Monday, March 25, 2013

My outfit Monday

What can I say? I'm still obsessed with Pinterest, and  was thus "Pinspired" yesterday when I picked out my outfit.  I saw two outfits that resembled pieces I already own and thought I would borrow inspiration from the two photos to make one outfit. Mission accomplished!
via I believe in unicorns

via A Devine Life
Necklace: Maurices
Cardigan: Rue 21
Lace top:Rue 21
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: Rue 21
Boots: Bass Outlet

Friday, March 22, 2013

K.I.S.S. means...

 Keep It Simple, Stupid! This is something I think of often. Too often. Oh! When am I going to be done with this "simplify project"? When am I?!.....
I just finished another shameful purge of my closet, where several piles of clothes that were in perfectly good condition were either consigned or donated. I always feel a little bad doing so, because I feel wasteful and/or greedy or because something has so many memories associated with it that I just hate to get rid of it, even though it no longer fits and never will. I simply have too many clothes and can't bear to get rid of most of them OR keep buying new ones (although not as much.....)
So on that note, I've been trying my hardest (Scout's honor) to not purchase any more clothing.  It's not fun. In fact, it down right stinks, but it just makes sense....common sense that is.  In fact, we went into a store today and I just stood there in the bra section (the least tempting section..I HATE bra shopping) and waited for Aaron while he tried on some things.  It wasn't fun either.  Again, it stunk. But it felt good too! I simply need to wear more of my clothes before I flippantly get rid of them.
I'm also still sifting through my entire house, evaluating and getting rid of things(again via consignment or donation) that are no longer loved or useful.  It feels so good to get rid of things and see spaces open up in our little house. It's also so much easier to keep clean! Oh, and lets be honest, shall we? It's nice to make a little extra spending money on random stuff collecting dust!
It's been a good lesson in my little life to try to keep things simple.  I'm finally coming to see the simple truth that I don't need every new thing out there. I need what I need. That's it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery

In 2007 we had the chance to visit Magnolia Bakery in New York.  I fell in love with the place the instant I set foot in its' doors.  At that time, it was decorated like a little girl's tea room and there were cupcakes (cupcakes!!), cookies and other delicious desserts as far as the eye could see.  What I didn't know at the time we visited, was that they also make a killer Banana pudding (okay, maybe I knew but I was not convinced that it could be as good as my Nanny's recipe.) The only way I found it out was by finding it on Pinterest.  I then hearing from a friend that she had made it.  Then she brought it to work.  Then I tasted it.  The rest was history.  Ever since then, I've craved the deliciousness that is the Banana Pudding.

Here's the recipe if you would like to try it!:
Magnolia Bakery's Banana PuddingFrom The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Serves 12
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
1 3.4 ounce box Jell-O instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups heavy cream
1 12 ounce box vanilla wafers
4 cups sliced ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
In a medium bowl (or using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment) whisk together sweetened condensed milk and water until blended.  Add pudding mix continue to whisk into fully incorporated.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill until set, about 3 hours (or you can leave overnight).
Once pudding has set, whip heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Fold pudding into the whipped cream until completely blended.  In your serving bowl (or individual serving jars), begin layering vanilla wafers, then bananas, then pudding.  Repeat 3 times, or as many times you need/like to fit your desired serving dish.  Garnish pudding with additional wafers or wafer crumbs, cover with plastic wrap and chill for an additional 4 hours.