Archives for December 2014

Ombre Decor Not Quite Over The Trend Yet….

So I am not over the Ombre trend yet and got some great inspiration on pinterest! BTW……
Ok gang – now take a look at the things I found and some I pinned.  I am also gonna try my hand at some “homemade art”  maybe a graduated color of stripes on canvas…… I love crafting, glitter, glue, paint, stamping, embossing etc. yet a lot of times my finished product looks like I’m in 3rd grade.  Uggg –  but darn it gonna do it anyway.  A great frame make lots of stuff look better right?  Below are some inspiring pics for you and my latest creation.  Cheers all!  

Now for my final creation…………TA DAHHHHHHH 

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Hi Everyone this should’ve come out prior to Christmas but I ran into computer problems so use this for the great “after Holiday” Shopping.  Great finds at great prices now too!  XOXO

It’s no secret that Frederick Maryland is near and dear to me as well as my family.  It’s not only the community or history – we love the involvement you see here and the great people.  Frederick also has so many lovely little boutiques/shops, restaurants that there really is no need to torture yourself at the mall.  Promise!  Here is a link of Holiday Events that should not be missed celebrate Frederick holidays 2014 . So where to begin…….
Start your day in Frederick – with +Starbucks Coffee on Market St or +The Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe on East to get you #caffeine on.  Or better yet – one of my favorites is @Juice Plate.  It is a little further up Market yet sooooo worth it.  Grab your fresh pressed juices, smoothies, muffins, omelette’s etc. and the first shot of the day – #wheatgrass!

Now your ready.  Hopefully your wearing a cute pair of walking shoes/boots etc.  

Then I start on far side of Patrick St and head right into @mavenbeautybar – too cute – great makeup too like Kevin Aucoin and airbrushing and eyebrow threading!

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Next into @urbancountry for my French bubble bath……. 1 for them one for me……. LOL Cards, custom jewelry pieces, home accessories etc..
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Than off to +Relish Decor   (one of my all time favorite little shops – fell in love day one) – the owner +Hallie Burrier has some of the best taste LOVE…… so many items for the home could take the whole shop home.  Wait I think I have – LOL  perfect for wedding gifts as well with fab. wrapping and Hallie offers home visits as well to clients to set up the perfect kitchen, pantry bar… you name it!
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Across the street grab a +Rachel Zoe dress for New Years some @bedandstu boots and maybe a vintage gift or two – oooo plus some cute little “quote” prints to frame for yourself or a friend!
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Now head left and hit +Black Hog Bbq or go right (more stores ) & go down market street for lunch at THE TASTING ROOM for a D-Lish cocktail or one of the many fabulous wines to recharge.  Grab a gift card too – enjoy before TR gets her face lift Jan. 5th – Feb. 16th is gonna be a great new change to the atmosphere but the food will remain the same.  Best of Frederick for just about 14 years running…… just saying……..

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Now continue down Market to Smokestack Studio Interiors
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I am just mentioning a few of my fav’s but some many shops along the Patrick St. / Market St. paths… before I go back to my car I make sure to hit Ever Ready Sq and grab a little chocolate at The Perfect Truffle to round out the day!  Again, one for them one for me!

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I hope you enjoy your time in Frederick, MD if its during the holidays – a first Sat. or in the Spring or Summer so much to do!  You won’t be disappointed!  Go to  or +downtwnfrederick for lots more info for your trip!  
Thanks for stopping by, 

Pasta Week

Helllllloooooo TGIF,

I’ve been taking on part of my “bucket list 2014”.  Only a little over half the things done…ugggg Oh well only a list I can keep going.  However I am making pasta from scratch just under the wire for 2014.  It has been going really well – its a lot of work but so worth it.

 Here are some photos and the recipes I’ve been using and tweaking a bit.  You can see a funny video on my FB page (promise to work on the video skills in 2015- LOL)

Tonight is the big night – having friends over for +PeterLuger steaks and my homemade pasta.  I am doing fettuccine Black and White to be exact.  Using squid in for the black and than topping with 2 seared scallops – and a light white wine cream sauce.  I didn’t want to do Alfredo so our Exec. chef at TR helped me decide on the sauce.  Funny how Mike was a little put off I kept kicking him out of the kitchen.   How else am I gonna learn right?  LOL  It was sweet and kindda cute!  Here are the pics…. first was all old school than I for next batch I used my +KitchenAid mixer.

Now off to the store to get the raspberries and make my sorbet and simple syrup in my new little +Cuisinart ice cream/sorbet maker that has been “chillin” in the freezer this week.  Be sure to ck out tomorrows post and instagram for dinner party photos!  Yeah!  Thanks to all for the comments and support – means so much! 

Smart Grocery Shopping: Stock Up on Holiday Essentials

Hi All,
Here are 7 tips ranging from meal planning & shopping to cooking and serving that will help you be the most prepared, relaxed & chic holiday hostess around…….. CHEERS

The season of holiday cooking involves a range of menus, expectations and budgets. Here are some tips to help make the holiday season bright and budget-friendly when you’re entertaining friends and family:

Big-Batch Cooking

Cooking for a crowd — even if you don’t have one to feed at your table just yet — is the best way to avoid any holiday season surprises. Gather the essentials early for bubbly casseroles and warming stews that are not only seasonal, but time-saving: make double the dinner a week or two before the holiday rush begins, and tuck the second portion in the freezer.

Potluck Politeness

If the amount of guests stacking up for your next holiday feast feels overwhelming, consider shifting the menu to a potluck. Allowing guests to contribute their family’s favorite dish not only helps save the host time and money instead of buying all the recipe supplies, but it also gives everyone the opportunity to share their own traditions.


One of the biggest costs of cooking for a crowd is not found on the plate, but in the glass. A punch stretches a bottle of wine to its fullest, and added ingredients like cranberry juice plus berries and lemon slices or mulling spices gives each sip a more festive and unique touch. Also, try a punch recipe with ice cream for a decadent non-alcoholic version for kids or adults that don’t imbibe.

More Sides, Less Meat

Shifting the focus from meat to sides allows seasonal vegetables to shine, while also costing you less than the large roasts and poultry meant to serve a crowd. Pick a smaller bird or roast, and bulk up the selection of side dishes. Variety is the key to a successful collection of sides: plan on three to four dishes for a crowd of eight to 10 guests. Pick a combination of make-ahead and fresh sides to bring excitement to the plate through texture and your guests won’t miss the extra serving of meat.

Brunch is Best

Brunch foods, which often have eggs or bread at the center of the plate, are cheaper meals to cook and incorporate holiday recipe necessities you’ve already stocked up on like butter, flour and sugar. When planning a brunch menu, pick make-ahead dishes as the centerpiece for the meal, like quiche or cinnamon rolls. Since many holiday gatherings take place at night, planning a holiday brunch with friends makes for thankful and eager guests.

Savvy Savings

If your traditional meal each year revolves around a dazzling, expensive roast, don’t skip it. Shop and cook consciously before the holiday season begins by making a food budget for the meal. Cooking from pantry staples like pasta or rice dishes, eggs or soups in the weeks leading up to your big meal, will help you save the money you need to keep your holiday just like you remember it.

Simple Menus, Happy Cook

When planning a holiday meal, it is easy to let the excitement of the season carry the menu away. By narrowing the menu into a collection of your very favorite recipes, it makes for a less stressed and more confident cook. For example, pick either a sweet potato or white potato dish, but not both. Having less on the table makes the dishes memorable and likely tastier because of the cook’s clearer focus.

Thanks for stopping by – take a deep breath and don’t forget to enjoy the season!  #cheers

Tomorrow….. where I shop in Frederick, MD


Cutest Little Things From ETSY

Hello Everyone,
Well as you know I love me some Etsy and I came across these little numbers that are just too cute not to share – hope you like them.

Ok people how could I not have one of these? A Chanel Lipstick flash drive?  Whaaatttt From Etsy shop Points&Places 

Maybe there is a fashionista in the house – Chanel/YSL/ Louis Vuitton – Manicure and Nail art……101 Little Fingers Shop
So many cute cell phone cases but loving this throw back pay phone @Cases by Zoe Madison
Now for the make-up lover you know – gotta keep it organized Twin Lilies Beauty

Maybe you know a couple who just got married – I bet they’d love enjoy these……Mike & Honey Luxuries

This just plain ROCKS – my mom was a “secretary” for the US Senate and I adored to watch her type.  She was like cool hand Luke – fast as lighting.  I’d love this just to have around – good memories. RETROBURGH

Think I’ll end with that one……… Happy shopping everyone.  Enjoy this season!  
Blessings to you and yours – Thanks for stopping by,


Hey Hey Hey,
Question for you – are there items you “HAVE” to have in your purse to make you feel ……. YOU?  These are mine – now of course I’ll rotate the lip color – maybe add a lip pencil too but for the most part these are my standard never leave home with out – feel naked if I do items.  Especially during this busy season I need my must have / go to’s at the ready!


Boy Time Does Fly….


Hectic time of year for all but very fun and grateful.  Just starting my Xmas decorating – Ahhh – have been traveling so not gonna go all out but that’s ok.  Look at what I found the Best Biggest Bear for somewhere maybe next to the tree.  From +HomeGoods for only 19.99!  Look at this guy……he’s huge!

Not sure of his name yet………It is funny I come around the corner and it looks like somebody is in my house – .
And making my Christmas cards and cookies for some neighbors…… I ADORE +Paper Source so bought several things to try out and GET MY GLITTER ON! YEAH
Anyway all enjoy this hectic time of year  here is how the bear turned out – also yes I started the post the other day its really 17 days til Christmas……

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