Sunday, June 26, 2016

Anatomy of a Book Club

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  We lucked out with picture perfect weather.  Today, we are off to a walking trail to visit with Chili's brother, Alan and his family.  You can read about our last meeting here.  

On Wednesday night, I hosted my Book Club.  The Mister took the day off to do all the work to give me a hand. 

The guests were due at 7 PM, so I had some extra time before they arrived to take some pics.

Eight lovely ladies were expected.

I put together eight of these little flower vases so that each of the ladies could take one home.

The Mister We decided to do some different types of crostinis.

Roasted tomato with garlic herb goat cheese, fresh sage, and balsamic cream.

Tiger shrimp with edamame and mint, hummus, grilled asparagus, and siracha mayo.

Zucchini ribbons with sundried tomato goat cheese, crumbled feta, and roasted peppers.

Espresso rubbed sirloin with apple fennel slaw, olive creme fraiche, and white truffle oil.

We offered wine and spiked and non-spiked Arnold Palmers.   

For dessert, the Mister whipped up individual servings of a buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb jam, black fig, and fresh berries.  Also, a lovely lady by the name of Nancy brought the most delicious butterscotch brownies.  The bad new is I didn't get a picture because we inhaled them; the good news is Nancy was kind enough to send me the recipe which you will find at the end of this post.

The hostess selects the book, and everyone seemed pleased with my choice.  Or maybe they just said they did because they wanted another brownie. 

Next month's book. 
Has anyone read it?

Non-Reading Reading Book Club 

Our illustrious founder is Mickey, standing second from the right.
I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to see these wonderful women every month.  We may not discuss the book much, but it is always a guaranteed great time.

Warning:  this recipe should be kept in a vault.

Nancy's Butterscotch Brownies

2/3 cup butter, melted. (10 2/3 T.)

2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 handfuls chocolate bits

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat, then cool 10 minutes.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla and brown sugar.
Combine flour, salt, and baking powder, then stir into saucepan.
Add chocolate bits.
Spread into buttered 9 x 13 pan
Bake @ 350 degrees for 26 minutes
(In my oven 26 minutes works well - I don't like them as well if overcooked)
Happy baking!

Thanks Nancy!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Favorite Things

Hello, dear friends.  Just checking in.  I have been in North Carolina visiting my #2.  There is a post in the works with plenty of pictures of the beautiful Tar Heel state.  

Tonight I am hosting my book club.  I am supervising the Mister as we speak as he is whipping up his magic in the kitchen.  

In the meantime, here are a few of my latest favorite things.

About a month ago, I was contacted by jimmyCASE asking me to review their iPhone case.  How could I say no?

First of all, it's a great looking case.  The core is mahogany, and there are a variety of great color choices for the elastic pocket.  It can hold up to six cards or even a car key and not stretch out.

My jimmyCASE arrived the day before I left for North Carolina.  I decided to give it a whirl on my trip.  I stowed my driver's license in the pocket so that I had my downloaded boarding pass and ID together.  Usually, it takes me 20 minutes to get my license out of my wallet.  You never want to be behind me in line.  My jimmyCASE made my security experience much more pleasant for me and those waiting in line behind me.

My jimmyCASE also came in handy at the hotel.  For once, my room key was not swallowed up in the Bermuda triangle in my purse.  

It would make a great gift for the high school or college student who needs to have their fake ID school ID with them at all times.  

I give my jimmyCASE two thumbs up.

This deliciousness in a bottle was one of my favorite things in 2014.  There are very few, if any, sunless tanners available containing SPF.  Ulta used to have one but discontinued it this year. 

I use Palmer's Sunless Tanner every day.  It contains SPF15, and it is the perfect protection for me running around town.  A lot of sunless tanners stink like dirty feet, but Palmer's is loaded with cocoa butter and smells like Summer.  An added bonus is that it is a rich moisturizer. 

Amazon used to carry Palmer's, but they have been out of stock for a while.  I finally found it on Walgreens online.  Added bonus:  it's only $7.99 and is delivered within two days.  

I received a sample of LaRoche-Posay CC Cream, and I really liked it.  If you have a lot of redness in your complexion like me, this CC Cream is for you.  It is light and blends easily and camouflages my a ruddy complexion.  It only comes in one color which is light so if you have a medium skin tone this probably won't work for you.  

An added bonus for all you fair-skinned girls is that LaRoche-Posay CC Cream is enriched with a 30 SPF.   

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am very fickle when it comes to mascaras.  My new love has been a past love, and I am back to Benefit's Roller Lash.  I just love the fact that it is easy to apply, looks natural, and doesn't clump.

PS...I still love my heated eyelash curler.

I'm sure I'm late to the party on this one, but I love to put frozen grapes in my Chardonnay on warm Summer nights.  Not only do I appreciate the fact that my wine stays cold, but it makes me feel like a fancy girl.

That's it for now.

What's your latest favorite thing?

Until next time...

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