These make such a cute gift for friends, coworkers and neighbors!
Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar
- 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
We took a quick trip to Flagstaff, AZ last weekend to play in the snow!
Check out these adorable Santa ‘Staches that one of our editors brought into work today. Such a cute way to use white chocolate, and easy to make! Get the how-to here on I Am Mommy Hear Me Roar.
Our December Supper Club gathering was here before we knew it, and as usual, we enjoyed a meal fit for queens as our hostess with the mostess treated us to a holiday-themed feast.
Check out the recipes below, from our once-again successful girls’ dinner:
Almendras al Pimentón
- 1 1/2 tbsp. coarse sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. smoked sweet Spanish paprika, or hot paprika to taste
- 3 1/2 cups blanched almonds*
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Put the sea salt and paprika in a mortar and grind with the pestle to a find powder, or use a mini spice blender (the amount is too small to process in a full-size food processor).
- Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in a preheated oven, 400 degrees F, for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and giving off a toasted aroma. Watch carefully after 7 minutes because they burn quickly. Immediately pour into a heatproof bowl.
- Drizzle over about 1 tablespoon of oil and stir to ensure all the nuts are lightly and evenly coated; add extra oil, if necessary. Sprinkle with the salt and paprika mixture and stir again. Transfer to a small bowl and serve at room temperature.
*Cook’s tips: It is best, and more economical, to buy unblanched almonds and blanch them as and when required, because they start to dry out as soon as the thin, brown skin is removed. Put the unblanched almonds in a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and let stand for 1 minute. Drain well, then pat dry and slip off the skins.
From: World Food, Spain: The Food and the Lifestyle.
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I’m sure this correlates with my obsession with feathered fashions these days, but as much as I resisted the Southwestern prints coming back in style, I’m now embracing it and have an eye on a few must-haves of my own. Living in the Southwest, Native American-inspired prints seem to have always been readily available, however until recently, the colors were more limited to reds, navy blue, turquoise and mustard yellows. Softer tones are now on-trend, and I’m loving the creams and soft camel combos, and the more subtle incorporation of the traditional hues.
Here are just a few on my ever-growing wish list:
Navajo Cascade Poncho from Alice + Olivia.
Southwestern-print pillows and shams: Clockwise from bottom left: Navaho Crossroads sham, Navajo Contemporary sham, and Navajo chanile sham from Pendleton; Sereno pillow from Wolfum.
Theodora & Callum southwestern-print scarf from Neiman Marcus.
These are so pretty! Southwestern Navajo leather-printed pouches from Corium Handmade Accessories.
<y adorably crafty friend Jenn invited me and my boyfriend over for dinner, and asked us to bring old glass vases and an Exacto knife along with us. We made the custom etched vase masterpieces above, and had tons of fun working on the creative activity.
What you’ll need:
- Glass vases
- Contact paper
- Armor Etching Cream (Approx $25 at Michael’s)
- Rubber gloves
- Exacto knife
- Paint brush
How to etch glass:
Step 1: Cut contact paper the height of your vase and make sure it’s long enough to wrap all the way around the glass.
Step 2: Sketch your design onto the contact paper.
Step 3: Paste the contact paper onto your vase and use the exacto knife to cut out the details. Note: The exposed glass areas will be the frosted part of your vase.
I’m so into feathers lately – and my fascination with them has come a long way from the construction paper and Elmer’s glue creations that I once used to showcase the stray feathers I’d find on the farm as a child.
Feathers are such a graceful accent to any outfit and add a touch of the Southwest, which I always love. Here are just a few of my faves!
Silver feather lariat necklace from OhDeerCreations.
Oooh… what I would have given to see this one in time for our company’s holiday party this year! Francesca black jersey sleeveless tank dress with feather trim from Alice + Olivia.
Feather arm cuff from RunWithTheTribe.
Tank dress with feather hem from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.
Peacock feather shoe clip from Nylora.
Brigitte Bailey Gemma feather earrings from 6 PM; Interchangeable feather earrings and leaf shaped feather earrings from Still Tree Jewelry.
Dove grey ostrich feather clutch by Sara C Accessories.