Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Awkward Family Photos

If you have yet to check this site out, I suggest stopping by for a good laugh.  It is along the same lines as People of Wal-Mart where people send in pictures of zany, disturbing, weird, and awkward family members together.  Check it out HERE.

Here is just a sample of what you are missing:


















Diva in the Kitchen: The Best Brownies Ever

The best brownie recipe I have ever used is still the one on the back of the Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa box.  It still makes the most delicious brownies I have ever had.  I always add an additional 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and sometimes I couple big handfuls of pecans or walnuts.
   


Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Powdered sugar


Directions
PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
COMBINE granulated sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan. 
BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Diva in the Kitchen: Thai Coconut Rice with Peanut Ginger Veggies


I remembered to take pictures of the dinner I cooked last night!  I was so hungry and it is super-tasty, so I almost forgot.  For your dining enjoyment, I present:

Thai Coconut Rice with Peanut Ginger Veggies


  • Start making the Coconut Rice. I use this recipe and it is tasty every time.
The following rest of the recipe I just made up while I was cooking it.  I didn't really measure anything out so I will do my best to give an estimate.  Remember to taste your food as you cook, so you can tweak it to your liking.  This recipe can be very versatile because you can change up the veggies if you like or leave out the peanut butter if you don't like peanut sweet and savory foods. ( I mention that because my sister-in-law doesn't like peanut butter with her veggies lol)

  • One bag (about 14 oz) of frozen stir fry veggies (I used the one with snap peas, carrots, baby corn, etc)
  • One bag (about 14 oz) of frozen broccoli
  • Half a large sweet onion, chopped
  • About an inch and a half chunk of fresh ginger, grated  (you can cut the skin off and freeze the rest and easily grate it into other recipes in the future)
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • One can of garbanzo beans (also called chick peas), drained
  • One box of Pacific Natural Foods Cashew Carrot Ginger soup or something similar
Peanut Sauce
  • 1 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Curry powder
  • 2 to 3 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (normally I would just use basil but I was out)
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

Directions
Defrost frozen veggies and drain them.  Put a medium size pan on medium heat (about 3 1/2 to 4 on the dial), and heat a little bit of olive oil in the pan.  Add the veggies to the pan and stir.  Add onion (or you can sautee onion before putting the veggies in if you like).  Put top on pot and let cook for a few minutes.  Add ginger, garlic, and garbanzo beans and let cook with top off pot.

Meanwhile, warm 1 cup of peanut butter in a mixing bowl and add other sauce ingredients to the peanut butter, stirring well to combine.  These measurements are estimates, so don't be afraid to tweak it.  Add sauce and stir.  Let simmer for a few minutes and add about 2 cups of Cashew Carrot Ginger soup to veggie mix.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  If sauce is still too thick for your liking, add more soup.

Serve over coconut rice and enjoy!
(We also like to eat it with Garlic Naan.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

My Review of Galaxy Dot Cotton Brief Panty w/ Lace

Originally submitted at Avenue.com

These comfy cotton briefs get a fresh look with a modern dot print and lace trim.

  • Soft and stretchy waistband. Cotton comfort panel for protection. Lace trim at leg openings. Stretch. Imported.
  • Exclusive of trim: Cotton/Spandex.
  • Machine wash. Women's Plus Siz...


Not for me

By DivaDahling from WA State on 11/20/2009

 

1out of 5

Waist: Feels too big

Cons: Uncomfortable, Cheap Fabric, Wears Out Quickly

Pros: Nice Colors

Describe Yourself: Comfort Driven

This was the first time I have tried undergarments from Avenue. I tried these panties because they were on sale.
I am so glad I didn't pay full price and only bought one pair. They fit okay but were a tad big. The colors were cute and the lace was a nice touch. However, They aren't soft at all. The fabric is scratchy and thin. The elastic waistband was very loose. Within a day of wearing them, the elastic band was ripping off the fabric, another hole appeared above the leg. They were just so cheaply made.
I threw them away within 24 hours.

(legalese)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shopping at Avenue

I'm not sure how many people read my blog yet; and I don't know how many of you are chubby girls.  But for all my Plus-Size hotties out there, I thought I would post something about the Avenue.  If you haven't yet been to Avenue, I would suggest you pop in and look around.

I've always been an avid shopper of Lane Bryant, but lately I have found that a lot of the styles they are offering are not styles that would look good on me and not in fabrics that would flatter my figure.  Plus, LB has always been on the pricier side.  Sometimes the clearance is AWESOME and sometimes it just plain sucks.  When one uses the Gift Cheque at Lane Bryant one can get some great deals.  Typically though, I find that it is just over-priced. (LB is still the only place I can get bras and underwear that I like though.)

Avenue has some GREAT sales and offers some really cute options in dressy and casual.  The prices are way better and lately I have found a lot cuter items at Avenue than at Lane Bryant.  Avenue also offers jewelry that is similar to but better priced than Lane Bryant's collection of accessories.  Also, Avenue has shoes in larger sizes, wide widths, and wide calves.  I haven't bought shoes at Avenue yet, but I intend to.

Some of the things Avenue offers are made cheaper when compared to Lane Bryant.  I tried a pair of Avenue panties that were on sale and I hated them.  They were very cheaply made and not soft at all.  It can be hit or miss depending on your tastes, but I really recommend trying some things on.

This weekend, I hit up the Winter Essentials sale.  The Divine Denim bootcut jeans were on sale for $20 (regular $31.90).  I tried on the "Average" length, but it was a bit too long for me when I am wearing flats.  After trying on the "Petite" length, I purchased those so I can wear cute flats with my jeans!


I also purchased a purple Thermal Henley that was 50%.  It is comfy and thin enough of a material so I don't get too warm.  They have LOTS of colors.  The sale for both of these items was supposed to end yesterday, but it looks like they are still on sale online.  Go take a look!

Beauty Bargains: Urban Decay Friends and Family Sale!!



I ordered the Urban Decay Loose Pigments when I posted the 50% off deal on those a few days ago.  It came in the mail in about two days!  I ordered it in "Shag" because I wanted a sparkly, neutral color since my Smashbox beigey glitter eyeshadow is almost out.  The color is a little bit darker than I anticipated, but it is easily blended to a lighter shade.  The powder is very fine and smooth and silky.  I am really loving it!!

The brush and funnel system inside the tube does help with spillage.  I find that I still use one of my own makeup brushes to apply the pigment.  I look forward to owning more colors!

Take advantage of the Friends and Family deal!  If money was no object for me, I would get the Show Pony set, Book of Shadows, Hi-Fi 24/7 kits, 24/7 Super Stash, as well as some Deluxe shadows and primers.  *sigh*  A girl can dream!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fo-Sho

Okay....here is a pet peeve of mine that I have noticed a lot lately: 


What is up with calling everything by its initials? On Little People, Big World this week they kept calling the Virgin Islands "BVI".   On radio commercials I just heard 5 minutes ago, they are calling the Trans-Siberian Orchestra "TSO".  


Really?  Is it so much harder to just say the freaking whole name of a place?  It only takes a few more seconds.  It really doesn't take a lot extra out of you to call something by its name.  I also feel this way about "SoCal", "FroYo", and "rom-com".


Just sayin'...

Torrid Sale!




In an effort to inform you of awesome sales (because I hate to pay full price for ANYTHING), for a "Limited Time Only" Torrid is taking an additional 50% off all their Clearance stuff.  There are still some great things to be had!




They are also having a sale on Booties through midnight tonight (Thursday).  Torrid booties are only $19.99 - online only.  If I was gonna rock the booties, I would do these:

Have fun shopping!!

Beauty Bargains: Makeup Mania!




For about 5 more days, you can take advantage of an awesome deal on Urban Decay's Loose Pigments.  They come in 12 different colors and provide a more intense color than the regular eyeshadows or creme shadows.


According the website, "The spill-proof tube uses a special internal funnel to keep pigment inside until you’re ready to use it. The cap features an ergonomic flared handle and a built-in premium brush."  



Use code: NLDP at checkout and get ANY shade of Loose Pigments for only $10! (Reg. Price $20)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diva in the Kitchen: Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

I've been going to Red Lobster since I was a small child.  It was always the fancy place to eat out to celebrate some big event or accomplishment.  It wasn't every day we got to go to Red Lobster, but when we did, ooooh boy!  We would scarf down as many garlic cheese biscuits as we could because those were always the BEST damn things we had ever had!

In my adulthood, I've always tried to replicate the tastiness that is the Red Lobster biscuits.  I haven't had any luck until last night.

My friend Summer posted a picture of the biscuits she made and said they "kick booty".  I immediately snagged her recipe and made it myself.  It is TOO GOOD not to share.  They may even taste better because I feel that victory is finally mine!



Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

  • Box of Bisquick (I used Krusteaz, but same difference)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley (dried or fresh diced in very small bits)
Directions
Make the biscuit recipe from the box of Bisquick (or Krusteaz) as directed.  Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and mix well.  I had to get my hands in there to really incorporate the cheese.  Make drop biscuits and drop them onto a non-stick or well greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Melt 1/2 stick of butter.  Add about 2 teaspoons of garlic salt, 2 teaspoons of parsley, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and stir together.  (You may end up needing a little bit more or less butter depending on how it tastes the best to you.  I used a lot of butter.)
Brush the butter mixture onto the biscuits and bake for another 5 minutes.  When you take them out of the oven, brush them with a little more butter.  Then, as Summer said, eat until you explode! lol

ENJOY!!!

(Update: Also use them to make breakfast sandwiches!)

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