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Friday, March 30, 2012

DIY

Hey Everyone! I haven't forgotten that today was a do it yourself day. But I haven't had the opportunity to go out and get anything. So hopefully this weekend I can get some and get back to you guys. What are some of your favorite DIY projects?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

Redeeming Love
Francine Rivers
Genre: Romance, Christian Romance




"California's gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.
Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. 
Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father's heart in everything, Michael obeys God's call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel's every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband's pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does... the one who will never let her go." ~ Description from Goodreads. 




This book is my number one favorite. I give this books 5 ★★★★★. ~ The Diva has Spoken 




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fashion: Skirts

Happy Spring Everyone! Here in Washington state the sun has been shining for the past three days! Well it was a little rainy yesterday but by the afternoon there was sun! So I have been looking at my clothes and I noticed I have no spring or summer clothes. I do have tank tops but those can get old pretty fast. So I bought myself a skirt. The skirt is called Solid Body Con Skirt  (click on the name of the skirt and it will take you directly to where I got it, Wet Seal) and it was only $10.50. I love the way it looks on me and so does my boyfriend.  I got this skirt in black since I wanted to see if I really like it and I do! So most likely will be going back to buy some more in funkier colors. 




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

So this past week I hadn't really gotten into reading any books, since I have been really busy. But Friday I had some books on hold for me at the library and one was an erotic romance novel. (who knew that your local library would have some? I know I didn't) My sister, Jessica, was the one who told me. By the way, she is an actual book reviewer. She is more in depth with her book reviews. (So click on her name in this blog and it will send you directly to her blog) Anyways yesterday I decided to read one of the books I got before I went to bed. So here it is... Your Teaser Tuesday Book:




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Take Two
by Evangeline Anderson
Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance


"She lit up the whole cabin the moment she stepped through the door, Blakely thought. "
pg 33

"She shooed them out and they left, a little reluctantly, Sadie thought. Trying not to look at the viewer, she stripped off the hateful red dress and stepped into the shower. But she already knew what she was going to do."
pg 175

I have only read chapter 1. But I can't wait to read more of this book. 




Monday, March 26, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hey Everyone! So this weekend I have been thinking of what recipe I was going to share with you. I know I have been doing recipes with lots of seafood products in it and I know some of the people who read this is allergic to fish. So I have chosen a dish that I won second place with. It is called.... 


Slow Cooker Ginger-Soy Short Ribs

Leeks and Carrots 

Short Ribs...


Ingredients:
4 carrots, chopped
2 leeks, rinsed well and chopped
3 pounds bone in beef short ribs, fat trimmed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/3 cup sherry
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

  • Heat a large Dutch Oven and arrange carrots and leeks on the bottom. 
  • Season ribs all over with salt and pepper and place over vegetables.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, sherry, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic
  • Pour mixture over ribs
  • Cover and braise for 3 to 4 hours. (This can also be done in a slow cooker, crock pot, just cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours)





Friday, March 23, 2012

DIY: My First actual knitting project.



Hey Everyone! So this week I have been working on a Mother's day gift. I know that Mother's day is in May but I am procrastinator when it comes to making homemade gifts. So I did mine early. This was done all by me with actual knitting needles. So I am excited about this gift. I don't want to show a picture of it just yet cause I am not sure who all reads this and I don't want it getting out to her what exactly I did with my new found passion of knitting. So for now I will just write about it. On Mother's Day I will show you a picture of the thing I made and hopefully my Momma A (she is my Godmother, but has been more of a mother to me for the past 9yrs) will take a picture and send it to me so I can I share with you.


So my question to you is what are you getting your mother for Mother's Day? 


Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

Fifty Shades Freed
E L James
Fifty Shades
Trilogy #3
Genre: Romance, Erotica Romance




"When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian's singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed.
Now together they have more - love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity, or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.
Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmare come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christians's past.
Seductive, shocking, sad and funny, Fifty Shades Freed is the compelling final volume in the Fifty Shades Trilogy." ~ Description from Goodreads


This book didn't really excited like the first two books of the trilogy did. I think it plateaued a bit. I also found out that this book was based off of the characters in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. After hearing that from my sister Jessica, who does her own blog, it made me go back and reread the first two books. And yes the similarities are uncanny. The descriptions were from Twilight. The names were just changed.


I would give this book 3 ★★★. It just didn't excite me as much. It took me a day each to read the first two books. And this time it took me almost a week to read. ~ The Diva Has Spoken


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fashion: For the Brain

You might be asking yourself how can I have fashion be for the brain. And here is the answer. When you buy a book, it is like your brain's fashion statement. Your brain tells you what you would like to read. Last week I went to Goodwill to see what books they had. (Goodwill or anything thrift store is a good way to find books for cheap) Here are the books I got 








Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

So this past week as been bizarre when it comes to the weather. This week has been filled with days that has all weather types. Rain, snow, and sun. I am really looking forward to having warm weather. But enough with the weather report, for now. Here is what you have been waiting for.... 


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Hush
by Kate White
Genre Adult, Thriller

"But Levin soon made it easy for her, In the office he'd seemed arrogant and at times brusque, but tonight he let her see his suave, charming side." 
pg. 25

"She massaged her temples, thinking desperately . She was done her research at the clinic, but she'd have to show up tomorrow pretending she still needed to do more-- and she'd have to be care not to make anyone, especially snoopy Brim suspicious."
pg. 165

I can't wait to dive into this book. 






Monday, March 19, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

So the past five days I have been house sitting/hanging out with nieces and nephew. And since today is when my sister and her husband come back, I am making her favorite dish. Pan-cit. I do add some things to it to make it my own. It is yummy and simple to make.




Ingredients:
1 (8oz) package thin rice noodles (I use Thai noodles)
1/2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken things, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup soy sauce
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/2 medium head cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
2 green onions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (I didn't put any in this because my sister is allergic to shellfish)


Directions:

  • Place the rice noodles in a large bowl, and cover with hot water. When soft, cut into 4 inch lengths, drain, and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown the chicken and pork until no pink shoes. Season with soy sauce and pepper. Remove from skillet and set aside. Saute the cabbage and carrots until tender. Stir in the noodles, green onions and shrimp. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stir in the chicken and pork, and cook for 5 more minutes. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY: Mini Scrapbook

Today's DIY project is doing a mini scrap book. The one I got---> is one that comes with the stickers and fun backgrounds. You still have to decorate the pages the way you want them to be, but it is easier if you get a scrapbook that has some fun things. I have gotten ones that have the pages already done, all you have to do is put the pictures in the designated places and write a description. Then there is the ones that have nothing in it except for blank paper. When I am feeling confident and creative I will do a scrapbook with just my ideas. Lets see what you come up with. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

Fifty Shades Darker
E L James
Fifty Shades
Trilogy #2
Genre: Romance, Erotica Romance






"Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their  relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her ever waking thought, and when he proposed a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damage, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. 
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who cam before her, and make the most important decision of her life." ~ Description from Goodreads




After reading Fifty Shades of Grey (which I couldn't put it down), I just had to buy the Fifty Shades Darker. Yet again E L James is very descriptive when it come to the domination and submissive behavior, which I love.  

I would give this book 5 ★★★★★. I can't wait to read the last book of this Trilogy. ~The Diva Has Spoken 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fashion: Shoes

OMG!!! I LOVE THE WEBSITE JUST FABULOUS  (justfab). Well for a couple of months they were having there one year birthday sale, 2 for the price if 1. So of course I snatched that sale up. I got 6 pairs of shoes but only paid for 3. Now that is my kind of deal. Anyways out of all them so far I really like my high top black boots.--->
They give me great height and the bottom of the shoe has a non slip grip. Since I live in Washington state it is a good thing. (we get snow and lots and lots of rain) Anyways they are cute to wear with a pair of leggings and a baby doll top or under my flare jeans. You can where them for all occasions, which I love.... 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Hey Everyone! It is still raining outside. Sad days for me. Well today is week two of my blog and I am super excited that I am actually doing this blog. So anyways I am going to introduce this weeks Teaser Tuesday.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should be Reading. Anyone can play! Just the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title &author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Magic Study
by Maria V. Snyder
Study Trilogy #2 
Fantasy 


"I hated the Master of Arms,' she said with a deep frown. 'A bully who turned the teaching sessions into torture sessions. He enjoyed inflicting pain. I avoid him at all costs. When the Masters realized I had strong powers, they focused more on my learning."
pg. 183


"I awoke with a loud cry. A petite woman with large eyes stepped back in alarm. Her brown hair was streaking with yellow and tied back with a leather cord. Stains lined the white fabric of her dress."
pg. 258

I haven't gotten really far in this book because I have been busy with reading another book, getting my room organized, and packing... going to house sit for my sister. But I really am enjoying finding out what Yelena is up to, now that she is back with her family and "people".





Monday, March 12, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hi Everyone! It is cold today. And so it reminded me of a favorite recipe of mine, clam chowder. I love clam chowder, especially homemade. I wasn't sure if I should look on the internet or through cookbooks. So I consulted one of my sisters and they gave me this one. It was delicious. The family I work for couldn't get enough of it. So every time I make this I have had to double the recipe. For those of you who love clams chowder, I hope you try this and tell me what you think.





Ingredients:
4 (6 1/2oz) cans of clams with juice
1/2lb. salt pork or bacon diced up
1 cup chopped onion
6 to 8 medium potatoes; peeled and cubed
3 cups of water
3 1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp pepper
4 cups half and half cream or milk
3 to 4 tbsp corn starch
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:
Cut clams into bite-sized pieces if necessary. In skillet, saute salt pork or bacon and onion until golden brown; drain. Put into slow cooker with clams. Add all remaining ingredients, except milk, cornstarch, and parsley.
Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or until vegetables are tender. During the last hour of cooking, combine 1 cup of milk with the corn starch. Add cornstarch mixture and the remaining milk and stir will; heat through.
Top each serving with a little chopped parsley and serve with crackers or crusty French bread


Friday, March 9, 2012

DIY: Knitting

Hey Everyone! This is my DIY day... So for many many years I have wanted to learn how to knit. Yes you heard me, knit. So my sister (Angiee) and my niece (Victoria) each got a knitting loom for Christmas. Well since I had a weeks vacation time I watched Angiee work on hers. I contemplated on getting one myself. But I really wanted to learn to how to knit with knitting needles. Well when I got back from my vacation, the family I work for mom's mom (so the boy's grandma) got me knitting needles and some yarn and showed me how to knit, since she and I talked about knitting months before. Well this green "thing" to right was my practice scarf. I used old yarn so I could just get the hang of it. My knitting is still a work in progress but I totally enjoy it. And I found out one of my favorite actresses knits too, Amanda Seyfried. That made me really super excited to really get into knitting... My next knitting project is to do a couple more scarves and then to do a baby blanket for my friend Margaret. If you don't know how to knit you can always go to either Michael's, Joanne's, and even your local library. They have classes that you can take to teach you the fundamentals. Also you can go on youtube and search knitting for beginners, those are always helpful. If you have knitted before I would love to see your projects.




P.S. Here is a list of Celebrities that knit:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

Fifty Shades of Grey
E L James
Fifty Shades 
Trilogy #1
Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance






"When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever." 
                                                               ~Description from Goodreads 


I would like to start out by saying this book wasn't my choice. My sisters, Angiee and Lauren, wanted to do a book club read and our friend Laura suggested  50 Shades of Grey to Angiee. I bought the book for my kindle yesterday and I started and finished the book today. When I read  romance and erotic romance novels, I prefer when there is some kind of dominance and submissive behavior. It always gets my fascination up. (Probably because it is one of my guilty pleasures). I loved how in some situations Anastasia (our main female character) shocks Christian (our main male character). Christian's thoughts and feelings towards Anastasia are new to him and so he doesn't know how to deal with them, so his behavior is rather up and down. 


I would give this book 5 ★. I am super excited to buy the next book, Fifty Shades Darker!                ~The Diva Has Spoken




Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fashion: Room Decor!

OMG, EVERYONE!!!! So I am Super excited! So for the past 3 weeks I have been buying shoes from Just Fabulous because they were having a birthday sale. (Get 2 pairs of shoes for the price of one, which is a really good deal). Well 2 weeks ago I came across Shoe Dazzle. Well since I love shoes I decided to go and check it out. Well my monthly "show room" didn't have anything I liked, but they were having a "dazzle deal". They have new "dazzle deals" on Tuesday and Thursday's (and of course I looked on a Thursday). I love anything that has to do with Paris and the Eiffel Tower; and of course they were having a good deal on some keepsake boxes with Paris/Eiffel Tower on it. I literally screamed when I saw it. Well safe to say that I ordered it. It arrived on Friday of last week. And I took pictures of it when I opened it. So the pictures below were taken when I first saw it. If you love it please leave a comment, if not that is okay too. 

The First Keepsake Box

The Second Keepsake Box

The Third Keepsake Box

Last But Not Least A Note Book




Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Hi Everyone! I first want to say how excited I am to actually do a Teaser Tuesday. This is all new to me (doing a Teaser Tuesday and a blog) so please bear with me.. Once I get the hang of this my posts will be more on time. Anyways, I hope that you enjoy this Teaser. If you ever do read this book please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. Thanks :)






Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play! Just the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title &author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is:



House of Dark Shadows
by Robert Liparulo
Dreamhouse Kings #1
Young Adult, Horror


"Yeah, a new place behind a fake wall and a door with a broken lock, where some huge dude is probably waiting to ambush you."
pg. 141


"Xander was backing towards a wall. Soon, the only thing left for the gladiator to do was end his performance. Xander swung his sword again and again. If nothing else, he would go out fighting."
pg. 182


So far I really like this book. From the start it has really caught my attention. I have never read any of Robert Liparulo's books, but the first book of this series is really making me want to go and get the next book. I hope that the ending of this books is still making me want to get the next one. Time will tell!










 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hi Everyone! So I made this recipe last week. It is called Salmon Baked in Foil. It is a really easy to make and really delicious. When I know I am going to be busy, I can prep everything before hand. I don't personally use lemons just because I don't like lemon on my salmon (I have made it with the lemon on it though). People who like lemon say that it tastes great. If you are going to prep everything before hand do NOT put the mixture on the salmon if you are using lemon juice. It will cook it (cause of the citric acid)and when you go to actually cook it, it will come out really dry. I hope you enjoy.




Ingredients
4 (5 ounces each) salmon fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained
2 chopped shallots (you can substitute with a white onion, about half of a small one)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir the tomatoes, shallots, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
Place a salmon fillet, oiled side down, atop a sheet of foil. Wrap the ends of the foil to form a spiral shape. Spoon the tomato mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely; seal the packets closed. Place the foil packet on a heavy large baking sheet. Repeat until all of the salmon have been individually wrapped in foil and placed on the baking sheet. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve.




Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Projects

Hey Everyone! It is the Do It Yourself (DIY) Friday! Yay for some fun and excitement. This day I will show you what kinds of projects I have been doing during the week. Whether it is a big project or a small one I will show you the links and my progress on each one.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review

Good Morning Everyone! So last night I was going back and forth on what I was going to make Thursday to be. Book review or DIY projects. After a few hours of back and forth contemplating; I thought since when I do a project it is fun, why not do it on Friday. So Thursday will be my book or books review. Depending on how much reading I get done will be how many reviews I post. Could be one or could be two or three. Depending how big the book is or how short the book is. My reviews are 100% mine. My thoughts, feelings, and opinion. I am no way a profession book reviewer. I just thought that this would be a fun thing to do.