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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fabulous Sixties

I finally watched A Single Man.  I don't know what took me so long, considering the imaginary, torrid love affair I am having with Tom Ford.  The whole movie was gorgeous (naturally) but this girl was my favorite.  I love the way all she did was stare and smoke.  And she has a fabulous (albeit a little trite) sixties look.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Couch Fantasy

Ha ha, funny.  Because I have been having my plaid couch fantasy again.  I love plaid.  I have always loved plaid.  I am sort of partial to plaid pants but I'll take any item of clothing in plaid.  Really, makes no difference to me.  Of course, it has to be a good plaid- not any old cheap looking plaid will do.  And no more Burberry check, please- I'm tired of it.  But lately I have been dreaming about a plaid couch again (the need comes and goes)- how fantastic would that be?   But good ones are not easy to come by.  In fact, I haven't found a single one I really like.  I mean there is this one from Anthroplogie.  But, well, it sort of, um, misses the the mark (Sorry, Anthro- no offense).

But why don't these other two lovelies come in plaid?  Is it too much to ask?  Surely, I am not the only one who has a plaid couch fantasy. 
p.s. to 40- yes, I did recently change my ultimate dream couch from the DWR Theatre to the DWR Bantam.  I don't know why, I just did.  And blue velvet is nice, but wouldn't it be a pet hair magnet?  Just saying......
Urban Outfitters

Design Within Reach

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dreaming of Blue Velvet Couches

I am dreaming of blue velvet couches. 

Any one of these would be more than welcome in my home.

What do you think?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Yummy Kahlua Pound Cake Recipe

I made this cake this week.

You can add frosting, too.

There are a few steps to the recipe, but the end result is worth the extra effort.

Try it.  You'll like it.

Kahlua Pound Cake:
Kahlua Fudge
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup coffee-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup water

3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda

Kahlua Glaze
4 oz semisweet chocolate
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 tbsp coffee-flavored liqueur

1.  Make fudge:  In saucepan, over low heat, mix ingredients.  Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring.  Cool.
2.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease and flour 10 in. tube pan.
3.  Make cake:  In small glass measure, mix milk and vanilla.  In large bowl of electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter and sugar 3 minutes or until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add flour (in fourths) alternately with milk mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour.  Spoon one third of batter (about 2 1/2 cups) into medium bowl.  Stir baking soda into fudge; stri into batter in medium bowl.  Pour half of remaining plain batter into tube pan.  Top with fudge batter; add remaining plain batter.  Bake 1 hour and 40 minutes or utnil tester insesrted in cake comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on wire rack 15 minutes; invert onto rack.
4.  Make glaze:  In food processor, chop chocolate.  In saucepan, heat butter, cream and liqueur to boiling.  With motor running, pour into chocolate; process until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.  Cool completely; drizzle over cake.
Makes 20 servings.

Notes:  I baked this in a bundt pan and it turned out fine.  Also, when making the glaze, I chopped the chocolate with a knife and poured the chocolate into the saucepan of cream and liqueur.  I was too lazy to take out my food processor.

You Know Me Too Well, 35!

In fact, I bought those glasses for myself last winter when I first saw them at Target.  But, true to form, I repeatedly washed the glasses in the dishwasher despite the label's clear instructions to not do so, and my glasses no longer wear the Stones logo.  So - perhaps I will make a trip to Target today (my third this week!) and buy myself another set of glasses, which set I may or may not put into the dishwasher.

As for my baby doll, she was very well taken care of, thank you very much.  She just looks like that because it was Christmas day, and she had had a long day of partying and had spent the previous night lying awake because she could not fall asleep under the tree.  Sure, she wasn't as well cared for as your dolls, but to imply that she was NEGLECTED is just cruel.

Love, 40 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Will 40 buy these?

I just found these at Target online. On clearance for $4.98.   I wonder how fast they will sell? 

p.s. 40, that is hilarious about the Toy Story/ profile picture connection.  Is that why I love that baby in the movie?  It must of reminded me of your doll.  Lord knows, my dolls were far too well cared for to ever look like that!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Toy Story Three Has Invaded My Brain

For Christmas, my parents gave my #3 the Toy Story 3 DVD.  It has been on a constant loop ever since. 

This evening, as I was preparing to write a post for this blog, I glanced at the picture of my sister and I that we posted for our About Us section.  I got so distracted by the creepy resemblance that the doll I am holding bears to "Baby" in Toy Story 3 that I am no longer fit to write a post.  You fans will have to wait.

Love,  40