Thursday, November 24, 2011

Who Loves Yogurtland?



There are many self serve frozen yogurt varieties in my area but Yogurtland takes the cake. Love this place. My favorite is mixing Brownie Batter, Pumpkin, and Red Velvet together and pumpkin some Ghiradelli Chocolate Sauce on top.

Who else loves Yogurtland? 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pumpkin Eggnog Latte




AllRecipes.com has a recipe for an Eggnog Latte. I changed it up a bit and used Pumpkin Eggnog. I also added some freshly whipped up whipped cream on top....that is a requirement for me!

Pumpkin Eggnog Latte

~1/3 Cup Brewed Espresso
~2/3 Cup Pumpkin Eggnog
~1/3 Cup Whole Milk

1.) Brew espresso and set aside.
2.) Warm milk and eggnog together either on the stove or in the microwave.
3.) Pour espresso into eggnog/milk and froth together use a milk frother (Aerolatte.)
4.) Pour into a mug, top with fresh whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg and enjoy!

~MSC

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I decided to link up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. I found The Pleated Poppy when she first began WIWW. It helped me to think about what I was wearing and helped me to try out new styles after seeing what others. I haven't participated in WIWW in ages so here are a few outfits from this week.


#1
Victorias Secret PINK Marled Raglan Top, Neon Yellow
Joes Jeans
Aqua Necklace from a garage sale
 
I matched my necklace to the aqua colored rhinestones in my sandals.

#2
Victorias Secret PINK Marled Raglan Top, Purple
Citizens of Humanity Jeans
Victorias Secret PINK Bracelet

Victorias Secret PINK Bracelet, found at Goodwill for $0.99!

#3
Gap Striped Top, Navy Blue & White
Ann Taylor Loft Trouser Jeans
Gymboree Scarf.....yes, Gymboree! Got it for $1.99!

A better look at the patterns.

Hairstyle. I am loving my bangs.

Paired this outfit with my pink cupcake earrings for fun. (I love to bake.)

Ring is from Target.


~MSC

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Baking with Leftover Halloween Candy

Use your Reese's Cups to make a Reese's Peanut Butter Sundae. Layer vanilla or peanut butter ice cream with slightly melted peanut butter, chocolate, and chopped Reese's Cups.

Melt Hershey's milk chocolate bars and dip plastic spoons into the melted chocolate. These make great gifts for the holidays or you can keep them on hand for yourself. Use to stir your favorite coffee, hot chocolate, or latte at home.

Make a Peanut Butter Pie with your Reese's Cups.
Want the recipe? Here is the link:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mysweetcreations-peanut-butter-cookie-pie/detail.aspx

Got M&M's? You can make some chocolate chip cookies and gently press your leftover M&M's into the tops just before baking. Take it is step further and whip up some buttercream to make cookie sandwiches.

Use Milky Way candy bars to make a Milky Way Icing. My favorite way to eat this is to pair it with cookie dough cupcakes. Here is the recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/milky-way-cupcake-icing/detail.aspx

Use Twix to make this Espresso Twix Dessert. Want the recipe? Here is the link:
http://tastingmysweetcreations.blogspot.com/2011/07/espresso-twix.html


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lattes, Smoothies, and Milkshakes

For the past month or so I have been lacking an appetite so I haven't done much baking. I have all the ingredients to make almost anything I want, but the desire to eat it just isn't there. Instead of baking, I have been enjoying lattes, smoothies, and shakes instead. Most of the time they are homemade, but not always. Here are some of my favorites...


Mocha Hazelnut Latte from Chi Chocolat, a local San Diego place in my neighborhood. Hands down this place has the best tasting lattes. The spices and the chocolate are very rich and flavorful that nothing else compares. You can see the richness in the photo above.

This is my first Gingerbread Latte of the season from Starbucks. I just got this a couple of days ago. I am a huge fan of Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Lattes from Starbucks.

Okay.....wow! A new place called Slater's 50/50 opened in my area and it is a burger place. They do make all kinds of crazy milkshakes which include Maple Bacon. I decided to stray from my usual chocolate milkshakes and got this Pumpkin Spice Milkshake. It was amazing...so amazing that I will walk there just to get one of these to go. The mix of ice cream, pumpkin and spices was a perfect blend. It was also very smooth and creamy.

This is a homemade Eggnog Latte. I used the recipe from AllRecipes.com
I subbed regular eggnog for Pumpkin Eggnog. It really tastes similar to the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks but just a little creamier.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/eggnog-latte/detail.aspx

This is the Pumpkin Eggnog I picked up. The label of "made with Real Pumpkin" cracked me up. I would hope it is made with real pumpkin and not fake pumpkin. Isn't it sad that there are labels like this on our products these days?

This delicious latte is called the Milky Way Caramel Latte. It is from a local San Diego coffee house. They also make a great Mexican Spiced Mocha as well.

My main smoothie has been my Orange C Boost Smoothie.
http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62936281/orange-c-boost-smoothie/detail.aspx
This has a great orange taste that reminds me of an orange Starburst. It is also great to have the extra vitamn C for an immune system boost this time of the year. I have been going through cans of Minute Maid orange concentrate like crazy!

There are many more that I have made or tasted so there may be a part 2 to this post.

 ~MSC

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thrift Store Finds

I hope you guys don't mind me sharing some of my thrift store finds! I really enjoy going to Goodwill in my area because it is loaded with a lot of higher end clothing items. Here are some things that I found this past month for myself...

Hudson Jeans. These are actually the Collin Signature Skinny Jean that retails for $176 or even more if you get them at Nordstorms. I got these like brand new at Goodwill for $29.99
 http://www.hudsonjeans.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=1068
 

Banana Republic Suit. I don't have a suit, but this was meant to be mine. The jacket and the pants are my exact size and it was like it was tailored just for me. It is a soft wool and completely lined inside. It is a classic heather gray. The pants are a modern creased slightly wide leg. I got this at Goodwill for $29.99.

Body by Victoria Secret Jacket. This is like a suit jacket and again, it fits me perfectly. I like to wear these with a white or plain colored t-shirt casually. I like to roll up the sleeve and add several bracelets to dress it down with jeans. Great casual hidden pockets in the sides. I got this at Goodwill for $2.99.
Do you guys like shopping at thrift stores? Do you have any luck finding great items? 

~MSC
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