Sunday, March 1, 2015

Everything is Coming Up Roses

I don’t know if it is because of all the snow and I am impatiently waiting for Spring, but I have been addicted to rose scented items recently.  It seems that I cannot get enough! Which is bizarre because I have never been partial the to the aroma of roses. 

Growing up my Mémère had rose bushes all around her house.  As beautiful as they were, to me they smelled like carrots. I can’t be the only one that thinks this, am I? Now my Mémère  lilac bushes are a completely different story. My mom had transplanted part of the bush from my Mémère ’s house right under the dining room window in at the house I grew up in. In the spring the scent would waif through the house. I would sit on my bed, close my eyes and daydream that I was in a Paris Jardin eating pastries.  My daydreams haven't changed much except now wine and cheese is included! Although I did have the opportunity a few years ago to fulfill that dream in the Jardin de Tuileries. Now that I have digressed, let me get back on track.  

Lately I love rose scented product. It must be the combination of it with other fragrances that are so alluring. 

Here are some of my favorites: 

The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose scent. I love this so much that I have the body butter, fragrance mist and perfume oil. I love slathering the butter on at night, spraying myself with the mist and crawling into bed. The scent just lingers and I find this relaxing. 

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet has been the fragrance of choice for me lately. Not really a winter scent, but the mix of floral notes (peony and rose) with the white musk and orange essence has been alluring me in every day. It has become my favorite. 

My hands have been grateful for the L’Occitane Rose Petals Shea Butter Hand Cream. This seems to be discontinued, which is really upsetting. I really love that it has the hard working formula of the original Shea butter but it has the light scent of roses that works so well to complement the Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet rather then clashing with it. Nothing worse then heavily perfumed hand creams that overpower your perfume. 

Another Dior product (I do have an odd obsession with Dior) is the Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. I have used this religiously through two winters and have not had to deal with dries cracked lips.  

Looking for something cooling and refreshing?  Fresh Rose Face Mask  is for you. The gel like formula is soothing and  it is super hydrating for these winter months. The scent is a beautiful bouquet of rose and cucumber. It is the perfect combination. 

The last product is not rose scent, but is a beautiful rose color. CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE POWDER BLUSH in Rose Bronze. It is the perfect color to bright up my pale winter completion and the bronze add a bit of a summer kiss to my makeup look. 

What scents are you drawn to as we are deep into the cold winter season? 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pasta Cravings

Boy what a winter! I don’t know about everyone else here in the Northeast, but I am ready to pack up my bags and head south, preferably to a Caribbean Island to spend the rest of my life lying on the beach and eating fruit all day. Ah one can dream.

Already in my area of Massachusetts we have seen over 90 inches of snow this winter. And if that isn’t bad enough there is another 10-12 inches heading our way later today.

The boys are finished with the snow days. They can’t play in it. I would end up losing the little one as the snow is taller than he is and I don’t particularly want to dig him out. He would have to stay there until it melts, which may take until the July the way things are going.  

Even the puppy has cabin fever. Lego has a plowed path way to run up and down, but I cannot even walk him as the sidewalks are clear and the roads are plow so narrow that only one and a half cars can squeeze by. My walking companion and I would be taken out in a second by some unsuspecting car that cannot see over the snow banks. The word banks is used lightly. They resemble more the Wall from Game of Thrones.

Anyways with all this snow and cold, it’s nice to have a big bowl of pasta, but as I promised myself that I would eat healthier this year, pasta is off my diet. Even the Gluten Free pasta is load with carbs from rice and corn.  But I have found a solution to my pasta problem.

I’m probably one of the last to discover the Spiralizer. However, I am in love. I have been using Zucchini (or Courgette depending where you are from) with it and making beautiful strands of vegetable spaghetti. The best part is that it takes minutes to cook.

My favorite way to eat it is with some sausage and beans with an olive oil, garlic sauce. Here is the recipe.

Sausage and Bean Veggie Pasta
1 Serving

1 Mild Italian Sausage Link
1/3 cups of Cannenelli Beans
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Zucchini
1 tbs of Olive Oil
2 Tbs of grated Parmesan Cheese 

Brown Sausage in Medium skillet. While the sausage is browning, chop garlic and run Zucchini through the spiralizer.  Once sausage is browned drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients, except the cheese, to the pan and sauté until zucchini and beans are heated through. Sprinkle the cheese on and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday WIP (Works in Progress)

I try hard not to start new projects until my current one is completed, however I think most people will agree there is always one or two that have been set aside that need to finished. The first one I am featuring this week are these adorable snowman mug rugs. 

I am ashamed to admit this but I started these last January. Last January! It has been a whole year and they are still not finished. The worst part is that they were so quick to whip up, that I only have the binding left. 

Thats right, these have been sitting around for a year almost done. How nice it would have been if I could have given these as Christmas presents this past year. I am determined that I will complete these and set them aside for Christmas this year. 

With all the snow that Massachusetts has seen within the last 2 1/2 weeks (over 90 inches in my neck of the woods), I don't mind playing with these snowmen. Perfect excuse to stay in the warmth and be productive. 

It would be amazing if I already started stock piling my Christmas gifts already, rather then waiting until December 15th to start all my Christmas projects. I am determined to be more organized this year.

What WIPs do you have laying around?