You take a simple black dress, add some festive red tights and what do you have? An outfit appropriate for a Christmas party! =) Saturday evening was our church Christmas banquet and this is what I wore.
Dress ($20) & Tights ($5): Target
Cardigan (Borrowed from my Sis) & Clutch ($6.95): Maurices
Steve Madden Booties: 6pm.com (Gift)
Bracelets: Assortment from Target & Bealls
Rings: My Sister's
I didn't have time to get pictures on Saturday, so I wore the same thing to work on Monday. (Am I the only one who does that?!? If I don't blog about it, it totally doesn't count. Haha) Before actually going into work, I ditched the clutch and shed some of the blingin' jewelry, so that I didn't look too dressed up for a plain ole Monday. =)
Now, I'd like to see what YOU, my non-blogging friends like to wear to feel festive! If you have a picture of yourself in some festive attire, please share it on my facebook page. I can't wait to see how many festive looks we can get! =)
Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
I didn't just bring my festive red tights to the Christmas banquet... I also brought this amazing caramel pecan cheesecake that the Hubs made. Yes, I pretty much married a genius in the kitchen. Here's what you'll need to experience a little bit of heaven on earth. =)
1-3/4 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels
1 (6 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 c. chopped pecans, toasted
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2 tsp. vanilla
PREHEAT oven to 350°F if using a silver 8- or 9-inch springform pan (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick 8- or 9-inch springform pan). Mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Press firmly onto bottom and 2-1/2 inches up side of pan; Unwrap caramels; combine caramels and milk in a heavy saucepan; cook over low heat until melted, stirring often. Pour over graham cracker crust, but reserve 1/2 cup of the caramel mixture for the topping.; sprinkle toasted pecans evenly over caramel layer (saving some for the topping), and set aside.
BEAT cream cheese and the remaining 1 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour into crust.
BAKE 1 hour to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Turn oven off. Open oven door slightly. Let cheesecake set in oven 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
TOP with reserved caramel mixture just before serving. Loosen cheesecake from rim of pan; remove rim. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.
And . . . enjoy! =)
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