For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I (usually) post on the first day of each month. It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.
Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here. Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything. LTTMMSE is just a little outlet for me to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited. Sidenote: It doesn't take much, people.
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Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited
I've got *TEN* stupid fabulous things for the month of January! That's right - I'm kicking the new year off right!
Ooooh, I stupid LOVE these slippers. My sister-in-law Jennifer bought them for me for my birthday and I wear them all.the.time. Most importantly, they are warm and comfy. But the MAIN reason I really love these slippers is because they look adorable with actual clothes - not just pajamas. So let's say on Christmas Day, your entire extended family (including your grandma) is supposed to come over to your house for dinner. Which everyone typically gets dressed up for. Well. Just throw these babies on with tights and a skirt and nobody will be the wiser that you're prancing around the house in your slippers. Love it.
If you looked in the dictionary next to the word "Cozy", you would see a picture of this blanket. It is dang cozy. I actually got two of these blankets for Christmas - one fom Scotty and the other from my brother Matt and sister-in-law Jennifer. (Are you sensing a trend with Jennifer? She is a good present-giver. No, you can't have her for your sister-in-law. She's mine.) The blanket Scott got me had a rather unfortunate pattern (think 70's cabin decor), so I decided to keep the one from Matt and Jen, which is pictured above. In fact, I'm snuggled up in it right now and I'm stupid excited about it!!
Homemade Camera Strap Cover from my Friend Megan
Now this is probably unfair of me to put on the list since you can't buy it, but I love love LOVE the camera strap that my friend Megan made me for my birthday. Isn't it adorable???? And it even has a little pocket for the lens cap! Methinks Meg may need to open an etsy shop.
Okay, it's no secret that I'm a big fan of desserts. But I especially heart creme brulee. It is just so light, so airy and so freaking delicious. Since Scott and I don't get out much to fancy restaurants anymore, we learned how to make our own creme brulee at home. Did you know how easy it is to make it??? It takes a few steps, but it's pretty much screw-up proof and just as good as what you get in a nice restaurant. We have a little kit like the above, that includes the baking pan, wire rack, ramekins and the torch. Because what fun is a dessert if you can't light it on fire, right? ;-)
Here's the recipe we use:
Easy Creme Brulee
What You Need:
1 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
5 Egg Yolks
6 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Sugar for Sprinkling
What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together the 6 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar with the egg yolks and the vanilla extract untill well blended and paled. Scald the cream (about 190 degrees, or just slighly simmering) and very slowly pour into the egg yolk mixture while whisking.
Place the ramekins into the wire rack. Skim off any excess foam from custard mixture and pour into ramekins until about 3/4 full. Set the ramekin rack inside the baking pan. Carefully pour water into the baking pan until it reaches about 1/2 the way up the ramekins. Place into the oven, on the middle or lower rack, for about 20-25 minutes until set (no longer liquidy). Chill for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the chilled custard with the sugar to coat the top. Using the torch, carmelize sugar by moving the flame continuously over the surface in a slow, circular motion.
Okay, clearly I am extremely late to jump on the Netflix bandwagon. But when Scott and I realized you can actually download certain movies IMMEDIATELY via the Wii rather than ordering/returning them in the mail, we signed up before you could say 'Blockbuster who?'. People, this has changed my life. I have watched so many freaking movies over the past week. And don't judge me, but so have the kids. But they were good movies. On Friday we watched Annie. Yesterday it was Up. Today it was Wizard of Oz. And I've got about a million documentaries in my instant queue that I think will keep me very busy once Scott starts up with school again in a few days.
Necklace from Material Girl
My mom got me the necklace pictured above for Christmas, and I L-O-V-E it! Isn't it so beautiful? I don't usually wear pieces like this, but something about this one just spoke to me.
Scott and I got ourselves a Flip for Christmas and I am STUPID excited about this thing. It is soooooooooo easy to use! Like seriously, there are 5 buttons and they are all totally intuitive. I'm excited to finally get some videos of the kids that are not of the crappy cell phone variety. Like this one I got today of Aidan performing Tai Chi while dressed as Buzz Lightyear.