, chicory and licorice root,
Opinion: I was disappointed. I love chocolate. I love chai. I anticipated a home run with this tea combining both. But alas, it just seemed...OK. Neither was that pronounced nor distinct flavor-wise. It was still good, but not great compared to the other chocolate and the other chai teas I've tried.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
These slices below were from a whole pickle. I think it best to preslice them first. But they do look pretty and holiday-ish.
I found this recipe in the August/September issue of Country Woman magazine, page 51. Click here for the recipe. I used Cherry Kool-Aid. They taste...interesting. Kinda grow on you, like sour cherry pickles. Might make for an interesting Christmas/holiday gathering treat. (Though personally, I'd bring something else as a backup!)
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
(Even with two of them clocking in at $14.99/pop --
Saturday, November 05, 2011
First, I found and bought four of these little guys for $5 each. The 2 cup size. They also had two more larger sizes for $10 and $15. I plan to use these to bake my gingerbread in and to give as gifts...and use as a holiday decoration!
If you donated four canned goods to the Houston Food Bank at the Chantal Warehouse entrance, they gave you a 20% off coupon. Which I used on this $10 tea and teapot set, so I paid $8 for tea and a teapot and an infuser! I found this in the back warehouse section, on the shelves -- not in the front of the store. Bloomingdale's is currently selling this set for $50!
So where is the fashion forecast this season? With few exceptions, when I look at women on the street, in shopping malls, attending sewing fairs, I have concluded that most women in the United States over 40 have simply given up. They grab the biggest most comfy items they own and head out for the day. If you are one of the few women who still cares what they look like, have an interest in fashion and love to sew; there is plenty of information out there, in fashion magazines and online. European fashion magazines are great sources for color combinations, details and silhouettes. This season, I am excited about combining leather with knits, woven fabrics with knits. Big chunky bracelets and necklaces are already in my wardrobe, so I will be wearing those. Tall well made boots are always in fashion. Make some tops and dresses with big cowl necks Vogue 1197, tunic length with the best pair of skinny pull on pants I have designed. Dresses and skirts with draped sections still look new: Vogue 1234 and Vogue 1210, blouses and knit tops with sheered sections Vogue 1275 and Vogue 1260. All patterns mentioned were designed by me and are in the Vogue book under the Today’s Fit tab. Take your time when you sew, enjoying every moment of the process. While I continue to design patterns for Vogue and teach classes, this will conclude many years writing the twice yearly fashion forecasts. If we have your e-mail, we will let you know about the just realized Today’s Fit patterns and new WebTV show topics, filmed by Ron Collins and myself. We are in the process of updating our website once again. Fondly, Sandra
Well, pooh! I always looked forward to Sandra's spot-on fashion, fabric and pattern combination advice (I still have her forecasts from the 80's!). Maybe she was just in a bad mood. . .?
I know that personally I try to make an honest effort to look good when going out in public, and reasonably well/yet comfy when at home -- you never know when you'll need to make a mad dash out of the house. And isn't that inevitably the time you will run into someone from your past or someone you know? I am also the first to admit the manager and clerks at J.Jill either recognize or know me by name. They do have great sales and clothes, great in a pinch when you don't have time to sew. And sometimes yes, it is cheaper to buy them than to sew them. That helps save me the time and money to sew something really special when I get the chance.
So dear Sandra, please rethink and don't give up on us. I consider you a role model, both fashion and sewing wise.
Friday, November 04, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Cost: $11.99. Yeah, a little pricey. Fortunately I Googled and found a World Market 10% off coupon and used my smart phone to scan to bring it down to $10.79. Then again you also get 50 teabags as opposed to the usual 36 or even 20.
Number of teabags: 50
Type of tea: Black
Steeping time: Per label 3-5 minutes, I did 6 minutes
Add ins: A little bit of fat free condensed milk made it taste just like pumpkin pie latte! I also tried it with fat-free evaporated milk and a little bit of honey. Good, but not as creamy as the condensed milk. I'm thinking next time using whipped cream and sprinkling a little pumpkin pie spice on top.
Teabag fragrance: Ginger and pumpkin!
Ingredients: Black tea, ginger, natural flavors, cinnamon, sweet blackberry leaf, cloves, allspice and nutmeg
Opinion: Very smooth, not overwhelmingly "pumpkin-y", but a nice spice/pumpkin pie flavor without a strong bite. Grab this while you can!
I also like the quote they have on the label -- "Tea Mind allows life to live us. It frees us from the hubris of trying to control what cannot be controlled. The life of tea is the life of the moment. We have only Now, and we each sip it in our own cups." "Tea Mind" - I like that!
Rating: 4.50 - definitely worth finding and buying!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
November 4/6, November 11/13, November 18/20
Friday and Saturday -- 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday -- Noon to 5 PM
5425 North Sam Houston Parkway West (just east of Highway 249/Hollister)
If heading from the West, take the 249 exit and stay on the feeder. I always get off one exit too early by the Racetrack.
And if you bring in four or more cans of food for the Houston Food Bank, you will get 20% off any one item! (One coupon per visit)
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
P.S. The pictures are delicious!