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    Yummy in my tummy – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    An Dyer's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Everyone always makes a dish to bring to my Grandparents’ house for holidays – I usually cheat and buy a dish to bring mostly because it’s a tough crowd. You see, my family is full of great cooks. My Mom’s dishes are guaranteed amazing, my Grandma’s dishes are like Vietnamese comfort food and all my Aunts’ dishes are always crowd pleasers. It’s intimidating! I decided to bake something for Thanksgiving this year so I turned to my personal favorite, a specialty I’d like to think I’ve mastered. Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 sticks (=1 cup) of butter, softened to room temperature
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Creme together the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats together. Then mix them both together by slowly adding in your dry flour mixture. Fold/Stir in the chocolate chips. Make round tablespoons of the cookie dough and place them on your cookie sheet about 2-inches apart. Bake on the center rack for 13-15 minutes.  Transfer them onto a cooling rack. (Makes about 2 to 2.5 dozen)

    Voila! Cookies! YUM!

    Xox,
    An

    What To Wear

    Thanksgiving Part II

    An Dyer Thanksgiving pt II 2010 outfit

    Forever21 top, belt, skirt, cardigan | Worthington tights | Steve Madden platform pumps | Michael Kors watch | Louis Vuitton necklace & bag | Tacori engagement ring

    Better late than never 🙂

    My side of the famliy usually celebrates holidays on the weekend after or closest to it to ease the stress of traveling for all of our relatives. This Thanksgiving, we had dinner (part II for my husband and I) at my Grandparents’ house the following Saturday. My Grandmother has always disliked dark/harsh colors (I wouldn’t dare wear black or scarlet red to their house!) so I knew my choices of outfits were limited. She prefers pastels and neutrals but pulling off pastels in Autumn was a little difficult. I decided to wear taupes and browns with my creme lace skirt and topped it all off with a baby pink cardigan. I think my look is still on the Spring’ish side but the combination of browns plus tights pulls it back to Autumn…

    An Dyer Thanksgiving Shoes part II 2010

    An Dyer Thanksgiving Accessories part II 2010

    An Dyer Thanksgiving pt II 2010 outfit

    Xox,
    An <3

    Shopping

    It may be winter but I’m craving short shorts

    Out of season? Very much so… but I just can’t help it. I want shorts! Why? I’m loving the layered look with cute tights, boots and thick knit tops… Lucky for me I scored an awesome deal on cute tights during Black Friday – more on that later. Here are a few examples I’m tempted to cyber monday buy…some complete with tights!

    Forever21 High-Waisted Sequin Hot Pants $19.80

    Forever21 High-Waisted Sequin Hot Pants $19.80See Thru Soul Trouser Shorts $48

    Forever21 Perfect Pleats Woven Short $22.80

    Forever21 Perfect Pleats Woven Short $22.80

    Theory 'Iselin - Blackfriars' Shorts $128.90

    Theory 'Iselin - Blackfriars' Shorts $128.90

    Tibi Easy Leather Shorts $575

    Tibi Easy Leather Shorts $575

    Forever21 Sequin Hot Pants $22.80

    Forever21 Sequin Hot Pants $22.80

    Alice + Olivia Back-Zip Trouser Shorts $396

    Alice + Olivia Back-Zip Trouser Shorts $396

    Forever21 Pinstripe Woven Shorts $17.80

    Forever21 Pinstripe Woven Shorts $17.80

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    What To Wear

    thanksgiving part I

    thanksgiving ptI outfit

    H&M military jacket, Forever21 creme lace skirt, Steve Madden Raven booties, Michael Kors watch

    Mixing my two favorite current trends – Military & Lace. I’ve had this skirt for years but when I bought this H&M jacket at the Beverly Center a few weeks ago, I instantly knew I wanted to pair them together and found myself digging this skirt out of the deep dark abyss of my closet to satisfy my “fashion vision” lol. The booties were an awesome find from Nordstrom Rack by the Beverly Center from the same trip. Thanksgiving was just the perfect excuse to wear the outfit I’d envisioned ;p

    Since my husband and I first met, we’ve spent every Thanksgiving at his sister’s in-laws. It’s guaranteed to be fun-filled and stomach filling. The food is usually a delicious mix of American Thanksgiving favorites and Filipino feast staples. This year I decided to make something to bring instead of buying =) …a week or so ago, I was craving bread pudding, found a few recipes and decided to give it a whirl. Normally when a recipe says anything complicated, like in this case – an oven water bath, I’ll steer clear of it but since I was having such a major craving, I went for it. It was unbelievably successful so I wanted to make it for Thanksgiving as well. I’m hoping it was as good as the first time I tried it and judging by the almost empty Pyrex casserole we took home after, I’d say it was! Recipe below… enjoy <3

    Bread Pudding

    An's Homemade Bread Pudding

    Bread Pudding Ingredients

    • Loaf of bread (French/Italian etc)
    • 3 cups milk
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    Tear apart your bread – I like to slice off the crust but it all depends on how tough/hard yours is. Place the bread chunks into an oven safe casserole (8×8 worked well for me). Wisk together the milk, sugar, salt, eggs, vanilla & cinnamon. Drizzle the melted butter over the bread pieces (I put the butter into a ramekin and microwaved it for 30 seconds to melt it) and then pour your mixture over the bread making sure to get everything drenched and soaked in it. You can flip pieces of bread over with tongs to make sure everything is covered. Put the casserole platter into a deep baking sheet and place it on the center rack. For the water bath, pour a cup or two of water into the baking sheet outside of the casserole but not too high up the baking sheet sides or else you’ll spend most of the baking time listening to water sizzle as it boils over; I did this, not fun and more scary than anything else. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. You can leave the baking sheet filled with water in the oven so it all cools and makes removing easier later. Don’t burn yourself with that hot water! Some online recipes say the bread pudding will be fine without the water bath but I didn’t want to take any chances.

    Bread Pudding Sauce Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    While the bread pudding cools; combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Stir while bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat to low and continue stirring for about 3 minutes more. Drizzle over your warm bread pudding and serve!

    Shopping

    haute new LBDs

    Little black dress new arrivals I’m swooning over…

    Black Chiffon Fluffy Banded Waist Dress

    Black Chiffon Fluffy Banded Waist Dress

     Sequin 3/4 Sleeve Dress

    Akira Black Label Sequin 3/4 Sleeve Dress

    Elizabeth and James 'Mackenzie' Silk Dress

    Elizabeth and James 'Mackenzie' Silk Dress

    Rosette Tube Dress

    Rosette Tube Dress

    BCBGMAXAZRIA Illusion Bodice Ruched Sheath Dress

    BCBGMAXAZRIA Illusion Bodice Ruched Sheath Dress

    Motel Chiffon Shirt Top Dress With Leopard Print Bow Tie

    Motel Chiffon Shirt Top Dress With Leopard Print Bow Tie

    Click to find…

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