Couple Things…

We’re going to take advantage of all the new snow and hit the slopes this weekend, what are you up to?  I can’t believe it’s almost 2013!!!

The last of our Christmas Eve cheesecake…it was SO good, Martha’s recipe, of course.

Interesting article on truffles…yum.

New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes!

All this Neiman Marcus/Target stuff is 50% off!

Can’t wait for the Girls season premier 1/13!

And of course Downton Abbey returns on 1/6 …but uh-oh, Matthew Crawley is not returning for Season 4!

What to Wear – New Year’s Eve

I think we’ll be having a similar NYE in like we did last year, and I may even actually wear something similar to Christmas morning.  But, if I were headed out for a night on the town, I would be wearing something similar to this:

1. NYE headband and noisemaker; 2. Topshop tunic tank (worn tucked in); 3. Interesting necklace from Anthro; 4.Fur collared coat; 5. Champagne, of course; 6. Jeweled clutch; 7. All Saints glitter-y mini skirt; and 8. Booties.

Monday Outfit

Here’s what I’m wearing this Christmas Eve (once all the cooking and baking is done) – my favorite green bow cords from J. Crew, a navy blouse-y top, sparkle-y shoes, my nice jewelry, and a little red with silver sparkle on my nails.  Merry Christmas Eve!

Monday Outfit

Couple Things…

Almost Christmas!  We’re finalizing everything this weekend and visiting some family so we’re back home by Christmas Eve to assemble some toys, have Christmas Eve dinner, and head to church.  Have a great weekend, here are a few fun links from around the web!

christmas mantel

Our decorated mantel.

Wrapping paper that will ruin Christmas present surprises…

This is an icky new trend happening at Broadway shows, gross.

Beauty Queen or nun?  What an interesting life decision.

And last, here are a few ways to help Newtown.

What to Wear – Holiday Travel

So many people travel over the holidays that I thought I’d put together a little ensemble of what to wear whether you’re going by train, plane, or automobile.  I like to dress in layers when we travel because you never know if you’ll be too hot or too cold.  Safe travels!

1. J.Crew chambray shirt; 2. H&M white tank; 3. & 4. Travel nourishment and a giant bottle of water; 5. Big cozy sweater from Quiksilver; 6. Warm, comfy leggings from American Apparel; 7. Baggu Bag for all your miscellaneous item; 8.The latest issue of your favorite magazine; 9. Cozy socks for when you take your boots off; and 10. Rockport boots.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

We had friends over for brunch over the weekend and we made these cinnamon rolls.  There are no words to describe how delicious they were – the perfect amount of ooey-gooey-ness that you want in a cinnamon roll.  We followed every step to a tee and I can warn you that these are a lot of work, but well worth the effort, trust me.  We’ll definitely be making these again.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
from Good Eats, Alton Brown

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4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 large whole egg, room temperature
2 oz sugar, approximately 1/4 C
3 oz unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 Tbs
6 oz buttermilk, room temperature
20 oz all-purpose flour, approximately 4 C, plus additional for dusting
1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 Tsp
1 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
Vegetable oil or cooking spray

8 oz light brown sugar, approximately 1 C packed
1 Tbs ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3/4-oz unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 Tbs

2 1/2 oz cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 C
3 Tbs milk
5 1/2 oz powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 C
For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.
Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.
Rolling these bad boys was a team effort.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.
While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

Christmas Decor, part 3: Christmas Place Setting

We are hosting Christmas Eve dinner for my parents again this year, so I thought this year I’d go in another direction for the place setting.  I love how it looks…

I found these colorful placemats at Target (similar here) and I thought the silver stripe in them would complement the silver in our china perfectly.  I then continued on the silver theme and got silver candlesticks from Crate and Barrel sitting atop snowflake coasters.  To finish everything off, I used green napkins with silver napkin rings with red bows – all things I already had.  Now we just have to figure out what to serve…

Monday Outfit

Cold, rain, maybe a little snow today, blech.  I’ll be wearing my bright neon purple jeans from J. Crew with my heart elbow patch sweater, collared shirt underneath, Sorel boots to keep my feet dry and warm, and an interesting bangle to add a little excitement as our baby girl and I run errands around town.  Have a great week!