12.31.2012

Just Can't Stop


Ok, I know I just put up a post with my rad-tastic pink heels, but I couldn't resist wearing them again!
I took these pics on my last chance before the "BIG" snow we had that lasted all of one day...
Yea, people in PA tend to over-react about flurries.










But it was freezing out!
I would dash to my coat between every shot and my hands were numb by the time I was done!

And speaking of dashing, I drove out to this little covered bridge (first seen here) and parked my car on the only road that leads to and from the bridge to the main road. 
Well this huge construction truck started barreling out of the woods toward the main road, where my car just happened to be blocking!
So I had to haul ass and run back to my wheels, lugging my tripod and pink shoes and all the while this truck driver is watching me and probably so confused to see me!
Cheers to the good times of the past, and of the present, and the future!
Happy New Year!
~Naomi



Dress: thrifted
Shoes: Forever 21




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12.29.2012

Cinnamon Bourbon Truffles

Have you ever made truffles before?
Me neither.
These were my first and only attempt so far, and let me tell you, I am aching to make them again because they are just THAT delicious!
My sister and I spent an afternoon rolling these bad boys out and dipping them in dark chocolate.
And then we spent the evening eating them and trying not to eat them.
Good thing I doubled the batch!
I packaged them up in little boxes and sent them to friends and family!



Cinnamon Bourbon Truffles (adapted from this recipe)


Ingredients
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 beaten egg yolk
  • 3 teaspoons Jim Beam bourbon
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 lb chocolate flavored candy coating (I used Wilbur's dark chocolate discs with a little sunflower oil) 
Directions
1. Combine chocolate, butter, and whipping cream in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
2. Gradually stir about half of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolk. Return egg mixture to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in bourbon and cinnamon. Transfer chocolate mixture to a small mixing bowl. Chill about 1 hour or until mixture is room temperature and smooth, stirring occasionally.
4. Beat the cooled chocolate mixture with an electric mixer on medium until slightly fluffy. Chill about 15 minutes or until mixture holds its shape. Drop mixture from a rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill until firm. Shape into smooth balls with hands, working quickly so the truffles don't get too soft.
5. Bring water to boiling in the bottom of a double boiler or a saucepan. Remove from heat. Place chopped chocolate-flavored candy coating in top of double boiler or in a heatproof bowl and set over the boiling water, making sure the bottom of the top pan is not touching the water. Stir frequently until coating melts. Or, melt coating in the microwave oven: In a 2 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl, microwave candy coating on 100% power (high) for 2 minutes. Stir. If necessary, microwave 30 seconds more or until almost melted. Coating may not look melted until stirred.
6. Drop truffles, one at a time, into melted candy coating; turn truffles with a  fork to coat. Lift truffle out with the fork without piercing the centers. Invert truffles onto a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet.
7. Let dipped truffles dry until coating hardens. If the candy coating becomes too thick while dipping, reheat it in the microwave. Or, for coating that's been melted in a double boiler, replace the cooled water with warm water. Stir coating constantly until it once again reaches dipping consistency.

 Makes about 30. Store truffles, tightly covered, in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.


My make-shift (read: ghetto) double broiler method for melting the chocolate for dipping! Place a pot of water on stove, heat to boiling and turn down heat. Place a mesh screen on top of pot, and a ceramic or glass bowl with chocolate atop the screen. I used a fork and dipping tool to coat truffles.

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12.27.2012

In My Pink High Heels



I just bought this gorgeous cream vintage skirt when my sister was in town visiting!
It's so twirly! 
I just adore this skirt!
Best purchase this month, by far!
I can't wait to return to Hinesite Vintage to pickup more pretty things!

I wore this before Christmas when I was out doing some last minute gift buying, running errands and such.
I had to wear my pink shoes, just cuz.
It just happened to be warm enough to go bare legged, so I wore my fancy socks!











How was your Christmas?
I had to work at the Children's Hospital, but it's so rewarding being with the kids, so I didn't mind.
My husband came to visit me and we had lunch together in the hospital cafeteria.
Every year, the administrators host a huge holiday feast and let everyone eat for free.
It was a nice Christmas over all, but it came and went so fast!
Soon it will be 2013!
~Naomi



Shirt: Marshall's
Skirt, belt, & purse: vintage
Socks: H&M
Shoes: Forever 21



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12.25.2012

Hang A Shining Star Upon The Highest Bough

...and


For unto us a child is born!
~Naomi



Sweater: Kohl's
Dress: thrifted
Belt: handmade
Shoes: Me too


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12.23.2012

Gingerbread Pancakes & A Giveaway!



Today's entry is my 100th post!
To celebrate, I am giving away a pretty little peter pan collar necklace!
But first, the recipe for those scrumptious pancakes above :9

Healthy Gingerbread Pancakes  (source)

Ingredients (makes about 3 pancakes)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk, well-shaken
  • powdered cane sugar, optional
  • maple syrup, optional
Instructions
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients (flour through cloves).
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white, molasses, and buttermilk.
  • Stir dry ingredients into the wet just until moistened. Set aside to rest.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray or a bit of oil/butter.
  • When hot, spoon the batter into the skillet by the 1/4 cupful.
  • When bubbles appear on the surface of the batter, (about 1-2 minutes), the pancakes are ready to be flipped.
  • Flip pancakes and let cook for another minute or so, or until golden brown.
  • Serve with powdered cane sugar and/ore maple syrup if desired.


And now for the giveaway!

Dainty little necklace from Forever 21 up for grabs!


Open to all readers everywhere in the world!
To enter, just tell me how you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post, below!
Two entries if you follow on bloglovin AND google friend connect.

Don't forget to leave a way for me to reach you in your comment.
Winner will be randomly picked on Jan 3rd!

Thanks for making this little milestone with me!
~Naomi

12.21.2012

Happy 90th Gramps!

This post is devoted to my grandad. 
My grampy, grandpa, gramps.
He turns 90 years young tomorrow! 
He and my grammy live in California which is far, far away from where I live and I am unable to be with them as often as I'd like. 
My sisters and I last visited them in April.
 
Visiting in Sept 2010


My grampa is such a cool dude.
He was a glider pilot in World War 2 and tells the best stories.
He always wears these mechanic's coveralls for tinkering in his garage.
He volunteers his time at a senior center and is their Mr. Fix It!
At 90yrs old!
He still drives, though not as much as before. 
He still loves his cookies and pies after every meal.
He goes to bed at like 8pm and wakes up at 5 or so.
He watches the news and talks about weather and politics and has an opinion about everything.
He isn't the best with words and feelings and once even commented that I had gained weight!
But I love him dearly and miss him so! 

On their 65th Wedding Anniversary

Saying our goodbyes, September 2010

Meeting their great-grandsons April 2012

Happy Birthday Grampa!!
Love, Naomi

12.19.2012

Frost-Bitten Florals


My sister and I both have to work on Christmas this year.
So we spent some time with each other before the holiday and went vintage shopping in Lancaster and watched Christmas movies once back home.
We were cuddled up and dying over Elf and eating gingerbread pancakes one day, and dying over homemade truffles and watching White Christmas the next.
I'm still trying to convince her to move back in with Abe and I!
Then she can take more pictures for my blog!


The prettiest house at night with all their lovely decorations.

Trying to get a close-up of my necklace...




Sarah calls these my "Sleepy, bedroom eyes"
Little did we know, it was National Cupcake day when we were out and about!
So we stopped in this corner shop and dined on dainty chocolate cupcakes!




"All we are saying, is give Peace a chance!"
~Naomi




Coat: Ellen Tracy via Marshall's
Dress: thrifted
Cardigan & hair bow: F21
Tights: Cynthia Rowley via Gilt
Purse: Gucci (thrifted!)
Shoes: Me Too

Linked with The Pleated Poppy

12.17.2012

Prisms & Orbs



This dress is like an 80's rave party.
Can't you just imagine all the laser light shows and fog?
I think that's what made it so hard to photograph!
Haha yes, that's it... not my lack of skillz at all!





Getting that look it my eye.


Hi ya!
I was pretending my nosy land lady was peeking through her window.
"I'd give her a hah! And a Hi-ya! And I'd kick her, sir!" - Anastasia (1997)
Happy Monday!
~Naomi



Dress, belt: thrifted
Shoes: F21
Necklace: vintage

12.15.2012

Chillaxin with Chili


My dad is a chili guy; he's always making up yummy variations of it in the winter.
My husband is also a chili guy, but he doesn't ever make it.
He just loves to eat it.
For a treat, I made this chili in my crock-pot and we ate it as chili cheese dogs for lunch, and in bowls for dinner!
It was a treat for me too, because I just put everything in the pot, turned it on, and forgot about it for a while.
Which was nice, as I was feeling crappy all day.


Savory Crock-Pot Chili (adapted from here)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 4 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • red pepper flakes to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook ground beef in a skillet until brown, drain. 
  2. Mix all ingredients in 3-4 quart slow cooker. 
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for about 4 hours until vegetables are tender. 
  4. Turn heat to high for the last hour. 
  5. Prior to serving, uncover and cook for about 15 minutes, until slightly thickened. 


I'm not gonna lie, I do enjoy me some messy chili and cornbread!
Wheat toast is the next best thing to serve with it 
~Naomi

12.13.2012

Autumn Colored Winter











Anyone else wishing for snow?
Even just a little?
I am!
But just enough so that everywhere I look it's white.
Then I will ask for carolers and figgy pudding.
That is all.
~Naomi



Jacket: vintage
Shirt: JCP
Skirt: Old Navy
Bow Pin: garage sale
Bracelet: Kohl's
Purse: F21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Chelsea Crew