January 28, 2013

Oh, Dear...

Oh, Dear.  It's winter.  But it feels like Spring.  But it's not.  Is anyone else as confused as I am?  
May I suggest that the antidote to this weather confusion is a cozy pair of PJ's, some good reading material and a comforting beverage?  Time to read all of those great books I got for Christmas, and sit in front of the fire.  The Beagle (who is, incidentally, sitting in my lap as I type this) made only a half-hearted plea for a walk; even she has decided a nap is in order.  So let us leave the chores until tomorrow--and read a book instead. 
As it happens, we have just received these darling pajamas here at Clever Girl.  Meant to be worn like a morning uniform, our PJ shirt is flattering and a perfect match to the ankle length pant. With so many people working from home these days, not to mention the new baby boom, it's no wonder that everyone seems to need several pairs of these PJs

As to the choice of book and beverage: That, dear readers, I leave entirely up to you...

January 8, 2013

Ok, YUM!

This little book is my new favorite thing...Tom Skilling says that there is cold weather coming next week, so I advise you to lay in a few supplies, and sample a few of these recipes...No longer just a simple, syrupy sweet drink, today's hot chocolates are brimming with extraordinary flavors like cayenne, vanilla beans, Nutella, buttered rum, pistachios, wasabi, peanut butter, and malted milk balls. 

Featuring white chocolate foam, marshmallow cream, and frozen and fondue versions, the 60 recipes presented in Hot Chocolate are setting trends in haute chocolate consumption. Contributed by the world's preeminent chocolatiers, these luxurious concoctions range from ancient Latin American originals and European cafĂ© classics to comforting childhood treats, cocktails spiked just for adults, and imaginative modern variations for the hip chocoholic of any age.  With recipes from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Serendipity 3, Citizen Cake, Fran's Chocolates, Scharffen Berger Chocolate, and many more. 
A perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up, a cozy mug of cocoa is so comforting this time of year.  And, don't forget, chocolate is good for you!  A cup of hot chocolate is twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine. And, some would say, is just as intoxicating...   Cheers!

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

   “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
 –  C.S. Lewis 

A most Happy New Year to everybody!  I can't believe how swiftly this year has passed.  We had a fantastic season here at Clever Girl, and are REALLY excited about  new things on the horizon in the not-to-distant future. 
Our Christmas Open House was a huge success--there was shopping, laughing, sipping and snacking, and even some dancing with the band. Midwest Living came by to photograph us for next year's December issue. By now I think Santa has delivered a pair of our famous slippers to everybody in the entire Chicago area, and there is a Nest candle burning in every home.  We've already got great, new things restocking the shelves, and are off to market very soon to find even more goodies.  
None of it would be possible without all of you--our amazing customers.   We truly appreciate each and every one of you, and love sharing our discoveries with you.   Thank you for subscribing to our Clever Girl Chronicle, and peeking in on our Pinterest and Facebook pages.  We love keeping you up to date on all things clever... It is with hope and optimism that we enter this new year, 2013.  We look forward to seeing you often...

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