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Giant Ice Cream Sandwich = Yumlicious via [the luxuryspot]

Giant Ice Cream Sandwich = Yumlicious

By Bryce

I love ice cream, and I love sandwiches.  And I love them as big as can be.  Here’s the recipe for one that’ll rock your socks off (ad feed at least 4-6 people).

Recipe and photo courtesy of Land O’Lakes, Inc. via


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15 sneaky ways Americans hide their shopping splurges via [shine.yahoo]

Beware Secret Accounts and Clothing in the Trunk

by CBS MoneyWatch.com,

Do you know whether your partner hides spending from you? You might want to check the trunk.

With wedding season in full swing, American Express’ new Spending & Savings Tracker survey focused on money and relationships. Their findings were a bit disturbing. An astounding 91% of Americans said they found reasons not to talk about money and were more likely to know their partner’s weight than his or her salary. Worse, when we do talk money, we often lie.

More than a quarter of respondents said they misrepresented the cost of a purchase and 30% say they’ve hidden purchases from their partner. When asked what was the craziest thing they’d done to hide their spending, respondents most often said they hid the purchase in the trunk of the car until their partner fell asleep, went to work, or traveled out of town.

Another significant portion of over spenders said that they just quietly put things in the back of the closet for a few weeks. Then, when asked, they could honestly say “I’ve had this for a long time.”

“I don’t have to do anything crazy,” said one respondent. “He’s not that observant.”

Those with observant spouses went to greater lengths. For instance, survey respondents said that they:

  • Concealed it in a grocery bag.
  • Stole out in the middle of the night to buy it and stash it under the bed.
  • Put it in a trash bag.
  • Removed the tags and pretended the clothes came from Goodwill.
  • Buried it in the back yard. (I did not make that up. Some woman is going to be really surprised when she replants her garden.)
  • Gave the item to a friend, who then gave it to the couple as “a gift.”
  • Had the item shipped to Mom.
  • Used the “Don’t ask/Don’t tell” policy– i.e. I didn’t lie because he/she didn’t ask.
  • Kept it (a new motorcycle) in his brother’s garage and said that the missing money was “a loan” to his parents
  • Made the purchase with the fake name “Vance Archer.” (Vance, you’re busted.)
  • Swallowed the receipt.”
  • Said it was “a gift.”
  • Bought it with a “secret account.”

Perhaps the subterfuge is understandable considering that 45% of the overall population and 72% of young professionals said discussions about household finances lead to arguments.

Conversations about finances seem to be avoided like the plague by most couples,” said Pamela Codispoti, American Express senior vice president and general manager of Consumer Card Products.

Nearly one-in-three couples (30%) said money caused the most relationship stress, distantly followed by intimacy for 11%; children (9%) and in-laws (4%).

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Victims of Heatpocalypse 2010 Fight Back with Refreshing Summer Drinks. via [theluxuryspot]


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By Ashley

Maybe it’s my wanting alcohol near me 24/7, but I can’t get enough of trying out new mixed drinks to play up the summer sun, and DEFINITLEY beat the summer heat with a little sparkly cool beverage. Here are some of my favs that we’ve tried and tested. Not only did we beat the summer heat with their refreshing flavor (i’m a sucker for anything with fresh lime juice involved), but we were able to be drunk enough to not even realize it was hot out. SCORE!

Early Riser

  • 19 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo
  • 6 oz Jumbie Coconut Splash
  • 13 oz Mango Juice, fresh
  • 13 oz Pineapple Juice, fresh

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher and stir vigorously. Add ice, maraschino cherries and orange slices. To serve, pour into a tall glass and garnish with a sugar cane stick.

Blueberry Mojito

  • 28 oz Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka
  • 14 oz Lime Juice, fresh
  • 7 oz Simple Syrup
  • Mint Leaves
  • Blueberries, fresh
  • Club Soda

Muddle mint leaves, blueberries and simple syrup in a pitcher. Stir in Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka and lime juice. Then add ice and top with club soda. Serve in a highball glass garnished with a mint sprig or skewer of blueberries.

Sparkling Dutch Red Sangria

Combine the first five ingredients. Add Champagne and give a quick stir. Pour mixture over ice and add slices of orange. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick.

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Key Lime Margarita Pie via [foodnetwork]

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Recipe courtesy Jason Parker, Windstar Cruises



  • 1/2 cup pretzels, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoon tequila
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Few drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Lime slices


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make the pretzel crust, combine the crushed pretzels, graham
crackers, sugar, and melted butter. Once the mixture is combined, spread
the mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie tin. Press the mixture in the tin
onto the bottom and the sides to form a firm even crust. Bake for 5
minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Let shell cool until

For the filling, use a large mixing bowl, and combine the sweetened
condensed milk, limeade, tequila, orange liqueur, and food coloring if
desired, until all ingredients are well mixed. In a medium size bowl,
beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into
the lime and tequila mixture. Spoon the filling into the pie shell,
cover and freeze for 4 hours or until firm.

To serve, let pie stand for 10 minutes after coming out of freezer.
Slice pie and garnish with lime slices.

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Modern Houseboat Living via [msn/realestate]


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Life on a modern houseboat

By Abigail Peterson

A day in the life of a houseboat

Not everyone needs to spend a couple of weeks earning their sea legs
to feel at home. But that’s what happened to Matt and Jennifer Harvey
in January 2009, when they moved into a 1,000-square-foot modern prefab
houseboat on California’s Richardson Bay with their children, Jack and

The transition wasn’t without trade-offs — including a major
downsizing of belongings — but when the sun is shining and the tide is
high, the family can’t imagine living anywhere else. “We open all the
windows and doors,” Matt Harvey says, “the breezes come in, and it’s
instantly summer.”

A  day in the life of a houseboat (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7 a.m. – Wildlife watch

Matt and Jack Harvey enjoy aquariumlike views from the living room

“Jack always says he’s looking for sharks and jellyfish out his
window, and it’s true, he really is — it’s not make-believe. Sometimes
we even wake up at night to the heavy breathing of seals surfacing
outside our bedroom window.” – Jennifer Harvey

7  a.m. - Wildlife watch (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7:30 a.m. – Tide check

The Harveys live by the tide charts, their plans dictated by the
bay’s water level throughout the day.

“Out here, it’s like we’re in touch with a different measure of
time. It’s beautiful at high tide, when you’re floating and the water
is all around you, but then we appreciate the low tide too: The mud
summons the herons and sandpipers out to look for food.” – Matt Harvey

7:30 a.m. - Tide check (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

10:15 a.m. – Morning walk

Jennifer and Grace Harvey check for mail at the head of their dock,
the neighborhood hub.

“We’re definitely a community. In the city, you might know who lives
next door, but your neighbor two or three doors down? Sometimes this
much closeness can feel awkward, but it’s better — and healthier — than
the isolating urban alternative.”– Jennifer Harvey

10:15 a.m. - Morning walk (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

Noon – In to lunch

A superefficient kitchen means meals run smoothly.

“Ultimately, a tight kitchen is a huge advantage. I’m not running
back and forth all the time from the fridge to the counter to the
stove. I set up just what I need, and things go right in the dishwasher
when I’m done. It just seems natural to me now, that this is the way I
cook.” – Jennifer Harvey

Noon - In to lunch (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

3:40 p.m. – Land errands

Everything from the outside world must be carried in or, more often,
wheeled in via repurposed shopping carts from the marina parking lot.

“We live green by necessity. It’s a long dock, so it’s ‘pack it in,
pack it out.'” – Matt Harvey

3:40 p.m. - Land errands (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

5:10 p.m. – Friend by kayak

Jack Harvey thinks it’s totally normal that his best friend arrives
by boat for a get-together.

“Jack doesn’t even need to put on his shoes to go over to his
buddy’s house — he just needs his life jacket.” – Matt Harvey

5:10 p.m. - Friend by kayak (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7:30 p.m. – Evening paddle

Matt and Jennifer Harvey enjoy after-dinner escapes on the water
near dusk, one of their favorite times of day.

“When dinner is finished and the kids are in bed, one of us will
grab the kayak and take a quick paddle around the neighborhood. It’s
peaceful, but it’s not exactly quiet. There are constant squeaks and
creaks and knocking from the boats and the gangways. That was something
we had to get used to when we first moved here.” – Matt Harvey

7:30 p.m. - Evening padde (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

8:35 p.m. – Impromptu soiree

With friends close by, impromptu gatherings are the rule.

“When the weather’s warm, we do a lot of, ‘Hey, we’re opening a
bottle of wine on the roof deck. Want to come over?’ We’ll sit and talk
and enjoy the night sky. Because we’re so far from the streets, there
are no lights above and you can really see the stars.” – Matt Harvey

8:35 p.m. - Impromptu soiree (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four

  • Be strict about capacity. Reach a point of equilibrium with your
    stuff and stick with it. “Our kids know when they get a new thing, they
    have to say goodbye to something else,” Matt Harvey says.
  • Embrace imperfection. “I’m a cluttery person,” Jennifer Harvey
    says. “It’s when I stop pretending to be perfect and figure out a
    solution that the house works best.”
  • Store it where you use it. In the kitchen, oven mitts and spatulas
    are to the right of the stove, and the blender and mixer reside on the
    countertop where Jennifer Harvey bakes.
  • There’s always room for memories. “My grandmother’s waffle iron
    lives permanently on our stovetop,” Jennifer Harvey says. “I love it,
    so I make space for it, and we use it every day.”

Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four (© Sunset)

© Sunset

Quick & Decadent Recipe: Death by Chocolate


Death by

This is a three layered cake, with whipped dark chocolate ganache in
the centre layered with sliced strawberries. On top, I poured over dark
chocolate ganache, piped some whipped chocolate ganache to hold the
ganache dipped strawberries… and I diced up a few strawberries to
throw around the base and the centre :D

I’ve been getting a few
requests for recipes, so here goes some pretty basic instruction on how
to do it…

Bake your favourite chocolate cake, enough to make 3
layers in a 9 inch, round cake pan. You can make it 2 layers if you
like :)
Slice up a lot of strawberries… I
don’t know exactly how many I used because it was such a long time ago,
but too many strawberries is never a problem, since they’re very nice
for snacking!
The outer layer of chocolate is simply ganache.
Ganache is melted chocolate mixed with whipping cream. The inner layer
of the cake is also made of the ganache, but I divided my recipe of
ganache into two bowls. I whipped one of the portions, and used that to
pipe around the cake as well as layer the strawberries on inside the
Assemble! You can see from the bottom right picture what
I’ve done. Cake, whipped ganache, strawberries, repeat!
I filled in
the sides that were exposed strawberry with some more whipped ganache so
that the ganache can pour over and spread evenly (or helped along with a
spatula!) any left over regular ganache was used to dip the
strawberries in. Note that the chocolate won’t fully set up and harden,
since it is not tempered chocolate. I piped some whipped ganache as a
border along the bottom of the cake and diced some strawberries to

and that’s the general gist of what I did… you can
find pretty good chocolate cake recipes in books, online, etc… and a
recipe for ganache can be easily found online. But if you want to whip
the ganache, you’re going to have to suck it up and use whipping cream!

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Summer Celebrity Style Muse: Victoria Beckham via [polyvore]


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And Gray
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