May 31, 2012

Gift Guide: I Miss You

We all have those friends that we rarely get to see.  Out of sight does not have to mean out of mind.  It's important to let the people you miss know that, well, they're missed.  It makes you happy knowing that you'll make them happy when they know how you feel.  With that in mind, I've compiled some of my favorite things I like to use to let someone know they're thought of.  Enjoy.

All Items Via Etsy:
1. -  I Miss Your Face, Cards - $6 for four
2. -  Hello.  I Miss You, Print - $15
3. -  I Miss You, Stamp - $5
4. -  Forget Me Not, Necklace - $16
5. -  I'm Here, You're There, Card - $7
6. -  Personalize A Postcard, Pillow - $36

May 30, 2012

Pretzels With An Attitude

These spicy snacks are incredibly easy to make and they're also perfect to take to a potluck, bring tailgating, serve at a party...or just eat for a light snack.

Get This:
2 packages of stick pretzels (16 oz. packages)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 pkg. hidden valley ranch dressing mix

Make This:
Mix all your powder spices with the vegetable oil.  Place pretzels in a two gallon zip lock bag and then pour the mix over pretzels.  Shake until well coated. 

May 23, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

I really adore the tribal craze in fashion right now.  There are just so many creative colors and patterns out there that the options are endless.  Plus, most everyone looks great in patterns & prints:)  What are some of your Wednesday Wishes?

A Tribal State Of Mind

May 21, 2012

Russian "Korean" Carrot Salad

Get This!
6 Large Carrots, grated into long, thin strands
Garlic Paste (enough to constitute 4 cloves worth)

1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely ground coriander
4 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon honey

Make That!
Over medium head, saute your onions in a tablespoon of oil until entirely soft.  Remove from heat and set aside for later.  Mix all your ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  You can mix them together with a spoon, but I tend to use my hands as I think the mix gets coated better that way.  (Obviously, wash your hands first...and after!)  This is where I'd grab a tiny 'taste test' to make sure I feel my seasonings are up to par; adjust as necessary.  Place this whole mixture in a resealable container (tupperware, etc.) and let it sit in your refrigerator about 5 hours.  Make sure to keep it covered when in use, and refrigerated when not.  Your salad will stay fresh for a little over 24 hours. 

There are other, equally as great versions of this floating around.  I also like this one:

Get This!
3 large carrots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons garlic, freshly minced
3 teaspoons ground red pepper
5 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Make That!
Slice carrots into long, thin strips.  Then mix your carrots, salt and sugar together then set aside for 20-30 minutes. Press mixture firmly and drain any liquid.  You'll then preheat your oil to 200°F (95°C) and carefully pour over the carrots.  Finally, add the vinegar, soy sauce, coriander, garlic and pepper, mixing gently but thoroughly.  Refrigerate for 3-5 hours before serving.

May 17, 2012

Bread & Butter

 "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can 
choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It is no 
different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."
-Jay Z

May 16, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

Today I'm really feeling neon yellow.  It's so hot outside and it's so bright - like someone pointing a flashlight straight into your eyes.  Inspired by the bold & brazen weather, today's wishes give kudos to that big glowing ball in the sky

Neon Yellow

1.  TopShop Pacific Zip Front Dress, $120

2.  BaubleBar Neon 2-Link Strand, $24

3.  Forever 21 Glow In The Dark Nail Polish in Neon Lights, $2.80

4.  ThreadSence Mustache Two Finger Ring, $14

5.  GUESS Yona High-Heel Sandals, $89

May 15, 2012

Low Fat Banana Bread

I don't know why it is, (well, actually it may have something to do with that Limited Edition Ben & Jerry's Banana Cream Pie ice cream I discovered/devoured last month but can't seem to find now...) but I've been obsessed with banana flavored foods lately.

Last Sunday we had a group outing with our friends Nick, Kristen, Chris & Jason where we went to a restaurant called Mimi's Cafe (seriously, find one now...they've got such incredible food!).  While we were waiting on our food, they sat down a basket full of carrot raisin bread & banana bread.  Words cannot describe how amazing that banana bread was.  I've set out to find a recipe that can muster up and this one below is pretty darn it's low fat!

Servings: 26 slices (2 loaves) Size: 1 slice
Calories: 106.1  • Fat: 2.1 g • Carbs: 20.2 • Protein: 2.3 • Fiber: 1.2 g

Get This:

  • 7 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Cook That:

Preheat your oven to 350° and grease two 8x5 inch loaf pans with baking spray.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set this mixture aside, as you'll come back to it later.  In a separate bowl, cream your butter and sugar together with a mixer.  Add the egg whites, mashed bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, beating at medium speed until nice and thick.  Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined.  Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Try and let the pans cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.  Your bread needs to be at room temperature before slicing.  Enjoy!

*Note:  Try baking your bread in a bundt pan or as muffins for a fun twist, or adding dried fruits or nuts for added texture.

May 11, 2012

Fill In The Blank Friday

1. My greatest strength is my want to make things better.  I love to help people, causes, etc. in any way I can.

2. My greatest weakness is food. I'm still not at that "I love to work out" stage in my life so this is a weakness and a burden.

3. People always compliment me on my style.  I don't think I'm that stylish, although my inner fashionista would disagree.  I live in the South, and if you roll out looking like a page off a magazine, you're going to get the stare down.

4. If you found me procrastinating, you'd probably find me on Blogger, Instagram, Facebook, Email, Twitter, watching tv, or crafting.

5. The most cozy place in all the world is when you've found the right balance of pillows in bed.

6. Something new that I tried recently was being nice to someone I do not and will never like.  I find this girl to be a horrible person but for the sake of a good friend, I tolerate her.

7. This weekend I would like to sell a lot of jewelry at the craft fair.  Hopefully my designs will be a hit!