Todays Finds!

New things for me:
Today I subscribed to the Do It Yourself, magazine as well as Real Simple, magazine! Can't wait to get these.

On the Do It Yourself website, they have a cool Free download section!! Yes, Free!

Then, I had heard of Food Everyday, by Martha Stewart, but had not checked it out until today... Why did I wait so long @@@*****!!! Check it out, I found a few great comfort food recipes..

And last but not least: I found this recipe, which I had seen on Barefoot Contessa, but couldnt remember the name.. Found it.. here it is:

Pecan Squares
  • Cook Time

    45 min

  • Level


  • Yield

    20 large squares



10 min
Inactive Prep
45 min
55 min



  • 1 1/4 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 cup good honey
  • 3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pounds pecans, coarsely chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18 by 12 by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside. It will be very sticky; sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Allow to cool.

For the topping, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, and zests in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, using a wooden spoon to stir. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bars and serve.

More Blog Love... Ramblings of a Renovating Couple & Brooklyn Limestone

Found a new one today! New to me anyways...

Great stuff, decor, design, clean, simple with a relaxing feel!

Or how about the creative style of Brooklyn limestone... unique and affordable ideas!

Out with the Old, In with the New?

No, I don't think so! On this one, Starbucks has not convinced me on the new....

I am more of a tea drinker than coffee, with that said the Barista offered me a sample of their new "tea latte".. she said it was a blend of this and a hint of that.... well I already drink my tea with milk and splenda... aka London Fog.. To me this is just a ploy to get you to pay more, for what you are already buying! Anyways, I didn't like it!
They can keep the sugar free vanilla syrup for other things and leave me
with the old.. :)

The Old stays!

Flood in the Garage and Basement!

Well, unfortunately this could have been prevented if we had turned off the outside spiket when we were supposed too, but we forgot!
So, luckily Bella needed to go outside at 5:30am. When I came down stairs it sounded like a tropical storm, only it was dry outside! The foyer was flooded as well as the garage.. Thankfully we had not put the new flooring in yet!

this wheel barrow was in the middle of the garage (just to give you an idea of how much water was shooting

pavement wet a day later

Limited drywall damage (so we thought)

the whole in the middle of the

pipe on Left side

(incase you can't read it, it says.... $227)

Paining the Ceilings! Sunday January 18th 2009

We asked Joel (painting extraordinaire) to come back and paint the ceiling on our second floor after we had a leak from the bathroom upstairs.. The bright white, makes a big difference! We should have just painted them in the first place!

Taking down the Tree

YEAH! tomorrow I will take down the tree, the last visitor has seen the tree and the town Tree Recycling comes around tomorrow!! Finally get the house back to normal!

I finally organized the pantry!

BEFORE: Oh so messy, can't find anything!

AFTER: Each container labeled and organized.. YEAH!!