Thursday, April 14, 2016

Your Bijoux Box April 2016

Hello, dear readers! 

Welcome back! It's time to go over another box of jewelry. Hello sparkly goods!



The unboxing process begins with the description card! So cute, I love the lavender colored bow.




The first piece is the Adjustable Claire Pendant necklace. It can be worn high and tight, medium, or super long, just by how you link the chain. I have it on today at the middle length.  It's bold enough to wear alone with a plain shirt.



Next was the Multistrand Pave Bracelet,  Cute, but a tad small, practically child-size. It measures only 6 3/4 inches long. I will be passing this along to someone with bony, thin wrists, like my seven year old daughter. Too bad!



Third, the Claire Rivet Earrings were sparkly and appealing. They were a bit heavier than I expected. 



I constrained myself and did not get any add-ons. Maybe next month, maybe not. See, I've decided to apply to grad school and my funny money fund may get used for school instead of jewels.  Let's wait and see how everything works out.

Thanks for stopping by and 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. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Your Bijoux Box February 2016

Hello, dear readers. I'm back with another jewelry box review!

Now that I've been getting these boxes for a while, the kids know that Cool Things Arrive in Small Boxes.  A few pairs of earrings have already been confiscated by my 7 year old daughter.



For February and the theme of Valentine's Day, Your Bijoux Box had this really cute vintage-styled card and four items instead of the usual three.

First, they offered a sneak peek of the Rose Gold Boyfriend Watch.  It has The "B" logo at the twelve. It's actually very cute.  The original sneak peek pictures did not do it justice.



The second piece was a hit with me right out of the box. The Frost Flower Collar Necklace was exactly my style. I love the crystal flowers!


Mirabelle petite flower necklace Chloe Isabel

Attached to the card were these adorable  XO earrings. Too cute!



The last thing from the February box was a pair of Ruby Bow earrings. The ruby crystals are really vibrant. 



Finally, I couldn't resist the add-on sale again.  I snapped up these matchy-matchy  Eva Black earrings and stretch bracelet. I had to wrestle the bracelet away from my daughter.  



So, there you go, another month of great jewelry! 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. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Espresso and Ice Cream Affogato

Hello, friends! I have something new to share.

People who know me know that I'm a tea drinker.  I don't like regular coffee. I tried it ages ago, but it didn't hit the spot.  Once in a while, I might drink a fu-fu coffeehouse drink made with espresso and lots of milk and flavorings.

So rewind back to last April, when I was pregnant with Natalie. I have no explanation for this, but I suddenly loved coffee. I would wake up at night dreaming of lattes. I'd fix myself an afternoon treat with the Keurig machine and doctor it with cocoa mix and lots of cream.

My husband likes espresso and we'd talked for years about getting an espresso machine. It just happened to be a really low priority since I've been a tea person and not an espresso person.  Suddenly it made sense to me to get the espresso machine for his birthday so I could also have it to satisfy my cravings. Isn't that how marriage works?

I got one of the Nespresso Lattissima+ machines. It's been really easy to use and makes a good drink for pod-lovers like me. I've been experimenting with the shots of espresso, the foamy milk, the flavored syrups, and combining them in different ways to make really good drinks. I got some of the limited edition holiday flavors and they were fantastic. Vanilla Amaretto was the best!

Then, I got the bright idea to try this Italian dessert that is simply ice cream with espresso.  I went a bit crazy. I had two shots of Caramelito espresso with hazelnut syrup over a big scoop of Cookies and Cream ice cream before bed.  You know I didn't sleep that night, but it was really, really good!



You can make affogato without an espresso machine. You will need some way to make espresso, maybe instant espresso, or brew some really strong regular coffee. Hot milk whipped a bit can stand in for the steamed milk if you don't have a fancy steamer.

By the way, the espresso is traditionally poured over the ice cream. I'm good at doing things backwards, especially when it comes to me spilling hot espresso all over the counter and making a huge mess.



Give this treat a try, although I seriously recommend having this as an afternoon treat. It's way more of a pick-up than Tiramisu.

Ingredients for one Affogato
1 or 2 shots of espresso, flavored or not, slightly cooled
1/4 cup steamed, foamy milk
1 tablespoon vanilla, hazelnut, Almond Roca, or other flavored syrup
1 generous scoop of ice cream, like vanilla, chocolate, or cookies and cream




Backwards Method
1. Place syrup in the bottom of a short glass.  Add brewed espresso.

2.  Pour the foamy milk on top of the espresso.

3. Add the scoop of ice cream.

4. Eat it with spoon to scoop up the foamy milk and ice cream, then drink the rest!

Traditional Method
1. Place syrup in the bottom of a short mug.  Add brewed espresso.

2.  Pour the foamy milk on top of the espresso.

3. Place the scoop of ice cream in a serving cup. Pour espresso over the ice cream.

4. Eat it with spoon to scoop up the foamy milk and ice cream, then drink the rest!


Thanks for stopping by!

PS. In Italian, the dessert Tiramisu literally translates to "pick-me-up." Affogato translates as "drowned" or "sunk" and is closely related to "suffocated."