Saturday, October 30, 2010

~Gene Tierney Quote

"Houses are one of my passions. I probably should have been an interior decorator."
~Gene Tierney

~MMMM Pumpkin Please

Linus: He'll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.
Sally Brown: Do you really think he will come?
Linus: Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.
Sally Brown: That's a good story.
Linus: You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
Sally Brown: Welcome to the 20th century!

Signature Collection CLASSICS™

Body Lotion
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Jamba Juice Pumpkin Smash

Pumpkin Pie Martinis

* Ice cubes
* 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vanilla vodka
* 2 ounces (1/4 cup) crème de cacao
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
* 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
* Whipped cream, for garnish



Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, heavy cream and pumpkin pie spice and shake well.

Dip the rims of 2 martini glasses into a bowl of whipped cream. Strain the cocktail into the glasses.

Peter Thomas Roth
Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
What it is:
A detoxifying peel for the face and neck

Trick or Treat Lip Shine Duo ($20 Value)
What it is:
A scrumptious, high-gloss set of two lip shines, one with the delicious smell of pumpkin spice muffin and the other in caramel apple.

Honey Pure Spring Pumpkin Pie Lip Gloss


2 T. butter

2 1/2 c. white sugar

2/3 c. evaporated milk

1 c. white chocolate chips

7 oz. marshmallow creme

3/4 c. canned pumpkin

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Line a 9 x 9" pan with aluminum foil, and set aside.

In a 3- quart saucepan, heat milk and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Mix in pumpkin puree and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Stir in marshmallow creme and butter. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 18 minutes.

Remove from heat, and add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until creamy and all chips are melted. Pour into prepared pan. Cool, remove from pan, and cut into squares. Store in a cool, dry place.

Friday, October 29, 2010

~Arsenic and Old Lace...Week-End

Happy Halloween Week-end Everyone! In Hour of this week-end I bring you a great film with the one and only Cary Grant!!!I hope you enjoy!
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

"Apple Cupcakes With Carmel and Not Arsenic "
Apple Cupcakes
9 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven

2-3 apples, granny smith
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Rinse and core the apples. Place them on an ovenproof pan or baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until soft.
2. Remove the apples from the oven, let cool slightly, then remove peel and mush the apple with the back of a fork. Measure out 1 cup of apple mush and set aside to cool.
3. Combine flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.
4. Crack the eggs into a separate, medium sized bowl and beat with a form to break up. Add the oil, apple juice, vanilla, and cooled apple mush and mix to combine.
5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until all ingredients come together.
6. Scoop into cupcake papers about 3/4 full so cupcakes will have a significant dome. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes, rotating the pan after 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Filling

4 ounces Philly cream cheese
1/4 stick butter
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Be sure to bring the butter to room temperature by letting it sit out for 1 or 2 hours. Then beat the butter vigorously with an electric mixer.
2. Scrape the bowl and add the cream cheese and beat until combine.
3. Add the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Fill Cupcakes
1. Cut out a cone from each cupcake. Flip the cone and cut off the excess. Set the top aside.
2. Fill each cavity with the cream cheese filling.
3. Replace each top.

scooping in filling
cupcake ready for filling

scoop of filling
filling the cupcake

squishing on the tops
replacing the top

Thick Caramel

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
6 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Bring the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk to a boil over medium-high heat stirring to combine.
2. With a wooden spoon, stir all ingredients together and then slowly add the heavy cream.
3. Continue to stir for about 20 minutes until the caramel reached 248 degrees. It is important to continuously stir the mixture and to allow it to reach temperature.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Transfer to a bowl and continue to stir for 2-3 minutes allowing the caramel to cool slightly.

Final Assembly
1. Using a small offset spatula, frost each cupcake with the caramel.
2. If desired sprinkle warm caramel with any number of toppings, like coconut or crushed nuts.
3. Transfer the cupcake into the freezer to allow the caramel to set without dripping over the edge of the cupcake paper.
4. Continue frosting and topping the cupcakes and try to work fast. As the caramel cools, it becomes less spreadable. If possible work in pairs and let your helper top the cupcakes and transfer them to the freezer. By the time you reach the last few cupcakes, you will not longer need to freeze them and you can take all the cupcakes out and transfer them to the counter.
5. Top off each cupcake with a popsicle or craft stick to finish off the look.

Caramel Apple Cupcake

Friday, October 22, 2010

~The Bachelor...Week-End

Happy Week-end to all! Here is your movie & movie treat! Enjoy!
The Bachelor (1999)
Jimmie Shannon values his freedom more than life itself. As his male peers, even his best buddy, Marco, begin to hook up in marriage, Jimmie continues happily plugging away with his dating lifestyle, ... read more read no rush to find "the one." When he least expects it, Jimmie crosses paths with the adorable Anne and falls in love. After a three-year relationship, Jimmie feels the pressures of commitment and decides to "give in", reluctantly proposing to Anne at the most romantic of restaurants. Sensing his uncertainty and angry over his botched and lame attempt at a proposal, Anne dumps Jimmie back into the town known as "Bachelorville." Shortly thereafter, Jimmie's grandfather passes away and wills a $100 million inheritance to his grandson, on the condition he marries before his thirtieth birthday, which is less than twenty-four hours away...

The Bachelor's Chase Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Bon Appétit | January 2003

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* 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
* 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1 large egg
* 1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
* 3 tablespoons buttermilk

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan. Stir chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in small bowl until well blended; set streusel aside. Sift all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, room temperature butter, and egg in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and blend well.

Spread half of batter (about 2 cups) in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with half of streusel. Repeat with remaining batter and streusel. Bake coffee cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool coffee cake in pan on rack.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

~7 Makeup Picks That Support Breast Cancer Research By Sarah DiGiulio

Give a little, make a really big difference: These great products keep lips, cheeks, eyes, and nails pretty in pink.

For Glossy Nails

Dress up fingertips with one of the three polishes—in iridescent fuchsia, mauve, and lavender tones—included in SpaRitual In Pink Collection. They are free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde, and ten percent of the set’s proceeds will benefit Living in Pink.

To buy: $10 each,

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For Your Cheeks

Warm up skin with the peony Mineral Blush Cheek Colore found in the Colorescience Pro Pink Kit. A spritz of the pack’s Incredible Romantic Setting Mist will keep makeup in place all day and hydrate skin with rose and jasmine water. Five percent of sales benefit Cancer and Careers.

To buy: $50,

For Lasting Lip Color

The three long-wear lipsticks in Estée Lauder Lip Design Collection stay on for hours and keep lips smooth and moist with vitamins C and E. They come encased in a deep pink crocodile-print clutch. Estée Lauder will donate $500,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To buy: $25,

For a Sheer Wash

Tint your lips with e.l.f. Mineral Gloss in Pageant Princess. Its high-shine formula, in a one-better-than-natural shade, contains nourishing vitamins A and E. One hundred percent of the product’s sales go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To buy: $3,

For Soft Lips

Swipe Jane Iredale Phoenix Sugar & Butter exfoliating stick, which is made with organic brown sugar, across chapped lips to gently rub away dry patches. Flip the stick and use the melon-tinted balm to soothe skin with hydrating jojoba and sunflower seed oils. Two dollars from each sale benefits Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

To buy: $24,

For Pretty Eyes

With a trio of petal, lilac, and berry shades in Sonia Kashuk Pretty In Pink Eye Palette, it’s easy to create a soft and simple look, or get a smokier, more sophisticated effect. Fifteen percent of each purchase will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To buy: $13,

For a Flawless Makeup Job

Use Sephora Collection Perfect Ten Brush Set to apply foundation, eye shadow, lip color, and more. The natural and synthetic fiber brushes have pink handles and come tucked in a metallic travel case. Sephora will donate $1 from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To buy: $60,

Friday, October 15, 2010

~Joanna Garcia Quote

"The main thing is, believe in yourself. Reach out and go after it. "
~Joanna Garcia

Only You...Week-End

What a crazy last 2 weeks!Any one else ready for the week-end? I don't know about you guys ,but I need a chic flick so....Here is one I'm sure more than a few of you have never seen, but just let me say it is super sweet. Enjoy!

Only You (1994)
Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board, she has found the name of her missing half, and it is D-A-M-O-N B-R-A-D-L-E-Y. Later, at the carnival, the fortune teller sees the name Damon Bradley in the Crystal Ball and Faith is convinced. She is told that "You make your own destiny,...don't wait for it to come to you", but she is looking for Damon. 14 years later, she is engaged to a dull podiatrist and plans to marry until she gets a call from one of his classmates who is on his way to Venice, Italy. The classmate is Damon Bradley. Rushing to the airport to see her soul-mate, she misses him and the plane, but decides, then and there, to go after him. So Faith and her sister-in-law Kate both board the next plane for Italy hoping to find her Damon

"Only Destiny Divine Double Chocolate-Cherry Brownies"

* 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
* 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
* 2 1/2 cups sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 egg yolk
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 cup Bing cherries
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 13x8 1/2-inch glass baking dish. Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in heavy large saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, then yolk. Add extracts, then flour and cinnamon and stir until just blended. Mix in cherries and chocolate chips.

Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until brownies are firm around edges and tester inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs, about 35 minutes. Cool on a rack. Cut into 16 or 32 pieces. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Wrap brownies individually and store airtight.)

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Friday, October 1, 2010

~Tony Curtis Movies...Week-End

This week we lost the one and only Tony Curtis so in his honor I thought I would re-run 2 past Tony week-end movies. RIP...

"Sex & The Single Girl".(1964)
Natalie Wood is Helen Gurlie Brown the 'single girl,' a 20 year old doctor who just released a book on sex as a single girl, the catch is... she's still a virgin. Curtis is a sleazy reporter covering a story on Wood and her book. Curtis eventually falls for Wood's character, beneath all the lies he has told her. Cute side-stories with Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall. Worth a watch just for the chase seen near the end.
As always you can watch the whole movie on here just by following the link to Youtube.

And when you say "Sex & the Single Girl" for me that makes me think of chocolate so...
Juicy Orange "Gurlie Brown" Chocolate Mousse

Makes 6 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

* 8 ounce dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped or broken in small pieces
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 cup orange juice
* 1 tsp fresh grated orange zest
* 1 1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
* 3 large egg yolks
* bowl of ice water
* 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped (Tip: very cold cream whips easier!)
* extra whipped cream to garnish, optional

Bring a saucepan with an inch of water in it to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low. Place the chocolate, butter, salt, and a 1/4-cup of the orange juice into a medium mixing bowl, and place over the hot water. When the chocolate and butter are melted, stir to combine, and remove from the heat.

In another heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the orange zest, sugar, egg yolks, and rest of the orange juice. Cook, stirring constantly over low heat for 2-3 minutes until mixture reaches 160 degrees F. (a digital thermometer is recommended).

When ready, whisk the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture. Once combined, place this bowl over the bowl of ice water to cool. Stir occasionally; mixture needs to be cool to the touch.

With a spatula, fold in the whipped cream, and spoon the chocolate mousse into individual glasses or cups. Refrigerate until set; at least 4 hours. May be prepared the night before. Garnish with extra whipped cream if desired.


"Paris When It Sizzles".
Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time.

What sounds yummy with this tasty movie? How about French Vanilla Sizzling Fried Ice Cream :)

2 slices bread, crusts trimmed off
2 2-oz. scoops French Vanilla ice cream
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Oil for deep frying

Place scoop of ice cream onto each piece of bread. Fold bread around ice cream, wrap in plastic wrap and form into a ball. Place balls in freezer for two hours and then remove. Combine flour, water, and sugar and whisk until dissolved. Dredge each ice cream ball mixture until thoroughly covered and place into hot oil, turning as necessary for even browning. Remove from deep fryer, cut in half and serve. Garnish with fresh berries, warm honey or chocolate syrup if desired.