Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Happy "Hump" Day! Today is a gloomy Wednesday morning and all I am wanting to do is stay in bed and read a good book. But I do not have that kind of luxury.  I have to work and take care of the kids. Since I haven't gone out and done any major shopping I do want to share with you something I should be receiving in the mail soon. Shoedazzle was having their dazzle deal last Tuesday and I could not pass it up.  I have been wanting a hair straightener for a very long time and I couldn't pass this deal up. Proliss straighteners prices range from $150 - $350 depending on who is selling them. I paid $39.95. I thought that was a really good deal and if I don't like it I can return it for a credit. I hope to get it by next week. I am so excited to try it out. I will do a review on it when I have used it for a solid week. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

I am so excited to have this book as my Teaser Tuesday's teaser. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Here is how you play:

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!
Dreaming of Beauty
by Kristen White
Genre: Fantasy, Super Natural, Young Adult

"When she turned toward the mirror, she let out a scream that should have woken up the whole house. She barely recognized the face of the terrified girl that stared back at her. The girl with the soaking wet hair."
pg 67

"Just like a fairy tale castle in one of the book's she loved to read as a child, the manor rose above the the soaring evergreen trees that surrounded it."
pg 124

I can't wait to dig into this book. It is very intriguing on just the sentences I put. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hi Everyone! Today was back to school for Jack (one of the kids I nanny). His spring break was last week. I hope everyone enjoyed their time with their kids and had a wonderful Easter. I know I sure did. I got to cook one of my recipes, Ginger-Soy Short Ribs,  for my friends and my boyfriend. (First time ever celebrating a holiday with a boyfriend). They all enjoyed it. My friend Maggie made some awesome stuff mushrooms and angel food cake topped with strawberries and whip cream! 

This weeks recipe is a dessert one. It is called: 

Better Than Sex Cake

I made this cake for my family and friends last year. I was cooking a meal at my sister's and for dessert I wanted to make this cake... I have eaten this cake before so I wanted to try and make it. It turned out great but my family, friends, and I agree that it really isn't "better than sex" but it is a dessert I would recommend if you like pineapple and coconut.


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff. Cover top of cake with whip cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.

Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY: Knitting

So since I still haven't gone out to get anymore projects, I decided to take some left over yarn and make the kids (that I nanny for) scarves. On will be blue and the other one green.

What do you do with your left over craft stuff?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

So today is usually my book review day and I did finish a book but it was for my sister read. You might be asking what is a sister read. Since my sister Jessica, who I mention all the time, does book reviews and loves to read, we have come up with reading the same book (like a book club) and we discuss our likes and dislikes about the book. Well since I got ahead of myself (like I normally do when it comes to a book I really like) I have to wait till my sister finishes so we can write a review for it. 

So instead of my usual book review I wanted to tell you about a contest I won. Jessica has been teaming up with some well known authors and doing some giveaways. (They are all books Jessica has recommended and really likes) Well two of the books that I have been wanting to read she was doing a giveaway contest. So I entered and did all the things I needed to do to have a higher chance of being drawn. I won both books. I was super excited. I never win contests. So I thought it was really cool. I am currently reading A Countess Below Stairs. So when I am done with it I will be reading one of the ones I won. 

Tell me a book that you won or even received as a gift that you were excited about. ~ The Diva has spoken

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


OMG!!!! So this past weekend I went to the outlet mall here in Washington (my first time ever) and I went into the Aeropostale. I bought a couple of shirts and a pair of capri sweatpants. (I am really short so they look like pants on me) These kind of sweats are my favorite. I have a pair in pink too. I am a nanny so I wear things that are comfortable, I have to keep up with a 6yr old and a 3 yr old. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

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 to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!   
A Countess Below Stairs
by Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

"The girls grew hot and flustered, Mademoiselle Duparc's varicose veins throbbed and pounded across her swollen legs... But at last, though grudgingly, Muriel declared herself reasonably satisfied."
pg. 151

"The Ladies Hermione, Priscilla, Gwendolyn, and Beatrice stopped chewing in unison, and in unison put down their forks. Four pairs of eyes fixed themselves on Lady Lavinia. Here was treachery: naked and unashamed."
pg. 246

I can't wait to read more of this book


Monday, April 2, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hello Everyone!!! Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky! I took a quick break from being out in the sun with the kids to give you my recipe for the week. 

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound frozen peeled and cooked shrimp, thawed (I used uncooked shrimp_
2 cups cooked rice


  • In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth
  • Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, and thyme
  • Cover, and cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours. 
  • An hour before it is done start cooking your rice 
  • Stir in the thawed shrimp, cover and cook until the shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes. 
  • Discard bay leaves and spoon over cooked rice