Thursday, April 24, 2014

5 Looks I'm Craving Now

It's my Birthday this month. And if I could have achieve any of these 5 Looks, I would be a Happy Birthday Girl. Each look has at least one timeless component that I wish were all in my closet right Now - and they are...

1. An Oxford Shirt
2. an Emerald Green Skirt
3. dark Denim Overalls
4. the clam-digger Sweatpants
5. and a pair of Coral Stilettos

 The 5 Looks I'm Craving Now are...

1. I want one perfectly timeless Oxford Shirt, with black slacks and black stilettos (source of inspiration is unknown) -

paired with equally perfectly timeless accessories, the pearl stud earrings and black and gold wrist watch; this look would land me right where I want to be in life - or least make me feel that way. 

2. the Emerald Green Skirt paired with a plaid shirt and gold shoes - as seen on "a Little Dash of Darling"

- is exactly what I'm wearing in my dreams!

3. Dressed Up Overalls by the Glitter Guide. I'm so glad that Overalls are having a moment/comeback from the 90's; it's about time. The Glitter Guide perfected this look by pairing dark denim Overalls with black stilettos, a striped tee, and a black scarf.

4. the First Date at my place by Marie Claire

Maybe it's because my first date with my now Hubby was a casual movie night (that was not code for a booty call!). Or maybe it's because I'm a big fan of looking sexy even if you're just hanging out around the house. But who cares - I love that comfy clothes are getting a fashionable makeover. Please put these clam-digger Sweatpants in my dresser, now - and believe I'll be wearing SEXY lingerie underneath.

5. This Whimsical, Pretty-in-Pastel, I belong in Paris look - as seen in Milan during Fashion Week, for Fall 2014

A beret (that I have wanted ever since the first time I heard "Raspberry Beret"), a white sweatshirt, a shimmery knee-length skirt, a leather-accented doctor bag, and gorgeous Coral Stilettos would put me right in Paris with a cafe au lait in one hand and a croissant in the other. 

Well - here's to Wishful Thinking and lots of Shopping/Thrift Store hunting; isn't that what Birthdays are for? Actually, Birthdays are for cake, and balloons, and presents, and lots and lots of CAKE.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Savory Black Bean Soup

This Black Bean Soup is a staple in my home kitchen. And it could not be easier to make. AND it's a smart meal choice - if you're like me - and trying to achieve something like losing 100 pounds of baby weight. 

(Have I mentioned that I have lost 65 pounds of my 100 pounds of Preggers baby weight in just 4 months? Thanks to things like this Black Bean Soup... and LOTS AND LOTS of exercise.)


2 16 ounce cans of Black Beans (reduced sodium)
fill one of the empty cans with filtered water
fill the other empty can with Original V8 (reduced sodium)
1/2 cup of green bell pepper, chopped
and 3 green onions (chives), chopped

in a medium sauce pan, on low heat, covered - for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

This recipe makes enough soup for about 4 to 6 heaping bowls of soup; you can also enjoy the beans with brown rice for a low-calorie Black Beans and White Rice fix.

It's Super Filling, Good for You - AND Savory (the best part!) - because who wants to eat boring diet food? No one does.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mango Jalapeno Shrimp Pasta

I think this Shrimp Pasta speaks for itself...

(It says: Yeah, you know you want me.) Well - that's what I hear when I see it. (It also says: And I'm not bad for you, either.) And I reply - Oh Baby, stop talking dirty to me!

the recipe for MANGO JALAPENO SHRIMP PASTA (Your Welcome.)

Fry, on medium heat:

3 Tablespoons of chopped mango
3 Tablespoons of chopped jalapenos
3 Tablespoons of chopped chives
2 Tablespoons of salted butter
1 Tablespoon of cilantro concentrate (not shown below)
and the juice from 1 whole lime.

Rinse (and thaw) 2 cups of frozen cooked small shrimp, 

and add them to the pan, mixing it all together.

Meanwhile, cook some bow-tie pasta. Then, take a plate, make a pile of pasta (about a cup) and top it with a cup of your Mango Jalapeno Shrimp...

and enjoy a plate of super-flavorful, super-filling, and kind of healthy - sheer Awesomeness.

P.S. Enjoy this dish 2-3 times again later. Let's hear it for leftovers. Or Boyfriends. Or Girlfriends.