Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Your Bijoux Box January 2017

Hello dear readers. The January box arrived and it's loaded with lovely jewels!

Let's see what goodies are in store this month!

First, the Yvette Y Necklace. It has been freezing cold here and seeing this necklace instantly made me think of warm summer days. The shades of blues and green are really deep and beautiful.  If these are semiprecious stones, I'd say they look like blue lapis lazuli, green malachite, moonstone, and chalcedony. These colors make me think of green grass and deep water.

Second, using the same color scheme is the Art Deco Bracelet from House of Harlow. I love this bracelet. It's very delicate and the colors are gorgeous. It was a real pick me up to get something so amazing.

Third, the chunky and gorgeous Petra Pearl Collar necklace. I need to pair this with my chunky tan mock turtleneck sweater.

And lastly, two goodies from Anne Taintor. The box included a slide-open tin of raspberry lip balm and a matchbook of purse-size emory boards.  These are too cute! Also, the tin of lip balm is like a flashback to my childhood and yummy Avon lip balms, except with cheeky graphics! 

There you have it. More great stuff from Your Bijoux Box. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Your Bijoux Box December 2016

Hello dear readers. I've been taking a small break from the blog. I hope you weren't too disappointed and that you can forgive me.

This box arrived a little later than usual. It arrived just before Christmas so it was a bit neglected. Holidays are always hectic for us, but here it is! Better late than never.

OK, spoiler list first. There are FOUR items!

Let's begin with the crystal Juliette Drop Earrings. SO classy!

Next, the coordinating Juliette Collar Necklace. Love it! I was drooling on something similar when I was holiday shopping with the 8-year old.

Then we have this amazing adjustable Holiday Bracelet by Deepa Gurnani. I can't get enough of this stuff.

And lastly, a blocky scarf by David & Young. It is so soft. I love scarves. I wear them often so this was an instant hit.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sweet Potato Pie

Hello dear readers! I hope you are all enjoying the amazing food specialties that accompany this holiday season. I have been on a pie kick.

You could say I have been crazy for sweet potato pie.  Now, normally we have pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving Dinner, and that is the only time of the year canned pumpkin is in the house.

Well, I always have at least one sweet potato lurking somewhere. I don't know what got me so fired up, but I just had to have sweet potato pie.

So I made one, for practice. Then we ate it. It did not suck.

So I made another one. That one didn't last more than two days. It may have been breakfast one morning.

Then, I had to make one more so we could have pie for the whole family at my folks' house for Thanksgiving. After mowing down three of these babies in a row, I knew I had to post this for everyone to enjoy.

Unbaked single crust for a 9" pie, use either Pie Crust No. 1 or Pie Crust No. 3
2 garnet yams or other orange flesh sweet potato = 2 1/2 cups mashed
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 stick salted butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. half & half
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice into rounds about 1/2" thick.  Boil about 30 minutes, or until the flesh is soft.  Drain and cool slightly. Mash the sweet potato. Measure out 2 1/2 cups and to be used for the pie filling. If you have extra sweet potato, save it. I'd eat it later.

2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Add the remaining ingredients to the measured sweet potato mash. Mix with an electric hand mixer until smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9" pie shell.

4. Place the pie in the hot oven. Immediately reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for about 45 mins or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Thanks for stopping by!