26 September, 2008

Elegant Survival Says: It's Time to Defend Yourself

Things in the U.S.A. may descend into Hell's Basement soon. Before people start panicking and running amok, it's wise to set up your family with self-defense gear. Here is Elegant Survival's favorite source for The Right Stuff:

23 September, 2008

Best and Worst-Dressed at the Emmys: Your Best Guess...

...is as good as your worst on what dress is best, and which is worse....

I wouldn't have paid any attention at all, but my husband called me over to his computer and asked me if I saw any difference between what was judged "worst" by some site, and what was deemed "best". He was appalled at the men who wore long ties with dinner jackets, and aghast over the dress designers' failures to make the women look good.

14 September, 2008

Inexpensive, Elegant Brut ("Champagne") from Spain

Elegant Survival Recommends Cristalino
Cristalino Brut
Available at Cost Plus World Market
SKU# 46962

Bright green-gold color and aromas of apple, spices, flowers and nuts. Crisp, bright and dry with medium-full body. Intense ginger and apple flavors with nutty and floral nuances. Clean, lemony finish that is quite dry. A pleasure with chicken salad, scampi, filet of sole, brie and fruit desserts. Serve as an aperitif, too.

Home Security: Burglar Repellent that Barks

This barking dog needs no food and no walkies--just a bit of electricity. Click on the picture below, then look for the search-box and enter "Electronic Secure Dog".

Elegant Survival's Pick of the Week from Christabelle's Closet

Elegant Dark Green Tweed Suit by Theory, $150.00. Perfect for fall and winter--a true classic.
Measurements 34-28-35

Helping Boys Do Better in School

Interview with author Peg Tyre, about how to keep boys interested in school, and encouraging masculine nature....

10 September, 2008

Security Cameras for Your Home

There are many applications and purposes for security and surveillance cameras these days: Elegant Survival has a trusted source for them.
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09 September, 2008

Elegant, Inexpensive Decorating: Thermal Window Treatment

Golden Wood Blinds in an Elegant, Energy-Efficient Room

Picture these warm, radiantly golden wood blinds in a room painted chocolate brown. Then, the light-colored sofa would take on a whole new aspect, while being accented by some brown and gold velvet cushions or pillows. With dark brown walls, this room could be an elegant study or library. The ceiling could be painted a glowing shade of golden brown or tan. As the room appears now, there is no contrast between room elements, and it looks cold. Speaking of temperature, imagine how warm this room could be in winter, with insulation provided by the wooden blinds and thick, velvet drapes. A heavy, woven brocade in brown, gold, and ivory would make an elegant window covering. Blinds and drapes also keep a room cool in summer. The combination of warm, dark wall-color, wooden blinds and opulent velvet or brocade curtains can make a room inviting and energy-efficient year-round. This combination of window-treatment elements will also help block out noise.


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Jacquard Curtains

Velvet Curtains

Thermal Blackout Curtains (Overstock.com misspells burgundy, but they have great deals and a live-chat feature where any questions you have about the product are answered quickly.)

07 September, 2008

Elegant Apple Pie

Photo Copyright Elegant Survival, 2008--click image to enlarge

M-J's Elegant Apple Pie Recipe
  • 4 cups of white flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 stick of salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ¾ cup of chilled lard (“manteca”)
  • 7 Fuji apples--cored, peeled, and thinly sliced (reserve peels and cores)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar (or more, according to your to your taste)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 additional half stick of butter
  • An extra 2 tablespoons of sugar, either white or brown
  • One cup of water

  • 1. Make the dough: put one stick of cold butter into a large mixing bowl, together with the 3/4 cup of chilled lard and a teaspoon of salt. Add flour gradually, working it into the butter and lard. Add approximately 3/4 cup of cold water, then cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms small pea-shaped balls, and when formed into a large mound, it holds together. Sometimes less cold water is required--believe it or not, the amount needed to make a pie dough with this recipe depends upon the moon.'s current phase. Mix this by hand, since machine will create a tough pie crust. I use an old-fashioned wire potato masher and a wooden spoon. When the dough sticks together but doesn't stick to your hands, shape it into 2 balls, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. Put all of your apple peelings and cores into a saucepan on the stove with a cup of water and two tablespoons of sugar, and boil until the liquid becomes syrup. Strain liquid from solids and reserve it. The peelings can then be eaten or ground into applesauce--it's important not to waste any edible part of your apples.
  • 3. Assemble the pie: heat your oven to 425°F. Roll out one ball of dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8-inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Fit the dough into a 9 or10-inch pie pan. Place one layer of apple slices into the dough-lined pan. Cover them with two tablespoons of cornstarch and a quarter-cup of brown sugar. Repeat this process with apples, sugars and cinnamon. Distribute the half-stick of butter on top of the apples after slicing it into bits. Add your apple syrup over the top of the pie. Alternatively, I sometimes skip the step of creating syrup from my apple peelings, and just use some apple juice concentrate (found in grocery frozen juice section).
  • Roll out the second ball of dough for the top crust. Brush the edges of the bottom crust with water or milk, and lay the top crust down, pressing the edges together to form a tight seal. Use your imagination to pierce or slice a design into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for ten minutes at 425*F, then lower your oven heat to 350* and bake for another hour. Let the apple pie cool for a minimum of two hours before serving.
  • Elegant Apple Pie Recipe Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008

Elegant Survival Says: Defend Yourself!

Elegant Kitchen Cupboard Organization

To achieve a uniform and elegant look in even the most modest of kitchen cupboards, clean and fill containers recycled from products you use regularly, as well as glass jars purchased from health stores, which usually cost a couple of dollars each.

Elegant Survival's Pick of the Week from Christabelle's Closet

Ralph Lauren Black Label Wool Dress Suit, for a fraction of its original price. This is a nice ensemble for evening, and since it is made of wool, perfect for winter and spring.

For an Elegant Teen: Plaid Wool Jumper

A teen can jazz up this jumper with a belt and a cotton or silk turtleneck.

01 September, 2008

Tattoos: You Have to Hate Yourself to Get One, but They May Be Undone

A New Procedure Is Said to Remove Tattoos without Pain or Scarring

So much for the "back to nature" crowd, who don't mind crowding their skin with colored needle-marks. Temporary insanity may be the cause of so many tattoos, or drug-induced delusions, but tattoos are permanent. Still, people have tried to have them erased. Removing regrettable tattoos from skin has traditionally been a painful process. Lately, cosmetic surgeons have developed what they say is a more efficient and less painful method for removing "body art".

An innovative cream called Rejuvi, when injected into the skin, is absorbed by a tatoo's synthetically-pigmented cells and bonds with the pigment. The ink is thereby softened and lifted to the epidermal surface, where it forms a scab. When the scab falls off after six to eight weeks, the ink supposedly goes with it.

Experts claim that this new technique has a better success rate than oft-used laser treatments, is less expensive, less painful, and involves a lower risk of residual scar-tissue.

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