Posts Tagged 'pioneer woman'

December 10 – 11: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments

Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments, pinned on Pinterest via Megduerksen.typepad

Countdown to Christmas, peeps — I could do with a little or a lot of the following:

* The FREE Curious Jane art-book-making event for girls at 61 Local in Carroll Gardens this weekend, Sunday from 11am – 1pm. You can totally drop your daughter and then go Christmas shopping — !!!.

* Pretty delicates from Journelle. (Can someone say “gift for mom?”)

* The Pioneer Woman’s Christmas Rum Cake. Chrissy made this last year and, dang, it’s good. Hello, spiked holiday cake! Yes, it involves a cake mix and instant pudding. Trust me — you won’t care.

* Joe’s Jeans in Fifty-Five Colors. I’ll start with the deep lavender, but I’ll take all 55. Thanks!

(Photo, a Pinterest pin from: Megduerksen.typepad)


Weekly Menu, January 9-15

Yesterday was officially the last day of Christmas in our house. Today we’ll strip the tree, put away the lights and ornaments, take down the garland, fold the stockings away for next year. The new year will be officially here!

Is it bad to say I'm tired already?

I see everyone is trying to eat better, and yesterday at the Y with the kids, the lines for adult classes were long, everyone looking full of purpose and conviction. I’ve been thinking a lot about this eating better thing, and really came up with two or three things (more or less the same things that are always on my list): try to limit the amount of red meat we eat each week, pack more superfoods into our diets, and drink less wine. The first one I do pretty good with (except this week), the second and third could use some work.

The Menu (in which I fail spectacularly at food goal #1):

Sunday: Summer favorite Steamed Halibut with Juniper Berries rides again. Sautéed lemon-y green beans as a side.

Monday: Spaghetti & Meatballs courtesy of The Family Kitchen. I’m going to make the meatballs today so it’s especially no-fuss for Monday. Leafy green salad with simple vinaigrette.

Tuesday: Orecciette with Walnuts and Roasted Broccoli via Real Simple

Wednesday: Shiitake Mushroom, Black Bean & Spinach Burritos- an old favorite inspired by the now-defunct BEAN in Williamsburg

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie a la The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Made the pie crust in a few minutes of down-time yesterday so we’re ready to go.

Friday: Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin (from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table) with her Broth Braised Potatoes & a side salad.

Saturday: Pizza night!

Shiny Brite Great Gifts for Mom

Okay, this is really my personal Christmas list, but I think many moms would like what I want. Santa Baby, bring it!

The New York Times, delivered at home. Seriously, I miss it. We canceled our subscription as part of our cost-cutting measures of the great recession of 2008. I’ve tried to read online. I really, really have. Here’s the thing: there’s nothing like actually holding the paper and reading it. Oh, what a luxury. And, yes, it’s true that I ignore the op-eds and read the news section last but what of it? I want my NYT! I want my food section, arts section, home section, style section, endless weekend, real estate, etc etc etc.

A full body day of beauty a la The Wizard of Oz: facial, massage, nails, hair. Have you watched WOZ lately? The part where the whole gang gets spiffed up before meeting the Wizard? (Hop over to YouTube above for a little WOZ interlude.) I think that’s what I need.

Pants. That fit. I lost about 25 pounds in the last year and I mean I HAVE NO PANTS THAT FIT. None. Except two pairs of jeans that I can’t wear to work. Help!

A haircut. What I wouldn’t do to meet Sally Hershberger.

These boots for everyday (thanks Ree Drummond for the inspiration — these look amazing).

Frye "Jane" Boots, $297 at

Come to think of it, I’d love Ree’s cookbook:

The Pioneer Woman Cooks, $27.50

Rain boots. A girl needs rain boots and these would be perfect — love the heel! (tho for the life of me, I don’t know why Kate’s team decided to call these boots “Randi”):

Kate Spade "Randi" boots, $125 (if you can find 'em cheaper, call me!)

A full slip to wear under dresses. Romantic AND practical.

Farr West Slip, $75 from

I’m a beauty product junkie, and Lucky Magazine’s 10 Best Beauty Products of the Past Decade had me at hello. I’d love the Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment, the Ojon Restorative hair treatment, or almost anything on the page (except the Instant Spray Shampoo and anything where the color is “greige”).

$48 @

Purse-size perfume. Like a lipstick, this could be just the thing to perk up your day. I’m completely coveting a friend’s perfume. Can’t get that — too weird — so the next best thing would be Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien.

Help us, indeed

A St. Monica charm for my bracelet. St. Monica is the patron saint of patience. Enough said.

Another find from the December issue of Lucky is a taste of Paris: a candle from Ladurée, the wonderful Parisian tea room:

Mimosa candle, $68 at

Oh, really, there’s such a list (I held back the iPad, the Anthropologie gift certificate, gloves & hat combo etc, etc).

I’ve been good almost all year…

For more NYC mama gift ideas, read Melisa’s Christmas list.

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