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{treat yo’ self}


In case you don’t understand my title reference,
please take the time to review this clip of my favorite television program:
{Parks and Recreation – Treat Yo’ Self}

Get it?
I’m taking a more literal sense of the term treat,
since I’m a huge foodie and have been mildly obsessed
with peppermint goods for the last month.

For those of you who are looking for a terrifically indulgent peppermint beverage, I give you:

White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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2/3 cup chilled whipping cream
8 hard red-and-white-striped peppermint candies, coarsely crushed (or candy canes)
3 1/2 cups milk (low fat is fine)
8 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker’s), chopped
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Additional coarsely crushed peppermint candies


1. Beat cream and 8 crushed candies in medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate whipped cream.

2. Bring milk to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add white chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth. Bring to simmer, whisking constantly. Mix in peppermint extract. Ladle into 4 mugs. Top with a layer of whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional crushed candies and serve.


Unfortunately, every time I head to my dear home,
I ultimately reach the refrigerator.
Where I spend much time staring, under a magnet guarding the door,
at a vintage portrait of a hog, boasting the tag line:

“those who indulge, bulge.”

So, in searching for a lower-calorie way to feel jolly,
I’ve incorporated these two ingredients into my holiday-themed morning routine…

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee

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I’m not sure you can tell from my facial expression, but it’s a definitely a winning combination.
And fat free?
Now that’s something to ho-ho-ho about.

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Get your merriment on this season, in whatever wonderful way you choose, xox.


{flavors of fall: part III}


To finalize my series of the best & brightest of the fall season,
I bring you my favorite ‘to-dos’.

As much as I wish I was, I’m no domestic diva.
Cooking is a serious endeavor,
and there isn’t a paint-related task in existence
which I can complete in a day.

Still–the creativity, smells, sights and adventure that
fall lends are really quite comforting.
Something about the spicy-goodness and crisp air  makes friends,
family and the great-outdoors almost magnetic.

Whether you plan to turn over a new leaf (cheesy–I know),
or revisit old past times,
I hope that you make the most of autumn.

Pumpkin Patches & Haunted Houses

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Picking a Halloween Costume

{The Best Costume ideas for 2011}

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Throwing a Halloween Party

{Creative party ideas}

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More decoration ideas.
Spooky Halloween treat inspiration.

Brushing up on Baking

{Seasonal recipes, here.}

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Visiting Family & Friends

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Football & Tailgating

{Don’t show up to a tailgate or football party empty handed}

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Revamping your Wardrobe & Home

(Candles! Resale! Martha Stewart!)

{Literally, the tastiest scent to ever hit fall}

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{Wardrobe help?}

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Feeling the earthy-toned, cold-weather, warm-homed excitement
I brought you back in September?!

Fall festivities.
They’re here people, embrace them.
Not the wimpy half-hearted embrace you save for frenemies & the fragile elderly,
I’m talking about the full fledged bear hug you’ve been holding back.

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Bittersweet autumn.
The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of summer and winter

{Carol Bishop Hipps}