Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Last weekend I had myself a little party with some close friends to watch the extended, uncut edition of Lord of the Rings. Pathetic, right? Except it was really fun! EJ was being a little bug though and kept screaming "NEW SCENE!" whenever there was a new scene. Everyone had a really fun time, though, and I did a really proud job on the themed food!
The main event, "Elvish Lembas Bread" Meat Pies
Recipe makes 6-8 pies
Ingredients and Equipment:
1 lb ground beef
barbeque sauce to taste
Worcestershire sauce to taste (may be switched out for A1 sauce, whatever your preference may be)
2-3 large red potatoes
Two rolls of jumbo biscuits (i like the great value kind from Walmart, but in the picture shown above I had to use a different kind, so don't mind it if your pies end up looking different)
a butter knife
a large cookie sheet
a large saucepan
Ok, so this is easy, in your saucepan, brown up your sausage. Chop up your potatoes into small cubes, then throw them in with the sausage and all your other ingredients, and if the pan seems dry overall, pour in a little bit of water. Let the liquid evaporate off, and make sure your potatoes are cooked as you like them. Unwrap your biscuits, and cut the amount in half (if you have twelve biscuits total, grab six of them for now, etc.)
Flatten them out into nicely sized rectangles on your cookie sheet and spoon your beef onto them. Take the other half of your biscuits and flatten them, then cover the ones on your cookie sheet with them, smushing the edges together all the way around. Score the tops in an X like in the picture, then bake at 350 for about twenty minutes, or until nice and golden. :)
I don't have pictures for my Onion "Rings of Power" but they're really a very simple thing to make. You just get your favorite type of onion, dip in eggs then in Italian breadcrumbs, bake at 400 until tender, and serve!
I also made funfetti cupcakes and iced them like this:
These aren't mine though, but mine looked similar.
Monday, January 31, 2011
ATty, EJ and I all enjoyed the snow today! Isn't she the sweetest thing? lol I probably seem like a total nutjob, but really, this is quite fun. Maybe I'm just a complete, irreversible nerd. Anyways, how ATty came to be: At Goodwill, EJ and I found her for 2 bucks (we've found out she's worth around sixty on ebay but we'd never ever sell her). The obsession grew from there, and after falling in love with Nick Drummond's ATtilla, I felt the need to include her in all my outfit posts, so you guys can really get to know her!
striped dress: old navy $3
leather jacket: thrifted $5
tights: WalMart $6
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell regularly $180, ebay'd for $110
white feather ear cuff: diy about $7 total for supplies
Sunday, January 30, 2011
A little melodic inspiration for your ears. This is a little playlist full of inspiration that i'm starting up, and every week I'm gonna add a little bit to it, and explain the significance behind the song.
1.With Arms Wide Open by Creed = this song, while it's been around a while, really brings a tear to my eye. Being the typical girl, I do someday want to be a mother, and while most of you may not realize it, this song is all about being a parent the right way. You can check out the lyrics here if you'd like to read a little more into it yourself.
2. Haven't Met You Yet by Michael Buble = This is the anthem for any single girl who wants to be with someone but doesn't want to cry over all the sad, lonely songs. Upbeat and optimistic, Buble almost makes me want to be single again just so I can belt out this song the way I used to before met EJ. :) But I have met him yet, so it's all good for me.
3. Fuckin Perfect by Pink = while some of you may prefer the clean radio mix, I went with the original version because I feel like it has a little better impact. Whatever situation you're in, this song is sure to make you cry...a little bit, at least inside if you're one of those stoic people. I haven't really loved the last few songs Pink has released, but this one...pure gold. Just listen close, and you'll feel a little bit better about yourself afterwards.
4. Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner = while this song might be seen as a little insulting to your regular fashionista, with this guy hating on the luscious sound of Louboutins clicking to a beat on marble floors, I also find it to be a great, humbling reminder that just because I dress better, doesn't mean I am.
I'm a true city girl at heart, and when it comes to songs about my three favorite cities, I can't resist. New York, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown (in order of size, largest to smallest) are my places to be and I don't think I'll ever be able to stay away from them for long. New York because, frankly, it's New York, Pitt because the city has always had wonderful appeal to me and it holds a special place in my heart, and Youngstown because...the whole area is my turf. I grew up twenty minutes away, my dad grew up in Austintown (where the rest of my family has stuck to until recently), I work in Boardman, and I know the half the Valley like the back of my hand. Songs about cities remind us of our dreams and aspirations, and give us a little extra motivation and get us pumped up to chase them.
In the playlist:
5. Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa = Pittsburgh of course! Being an avid Steelers fan alongside my better half, it feels great to blast this song as I drive by my work just to get at my Browns-fan boss.
6. Empire State Of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys = ever since this song came out I've been madly in love with it. We all dream of NYC and this song really brings that desire to life.
Below. Youngstown by Sarah Turner = I'm not usually a country person, but when EJ played this song for me I feel in love.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Not the most fabulous outfit post haha but I really wanted to show off this vintage wool blazer I got. I love the Tex-Mex feel it gives off, and despite the fact that it's a bit itchy, it's fantastically warm and comfy. I paired it with my favorite olive tee and some jean leggings and my black oxfords, and couldn't resist throwing on this bracelet. I've had it for a while, picked it up from a lady who was selling a box of her vintage jewelry at a garage sale. It's got this beautiful metallic green enamel around it, with little mirrors and seed beads pushed in. I could never find anything to match it, I just kept holding onto it,now, lo and behold, it has a mate!