a bit of this, a bit of that

6:05 PM

Canada wins Gold....

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and Sidney Crosby
comes out of
a scoring rut
in the
Olympic
Men's Hockey
Gold Medal Game
to score
the only goal that counts
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Way to go Canada!!




Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Love & Hugs

xOxO Nerina


7:56 PM

Neck Romance...

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I love to wear a necklace everyday!!

Mostly, I'm a pearl girl,
so when I took a visit to Anthropologie,
you can imagine, I was in girlie heaven.
The styles are fabulous
and a bit outrageous...something for everyone
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This is my favorite....pearls of course,
with a little somethin somethin

Metalwork Corsage

Mint Drop

Splendid Catch


Season's Blooms

Austrian Crystal Bib
~ Anthropologie....My Goodness Me !!

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Would you wear this fairly chunky type

or do you prefer a more dainty necklace
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I think I love them all
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Happy Weekend!!

Hugs, Nerina xOxO


10:55 PM

Friday Fitness Fanatic!!

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Right now.....where I am anyway...the weather is cold and there is tons of snow. The only good thing is that you can cover up with layers and disguise your body.
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Before we know it, Spring will be here....yahoo....wait a minute, then we will have to discard the layers and show our true bodies. Are you ready for that!!
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I want to wear some pretty ruffled sleeveless tops and dresses this year...don't you
It's time to get off that sofa and shake some bootie, hopefully, to shed a bit of that booty so it won't shake quite so much!!
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These are a few of my favorite videos to help you sweat, major plus, you can do them in the comfort and privacy of your own home.....so when you shed those layers, everyone will think you look like that all year long.

Slim in 6 is the best thing

since sliced bread...try it...it really works




Tony Horton, Shaun T and Brett Hoebel...these guys are the infomercial Fitness Gurus. Great programs, but they really kick your butt and you gotta make sure you have a towel and some absorbine junior.

If you want quick results, any of these programs will work...but you really gotta work...they are not for sissies!!

What is your favorite way to get fit?

Have some fun today, turn on some music, dance like no one is looking, pop in a DVD, burn calories and feel great!!

Love and Hugs
xOxO Nerina

5:48 AM

Czech Mate...

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and they go home
without
a medal in Men's Hockey....an upset...I'd say so!!


Unfortunately, the (in some people's minds) Gold medal favorite were crushed in the Men's Olympic Quarterfinal game by the Canadians. I don't watch much Hockey these days, but this was a spectacular game...so much excitement right out of the gate and then you just hung on because you knew anything could happen. With a score of 7 - 3, I'd say the winner was clear.


Now they just have to harness their emotions and keep their composure to win the next 2 games. In 2006 after Russia defeated Canada, Russia fell apart and did not get a single point in the next two games.....that will not happen for us...we will play the our best, when it counts...fingers crossed!!!! We know they will be waiting for us in Sochi 2014!!

Bring your "A" Game boys!!



We now have Hockey Gold in our sights

for the Men

as well as the Women....look out!!

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Canada gained 3 medals yesterday,


It seems the ladies are kicking butt,

Gold and Silver in Women's Two-Man Bobsleigh,



Silver in Women's Short Track 3000m
Speed Skating Relay

and


1 Bronze for Women's 5000m Speed Skate



What will today bring!!

Enjoy the snow flurries!!


xOxO Nerina





8:25 AM

Canadian Spirit!!

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Canada has 6 gold medals now....for 11 in total...I know...I know...all of you Americans out there are saying...whatever....we have 7 gold...26 in total.


You know what...this is a wonderful opportunity for all of the worlds greatest winter athletes to shine and shine they are!!



We witnessed a Canadian skater take the first step and finish in 3rd place before the next round to winning a medal last night after the sudden tragic death of her very young (55 years) mother just this past week. We watched her soldier on, as her Mother would have wanted her to and fight to do what she was born to do.....way to go Joannie Rochette, your skate was a testament to your spirit. Your Mother would be so proud!!




Let's not forget the Men's Hockey team
who defeated Germany last night 8 - 2.




Are you ready to beat the Czech Republic
tonight...can't wait for the game!!


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Have a fantastic day everyone!!


xOxO Nerina


11:37 PM

Pink Ruffle Love !!

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If you love the color Pink, please go and visit Beverly
of 'How Sweet the Sound' to see all the participants of
this fabulous Pink Celebration

Pink is the color of Joy and Nurturing
I have noticed that I love the hue of a Pink Flower,
and then I noticed that I loved looking at all things pink
and suddenly realized that so many of the items
I love are inspired by a Pink Flower
...Pink Ruffled Flowers to be exact



The beautiful intoxicating scent of the Camellia Rose





So so Pretty



Not usually a Carnation fan....but

I mean...look at this...gorgeous




Dior Hot Pink Ruffled Totebag



Papaver orientale (Poppy) - Coral Reef

This shift is the perfect little dress to welcome Spring


Pink Ruffled Iris

Pink ruffled skirt from 'Little Pink Studio'

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I love Pink....what about you !!!!

Have a wonderful Pinkalicious Day!!

xOxO Nerina

8:36 AM

Wonderful Wednesday !!

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Enjoy a day full
.
of
.
blossoming creativity!!!






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Big Hugs
Nerina xOxO
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9:54 AM

OWOH Giveaway Winner!

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One World One Heart has come to an end
for another year

Thank you so much


Lisa Swifka from 'A Whimisical Bohemian'

who hosted the most amazing journey
through more than
One Thousand Blogs
to view so much talent that I was
caught many times having to lift my jaw!!
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It is time to announce my winner
from the many lovely
people that decided to
leave comments for a chance to win!


And the winner is:


Lavender Dreamer


Congratulations,


please send my your address
so I can ship all of your goodies to you!!

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Thank you to all those

that come back here again and again

as well as those that just stopped in

for a short time

to leave some love...you always brighten my day!!


Are you watching the Olympic Games
..some exciting stuff happening!!

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Happy Monday Everyone!!
xOxO Nerina

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9:47 PM

Pink Saturday Love Cuisine!!

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Happy Pink Saturday !!
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You are all my Valentine's
and I thought I would share
some mouthwatering recipes for this
day designated for LoVe!!

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Please visit Beverly from How Sweet the Sound
our Hostess for Pink Saturday
and renew your love of Pink,
especially during this Day of Love

Cookie cutters of all shapes & sizes


Gingerbread Hearts



Triple Mint Sundaes

Pink peppermint ice cream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Spearmint ice cream
Hot Fudge Sauce
Garnishes: fresh mint sprig, rolled wafer cookies


Scoop pink peppermint, mint chocolate chip, and spearmint ice creams into julep cups or dessert glasses. Drizzle with Hot Fudge Sauce. Garnish, if desired.


Cherry Pistachio Bark

1 1/4 cups dried cherries
2 tablespoons water
2 (12-ounce) packages white chocolate morsels
6 (2-ounce) vanilla candy coating squares
1 1/4 cups chopped red or green pistachios
Preparation
Microwave cherries and 2 tablespoons water in a small glass bowl at HIGH 2 minutes; drain.

Melt chocolate and candy coating in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in cherries and pistachios. Spread into a wax paper-lined 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

Chill 1 hour or until firm. Cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Store in airtight container.


Raspberry Float

This recipe, excerpted from the cookbook Dessert Express, is an elegant take on the ice cream soda, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a handful of raspberries floating in a glass of champagne.

1 cup fresh raspberries, picked over
1 pint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
1/4 cup framboise or other raspberry eau de vie
2 cups chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine

Put 2 Tbs. of the raspberries in the bottom of each of 4 tall glasses. Top with a 1/4-cup scoop of ice cream. Drizzle 1 Tbs. framboise into each glass, then top with another 2 Tbs. of raspberries an danother 1/4-cup scoop of ice cream. Pour 1/2 cup of champagne into each glass. Serve immediately with a straw and a long-handled spoon.


Sweet and Simple....my favorite flower - Ranunculus,

a chocolate donut and a tall glass of milk




Red Velvet Cake

2 sticks plus 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (1-lb.) box light brown sugar (about 2-1/4 cups)
3 Tbs. red food coloring
2-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1-3/4 cups buttermilk

For the frosting
1-1/4 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
2-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (2-lb.) bag confectioners’ sugar (about 7-1/4 cups)

To make the cake

Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans with 1 Tbs. of butter each. Add 2 Tbs. of the flour to each pan and shake the pans to coat the bottom and sides. Tap out the excess flour and set the pans aside.

Sift the remaining 3 cups of flour with the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer) cream the remaining butter with the brown sugar, food coloring, and vanilla on low to combine. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat until aerated and pale, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly between each addition and using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and add one-third of the dry ingredients followed by half of the buttermilk. Repeat, finishing with the final third of the dry mix. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans, spreading it out as evenly as possible.

Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean and the center of the cake resists slight pressure, about 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then run a paring knife around the edges of each pan to release the cake from the sides; invert the cakes onto the cooling rack. Cool for 1 hour, and then wrap each cake in plastic wrap for at least a few hours.

To make the frosting

Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer) on low speed to combine. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until aerated and light, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add a few cups of the confectioners’ sugar, incorporating it into the cream cheese mixture on low speed until combined. Repeat with the remaining sugar, adding it to the mixer in two additions. Once all of the sugar is added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.

To assemble the cake

Unwrap the cake layers. Slice off the rounded top 1/8 inch of each cake and place the trimmed-away portion in the bowl of a food processor. Slice each cake in half horizontally (you’ll end up with 4 layers), working over a baking sheet to catch any crumb. Add the crumbs to the food processor and pulse until fine.

Place one cake layer on a cake round or large plate (make sure that the diameter of the plate is at least 1 inch larger than the cake). Use an offset spatula to evenly spread a heaping 3/4 cup of frosting on the first cake layer. Repeat with the remaining three cake layers, ending with a bottom half of a cake on top, browned-side up (so you don’t get cake crumbs in the frosting). Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake (the sides don’t have to look perfect—you’re going to cover them with cake crumbs anyway). Gently press a handful of the reserved crumbs into the side of the cake until all of the sides are evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Make Ahead Tips
You can make the cake layers up to 3 days in advance. The filled and frosted cake keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Let it stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

and Red Velvet Cupcakes of course

Red velvet cupcakes: Follow the recipe above, making a half-batch of the batter (unless you have two 12-cup muffin tins, in which case you can make a full-size batch) and decreasing the baking powder to 1 tsp. Bake until the cupcakes are domes and resist slight pressure, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely before frosting with a half batch of the cream cheese frosting.



Sparkling Pomegranate Ginger Cocktail

* 1 teaspoon ginger simple syrup (see below for instructions)
* 2 tablespoons PAMA pomegranate liquor
* Champagne
* Candied ginger (click here for candied ginger recipe)
* Rimming Sugar

1. Wet rim of flute with a wet paper towel. Dip into pink rimming sugar.
2. Add ginger syrup and PAMA to champagne flute. Top with Champagne, and add 1 piece of candied ginger.

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I hope you found some of

these yummy recipes

inspiring to satisfy

your own Valentine Sweet Tooth

or whatever you call your LOVE!!

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Happy Pink Saturday Friends!!
xOxO Nerina

9:49 PM

Vancouver 2010 - Go Canada Go !!

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The time has finally arrived!!

VANOC 2010

Vancouver is so excited to be

hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Canada has a long Olympic tradition

and it is an honor to be

hosting the games in our country this year!!


We are so excited to be able to see


the events during the day this year

instead of the middle of the night!!

All of the athletes have worked long and hard,

many are at their peak and this could be their year!!

I just wanted to wish all of them

the best of luck or should I say skill

Enjoy yourselves and go out there and kick some butt!!!




This fantastic snow scuplture of the Inukshuk,

the symbol of our newest territory

graces one of the ski hills,

this must be spectacular in person....

look at the size of the people in comparison


This is a beautiful interpretation of the classic Olympic torch



This torch is quite contemporary

and has been on a long journey

across the country with many, many

Canadians having the once in a lifetime opportunity

to run with the torch when

it travelled through their town




















Good luck to all of the gifted athletes


who are set to give


the performances of their lives!!


Have a great time in Vancouver everyone,


it's time to believe!!


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Go Canada Go !!!!


xOxO Nerina



10:22 PM

Saints....BooYaaa !!!!!!!

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A
Big
Congratulations
to




the SuperBowl Champions for 2010




the New Orleans Saints


for their awesome victory


over the Indianapolis Colts for


winning their first National Football League


title in their 43 year history.


With a score of 31 - 17.......ways to go guys!!!!!!


For 2010 Mardi Gras is gonna last all year!!



Enjoy your win...you deserve it!!


Have a wonderful day!!


xOxO Nerina
9:49 AM

Welcome to Silver Sunday !!

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Welcome to Silver Sunday hosted by



Please take some time to visit with Beth

and all of the wonderful participants

to see the most diverse show

of silver to add a little sparkle to this dreary day!!



A few blingy silver goodies that make me smile



This fabulous little purse was

my Mother's and I know she used to

use it when they would go out

dancing back in the day...can you just picture it...

the hair all rolled up, the lovely dress,

the great shoes, stockings with the line

and this sequined number holding

her lipstick and compact.

A little Benny Goodman playing the tunes.

Those were the days!




This is the belt that I wear when

I have a special evening planned that does not call for a dress,

lots of movement, maybe work....anyway

this sparkly goodie will elevate

any pair of pants to make you shine

or you can just drape it over

a loose blouse or skirt.

Have fun with it, I do!!




I wear this pretty heart on my lapel

or sometimes on my purse or scarf


Love these earrings...put on a really pretty dress,

some sparkly shoes and off you go...dance the night away

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Now for something really special, take a little detour and visit Deb at 'YaYa ChiQue' her little world is filled to the brim with gorgeous jewelry and tons of unique products that any girlie girl would love, I know you will find somethere that you will want to bring home and play with. Deb has a store in Houston as well as a blog where you can see tons of fabulous eye candy.



Just in time for Valentine's Day


Love these pretty charms
Deb has tons to see, so go and shop online or visit in person.

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The second chapter of Silver Sunday begins next Sunday and it occurs on the second Sunday of every month.....so keep your eyes peeled so you can enjoy this Silver treat for a long time. Don't forget to visit with Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal to see lots of Silver Sparkle.

Keep warm all of you that have been blanketed with more snow than you love and I hope that the temps cool down a bit for Vancouver so that the Winter Olympics will be a smash hit.


Happy Sunday :)


xOxO Nerina

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