Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mango Smoothie

mango smoothie
1 ripe mango
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt, chilled
1 cup skim milk, chilled
1 tsp honey
Serves 2
1. Peel the skin off the mango and cut the flesh away from the stone.  Chop the flesh roughly and place it in a blender.  Pour in the yogurt and milk. Process until smooth.
2.  Sweeten with honey and mixed well.  Pour into two tall glasses and serve immediately.
mango smoothie

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

5 Random Facts About Me

Recently, I got featured by Javelin (Cookinwluv) from Virgina Beach. He has a lovely blog so make sure to check it out.  According to the rules I'm suppose to give 5 random facts about me, so I thought I'd share some with you guys.

1. I don't like answering my phone.  Sometimes, my phone will ring.  I look at who it is and then I get panic.  "Should I answer it? Should I ignore it? -by the I finish procrastinating, the phone will have stopped ringing and I am happy because I didn't have to make a decision. haha

2. I have a developed a weird obsession with mugs.  Especially from Anthropologie.  So far I have collected about 15 different mugs. 

3. I love, love, sriracha hot sauce. 

4. I never had a birthday party. Yup! even as a kid.

5. I have no problem whatsoever going out without makeup on.  I probably only wear makeup one or two times a week.  And I rarely take the time to do my hair.  My hair is really long and take forever to blow it dry, so I usually throw it into a bun, or a pony tail and let it air dry. The only time I really take my time with it is when I'm going "out" out--to a party or on a date with my husband.  I don't know if its a good thing or a bad thing that I don't take the time to wear makeup and do my hair--but it gives me more free time, which I like.

Thanks for stopping everyone!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY: How to Grow Paperwhites

To bring spring into our house a few months early, this year I planted paperwhites and loved watching them poke their green heads up out of the rocks and then those beautiful delicate white blooms pop up just in time for for their debut during this weekend Lunar New Year.  You have to plan ahead, at least 6 weeks is need to force bulbs to bloom, so I got mine prepared about 4 weeks ago.  Since I've had this paperwhite centerpiece on my entry table and mantle, everyone who walks in my house asks how I did it! So, thought I'd share with you guys.

Paperwhite bulbs also called Narcissus ( I got a bag from Home depot for $6)
Container  ( we got our clear vase at Micheal's for $2 and an old white ceramic planter from Ikea)
Some stones ( got at TJ Max for $2)
1. Use about half of your rocks to line the bottom of your container to create a nice little bed for the bulbs to rest on. 
2. Place a layer of Paperwhite bulbs very closely next to each other and wiggle them in a bit so they remain standing( if they topple over reposition the rocks beneath them to support them)  root end down. 
4. Then just add the rest of your rocks around so them to they feel more snug.  Leaving the tops of the bulbs exposed.
5. Add water until it reaches the base of the bulbs and set the container in a spot that does not get direct sunlight.  Watch them carefully, and  add water every time the level gets 1" below the surface.
6. After a few days, the bulbs should be sprouting;  move them to sunny spot and change your water routine with top secret ingredient for preventing the Paperwhite from topping over.
7. Hard liquor.  Using a tiny bit will stun the growth of the Paperwhites just enough so that they don't get too tall and fall over. To determine the amount of liquor (tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc.) you need to use/check the bottle for the percentage of alcohol, then  mix with water according to the following chart:
20% Alcohol = 3 parts water to 1 part alcohol
25% Alcohol= 4 parts water to 1 part alcohol
30% alcohol=5 part water to 1 part alcohol
So crazy eh? but it works. You still have time if you get out there right now and get you some paperwhite bulbs! You will love watching them grow! Good luck
For more info how to grow paperwhites click here

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Gifts 2011


I was truly blessed this Christmas...in so many ways. I received wonderful gifts from wonderful people.  I love gifting to others and try to give gifts that I think receiver will enjoy, so it is quiet nice when I receive gifts that I know someone else put some thought into and picked it just for me.

Do tell: What are some of your favorite Christmas gift this year? Pin It

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Strawberry Smoothie

Looking for  a really tasty strawberry smoothie recipe?  Here is a simple and delicious recipe for you.
Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen hulled strawberries
1 medium-size, ripe banana
1/2 cup of low fat greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream (optional)
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 to 3 ice cubes
Yield: One 16oz or two 8oz servings
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

And the winner is...

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway for a copy of I love Macarons by Hisako Ogita!

The lucky winner is:
Congratulations, Jessie.  Please email me  your mailing address! I hope you enjoy the book :) Pin It

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Dream Bag

You may remember this post here. Well after much consideration, I've decided to purchased the Chloe Paraty in Dove instead. I've been eying this bag since September and when it finally crossed my way in the right color and price (I got it for 40% off during black Friday @ Saks! That's the best part. YUP!!) I couldn't resist. What I love about it-- it is roomy, classy and timeless. I love it almost as much as my dog, but not quite. Still overly excited that this bag is finally mine.
For those of you who have already found a dream bag of your own, congratulations. For those of you who are still looking: There is hope. If I could find it, so can you :)
chloe paraty
chloe paraty in dove
Recent outfit
Be sure to check back for my favorite Christmas gifts and recent purchases post! 
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day everyone.  XOXO!!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Neiman Marcus Popover w/ Strawberry Butter

Popovers are one of the prettiest, and fanciest bread dishes in the world! If you have ever had the pleasure of dining at Neiman Marcus, then you know how wonderful the popovers are when they arrive at your table.  The classic strawberry butter that is served along side, just melts on each bite of the rich popover.  They are so good, but they are even better when coming out of the oven fresh, hot, and golden brown.  This recipe looks hard to make, but they are actually quite simple.  The only thing you need to have is a popover pan or muffin tin.  Enjoy!
(For those of you who don't know what a popover is, it is a light hollow roll made with egg batter similar to Yorkshire pudding.)
Neiman Marcus Popover + Strawberry butter

From Neiman Marcus Cookbook by Kevin Garvin and John Harrison
For the strawberry butter
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup good-quality strawberry preserves
For the popovers
3 1/2 cups milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs, at room temperature
Make the strawberry butter
1. Place the butter in the work bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the preserves and beat until well combined.
2. To serve, spoon or pipe the flavored butter into 2-tablespoon ramekins or onto side plates.
Chef's note: Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.  This spread will last for two to three days.
Make the popovers
1. Preheat the over 450F

2. Place the milk in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until warm to the touch.  Sift the flour, salt, and baking power together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Crack the eggs into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until foamy and pale in color. Turn down the mixer to low and add the warm milk. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Turn the machine off and let the batter rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
4. Spray a popover tin generously with nonstick spray. Fill the popover cups almost to top with the batter and place the popover tin on a cookie sheet. Transfer to the over and bake 15 minutes. Turn down the oven temperature t
o 375F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, or until the popover are a deep golden brown on the outside and airy on the inside.
5. Turn out the popovers and serve hot with strawberry butter.
Strawberry butter

Neiman marcus Popover with Strawberry Butter
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Neiman Marcus Popover-Strawberry butter
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