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Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar Fashions Round Up

So how disappointing was last night's Oscar telecast? I thought it was boring. Fell asleep. Finished watching today-yep still boring. Of course there were some good moments but mostly it was a dull show.

Even the fashions this year were lack-luster. Where was the amazing bling? I'm a jewelry designer-that's what I'm waiting to see . There were some beautiful pieces-Amy Adams had on gorgeous emeralds & diamonds worth $1.35 million



                                          
Reese Witherspoon also wore
lovely green gems

I loved the antique looking diamond necklace necklace Nicole Kidman wore


I don't know the story of this necklace so if any knows about drop my a line

As for the dresses- few really wowed or horrified me. Some I had mixed feeling about.Here's my picks

My Favorites of the Night


Amy Adams
I loved the color and fit of this dress. I wasn't crazy about how the necklace laid on it-I don't think it flatters either the necklace or the dress. Loved the retro hair

Reese Witherspoon
Gabby said she looked like a "Barbie-in a good way"
I agree
She seldom gets it wrong

Jennifer Hudson
I'm not reading  too many positive things about Jennifer Hudson's dress.
I thought she looked great. Loved the color-although I thought it was orange -it's being describe as tomato red-I still think it's orange. I thought it was extremely flattering for her new skinny minny figure.Loved the hair

Hallie Steinfeld
This is how a 14 year old should look. She got it soo right 

Sandra Bullock

My favorite gal, Sandy. She could have been wearing a paper bag & I would have put her with my favorites. But she wasn't and she looked damn good.


Natalie Portman
I loved the color of this dress and the fit was so flattering. Gabby couldn't even tell she was pregnant until she turned sideways. Wasn't crazy about th limp hair and I thought she could have used a bold bracelet.

Michelle Williams
Another I'm not hearing positive comments about.
I loved this dress. She looked amazing in it
I want this dress.
I would also like the body to wear this dress


Mark Ruffalo
Just because it's Mark Ruffalo
Alone
Without his wife in her weird one armed dress
Sigh...

My "What The Whats?" of the night

Cate Blanchett

Please tell me I am not the only one who hated this dress
All the reviews I've read are raving about it, calling it "daring".
I think it's just ugly from the waist up. Weird circle cutout,strange shoulders and what's with the chartreuse
beading on top of the other ugly beading?
As I really like Cate I don't want to be all mean-her hair and makeup look lovely and I loved the earrings

Melissa Leo

Looks like she sewed some of granny's doilies together and lined them with gold lame'
Her hair looks like a messy after thought.
Even the hot-mess behind her in the photo seems to be laughing at her get-up
To use her favorite word of the night I f#&*ing hated this !

Nicole Kidman

I didn't like weird structure of the dress,too many different designs with the beading and didn't like the shoes at all.

Busy Phillips

Busy is right,there is just too much going on here.
The brocade top,the big folded bow,the mermaid style,the tulle at the bottom.
Yuck!

My Mixed Emotions Picks

Helen Mirren
 Thought she looked amazing but I didn't like the shoulders on this dress. Other than that-perfect

Scarlett Johansson
I loved the dress but that is what my hair looks like when I wake-up.
Not appropriate for an awards shows but fine if you're taking the kids to the bus stop.

Helena Bonham-Carter
I  actually liked this dress . It's Helena- did you really expect something main stream or subdued-my complaint is with the sunglasses-always with the sunglasses. She has should beautiful eyes
she should show them once in a while.
Check out the train wreck behind her- now that's scary


Marissa Tomei

I actually think this is a lovely vintage dress(I love vintage clothes) but she should have had it tailored better.It just didn't fit her well.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Fabulous Find



 I love Mrs. Meyer's products. I love the company's philosophy that powerful cleaners don't have to be loaded with ichy chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates. I love that all of their liquid products are biodegradable. I love that their packaging is recyclable. I love that they don't test on animals. But what I love the most is how I get th most bang for my buck with their products.

Geranium is my favorite all year scent( I have several seasonal favorites too) & here are two of my favorite products from this line.


You may be thinking " $7.99 for a cleaner-yikes" but trust me you get your money's worth with this product.  This is highly concentrated and a little goes a long long way. I purchase this once every 6-8 months max. It only take 2 tablespoons for a spray bottle and only  1/4 cup for a gallon. Diluting it never diminishes it's powerful cleaning abilities. I use this as an everyday cleaner in my kitchen and bathrooms. I use it with warm water to clean both my laminate and tiles floors. I also use a full strength capful to clean the toilets and to give the garbage pails a good soaking clean. It's never left a residue and I absolutely love the way my home smells after using it- clean with a very slight very pleasant fragrance.


I use this for all the tough cleaning tasks. It's awesome on baked on messes on the stove,scrubbing the bathtubs and cleaning the outside furniture. My  favorite way to use this is when I have a pot with baked on food. I make a little paste with it,let it sit on the baked on food  for about an hour then just wash. Food is gone.

When I first started using Mrs. Meyer's I could only get it online or at specialty stores. Now I see it everywhere. Give it try-you won't be disappointed.


This review is strictly my  personal opinion. I have in no way been compensated by Mrs. Meyer's or was given any products to test by them.

















• We do not test our products on animals, nor are our products made with animal-derived ingredients

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Now to Take Down The Christmas Decorations

We got our first snowstorm the day after Christmas & since then like most of the country we've been dealing with frigid temperatures, snowstorm on top of snowstorm & then just enough rain to not melt anything- just make our yards and streets a solid piece of ice. Needless to say our lawn decorations have been covered with pounds of snow and pretty much cemented to the lawn by all the ice. We haven't even seen much more than just the tops of them since Christmas day. Forget about trying to move them-wasn't happening. The last couple of days however we've been getting pretty nice weather so things are finally starting to melt. This is the sad, sad view Isaw when I opened  my front door this morning

The white plastic looking blob to the left of the phot is a crushed tree

sad remains of a candy cane. It's hard to see
but the base is crushed-probably  the result
of the snowblower.

Now that I can finally get to what's left of my decorations I'll be able to get them off the lawn just in time to decorate for Easter.
I love winter

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recipe Monday

I don't know if I've ever mentioned that  Gabriella is extremely picky eater. She would eat only waffles, chicken nuggets and pizza if I allowed it. So if she's says "it's good" to any recipe I try it's a keeper!
Today's recipe is for an absolutely delicious pork loin from Paula Dean. (yes Paula Dean again)

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin



Ingredients


1 (4-pound) boneless pork loin, with fat left on

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves

1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 teaspoons fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

Directions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.


Place the pork loin on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. With your fingers, massage the mixture onto the pork loin, covering all of the meat and fat.


Roast the pork for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 425 degrees F and roast for an additional hour. Test for doneness using an instant-read thermometer. When the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F, remove the roast from the oven. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before carving. It will continue to cook while it rests.


This is came out extremely moist and flavorful and the smell of it cooking was just heavenly.I made a 2 pounder  instead of a 4 pounder and didn't alter any amount of the ingredients, I just checked the meat's temperature more often. I opted for the dried herbs because I was just too lazy to go to the market for the fresh ones.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday's Three

Today's three is about getting older. I don't have a problem getting older. Really. I just turned 42 & I have absolutely no problem with that. What I do have a problem with are the little annoying things that comes with it.

1. Being addressed as Ma'am-

I know in the south you come out of womb calling women Ma'am. I don't live in the South. I'm in New York. Here we reserve Ma'am for women over a "certain age"(not really discussed you just know when it's time to use it) or when we are being sarcastic- i.e.- replying "yes Ma'am" when being told to do something.Before that we usually say "Miss" or just "excuse me" to get a women's attention. I apparently have crossed over to the Ma'am side. Ugh.

2. Pimples & wrinkles at the same time-
Really?
Like one isn't bad enough I now have to worry about crows feet around my eyes and a big honkin' zit on my chin.Haven't I earned the right not to have zits because I have crows feet? This is just not right.

3. Gravity is no longer a friend-

Why does everything have to drop? My eyebrows,eyelids & cheeks all seem to be trying to make a slow escape off my face. I'm not really a botox kind of gal so I do the best with creams. Forget about the boobs  & butt. I can get them to look pretty decent during the day with the right under support but as soon as I take them off everything drops a few inches faster than rats running from a flood.

Getting older can really be a pain in the ass

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Winner is....





Lorie Shewbridge who said...


I am a new follower of your blog - these are great earrings.

I love getting jewelry for Valentine's Day or any day for that matter. :)

Congrats Lori- I hope you enjoy your new earrings!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Recipe Monday

Today's recipe is from  the Paula Dean Website

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich


Ingredients:


Dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2-tablespoon cayenne

4 pound shoulder pork roast

2-cup apple juice
1-cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1/2-tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2-tablespoon garlic powder

6 soft hamburger buns with seeds

Your favorite BBQ Sauce
Coleslaw (not necessary for recipe)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork.
Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into a large Dutch oven. Place pork in the oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast for 4 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily.

Brush the roast with cooking liquid every hour.

Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred the pork with a fork or tongs into bite size pieces.



Serve on hamburger buns topped with BBQ sauce and cole slaw.

This is definitely a family favorite. I've never paid more than $6.00 for the 4lb. pork shoulder so it's a very inexpensive meal. My family is not big on coleslaw so we usually skip it.I almost always serve this with homemade mac n' cheese.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Find

I'm really busy with orders today so I'm re-cycling a previously posted find. I still love this & use it everyday





OK- I admit it. I am a skin care product junkie. I love to try lotions,serums,eye creams you name it-as long as it is a sample & don't have to pay for it. But every once in a while I try something that I absolutely cannot live without. Well here is my newest must have. It's is Clinique's Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer. This product is amazing. I tried it from a magazine sample and ran to the store the next day to buy it. I normally have dry flaky skin in the winter with large visible pores. After using the product for 1 week my skin is noticeably smoother,even toned and the pores are definitely less defined. Even those adorable crows feet appear smaller. Not only that but my face is so incredibly soft. It completely absorbs-never feels greasy. My makeup foundation looks so much better too.



At $39.50 for 1.0 oz isn't exactly cheap but it only takes two pumps per application so a little goes a long way. Available at Clinique counters or Clinique.com







Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Recipe Monday

I got this recipe from All You magazine & my family absolutely loved it. Even Gabriella who is an extremely picky eater enjoyed it. It is super easy to make and very inexpensive- only $1.21 per serving!

Orecchiette with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Sausage






 

Ingredients


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

8 ounces hot or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings

1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, with juice

Salt

1 pound orecchiette or pasta shells

4 cups small broccoli florets (from one head)

Shredded Parmesan, optional

Preparation

1. Warm oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until it loses its pink color, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of juice has evaporated and sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.



2. While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Stir in pasta and cook according to package label directions. In last 2 minutes of cooking time, stir in broccoli and continue to cook until pasta is al dente and broccoli is tender. Drain, return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve immediately, with shredded Parmesan on the side, if desired.



Serves 6

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