Christian Siriano- Payless Spring 2011 Collection

So, okay speaking of Project Runway Favorites... Hands Down for me it was Mr. Fierce himself Christian Siriano.

J'adore Siriano!!!

So, I have to admit... I am a total thrift whore but when it comes to the shoes I am a total snob. It has to be extra special pair for me to even consider buying shoes from a thrift store... ie: the Born boots that Keesha found.

With that being said... I dont have a problem saying... I dont even buy my flip flops from Payless. (shout out to Old Navy 2 for$5)
So I have heard about Christians line of shoes at Payless but I thought that they had to be some 2 inch bla bla that made you look like a stump.

Well, I ran across his Spring 2011 collection and I am totally eating my words. I should have known that Ma'ma aint raised no fool and Christian would not have any plastic-leather foolishness with his name on it.

Honey, every single pair of shoes is totally to die for.

Now, Im not gonna get excited because I am so sure that they only made 11 of them and they are only sold at Payless in Barcelona, but the idea of Payless stepping it up is a Bravo.

| No comment yet

The Laundromat

Things I Love!

So, when my husband and I first moved into our house we didn't have a washer and dryer and had to go to the laundromat.
Oddly enough I really miss it. We would get all dressed up in sweats and flipflops. We always brought something to do like a magazine or sudoku... the funny part is that the whole time we were there all we did was laugh and snicker at all the weird people that were there or random bad children that were always running around.
My husband LOVES to wash clothing... as you could guess, I love him washing clothing.
The smell of fabric softener and Clorox is intoxicating.
Now, that we have a washing machine I miss our Sundays at the "L'Mate" but the smell of clean clothing always takes me back.

Thank you husband for loving to wash clothes.

Baby its "Chili" outside

Photos courtesy Google imaging
Recipe courtesy Deon Stokes


4 tablespoons olive oil
4 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package of McCormick Chili Seasoning (Hot)
2 Morning Star Italian Sausages
2t of ground cumin
2 jalapenos (with seeds if your strong enough)
1 green peppers, seeded and finely diced
1 package of Morning Star Crumbles
1 bunch of chopped cilantro
sprinkle of cheddar cheese
sour cream

juice of 1 lemon

4 diced roma tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cocoa
5 cans of target brand chili beans (undrained)

Okay, so my new favorite host on Food Network and Winner of the Next Food Nextwork Star Aarti taught me (via her show) how to get the most from your seasoning. You take a few tablespoons of oil and heat in a small sautee pan. Once its good and hot... add your spices. It brings out the real flavor of EVERYTHING. I made this chili last night with this technique and it just wasnt the best chili that I have ever had... It was the best thing I have ever eaten!!! (okay, okay... I was really hungry so maybe I wasnt a fair judge... but it was close to the best.)

How To...

Add your olive oil to a deep pot... allow it to get real hot and add your onions, bell pepper and jalapenos. Allow them to sweat out and get soft.
Add your tomatoes, garlic and meats. Stir them all to incorporate.
Once everything is starting to cook down, add your lemon juice and ketchup. Mix well.
Slowly add your water and watch out for the steam.
Add your cans of beans and stir your pot of goodness together.

Now for the fun part. In a small sautee pan add about 4 tablespoons of oil. Get the oil really hot and add your package of McCormick seasoning. I also added cracked pepper, garlic salt (haha, inside joke), cumin and cocoa. It is going to pop and crack but its fills your house with these great smells. Add the hot oil to your pot and stir well.

Allow to cook down on low for about 30 minutes.

Top with cheese, sour cream and cilantro. Enjoy!!!

Optional: Rice and Chili or add corn bread.

Dear Mina.... Can you please be a guest writer one day and share your recipe for corn bread? Please!!!

| 1 comment

Team Mondo

So, I have been a project runway fan since day one.

I normally pick my favorite based on ethnicity or region in which that person is from.

Well Mondo has stolen my heart and I am a total fan.

Stay Tuned to Project Runway tonight to see what happens. They always make it look so juicy.

Who is your favorite contestant on P.R this season.


Best Thrift Finds

I am so excited to share with you reason 4,762 on why you should shop at the Thrift Store.

So... the other day the husband and I were stopping at our normal thrifty shops.
As my eyes gazed across the lushes mounds of second hand treasures, I wandered towards the shoe section.
There perched on the middle row were 4 pair of barely worn shoes and boots. Now I know I dont "need" more shoes but this was a cant pass it by moment.

2 pair of Jessica Simpson pumps($2.75)
1 pair of Jessica Simpson knee high boots ($2.50)
and the is Cou de gra... 1 pair of Born, perfect knee high boots ($2.50)

I thought I was gonna lose my mind.

Now trust me, I have found some great name brand clothing... but NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find a pair on gentility used Born boots. They are like $300- $500 easily... and here I am walking on a million bucks and I only paid $2.50 for them.

Hands down, the best thrifty find ever.

Whats your best thrifty find? I Love to hear a good bargain story.

| No comment yet

Top Ramen Craving???

So, when I graduated from College there were a few things that I promised that I would never do again... and the one at the top of this list was eat Ramen Noodles! I had gotten so creative with them that I used to add butter and cheese... they were all that I could afford so I made them as good as possible.

Well, last week I was actually craving these 15cent noodles. I never thought that this would happen. But they are warm and salty... It had been more than 5 years since I had them so I went with my craving and indulged.

My husband will NOT eat them so I have to disguise them as rice noodles and stir fry.

I pulled out the old Wok and made a quick and easy meal... not to mention that it cost less than $5.
  • Bring water to a boil and add 2 packs of Top Ramen
  • In Wok or Saute pan, Stir Fry your frozen veggies with a little water and butter. (Fresh is always best)
  • Asian Vegetarian Gluten (comes in a can for about a $1.90 at the asian market)
  • Once noodles are done drain and add to wok.
  • Season with packaged seasoning
Serve and enjoy!

Baked Caramel Apple Donuts

So, All week I have been talking about healthy eating and vegetables. When thanks to one of my favorite blogger Shutterbean that is totally out of the window.

I LOVE donuts. Thankfully I can only eat them when their ultra fresh and there are no good donuts shops in my neighborhood.

Now you can make our own baked donuts without having to find a Krispy Kream. Why have I not had one of these my whole life. Oh well, no better time than now. I love fast shipping, it will be here on Monday!!!
In the mean time I will have to droll over Tracys until I am able to make my own.

Baked Caramel Apple Donuts

makes about 12 regular sized donuts & 24 small ones
(recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples, peeled & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup chewy caramel candies
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk (I'd try 2 to make make the caramel thinner)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray donut pans with cooking spray & set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, bro
wn sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Whisk in oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined; stir in the apples. Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pans until almost full. Baked until golden and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out dry. It takes about 15-20 minutes. (Mind ended up taking 18)
In a small, microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel and milk. Microwave for 1 minute at medium power. then stir; repeat in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. If making small donuts, dip them directly into the caramel. For
larger donuts, spoon caramel topping on top!

photo credit


Its Officially AUTUMN/FALL!!!

On September 22 2010, at 11:09pm the best time of year rolled around once again. Warm sweaters, pretty boots, apple pies, banana bread, my dads minestrone soup.....The list could go on and on.

Although I live in a climate that is HOT practically until Thanksgiving, I can hardly wait for the days when the temperature maxes out at 70 and I can wear my favorite new boots (more on those later!) daily.

So heres to hoping that you come soon cooler weather so that we can celebrate and cool off.

What do you LOVE about Fall?
| 1 comment

New Fav Fashion/Home Mag

So, I am such a magazine slut and I'm darn proud of it!!!

I keep magazines for years. They are my reference materials. I refer to them for ideas, articles and ads.

Well, my husband will be happy to hear that my new fav is an Online Mag.

Rue is a home and fashion magazine.

About 2 years ago my absolute favorite magazine Domino went away, without any warning. I was devastated. I had a subscription to that magazine since its first issue and all of sudden they started sending me Architectural Digest. I was so sadden...

I have not found another magazine that covers home and fashion... until NOW!!!

Photo Credit
| No comment yet

Lime & Salt Rice

So, like most... I am on the perpetual diet. I actually don't know a single female in my life that is not on some type of diet or at least watches what she eats.
In my efforts for a better body I have been trying to eat more brown and green foods. Brown Rice is not my favorite... its bland and gummy at times. So I have been looking for taster ways to make the foods that people tend to shy away from.

This Lime and Salt Rice is fantastic.

2c brown rice (short grain)
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 2 limes
6c water
1 bunch cilantro
Kosher Salt

In the pot, add zest, juice then rice. Cover with water and set to medium heat. Allow the rice to cook until there are holes in the rice and all of the water is gone. Remove from heat and cover until tender (10-15 min.)

Chop cilantro. Fluff the rice with a fork, add salt to taste. Fold in cilantro and serve.

Obviously you can make this as limey or salty as you like, just add more lime zest, juice and more salt. You could also use white or yellow rice.

Recipe courtesy Meikel Reece
| No comment yet

Golden Animal Belts/ Perfect Accessory

Atlantis Home just updated their site and have some extreme must haves.

A mix of the expensive and cheap is so chic.

| 1 comment

Jil Sander Shoe

OMGosh!!! Lovin' these shoes!

The details in them are amazing!

The Heel is totally to die for!

| No comment yet

Poketo @ Target

So, Its no secret that I have a love affair with Target.... Poketo is a line that they are carrying right now. They have cute stuff in the store but its even better online.

Check out a few of my favorites.

I am in total lust with this site. They have something called the "Secret Tees" {above}It's just about the best idea that I have seen in a long time. For a base price they sell you various sizes of tees and you dont know what your gonna get but if you like their clothing you KNOW you will get something that you like. They come in packs of 6,8 and 12... You can keep them all or give them as gifts. Now, if only the Gap and Banana Republic could catch on to that idea the world would be a better place.

Photo Credit
| No comment yet

Worlds Most Hated Vegetables

Vegetables... the most hated word in your diet. Most people hate having to get all those veggies in a day. Well, I happen to love vegetables but what I dont like is eating them the same way each night.
Here are some recipe ideas for some of the worlds most hated vegetables... for old and young alike.
After you try these simple recipes, I am SURE that you will never see them the same way again.

Grilled Asparagus

fresh asparagus
kosher salt
ground pepper
olive oil

I have purposely left out quantities because you can either make enough to feed an army or just for you and yours.

Place asparagus on cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil over asparagus, add gracious amount salt and pepper.

Grill asparagus for 15-18 minutes depending on the size of asparagus.

Serve immediately. I promise you will become an asparagus lover!!!

Brussels Sprouts

If there is one vegetable that is attached to the worst childhood memory its the Brussels Sprout. Parents used to lie and say "oh, look how cute they are, or that they look just like baby cabbage" they would make you eat them but you noticed that they were rarely on their plates.

Well, here is a recipe for the "forbidden" vegetable that I am sure everyone will enjoy.
Fried Brussels Spouts... its fried, so you KNOW that they are gonna be good!

canola oil
brussels spouts (trimmed)
melted butter
kosher salt
ground pepper

Once again, the amount depends on how many people you would like to feed.

wash and trim your spouts. dry them very well. if not they will make a mess when you deep fry them. make sure your oil is hot and drop in small batches of the spouts. Check them after about 2 minute. they will start to get brown around the edges.
once they are browned, drain them on a paper towel. cover with melted butter and sprinkle with scallions, salt and pepper, toss and serve immediately. ( can use frozen spouts as well, just defrost in the microwave. They dry out in there kinda well... after thawed, follow directions above)

If you would like to make them ultra fancy, whisk together the garlic, bacon, red pepper, red wine vinegar, honey, scallions, walnuts and extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl large enough to toss all of the Brussels sprouts... the added ingredients are endless.


Marinated Beets


I have always been a different... and since I was a child I have LOVED Beets. I know, I know.... ewww!

Well, because I could not get anyone of eat them I decided to dress them up a little. By making them buttery, sweet and tangy... I have actually had them be requested for pot lucks.

2 cans of beets (drain)
1/2 sugar
1 stick butter
2 c orange juice
orange zest
3 tablespoons flour (some)

{i have to confuse... i cook by the rule of "some"... some of this, a little of that... I hope these measurements are perfect. from what i remember they should work. (teeth chattering)}

This is a really easy receipt but it does take a few hours to marinate... I always marinate mine over night.

in your zip lock bag you will add the beets, oj and sugar. sit in refrigerated over night or at least 4 hours.
In a large skillet add your butter... allow to melt and sprinkle in the flour. Using a whisk create a thick paste... this is called a rue. Add the LIQUIDS of your bag to the rue. While you are pouring the bagged liquids in stir with your whisk constantly. You may not need all of the liquid in the bag, add until you achieve the consistency desired. Incorporate your beets and reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Add orange zest, serve and I promise you will enjoy!!!... Promise!

I hope that you enjoy these simple recipes.

I would also LOVE to tackle the vegetable that you hate the most. Other than these 3, which vegetables can't you stomach? I cant wait to hear back from you!

Bedding... Do's and Dont's

Im in the market for new Bedding and I can not decide if a bed skirt is "grandma grandma" or a needed accessory.

What do you think?
To Skirt or Not to Skirt???
What does Cozy mean to you?

I am a total sucker for White Bedding... mounds of it!
It's sensual and sexy but reminds me of innocence.
White bedding taps into something essential rather than just being Chic for the sake of Chic.

Cozy also mean comfortable seating. I love nicely upholstered pieces that are simple but have lots of pillows. They dont have to be "goose down" but just soft and lush enough to curl up and watch a good movie or hold a juicy conversation.

I want to know what you think. To Skirt a Bed or not AND what Cozy is to you???

I cant wait to read your responses.