Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cream and white fashion inspiration.

I just love finding an inspiration outfit that really reaches out and grabs me.
That is what happened when I saw this 
cream and white outfit with the brown belt. 

 I loved it, instantly.   

I knew I had similar pieces, and I didn't care that it was the middle of winter. 
 I will wear white anytime.  

I don't care about the whole crapola that you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day.  I think white looks awesome in the winter.

I had a couple of ways that I put this outfit together.  

The first involves one of my bubble necklaces and a cute turtleneck with skinny white jeans.  I thought it went great together.

And here it is with a white pea coat.  This particular coat, 
I have never worn and have had for at least 15 years, but a pea coat will never go out of style.
 I knew I would wear it someday.  

The outfit I ended up wearing had a cowl neck. 
 I really had trouble deciding which I liked best, but I ended up wearing the cowl neck. 
 I was just feeling it more at the moment for some reason.

The only bad thing about white is that it is so easy to get dirty.  I was able to not get any major stains, although I did manage to spill a tiny bit of coffee on my pants.  It will come out in the wash.  

Wear it, style it, make it yours!  :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tasty low fat creamed spinach!

Bottom line...I LOVE to eat.  But, because I am health conscious most of the time, I am always looking for ways to lighten up things I love.  It makes me feel better to be able to eat a wonderful meal without having the guilt or the weight gain that comes with a calorie/fat laden meal.

I have tried creamed spinach in restaurants a couple of times, and loved it.   The downfall is that it is so full of calories.  And those calories are actually wasted.   You can make some awesome creamed spinach for easily 1/3rd the calories.

For starters, restaurants typically use heavy cream in their creamed spinach.  A cupful of the side dish can contain from 500-600 calories!   YiKeS!   I am gonna cut that drastically.   

I started with 1/2 a bag of spinach, but ended up using the whole bag.  Spinach cooks down sooo much.  Here we go...

Healthy creamed spinach

2 oz fat free cream cheese
1 teaspoon chicken stock
1/4 cup water
big dash of Cavendar's Greek seasoning
1 T fat free sour cream
1 bag of fresh spinach
freshly shaved Parmesan

First, add the cream cheese, chicken stock, water and Greek seasoning to a bowl and microwave on low heat until creamy.

Meanwhile, spray a nonstick skillet with Pam or lightly coat with olive oil and saute the spinach until completely wilted.  Only takes about 5 minutes over medium heat.

Next, add the spinach to the cream mixture and add the tablespoon of fat free sour cream.  Heat just about 30 seconds in the microwave.  Add a dash of pepper.

Put it on a plate and grate just a bit of fresh Parmesan cheese on top.  Not only is this packed with vitamins...hence the spinach, but the whole big ole serving has about 175-200 calories and the only fat is from the parm, so very little fat also.  And the best part is DeLiCiOuS!  

To make it beyond it with a gigantic 18 oz slab of salmon.  Heaven on a plate!   :)

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

A couple of yummies I want to be sure and make again...

I sometimes use my blog as a recipe keeper.  When I can't figure out what to cook for supper, I look back over my recipes and remember just how YUMMY certain things were.  

First on our list of yummies today...

Beer panko crusted tilapia topped with diced tomatoes, avocado and onion.

This tilapia was very very simple.  I sprinkled it with salt, pepper and Old Bay seasoning.  Then dipped it in a little flour, then into a bowl of dark beer and then into panko breadcrumbs.  I fried it over medium heat in a nonstick skillet with just a couple of tablespoons of oil.  I hate overly greasy fish or anything greasy for that matter, so I try to use the minimum oil.   Fry for a few minutes on each side until nice and golden. 

For the topping, I diced half of an avocado, some grape tomatoes and a tiny bit of onion.  I gave this all a good splash of lemon juice, salt, pepper and parsley and stirred it until coated.   Add the topping to the fish and dig in!   

This next one is also delish and healthy

Roasted butternut mini pizzas.

The only problem with butternut is that it is
incredibly tough to cut.  At least in my opinion...

The simplest solution is to just cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and roast the 2 halves with the cut side up at 375 for about 35-45 minutes.  It is done when a fork goes in pretty easily.   Simply scoop out the flesh and use or refrigerate.

This time, I actually bought a large container from Sam's Club that was already diced.   I simply sprayed a cookie sheet with Pam and spread an even layer of butternut onto it and cooked at 350 for about 25-35 minutes.  It is done when it mashes easily with a fork.

For the crusts of these pizzas, I used some of the multi grain sandwich rounds by Nature's Own.  They are only 100 calories for the pair of rounds.  I toasted them just a little and topped each with a good slather of mashed roasted butternut.  Gave each a good sprinkle of garlic powder and salt, and topped with sharp Irish cheddar and parsley.  These would be great with other cheeses too, provolone, mozzarella, parmesan.  I don't think you could go wrong with any cheese.  You just need to bake or broil these long enough to brown the cheese a bit.  I was able to make mine in my new toaster oven in just a couple of minutes.  Talk about easy!   

I loved these very much!  Butternut is super low in calories but high in valuable nutrients.  With the cheese, it is just amazing.  

I hope you try these soon!  I know I will having a repeat of each!

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

Sunday, February 10, 2013

41st birthday outfits and an EGGsperiment.

So this year, I turned 41.  
I have to say it was a GREAT birthday.
I worked until 12:00, 
then went shopping for a bit at the mall.
Eric came home with my present...a GPS watch that I have been wanting.
It is awesome!
Then he took me to Sam's Club and the Melting Pot in Memphis. 
The Melting Pot is my all time favorite restaurant, if you haven't been, you need to go, soon!
It was a great day!

This is the outfit I wore shopping.   I got the awesome scarf at Suzy's Suitcase in Newbern.   It has soo many colors in it.  It goes with almost anything.

This is a cute chevron print dress that I got from Rue 21.  Added a belt, some leggings and boots, I loved it!

Now that my birthday is over...
back to some cooking.

So for a while now, I have been wanting to try this avocado egg bake thingie that I have been seeing on Pinterest.  

It made for a pretty picture....

Taste wise, I am kinda up in the air.
 The baked avocado took on a completely different flavor than a cold avocado.  A flavor that I am unsure of.  
I can easily say I didn't LOVE it. 
 I may actually try it again in the future and maybe bake it just a little less. 
 I baked it at 375 for about 35 minutes.  
Next time, I will probably bake it for 25 minutes.  I actually took it out at 25 minutes and took this picture below, but cooked it 10 more minutes.
I think I may have like it more with the yolk runny.

I am glad I tried it and encourage you to do so if you like avocados and eggs.  

Until next time...

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

Monday, February 4, 2013

Insane peanut butter cornflake bars

Desserts are dangerous.
If I make a dessert, I have trouble not eating ever bite.
Luckily, Sunday was Super Bowl party time, and I was able to make these peanut butter bars and take them to the party.  

They were super easy to make and 
really yummy.  The platter was empty by the end of the night.

So here is the recipe.  I took 4 recipes and made my own adjustments and they turned out great.

Peanut butter crunchy bites

1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
6 cups Cornflakes
1 package semi sweet chocolate chips

Cover a 9x13 dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, coarsely crush the cornflakes and set aside.  Add the corn syrup and sugars to a medium saucepan and heat over medium low heat, stirring until combined, just a couple of minutes.  Stir in the peanut butter and cook just another couple of minutes.  You don't want it to boil or get too hot, you are just heating it all through and melding everything together.  Remove from heat and stir in the cornflakes.  Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Mine didn't completely cover the pan, I  left them a little thicker.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and spread over the peanut butter mixture.  Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, then remove and cut into the size you would like.  I made very small bites because they are very rich in flavor.  Enjoy!

This makes a whole bunch of squares.  It would be easy to halve the recipe and make in an 8x8 pan, just in case you don't have anyone to help you eat them.  My hubby doesn't eat alot of sweets, so if I make them for just us, I will definitely have to make only half.

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

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Embracing the nerd in me.

In high school...I was a super nerd.

To prove my point...
I was voted Most Intellectual.
Tell me that is not a super nerd!
That means that my peers knew
that I was a nerd and voted me 
to be the best nerd.

I actually think it was good for
me though.  It let me
grow up as a non glamorous teen and
not feel pressured to 
be pretty because I knew I 
was not.  

Now that I am older...
I try to find my style and sometimes, I fall back into my nerdiness and
lose my way.

But today, I was shooting for the 
preppy in me.  Thanks to Pinterest and
so many other fashion websites, I can finally put things together and
feel comfortable that I made them work.

One of my favorite dot coms is the Pleated Poppy.

She has a weekly linkup on Wednesday and it has an abundance of fashion ideas from 300+ fashionistas.
You have to check it out!

I will be linking this post to the Pleated Poppy because I hope that someone, somewhere might draw inspiration from me playing in my closet.

I actually tried this look several ways.  First of all, this Polo puffy vest is reversible.  How convenient!

The only problem was that I could not figure out which way I liked it best.   
I liked them both.  :/

And here was the green.  I liked it too.

One benefit of a past/present nerd is that you have a little smarts.  The name brand vests were both bought at the Goodwill for $4.99.  The shirt is Hollister and was bought on Ebay.  The jeans came from a yard sale for the sum of $3.00.  Yay for bargains!

So embrace your nerdiness and know that it only means you are special and maybe a little smarter than the next guy.   :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Green bean bundles and Parmesan salmon. Yes Please.

I LOVE to eat. 
 Plain and simple. 

Pictures of a food that I like will make my mouth water.

  I think about what I am going to eat.
I enjoy what I am eating.  
I see a recipe and can't wait to make it
and eat it.  
So much to eat, so little time.  

Now on to cooking....

As far as veggies go, 
green beans would have to be one of my favorites.
 AND since everything is better with bacon, 
I couldn't wait to try
these when I saw them on Pinterest.

Green bean bundles.

I used about 1/2 a bag of frozen whole green beans
and put them in a skillet with just a little water 
over medium heat.  I just cooked them a few minutes,
until they were thawed and just starting to cook.

The bacon only needs to be cooked about half way done
for the first step.  I cooked it in a skillet for a couple of minutes on each side then placed it on a paper towel to drain.

I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and 
lined a cookie sheet with foil.
I separated the beans into 4 servings and 
wrapped each bundle with a slice of bacon
then sprinkle lightly with 
brown sugar and black pepper.

They look soo yummy, just waiting to be baked at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until the bacon looks crispy and done.

Here are the finished little bundles of joy!  Yum.

I served these with another new recipe I found, 
oven baked Parmesan mayo crusted salmon.
Since it bakes in the oven too, 
they can cook at the same time.

The salmon is coated with a tablespoon or 2 of mayo, 
mixed with 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan 
and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Topped with a dash of parsley and a bit more Parmesan.

I bought my first ever block of Parmesan Reggiano at the Whole
Foods Market recently.  It was pricey, but a little goes a long way and the freshness of it is just wonderful.

The salmon looks like this before cooking...

And this after cooking for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees 
and a few minutes on high broil. 
 I was trying to brown the edges on broil, 
but they didn't cooperate.  
But it didn't matter.  
It was delicious!

And the final plating again...I will definitely be eating this again.

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