December 30, 2016

January Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for January 2017...
How To Take Part In January Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

December 24, 2016

Cookin' Librarian/Day Drinking | Holiday Treats...

For those of you that might need last minute holiday treats that are pretty easy, here are a few that  Day and I made her coworkers as gifts...

Manhattan Cocktail Truffles
  • 8 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate -- Chopped 
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream 
  • 3 Tablespoons Rye Whiskey Day and I added more
  • 1 Tablespoon, Plus 2 Teaspoons Sweet Vermouth We forgot to buy vermouth
  • 18 to 20 Maraschino Cherries -- Stems Removed
Optional Additions
  • 6 Dashes Angostura Bitters 
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Colored Sugar
  • Sprinkles
  1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream to another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until boiling, about 2 minutes. Pour over the chocolate; let side 5 minutes, then stir until melted. Stir in 1 tablespoon rye, 2 teaspoons sweet vermouth and 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. 
  2. Meanwhile, put the remaining 2 tablespoons rye, 1 tablespoon sweet vermouth, 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using, and maraschino cherries in a small bowl. Let soak 1 hour; drain and pat dry. 
  3. For each truffle, mold a small spoonful of chocolate mixture around 1 cherry, smoothing to cover completely; roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa powder/colored sugar/sprinkles, if using. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to package and serve.

No-Bake Baileys Bonbons
  • 3 Tablespoons Baileys Day and I added more
  • 10 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips  
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter  
  • 0.5 Cup, Plus 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
Optional Additions
  • Sprinkles
  • Cocoa Powder
  1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream and butter to another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until boiling, about 2 minutes. Pour over the chocolate; let side 5 minutes, then stir until melted. Stir in 3 tablespoons of Baileys. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. 
  2. For each bonbon,roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa powder/sprinkles, if using. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to package and serve.

If you try the recipes lemme know how they turned out!! Happy holidays!!!

December 23, 2016

From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read)...

"The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe" by Anuschka Rees

Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have absolutely nothing to wear? Can you describe your personal style in one sentence? If someone grabbed a random piece from your closet right now, how likely is it that it would be something you love and wear regularly?  

With so many style and shopping options, it can be difficult to create a streamlined closet of pieces that can be worn easily and confidently. In The Curated Closet, style writer Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it, with style and shopping strategies that women can use every day. Using The Curated Closet method, you’ll learn to:  
  • Shop smarter and more selectively
  • Make the most of your budget
  • Master outfit formulas and color palettes
  • Tweak your wardrobe for work
  • Assess garment fit and quality like a pro    
  • Curate a closet of fewer, better pieces 
Including useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, The Curated Closet is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.

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"The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping" by Erica Strauss

Create the DIY home you've always wanted with over 100 recipes, tips, and inspirational ideas from blogger Erica Strauss (Northwest Edible Life). Covering everything from cooking, canning and preserving to making your own nontoxic home and personal care products, this fresh take on modern homemaking wil help you make the most of your time, effort, and energy in the kitchen and beyond.  

Over half of the book focuses on the kitchen with a wealth of information about how to organize and stock your kitchen to more effortlessly prepare delicious meals. A former professional chef who knows how to build flavor into simple and delicious home-cooked meals, Strauss provides delectable recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert like Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Granola, Forager Spring Greens Soup, Simple Crispy Chicken with Roasted Lemon Pan Sauce, and Olive-Oil Rosemary Cake with Lemony Glaze.  

Strauss includes details on Basic Food Preservation techniques such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and lacto-fermentation along with a handy year-long food preservation calendar of what to put up when. Preserving recipes are organized seasonally and include Rhubarb Syrup, Pressure-Canned Chicken Broth, Korean-Spiced Turnips, and Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Conserve.  

The book also features recipes for DIY home care and personal care products like Nontoxic Laundry softener, Fizzy Bath Bombs, and Refreshing Peppermint Foot Scrub. Hands-on Home is packed with fabulous recipes, practical, no-nonsense advice, and time- and money-saving techniques. With a focus on less consumerism, Strauss provides instruction on everything you need to live more delicious and sustainable DIY lifestyle.

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"Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)" by Lauren Graham

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.  

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).  

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.  

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).  

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

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"Millennials of New York" by Connor Toole & Alec Macdonald

For fans of both the irreverent Stuff White People Like and the lauded Humans of New York comes the perfect send-up: Millennials of New York, a hilarious satire of the millennial generation, from the creators of the viral Facebook sensation and senior writers at Elite Daily.

Discover the voice of a generation—self- and selfie-absorbed as it may be—in Millennials of New York. With over two hundred pictures, lists, graphs, and charts, authors Connor Toole and Alec Macdonald brilliantly parody this generation with their smart and witty captures of young people from all over New York. Covering everything from how hard it is to wait for a brunch table to the intricacies of Netflix-and-chill, from what constitutes the perfect selfie to how to ask your parents for rent money, Millennials of New York is the ideal gift for millennials and the people who love them—even if they don’t quite understand them.

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"Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between" by Heidi Gibson & Nate Pollak

Melted cheese between slices of toasted bread—the ultimate in comfort food. This mouthwatering cookbook features 39 grilled cheese recipes created by Heidi Gibson, winner of seven grilled cheese championships and the co-owner (with husband Nate) of the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco. The classic Mousetrap is dripping with three kinds of cheese. The Piglet wows with its thinly sliced ham and sharp cheddar. And grilled cheese makes a great breakfast—just add an egg! With 40 additional recipes for great accompaniments and side dishes—including hearty soups, many varieties of mac & cheese, spicy pickles, and tangy spreads—plus tips on choosing the best bread and cheese and techniques for grilling each sandwich at just the right temperature, anyone can create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

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"Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking Hardcover" by Jessica Koslow & Maria Zizka

Jessica Koslow and her restaurant, Sqirl, are at the forefront of the California cooking renaissance, which is all about food that surprises us and engages all of our senses—it looks good, tastes vibrant, and feels fortifying yet refreshing. In Everything I Want to Eat, Koslow shares 100 of her favorite recipes for health-conscious but delicious dishes, all of which always use real foods—no fake meat or fake sugar here—that also happen to be suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or whomever you’re sharing your meal with.   

The book is organized into seven chapters, each featuring a collection of recipes centered on a key ingredient or theme. Expect to find recipes for dishes Sqirl has become known for, as well as brand-new seasonal flavor combinations, including:        
  • Raspberry and cardamom jam     
  • Sorrel-pesto rice bowl     
  • Burnt brioche toast with house ricotta and seasonal jam     
  • Lamb merguez, cranberry beans, roasted tomato, and yogurt cheese     
  • Valrhona chocolate fleur de sel cookies     
  • Almond hazelnut milk   
Koslow lives in LA, where everyone is known to be obsessively health-conscious and where dietary restrictions are the norm. People come into Sqirl and order dishes with all sorts of substitutions and modifications—hold the feta, please, add extra kale. They are looking to make their own healthy adventures. Others may tack breakfast sausage, cured bacon, or Olli’s prosciutto on to their order. So Koslow has had to constantly think about ways to modify dishes for certain diets, which in a way has made her a better, more adaptable cook.   

Throughout this book, Koslow provides notes and thought bubbles that show how just about any dish can be modified for specific tastes and dietary needs, whether it needs to be gluten-free or vegan.   

Everything I Want to Eat captures the excitement of the food at Sqirl—think of a classic grilled cheese turned playful with the addition of tomato coriander jam—while also offering accessible recipes, like blood orange upside-down cake, that can be easily made in the home kitchen. Moreover, it’s an entirely new kind of cookbook and approach to how we are all starting to think about food, allowing readers to play with the recipes, combining and shaping them to be nothing short of everything you want to eat.

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So the last time I did one of these I was trying to get my hands on the audio book version of "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow, which I still haven't gotten. And because I couldn't get it then, I started reading "The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo" by Amy Schumer because Nicole recommended it to me.

Before I started "The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo" I didn't know how I'd feel about it because at that point I had never actually watched any of Amy Schumer's comedy, so I kinda went into the book blind. But that being said, I totally enjoyed the book. There were a lot of references to areas of Long Island I know very well, which is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much.

But I enjoyed it, it was a quick and fun read. 

Are you reading anything good? Lemme know!

December 8, 2016

Early Christmas Gifts + Giveaway | JORD Wood Watches...

The holidays are not so slowly creeping up and even though I already gave Justin his Christmas present, I'm sure there are still a handful of you out there that might still be looking for the perfect gift. And I obviously have a recommendation for all of you... Wood watches from JORD.

Yes, they gifted me a watch but I've owned another one (Which full disclosure, they sent to me also and you can read about here) for over a year now and have nothing but praise for JORD and their products, if I didn't I would not be talking to you all about them.

JORD, for those of you unfamiliar with them, is a watch company that creates beautiful timepieces out out a variety of sustainable wood and other high quality materials.

They recently started new customized engraving service just in time for the holidays and asked me if I wanted to give it a whirl. And because I love my Fieldcrest so much and don't want to share it with Justin anymore, I decided that I would and I would give the watch to Justin as a Christmas gift.

The particular piece I decided to get for Justin was the Conway (Dark Sandalwood & Burgundy) because it is just this gorgeous statement piece of a watch that would go with anything he is wearing. And there was just something about it that was so attractive and screamed gift for Justin.

In terms of the engraving, if you've been following me for a while you can probably kinda sorta guess what I had engraved... I had "I love you. Everlong." engraved on the back plate. I wanted to have "You've got to promise not to stop when I say when" because that lyric has always been a big part of our relationship, it was in our wedding vows to each other, etc. But the particular piece I chose had a twenty-five character limit. I mean, they have another engraving option where I could have had it done on the side of the box the watch comes in but I really wanted to have something done on the piece so that was always with him. So "I love you. Everlong." was it.

C'mon, that is one sweet engraved gift...

For those of you that wanna get down to the nitty gritty details on their customized engraving service... Like I mentioned above, JORD is offering two options for engraving. You can either do the watch engraving, where they engrave the back plate of the piece for an additional $35.00. Or you can have the wood engraving, where they engrave the side of the cedar wood presentation box that the watch comes in for an additional $45.00. Both options can be done in either block or script engraving. There are character limitations, so you'll have to visit the website to see those. And most importantly, engraving will extend your delivery time by up to seven business days so plan accordingly, customization is not a last minute thing but it is 150% worth it.

In addition to them generously giving me a watch for me to give as a gift, they've given me my very own gift card code to share with all of you. So if you click here you can fill out a form for a gift card (The gift cards are are available on a first come, first serve basis. One they are all redeemed, your gift card will no longer work).

So I hope you get to take advantage of that because these watches are seriously some of the most beautiful affordable time pieces I've come across and they make great gifts for any occasion. My sister's future brother-in-law actual received one from his bride the day of their wedding and he adores it.

If you do use the gift card code I'd love to see a picture of the piece you chose, and if you get the watch engraving what you had put on it or the side of the box.

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For anyone interested here is JORD's description, as well as the specs on the particular watch I chose to receive:

Master your time with the new Conway Series. The chronograph functionality allows you to tackle your day, down to the last second if necessary.Classic design meets modern detailing with custom knurling on both the bezel and wrist line, and a new band that feature complementary wood and stainless steel links. Deep burgundy is a subtle accent to the deep chocolate tones in the sandalwood case and band, perfect for the muted and masculine wardrobe.  

  • Sapphire crystal glass     
  • Luminescent hands     
  • Deployment buckle with push buttons     
  • Screw-down crown     
  • Case width: 42mm     
  • Case thickness: 12mm     
  • Lug ends: 49mm     
  • Band thickness: 20mm     
  • Band length: 161mm
I am honestly in love with this watch and wish it came in a smaller size for myself because it's slightly too big for my tiny wrists. But I'll keep rocking my Fieldcrest that I got last year while Justin rocks this one.

* FTC Disclaimer: Wooden Watches by JORD provided me with the watch to review but all opinions are my own.

December 6, 2016

Being P's Groomswoman | The Engagement Party...

This past Saturday night was Phil's engagement (Or engaygment) party where he finally asked people to be in his bridal groom party, which includes yours truly and my lovely husband.

He gave each of his nine party members (Yes, there are nine people on each grooms' side) a shot glass with our names, the wedding date and "Groomswoman" or "Groomsman" etched into it. And he gave his dad, whom he asked in the sweetest speech ever to be his best man, a beer glass with stuff etched on it. It was really cute.

Unfortunately I didn't take very many pictures because the lighting was really bad at the place where they had the party (And two days before the party I broke out in rashes/hives from eating something from a fast food restaurant, so my face was and still is jacked up). But despite a lack of photographic evidence, we had a great time at the party.

December 5, 2016

Major Key Alert | YouTube Red's The Keys Of Christmas...

Recently I was sent a press release for YouTube Red's upcoming holiday special "The Keys of Christmas” that's debuting on December 19th, 2016 and it's definitely a major key alert!

Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso 
Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, 
DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and more.

Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers    
YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.     

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.     

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.    
“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we're excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”    

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”     

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”     

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.
I really feel like YouTube is step up their game with YouTube Red and I'm excited to see what other originals they have coming out. Especially if they can get DJ Khaled on board for some more because I absolutely adore him! Like if you're on Snapchat and you aren't following Khaled, you are missing out.

Bless up!

December 1, 2016

Christmas Wishlist 2016...

Here are some of the goodies I'm asking Santa for this Christmas...

  1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM (Monogram Canvas) -- $1,340.00
  2. Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss -- $22.00
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Epic Noir Mascara & Gel Eyeliner Collector's Edition Set -- $28.00
  4. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo (Gold/Sour Cherry & Rose Gold/Fig) -- $14.00
  5. Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Gold-Tone Smartwatch -- $350.00 
  6. Apple Pencil -- $99.00 
  7. iPad Pro (9.7 Inch Display) -- $599.00
Is there anything you're dying for this holiday season? Lemme know!

Month In Review: November 2016...

♥ Spending time with mine and Justin's families.
♥ Random adventures in Montuak and Brooklyn with Phil, Justin and Rob.
♥ Going to the new Ichiran Ramen in Brooklyn and eating ramen exactly like I had in Japan.
♥ Making plans for next year.
♥ Joe Biden memes.
♥ Playing pool for hours with Dominic and Jade.
♥ Sleepover parties.
♥ Calling my father to tell him that Fidel Castro was dead.
Sunday At Muttontown Preserve
50 Random Facts About Me
Things I Hate | Commercials Featuring Librarians
Adventures In Brooklyn | Exploring Green-Wood Cemetery

♥ Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (2016 - Present) ♥ 
♥ Arrival (2016) ♥
♥ Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo (2015) ♥
♥ Rob & Chyna (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016) ♥