Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Random rainy day outfits.

This past Sunday was a cold, rainy, windy, yucky day.  Boo.  I am sooo ready for spring.  

But anyway,  yucky day off = play in my closet day.

I cut my head out of these pictures.  First off, for me, sometimes it is easier to picture myself in an outfit when the person's head is not showing.  Second off, I had no makeup and had just dried my hair, didn't want to scare anyone.  :)

Therefore, here are some random outfits that I put together...
They all have the same skinny jeans and Madden Girl boots.

These first two have a gray tank underneath a Abercrombie light blue oxford.  

The left has a tan and beige striped Abercrombie sweater over it.  The right has a gray Abercrombie cardigan over it.  All of the tops came either from Goodwill or a yard sale.  Love a bargain Abercrombie.  Their clothes just have such a nice fit to me.

The next 2 have the same peach tank top and multicolored scarf from Maurices (last year).
The peach peacoat is Abercrombie ($5.00 at a yard sale).
The pale green jacket came from Goodwill.  Not sure of the brand.

This last outfit has the same gray cardigan as above but with a navy and beige striped top from Rue 21.  The necklace is vintage faux pearl and crystals.

I look at 100's of pics to get ideas.  I hope these inspire someone out there!  

Happy dressing!  :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fresh shrimp attempt. Brutally honest.

So the husband decided to throw me a curve ball...FRESH GULF SHRIMP....

I looooove a challenge.  Especially a food one.

My first thought when seeing these fresh from the Gulf shrimp was...YIKES they are looking at me!

I have always bought frozen, nice and easy shrimp...thaw them.. skewer them.. grill them shrimp.

These fresh dudes have heads and tails and all that poopie stuff.   Sorry for the details.

Everyone has their way of handling and cooking them.  I just had to study online methods and recipes them develop my strategy.

First, for me...the poopie intestines thing has to come out (aka deveining).  A nice Youtube video or 4 allowed me to learn a toothpick method and also a cut and pull method.  I won't go into details because Youtube is your best bet here.

Some say don't take out the intestines, here is my pic, and I would take them out again next time....

As far as cooking, I wanted to do the WHOLE SHRIMP thing, so I did that.
After deveining, I sauteed them in a skillet, a method that I found online.

I also decided that I wanted to add FRESHLY diced garlic to the shrimp.  From that experiment, I can tell you that VAMPIRES will NOT be stopping at my house any time soon.  Also, you may want to keep your distance at the grocery store if you see me there tomorrow...I will be the shrimpie garlic gal.  :)

Anyhow...here is a big ole pile of the little guys...eyeballs and all, before cooking...

Here is the saute that I got for them...

1/2 cup Worcestershire
2 T lemon juice
2 big dashes of Greek seasoning
2 big dashes of Old Bay seasoning
1 T fresh finely diced garlic

Heat to medium high and add the shrimp...they only take about 1-2 minutes on the first side...

Then flip!

Now add a stick of butter and lower the heat to medium, stirring often....the recipe called for 3 sticks!!!   One is plenty!

Let the butter melt, but just cook a couple of minutes...they overcook fast!

Take the shrimp out and pour the butter sauce over the top...

The verdict...

I personally would still buy frozen shrimp.

Although, I really wish they guy had some Mahi Mahi, sea bass or grouper.  I will be watching for him next time.

The shrimpies were alot of work, although tasty.  I suggest you try the whole fresh ones, at least once.

Love what you eat and eat what you love!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Legging conundrum! I finally did it!

I have been struggling with the 
legging issue for some time now.  

They look SOOO adorable on others, but 
I have been unable to pull a look together that I feel comfortable with.

I finally put something together that I liked!  Actually, I LOVED it! 

The leggings are a super thick dark gray pair that I got at Suzy's Suitcase, our local super cute dress shop here in Newbern, TN.  The sweater is also charcoal gray.  It is Jones New York brand, but I have had it for about 5 years.

I layered a white shirt underneath and white boot socks.   The sweater skirt is tan and matches my almost new moccasin boots that I just got on EBAY for $14.50 including shipping, sometimes you just gotta watch for deals!

I loved the tri-color look, and it was super comfortable!


The skirt is actually a sweater that I cut the top out of and made into a skirt.  It is hard to find sweater skirts, and this worked great!  It was a tank top sweater that I never wore anyway, so I just chopped it with some scissors and 

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own wardrobe awesomeness!  :)

By the way...Thanks to the Pleated Poppy for letting me link up and giving me sooo many ideas!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gigantic shrimp and creamy pasta shells!

I have had these tricolor pasta shells for some time now 
and have just been dying to try them.
  I also incorporated some recently purchased JUMBO shrimp into the pasta and I mean

 Just look at 'em compared to a banana...

So to make this lightened up creamy pasta, here were my ingredients.

I boiled a cup of the dry noodles according to the package.  They were spinach and tomato shells.  Drained them well and then added the cream sauce below...

I mixed about a teaspoon of the chicken bullion with about a half cup of water and heated it for about 30 seconds in the microwave to dissolve it. I then added about 2 tablespoons each of the fat free sour cream and fat free cream cheese.  You may need to heat it again for a few seconds, but just stir it well until it is creamy and add a big dash of Greek seasoning.  Then add to the drained noodles.

For the shrimp, I sprinkled them with garlic powder and sauteed them in a skillet with just a few drops of olive oil until they were lightly browned, then added them to the pasta and cream.

The fresh spinach was a last minute addition. I just sauteed it for a few minutes until it wilted down good and added it to my pasta and shrimp.  

Delicious and very low calorie for the yumminess you get.  No need to add heavy cream or other fatty stuff.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Delicious diet food. Catfish and cabbage.

Diet food does not have to taste bad.  You just have to eat the right foods and cook them right.

Enter cabbage...one of the very low calorie veggies out there.

I chopped half a head of cabbage and fried it in a skillet with only cooking spray.  After it fried a little, I added a chicken bullion cube dissolved in 3/4 cup of water and let it cook down a bit.  Medium heat.

For a bit of extra vitamins, I added about 1/2 of an apple diced really fine.

Cook it down until it is nice and wilted, looking kinda like this..

While the cabbage was cooking, I seasoned my catfish filets with Greek seasoning and threw them on my hot grill.  You can easily use tilapia or whatever fish is handy.

Here they are just grilling and smelling good.   They will cook about 5-6 minutes per side.  The flesh will turn white as it cooks.

Top the cabbage with the fish and dig in to your guilt free meal!

My camera threw in some neat flame streaks here...thought it was cool  :)

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

About as healthy as a cookie can be.

This is the second time I have made these cookies.  First, let me assure you that they are not the best cookies in the world, BUT to be soo healthy, they ain't bad.  

They are basically like eating a banana and a bowl of oatmeal, but in a nice chewy cookie, which goes much better with a cup of coffee.

Here are the soo simple and healthy ingredients...

Yep, that is all. 

2 ripe bananas
1 cup of oats 
1/4 cup of semi sweet chips
(nuts can be added if you like)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the 2 bananas really well in a medium bowl.  I did add a teaspoon of vanilla after I mashed them,  just because I love vanilla.

Add the other ingredients and mix together well.  I ended up adding a 1/4 cup more oats because my bananas were pretty big.  You can judge the mix and see if you think there is too much banana.

Drop them onto a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray.  I added a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon to each.

Ready for the oven!  350 for about 20 minutes.

They will look something like this when done.   

Now, just grab a glass of milk...I happen to LOVE Pure Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.  Especially because it is only 30 calories per cup!   Yum.

The best part is that these cookies are only about 75 calories and full of good for you stuff!

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lamb chop experiment.

While I was at Kroger recently, I really checked out the meat department for something different and decided on lamb chops.  

I have tried lamb once in my life, it was at Texas de Brazil in Memphis which basically can be called "The 
awesome restaurant of meats".
 It is a Churrascaria restaurant.  
Which means that they bring all kinds of meat to your table and you eat until you want to pop.   Well, something like that.   If you haven't been, you need to experience it.  I had a food hangover the day after we went.

This is my little lamb chop, just put on the grill.  It marinated for 48 hours in soy sauce.

After researching, I found that the lamb needed to be 140-145 degrees internally to be done.  So, after cooking for about 5-6 minutes per side, I checked and it was 145 degrees.  I removed it an immediately wrapped it in foil.  This will raise the temp a few degrees more and keep the juices inside the meat.  

Okay, now for the verdict...I am definitely not in love with the lamb.  It was good, but a little "gamey" for my tastebuds.  If you like deer or other similar meats, you should try it, because you might like this as well.  For now, I will stick to salmon.  

Although the lamb looks pretty on my grill..  

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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Super simple homemade pizza.

Pizza is undeniably one of the best foods on the planet.  And of course, it follows the general rule that if something is really really good, it probably isn't good for you.

That being said, it is possible to have your pizza and eat it too!  By making your own, you can pick your favorite toppings and know exactly what you are eating.

For the crust, I use the kind in a packet and 1/2 of the packet is the perfect size for one person, and is only 300 calories.

Just follow the directions on the package to prepare the dough.  This picture is of the ball of dough that is waiting to set for 5 minutes.  
Spread the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 425 for about 3 minutes, then you are ready for the toppings...

I happen to love roasted tomatoes, so I sliced some grape tomatoes, topped them with garlic and some Italian seasoning, and cooked them in my toaster oven until nice and roasty.

Because I had tomatoes, I didn't need any sauce on mine.  I like to focus on the cheeses.

My cheeses included sharp white cheddar, mozzarella and fresh grated Parmesan.

Now, just pop it back into the oven until it is done to your liking.  I like mine pretty crispy, so it cooked for about 15-20 more minutes.  I just kept looking at it every 5 minutes.

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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The striped shirt.

My latest try-on experiment was the striped nautical shirt.  I have seen this style shirt alot lately in fashion photos.  

I knew I liked it, but I had no idea how versatile it can be.  You can dress this shirt up or down so easily and it seems to meld its way into an outfit.

I have to apologize for the dark photos. I think the colors look so much more natural without the flash, so I went with natural lighting.  Unfortunately, it was almost too dark.


I liked both of these looks. The yellow was a punch of color and the chambray is very "in" right now.

These 2 outfits were a little out of my normal zone.  I am starting to really like this army green jacket, it goes well with lots of outfits. 
 The tshirt over the long sleeve shirt is very awesome on others...but I have trouble pulling it off. I liked this tshirt look though!

The orange shirt is very bright, but I liked it with this outfit.  I liked the yellow necklace the best.  The orange is another color that I am not used to wearing, but I liked it.  

I hope that something in this post gives you a spark of inspiration.  :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Grilled tilapia and roasted broccoli. Low cal love.

So today finally got to 70 degrees.  
All I can say is YEEHAW!
Spring is on its way!

Today was Saturday.  It was my perfect night to grill.
The meal I made was very healthy but FULL of flavor!!!

The meal was grilled tilapia 
with BACON and roasted broccoli. 

 For the broccoli, just wash it well,
 and cut it into nice pieces.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.   Add a bit of olive oil, salt and Greek seasoning.  

Cook for about 30 minutes, shake the pan a couple of times while cooking.

It doesn't look alot different after roasting, but tastes amazing and is chock full of vitamins!  :)

This is the tilapia.  I bought it fresh for $5.99 a pound.  It is a really mild fish and very yum.

I added soy sauce to my fish and Worcestershire to Eric's fish, then topped each with one slice of bacon cut in half.  Bacon adds such an awesome flavor and only about 40 calories per slice.

Light the grill and over medium heat...
 put the bacon side down for about 6 minutes, then the other side down for about 6 minutes.

The final product...mine was completely delicious x 10.

Eric's had grilled shrimpies on top...

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