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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fashion



Hey Everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today I am going to talk about several different styles. I have been getting into the fashion mood because in November I am going to do some serious shopping... I have been slowly giving my clothes to my niece. Now her closet is full clothes and mine has depleted. I am so excited to do the major shopping with my sister. I will be going to Nevada for 2 and half weeks. It will be filled with sister time, shopping, pampering, and more. So for now I am looking on the internet,  in fashion books, and magazines for fashion inspiration. 


The book that I have looked through and loved:







 Seventeen presents.... 500 Style Tips (What to Wear for School, Weekends, Parties, and more!)
This book is great for women of all ages. But is very helpful for teenagers. 

Some of the style tips I like:
#11 Super Skinny Jeans, looks great under longer tops so you show off your shape without revealing to much
#8 a menswear vest, gets a softer look with a fitted top and a jeweled pendant
#31 A bold-colored trench, is the perfect pop of color for a gray, rainy day
#214 A t-shirt and jeans can still make a statement if the tee is oversized and printed


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesday 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 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!
I love Teaser Tuesdays. I love to show people the book  I am reading but also to look at other bloggers finds. There is always a wide range of  book finds.... Now to reveal my current book....


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling


"'Oh, these people's minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they're not like you and me,' said Uncle Vernon, trying to knock in a nail with the piece of fruit cake Aunt Petunia had just brought him."
pg 49

"Hermione wasn't going to give up that easily. She followed Ron through the portrait hole, hissing at them like an angry goose."
pg 122

I have seen most of the movies and now I want to read the books so I can see how much of a difference they are. I usually read the books before the movies, but when you work with kids who love the Harry Potter movies, it is hard not to get sucked into watching it with them. 

What is your Teaser of the day????




Monday, July 23, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

Hi Everyone! I am hoping that I start up my full time job soon. They are supposed to be back from California this week. So we shall see...  Anyways I have been trying new recipes.  I have been wanting to make a delicious homemade broth. I have made chicken broth in the past but it always tasted watery. This recipe I found on Food Network's website. It turned out really delicious.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe as well. 


Chicken Broth


Ingredients:
1 (4 pound) chicken, whole
1 medium onion, peeled and quarted
2 medium carrots, quarter
2 stalks celery, quarted
1 leek, dark top only
 medium parsnip, peeled and quartered, optional
3 generous sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
3 generous sprigs flat-leaf parsley
1 bay leaf
About 4 quarts of water 




Directions:


  1. Combine the chicken, vegetables, herbs, and peppercorns in a large stockpot. Pour in enough water to just cover the chicken completely. 
  2. Heat the water to just under a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a very low simmer, so that 1 or 2 bubbles break the surface of the broth about once a minute. 
  3. Skim any fat and scum from the surface with a ladle, large spoon, or skimmer. (To prevent losing a lot of stock when skimming, put the skimmed liquid into a degreasing cup, and return any useable broth back to the pot.) 
  4. Cook for about 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through but not dry.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot, but continue to summer the broth. Cool the chicken for about 10 minutes. Cut the chicken meat from the bone, and reserve for a chicken salad, soup, or other recipe. Return the bones to the pot and cook for another 1 hour. 
  6. Strain into a non reactive container, like another pot, a large bowl, or plastic or pint containers. Fill the sink with a mixture of ice and cold water so it comes about halfway up the sides of the container. 
  7. Nestle the container with the hot broth in the ice bath. (stirring the broth speeds up the cooling process.)
  8. Cover and refrigerate or freeze the broth for future use. Broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If the broth is unused after 5 days bring to a boil before using. 

I used some of the chicken in a chicken salad and the other half for the chicken soup. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

OMG EVERYONE!!! I have been on the cleaning train. Tonight my niece is coming over to have a sleep over and then tomorrow Trevor and I are going to spoil her. I am so excited!

So this week I have been rereading some of my all time favorite books. So today you get to have TWO book reviews... I am so excited to reveal these two books. 

Pretense
by Lori Wick

Have you ever bought a book based on solely on its size? Picked it up because it was so thick that you thought it might last you a while, and maybe because the plot sounded a bit interesting? For me it was because I liked that the book was thick! It lasted me two days! I couldn't put it down.

There are three main characters. Marrell, Mackenzie Rose, and Delancey Joy. 

Marrell Bishop:
Marrell is the mother of Mackenzie Rose and Delancey Joy, She was an Army wife who was married to Paul, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. However, when he dies in a car accident her entire perfect life is turned upside down. She must get a job and provide for her daughters, while coming to terms with a God that she's only starting to know, that let her heart be broken by letting her husband die. 

Mackenzie Rose: 
The oldest daughter, "Micki" is the more introverted of the two, the more complacent and less likely to fight back. She joins the army, following in the footsteps of her father for a while, but finds she is good at writing.

Delancey Joy:
"DJ" is a little younger than Micki but as sisters go, they fight less than most and get along in general. She's the more "popular" of the two, more extroverted and a bit wilder. She is also a gifted artist and, after trying to join the army, finds herself attending art schools to develop her talent.

This novel follows the lives of the Bishop family and the people the come across. Marrell and her husband Paul find God soon before Paul's death. Micki and DJ have a hard time accepting a God  that would let them down and as a result, stay far away. But no mater how far they may stray, they have their mother constantly praying for them.

This story is basically about people's quests for God. This novel is also about family and how some bonds last throughout the years and the different ordeals. 

Well, I can honestly say I could NOT put this book down! I was drawn in to the lives of these people... the Bishop family from the start has  this beautiful relationship that I wish my family had. Wick uses a great amount of details in every scene- painting a clear picture in my mind so that I could imagine each character, their actions, and their thoughts. Also, their lives are really interesting and I found myself drawn in, I like I get when I watch one of my shows. DJ and Micki travel the world at times, they write/illustrate books and meet fantastic people. At every corner there is something new going on, something that kept me captivated and made me want to read more.

Now for the second book. This one is also written by Lori Wick. (She writes some pretty awesome books). And here it is ladies and gentlemen.... 
The Princess
by Lori Wick

The Princess can be described as a modern-day fairy tale for adults. The novel tells the story of Nikolai, a prince the fictitious country of Pendaran, and Shelby, a regular girl chosen to be his wide. Nikolai is a widower who must marry again because the custom of the land  requires that the prince is married by a certain age. Although he still loves his first wife and grieves over her, Nikolai agrees to follow the tradition and marry again. Shelby Parker is a beautiful girl by Nikolai, be he is not ready to love her yet. 
Shelby understands that and she is prepared to wait and give him time. Their marriage starts like a friendship, with separate bedrooms and no intimacy. Slowly, the two strangers get to know and understand each other and eventually fall in love. 

This novel makes me wish I was a princess and what kind of a princess I would be. 

I give both these books 5 ★★★★★

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fashion: Glam Bag

Hey Everyone! How is your Wednesday going? I have the day off so I am enjoying my time cross stitching, blogging, reading, and more. Well today I made a homemade chicken broth. (will give recipe on Monday) It was so delicious. Then after making the broth I made home made chicken soup, (there will also be a recipe on that on Monday. Wow! Monday is going to have a lot of yummy recipes. 


So this week I got my myglam bag. I get so excited to see what is in the bag. Sometimes it has things that I don't normally use and then I give it to people who would enjoy it. So here it is everyone! 


July's Glam Bag.........


This is the July Glam Bag (Beach Beauty)

On-The-Go Facial Towelettes (Yes to Cucumbers)


Hydrating Conditioner (NU ME HydroPunch)

SPF 15 Moisturizer (Juice Beauty Green Apple)

Lip and Cheek Stain (Josie Maran Magic Marker)

Nail Color (Circus by Andrea's Choice)


I gave the nail color to my sister Lindsay. (I get my nails done so I don't have the need to have nail polish). I will definitely be trying everything else. I couldn't believe how much they had packed in the bag. (Not all bags are the same) 

What are your new cosmetics this month?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday 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!
This weeks teasers is.........................


Pretense
by Lori Wick
genre: Adult, Christian Romance 


"Delancey had no references in the area so Mackenzie wrote out a large check to the new landlady covering first and last month's rent. The check also covered a security deposit that they both suspected was double the norm. The woman was pleased, and Delancey was moved in by the end of the week. She had a bed, one kitchen chair, a desk chair,  and her easel, and was as happy as if  the place were filled with furniture. Doing homework while lying across the bed or on the floor was sure to be interesting, but Delancey didn't care." 
pg 430

"Tucker pulled up to the last house on the street, sure he had misunderstood, but Mackenzie's hand was on the door handle. Tucker bent down to see out Mackenzie's side."
pg 568


This book is one of few I will read over and over again. This book is a thick one. It is 702 pages. I LOVE IT!!!! It makes me laugh and cry. If you are looking for a book that will keep you interested this is the one. What is your all time favorite book that you read over and over again?



Monday, July 16, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

 Good Evening Fellow Bloggers and Blog Readers! Today has been a roller coaster of a day. I babysat a sweet little girl all while my back is in inscrutating pain. I don't have medical insurance, not since my ex-husband got out of the military (I do miss those medical benefits, I don't miss him though.) Anyways.... I have been busy with temporary nanny/babysitting positions and relaxing. I have been really working on my cross stitch project (I won't post pictures until it is all done), and I have been reading like there is no tomorrow. Well my good and faithful boyfriend wanted to have homemade macaroni for some time now and I haven't had the energy or time to make it. So since I had some time off I made him some. It was the first time ever, for me, to make it. It turned pretty good. So here it is for you all. My little group of faithful followers.  



This is what my finished product looked like!

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
6 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
10 oz sharp cheddar, shredded

Directions:
  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to aldente and drain.
  • Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. 
  • Stir into the pasta and add the cheese
  • Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy
This dish was delicious. You could add chili to it or ham. Or serve it with your favorite meat. 





Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Diva Has Spoken

Good morning Everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July last night. Trevor and I stayed in last night... We had a wonderful BBQ. Trevor BBQ steaks and I made garlic mash potatoes and sweet tea. It was a delicious meal. We then watched a couple of movies and played some video games. 


So since I had sometime off from blogging and the next three weeks I have read several books and book series. My sister and I just finished the second book of the Goddess series. (make sure to keep a look out for that review). 


I just finished reading.... 


The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
                                                                 1. Shadowland
                                                                 2. Ninth Key
                                                                 3. Reunion
                                                                 4. Darkest Hour 
                                                                 5. Haunted
                                                                 6. Twilight

Paranormal activities, spirits with unfinished business and ghost whisperers- these concepts fascinate almost everyone.


This series has it all. Ghosts (and some of them are evil too), a mediator with ghost busting moves  who helps spirits cross over to the other side, exorcisms and time travel. Add some teenage drama and a supernatural romance and it's the recipe of a perfect Meg Cabot book.


It's the story of Suze Simon, a mediator who helps ghosts move on by taking care of their unfinished business, fighting with those who are reluctant to cross over. She moves to California to with her new step dad and three step brothers in an ancient house which just happens to have  the ghost of a 150 year old Spanish hottie, Jesse, who was murdered on his way to his wedding with a rich maiden. It doesn't help that Suze falls in love with him. Over the 6 book series Suze deals with ghosts of dead classmates, a 150 year old skeleton in the backyard, the evil spirit of Jesse's fiancee and another mediator who shows her way to travel into the world of the dead and back and forth into time. Suze faces the dilemma of whether to help Jesse cross over into the next phase and lose her love or keep him in the living world and stay in love with a ghost. What eventually happens? I won't reveal that.


Meg Cabot weaves a Scherzade style web of the series finishing each book at the point which will leave you craving for the next. The writing is in the first person and Suze's thoughts are something that teenage girls could relate with, well, except the part where she talks about ghosts or falls in love with one. Cabot also does a great job of establishing how the ghosts work. They've all got something that's holding them back from going to heaven, or hell, or where ever you think people go after they die. These books have a good balance of paranormal, adventure, and romance. It's well balanced, and well planned out. 

I give this series 5 ★★★★★. I totally recommend this series. ~ The Diva has Spoken






Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fashion: Getting Rid of Things

Happy 4th of July! I am so thankful for the men and women who have served and is currently serving. To you I salute you!




So this fashion session is going to be about getting rid of things that are in your closet, drawers, book shelves, and vanity and also organizing.... 


Since deciding that I am making Washington State my state. I noticed my closet was full of clothes that I didn't wear, shrunk in the wash. So I keep going through my closet and giving things to my niece. If I didn't have my niece I would be giving my clothes to Plato's Closet (they are very selective in what they take in and they don't really give you much in return but hey it is some pocket money), and the local thrift store; Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc... or even a garage sale. 


Also to make room for your summer clothes move your winter stuff to the back of the closet or put them in rubber maid containers and put them in the garage. 




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,  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!


This Weeks Teaser is.......

Heist Society
by Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

"In the corner of the room, Hale had strapped himself inside the Sirena Royal and was doing his best imitation of  a World War II fighter pilot, bombing unexpected foes." 
pg. 91

"'We're in,' Angus said into Kat's ear a second later. The kids kept walking, moving through Henley's halls like a tide, but when Kat turned to leave, she walked in the opposite direction. She wasn't an ordinary kid, after all."
pg. 186



Monday, July 2, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Cooking

So this past week I was job searching, for when my employers are on vacation... no luck so far. So I have decided to put my time into projects, on this blog, and trying to relax. (not sure if I am going to relax though, I can't stand still unless I am asleep.. lol)


Trevor and I have been trying out new recipes and we have been tweaking and perfecting the recipes to our taste buds.  Trevor loves eating chicken breasts (I am not a "breast" person) so I have trying new ways to cook it so I will eat it. Yes I love him that much to cook things I don't necessarily will eat. So here is a recipe that will leave the chicken breasts nice, moist, and juicy. 


Santa Fe Chicken and Rice


Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


Directions:

  • In a skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. 
  • Add broth and salsa; bring to a boil
  • Stir in the rice and garlic powder
  • Place chicken over rice; cook and simmer for 10 minutes
  •  Turn chicken over; cook 10-15 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear and rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat
  • Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro if desired
Makes 2 serving