Tag! You're It.

    I was tagged today by sweet Kate at Kids & Cocktails. It's my first tag too, so, this is rather exciting!

    4 things I did today
    1.) Went grocery shopping
    2.) Finally bought the newest Domino
    3.) Played Frisbee with one of my pups
    4.) Watched my husband solder my laptop power cord to make it functional again! It was a scary moment when I thought it was a goner. He is definitely my hero!

    4 things on my to-do list
    1.) Learn how to fly a plane (long term to-do!)
    2.) Travel to Russia... and Peru... and India... and Ireland... and New Zealand... and ok, I'll stop here because truthfully the list is almost endless!
    3.) Make Apple Crisp- I've been wanting to make some for days, but haven't gotten around to it.
    4.) Finish some wedding thank-you notes (ack! I know, Mom! Some of the gifts only came in recently though.)

    4 of my guiltiest pleasures
    1.) The Hills & Army Wives...hokey shows? Yes. Am I addicted? Yes.
    2.) Currently, Peanut Brittle Ice Cream (sadly, a seasonal flavor)
    3.) Magazines (see below...)
    4.) Starbucks (which I haven't had in a while b/c I've been making my coffee at home every day. Oh, but a flavored soy latte and slice of pumpkin loaf- yum!!)

    4 random things you probably didn't know about me
    1.) I've been a vegetarian for 12 years, although for the last 6 or so, I have only been a semi-veg, as, on occasion, I will eat fish.
    2.) I am a complete magazine-addict and have a degree in Magazine Journalism, but I've never worked at a magazine.
    3.) I hate tomatoes (it's a texture thing,) but I love tomato-things: tomato soup, tomato-based sauces, salsa, etc. Oh, and fried green tomatoes- delicious!
    4.) In second grade when my youngest brother was born, I told my entire class his name was the one I had wanted, rather than the name my parents actually had given him! Embarrassing when I was busted two weeks later... :)

    Thanks Kate!

    If you'd like to participate, consider yourself tagged! Leave a comment; I'd love to read your list.Source URL: http://policfashion2011.blogspot.com/2008/09/
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This little piggy...

*A*M*A*Z*I*N*G*: Cookie Exchange!

    It's cookie exchange time...
    Amazing is the first word that came to my mind when I discovered Nancy's Fancy Cookies & Cakes this week. Please go take a look at the cookies in her Flickr photostream. Nancy is a true artist...her cookies are so incredibly beautiful! I'm in awe. I mean, just look at Henry the 8th up there! The cookie itself is so clever and then the detail work is, well, amazing!
    And, Hagrid! My son and I are reading the last Harry Potter book right now, so I couldn't wait to show him this cookie. It is so cool!

    Thank you, Nancy for being a part of "cookie exchange!" I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
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Window Shopping {LF Jewelry Designs}

    While I have bracelets and earrings a plenty, somehow I do not have the equivalent number of necklaces; they are an accessory that I love, yet do not manage to purchase quite as often.

    While doing a little "window" shopping, I came across these sweet, delicate and affordable necklaces from Etsy shop LF Jewelry Designs. I like that most of them appear dainty enough for easy everyday wear.

    In honor of her upcoming birthday and to celebrate the beginning of her last year in her 20s, the shop owner of LF Jewelry Designs is offering all regularly priced items at 20% off through the 2nd of October.

    *Update- Lindsay, owner of LF Jewelry Designs, wanted everyone to know that the first image was photographed by Cameron Kline PhotographySource URL: http://policfashion2011.blogspot.com/2008/09/
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Oh Sew Sweet

Sew Lovely

Sew, a needle pulling thread

Fancy Ladies

    In 1st grade, I had a "Fancy Ladies" birthday party. My distinguished guests and I were attired in the loveliest frocks from our respective dress-up collections, and we feasted in my family's dining room. If my memory is correct, my parents even served us with their finest china, crystal, and silverware (did they really? what were they thinking?? I am hoping now that they just set the table with "fancy" chargers!)

    I had such grand designs for the party, but halfway through dinner, I ended up crying on our steps. When my mom told me I needed to stop crying and rejoin my guests, I replied with the age-old classic, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to..." I then sang a woeful rendition of the chorus. Life is tough at the age of seven.

    Oh, and the reason for my tears? Two of my guests were absolutely not acting like "fancy ladies." I did return to the party, and soon my tears were all but forgotten.

    Thankfully, I have not found myself crying on my steps during any parties since, although, I have not hosted another "Fancy Ladies" party either! The "Syracuse" dinnerware, by R. Haviland & C. Parlon available at Horchow, makes me believe I would happily take the plunge again.Source URL: http://policfashion2011.blogspot.com/2008/09/
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Something different...Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls

    No cookies today...I thought I would supplement the cookies with a few other baked goodies here and there. What do you think?
    So, here is my project from yesterday....Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls. These are originally inspired by Bakerella. If you haven't been to her blog, go now! (I'll wait!) :) Months ago, I bookmarked her Red Velvet Cake Balls and added them to my "must make" list.

    A few weeks later, I got an email from my girlfriend, Terri, about making cake balls. Then, last week, my sister emailed me with two other sites, here and here, on making cake balls. I thought this must be a sign, I needed to make cake balls!

    This time of year, I really have a thing for pumpkin....I cannot get enough, so I made Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls. Mine are nowhere near as pretty as Bakerella's; I'm going to call them rustic. :) I added some chocolate jimmies because I had them on hand. They were such a hit. My son & I took them to a group we meet every week. I had 4 requests for the recipe within 1 minute!

    See the "rustic" crack and cake showing through? :)

    The possibilities are endless! I can't wait to try these again with other flavors. Let me know if you try these...I'd love to see your combinations!

    ....my son really had a good time helping to make these as well; this is a fun and messy project for kids!......

    Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls

    1 box French Vanilla cake mix (or yellow or plain vanilla)
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
    3/4 cup water
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    4 large eggs
    1 can cream cheese frosting
    chocolate candy melts or almond bark

    Beat everything together (ending with the eggs) according to the package instructions and bake in a 13 X 9" pan. Make sure the cake is completely baked (no gooey middle) before removing from the oven. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

    Crumble the cake apart in a bowl and add most of the can of cream cheese. Using your fingers, mix together until the cake holds together when formed into a ball. Add more frosting of necessary. Roll into balls of about a 2 bite size. This should make about 50. Place on cookie sheets lined with wax paper and refrigerate several hours.

    When ready to dip, melt the candy melts (I used two bags of melts total) a 1/2 bag at a time following the directions on the package. Roll with a spoon and place on another waxed paper lined sheet. Scatter on sprinkles if using while the chocolate is still wet. Store at room temperature.Source URL: http://policfashion2011.blogspot.com/2008/09/
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