Pumpkin Pie Croissants



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If there is one thing in the world that I wish I could make from scratch, it would be croissants.I simply can't resist each buttery, flaky bite! I usually leave pastries of this caliber to the experts, but since I didn't get the chance to have pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, my craving for the delicious gourdy goodness is now massive. Luckily, I remembered this post from Sandy's blog, and decided some pilfering and tweaking was in order.

Pumpkin Croissants
Ingredients
2 tubes of ready to bake crescent rolls (I never use "instant", but I just had to for this)

SET A.
1/2 block of cream cheese, softened (not microwaved!)
1/2 can pumpkin puree
*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/4 teaspoon cloves
4 Tablespoons of brown sugar
*You can substitute cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, with 1.5 teaspoon of Pumpkin spice

SET B
2 Tablespoons melted butter
**1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
**1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
**1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
**1/4 teaspoon cloves
3 Tablespoons sugar
**You can substitute the mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves with 1 Tablespoon. Pumpkin spice 

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
2. Roll the crescents out and separate.
3. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients in Set A. Spoon and spread over each crescent. 
4. Roll the crescent. 
5. Repeat until all crescents are filled with pumpkin goodness.
6. In another bowl, mix all of the ingredients in Set B except for the butter.
7. Brush each of the rolled crescents with butter and then roll them in the spice/sugar mixture. 
8. To make them even yummier, sprinkle remaining spice mixture on top.
9. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 


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Up close, they look even more irresistible. 
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I had mine with a large cuppa tea and some good reads

Mad for Plaid + Paperbag Skirt Announcement!


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striped tunic worn as top: thrifted:: plaid skirt: DIY:: pashmina scarf: gift::
knee highs, quilted flats: Target:: 





I've been feeling very festive lately, and it reflects on my current fabric choices. I picked up this plaid green plaid print after seeing Thu wearing a cute plaid skirt a few days back. My only plaid skirt is a school girl one that makes me look like I'm trying too hard to relive my youth. So, a skirt-crafting day was in order.

I can't say I'm happy about how this skirt turned out. I was trying not to make any more paperbag skirts for myself because I already have 3 or 4. But after making this A-line skirt, I think the paperbag ones suit me more.

That said, I've decided to custom-make paperbag skirts! I won't be offering it on my etsy shop just yet, but I am going to open it up to a select number of readers. If you are interested in purchasing a custom-made paperbag skirt from me, please click on the new button on the top right-hand corner and read through all the instructions before contacting me. 


What are your favorite kinds/styles of skirts?


ps. The lovely Tabitha from Defining Tabitha featured me on her blog! Please check it out here! And if you aren't already following her delightful blog, please do!

I Gave Thanks To This FoodBaby-Friendly Top


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My first and last plate. I was defeated by the food. 
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My place at the table of plenty. Right in front of the muffins.
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grey top: Banana Republic:: yellow cami: Forever 21:: leopard scarf: DIY::
denim: Old Navy:: kitten heels: Madden girl, thrifted::



I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly did. Not only did I stuff myself with delicious morsels of food, I also had a blast meeting people and chatting up a storm. I'm not usually friendly, but the wine was delicious, and wine and I are good friends.

I had fasted the whole entire day because I knew I was going to have a feast (which I didn't have to slave over!) but after ONE measly plate, I was soooo full, I basically was anchored onto my seat for the rest of the evening. Thank goodness I wore a food-baby-friendly-top or else people would've constantly been asking me when I was due.

Did anyone go shopping on Black Friday? What goodies did you get? Did you witness any crazy riots over $2.00 wafflemakers

What I'm Thankful For


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dress: Forever 21:: top: Walmart? I don't remember. :: boots: Payless::
knee highs: Target:: bear scarf: my shop! back in stock soon hair bow: my shop!




Dear Reader,

Hi! How are you doing? I've been meaning to tell you about the stuff that's been occupying my brain space for a long time now.

This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. I've had lots of ups and downs, but I realize that both have made me the person I am today. So yes, I am thankful for both. I am also thankful for the great support and understanding my husband has shown me over the past, few, difficult months. I am quite cantankerous to begin with, so you can only imagine how hard it is to LIVE with me.

I'm thankful for pie. I'm thankful for tea. I'm also thankful for gingerbread lattes. I am happy this world has Hello Kitty, and the concept of silliness, and books. Without any of these, I would be incomplete. Did I mention I'm also thankful for comics? because I totally owe my geeky awesomeness to the pages of wisdom I devour on a weekly basis.

Lastly, my dear reader, I am thankful that you stopped by to check out on my latest shenanigans or just to say hi. I am truly grateful for your comments and your support. I am cheesy when I want to be, and right now, I am a triple grilled cheese sandwich with rounds of thick brie in place of bread. That's how cheesy and delicious I am right now. So yeah, thank you, from the bottom of my creamy heart.

Your ridiculous friend,
Laura

ps. I'll be taking the next couple days off the blogosphere to catch up with some neglected friends and crafting! If you wanna keep up with me, though, follow me on
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Fantastic Fantasy

Last week, I promised to write about a few of my favorite books written post 1900.  I know that this is mostly a personal style blog, but I love books too, you know. So there.

I've been on a Fantasy/Science Fiction kick lately, which means SERIES BOOKS! Don't you just love getting lost in a well-written series? I do! It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it hits me like an elephant falling from the sky. Meaning, I basically am smooshed on the couch, reading intently for an indefinite period of time, only getting up when there are no longer books left in that series to read. Doesn't make sense? Oh well, I tried.

First up: Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins




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Three years after the first book came out, and I finally relent to reading the series. I don't usually pick up bestsellers because, well, you know, I'm a snob. But Jennifer Lawrence is playing Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming movie, so I wanted to read the book before I see the movie. I will confess that I found myself tearing the book apart when I first started reading it. The writing is just horribly atrocious and too melodramatic for my tastes, but I couldn't put it down. The pacing is perfect, and I found myself actually even commending Collins for using first person narrative to tell her story.

For those who haven't read this series (I may be the last one in the planet, and I'm still on book 3, so no spoilers, please), The Hunger Games is a yearly, televised event where representatives from each of the 12 districts in a post-apocalyptic country of Panem battle each other TO THE DEATH. I can't really say much more without spoiling it. So, I will leave it there. 

Next:  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien



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I read this "series" about 10 years ago, when the movies first came out, and didn't think much of them. After becoming more familiar with Tolkien's critical writing on Anglo Saxon culture and the Old English language, however, I decided to revisit his well-loved fiction. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I was astounded that at how masterfully Tolkien draws from the Anglo-Saxon culture and Old English language to "craft" his own languages for his work (yes, I am a bit of a language nerd). 

I love the movies to death. I mean, I've seen all three extended versions multiple times (the actual number is unknown, and if ever known, will be kept secret), but I love the books on a different level. They are just THAT GOOD. 

Lastly: Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld



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I liked his Uglies series a lot, but the Leviathan series blew me away. This trilogy is a steampunk reinterpretation of WWI, with the Clankers (machine lovers) on one side, and the Darwinists (and their beasties) on the other. It's my first encounter with Steampunk, so I may be over-praising it, but I think for a Young Adult novel, it's really quite well-done. If you are mildly interested in science fiction but like the style and pace of Young Adult novels, this is a good series to pick up.The dialogue is convincing, the characters are very likable, the pacing is quick, and THERE ARE GORGEOUS PICTURES IN IT! 

Tell me: What are your favorite Fantasy reads? 

A Bit of Leopard


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dress worn as skirt, quilted flats: Target:: cowl top: Burlington? ::
leopard print hair bow: my shop!




Not the most thrilling of outfits, but I've been so busy and exhausted lately, that I barely have time to take photos, much less put actual outfits together. On days like this, I just pull whatever is comfortable and easy to style and add one item that pops out. 

Grey + Black doesn't take a genius to put together, but it'd be a boring outfit without this leopard print hair bow that I am obsessed with. I made this particular bow as a test when Tracy and Courtney gave me the idea of using leopard print. Thanks, ladies, I have not taken this bow out of my head for 3, no 4, no 5 days straight

The winner of my Too Faced and Hello Kitty Giveaway is: Kat from Katslovefashion! 

Thanks to everyone who joined in! Stay tuned for my next giveaway!

ps. I now do custom orders for scarves and bows! email me for details and visit my shop to see what fabric I have!

pps. Yes, I started using Disqus. 

Me Me Me



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red coat: local boutique:: jeans: Old Navy:: flats: Kohl's :: scarf: The Shop of Worldly Delights


Today, I wanted to share little bits about me for all of you to know. First, I want to thank Kim and Karla for awarding me awesome blogger awards! This post is also for Bessie because she keeps on nagging me about doing a proper about me post. (kidding!)

Laura Factoids:
1. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the US when I was 14. I lived in California for 6 months before moving to Alaska, where I stayed for my high school and undergrad degree. 

2. I am part-Filipino and part-Chinese. Though, like many Filipinos, I am also part-Spanish. I speak Filipino quasi-fluently, meaning, if I'm at gunpoint or when I'm really drunk. That said, my slang is VERY outdated, and I don't understand most of any new slang that people use. So, most of the time, when I listen in on conversations, I get totally lost. Pathetic, I know.

3. I got my M.A. in English literature this May, the focus of my study being Old English Language and Literature. My thesis was on Old English charms and their relation to magic and religion. To do this project, I had to learn how to read and translate Old English. So yes, sometimes, I spout off Old English words at random.

4. I used to want to be a linguist, so I took Spanish, French, and Japanese in high school and undergrad. Now, I can only mouth conversational phrases, as long as they include Muzzy. I then focused on just the English Language and learned Middle and Old English.

5. I also used to want to be a chemist, and I devoted 3 long years of undergrad to it. Crazy, I know. I was pretty good at what I did, actually. During my sophomore year, I surprised all the grad students who worked in the lab I was doing my project in. They all thought I had mad science skills. Sadly, I HATE Math. That's one huge reason why I didn't want to go further with Chemistry. 

6. I have 3 adorable cats: Pandae, Flash, and Choco.

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This isn't the best picture, but all three of them were in one shot, so I just HAD to use it! Pandae is our rambunctious cat who loves to get in trouble. But he's so sweet and loves to cuddle! Flash is our snobby cat. Ok, he's only snobby to me. And Choco is my fluffy, loving black cat who loves to meow us awake every morning.

7. I'm a food snob. Kinda. My husband and I like to make our own food and eat locally as much as possible. We also like eating locally-grown produce and meat because we believe it tastes much better. Because we're land-locked, this means we can't eat any kind of seafood, which makes me sad because I am obsessed with fish, crab, shrimp, squid-- if it comes from the sea, I'll eat it! Sometimes, though, we'll go eat fast food because it's convenient and satisfies our cravings. 

8. I am also a book snob. Kinda. For a looooong time, I only read works written by dead English men. Yes, someone actually came up to me and told me, "Laura, I've noticed that you only talk, write about, and recommend books by dead English men. Do you need psychological help?" What can I say? I was obsessed with British Literature! It took me 2 more years after that to start branching out. Now I have tons of favorites from many genres! Stay tuned next week for a book post!

9. I was one of those kids who basically did a bit of everything, growing up. I played the piano and the violin, I danced ballet, did glee club, was a girl scout, did oration/speech... blah blah blah. I blame my extra-curricular activities for my indecision in determining a singular career path.

I wanna know more about YOU! Leave me a factoid about you in the comments! and have a lovely weekend!

Bizarre

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turtleneck: JC Penney:: cardi, belt: thrifted::  skirt: DIY::
clogs: Target:: Chococat pin: Sanrio:: bow necklace: MY SHOP!


Outfit # 61 of my 6-Month Challenge

Yes. I'm wearing this skirt twice this week. I may have worn it multiple other times and just didn't tell you. I just can't help it. I'm obsessed with the color. And I was determined to make it work with this cardigan. I mean, they're almost in the same color family, right?

When I first looked in the mirror, I thought the combination looked pretty ok. Then when I looked at these photos, I'm not quite sure I'm sane in the brain. But! I'm posting it anyway, because I still secretly think that it totally works. Is is really that bizarre-looking? Am I crazy

What unusual color combinations do you think work well?

Retreating from the Darkness AND a GAME!


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my aunt made and gave me this bracelet!
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pink tunic, blazer: Old Navy:: jeggings: NY and Co. :: pin, necklace: DIY ::
bracelet: present




So I thought I would be thrilled with this whole "Daylight Savings Time is over, we gain one hour, hurray!" business. Yes, it's grand feeling sleepier earlier at night. And Yes. It's nice waking up in the morning feeling more energized, but I forgot about the darkness. 

What darkness? 

The annoying darkness that creeps up on everyone earlier and earlier each day. It was barely 6pm when I had the opportunity to take pictures, and it was so dark outside that I had to retreat indoors and snap them there. Here are the few pics that I salvaged. You'll have to excuse the mix of flash and no flash photos. Gotta work with what you got, right? At least my hair looks shiny.

Wi, from A Single Girl's Musings tagged me to do this little game! Because I am all out of stuff to say, and because I LOVE playing tagging games, here are my answers! I've obviously picked the questions I actually have stuff to say about!

A. 4 jobs I've had in my life:
1. Sales person at Sanrio
2. Bank Teller
3. English Tutor
4. Instructor

B. 4 movies I would watch over and over again:
1. Lord of the Rings series
2. X-men First Class
3. Star Trek (the new one)
4. Enchanted

C. 4 TV shows I like to watch:
1. Venture Brothers
2. Spy
3. Glee
4. Walking Dead

D. 4 Places I've been on vacation
1. Philippines
2. DISNEYLAND-- totally separate from California
3. Chicago
4. Mexico

E. 4 websites I visit daily
1. facebook
2. twitter
3. blogger
4. bloglovin

F. 4 of my favorite foods
1. sushi
2. mushrooms
3. butternut squash risotto with bacon
4. Filipino oxtail stew

G. 4 of my favorite perfumes
1. Burberry Brit
2. Burberry Weekend
3. Burberry Beat
4. Cool Water

Play Along! Tell me some of your 4's!

Everything Tastes Better


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can you tell that I'm freeeeezing?
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had to take this shot for Bella 
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sausage omelet for the husband
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eggs benedict for moi
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red velvet cupcake
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top: JC Penney:: skirt, scarf: DIY :: cardi-blazer: Old Navy::
clogs: Target:: purse: Juicy Couture


EEK! looking at these photos makes me realize that I am in dire need of a haircut! I will therefore try to distract you from looking at my hair with this somewhat cheesy post.

My husband and I have been so busy during the week that we spend as much of the weekend with each other. We went to an early brunch last weekend, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get a bit dressed up and try out one of the paperbag skirts I've been sewing like mad over the past few days. I know I've been wearing this leopard scarf way tooo much, but I can't get enough of it! It's one of those lighter scarves that you can transition wearing indoors! I'm thinking about adding some to the shop soon!

We had brunch at a German bistro. The food was a little disappointing, but everything tastes much better when you're with someone you love and enjoy spending time with. We chatted for a bit, while sipping on warm drinks and sharing pastries.

Long workdays sure make you appreciate the weekends much more.

How do you spend your weekends?

ps. Have you entered my giveaway yet?

The Shop of Worldly Delights



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I am so excited to tell you all that I have finally opened my 
etsy shop!



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Meet Tim Bear! He's a sweet, fuzzy bear who likes to take walks in the Woodsy Forest!

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This is Sly Pete, a fox who likes to play little tricks on all his friends!

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Say Hi to Cessily Quack the fashionable duck. She has pouty lips and wears bows wherever she goes!

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And, this is Baron Bunny, a dapper rabbit who loves monocles, bow ties, and tea


I also have a few non-animal accessories for sale!


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Orange Flower Pin: use as a brooch for your cardigan, blazer, hair elastic, or purse!




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Green Bow Necklace to add some cute, colorful flair to any outfit.


Click on any of the photos to get to each specific listing for each item or use the slideshow on the side to get to my shop! Stop by and check it out-- I'm working on adding even more accessories!

I am so grateful for all the support you've given me! This 6-month challenge has given me the spark and inspiration to craft accessories, but your comments and continued support to my blogging endeavors has fueled that fire. Cheesy, I know, but I'm very thankful.

Have a wonderful beginning of your week!