Random Thursday

Although Thursday is usually reserved for a scrumptious recipe, I was just not feeling very inspired by anything today. Yes, I found some OKAY options but I’ve never been known to do anything subpar.

This lack of inspiration may come from the fact that I spent all day with my wonderful family downtown at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Great Lakes Science Center. My darling little brother is in town from Chicago so we’ve gotten to spend the last few days together adventuring around Cleveland!

I’ll be back to the normal schedule tomorrow for a very fashionable Friday!

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Tuesday Tip

HAPPY TUESDAY!  Well, let me just tell you all that THIS GIRL is in the best mood ever! Why?  I have officially scored my first big girl job! yay!  So, in an effort to enjoy my last few weekdays of freedom, I’m taking this Tuesday to test out a little theory of mine.  I’m going to use a list online and do those things to see if I really do have a lovely day.  

Here’s the list:

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So, check back later today for a little update on how my day went!  You should try it out too and let me know if you, too, had a LOVELY day! 

 

xo – blondie

Wishlist Monday

It’s no surprise, as I am a female, that I think little squirmy dogs are adorable.  Not to generalize, but that seems to be the consensus.  I’ve wanted a dog since, well, forever and find myself asking my parents at least three times a day if we can get one.  The attempts increase in creativity and usually just generate a few chuckles from my father before he returns to whatever he has himself tied up in for the day.  I live a hard-knock life, no pet to love… my road is long and lonely (being 100% dramatic here) but I still have hope!  That has not stopped me from dreaming, and for those of you who know me, you know I cannot look at a picture of a cute animal without crying.  So, without further adieu, here is my wishlist of cuddly companions (some dogs, some not).

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And yes, I did cry whilst finding pictures that perfectly embodied the animals I want.  I want all of them, like yesterday, in my arms.

 

xo – blondie

Fashion Friday

Fashion wouldn’t be anywhere without the people behind it.  I was immediately reminded of that the other day when I stumbled upon this genius BuzzFeed article about the wonderful, amazing, Bergdorf personal shopper, Betty Halbreich.  “Since 1978, Halbreich, 70, has been helping women wrestle with their vanity, insecurity, self-esteem, and compulsiveness in her office, called Solutions, at Bergdorf Goodman” (New York Mag).  Being at the business for that long makes Betty basically a fashion goddess in my eyes and should be taken seriously when it comes to what to wear and how to wear what best.  

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Let’s just say I’m dying for the day that I can afford her services because she’s got it all together and seems to share my philosophy on how one should dress.  All of this, plus the fact that she’s absolutely stunning at 70, is why I’ve chosen to feature this woman on my Fashion Friday post! 🙂

 

xo – blondie

 

 

Thursday Fat-Day

During my brief visit to the big easy, New Orleans for those of you who didn’t catch the reference, I was lucky enough to have been exposed to the beautiful culture of the area.  One of my FAVORITE places we went was Cafe Du Monde.  Cafe Du Monde is a glorious little block of heaven located in the French Quarter and they happen to make the most delicious beignets EVER.  Sorry Tiana, I’m pretty sure they’ve got you beat!  These things are, like, beyond finger licking good.  So, when I stumbled upon a recipe to make them from Your Homebased Mom that claims to be just as delicious, I got curious and had to share!

 

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Ingredients:
– 1 package active dry yeast
– 2 tablespoons warm water
– 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 4 tablespoons sugar
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 1 cup whole milk
– 4 tablespoons butter
– 1 egg, beaten
– Vegetable oil for frying
– Powdered sugar for serving

1. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes, then stir briefly to dissolve the yeast.

2. Sift flour, sugar, and salt into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment.

3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and butter until butter melts and milk is just beginning to steam. Pour hot milk mixture into flour and beat briskly. If using stand mixer, beat on medium-low speed until just mixed. Add beaten egg and yeast mixture and beat vigorously until smooth.

4. . In a cast-iron Dutch oven or other heavy, deep pot over medium-high heat, heat two to three inches of oil to 365°F. Line a baking sheet with a grid rack or two layers of paper towels.

5. While oil is heating, lightly flour a counter or work surface. Sprinkle flour over a baking sheet. Pat dough out into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut rectangle into 12 squares, each approximately 2 inches square. Arrange squares on floured baking sheet.

6. Using a slotted spoon or skimmer, drop beignets into oil, frying in batches to avoid crowding the pan. Fry for 1 minute, then flip to brown other side. Using a slotted spoon, skimmer, or tongs, remove beignets from oil. Let drain on rack or paper towels. Repeat with remaining beignets.

7. Sift powdered sugar over beignets and serve warm.

Enjoy folks!

xo – blondie