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Unlike some who turn it into a recreational sport, I don't really enjoy shopping.  I do it because it's necessary, not because I have so much fun doing it.  But there are a few items I cannot resist purchasing in ridiculous quantities.   Like lip gloss.  I am a sucker for lip gloss.  And books.  So many books, so little time.

One of my other temptations:

RINGS!!!  I have zero will power when it comes to rings!  And yes, those are all mine.  And no, that is not all of them, just some of my favorites.  And that scar on my wrist is from a blind dog named Booger.  And that is my perfectly manicured hand with gel-polished awesomeness.  More on that some other time.

Some of the above rings were gifts, my friends and family know how to get to my heart.  On my pinkie is my class ring.  Ahhhh, the memories.

So, here are a few more rings I've seen lately.  I'm trying really hard not to buy them.  Really, really hard.  It's a losing battle.

 

Source: etsy.com via Carey on Pinterest

These lovelies are on Etsy. I need some more color in my life. They make me think of spring.

Source: etsy.com via Carey on Pinterest

So, I have a bunch of cherry wood from the orchard I grew up in. I think I need to find someone who can carve me a ring like this one from my precious cherry trunks.

This is so vintage looking. Drool.

Source: etsy.com via Carey on Pinterest

A crown?! On my hand?! If I wore a tiara on my finger maybe I wouldn't get such weird looks from people when I wear my tiara on my head at the grocery store. I'm only sorta kidding.

Source: etsy.com via Carey on Pinterest

It's just smart and economical to buy a ring like this. It would go with anything!  On a side note: look at the hair on those fingers!  Really, Miss Hand Model, you couldn't get your fingers waxed?!  Or maybe it's Mr. Hand Model??

Another vintage inspiration.

Beauteous!

Another nod to crowns.

Source: etsy.com via Carey on Pinterest

Stacking rings are another favorite. Very chic.

And lastly this gorgeous ring from Stella and Dot. Sigh... my kryptonite I tell ya.

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I am seeing a lot of these felt pinecones this holiday season, I really like them.  A lot.  I'm just saying...  in case anyone is looking for that special gift...  for me.....

Ornaments |  Unexpected Holiday Decorations | Real Simple.

To buy: Cody Foster & Co. woolen winter pinecones, $45 for three

http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/christmas/decorating/felt-holiday-crafts/?page=22

In case no one buys any for you, here they are again DIY at Family Circle.  I see a craft project in my future:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61616579/forest-felted-acorns-set-of-12?ref=sr_list_21&ga_search_query=felt+pinecone&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade

And here are some little acorns I found on Etsy, which are equally cute!

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As mentioned recently by my Sister-Amy at her delicious blog  Amy's Kitchen, Nielsen Massey Vanilla is, well...in a word... divine.  Sent from heaven above to infuse our world with perfumed loveliness and goodness.  If you have ever watched Barefoot Contessa (the brilliant Ina Garten), no doubt you have heard her refer to the importance of using "good vanilla."  THIS is the "good vanilla" you may have noticed her using.

Why is this important?  Like most things in life, it comes down to quality.  I came across a fascinating article from Joy of Baking that explains it better than I could:

"When buying vanilla extract make sure it is labeled "pure".  The imitation vanilla extracts are made with synthetic vanilla (from glycoside found in the sapwood of certain conifers or from coal extracts) and leave a bitter after taste.  Products labeled Vanilla Flavoring are a combination of pure vanilla extract and imitation vanilla extract."

Many times when preparing baked goods and even sometimes savory foods, the recipe will call for the use of a whole vanilla bean.  It's like adding the ultimate  vanilla experience to whatever you are making and although they are pricey, it is worth it.

This can present a couple problems, however.  1) Whole vanilla beans do have an "expiration" in that, they will eventually dry out.  If it has become hard & severely shrivelled, it has past it's prime.  2) Although they are commonly found nowadays, it is possible that your neighborhood grocery doesn't carry them.  Now, if for whatever reason you cannot get your hands on whole vanilla bean pods, you can use good vanilla extract as a substitute and your dish will still taste yummy.  But......

Yesterday I became aware, thanks to this post by The Pioneer Woman, of another product by Nielsen Massey Vanilla :  Vanilla Bean Paste!

One tablespoon of this product equals one whole vanilla bean!  I'll be honest, the job of splitting the bean in half and then scraping out the teeny beans makes me nervous so this jar of vanilla luciousness is going to become a staple in the "magic cupboard."

Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/Vanilla.html#ixzz162Utup1Z