Monday, November 12, 2012

Mushroom spaghetti squash.

Sometimes I go to great lengths to be able to eat alot
of food for fewer calories.

I often get asked, how do you stay so thin?
It is NOT because I don't eat, trust me.   I wish I had less of an appetite than I do.   Truth is I LOVE food!
I just try to find foods that I can eat and enjoy for 
less calories but just as much substance.

Enter Mr. Spaghetti Squash....

Simple truth is...

Spaghetti noodles : 221 calories per cup
Spaghetti squash noodles : 42 calories per cup

Simple math tells us that you can eat 5 TIMES the amount of spaghetti squash for actual spaghetti noodles, and I happen to like the squash just fine, especially when I can eat 5 TIMES the amount, plus it is even healthy for me!!!

The good thing is...all you gotta do is cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds and bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes.

Then, add whatever you would add to your spaghetti.
I had just bought a gourmet blend of mushrooms.  They included crimini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms, so that was my topping. 
I sauteed the mushrooms with rosemary, garlic and parsley.  
I topped it with strong Irish cheese that I got at Sam's. 

Bottom line...the food was awesome, healthy and actually delish!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Today was Sunday.  It was also a digging in my closet and getting rid of some stuff day.  
I will be the first to admit that I am a clothes hoarder.
I have too many clothes, but they all fit and I like them.  So until my house explodes and clothes fall out all over the lawn,
I will continue to love everything in my closet.
The good thing is that I am a thrifty buyer.
At least 75% of my clothes came from yard sales
or the Goodwill store.  

The following outfit just jumped out at me.  I had forgotten 
about the grey Guess jeans that I had bought from my niece.  
I ran across them while organizing a bit.  

I just got this scarf at Fred's for 5 bucks.  I looove it!  
The infinity scarf is my favorite and this one was the bomb.

The boots are a splurge.  I got them last year online.  They are Madden Girl with the red zipper in the back.  Great boots!

I also tried out a tshirt scarf that I made.  I bought a 3XL tshirt and cut the bottom off.  The results are in this photo.

I actually didn't even have to sew it.  
The edge curled and made it not even noticeable.  

I was wanting a heather gray infinity scarf and this one worked out, and the shirt actually cost $6, so it wasn't too bad.

Git your boots and scarves out GALS!  It is gettin' cold out there!  :)

Simple steak and salmon!

Sometimes my food photos don't need a long recipe explanation.
I am using this post to put a few photos up that require few words.

This was a 29 oz. porterhouse that I grilled to medium plus. 
One pointer that I can suggest is that to me, the filet portion is better when it is cooked just a little less than the strip side of the steak.   So while on the grill, keep the strip side over the hottest portion of the grill and the filet off to the side a bit. 
This will let the filet remain medium and melt in your mouth!

All I added to the steak was a generous sprinkling of Cavendar's Greek Seasoning on both sides, before grilling.

My side for this steak was roasted garlic red, white and blue baby potatoes.  I tossed the potatoes well in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a pat of butter.  Sprinkled them well with garlic and pepper.   Roasted them at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, until nice and soft.

Here they are all roasted and crusty.

The next meal consists of a nice slab of salmon on a bed of roasted butternut squash.  Butternut is really tough to peel and dice, so I was really happy when I found it pre-diced at Walmart.  They don't always have it, but when they do, I grab it!  Here is what it looks like.

I just added a bit of olive oil to the butternut and roasted it in the oven on 375 for about 15-20 minutes.  I have recently fell in love with rosemary, so I added several sprigs of fresh rosemary chopped finely and a sprinkle of garlic powder.

The salmon was simply marinated in soy sauce for an hour, then grilled.  Get the grill nice and hot, then once you put the salmon on the grate, turn the heat down to medium.  Grill skin side up until it looks almost halfway cooked, about 5 minutes.  Then flip the skin side down and cook for about 5 more.   I like mine just barely done.  You can cook longer depending on your taste buds. 
   Love me some salmon!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

The striped dress.

I confess....I am a Pinterest junkie. 

 There is just so much inspiration on that site!  From food to fashion to decoration to well just about anything you can think of.  
I have seen this look on Pinterest alot lately with the stripes underneath a sweater and fell in love. I don't think I would have 
come up with this look on my own, but
I decided to try to put the look together.  Here 
are the inspirational photos.

Here is my look...I adored it!

I think the brown and black look so snappy together!
The striped dress came from Rue 21 last year.
The scarf came from Kmart recently. 
 The belt is from Maurices.  
Boots are vintage Tommy Hilfiger.
The sweater I have had for years and never worn, that is why I find it so hard to get rid of clothes.  If they fit, it may be 10 years before I wear them, but I just know I will find the right outfit.   :)

Let your clothing diva shine through!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Crockpot meatloaf!

The CROCKPOT.  A wonderful invention that allows you to cook a meal while you are at work!  Worry-free and pretty yummy if you can master the crocking technique.

I can tell with experience, my crocking is improving.  I used to open the lid at least 20 times during the cooking process.  

Tip number ONE:  Do not remove the lid and stir, except maybe once when the cooking is halfway through.   I do check once and determine whether to leave the pot on low or high, but JUST ONCE.

Tip number TWO:  Season just a bit more than you might normally season on the stove.  For me, at least, the crockpot tends to make foods seem just a little bland.   Cavendar's Greek seasoning is my favorite to add to meat and veggies.

Tip number THREE:  If it will be a messy crockpot meal, I suggest using a slow cooker liner.  They are thin plastic liners made to use in your cooker, and they make cleanup a breeze.  You can find them near the aluminum foil at the grocery store.

For this meatloaf, I looked at about 12 recipes and made up my own.  That is how I typically cook.  I really just can't follow a recipe.  But sometimes, it pays off.  I really liked how this meatloaf turned out.   

Crockpot meatloaf!

2 lbs lean ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup crushed Cheezit crackers
1 packet of onion soup mix
3/4 cup diced green pepper 
several large dashes of Cavendar's Greek seasoning
1/2 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce or similar
1/2 cup ketchup

Mix all of the above ingredients and form a loaf.  I recommend using a Crockpot liner with this meatloaf.  I cooked it for 7 hours on low, but half way through, I used the liner to drain the grease and flip the meatloaf over.  I think this really helped it to cook like a real meatloaf.  Once you flip it over, top it with a mixture of 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup ketchup.  Continue cooking for the remaining time.  

I will definitely be making this one again, soon.   

I prefer my meatloaf in a sandwich.  These Hawaiian sweet buns make a wonderful little bite.   I added cheese, and it was so good!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Necessity is the mother of invention.

I wanted to make some crock pot chili at work.  I did NOT want to go to the grocery store in the morning.   I had everything in the cabinet, but no hamburger meat in the refrigerator.   I looked in the freezer and had 2 ribeyes.   Hmmmm.  Yep, I made chili out of chopped-up ribeyes. 

Here are the ingredients...I actually used everything here, except only 1 1/2 packages of the chili mix.  I later tasted and found the need to add one 15 oz can of tomato sauce.  Otherwise it would have been too strong on the spice side.  To make it easier, just use everything in the picture, except just use one packet of Williams chili seasoning.

I cooked it on low for 9 hours.  That was just right.  It would have probably been ready to eat in about 7, but the flavors meld a little more with time.

Add some cheese on top and a grilled cheese sammich, and you are good to go!   Bring on some FALL!   

Love what you eat and eat what you love!!   :)

Inspiration fashion photo remake

I really loved this outfit the moment I first saw it.  I knew I had similar pieces in my closet and couldn't wait to try it all together.  

The photo came from My Vintage Romance.  An awesome blog that I stumbled across.  Love it!

I convinced Eric to take my picture outside, I should have turned off the flash, but he was on a roll, so I went with it.  

Here is the picture I took inside to show a little more detail..

Jacket : Rue 21
Jeans : Rue 21

Both shirts came from a yard sale, but you can work with so many different plaids and stripes to change up the look a bit.

Boots : Madden with the red zipper in the back.  I did some research before ordering them online.  I read many complaints about them running large, so I went with and 8 1/2 even though I am always a 9.   I am glad I went down a 1/2 size, they fit great and are Suuper comfy!

This would be a great outfit for just hanging around on a crisp fall day, and we are just getting into fall, so I will be playing around with this look alot.  I would have never put it together without the photo, but I really like it all put together. 

A smile is my biggest fashion accessory, I try to always wear it!  :)