Monday, April 30, 2012

#ManicureMonday: Essie Playdate


Happy Mani Monday friends! I'm typing this very slowly as I jacked up my hand this week, spent a few hours in the emergency room, and have been in pain since.  I was attempting to open a bag of Twix, after the first cut, the weight of the contents caused the bag to drop, and I reacted (not thinking about the scissors in my right hand) trying to catch the bag.  Well, in doing so, I stabbed myself in my left palm.  Ouch.  I'm getting nauseous talking about it. 

Thank God it was in the fleshy part of my palm, right beneath my ring finger.  Oh, and thankfully even with the swelling they were able to get my rings off without cutting them off!

Long story short, I'm trapped in the house, can't drive, and have cabin fever.

Back to the mani...

Essie 'Playdate' is from the Spring Essie 2012 collection and is available at Target.  I'm not sure where else it's available, but that's where I purchased mine. 

Please excuse the weird chemical reaction going on on my ring finger, not sure what that's all about!

I purchased the nail decals for under $4 from the Born Pretty Store, and can't wait to use them on future manicures! I had actually forgotten I had ordered them by the time they arrived as their shipping is SLOW, but totally worth it!

This color is even more beautiful in person, a perfect color for spring. Don't you think?

I'm linking up with Glitter and Gloss and Just Love.ly for the first edition of Mani Monday! Stop by to see the other manis, they'll brighten a dreary Monday morning, I promise!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipe: Spicy Chicken Sandwiches


Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
Source: Cooking Light
Yields: 4 Sandwiches

Ingredients:
Mayo:
1/4     cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2        Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1        teaspoon fresh lime juice
1        garlic clove, minced

Chicken:
1/4     cup egg substitute
3        Tablespoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Frank's)
1        teaspoon dried oregano
1/4     teaspoon salt
2        (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 1/2   ounces baked tortilla chips (about 6 cups)
2        Tablespoons olive oil

Remaining Ingredients:
4       (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls, split
12     (1/8" thick) slices of red onion
4       Lettuce leaves
Any other toppings of your choice

Directions:
1.) To prepare mayo, combine first 4 ingredients.

2.) To prepare chicken, combine egg substitute, hot sauce, oregano and salt in a large zip-lock back. Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally to form 4 cutlets.  Add the chicken to the bag; seal.  Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 8 hours, turning bag occasionally.

3.) Place tortilla chips in a food processor, process 1 minute or until ground. Place ground chips in a shallow dish.

4.) Working with one cutlet at a time, remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip off.  Coat chicken completely in chips. Set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken and chips.

5.) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add chicken to pan, cooking 3 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Spread mayo evenly over cut sides of rolls.  Layer bottom half of each roll with 3 onion slices, 1 lettuce leaf, and 1 chicken cutlet; top with top halves of rolls.  (Substitute toppings of your choice)

Nutritional Info:
Calories 419; Fat 13.2g (sat 1.7g, mono 6.1g, poly 3.4g); Protein 28.1g; Carb 46.8g; Fiber 2.6g; Chol 49mg; Iron 3.2mg; Sodium 611mg; Calc 101mg


The above photo quickly turned into this:

I put a little too much mayo on my sandwich, but it's hard not to, it's that  delicious!

Notes:
-I'm not a big fan of artificial/reduced-fat, etc. ingredients, so I used regular mayonnaise.  I did have the egg substitute for another recipe, so I used that. Same with the tortilla chips, I used regular ones.
-I used wheat kaiser rolls, another way to cut down on the calories
-They're not spicy at all.  The only "spice" comes from the garlic in the mayonnaise, in my opinion.  Don't let the title scare you, you could cut back on the hot sauce if you desired.
-Don't dirty your food processor, a zip lock bag, a rolling pin, and some built-up frustrations will do the trick to grind down your tortilla chips! 

Enjoy!

Monday, April 23, 2012

#Manicure Monday: Sinful Colors: Cinderella

I've been wanting this color for a long time, but since there is no Walgreens within 50+ miles, I put it on my lemmings list and concentrated on other things. 

As a blogger, and especially as a nail blogger of sorts, I look forward to vacation with vigor! Not only am I going on vacation, but I get to go to stores I don't have here close in VA. This usually goes for Ulta, Sally Beauty, Sephora, and certain drug stores.  Hmm, I sense a pattern...


I was blessed to go on vacation last weekend to Virginia Beach with my sister in law Abbe and three nieces: Hannah, Lily, and Sophie.  And what better way to display a mani than at the beach?!?


Sinful Colors 'Cinderella' (3 Coats)

It's hard to photograph, but Cinderella has a pink glitter sheen to it, hence my love of it!

Sinful Colors can be purchased at CVS, RiteAid, Target, Walgreens, etc. for a regular price of $1.99.  This week I believe they are $.99 at Walgreens, so stock up!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Green is the New Pink: Earth Day Stamps

In honor of Earth Day Sunday, and our $6.82 electric bill from March, I wanted to post the special edition stamps from the USPS.  Recently I've been making quite a few trips to the post office between etsy orders and email, and every time I see these stamps and think how awesome they are. 

I started a segment called 'Green is the New Pink' a few weeks back and I apologize for not updating more often! I have things in mind, I just stumble with the whole implementation step. The idea behind 'Green is the New Pink' is that you don't have to be a stereotypical tree-hugger to be green.  We can all make small steps, as stated above to "reduce our environmental footprint." All of the above steps can be taken with little to no expense to you! Granted, some may not be relevant to your area, but if you research enough, maybe there's something you can do to start it!

As I mentioned above, our electric bill in March was $6.82.  I am serious.  Here is the proof:



How do we do this:
-Throw on sweats rather than turning up the heat a few degrees (drives me crazy to go to people's homes when they walk around in a tee shirt and shorts in the winter and have their heat up over 70.)
-Switch to energy-efficient lighting
-Turn off lights in rooms where no one is
-Insulated windows
-We have a large home with almost 75% of it not being used. We shut off these rooms' vents, and seal under the doors.
-My husband's solar panels


Remember, it's the little things we can do that make the biggest differences! If you're new to all this, schedule an in-home energy efficiency audit! Contact me for more information!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring Break Part I: Frontier Culture

It's not like I need a spring break, but why not piggy back on others'? First off, a trip to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA with my father in law, sister in law, nieces, and my husband.  I've lived here 3 years, driven past there countless times, yet am just now getting there.  The Frontier Culture Museum is a unique experience displaying different cultures, their journey to America, and how the cultures molded together to become Americans!

The museum is hands-on in that each culture is represented by a home which was brought over from the respected cultures.  Depending on when you go, there are actors in costume which will put on a demonstration for you depicting the duties, responsibilities, and details of the home life of that culture.  First up, an African farm from the 1700's:










Some scenic shots on the way to the English Farmhouse:



The English Farmhouse:







Then onto the Irish Forge:



Then to the 1700s Irish Farmhouse:



I may or may not have been paying attention and taking pictures of my manicure...

Then to my heritage, the German House:






Aren't these chickens gorgeous? They looked like they were wearing a coat of black lace!

Then on to the Americas:






And one more shot of my nails for good luck:

My manicure is Zoya 'Robyn' ($8, Ulta or Zoya.com) and WnW Spoiled 'My Saturn Broke Down' ($1.99, CVS)

Overall it was an awesome experience and I'm glad I finally got there! Who knows how many other gems I've missed here in the Valley that are right under my nose?
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