Tuesday, July 31, 2012


THE LEFT BOWL IS your own island treasure with soft blue and green ocean hues that blend beautifully with many different color palettes. Fill the green bowl with decorative balls on a coffee table,. Bowl is not food or water safe. (15" diameter x 3 1/4" tall) 
WAS $64 NOW $16.96

THE BOWL AND STAND ON THE RIGHT You’ll love extra details like the colored bands ringing the base of the bowl and the softly ruffled edge of both platter (sold separately) and bowl. (15 1/4" diameter x 4" tall; holds 10 cups). Give large bowls a lift with this iron stand. Use it to add height to a buffet or to display a bowl as a decorative element in any room. . :: 15 1/2" diameter x 5 1/2" tall
 Was $76 now $21.96

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's national Cheesecake Day!!

In honor of National Cheesecake Day, here is one of my favorite Cheesecake recipe for you!

Baileys Cheesecake


  • CRUST:
  • •6 whole graham crackers
  • •1/4 cup, 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

  • •7 Tbls. sugar
  • •3 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, room temperature
  • •1 Tbls. all purpose flour
  • •2 large eggs
  • •1/4 cup plus 2 Tbls. sour cream
  • •1/4 cup plus 2 Tbls. Bailey's Original Irish Cream liqueur
  • •1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • GLACE':

  • •9 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • •1/2 cup whipping cream
  • •Shaved chocolate curls
  •  ( white chocolate ones too)

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Finely grind graham crackers in processor. Add butter and blend until combined. Press crust mixture onto bottom [not sides] of a 9 inch diameter springform pan. Bake crust until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer crust to cooling rack and maintain oven temperature.
    • •Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in flour Add eggs one at a time, beating just until combined. Mix in remaining ingredients.
    • •Pour filling into crust [will not fill the pan]. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then lower heat to 250 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes. Run sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Cool. Chill overnight.
    • •Bring cream to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Cool glace' to lukewarm.
    • •Release pan sides from cheesecake. Place cheesecake on rack placed over a cookie sheet. Pour glace' over cheesecake, spreading with a spatula to cover top and sides and allowing excess to drip on to cookie sheet. Refrigerate until glace' sets, about 30 minutes. Transfer cheesecake to platter and garnish with chocolate curls.
    • ENJOY!!
    • I

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy Thought for your Wednesday!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sweltering hot !! Tips for beating the heat!!

Hey readers,
It is sweltering here in the Pacific Northwest!! Sunday we topped out at 104 degrees. I love the heat but I know many do not. What are some things you do to keep cool? 
Here are 10 tips from TIME NEWS

  1. Turn Your House Into a Cave. With no air-con, the only option for keeping your house warm is to stop the hot air from getting in. Window reflectors are a great starting point: cardboard wrapped in aluminium will keep the light and heat out. Just make sure you have the reflective side on the outside, otherwise it will have the opposite desired effect. Alternatively, keep your blinds drawn and windows open so that some air gets in. 
  2. Sweat. While this may be an unpleasant option, you may have no choice but to embrace your body’s novel way of cooling you down. To help the process, make sure to keep yourself topped up with fluids and electrolytes and avoid wearing make-up and creams – they clog up your pores and get in the way of the sweat.
  3. Have a Wet T-shirt Competition. More fun that just simply sweating, the wet t-shirt helps keep your skin in constant contact with cool water and aids the cooling down process. Alternatively, try soaking some sponges in ice water and putting them down your top – it’s what the triathletes competing in Hawaii’s Ironman competition do.
  4. Take a Shower. After all that sweating and the wet t-shirt competition, you probably don’t smell so great. Take a cool shower or bath to fully appreciate the cooling and cleansing, powers of water. 
  5. Eat all of the ice-cream. Now. With the power out, it’s important to eat all of the perishable goods that won’t survive out of the freezer, especially if said goods are ice-cream. The Food Safety and Inspection Service have very helpfully compiled a list of the life-span of foods left out of the fridge/freezer. You’ll find yourself on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but stay away from dairy, meat and fish as it goes off very quickly.
  6. Have a Cookout. Rather than throwing away all of the food that won’t keep, why not indulge in a cookout and invite the neighbors round? Avoid protein-rich meals though, which can warm the body and increase metabolic heat.
  7. Look Out for the Vulnerable. Not everyone is well equipped to handle the heat on their own. Those who are most susceptible are the elderly, the sick and children under five. Make sure to read up on the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke so that you know when to contact emergency services. Heatstroke is a severe condition which needs immediate attention: symptoms include seizures, red-flushed skin, a body temperature above 106 degrees Fahrenheit and no signs of sweating. 
  8. Use a Flashlight, Not a Candle. It may seem obvious, but candles are probably not the wisest light sources during a power outage in a heatwave. You’ll want to avoid using matches and open flames as much as possible. 
  9. Hang Out at the Mall. Or the cinema, local library, recreational center or gym. Maybe even your office. Many public buildings should still have air-conditioning and other sources of entertainment. You could read a book, charge your phone or just watch a film. 
  10. Take a Nap. A siesta is a perfect antidote to dealing with all the heat, stress and boredom that you’ll invariably experience. Taking a nap in the middle of the day also has proven health benefits, so it’s a win-win situation.
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