Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Love This...



And This...



Indeed...



A recent purchase from my personal shopping 'list' for this summer is the Mossi Wilhemina Sandals in both Black and Cognac. These remind me so much of K. Jacques sandals, which I've wanted for a long time, but just haven't splurged on yet. The Wilhemina Sandals are much more affordable, not to mention they are very cute on, and super comfortable to wear, too...highly recommend! :)

  (Btw, I find them to run true to size)


Speaking of Target...

I recently came across this little tidbit of information on Pinterest that I found very interesting and wanted to share with you. On the red clearance tags: If the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, it's the lowest it will be. Very good to know, don't you agree? 
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So as I was reading the news online yesterday, I came across the section where they share celebrity birthdays for the week. Did you know that Harrison Ford is turning 70 tomorrow? I was actually quite surprised myself. It really doesn't seem like all that long ago that I was watching him as Han Solo on Star Wars, and then of course as one of my favorite movie characters Indiana Jones.

I had such the crush on Harrison back in the day, and he still continues to be one of my all-time favorite male movie actors, along with Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, and Tom Selleck. Did you have a crush on any movie stars as a young girl?



From the Kitchen...


Auntie Anne's Pretzels - Copycat
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My sister recently came across this recipe and shared it with me. While I haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet, she has and said the pretzels are absolutely delicious, and possibly even better than Auntie Anne's.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups water 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg.) 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 
  • 1 cup bread flour 
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda 
  • coarse salt 
  • 2 -4 tablespoons butter (melted) 
Directions:
  1. Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. 
  2. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. 
  3. Let rise at least 1/2 hour. 
  4. While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda. 
  5. Be certain to stir often. 
  6. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. 
  7. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. 
  8. Allow pretzels to rise again. 
  9. Bake in oven at 450 for about 10 minutes or until golden. 
  10. Brush with melted butter. 
  11. Toppings: After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt. 
  12. Or for Auntie Anne's famous Cinnamon Sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. 
  13. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. 
  14. Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture. 
  15. Notes: The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne's they will be.

That's it for now...

So what have you been up to this week? Do you have any special plans for the upcoming weekend? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)

xoxo,

19 comments:

  1. The part that distresses me about Harrison Ford getting older is that it means I'm also getting older! Wow, he's 70?

    Love those first two photos, FFM. That second one in particular, I would love to know who makes that dress.

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    1. Desert Flower: Yes, 70! Isn't that just unbelievable?

      The dresses are so beautiful, aren't they? The first two are Valentino SS12 RTW, and the second one is Chanel Resort 2011.

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  2. Oh Harrison Ford is still a dish to me! 70 is pretty darn hot! Maybe that is because I am almost 50?

    The dresses up top are beautiful! i want more lace in my life this fall!

    And finally - thanks for the advice on the sandals and sale tag! Great information!

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    1. Hi WMM! Oh I know...he is still a dish, isn't he? Tom Selleck too, IMO. :)

      I am in love with those dresses! The Valentino seems quite wearable to me...even with my lifestyle, just not affordable though.

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  3. That is an interesting tidbit regarding Target. There is a Target opening in our quadrant of the city in 2013. I used to love shopping there for greeting cards and gift wrap, the quality was always terrific and the prices reasonable. Hopefully they will carry it in their Canadian stores too.

    Never really had a crush on movie stars but I don't watch many movies so that may be part of it.

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    1. Hi xoxo! Target is really a great place for staple items. I am constantly surprised at how good the quality of many of their shoes, clothes, and such are..especially at the lower prices they retail for. Some really fantastic deals can definitely be found there. :)

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  4. Hee hee, I also admit to having a huge crush on Harrison Ford back in the day! I can't believe he's 70!

    I love that first photo you posted, the soft colours are very appealing to me.

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    1. Hi Louise! I love the soft colors, too. It looks as if we are in for another Fall Season of muted and neutral shades, which I personally do not mind at all. :)

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  5. I have wanted to make pretzels forever, thanks for the recipe! I loved Harrison Ford back in the day too. We watched Star Wars just yesterday. I guess he will always be timeless to me (love Carey Grant too). Those first two dresses are gorgeous.
    Creamy

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    1. Hi Emily! You're welcome! My sister said the pretzels are very easy to make and extremely delicious. I'm going to try them out myself this coming weekend. :)

      We watch the Star Wars movies quite often in our house. Recently though it's been the Indiana Jones movies, as my younger boys watched the Last Crusade and it is now one of their favorites. I don't mind though...Harrison is always enjoyable to watch. Oh and that one is my favorite since it also has Sean Connery and River Phoenix in it, too. :)

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  6. I LOVE the Valentino dresses, but I am very fond of pretty much the whole line. I will have to try the Target sandals, I love my k jacques and have several pair, I have one new from shop bop but all the others are very old. Before they started carrying them in the US by SIL discovered them in a travel magazine and we both started ordering the direct from the maker before the high shipping cost and double the price;)

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    1. Hi simplydreaming! Oh how I love Valentino, too! I would love to be able to afford one of his pieces someday.

      How do you find the K. Jacques sandals to fit? Are they true to size? Extremely comfortable? I know I would get a ton of use out of them here in Florida, so the price isn't terribly unreasonable considering how much I will wear them.

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    2. For me they run small, I wear a 6.5 in almost all shoes, the size 7's just fit and the size 8's have a little to much room. I have both sizes and pick the size by the style. They are not comfortable at first ( no blisters though) but once you break them they are awesome. My favorites are the homere, I don't know if you have checked out their website but they make them in pretty much any color you would want.

      I do not own any Valentino clothing yet but hope to own a dress or two one day, I do have a RED Valentino Kelly green bow handbag though that I adore.

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    3. Thank you simplydreaming! The homere are actually the pair I've had my eye on. What size did you get them in?

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    4. I have a 38 in them and they fit great, although they are a little big now width wise from stretching out, they are 9 years old though. Lol. Mine are also the old style that don't buckle but I live them that way and when I order a new pair I will have them leave the buckle off

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    5. Thank you again simplydreaming, and thanks also for the tip about leaving the buckle off. I had no idea they would do that. That is really great to know! :)

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  7. Btw ladies, I apologize for the typos in my post. I just read back through it and realized that I put an s on to Han, and spelled you're as your...hate it when I do that. Well, it's all fixed now. Better late than never I suppose.

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  8. FFM, thank you so much for this post. You managed to capture EXACTLY how my brain works. This could very well be a sample on my train of thought on a daily basis ;-) That's why blogging is great for me!

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    1. Thank you Anthro Blogger, and thanks for stopping by! :)

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