Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One gal, 2 outfits. :)

I always loved the crayon color periwinkle when I was growing up.  It was one of those colors that just stood out to me for some reason.  I never had much luck wearing it, but I found this shirt and it didn't seem to be a bad color on me. 

I have to admit...I have been out of the outfit picture taking mood for a day or two.  Somtimes, I will try on clothes for hours, then not do it again for a few weeks.  This has been my lazy period.  I have alot of pics to look through though, and I hope to inspire and get inspiration from others.  I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy.  She has a What I Wore Wednesday post every Wednesday, and it has really brought alot of inspiration to my attire.  Therefore, I am posting a pic today, just to get out of my lazy streak!   :)

I thought the red with the black and white stripes and tights was a snappy combination.  This dress/shirt is just barely long enough for tights, but these tights are super thick and lined, so I was good to go. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Okay....Can I just say, YUM!  I had no idea this would have turned out so well. 

Nonchalantly, at Kroger a few days ago, I purchased an acorn squash.  After looking at approximately 20 online recipes, I had an idea in my head.  I tend to focus on healthy first and foremost when devising my recipe plan.  I looked at everything from pizza to pasta with acorn squash, but I decided to forego the extra calories of crust or noodles.  I would rather eat both of these halves of squash than one tiny slice of pizza.  :)

So here is a pic of my healthy outcome....
I always change recipes to fit my taste, so feel free to do so, here is my attempt at putting the recipe into writing from out of my head.   

First, cut an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and cook it with the cut sides up for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven.

While the squash is cooking, dice half an onion and saute it in a nonstick skillet with a spray or 2 of Pam, add a dash of red pepper flakes and a tablespoon of garlic cloves (I buy the pre-diced garlic in a jar).  Chop one large sausage link, the sausage I used was a spinach asiago chicken sausage that I got at Sam's Club.  You can use your fave sausage, this one is super low calorie, so I loove it!  Add to the onions.  After cooking for a few minutes, add two large handfuls of chopped fresh spinach.  Saute until the spinach is wilted.   

Take the acorn squash halves and fill each with half of the sausage mixture.  Top with Gorgonzola cheese and broil until cheese is melted.  

Calorie content is approximately...

Whole acorn squash - 160 calories
Chicken sausage - 120 calories
spinach - 15 calories
onion - 20 calories
Gorgonzola - about 85 calories

400 calories for the entire meal!   And almost no fat!  I love a big filling meal for low calories because I love to eat!  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another fashion remake. :)

Fashion.  It is something we all see differently.  What  looks good to me, may look silly to the next guy.  What looks fabulous today, may look horrid in a few years.  (Kinda like most of the fashion ideas from the 80's).  Regardless, we all have things that catch our eye.   

I love it when an outfit screams out to me and says, "You gotta wear me!".  The particular outfit that I am remaking here, did just that.  I loved it from the moment I saw it.   Of course, it's hard to have exactly what the model is wearing, but I like to put my own twist on it anyway.   I think the gray over white was what did it for me.  

Like the undershirt idea.

I am showing the outfit 2 ways.  I think I like the black boots better.  The brown seems a little more casual though, so it would depend on where I was going and what I was doing.  I have got to get out of my one pose and smile photo stagnation.  At least I am consistent.  :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sometimes, you just gotta eat cake.

I am a self-admitted foodie, food lover, foodaholic, whatever you want to call it...I think about food a LOT.  But I am pretty conscious of my health and weight.  So, I tend to deconstruct a lot of foods and make them as healthy as possible, all while retaining lots of flavor. 

That being said, it is still hard to do when it comes to chocolate cake.  My main weakness would probably be portion control.  If there is a whole cake in front of me, I want the whole cake.  Therefore, I often make personalized foods, so I can eat the whole thing.

I stumbled upon an easy way to make a personal chocolate cake and have it to still be super delish!
I am terrible about measuring, basically, I don't measure, so my ingredients may require tweaking.

You will need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  
Spray a ramekin(or any small oven-proof dish) with nonstick spray.  In a bowl, mix about a half cup of your fave chocolate cake mix, one egg white, and about a teaspoon of oil.  Stir well (the mixture should be pretty thick) and pour into the ramekin.  Bake approximately 12-15 minutes, check at 12, but it may take a bit more.  

One of my favorite toppings for this is melted dark chocolate.  I take a handful of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and add just a touch of water in a microwave safe small bowl.  Microwave for about 20 seconds, then stir, add a touch more water if it seems really thick...and microwave for another 15 seconds.  It should be nice and smooth and ready to pour over your yummy baked personal cake.  I tend to use a lot of dark chocolate because it is supposedly better for you. 

I also sometimes use marshmallow creme.  You can melt it slightly in the microwave and pour it over the cake too, for not alot of calories.  

You can use various berries to top your cake, just depends on your mood and how many calories you can spare.  On this particular cake, I did use all 3, and it was sooo yummy.
Enjoy.   :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

I achieved salmon perfection. Once. :)

Just wanted to make a quick entry to post the picture of the best slab of salmon I ever cooked.  With every bite, I melted.  I marinated a fresh piece of salmon all day in a soy and brown sugar mixture.   I grilled it skin side up for a few minutes, then flipped it once to skin side down.  Grilled it a few more minutes, and it was AH-mazing.  Here is the photo.  If you have not tried a soy marinade on your salmon, you must try it.  I can't wait to try it again!   :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Remake for What I Wore Wednesday! :)

I look everywhere to get fashion ideas.  It helps when I see an outfit that really just looks like "me".  It is hard to visualize sometimes, but this one had my name written all over it.  I loved the colors and had never thought of putting them together.

Here is the look I wanted to attempt.  First of all, the model is very pretty, which always helps make an outfit look even better.  Everything just looked great about the whole thing.  The only thing I wanted to change was the light colored boots.  I have some similar, but I just can't seem to pull them off.  So, once again, I went for the darker boots.  I really liked them with this look though.

Okay, so here is my look.  I of course am using a tripod and have no modeling skills whatsoever.  I cannot seem to break away from the "cheese" that I do every single time.  Anyway, aside from that, the look to me is similar, and one that I will definitely wear.  I do wish I would have rolled up my sleeves like the other photo and put on some bracelets, but I sometimes get in a hurry.  I like the contrast that rolling the sleeves with the shirt underneath gives an outfit.  Soooo give me some feedback if you wish, positive or negative.  I think we all have looked back over a photo and said..."Why didn't someone tell me not to wear that?!".  Hah!  Personally, I know I have.  :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In and Out Burger remake

I love to cook, well, about 5 days a week anyway.  I need that break of a day here or there to eat at a restaurant try someone else's food for a change.  All day, I study food photos, recipes, blogs, and just about anything to deal with food.  Last night, I attempted the In-N-Out burger remake.  First of all, we don't even have In-N-Out burgers where I am from.  I have only tasted one in my life, and it was pretty good.  I see them bragged about online, so I thought I would try to redo one.  I found a few blogs that attempted to redo them, so I just branched off from them.  Basically, there is a sauce that is similar to 1000 Island dressing, it seems.  Also the "putting together" of the burger seems important, so I pulled up a few pictures.  All in all, the burger was super tasty and super messy, two great burger essentials. 

Here is a picture of my burger! 
Okay, if you want to try to make this one, here are some of my details.
  • I made my own sauce with just tossing the ingredients together, but it was something along the lines of...3 T Miracle Whip or mayo, 2 T ketchup, 1 T pickle relish, and a dash of sugar.  Or you can use 1000 Island, it seems very similar.
  • Toast the tops of the buns, then butter the inside and brown them in a skillet.
  • Use a cast iron skillet to fry the burgers.  They will require 2 patties each.  While the first side is frying, cover the raw sides with mustard.
  • Only flip once.  After flipping, and when 2nd side is almost done, slide a few thin slices of onion under the burger.
  • Cover each patty with a slice of cheese.  Stack the patties with the onions in between. 
  • When loading, start with the bottom bun.  Cover it with a little of the sauce, 3 dill pickle slices, tomato, lettuce, the burger patties with the onion in between, then the top bun. 
  • Wrap with paper to make the burger feel genuine.  Grab a napkin.  Enjoy!   :)