Posts tagged ‘christmas’

December 18, 2012

Savory Bread Pudding – Christmas Menu Must Have

It just hit me today that Christmas starts this weekend.  Wow.  How did that happen?  And how is it a surprise every year?  I have to say that I am super excited.  All of my shopping is done and the menu is planned.  Now I just have to impatiently wait.

We got the opportunity to test a couple new recipes last weekend when we had a small, intimate Christmas dinner with some friends.  It was similar to Friendsgiving but with glitter and the scent of pine!  Of course I forgot to take photos of the food.  We were too excited about consuming one of the best holiday meals we have ever had.  Photos of the dinner décor will have to do.

My favorite dish was a savory bread pudding.   I wanted a twist on the traditional stuffing.  I was a little nervous the texture would be strange, but oohhh girl.  It was so good that I am blogging about it without a photo just because you need to put it on your menu immediately.   I have eaten it every day since Saturday, and I am making it again on Christmas day.  Just writing about it makes me want to go grab a bite.

I adapted a recipe I found on West Elm’s site.  Yeah, they occasionally post recipes.  Who knew?  This should be easier to follow than my usual recipe posts since they provide actual measurements!

Leek and Prosciutto Bread Pudding

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups leeks, sliced 1/4” thick (white and light green only)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • fresh pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2.5 cups whole milk
  • 2.5 cups heavy cream
  • nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 2/3 cup gruyere, shredded
  • 6 slices of prosciutto, cut into thin strips
  • 2 loaves of brioche or challah, cubed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • .5 cup roasted shiitake mushrooms (toss with olive oil and salt and roast at 400 until crispy)

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt butter over medium heat and add leeks.  Season with salt and cover.  Stir as needed.  Cook until leeks are soft, about 15 minutes.  Now season again with S&P to taste.

In a large bowl mix together the eggs, milk, cream, large pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and  cheese.  Add the leeks to the bowl and toss to combine.

In a buttered baking dish, line the dish with the bread.  Pour the mixture over the bread.  Let soak for 15 minutes.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until pudding is set and the top is brown and bubbly.

Scatter with the mushrooms, chives, and a bit of truffle oil before serving.


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December 2, 2012

Christmas Crafts

Christmas crafts with poinsettias.

Some people call me a scrooge because I don’t like most Christmas decorations.  I don’t like Santa hats.  I don’t like ornaments.  I don’t even like the color red.   But I love mercury glass, glitter, small live trees, and candles.  I have the Christmas spirit; it is just a little unexpected.  We also live in a little bungalow, so I choose to have just a few things that represent the holidays.

Holidays = crafts and my first project was this morning.  I purchased a couple small poinsettias (not red ones) and came up with a different way to display them with things I had around the house.

The first step was to immediately trash the foil wrapper around the pot.  Tacky.  Then I found some small glass containers that are meant to hold candles.  Because the containers are clear glass, I had to find a way to hide the pot and dirt.  The containers are also not a perfect cylinder, so wrapping the outside of it would have been a chore.  So…I wrapped the inside!  I just used some cheap butcher paper I had in a closet.  After all that it was still looking a little boring.  I didn’t have any ribbon, but I found some fancy schmancy baker’s twine.  I gave the outside of the containers a few twirls and called it a day.  I think it is pretty cute!



December 28, 2011

Christmas Favorites

The Christmas season is officially over. Our Charlie Brown tree is on the curb, and the leftover goodies are in the trash. No more temptation for me to eat crap or for Fred to drink from the tree every evening. Now it is time to share with you a few of my favorites from this holiday season.

My favorite holiday decoration. Sherman dressed up as Rudolph. If the name Sherman is causing any confusion, we renamed him when the husband pointed out that Anita was a girl’s name and girl deer do not have antlers.

My favorite gift I gave. Handmade stationary for my mom-in-law. It turned out even better than I expected. And it took longer than I expected.

My favorite gift I received. It is a close race. It was my iPad (welcome to the end of 2011, self-proclaimed Mac girl!), but I have been wearing my new Bose noise cancelling headphones all evening while the husband watches golf. They just might be a godsend.

One of my favorite moments. Watching the husband and his grandma laugh until they cried while watching talking animal videos on his phone.

Now we have one major event left; a NYE party hosted by us! We get to use all our new serving pieces and the 40 place settings we have stored from the wedding. Who wants to do dishes on Jan 1 for me?

November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift: Classic Timepiece

Already stressed about finding a present for your man?  No need to worry.  I did all the leg work for you.  But I am assuming you have the same impeccable taste as me.

My favorite piece of wrist candy this season is by Braun.  Yes, that old electric razor company.  It probably sounds a little cliche to give your SO a watch for Christmas, but this one is worth it and you won’t have to pay absurd Rolex prices.  I adore classic timepieces.  Thin leather bands with an almost completely flat face.  It is subtle and tasteful.

If you are a professional (young or old), do not wear the clunky and chunky disaster of a trend you see on so many men.  It is like putting ghettofied rims on your car.  Do you really want to wear a piece of ghetto on your wrist?  Or better yet…ladies, do you really want to be seen with your man while he is wearing a piece of ghetto on his wrist?  I didn’t think so.

Give him the gift of style this holiday season.



December 10, 2010

Signature Scent

I only have one item on my Christmas list this year.  The Scent of Peace by Bond No. 9 New York.  Assuming Santa is good to me, I am going to change my long-time signature scent from Astor Place, also in the Bond family.  It’s taken me a year to make the change.

The entire Bond No. 9 collection is fabulous, but The Scent of Peace had me at first sniff.  Dustin and I were fragrance and Rolex (window) shopping when he first introduced me to it.  I gave myself a little squirt and immediately wanted to snuggle my own neck. Dustin’s first comment was, “Misty, that makes me want to lick you.”  At that moment I knew The Scent of Peace was a must have.  I’ve been a Bond fan for awhile.  Prior to Astor Place, my scent was Bryant Park.  I’m working my way through the family.  The best part is that you can layer them. It is like building a wardrobe.  Each combination creates an entirely new scent.

I’m not sure how the bf will take the change.  I wore a different fragrance once in the last year.  He kept looking at me like I was a different woman.  It threw him off for the entire evening.  He’ll have to adjust.  The Scent of Peace will be mine in 15 days.

Check out the Bond No. 9 story

The Scent of Peace

October 21, 2010

Selfish Gift Giver

Sometimes I am a selfish gift giver.  Shush…we all are at some point.  I love shopping for cufflinks.  They are like cocktail rings for men!  They are also the only piece of jewelry (other than a wedding band) men can pull off without toeing the d-bag line.  They are little pieces of flair that tastefully show your personality.

Christmas is coming and I can promise you that the bf will be getting at least one pair.  And they won’t be the boring silver knots or tacky sports logos.  They will be pure style.  He reads TPJ occasionally, especially after the Skankasaurus Ex post, so I can’t reveal what pair I will give him.

I think I deserve an early Christmas present.  I’m on the search for pink crystal skulls and crossbones.  They will look smashing with a conservative pencil skirt and blouse.

Here are a few of my favorite sites for affordable finds.

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