Earlier this week I had to take a quick jaunt up to Western Massachusetts for family reasons. Thankfully all is well but I decided to let go of any drama from the past and appreciate the area for what it is. I took a moment to wander around Hampshire County and visit a couple stores before I was Philly bound and found some seriously fabulous gems, procuring a few goodies that will be making their debut in the kitchen.
Here’s something amusing – I happened to go outside to get something from the car while waiting for a family member and, much to my surprise, hail started raining down and bouncing off of everything. Yes – you read that right – HAIL! And, even worse – they are predicting “Rain & Wet Snow” for the weekend’s forecast up there. At this rate, I’m expecting locusts next with the way the weather has been. One minute it’s 70 and sunny – the next, we’re talking 30 degree temps and hailing. Seriously – whoever irritated Mother Nature, can you please let me know so I can whap them with a stiletto?
I’m praying that the chaos of the past few weeks will simmer down and I can get back to writing. I signed on for a couple new projects that I am stoked about and am praying that my creative mojo gets its stilettos into gear again. One thing that never fails to get me excited is a little virtual shopping – so, let’s see what this week’s Fab Friday has in store.
1. I’m going to double-up the shoe luv today kicking off with these gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana leopard print espadrilles. I know I know – I’m channeling my inner Jersey housewife but still. As long as I’m on wedge restrictions with this daggone foot issue, I’m going to covet these lovelies.
2. As a kid, I remember that one of my favorite “acquisitions” from my mother’s closet were her ostrich print pumps which I wore to school quite a bit. Our school had the catholic uniform code but the rule was we only had to wear the uniform skirt – the shoes, shirt and tights were of our own choosing and there was some seriously bad fashion happening in the halls of Cathedral High. It should be noted for the record that shortly after our class graduated, Cathedral went to a mandatory full uniform with no room for “fashionable nonsense”. Ahhh – the 80s, how I love thee. Anywhoo – to this day, I have a fondness for ostrich print in shoes and bags and those brown pumps were to blame. When I saw these MICHAEL Michael Kors Ariana ostrich print wedges, I have decided I must have them even tho Michael Kors and I have a love hate relationship. (I love the fashions – hate his 2 sizes off sizing).
3. I swear – QVC will become dangerous territory for me. I FINALLY bought the Vitamix before I headed up to Western Mass – and it was a steal. Plus – it was on my doorstep lightening quick! Yes, it was a smaller container but after reading the specs and comparing it – this was perfect – and also with cash back. Now – if QVC puts up my favorite copper KitchenAid Mixer up on the site, I’m a goner. Don’t even get me going on how they now carry Le Creuset. That wailing you hear – it’s my wallet begging for mercy. That happy dance of joy that you hear – that’s SL knowing that he now gets custody of my Jenn Air Copper Mixer.
4. Since I got the Vitamix – I’m now obsessed with getting the Dry Blade Container. Just the description alone makes me think of all the culinary experiments I can do with it. Again, beyond thankful for all things cash back! Hey – if I’m on shoe shopping restriction, why not channel that into something that will be helpful around the kitchen, right?
5. This Cuisipro 3-In-1 Grater Pen not only compact but functional. Love its usefulness (and it won’t take up that much room in the gadget drawer!)
6.When I was in Orlando, SL and I dropped by the Millenia Mall. I happened to see this O Honey Apple Cider Vinegar in Crate & Barrel and made a mental note to pick it up when I returned home. I had visions of TSA rifling through the luggage and absconding with it if I bought it then. This vinegar is my new fave go-to for vinaigrettes this spring & summer.
7. I have been looking at Well Preserved: Small Batch Preserving for the New Cook every time I have been in the bookstore and always put it back on the shelf, rationalizing – “I’m not canning yet – maybe in the summer.” I finally bit the bullet last week and bought it via Amazon and I’m now wondering why I didn’t do it sooner. I absolutely love this book and plan on making a few recipes from this – especially when the cherries and fresh seasonal berries hit the farmer’s markets.
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
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