I am not sure how I got into the habit of this, but it happens without fail. I MUST have something sweet to eat at night. I don’t like eating my dessert directly after dinner; I need time to let everything settle (thankfully this saves me from ordering desserts at a restaurant most times, haha!). I usually wait about an hour and a half and then dig in to a small scoop of frozen yogurt or nibble on a few pieces of dark chocolate an hour or two before hitting the hay.
Sometimes I do like to switch up my routine, though. One of my other go-to desserts is a pudding mousse. It’s so simple to create: you whisk one cup of milk with one packet of instant pudding for about two minutes until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Then, you fold in one cup of whipped topping (like CoolWhip), pour the mixture into bowls, and pop it in the refrigerator for at least five minutes to allow it to set. Then, you add a dollop of whipped topping, a spoon, and you’re good to go!
My typical routine for making this semi-homemade mousse is to use the skim milk we have on hand in our refrigerator. However, I was recently introduced to Promised Land Dairy and their array of milk flavor options. Their milk comes from Jersey cows that are not given any hormones or antibiotics. Their product line ranges from while milks (whole, 2%, skim, half and half, and heavy whipping cream), to Midnight Chocolate, to Very Berry Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Mocha (um: yum?), and White Chocolate. There’s even a selection of holiday flavors, like Chocolate Egg Nog, Cinnamon Vanilla Milk, and more.
Do you rotate the items in your closet depending on the season? I’ve been going through my wardrobe and retiring my spring/summer clothes to the spare bedroom for a few months (I know this sounds like a ridiculous thing to say mid-November, but hey: I live in Florida. Fall/winter clothes start now and end some time in February). As I began my rotation, I came across this draped/cape-like dress in the back of the rack. It’s funny how some items can sit or hang, unused, for a period of time and are then rediscovered. I immediately snatched the hanger holding this dress out of the closet and marched it into my room. Date night dress? Check.
I remember buying this dress: it was my first purchase at ZARA when the store opened in Tampa (which was probably a few years ago at this point). I loved how it was a classic black dress, but with a bit of a twist. I was drawn to how the fabric draped from the shoulders and into the center. It’s fun yet covered up…a good combo in my opinion! The perfect option for a dinner date night with the husband.
Speaking of a dinner date, the other night happened to be one of those situations where I just had the urge to do my hair and put on a “full” makeup. It’s a funny thing: my makeup routine has become whittled down to the essentials in the past few years. It is now a very rare occasion when I use eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lip color. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m lazy, but sometimes I think it is just that I’ve grown comfortable in my own skin as time passed. Maybe I’m just making excuses…
Black draped dress: ZARA (previous season, similar at ASOS) // Burgundy envelope clutch: ASOS (similar at ASOS) // Animal print heels: Carol by ShoeMint // Animal print bangle: Cara, purchased at Dillard’s (similar at Dillard’s) // Gold hinged bangle: Sequin, purchased at Nordstrom (similar also at Nordstrom)
Are you a fan of draped/cape-like dresses?
As I was perusing my calender recently, it became quite clear to me: December is just a few short weeks away. And…in the month of December it just so happens that my little brother is getting married.
…that means I’m going to need a dress. The special occasion dresses I have in my closet are pretty much all for spring/summer wear, so a mid-December wedding doesn’t seem to align with them. Thankfully, the holiday dresses are popping up in stores everywhere, so I should have a bit of a selection at least. Of course, I’m having a hard time making up my mind on what I want to wear. The wedding is just a few days before Christmas, so a holiday-type dress would probably be appropriate. However, I am hemming and hawing on whether I should get a more “practical” dress instead. It really could go either way. The wedding is here in Florida, so it won’t be overly cold; I will most likely be comfortable in a knee length dress. Sleeves aren’t a necessity either, as I could pair a sleeveless dress with a nice sweater or light jacket for the ceremony (I happen to have a gorgeous gold Tahari jacket that would be perfect for the occasion if needed). So, the options abound! Right now, here is a selection of the dresses I’ve had my eyes on.
Which would you choose?
I suppose I’m going to have to make a harder-to-reach goal for my reading in 2014. After completing my latest book, I’ve reached 20 books in 2013. Again, not the largest amount in history, but hey – I’m very happy with it!
I began reading NOS4A2 (by Joe Hill) in the days leading up to Halloween. It just seemed appropriate. I was eager to delve into a book written by Stephen King’s son. I was curious if the same talent for spinning a mysterious and creepy tale runs in the family. Sure enough, it does.
NOS4A2 is a supernatural novel, so you have to suspend your sense of reality for parts of the tale. The main character, Victoria McQueen, has had a special gift for locating things that are lost since she was a child. Her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike is the vehicle that transports her to the locations where she will discover the missing items…by passing over a rickety bridge that was demolished years before. Sometimes the bridge takes her locally, sometimes it is across the country – within seconds. Victoria isn’t the only one with a special ability like this; Charles Talent Manx happens to drive a Rolls-Royce Wraith with the ability to transport him onto hidden roads leading to a magical place he calls “Christmasland.” He takes children for rides in his Wraith…and once they arrive in Christmasland, they will never return home.