Monday, December 28, 2009

Could It Be, Another Mr. Darcy?

Recently I watched North and South, a BBC miniseries based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell, my friend introduced it to me since we both had a liking for the main actor ever since Robin Hood. The show tells the story of a young woman named Margaret, her family recently moved north from her childhood country home to an industrial city. The change is drastic. While in the new city Margaret meets John Thornton a local business owner and the two have a long and unsteady relationship that rivals Pride and Prejudice with similarities such as rejected marriage proposals and pride getting in the way of love.

I highly recommend North and South for any Pride and Prejudice fan (it's on Netflix instant view). It is a fabulous love story and a story about classes and struggles. The look and feel of the mini-series is just beautiful, in addition to the wonderful score. Mr. Thorton rivals Mr. Darcy in making hearts swoon. As soon as I saw this I ordered it on Amazon to add to my collection.

All images via google.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas..

I hope everyone that is celebrating this weekend has a warm and Merry Christmas! And I hope all your Christmases are white!

Image via Martha

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Perfectly Beautiful Packages

Some of my friends are just amazing at making their gifts look spectacular. Where I am more of the pretty wrapping paper and maybe a nice ribbon type of girl. I decided to look at different packaging ideas online and it really got me thinking about next Christmas so I might be out buying clarence items to make perfect presents for next year. I especially like the idea of using silver tissue paper and a nice ribbon, thanks Martha.

All images via

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dreaming of a Blue Christmas?

Lately I have seen a lot of people decorate their trees and homes with blue during Christmas. This color never came to my mind mostly because I think you need the right house and tree for it. But looking at these images makes me rethink the idea all together, it is very modern and fun. Also most people could pull this off with the right shade of blue, the darker is more sophisticated and the lighter is more edgy and modern. Do any of you decorate with blue? Would any of you?

All images via google.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree!

This weekend my family finally decorated our Christmas Tree and house, for the past few years I have been doing the same general set up around the house and love it.

(I think I need some night time images..I'll work on it)

But I think after Christmas is it time to buy some sale decorations for a whole new Christmas theme next year. I love decorating for the Holidays so this is such a treat for me. I swear if I could just get paid to decorate homes for Holidays I would. For next years tree I'm thinking White and Gold. Last time we picked a theme it was four years ago maybe and we were trying to incorporate too many of our old ornament hence the gold and red theme, but I think the white and gold, will allow us to keep favorites and be able to have a more "manicured" tree. Also keeping in mind to buy larger ornaments.

I'm loving all the snow on these trees might have to copy it, not sure how but I have until next Christmas to figure it out.

All inspirational images via Google.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Adoring Alexis

Oh, Alexis how I adore you let me count the ways.
One: this fierce outfit designed by Christian Sirano
Two: Pulling of this gorgeous dress and shoes with a bright lip! Bravo.
Three: Because you too have baby blues..and that braid!
Four: For pulling off this sexy Herve Leger dress like I wish I could.

Five: For taking amazingly perfect modeling pictures (she started as a model).
Six and Seven: For working with Lauren Graham and making my favorite show ever!

Now if only someone could give you a decent part, everything since Gilmore Girls hasn't been on scale with your amazing-ness.
Thanks a bunch!
XOXO Meaghan

PS. I'm still bitter that you can pull of these cute bangs, and I can't. I've wanted then since I first saw them.

All images via google and people.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

An Italian Holiday Tradition

My "little" brother with our family Christmas tree

Food is a big part of the holiday season especially for Italians. My mother is Italian so we grew up with meatballs, chicken parmesan and spaghetti on constant rotation. During the holidays the Italian sweets and cooking are particularly specials, lucky I grew up in an uber-Italian town where every kid's last name ended with a vowel so I wasn't alone.
Pizelles are a traditional Italian cookie which we devour and love. My mom bought a pizzelle maker while I was in high school so finally we could make these tasty treats at home instead of buying them at the many Italian bakery's nearby. Since then we make these wonderful cookies every Christmas for holiday parties and gifts. They are a great sweet to bring or give as they as simplistic but yet look impressive.

I borrowed my mom's press and made them this week for my first holiday party. You can buy a pizzelle iron here. Also this year my mom is thinking about trying to make cannolis so I'll let you know how that goes.

3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon anise extract
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extact
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter melted
3/4 cup sugar

Beat eggs and sugar.

Add cooled melted butter or margarine, and vanilla and anise. Beat until mixed.

Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture.

Beat until mixed. Batter will be stiff enough to be dropped by spoon. Batter can be refrigerated to be used later.

Place batter on the press with a teaspoon and a knife close it and cook for about 30 seconds. Add or subtract time if they are not cooked enough or over cooked. Don't worry if they are not perfectly in the center of the design, that is what makes them homemade.

Remove with spatula

Cool on cooling rack

Sprinkle with powdered sugar

Place on platter (saving messed up ones for you to eat)

I suggest making these delights while listening to Christmas music especially Dominic the Donkey.

I think I'll be making at least three batches of these lovelies this holiday season.