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Monday, December 30, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Did you have a good Christmas week?  We've been tucking in like Tucking In Champions.  MrBP took the opportunity to polish up the copper pots after our big Christmas dinner.  I think he does a better job than anyone, how about you?
 I put the brandy away.  We're all sad about it!
A variation of Nigella's North American Salad.
I substitute pomegranate seeds for the cranberries.
Greens, wild rice, turkey and a shallot vinaigrette. 
 I've eaten several kilos of turkey, I can't eat any more: no way.  Well maybe more of this salad, inspired by Nigella of course.

Look, you can see for yourself that Santa brought me a new dish scrubber.
 It wasn't all business in that stocking, he did throw in some Marron Glace.
Candied Chestnuts.
 Santa brought new boardgames of the Ticket To Ride variety: the American version as well as Nordic Countries, and Old Rascal bought the Europe version as a gift to his sisters... I highly recommend this game.  We've spent many happy hours playing around the dining room table since Christmas.

 I've been wearing this Brora stole around the house non-stop.
It is a neutral grey with subtle bits of embroidered colour, I like it over black.
I think it would be fun to do an outfit post for New Year's Eve, what do you think?  We're going to a dinner party and I haven't decided in any way on what to wear... it's going to be last minute, we should prep together.  Champers tomorrow in front of the clothes cupboard, what do you think?
xoxDani

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  1. Yes please to the outfit prep post. We're not going anywhere for New Years, so I shall wear whatever I've got on for the day. And it's going to be a roasting 37C, so that's likely to be a sundress.
    Love the sheen on the copper pot - Mr BP did a great job, and also love the colours in that Brora stole. So pretty. Shall give the turkey salad a try - we still have some left over, and I need to get rid of it somehow! xx

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  2. They are my favourite dish washing brushes. The salad looks delicious and the pots are so so beautiful.
    Hopefully New year's Day lunch will go to plan this week seeing as our Christmas Day never really happened this year - the fox got the whole goose.

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  3. The salad looks so yummy. I will have to work out what to wear for New Year's Eve today... I am unsure as we will be out. I think I need to be able to layer... Christmas was really great. It looks you had a good time too.

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  4. I am all about the pomegranates this time of year! We made a spinach salad with it last night to accompany the individual pizzas I made people. Am actually roasting two turkey breasts today; we had prime rib for Christmas so I've had nary a piece of turkey since our dickens dinner on the 14th. We are doing nothing on New Year's Eve this year and my relief is palpable, I must say! I have never liked the thing, which is odd, as I am a person who enjoys going out for a hoo-ha! I find NYE to be fraught with expectations, so we will stay in with some lovely hors d'oeuvres and a movie and be content (I hope!)

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    1. WMM- what a cook you are!
      Hogmanay is huge in Scotland, though we are becoming more and more Americanised now and Christmas is beginning to take over.

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  5. luff it that I am in the tropics and you are not and yet we are both eating pomegranates! Happy Chrissy x

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    1. FF it's fun for me to see you having Christmas in the heat and sunshine! Wish I was there to tell the truth!

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  6. I love the concept of brandy but not the taste...I am a party pooper that I dont' do new years - too stressful and I like to start off the year in ease - but yes do share what you are wearing!

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    1. Naomi NYE can be a stress. We're going to a small dinner party in our neighbourhood with old friends. It will be nice to see them. I think I like brandy in cooking best of all!

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  7. Headed to brother inlaws in Chattanooga for New Years Eve will stay overnight and probably in bed by ten. Party will be dressy casual. I do know I'll be wearing my Ann Taylor Ponte slim pants...still comfortable after all my gluttony.

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    1. BB I just like saying Chattanooga! Have fun and safe travels.

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  8. What a pretty stole! I love the color palette. I am very drawn to gray lately but I like some color with it, this is perfect. We have Ticket To Ride, it is a very fun game I agree. We have the original and also the European version, but I have never warmed up to the European version. I had high hopes for it but as I recall, the geography was difficult to read on this version, particularly if you are not already familiar with it. I'm not sure what to wear for New Years Eve either. It will be very casual and I am thinking about wearing the J. Crew Boy Shirt in Beaded Chambray with black Minnie pants, unsure what shoes might go with this, maybe black suede Darby loafers (I want low/flat shoes for this). The Sequin Darby loafers are at my house on probation (I think that was WellFedFred's term that I adopted but it is perfectly descriptive, thanks WFF!). I think they are too much for this occasion, though. In any case, if I decide to keep and wear the Sequin Darbys, they won't go with the beaded chambray so I would have to figure out something else to wear with them. Ideas anyone? If I can't figure out how to wear them, I will have to return them and that would be a shame! :) Happy New Year!

    P.S. I enjoyed your year end frock post and didn't get a chance to comment but I am always interested in reading about the process of closet organization and how you'd choose what to get rid of and what to keep etc, bring it on!

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    1. Hi cate, your sequin darby loafers sound like they need a plain outfit to really set them off, monochromatic, all black perhaps? They would be festive! Thanks for reading the frock post I am looking forward to the next round of closet organizing, I have a vision of some space, some display and lots of lavender for preservation of the clothes I keep so they will last a long long time.
      Try the European version again! One thing I liked about that iteration of the game is the use of station houses to connect routes which are otherwise cut off by other players, the American board doesn't have that option.
      Happy New Year to you as well cate!

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  9. Hello to MP Monday! Almost a fresh year--good to start with shiny copper pots (nice job MBP!).

    In the States right now and trying to make good wardrobe purchases in the land of plenty (and ZERO sales tax on clothing). Does one choose more of the same? Go out on a limb? Replace and refurbish? Buy style or substance--or try to find both? And the bottom line--buy more down or entrust my thin skin to a Cloth Coat?

    I love your eye for colour and pattern and your practical reverence for natural fabrics. There is so much to turn the eye! You've got a wonderful talent for colour stories too so I'm quite keen to see what you've been up to in your two closets!

    Ok--a thought for all the readers and commenters! In Canada we have 8 months of cold. As Dani has mentioned you tire of your wardrobe in about 2 months. I'm thinking that winter calls for a 2 or 3 part cold weather wardrobe. October--earthy tweeds, November--tweeds plus working in festive colours, December--bling/sparkle added, January--creams and whites...see where I'm going? Thoughts?

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    1. I'm not in Canada, but our winter seems to go from October through April (although it's a milder winter than yours). I feel the same way about being tired of my wardrobe. I think your idea is brilliant and it would give us a plan and something to look forward to in late winter with something in mind to wear that you haven't already been wearing yet. If I can't plan a warm-weather vacation, I could at least plan late-winter wardrobe!

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    2. Dannie agreed, winter is long and we need some consolation, if I keep wearing my brown things I'll fall down from boredom! How's the coat situation? Found one in wool that you like? You love tweed so much and it is very much your style, have you looked for a long tweed? Surprisingly warm, how are the thrift shops in Pittsburgh, have you looked? You could always go to our wonderful tailor.

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    3. cate late winter is a good time to bring in colours that verge to spring... like navy, some brights, pastels if they are your thing.

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  10. MrBP used what we tough guys call "elbow grease" to bring those copper pots to their full glory. I never go out on NYE or St Patrick's Day as it's amateur hour and not a (vacant) cab to be found which can be a problem when it's 10 below.
    I thought you were going with the fab TB Dagny dress NYE that you've been tantalizing us with these last few weeks???

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    1. GSL yes i think I will though there are other contenders: a black velvet Brora dress that's sort of casual and a black lace dress that was a gift from our dear Tabs. We're going to a small dinner party in our neighbourhood, we'll be able to stagger there and back again!

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    2. Im with GSL, NYE and especially St Paddys Day are amateur hour here as well. We leave the outdoor celebrating to the college students. The citizenry don't venture out into subzero temps just for a party when we have perfectly warm houses to stay in.
      Besides, this year the city might be a smidge partied-out. If you ask me, the whole city should enjoy a cup of tea with its collective feet up.....

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  11. Black sequin tank and probably trousers of some sort as it will be too cold for skirt.

    I don't have copper to polish, but Mr BP has shamed me into adding polishing the AllClad to the list.

    Don't know this game-- thanks! Always looking for new ones. Scrabble, Bananagrams, Upwords, Boggle are our go to's.

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    1. Lane we've played all of those games and typically at Christmas we'd have long games of Settlers of Catan... this one is our new absolute favourite, I highly recommend!

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  12. Looking forward to live vicariously through you on NYE this year Dani. Love to see what you will be wearing. There won't be any revelry for us but we might go skating during the daylight hours. Thankfully Mr. xoxo is an exceptional skater and can skate backward the whole time, holding me to ensure I don't slip and fall - I'm a bit clumsier than usual lately. It's like waltzing on ice so can be romantic and fun. That will be enough to ring in the new year.

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    1. xoxo that sounds very romantic. I hope you have a wonderful time, 2014 is going to be a big year for you, you must be excited. I'm not going very dressy tonight, just simple. It's so cold here again, I'm absolutely freezing!

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  13. Love the lustrous copper - truly heroic elbow-grease effort there...I need to do the same with the silver as there wasn't time before the Big Day. We love Ticket to Ride and Catan seldom gets a look-in any more.

    I'm catching up on blog posts and loved your frock purge post and musings on the colour story boredom. For me, it's the same...very low-boredom threshold. I am so happy that you got your blue coat...and that the fit was good! Lord knows we need good coats to stave off the frosty chill.

    Looking forward to seeing your choice for NYE! And a very happy one to you.

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    1. Rebecca that new coat is so warm, it's the alpaca! Happy New Year to you. :)

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  14. oh i'd love to see what you are wearing. larry bought me a new blouse but i just don't know about it...
    maybe you can give me some inspiration!!!

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    1. Janet that sounds like a nice gift, but do you like it? Send me a picture!

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  15. The stole is lovely. I can see that coordinating with many things in your closet. Please post what you decide to wear for NYE. I'd love to see it.

    Why is the brandy being put away? It seems like something to enjoy weekly. At least in my house :)

    We are staying in for NYE. I'm not the sweats and socks type though, so I'll be dressing up a bit. We have appetizers and munchies, and watch some movies. Luckily the neighborhood next to ours does a big fireworks show and we can step out onto our patio to watch it.

    I must show DH the result of Mr. Bp's work. It may inspire him.

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    1. DF it sounds like a perfect evening to me! I'm already regretting putting the brandy away, it might come out again before too long. I am not a person for Detox January, it's just too long and cold a month!

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  16. We are not doing anything for New Year's, and, truth be told, I don't really like it much anyway. However, I've just learned that we may be hosting a bunch of teenage boys in our basement, so that should liven things up!

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    1. Wow, that DOES sound lively.
      I prefer them a bit older but I applaud your adventurous spirit

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    2. Patricia that will be lively but you'll know where they are which I always prefer!

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  17. I love the glow of the copper pot, so pretty! We have also been indulging... in chocolates, cookies, cinnamon buns, cakes and other treats. I'll probably regret it in a week or so! And yes please to a post on your New Year's Eve outfit prep!

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    1. Hi Louise! Are you going out this evening? I just posted my outfit, it's black velvet by Brora, everything else seemed too cold, our temperature has plummeted here. I hope you're well!

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  18. Happy new year Dani! Would love to see what you choose for your night out! We had planned an evening out as well, but both have come down with terrible colds and a hacking cough. Don't think it would be sporting to subject the public to that, so we're going to put some takeout on lovely china, open up a Brunello we've been saving, and enjoy a quiet night (munchkin over night at my parents' house) toasting to a new year. I'll still be wearing sparkles of course. :)

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    1. Hi M I'm so sorry to hear that you are sick! Well your night actually sounds really nice, tuck in and stay warm. It is absolutely freezing here, I'm bracing myself for going out in the cold!

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  19. Happy new year, Dani. The new coat is simply gorgeous ! ( I know I'm a few posts behind)

    Bonnie

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  20. Happy New Year. Your pots look lovely--if your husband finds polishing soothing, I could pack off a box. But more seriously, thank you for reminding us of Bar Keeps Friend--it works so well and it's such a great price. I too am getting my copper polished bit by bit--I had thought it was hopeless. Cheers, Margot

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