Saturday, September 25, 2010

Minted

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I was trying to find a way to blend the end of my summer sulking, with my love for fall and decided I needed some brownies in my life to make it all better.






Not sure how it correlates, but I ended up with some amazing brownies and well that's all that matters :)

I've been wanting to try this recipe for mint brownies for quite sometime, and today happened to be that day. I cheated and mended the recipe (like I always do). I had a pre-made brownie mix laying around that needed my attention so forgive me for not making it from scratch. I made the mix as instructed and poured half into a baking dish. Then I added a few Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Mint Bars (essentially peppermint patties) to the batter - in a nice little grid (keeping space along the edges - this is important) and baked as instructed.

To check on the baking, I poked the outside rim of the pan with a toothpick [don't bother poking anywhere else - the melted chocolate from the candies won't provide an accurate account of the baking process :) ]










Served them with a side of vanilla ice cream (not pictured) and there you go - the perfect dessert for a night in! In the original recipe you can see the patty - but I've read a lot about how it disappears (visually). I'd say don't fret it, as soon as you taste the brownie you can really feel the mint and the cooling flavor does much more for it (in fact, I like it better this way)



Saturday, September 18, 2010

In and Out September



Ins


Fall / Autumn Weather - I love this season, I get to pull out my favorite sweaters and boots . I'm sure that a lot of you may agree that there is something about this time of year that just makes me happy.


All Things Pumpkin - I have a confession to make, I LOVE pumpkins! I love pumpkin pie and bread, I also love the whole concept of Halloween and carving out jack-o-lanterns are a big thing in my book. 


The Perfect Highlighter 


(the nerd in me was so excited to find this contraption)
Decorating - it's a fun time right now but I'm on the hunt for new decor blogs, so if you have any favorites please send me the info!


Blogging - it's nice to be back in the groove of things


Outs


Bad Timing - I hate when you find the perfect accessory (in this case, an ideal summer clutch) just as the season comes to an end. I picked this up in Bali, along with a few other purses, I think i went a bit overboard but oh well, I think it's a good thing from time to time. 


Green Python Clutch from Seminyak (Bali)



Tivo - finally cancelled our subscription and convinced the Mr. to switch over to a DVR (like normal people)


Real Housewives of anything - I liked watching OC, Atlanta was pretty good, but I think with DC they've just lost me and I don't think I can handle more of the same. 


Job Hunting - this is always an out right? Hunting for a new job is never fun - wish me luck people!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home Sweet Home

One of the best things about a new place is the decorating. If you haven't guessed it from my previous blog posts, but I have a thing for decor. The only thing that stood in my way was this whole tenant / landlord issue that prevented the usual painting and long term investments that come with decorating. 

Now that the Mr. and I are finally setting into our new place, it's time to dust off the decorating books and magazines (not to mention the countless websites / pages bookmared) and get to it!

After a few billion ideas, we've decided to look for something calming and structured. Our lives are really hectic at the moment, and we really just need a place to unwind when we get home. We finally have our furniture in :) and are just starting to move onto all the important stuff (like paining and accents). 

Here's a sneak peak: 
Linens
Headboard
The Lampshade

The Bedroom (in progress)



Are any of you decorating? What is your inspiration?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Honeymoon

Our amazing Private Villa in Bali


 Say hello to Delhi the Elephant everyone! (Elephant Safari in Ubud)


Temples of Tanah Lot

Us @ Tanah Lot

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

and we're back

Hello All,

It's been a crazy year. I've been gone for a while, I moved over to wordpress for a few months, but after a steady stream of nonstop spam and no real interaction with my readers I've decided to come back to homebase.

Hello Blogspot!

I will be updating soon, with new content and new ideas. Unfortunlatley, my posts on the wordpress blog were lost, and will not be able to transfer over here.

That means my engagement pics, and wedding pics are offline. I'll try and post them up and a few other pictures to say hello soon.

Looking forward to being back online with you all!

Thanks for sticking around!

- Lady B

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