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Poor Maizy

30 September 2013

Maizy has had quite the experience this weekend, poor dear. Friday morning she was screaming in pain when "getting busy", had trouble moving around and had a sore on her bottom.  With her family out of the country, I made the decision to call the vet, Arboles Animal Clinic, and got her in that morning. 
Turns out our sweet Maizy had burst an anal gland. Poor girl.
Maizy @ Arboles Animal Clinic, 9/27
The staff at the clinic were amazing! Very gentle and loving towards Maizy.  It was just so tragic hearing her yelps of pain from the back office while they treated her.  Treated, medicated and put into the cone of shame, Maizy was brought home and coddled for the weekend. She was very sensitive and in a lot of pain Friday and Saturday -- it seems she finds the most comfort in her laundry basket laying on a soft blanket OR on a comfy pillow next to me on the couch.

Maizy in her laundry basket
Praise God, Maizy started to feel better and act like her usual self on Sunday!  

Maizy and I cuddling on the couch, 9/29
We went to the vet again this afternoon and they gave her some more medication and said she was progressing well but still needs a follow up next Monday.

Maizy @ Arboles Animal Clinic, 9/30
Please keep this darling in your prayers...

Maizy on her pillow

Baking: Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

It's Monday and in eager anticipation of seeing The Wizard of Oz at the Pantages tomorrow, I took time to whip up some yumminess in the kitchen.

A favorite with my family is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

You'll need:
  • 14 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 bag of real semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. 

Add oats and chocolate chips; mix well. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for a couple minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Trust me, you'll be sneaking a bite between trays of cookies.  One bite of gooeyness and you'll be smiling from ear-to-ear.

Mary Kay - Yay or Nay?

21 September 2013

A few weeks ago I attended my friend Kelsey Lofton's inaugural Mary Kay party and decided to try a few products in support of her new venture. I ended up buying their bronzing powder and a facial highlighting pen.

My Mary Kay purchases: Highlighting Pen & Bronzing Powder
Since I had a girly date for afternoon tea with Laura I decided now was an excellent time to try the new makeup.

I also used my Estee Lauder eyeliner pen, blush and lipstick and Bare Minerals foundation.

The Before Photos:

The After Photos:

So... What is the verdict?

Bronzing Powder: A-. The packaging is extremely minimal (a cheap feeling that apparently is common with the Mary Kay brand).  As for the product itself, it fulfills all it promises -- to create a warm glow to one's complexion.
The description reads:
Create a glowing, sun-kissed complexion with an easy to apply matte shade that adds warmth.
Highlighting Pen: B/B-. I am still undecided -- the results aren't as obvious as I would hope for $18. Also the instructions included in the box are not helpful. I had to watch a video on YouTube to remember the proper application instructions.
The description reads:
Instantly your skin looks brighter, your tone more even and your face more radiant.
Mary Kay Consultant, Kelsey Lofton: A. Kelsey has a great demeanor and personality suited for sales and being a Mary Kay consultant.  She is a friendly and warm party hostess making you feel at ease even if it's your first party (like me) and hand delivers your purchases with a sweet personal note and makes a point of following up in person. Lovely customer service.

So... What does everyone think? Opinions welcome.

A silly out-take (post makeup): 

Wizard of Oz Tea!

Thank God for the lovely institution of afternoon tea!

I just spent the most delightful 3 hours with a dear friend, Laura, at Tranquility Tea Room in Thousand Oaks.  Tranquility Tea Room hosts theme teas throughout the year including an autumn Wizard of Oz tea.

We had previously attended their autumn tea in 2012 for my annual "Giving Thanks for You" celebration and fallen in love with the most delightful Cowardly Lion Spicy Peach Tea so we were optimist for a great afternoon of tea and friendship. 
Giving Thanks for You, 2012
We were not to be disappointed by our visit seated at the Dorothy Gale table (which perfectly complimented my blue Cynthia Rowley dress) by the windows. 

The hostesses poured steaming cups of their signature Spicy Peach Tea. Delicious and just as good as we recalled! Just a dash of milk and you have the most refreshing and flavorful drink without being too potent or bitter.

Each table has a three tier tea stand and the hostesses bring out each tier platter separately when your table is ready which means that the scones are hot and fresh. Delicious! The cream and lemon curd practically melt onto the scones.

When we were finished with the scones, our hostess brought out the platter of sandwiches which included my favorite --  Caramel-Apple Brie with Pecans on Potato (the foremost sandwich in the photo below). I could have happily eaten a tray of just those sandwiches.

Lastly a plate of desserts was delivered. There was a mini spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting, a truffle and mini cheesecake square.  I loved the mini cheesecake square -- perfectly light and refreshing after the heaviness of the scone and sandwiches.

The Cowardly Lion's Spicy Peach Tea
If you are in the Thousand Oaks area, I would highly recommend visiting their tea room for a special girls' day out. You're always sure to have a good time with girlfriends.

Once Upon a Tea, April 2012 
Wizard of Oz Tea, November 2012
Tranquility Tea Room
2527 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Call (805) 418-9939 for reservations (must be made at least 24 hours in advance)

FYI -- Children tea parties are welcome at Tranquility Tea Room. I find the kids enjoying tea adorable but some might find the mood marred because of it.

Choco-Peanut Butter Brownies

20 September 2013

Nothing says autumn is around the corner quite like a batch of brownies baking in the oven!  
Because I had an extra bag of Reese's peanut butter chips I decided to experiment and combine the yumminess of chocolate and peanut butter...

In order to make some Choco-Peanut Butter Brownies you'll need:
1 box of chocolate brownie mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Add the eggs and melted butter to your brownie mix and stir until creamy.

Next, add your peanut butter pieces -- 1/4 cup is enough but who can say no to just a few more bites of the richness.

Spoon the mixture into a baking pan (lined with parchment paper) and squidge it to all corners of the pan. Bake for the time recommended on your brownie mix.

If you are like me, you'll probably enjoy a lick or two from the mixing bowl. ;-)

When done baking, the brownies should look like this (see below) and spring back up at the faintest touch.

After the brownies have cooled remove them to a chopping board and cut them into manageable pieces.  

Trust me -- they are delicious and perfect for an overcast day like today.
Have any of you discovered any new recipes for autumn baking?

An Evening with Maizy

19 September 2013

Who can resist this precious face?

my favorite of the night

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