Monday, January 31, 2011

The Weekend Past

Another weekend has come and gone! Friday night I braved the cold and the massive crowds to score some deals at a warehouse sale, and there were many deals to be had. I think the one I am most excited about is this....The House of Harlow ring I was just blogging about last week, all mine for $15.

Saturday Night was our dueling piano party and it was a blast. I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures... I hate when that happens!!!

Sunday night we celebrated the big 2 for Scarlett. We had our families over for presents, dinner and cake. For some reason, this little peanut was scared to tears when we all sang happy birthdayDon't worry, I think I will be doing the same at my next birthday!!!

Happy Monday

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Weekend

Tonight, some friends and I are heading out for a big warehouse sale. Many local boutiques are making way for Spring/Summer clothing, so they all come together under 1 roof and discount everything 75-90%. This is a great time to score some incredible deals, but you need to be prepared for complete and utter mayhem. After we do our marathon shopping we always take the edge off (and show off our purchases) with a bottle of wine!
Saturday night we have a party downtown...
dueling pianos! Not really sure what to expect but I hear it is fun, and they serve wine!!

Sunday night we are having both sides of the family over for little Miss Scarlett's birthday party!

Cheers to a happy weekend!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Two years ago today, this beautiful little angel became a big part of our lives

Even as a tiny baby she was on the computer with me!

It seems just like yesterday when my friends threw me a "sprinkle" for baby #3

I can't believe my sweet little baby is 2 today!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Talk Soup

In honor of the bitter cold weather and many snow days we have had the last couple of weeks, my friend decided to embrace Winter and have a soup luncheon today.Everyone is coming out of hibernation today to gossip, catch up, and sample 5 different types of soup. I think this is a perfect idea for the dead of Winter!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snow, snow go away!!

We have had nothing but cold and snow here lately ........over the weekend I was out shopping and decided that, despite the fact that it was 7 degrees outside, it was time to start thinking about the summer. My first official summer purchase of 2011 is the floppy sun hat......
only 125 days till the pools open!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, Monday

Hello, hello I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

Despite the freezing temperatures and snow we managed to have a great weekend. Friday night was dinner with the kids and 5 other families (complete chaos but so much fun) and Saturday night we had a birthday party for one of our friends. Too much wine and too much dancing!!

Sunday we had my parents over for my mom's birthday and I made one of her favorite desserts
Chocolate Pear Tart, this is so easy and so yummy!!

Chocolate Pear Tart
1 stick of butter
1 c white almonds
3/4 c sugar
3 eggs
2/3 c cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cans of pears in syrup
2 tbsp apple jelly
Preheat oven to 350, and brush a 9 inch removable bottom tart pan with butter.
In a food processor combine almonds and sugar. Process until smooth, add butter, eggs, cocoa, vanilla, salt and slmond extract. Spread into the pan.
Slice the pears and arrange on top of the chocolate crust, overlap the pears. Bake 45-50 minutes. Heat jelly on the stove and brush on top of the pears when the tart comes out of the oven. enjoy

This is a great dessert for when you have last minute dinner guests, so easy and so quick
Bon appetit!

Friday, January 21, 2011

What a coincidence!

I just had to post this picture. My latest Lucky magazine arrived in the mail yesterday, and on the cover was my gal Nicole whom I just blogged about on Wednesday.....and in the magazine she is wearing the Marc Jacobs dress that I was ranting and raving about from when Heidi Klum wore the exact dress to the Golden Globes!

I was right, that dress is amazing!!!

How bout that!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tea for Two

There is a great tea house downtown.Today I am meeting a group of girls for high tea....

and lunch!Cheery-Oh!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oh yes!

In my opinion, the best thing Nicole Richie ever did was dump Paris Hilton, and start her own jewelry and clothing line.

I got this ring from her House of Harlow jewelry line and I just love it.
Here is the fabulous coordinating cuff....

I love this vintage, art deco ring, and at $35 how could anyone resist this!
Another fabulous "statement" ring
and last but not least the "cluster ring". I have never seen a ring quite like this, I think it would look amazing on my middle finger.In addition to her jewels, she also started her clothing line, Winter Kate. Her look is very boho gypset.

This is the perfect piece to transition to the Spring, when it is still cold, but not biting.
And for the Spring and Summer.......
Oh yes!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ahh, thanks!!

Last week, I was tagged by fellow St. Louisian, prissy and preppy flamingo. Check out her cute blog, she is a daily read of mine, Thanks!! I have to share 7 things about me.......
1. I have a birthday coming up this year that I am NOT looking forward all!!!!

2. January of 2009 I had a broken foot, I fell while 8 months pregnant playing tennis.
January of 2010 I broke my foot again moving furniture while trying to sell our house.
I really hope to break the curse this year!!!

3. I have said this so many times before, but I must say it again.... I will some day live in Paris again, and I will also own my apartment. This is a picture from one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. One we always make sure to have dinner when we are in the city of lights. This is from a couple years ago, Dan and I went over for our anniversary and my brother in law, Jerry, was living in Paris at the time.
4. I have a problem with shoes..and handbags. They just seem to multiply in my closet.

5. Despite what the critics say, I LOVED Heidi Klum's look at the Golden Globes.
6. I watch way too much reality TV, so much that I find myself actually convincing others that it is all real.
7. When Dan is at work I scour the internet looking for a dog. I keep going back to a yellow lab, which was our dog Ziggy....

or a Coton de Tulear, which would fit oh so nicely in my purse.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Welcome to Rocheport!

Population 208..This past Friday, Dan and I took off for a little weekend getaway. We arrived at our destination, Rocheport, early Friday evening.

After we checked in, Dan did a little reading up on our town..
while I unpacked.
Friday night we had our first cooking class,
It was absolutely delicious!
On the weekends, the general store is also the local bar once 7 pm rolls around. After dinner, we walked down the street to hear the band and have a night cap.
Saturday morning we took a little hike through the woods,
we checked out the antique stores in town, where I found some great things!!

Saturday afternoon we had a tour of the local winery, a wine tasting, and somehow, a case of wine!
After an afternoon nap, Saturday night we cooked another delicious dinner, then went back to the local bar. We are now officially bar flies are the Rocheport General Store and Bar.
It was such a nice, quiet, and relaxing weekend. A much needed getaway to recharge our batteries.

Time to plan another trip!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Weekend in the Country

This afternoon, Dan and I are heading out to the country for the weekend. Just the 2 of us, no kids.We are staying at a cozy little bed and breakfast about 2 hours outside of St. Louis. I plan on 2 nights of uninterrupted, sleep in until 10 am sleep.
This weekend, is a gourmet cooking class weekend. We will be taking hands on cooking classes both Friday and Saturday night.

In addition to eating, cooking, and sleeping, I will be having many glasses (bottles) of this...

Happy Weekend!!