Happy Weekend!

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I cannot believe it is time to start thinking about Christmas, time is flying by.  Last night, we made more progress on the closet, the shelves are officially in and I can start unpacking and organizing the rest of my clothes, yay.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  I have been pinning Holiday decor ideas like crazy the past week, I think the Christmas decorating bug has finally hit… I am ready to start decorating!

This year will be a new challenge.  I am going to have to scale down my decorations a little from years past.  I am excited, I think it will get me thinking outside of the box.  Have you started your decorating yet?

Since the age of 13, it has been my tradition to pick out and put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving.  I’m running a little behind this year.  I realized a few weeks ago, I have no room in my apartment for a large tree, maybe this year multiple small trees will be in the scheme, I’m still planning.  My goal is to have the decorations up next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday is the your last chance to enter The Enchanted Fig giveaway, winner announced Monday.  Click here to enter.

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Tasty Thursday: Chocolate Lava Cake

Boy oh boy, do I have a dessert recipe for you today!  If you’re searching for something a little different for Christmas dessert this year, this is your recipe.  I made it a couple of  weekends ago for family and friends, it was a topic of conversation all weekend.

Chocolate Lava Cake: serves 8

Ingredients:

20 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate

1 c. of butter

6 large eggs

3 egg yolks

1 c. of flour

1 c. of powdered sugar

4 TBSP. of cocoa powder

2 tsp. of salt

Butter and cocoa for dusting ramekins

Prep:

1.Pre-heat the oven to 420 degrees. Brush ramekins with butter and dust with cocoa, set aside.

2.Melt butter and chocolate in a double broiler.   Set-off heat to cool.

3.Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt and cocoa powder).

4. Once chocolate is cool, mix with eggs.  Mix in dry ingredients to the egg mixture, mix until smooth.  Fill each ramekin with cake batter, leaving 1/2″ to the top of the ramekin.

5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes.

6. Remove cake from ramekin.  Cut around each cake with a knife to loosen it.  Next, hold a plate over the ramekin and flip the ramekin over using oven mitts.  The cake will fall to the plate.

7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

* I served ours with a little vanilla ice cream and pomegranates.  It was to die for!

8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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A Girl’s Best Friend…

They say, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”  and for the most part I agree.

I think a close second has to be the closet.  For the past three months I have been living with one very small closet, it is really more like a built-in wardrobe and at this point, I would definitely take a second closet over a diamond.

One day, I dream of having a drop-dead gorgeous closet, like this…

 

But until that day arrives, I am really ecstatic about the latest project starting in my apartment…the beginning of a new closet.

Framing started last night.   Hopefully tonight we will get the sheetrock up and a door frame installed.

It is small, only about 12″ deep, but it will be filled floor to ceiling with shelves.  I am excited to finally be able to unpack the rest of my clothes that have been stored in space saver bags under my sofa and bedside table!  We are building it so that it can stay or be removed when I move out.  The corner of my bedroom that we are building it in is wasted space , I think it is a huge asset to the apartment.

I think once I am able to get my clothes put away I will finally be ready to start personalizing my apartment.  At the moment, I am gearing up to start decorating for Christmas!

Have you started putting up your holiday decorations yet?

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