Friday, November 18, 2016

Your Bijoux Box November 2016

Hello, dear readers. I'm back with a great mystery box of sparkly good stuff.

Welcome to the Black Box! Well, Your Bijoux Box is still sending their cute little Tiffany-blue boxes in the mail, but this month they have a theme. It's black and classy.

Let's check out the product card.

First, the Exotic Leather Bangle by House of Harlow, Nicole Richie's jewelry brand. This is amazing! What a great piece to layer with other bracelets for some serious arm candy.

Second, the Noir Jacket earrings. Jacket earring have been quite the rage lately. These black faceted crystals are great alone. The jacket really dials up the glam, though.

Third, we have the Noir Collar Necklace. Wow! Black faceted crystals and brassy golden chain are great together.

And lastly, a bonus piece, the Cocktail hair pin. It's so small and cute. This is a nice way to add something special to your hair.

If you can't tell, I'm loving this 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. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Hello, dear readers!

Comfort foods seem to be a no-brainer when the weather gets chilly, especially here in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. Soups, stews, casseroles, and the like come to mind.  One of my favorite comfort foods is scalloped potatoes and ham. It's also seasonal for us since we only get a big ham a couple times a year, usually near a holiday, if not for a holiday meal.

My dear hubby is also a fan of scalloped potatoes although his Italian grandmother makes hers a little bit differently.  She puts whole pork chops on top of the potatoes instead of mixing in diced ham. Her way is pretty darn good too.

One of the best reasons to make this is that it's easy to assemble. The second best reason is that it's kid-friendly.  Any parent of a picky eater knows how foods tend to be white and full of potatoes. So, yes, this is guilty as charged! Although who's going to argue with you for making this?

3 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8" thick
2-3 cups diced ham
1 small mild yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup AP flour
4 cups milk
black pepper, salt, garlic salt to taste

1. Grease a 9"  x 13" deep baking dish. Add sliced potatoes and diced ham.

2. In a frying pan, saute the diced onion in the butter until softened. Add the flour and cook about 2 minutes to make your roux. Season to taste.  Add all the milk, bring up to a boil, and stir well to break down any lumps. It's OK for the sauce to be thin.

3. Pour sauce over the ham and potatoes. Stir it gently in the pan.

4. Cover the pan with foil and bake in a preheated 375F oven for 1 hour. The potatoes should be fork-tender at this point.  (It is completely edible now, but I like to continue to step 5.)

5. Remove foil and bake another 20 minutes or until the top is browned to your liking.

6. Serve with my favorite sides cornbread with honey butter and succotash!

Thanks for stopping by! See you again next time!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Your Bijoux Box October 2016

Hello dear readers! The weather here is starting to cool down.  That means leaves are turning lovely shades of orange and red.  Everywhere you look there is pumpkin spice something or caramel apple flavored goods.  So I have to admit that as soon as I saw this month's gems, I thought of caramel!

Your Bijoux Box had a great theme of Spicy Fall, so the colors were all toasty and golden.  Another plus is that everything works together so I can take all the goodies from the box and have a complete ensemble, no thought required.

There was one sneak peek released right away. They showed off the Tortoise Layered Bracelet. Very nice for Fall and it reminds me of bracelets I've seen from pricier sources.

The second sneak peek revealed the long and fringey Ombre Tortoise Pendant. This looks great with my oatmeal cardigan and a sage green tee.

Third, the Ella Amber Earrings are very warm and cozy.  They're a good length and bit chunky.

Fourth, there was a makeup item.  The Spice Me Up eye color palette by City Color was included as well. Yes, four items! What a great deal! I am definitely a fan of makeup.

So, another box of great products. They just keep getting better. 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.