Daily Candy

Tattoos are my favorite thing in the world to purchase.  I love the commitment they inspire, I mean, they are a fun, permanent gift to yourself.  Tattoos are something I look forward to getting, unless, they are on the inside of your arm.  This is the most painful spot, along with the ditch of my elbow, that I have got tattooed, to date.

On a lighter note, here are some new pictures!




What is your next tattoo, or first tattoo, idea?

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweetness Overload

I opened my email today, and much to my surprise, there is a new store going into Zona Rosa, one of my favorite shopping centers in KC.  It is called Chocolaterie Stam.

Here is some brief info on it: Chocolaterie Stam (Located next to Yogurtini in the Dillard’s District)
As early as 1817, an ancestor of the Stam Family ran a bakery that over time would develop a reputation for pastries and chocolates. In 1913, Jacobus Stam, upon urging from his clients decided to specialize in chocolates exclusively. Hence, Chocolaterie Stam was created. In the late 70’s it was felt that America would appreciate the delicious chocolate treats as much as Netherlanders, and so it was. Now Americans can experience a nearly 100 - year Dutch tradition of fresh cream and nut filled chocolate bonbons from Chocolaterie Stam everyday.

I *CANNOT* wait til this opens! I love, love, love chocolate, so I think I will be there as soon as the doors open.  It is also right beside yogurtini, and if you have been reading my blog, you know I am already in love with that place!

My email only specified that it opens in November, so I am hoping Zona Rosa personnel mean November 1st!

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Make out Mondays ~Things i love this week~

1.  All I want for Christmas is a.......Canon T2i

2.  The Wonder Years is now playing on HUB TV.  Apparently this channel replaced Discovery Kids (?), but really I don't care because it is showing old episodes of Doogie Howser, and The Wonder Years.  I *LOVED* these shows when I was growing up!

3.  Band of Horses.  If there is anything else playing in my head, right now, besides Neko Case, it is Band of Horses.

 

4.  Getting Tattooed! I am finally(!) finishing my sleeve this week.  You know what sucks worse than getting the inside of  your arm tattooed?........nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  I am not looking forward to this, but I am looking forward to it being finished!
Stay Sweet,
Kem

Snack Attack Sweetness

Right now, Kansas City is having beautiful weather. It is 61 degrees outside, a little cloudy, but a perfect fall day. I am having a hard time wanting to give up the bounty of delicious summer fruits and veggies, but there are a few things in the fall I really look forward to making and sharing with friends. One being warm fruit compote with maple whipped cream. Just thinking about it makes me hungry! This recipe is a great end to an autumn inspired dinner. Let me know what you think!


Warm Fruit Compote and Maple Whipped Cream
Ingredients
2 cans of diced peaches
2 cans of pear halves
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 8oz jar of strawberry jam (seedless)
1 can cherry pie filling.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open all cans of fruit and drain off liquid into a reserve bowl. (Do not drain off cherry pie filling, that would be too hard and ridiculous) Place drained fruit into a 9x13 baking dish, along with cherry pie filling. In a sauce pan combine strawberry jam and a cup of the reserved fruit liquid. Turn on medium heat and let jam melt into fruit liquid until consistency of syrup. (You may want to add more reserved fruit liquid if you like). When heated through, add to 9x13 baking dish and stir into fruit. Place baking dish in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Serve warm topped with Maple Whipped Cream

Maple Whipped Cream
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp of Pure Maple Syrup

Beat cream in a mixer until peaks start to form. Add maple syrup and mix until firm. ( *special tip* make sure your bowl and beaters are chilled before to ensure a great result with whipped cream)

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Fashionista Fridays

My latest obsession for fall: Capes or capelets!  These are out everywhere now.  I even picked up two new ones at Old Navy last week.   These are not traditional "capes" but they are shaped like a cape and come in wonderful colors.
Here are a few more I am IN LOVE with!



I would pair all of these with skinny jeans and my favorite lace up frye boots.  Do you have a favorite fall look right now?  What is inspiring your transition from summer to winter wardrobe?

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweetness Overload ~ DIY

You know when you are out at a thrift store, or a flea market, there is always that one section of dishware, that you can stare endlessly at and wonder "What could I do with all this stuff?"  Well, here is an idea. I like to think of it as a vintage treasure display.  Simply, it is vintage, mismatched china plates combined with mismatching taper candlestick holders or bud vases to create something new and fabulous!
Really you could use these for anything.  Cake displays (maybe cupcake displays), jewelry displays.  I use mine to hold perfume and pretty bottles of face wash in my bathroom, and the one near my nightstand holds rings and necklaces.


This crafty trick is super simple. Pick up an assortment of vintage china plates.  They can be mismatched, or even matching ones would be cute, especially in a group setting. Next, make sure to grab a couple of candlestick holders in varying heights and sizes.  Thrift stores ALWAYS seem to have these. Take all your treasures home to assemble.

What you will need:
  • Spray paint.  (any color you would like to paint the candle holders.  I chose metallic colors in silver and hammered copper.)
  • gorilla glue.  *side note* I tried super glue and it did NOT do the trick, so gorilla glue it is.
  • Your assembly of plates and candle holders.
First paint your candlestick holders and allow to dry.  After they are dry, you will want to make sure your plates are free of dust, dirt, and price tags.  Lay out an old sheet or drop cloth.  Decide which plates will look best with which candle holder by trying out several combinations.  Let your eye be your guide!
 Apply a small layer of glue around the rim of the candlestick and with the plate laying face down adhere the candle holder to the center of the plate.  *This is important do not move the plates or candle holders.  let them dry overnight, even if your think they are dry, they are not.  Turning these treasure right side up now, just to sneak a peak will encourage the smallest amount of glue to run down the candle holder and onto your very cute table runner and ruin it, I mean, cause drips.  Can you tell I know this from experience?*

After you have let them dry, you are free to use them how you please.  I would love to see how you take this fun idea and make it your own.


Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweetness Overload

Last year my friend, Bianca, gifted me the beginnings of a small obsession.  She introduced me to Penzeys Spices.  This company is a fairly small, family oriented company that qualifies itself on the basis of providing spectacular ingredients at a reasonable price.

I have never really been a spice or herb snob, that is until Bianca gifted me a "Baker's Set" for Christmas last year.  It was all wrapped up in a cute little box and included Chinese Cinnamon, Natural High Fat Cocoa, Baking Spice, Double Strength Madagascar Vanilla, along with fresh nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves.
Not only does this company sell spices for baking, they sell just about every spice you can think of.  Even ones you would never think of.
My pantry is now stocked with ONLY Penzey's Spices.  I have slowly, but surely, replaced all of my spice cabinet with these delicious herbs and spices.  Penzeys' offers their goods through stores scattered across the US and through catalog and online sales.  I love receiving their catalog because it is full of recipes submitted by fellow Penzey's Spice addicts. 

Every time a new catalog comes out, they offer a new little treat with your order.  Sometimes it is a free jar of spices, sometimes it is a promotional offer on a set. Right now the are running a special on a 4 jar gift set that is perfect for the holiday season.  

Make sure to visit their website  http://www.penzeys.com and start living "La Dolce Vita" (the sweet life) because usually if you ask me why my recipe was so good or delicious, its because I used something from Penzey's.

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Make-out Mondays ~Things I love this week



 



 


 1.  Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunnies. 

2.  Hunter Wellies  I am ***IN LOVE*** with these boots.  I am going to Ireland in 2012 with some friends (I know its 'in advance' but a girls' gotta save) and I just know I am going to be so glad I got a pair before I go.  Besides, if they are good enough for Nicole Richie and Kate Moss to clunk around it, I think I can definitely wear them with confidence.

3. Heys Luggage. This, too, is something I want before I travel the globe.  They are a hard shell luggage and anyone who has traveled anywhere knows luggage gets torn up.  I currently have a beautiful teal Diane Von Furstenberg bag that is tore to shreds courtesy of Delta Airlines.  So, I am in need of an update.

4. Yogurtini. If you have not been to this place, and you LOVE frozen yogurt, then RUN, don't walk to get to one nearby.  I love, love, love this place.  It never gets old and it is completely customized to your palate. Yogurtini® strives to bring you only the finest frozen yogurts and toppings.  There are 16 different flavors to choose from and over 70 different toppings to help you create the dessert of your dreams.  My favorite is the House Plain Tart Yogurt with granola and chocolate chips.  Delish!

5.  Neko Case. I have really enjoyed Neko Case's music for awhile now, but right now her album is on repeat in my head and earphones.  Her voice is like honey to me.  Smooth, sweet, and completely addictive.

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Forever Autumn

 I LOVE OCTOBER.  The leaves are starting to change in Kansas City, finally! Although, we are still enjoying a Indian summer (temps in the upper 70's and low 80's), I am kind of secretly wishing the weather away to a more fall like climate.


These are the small white pumpkins we grew by accident this year

Because Halloween, my favorite holiday, is right around the corner, my house now looks like the "crazy" house on the block.  We go crazy for this holiday and the closer we get to October 31st, the better the decorations get.  No worries, pictures will follow.


It also means it is time for Apple Cider.  I have made this quite a bit already.  I just leave it simmering in my crock-pot, and dish it out when I feel like it.  It is one of my favorite fall inspired drinks.  Below is my favorite recipe for Hot Apple Cider.  Think of it like liquid apple pie.  I like to top it off with homemade whipped cream, and a cinnamon stick.


Hot Apple Cider

Serves 6
  • 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks. (MarthaStewart.com)