Tuesday, November 30, 2010

{bake & blog: spiced toffee chippers}

I am excited to be participating in Kelly's fabulous Bake-N-Blog party over at Jax does design today! I'm sharing a recipe that I have been wanting to try for the longest time ... this was a good kick in the pants to finally get to it :) I came across this recipe in a magazine and thought they sounded like the perfect autumn/winter treat. I had no idea if they would turn out, I just knew the pic in the magazine looked amazing and the ingredient list sounded delightful! Well, I am happy to report that the recipe was easy and the cookies turned out fab!! Here are all the details:

Spiced Toffee Chippers

Prep time: 30 min  Bake time: 12-14 min  Makes: 48 cookies  Freezing: excellent

1/2  cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4  tsp ground ginger
1/4  tsp cinnamon

1  cup all vegetable shortening
1  cup dark brown sugar, packed
1  egg
1  tsp vanilla extract
2  cups Robin Hood Nutri-flour blend
1  tsp baking soda
1  tsp cinnamon
1  tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1  pkg Chipits Skor Toffee Bits

It's all of those lovely spices that first got me salivating!! What a perfect blend for the holidays. I used the Robin Hood brand Nutri-blend flour that the recipe called for {I think they were going for a remotely healthy ingredient here} but I am sure that this could have been replaced with regular flour.

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper {I found the paper helpful as the toffee bits get a little sticky when baked}.
2. Topping. Combine ingredients for topping in a shallow dish and set aside.
3. Cookies. Beat shortening and brown sugar until well combined. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Add next 5 ingredients, mixing until incorporated. Mix in toffee bits.
4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, don't flatten. Roll in topping. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart {they'll look just like tim-bits from Tim Hortons at this point, same size and all coated in lovely sugar & spice}.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 min. Serve at room temperature.

I have to admit while these cookies were baking, I kept thinking ... THIS is the recipe you wanna be making if you are trying to sell your home and have an open house!! The smell was incredible!

I hope some of you will be tempted to try this simple recipe. I thought the cookies tasted so good and they would make the perfect holiday treat! And because they are excellent to freeze this would be the perfect recipe to do earlier in the season and pull out a batch to take with you to Christmas parties and friends home's all season long.

Be sure to head over to the Bake-N-Blog party over at Jax does design for tons of lovely holiday recipes posted by others! Thanks for popping by :)

{house tour: bijou and boheme}

Ever since I laid eyes on Christine's beautiful blog, bijou and boheme, I had to keep coming back for more! I first discovered it when my good friend Barbara featured her over on her lovely blog hodge:podge. Christine has a real eye for all things fabulous, and her own home is drool-worthy. I love her style! If you aren't following along, you must hop over and pay her a visit, you won't regret it! Let's take  peek inside:

When I emailed to ask Christine if I could feature her home here, she was kind enough to pass along a few brand new photos of her space that she has recently taken! Thank you for sharing this eye-candy with us Christine, you are a doll!

Here's a sneak peak at the gorgeous wallpaper Christine used in her entry way, I love it so much because it reminds me of one of my favorite vignette's from Lonny:

Ooh! How timely... you may remember I posted on arranging books by color last week. Here's Christine take on the rainbow bookshelf trend. Yummy!

Still swooning? I know, me too! I just love seeing inside other bloggers homes, there is so much talent in the blogosphere!! What a lovely home you have Christine, it needs to be featured in a magazine, thank you for sharing it with us :) Be sure to check out more from Christine on her blog here. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

{gold rush}

I have to say, when I saw the 'Putting on the Glitz' article in this month's issue of House & Home I'm pretty sure I drooled a little. I am just loving the gold trend that has been around for a while, and is continuing on strong! At this fall's IDSwest show gold furnishings and accessories were in full force; I particularly fell for a sweet little gold stump table from Mint and a gold-speckled cowhide rug at The Cross media lounge. I think gold is going to be a flourishing trend well into 2011! {images via House & Home}

Gold is obviously pretty perfect for holiday decor, but it can go well beyond the Christmas season for that little touch of glam all year round. I especially love gold with a healthy dose of black as seen in these images:

Years ago I was a dedicated silver-lover, I thought it was the more modern and sleek metal. But I now appreciate both metals equally, and I think in the right amount and style gold can have such a modern look! Add flair with a simple pillow {KWID}, or a statement piece like this gorgeous side table {Neiman Marcus - in my opinion it would add the finishing touch to any space!}:

So what do you think? I'm thinking gold is going to stick around for a while, and I am lovin' it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

{trendspotting: rainbow bright}

A little trend I've noticed: displaying the books on your shelves so that they themselves become a work of art! How, you ask? Align them in a color-coordinated fashion and create a rainbow!! The look is bright and happy:

via Lonny

via Rue

How cute! And the pug in that last photo takes the cute factor up a notch ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

{dilly dallas: a console consultation}

Today I'm over at Dallas' fabulous blog Dilly Dallas. I had the chance to help her research console tables for her home, how fun is that! Check out my top 3 console picks that I think would suit her glamorous sense of style perfectly!

While you are over on her blog be sure to check out her amazing artwork {featured in the latest issue of Rue}!! Her work is such an inspiration to me, way to go D!

Happy Wednesday :)

{my entryway dressed for the holidays}

I've finished dolling up my foyer for Christmas and I've been enjoying coming home to all the glittery festive-ness every day! This space got a simple and pretty palette:

I repeated the feathery look of the bird ornaments {from Liberty} by adding a few black feathers to my pint-size white tree. The tree was a steal of a deal {on ebay} and I glammed it up by placing it in a glossy black vase {from Homesense}:

I love the idea of adding sparkle in unexpected places; I hung strands of crystals from the sconce by the front door, a subtle but pretty touch!

Have you begun dressing your home for the holidays? I'm guessing now that Thanksgiving is done, there will be some serious decking of the halls :) Well it's pretty chilly here in Vancouver, so needless to say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! If you are visiting from the blog parties over at Southern Hospitality and Hooked on Houses, welcome and thank you for popping by!! Be sure to pop by the party at Southern Hospitality and at Hooked on Houses and check out other beautiful vignette's from so many talented bloggers :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

{graham moss: all in the details}

Okay, seriously...interior designer Graham Moss takes the 'details shot' to the next level!! When I first saw his portfolio I couldn't believe how perfectly styled {some times the most perfectly un-perfect way} all of the images are! First off, the images are fun and whimsical which I love. Secondly, this guy is seriously the KING of oh-so-lovely vignettes. I think you will see what I mean:

Geesh that chandelier!!

Gorgeous symmetrically styled Espana Bunching chest? Yes PLEASE!

Setting the table for Thanksgiving...

Eye candy or what?? I love that I notice something different each time I look at these images; a cat, a ribbon, a strawberry, it's magic! If you want see more check out Graham's fabulous portfolio here.

PS. Speaking of eye candy...the highly-anticipated second issue of Rue is here!! Be sure to check out all the goodies here. Happy new week everyone :)

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