Fabulous Finds – September 18, 2014 – Anne Fontaine & Dolce Vita

Find of the Week is now Fabulous Finds!

The September Edition of Fabulous Finds finds me back at my favorite Goodwill Thrift store with these two great scores:

I love this groovy Anne Fontaine Paris blouse I picked up for just $4.99 (retail $300-400!) Perfect for Fall layering, I’ve already worn it…

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And this lovely pair of Dolce Vita D’Orsay heels in black patent and suede are in near new condition! I love the slightly curved heel and gold detail. Just $14.99 (retail around $150.00)

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What great deals have you found this month? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Orange Spice New York-Style Crumb Cake – Recipe

There are few things I like doing better than baking on a cold day. Today’s New York-Style Crumb Cake recipe experiment turned out so good I wanted to share it with you. It is based on this original recipe on Epicurious, with my own spicy twists. Enjoy!

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ORANGE SPICE NEW YORK-STYLE CRUMB CAKE

Topping:

1 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar (use light if it’s what you have, this is so tasty no one’s going to care ;-)

1/2 cup sugar

1.5 TBL Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Ginger

1/2 tsp Cardimum

1/2 tsp Allspice

A couple dashes Nutmeg

2 TBL Orange Liqueur (like Grand Mariner or Bauchant)

1/2 tsp Salt

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter (melted)

2.5 cups All-purpose Flour

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Cake Batter:

2.5 cups plus 2 TBL Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

3/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 stick plus 3 TBL Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)

1.5 cups sugar

2 Eggs

1 cup plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt (you can use Sour Cream if you prefer)

1/2 cup fresh Orange Juice

1 TBL Vanilla Extract

For Topping:

Mix both sugars, cinnamon and other spices, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to blend. Add the liquid melted butter and stir. Add the liqueur. Add the flour and toss with a fork until moist crumbs form and set aside.

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For Cake Batter:

Position the rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350*. Generously butter a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish, preferably glass. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into another medium bowl. Using a mixer, beat your room-temperature butter in a large-ish bowl until smooth (my Kitchenaid stand mixer bowl worked great if that’s what you have). Add sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Next add the yogurt, orange juice and Vanilla extract just until blended. Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Transfer the batter to your buttered baking dish and spread out evenly, a rubber spatula works great. Add the topping over the batter until it completely and pretty evenly covers the batter.

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Bake your cake in the oven for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 30 minutes. You can make this a day ahead of time, just cover and place somewhere safe at room temperature. Cut into squares and serve. Goes great with coffee, even better with Mimosas! Perfect for Sunday Brunch.

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*High Altitude Baking: Preheat oven to 365 and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I know, I’ve Been Neglecting You…but here is your First Friday & Awesome Free Events Line-up for September 4-6!

Dearest Fabulous Readers,

I know I’ve been neglecting you of late, and for that I apologize. The main reason is I just returned from that big crazy arts festival in the desert where we burn things, otherwise known as Burning Man. I brought my Black Rock Portrait Project out there once again, and the prep work for that and for the trip itself was hugely time-consuming, among other things. But I’m back! And here with your September First Friday line-up and awesome Free stuff to do this weekend…

My Favorite Pic for the Weekend…Saturday’s TOUR DE FAT Free Freaky Adult Fun in the Park (City Park that is) with live music, games, and bikes bikes bikes. Bike ride registration is at 10am, the fun in the park rolls all day long. See the full schedule HERE.

Saturday is the monthly Free Day at the Denver Art Museum

I know it’s not technically on the weekend, but Monday is a Free Day at the Museum of Nature & Science.

September is a BIG First Friday night in Denver! The Arts Districts will be in full swing tonight. The weather is cool, so break out your favorite Fall sweater and boots and go see some art tonight. Here is the First Friday line-up courtesy of Denverarts.org…

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Be sure and check out the Heads of Hydra photography exhibit, closing this Saturday. Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in the Rino Arts District.

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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It’s a June First Friday! All Sorts of Delights this Weekend…

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It’s a great First Friday in Denver! The weather will be cooler, a nice time to be outside…

My TOP PICK for this weekend is the Art Student’s League exhibit. I go every year. FREE to attend, and pick up some new art from Denver’s up-and-comers. It’s always a good time! http://asld.org

This weekend is also the People’s Fair downtown: http://peoplesfair.com FREE admission

And if the People’s Fair is too big for you, try the smaller and charming Highland’s Street Fair  http://highlands-square.com/StreetFair, also FREE of course.

FREE First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum too!

 

My idea of a perfect weekend? FRIDAY: First Friday on Santa Fe Drive, cocktails at Interstate. SATURDAY: Art Students League festival, Brunch at Lucille’s  SUNDAY: Highland’s Street Festival.

Here is the line-up of great art openings this weekend, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

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It’s a 3-Day Weekend Denver! And there’s loads a great FREE stuff to do…

It’s almost Summer here in Denver! The weather is nice, so break out your skirts, shorts and sandals and go play. There’s loads of fun, free stuff to do this weekend…

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My Top Pick for this weekend…I always go for the strange and unusual…

 

Here are my favorite To-Do Picks for the weekend:

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is all weekend at the Performing Arts Complex (http://www.downtowndenverartsfestival.com/), and  the ARTSTIR Arts Festival is Saturday & Sunday downtown, between 15-16th on Glenarm. http://www.artstirdenver.com/

the Wash Park Grill is offering up free music over on South Gaylord Saturday from 4-10pm http://www.washparkgrille.com/

One of favorite freaky places to shop, the Burner Bazaar is always great fun, (and supports local artists!) at the Fusion Factory, 3850 Walnut, Sat-Sun Noon-7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/360135230782282/

the Denver Flea kicks off it’s inaugural weekend in the South-West corner of City Park at 2pm http://www.denverflea.com/

Denver Day of Rock offers free concerts on the 16th Street Mall http://denverdayofrock.com/

 

And of course, there is ART! Here are this weekend’s art events, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Find of the (almost every) Week – Carolina Herrara & Jones New York!

It’s time for Find of the Week!

This week’s find is a gorgeous leopard-print wrap dress by Jones New York. I LOVE this dress, it’s very comfortable and flattering. Looks like new. I’ve already worn it 3 times. $8.99 at my favorite Goodwill. Also, a very nice pair of authentic Carolina Herrera sunglasses, in near perfect condition, only $7.99 also at my fav Goodwill. Hooray for the Thrift Store!

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FIRST FRIDAY tomorrow! Plus lots of Free Stuff to do & Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s time again for our Favorite Free Date-Night, First Friday, and the weather is great! No excuses, get out of the house and go see some art…

In addition to the usual Fun First Friday Madness at the usual Arts Districts, (Santa Fe, RINO, Golden Triangle, etc.) There are a heap of openings. (See the list below)

ALSO Saturday is FREE DAY at the Denver At Museum.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is FREE on Cinco De Mayo! (Monday)

Here’s an odd-ball event of note: Remember the Fonz? (Yes I know, I’m showing my age ;-) What teenage girl didn’t have a crush on him? Henry Winkler will be signing his new children’s book & giving autographs at Mile High Comics Mega Store on Sunday. (you do have to have a ticket (they are free, but limited! So contact the store asap) http://www.milehighcomics.com/newsletter/041614email.html For tickets: boyd@milehighcomics.com. AND May 3rd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

The Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market starts back up for the season on May 3rd, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The produce ain’t free, but the window shopping and entertainment is. (Most of the other Denver Farmer’s Markets start back up in June.)

And of course there is the big Cinco De Mayo Festival in Civic Park both Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am. Free admission.

Ever fantasize about riding the rails? Saturday is FREE DAY at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Open 9-5.

Here is your listing of Art Openings this weekend and beyond, courtesy of DenverArts.org. Have a Fantastic Weekend Everyone! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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