Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SHABBY APPLE WINNER

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I greatly appreciate all of your comments and support while hosting the Shabby Apple giveaway. Today I'm so happy to announce the one lucky winner chosen via random.org which was ASHLEY!!! (comment #1) Thank you all so so much for your entries, and Ashley when you have a free minute please email your contact info to adalou1(at)hotmail.com to claim your prize.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

JEWELRY I'M LOVING : BEE HIVE PENDANT

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Isn't this adorable! Yellow Owl Workshop does it again with this darling little beehive pendant (I'm in love with) which is currently available via Fab.com (link below) Enjoy and Happy Thursday!
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p.s. And don't forget to get yourself signed up for the Shabby Apple Giveaway here on the blog.

IMAGE SOURCE | Yellow Owl Bee Hive Necklace (FAB)

Monday, March 18, 2013

GIVEAWAY $50 TO SHABBY APPLE (ENDED)

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Hello and Happy Monday sweet friends! It's been a while since I've kicked off a giveaway on the blog, but I'm so excited today to offer you a chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to the wonderful Shabby Apple! I just love their clothing, which offers such a wide range for every style, size and budget. They have so many pretty pieces in their shop, that it makes it hard to find a favorite but I'm really drawn to their more vintage inspired collection. A few pieces I'm lovin' would have to be…

This vintage inspired swim wear, the Deckwork Top & Bottom oh swoon!
The cut and detailing of this mint colored Alice dress is lovely.
This retro garden party inspired yellow Twin Palms dress.
Of course I love shoes and these Zen flats are simply amazing!
And the nautical inspired Co-Ed Skirt is just darling.

So whatever your taste is, I'm sure that you'll find something you absolutely love at the Shabby Apple. To enter yourself in the $50 Giveaway please see the details below. Best of luck and a HUGE Thank You to Shabby Apple!
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HOW TO ENTER
Main Entry (Open to residents with a USA address Only)
It's as simple as linking over to "like/heart" Shabby Apple over on Facebook and then leave me comment below.

Additional Entries (please leave one additional comment per entry)
1.) Follow Shabby Apple via Twitter
2.) Tweet about this giveaway and include @shabbyapple and @adalouvintage in your tweet

* EXTRA INFO
Giveaway ends 11:30PM CST on Sunday, March 24th.
Contestants must have a USA shipping address to qualify for this giveaway.
Winner selected via Random.org & announced the following week.
Please make sure to include a way to contact you (email, site link, etc.) so I may contact you if you're our lucky winner.
If you do not claim your prize within 2 weeks a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

FOOD : MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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St. Patrick's Day is only a day away, so are you hungry for more green cookies? These ones were by far my favorite of the two that we made. And I may have found myself snacking on them even when I really didn't need one because they were just that tasty. Enjoy & Happy weekend!
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MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Approx. 40 Minutes || Serving 36 Cookies

Ingredients 
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

Directions
1.) Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks. 2.) Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. 3.) Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
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RECIPE INFO
Betty Crocker's Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
From my recipe book but also here
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

FOOD : CHOCOLATE-MINT THUMBPRINTS

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St. Patricks Day is almost here and that calls for green cookies! I have two recipes for tasty mint cookies; this first one is a lighter fluffier cookie called a Chocolate-Mint Thumbprint. They were fairly easy to make, just a bit lengthy in time and prepping. But they are oh so yummy which surely makes up for everything else. I'll share the next cookie tomorrow. Enjoy and happy cookie making :)
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CHOCOLATE-MINT THUMBPRINTS
Approx. 2 Hours + 15 Minutes || Serving 36 Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2 egg yolks
16 drops green food color
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter
18 crème de menthe (Andes Mints) chocolate candies, unwrapped, cut in half diagonally

Directions
1.) Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and the powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in peppermint extract, egg yolks and food color until blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt. 2.) Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Using end of handle of wooden spoon, press a deep well into center of each cookie. 3.) Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Reshape wells with end of handle of wooden spoon. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. 4.) In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, cream and 3 tablespoons butter on High 1 minute, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Fill each well with about 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture; garnish with candy piece. Let stand about 1 hour until chocolate is set.


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RECIPE INFO
Betty Crocker's Chocolate-Mint Thumbprints
From my recipe book but also here
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WEEKENDS VIA IG

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Weekends are busy busy an packed with activities, errands, chores but we also try to find time to kick back and relaxing some. This weekend I enjoyed a thrifting run and found a few treasures, we watching Wreck it Ralph (it's been on about 5x now since we opened it) played a slew of games with the kiddos, read books, visited Cabela's to look at the taxidermy (which the kids love and is free entertainment), was lazy on the couch with the kitty, jammed and danced to some tunes and had fun hamming it up and buying flowers with miss P... oh and practiced my braiding techniques on her little locks. Hope your weekend was happy!
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Monday, March 11, 2013

COLLECTIONS : ASSORTED COINS

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Happy Monday dear friends! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Well, I don't know much about this collection above which I spotted over on Things Organized Neatly, but I have always found coins so interesting and I just had to share them. There's obviously a variety of coins here and I just love those oval ones you can get from a souvenir shops while you may be visiting a zoo or other attraction. I actually have a small collection of those coins myself which I have been saving from little trips about with the kiddos. I also have been saving some other coins for the kiddos to look back on someday and admire vintage currency's. Do you collect coins?
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IMAGE SOURCE // Things Organized Neatly

Sunday, March 10, 2013

WEEKLY WRAP 19

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Hope you're weekends lovely.
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WEEKLY WRAP 19 (Links loved thru the weeks)
I'm really wanting a Crosley Portable Turntable in lime green or maybe orange...
Would love to try these yummy Carrot Cake Waffles
I would love a tattoo as absolutely gorgeous as this one (above).
Few Steps Forward Heel in Emerald via ModCloth
Been eyeing this 'Mister Mittens' Big Adventure Tee via Threadless for a while now
And it would pair nicely with this Cat Tote
Adorable scalloped dresses over on Oh So Lovely
Eaton Shoes via Toast, oh swooooon
Cute little snail tea bag holder
I heart vintage camera's (above)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

COLOR PALETTE 38

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A bit of color inspiration by a Kansas City local artist, Patrick Giroux. And don't forget that we spring ahead tonight for Daylight Savings time... whatta mean we loose an hour of sleep?! ;) Happy weekend sweet friends!
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IMAGE SOURCE // PRINT by PATRICK GIROUX (ETSY)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

WHAT I WORE : RED & BLACK STRIPES

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Hello and Happy Tuesday! It's been a while but I hope you're all doing well. I have surely had a busy month filled with many ups and downs but I think it's all starting to level off again an I'm feeling like it's time to get back into a routine. Oh how I miss the blog, and I've have so much I wanted to share. I'm going to reevaluate some series, keeping the ones I am really enjoying and minusing a few things here and there to add room for some new items. All in all it will still be and look the same but I'm trying to manage my work, life, and time more effectively and do what feels right for this space. But to kick off today I wanted to share a "What I Wore" post. Sorry it's a bit late, but better late than never, right? Right! It's back from my Valentines Day, which I know is a while ago, but I had shot these photos that day and enjoyed wearing a bit of black and red striped attire. Have a wonderful day sweet friends!
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Gray Top, Thrifted. Black Skirt, Thirfted. Tights, USToys. 
I am Loved Button, (Free) Helzberg Diamonds, Milan Clogs c/o Sandgrens Clogs.  



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