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Feliz Navidad to you & yours!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday, & I think that white Christmas is upon us yet! Just here to share – ♫a few of my favorite things♫…

Photograzer.com's Gingerbread Pancakes

accompanied by traditional chocolate chip!

fine dining in my pjs

Penny in her Yanks tee

Italian Leather

Cavit wine! &...

assorted cheese platters


Gingerbread men for dessert

all the while, warming up by the fire

I hope I wake up to the foot of snow meteorologists are predicting! I LOVE putting on my snow boots to help shovel knowing hot chocolate is right around the corner! Sleep tight!

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Holiday cheer is here!

Merry Christmas Eve all! I’m going to be dreaming of a white Christmas tonight, so join me in turning your pajamas inside out! ❤ I had just the sweetest day w/ my family but ironically everyone acted like it was Thanksgiving, stuffing themselves like turkeys! hehe. This picture, inspired by sfgirlbybay, makes the best combination of warm winter colors with that cool winter feel.

I also love the twinkle in this photo, because it reminds me of ice skating and cute towns decorated for the holidays!

As a matter of fact, I have a confession! I miss my little Bethlehem, PA “Christmas City” beauty during the holiday season. If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop at their holiday market – Christkindlmarkt – for those last minute holiday gifts, or next years tree top delight! Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the world, it is definitely a must, even if just for the food/drink & entertainment. I went last year & it is definitely worth any trip – & don’t forget to grab your very own Bethlehem Star – at the one of a kind Moravian Book Store).

Here is a little history to warm the heart during the holiday season. City of Bethlehem: History.

 

Well, off to leave cookies & milk by the fire for you know who … enjoy the holiday!

Merry Christmas to all, & to all a goodnight ❤

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I have to share this most recent purchase of mine because there is still time to get your own! If you have some old sweaters you were considering giving to goodwill, take them to goodwill and spread the holiday cheer! However, should you procrastinate until Spring, make it a point to recreate your own version of Anthropologies’ ‘Julia’s Genius Throw’. Perfect hang around blanket for reading or add a layer to your bed & cozy up!

  • Cotton, wool
  • Dry clean
  • 74″L, 54″W
  • Handmade in Canada
style #093453
$99.95…was $198.00
Handmade, quality material, and so much fun! An opportunity to DIY and save some of those childhood favorites that don’t fit like these used to; or just a way to recycle grandma’s gift from last Christmas!
Keeping w/ the theme – here are a few of my favorites from collections currently available on Anthropologie.com – it’s inspiring to keep a vivid style throughout house & home and not just in personal wardrobe. Enjoy.

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Illume Good

Nature Tin,

Vintage Rotary

Phone

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Minox

Leica Digital

Camera, Joyna

& Vane Solid

Perfume Heart

Lockets

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Mechanic’s Beason Light,
Lollia Foaming Bath
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Illusorio

Sideboard, What to Cook & How to Cook it

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…& a special Happy Birthday to my roomie! Celebrated in true apple dessert lovers spirit with this Spices Applesauce Cake inspired by Smitten Kitchen delights!

For cake
2 cups (8 3/4 ounces or 250 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) salt
3/4 teaspoon (2 grams) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 stick (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (7 3/4 ounces or 218 grams) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (about 13 ounces or 365 grams) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (about 1 3/4 ounces or 50 grams) walnuts (optional), toasted, cooled, and chopped

For frosting
5 ounces (142 grams) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces or 42 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 120 grams) confectioners sugar (*or less)
1/2 (1 teaspoon) teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan. I had no trouble getting my cake out of a nonstick pan by just buttering it, but if you don’t have a nonstick cake pan or are a little nervous, line the bottom with parchment paper and butter that too.

*The processes included in the recipe were great! – But I have a few suggestions …

if you’re not in loveee with super rich/sweet desserts, make sure to pull back a bit on the confectioner’s sugar in the icing or leave it out all together! This would be just as delicious with a simple cream cheese and cinnamon topped icing, although it looks lovely with the ingredients below. Also, pecans were a delicious substitute so make sure to add the nut of your choice! Finally, invite people over! This is not to be devoured among roommates (especially if you only have one), so take it to work or share with friends!~


yours truly,
❤ jb

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Ended the work week with a smile as I had much to look forward to this weekend! It was just perfect – spent with family and friends and filled with holiday cheer as the last weekend before Christmas should be.

It started with a holiday party at home-sweet-home in Morristown, NJ, bringing together friends and friends of friends to make a wonderful group of people, so blessed!

Spent Saturday reminiscing about the nights’ events and saying our goodbyes as I continued a PATH of good spirits to NYC. I then enjoyed a most delicious Curry Pizza, homemade of course, topped with a romantic trip to Rockefeller Center’s main attraction.

I could not have asked for a more pleasant stroll through New York’s holiday decor of oversized ornaments and lighting mixed with the delightful yet somewhat rugged snack: Nuts4Nuts! I forgot how much simple joy and spirited fun those adornments can bring, well done NY.

Sunday bliss was spent shopping downtown, and continued through an Italian meal marathon at La Sorrentina Ristorante in Brooklyn, NY. Reaching into each others plates in true Italian spirit, my boisterous loved ones and I shared more than just good eats in this little italian bistro.

Finally, arriving home after a fulfilling weekend, I made a sweet potato delight I have been dying to try thanks to an inspirational & beautiful recipe from SmittenKitchen! For all my yam fans this is a must!

 All in all, a holiday weekend retreat, with a balance of productivity to make the work week almost bearable! ~ Wishing readers the same merry season this week & into the New Year! Cheers.

There sure ain't nothing like a Brooklyn girl...

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Califlower

Although my usual self would return from vacation eager to share EVERY unique pic from my trip with a fun blurb to match, I promised to only select my favorites. This should explain why it has been nearly a week since my return, with no post in sight – & untraditionally I am going to share the details.

Family vacations w/ the Bam’s are always memorable for their humor, arguments w/ no origin or end, and without a doubt – spontaneous adventure. We packed our Jeep Patriot to the brim with clothes for all seasons and journeyed through beautiful California. With two parents afraid of heights, and a wicked storm atop the mountains of route 154 it had its moments of distress but we got to explore the wonders of the west coast together and I think you’d be hard pressed to find closer friends inside one family. Here are a few snapshots of our 1,000 mi trip down and around California in just 7 days!

First Stop: San Francisco! Before visiting, I recommend checking out sf.curbed and National Geographic: I Love My City, SF Edition for some style & travel insight. If you wing it, make sure to stop at the following…

Pier 39 for a touristy, yet cultural boardwalk experience –

Eat @ Nick’s, or any of the Taylor Street Chowdah vendors…

* not to mention the freshest San Franciscan sourdough in all the land, find more locations at BoudinBakery.com

 

 

& the famous Alcatraz, is highly recommended which should be prefaced by Clint Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz, 1979 film.

Spicy Pan Fried Noodle

Ferry Building

Before hitting the town don’t forget to stop at Osha for that to die for Thai, located on the Embarcadero, right near the Ferry Building (which also has some fabulous market and cultural ‘hand-mades’ inside). Stop in for some noshes and drinks before dinner – we met some great people in this city!

Then it was off to explore mother nature…

Next Up: Yosemite National Park, Gorgeous in Winter White

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from my hotel window at The Ahwahnee Hotel.

 

Followed By: Monterey & a lot of Santa this Holiday Season – Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica

17 Miles of Beauty – Carmel, CA

As we kicked off our shoes to enjoy the view, & also caught sight of…

…the Lone Cypress!

we journeyed right through Santa Monica…

 

 

 

 

…on the way to the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, known to some as – lovely LA, and glamorous living!

Final Stop: LA and The Pri¢e i$ Right! (which airs Wednesday, 11:00am EST on CBS)!

With a sunset like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

& one last day of sun at the Santa Monica pier before lift-off! …

I couldn’t think of a better way to end my trip to –

Whoopsies – so much for just a few photos, but I have a LOT of favorites – can you blame me! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, or a thousand miles in my case. cali<3love.

Special thanks to Yelp.com for making my tummy smile for 21 meals straight. MmmMmmgood.

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