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Rihanna Makes Doritos Look Sexy – DailyFill.com

20 Oct

This makes me want some Doritos…maybe if I eat them I will look like her 🙂 

 

Rihanna Makes Doritos Look Sexy – DailyFill.com.

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Super Cute Halloween Cupcake Ideas – BHG.com

7 Oct

 

 

I LOVE Cupcakes.  Not only to eat them but they are just a perfectly cute additions to any party or occassion, they are small enough to decorate without being overwhelming.  With Halloween coming up there are so many great, creative ways to decorate cupcakes and this article has a great gallery with instructions on how to do any of their 25 cupcake designs.

Some look really easy and would be sure to get you noticed at your party or make you look like Super Mom.  Have fun making these cupcakes and please e-mail me photos if you decide to make any of them.

-Drama mama out

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas – BHG.com.

New Orleans…Best Shopping, Dining and Entertainment on a Budget!

29 Sep

My husband I took our “vacation” this year in New Orleans which is about 150 miles away.  We did this for many different reasons, main ones, money and babies.  Once you have kids its just so hard to leave for longer than a weekend and we knew that going on a trip that didn’t require a flight wold help us out in the budget department.  I wanted to write up some of hte best places that we visited, dined at and shopped at for your reference and entertainment.

Shopping:

  • Magazine St – If you have never been on Magazine its a quirky collection of cool retail shops, restaurants and boutiques.  We stopped in at
    • Blink which had lots of cute trendy fashions.  They also had a great selection of shoes where I bought two pairs.  Great prices and a great different selection.
    • Little Laughter – This was a kids boutique which had lots of things from clothing like smocked dresses to a full line of Stephen Joseph products.  They also had really cute Louisiana or New Orleans style kids merchandise like books, Saints gear and more.
  • The French Quarter – If you have never heard of the French Quarter is a collection of market type merchandise like T-shirts, knock off sunglasses, hats, kick knacks and some farmers market vegetables.  This is a very good area for cheap buys on souvenir type items.  Its a must if its your first time to New Orleans, other than that its a great place to walk around and haggle for some cool items.
  • Shops around Jackson Square – Around Jackson square there are lots of independent artists and lots of shops containing all sorts of items from wind chimes to dolls to apparel.  Definitely a great place to walk around, you are sure to find a few treasures in this area.

Tours/Sightseeing:

  • Haunted History Tour – We decided to do this tour b/c it was something that we had never done before. All in all it was very informative and interesting BUT our tour guide was not the best and It think that having a tour guide that is really into it makes a difference. This is by no means a haunted house and will not “scare” you, it is more a history tour than anything else.  Pretty fun and very interesting and at $20/person $17/person if you are a student or have a coupon its a pretty good deal for a 2 hour guided tour to the most haunted places in the French Quarter.  This company has all sorts of tours like Vampire and Cemetery Tours and you can book right online and you can find a $3 off/person coupon here.
  • DDay Museum – If you haven’t heard of the D-Day or National WWII Museum its amazing.  It is a very traditional museum with loads of information, photos, memorabilia, artifacts etc from WWII and D-Day.  They have also added a complete interactive 50 minute movie hosted by Tom Hanks which is very impressive.  The museum can take some time to go through, I would block about 4 hours of your day to go through it and fully experience it.  The museum and movie experience is normally about $23/person but I came across a coupon for 2 free tickets into the museum and all we had to pay for was the movie which was $8/person! The coupon is gone but you can check out the DDay Museum site and there are normally specials or forms you can fill out to get special deals.

Food:

  • The Delachaise – This is a bar that we came across after searching for somewhere to eat at 12 am.  They have a crazy amount of beers on draft and AMAZING bar food.  The best bar food I have ever had.  We ordered the Flank Steak Bruschetta which is grilled marinated flank steak, peruvian garlic sauce & shaved aged manchego on ciabatta crostini and the Boz  Sandwich which is St Andre, tuscan ham & arugula on ciabatta to share.  They were only $12 each and were to die for.  Definitely a great place to check out for drinks or late night eats.
  • Crescent City Brewhouse – Located on Decatur a few block over from Broubon this resturant has a really cool style matched with great microbrews and amazing food.  We had a coupon, that you can get here for Buy 1 get 1 free entrees so we had an appetizer of the Seafood Cheesecake which was a savory cheesecake made with shrimp, crab, crawfish and a blend of goat cheese and provolone cheese served with a Red Stallion pepper sauce and crispy croutons.  Forrest had the Southern Crispy Duck (Slow roasted and flash fried, a half duck partially deboned. Served with homemade andouille cornbread dressing and southern greens, glazed with a pepper jelly au jus) and I had the Red Fish St. Louis (Fresh red fish pan seared, topped with crispy fried crawfish and smothered with a spicy barbeque sauce of butter, black pepper and worcestershire served with a side of au gratin potatoes.) We finished off the meal with a White Chocolate Banana Creme Brulee which was a seasonal special.  The entire meal came to $100 without our coupon which was a great deal for amazing service, great beer and a succulent meal.
  • Atikki is a super cool Mediterranean Hookah bar and restaurant.  It has a really cool atmosphere with reasonably prices drinks (Abita on draft for about $4) and amazing belly dancers.  They also have a variety of flavored hookahs to try out which make your experience all the more authentic.  We only ate the Hummus b/c we were full but it was absolutely wonderful and spicy at at about $4.95 it was crazy cheap.
  • American Sector is the restaurant inside the DDay Museum.  It is a John Besh restaurant and does American Classic’s with a twist.  it is a great restaurant with the waitresses wearing “Lucille Ball” inspired dresses.  The presentation of the food is amazing and makes the experience all the more enjoyable.  I had the heirloom tomato soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwich which was so cutely presented in a tin can allowing you to pour it out on your own into a tiny white glass bowl with a chive oil covered bottom.  Forrest had the Sicilian sandwich which was their take on the muffaletta but instead of olive salad there was a pickled artichoke salad.  We finished off lunch with a chocolate shake and for all around $28!

Drinks/Entertainment:

  • Atikki – as stated above, super cool Mediterranean hookah bar and restaurant, great atmosphere and belly dancers!
  • Crescent City Brewhouse – as stated above this is a great location for dinner but also has a bar with great beer brewed in house.  They also have sampler options if you want to try all of their beers without falling out of your chair.  Forrest and I tried all of their beers and all were great with the Red Stallion being my favorite.  A large glass, probably a 24 oz glass comes in at $7.50 which is a great price for the quality.
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar – we came across this place on our Haunted Ghost Tour, this bar was said to be built in between 1722 and 1732 and is the oldest standing structure in the US.  It has a great atmosphere with lots of history and stories to go along with it.  They have a signature drink called a “Voodoo Daquiri” which is like frozen grape alcoholic Kool-aid…delicious!
  • Jackson Square – There are always street performers, acrobats and palm readers in this area which are great for “free” entertainment.
  • Bourbon Street – There are literally 100s of bars, clubs and more on Bourbon St.  You can find anything you are looking for here whether its a great Karaoke bar, Jazz Club or Drag Queen Spot you are sure to find a great spot to kick back and relax.
  • The Delachaise – Mentioned above, great beers on draft and great food.

Lodging: We stayed at the Henry Howard House Inn on Prytania.  Such an amazing place with real history.  The rooms are really big, the furnishing and art are really authentic and the staff is super helpful and knowledgeable about the city.  Not only is the Inn right off of St. Charles in walking distance from restaurants and the Street car it is a quick and cheap cab ride to most places in the city most of the time around $7 to $10.  Beautiful place, great staff and true New Orleans living.

We had a great time in New Orleans and would definitely suggest all of the places, shops restaurants mentioned above.  Hope you enjoy.

South Beach Diet – Day 1

27 Sep

So after a crazy wonderfully glutoneous weekend in New Orleans with my hubby we have started South Beach Diet.  I have been

No need to buy the book I checked mine out at my local library!

an avid Weight Watcher for years but had an epiphany last week and realized that I needed a plan that I was not familiar with so that I could be strict on myself and South Beach was my choice.  It’s kind of like Atkins with no carbs at first but it also focuses on low fat items so that you don’t die of a heart attack.

Here is my menu for the day.

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs and 2 slices turkey bacon
Mid Morning Snack – Light String Cheese
Lunch – Salad with Grilled Chicken Bell Pepper, almonds, cheese and cucumber
Afternoon Snack – Almonds
Dinner – Mexican Chicken Soup (recipe coming soon)
Desert – Sugar Free Popsicle

I think I had a great day so far but we will see if I can stick to and keep it going.  I have another 13 days of phase1 , the strictest phase and I hope I make it and don’t bite someone’s head off due to lack of carbs.

If you know any good South Beach recipes or low carb tricks leave them in the comments. I found some amazing recipes on kalynskitchen.blogspot.com Check it out.

Wish me luck 🙂

-Drama mama out

One Pot Shepard’s Pie Recipe

13 Sep

Well now that its Monday and I am back on track I decided to cook tonight.  Just becuase I am watching my weight doesn’t mean that I don’t want or can’t have ooey gooey cheesy dishes that make you all warm and cozy inside.  I decided to make shepard’s pie becuase I had all of the stuff that I needed and I had a lb of ground turkey that I needed to cook.

So here goes

1lb of 93/7 ground turkey.  I used Honeysuckle
1/2 a small onion diced
Instant Mashed Potato Flakes ( I used Hungry Jack Redskin & Yukon Gold left over from my Wisdom Teeth fiasco)
Butter/Margarine
Water
2% cheddar Cheese
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

In a deep skillet ( I used Rachael Ray 6-qt. Saute Pan in green) brown the onion until tender. Add in the ground turkey to brown.  Season meat and onion mixture to your liking.  Make sure that the meat is broken up nicely and crumbly so that it covers the bottom of the pan….drain if you have excess water or fat.

Prepare instant mashed potatoes.  Your instant mashed potatoes will have a “recipe” with measurements.  If you are not counting Weight Watchers points follow the directions on your box for the 6 serving option.  If you want lighter potatoes follow the 6 serving recipe leaving out the milk and opting for low fat margarine instead.  If you have homemade mashed potatoes to use up that’s fine too, you will need about 2 1/2 cups.  Note: This is a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

This is the way that I prepare my potatoes (this may differ depending on what type you buy) Microwave 1 3/4 cups of water, salt, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of margarine.  Microwave until butter is melted. Add in potato flakes and stir.  Add more water if potatoes are too thick.

Layer the prepared mashed potatoes over the layer of meat in the skillet.  Top with the cheddar cheese and bake on 400 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you use low fat margarine, 2% cheese and omit the milk from your potatoes 1/4 of the entire skillet is about 6 points.  It’s a pretty large portion and also gives you that “cheating” feeling without going over your points budget for the day.

Any side dishes work well with this.  Green Beans, Broccoli, Garlic Bread a side salad, etc the sky’s the limit. Also this is a real crowd pleaser…Even picker eaters will eat this 🙂

Enjoy

-Drama mama out

Tastespotting.com: a Visual Potluck

7 Sep

I came across a site tastespotting.com on stumbleupon.com.  This site is a beautiful collection of food images that link to other blogs, recipes, resturant sites etc.

Here is the site’s explanation of themselves:

Founded in January 2007 on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.

We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.

If nothing else is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL site that makes me hungry 🙂 You can also submit your own food information for posting on the site.  Next time I come across something delicious I may have to post to see if my entry makes it in.  All in all cool site that I could spend hours on…probably not good for my weight loss self control but photos can make me gain weight…can they?

-Drama mama out

Potato Soup Recipe

27 Aug

I had my wisdom teeth out this week so we made potato soup so that I could actually eat a substantial meal.  This recipe is a variation on a Paula Dean recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

1/2 stick of butter
1 small onion diced
2 tbsp flour
8 russet potatoes peeled and chopped into chunks
2 chuck bouillion cubes
4 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
6 slices or turkey bacon
Pepper
Salt
Garlic Powder
Cheddar Cheese for Garnish
Green onions for garnish

Saute bacon in pot and remove.  Add butter to bacon drippings until melted.  Sweat the onions in the bacon drippings and butter mixture until translucent.  Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute until combined.  Add in the milk, potatoes and chicken bouillion cubes and bring to a boil.  Once the soup boils turn it down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are tender.  Mash some of hte potatoes with the back of the spoon.Add in the 1/2 and 1/2.

Garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions.

If you use skim milk, fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and light cheese it will be 6 points per cup without bacon.

Emjoy!

-Drama mama out