First Night ~ Boston

While I plan to spend New Year's Eve at home tonight with The Fabulous Boyfriend, if you live in New England and you're feeling adventurous, check out Boston's First Night activities.  The city pulls out all the stops for New Year's Eve, with their infamous ice sculptures dotting the cityscape.
Whatever you're doing tonight, I hope it's magical!  Here's to a beautiful 2012!


Have you discovered Polyvore yet?  Watch out - you'll get addicted!  You can browse through hundreds of art images and fashion pieces and put together your own ensembles.  I created these two tonight...

My dream outfit...appeals to my vintage-gypsy-girly self.

Burgundy Brunch

Glamorous dress
$121 -

Gucci coat

J.Crew round toe shoes
$250 -

Alcozer & J post earrings
$168 -

Biba floppy hat
£44 -

Honey Mulled Wine Recipe

Winter has officially arrived, and in my corner of the world, it's time to hunker down and try to stay warm...I think I'll try this as an accompaniment to a warm fire and a good book this weekend!

Honey Mulled Wine Recipe

  • Cook time: 10 minutes
Make sure you use a wine that you like to drink! If it isn't good cold, it's not going to be any better hot.


  • 1 750ml bottle of zinfandel, or other full-bodied robust red wine that you enjoy drinking
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 15 black peppercorns
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick for the wine, more sticks (optional) for serving
  • Thin peels of lemon zest for serving


Into a 2-qt saucepan, put the wine, water, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and honey (if you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste). Heat until steamy and lightly simmering.
Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.
Yield: Makes one quart. Serves 5 to 6.

{photo and recipe via Simply Recipes}

Crusade ~ Kyrstyn Pixton

A Danish Christmas

 When my mother was a toddler in the early 50s, my grandparents moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, for five years while my grandfather worked at the American Embassy.  When they returned to the States, they continued to celebrate the Christmas traditions of their beloved adopted country, eventually sharing them with all of us.

One of them was making heart ornaments like these...

I have really happy memories of making these as a child.  Want to learn how?  Visit this link.

And then there is this dessert:
 Ris a la Mande (rice pudding with almonds).  The cherry topping is a must. I just adore it!  To follow tradition, add one whole almond to the batch, and the person who ends up with the almond in their serving gets a special little gift. Find the recipe here.
And because the Danes can't get enough cherries, finish off the night with some Cherry Heering.  It was the first liqueur I ever tasted....wonderful.
Glaedelig Jul!