Sunday, August 26, 2012

Want It, Love it, Hate it

This is just going to be a kinda all around review of some things I've loved and some things I didn't feel the love for along with some things I'm drooling over. Unfortunately this is in random order since ya know organization is not my strong suit.
Love Love Love it! I "visited" this at TJ Maxx forever and the beau got it for our 5 year(gawd that's a long time) anniversary last month.
DKNY Hot Pink pebble leather Wallet
I am just DROOLING over this handbag to match the wallet. I can just see many happy thrifting and yardsaleing days happening with this bag.
DKNY Town & Country Large Tote Beige and Pink
It looks like it's a different pink then then wallet but it's just the pic.
I just don't get these.....AT ALL
I know they are incredibly popular but I just don't get it. All I think of when I see one is...
Tacky "Gift with Purchase"
It's basically just a nylon bag that's morphed into a status symbol, and I love a good status symbol like hello..the Louis Vuitton speedy 45 which I adore. Please tell me if there is something I'm missing because with a $100+ price tag I could find something better.
I am loving this Vodka
360 Madagascar Vanilla Vodka
It is incredibly smooth and flavorful and as a bonus it's very eco friendly. Recycled glass, water based label ink and you send them the cork back(for free) and they reuse them. When I googled this I saw a lot of talk about a "glazed doughnut" flavor...oh the possibilities. Now Stoli will always be my fav but at $18+ a bottle and me being a bit of a sipper(drinker, shot taker.......who's really keeping track) this was a better option at only around $11.
Last but for sure not least is this little gem!
Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio
Now I make no bones about the fact that I am a pretty serious sipper/drinker/shot-taker. I don't come home and throw rollers in my hair and sit down with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, but I do like my drinky winky and I like a good variety. I used to be a Bourbon only gal(and I will in the future do a post just on the different bourbons) but I have expanded my horizons to include vodka, beer, and wine. Lots O wine! This stuff is amazing for the price. Any good Pinot Grigio drinker out there knows Santa Margarita is the standard for this variety but if you don't want to spend $20+ a bottle this stuff is DA BOMB DIGGITY at only $5.99 on sale at Kroger, it's regularly $9.99 which is more but still a great deal for this wine. I have paid $6 a glass for PG at restaurants and been less pleased. That's about that. I'm thinking of doing a love it, hate it, want it post every week or so if there is any interest or ya know..if I wanna do it. Enjoy the end of the weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

I'm baaaack

I have been gone for a way long time but I'm back now finally!
So many new things to update everyone on. First and best I got a promotion at work to Assistant Manager! I am so happy to have my hard work pay off. Now it's a pretty small restaurant and because it's not corporate there isn't really any farther up to go but I'm hoping this experience will set me up for a good position in a bigger company in the future. It's my dream to eventually run my own little supper club and I feel like I am actually taking a step toward that goal now. I also want to keep my online vintage clothes and accessory sales going but I have been slacka-lacking in a major way. Like I completely stopped, perhaps just like my blogging?
These are the things on my mind lately
Say what? Oh that's right another American Pie Quadreqeal....or whatevs. No really it was decent. Like surprisingly decent considering it's predecessors of late. It had some really funny stuff, some gross funny stuff, some warm and fuzzy stuff. I'm glad I didn't pay $9 to watch it at the theater but it was worth a buck at redbox. Also for those of my generation who can remember way back to the early 2000's Alyson Hannigan who played Willow on BVS or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (come on you know you loved it....or at least David Boreanaz "Angel" and James Marsters "Spike" with their shirts off) is in it and, well I'm not sure where I was going with that but she's a pretty funny girl and it's worth a watch. Oh yeah and I just want to say Tara looks pretty good, she was a hot mess there for a bit and now it looks like she got the "girls" fixed and she's all clean and sober, good for you!
Because Gawd Forbid your other viewing option be this...this....I'm just speechless.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and crew
I thought for a second it was this gal Eden Wood She's a cutie, cutie patootie. But no I was wrong. Just another disturbed little blonde beauty queen. I lost the Gastineau Girls way back when but now this stuff rates over 2 million views. What kind of ish is that.
Well tomorrow is Saturday and I'm hoping to get my garage sale shopping on and hopefully I'll have some minky goodies to show y'all.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New year New loves!

With work and the beau I have been so super busy! I'm hoping to start all kinds of positive trends in my life this upcoming year but so far it's been kind of a bust. I have a few new things to tell you about however.

I found this and it reminded me of the New Years Bash over at Terry and Alana's house. Note to self: don't let the tipsiest person person at the party pour shots. (apple pucker, tequila, and gin???? Yes Mary I'm talkin to you!) I know a lot of people who went through these 9 steps. Not myself of course. I never drink I just sip.....a lot.

Since I am unable to find someone to do an acceptable job on my acrylics(you know I love big hair and long nails) I am trying my best to embrace short stubby little nubs. I hate them but I love this color. It's called Plazaplumberry by NYC. For around $2 it's a steal as long as you use a good top coat. Mucho compliments from coworkers and guests at work.

One of the things I'm really trying to do this year is eat better. I am hoping that if I really try I will be able to take my *fat picture* off the fridge. It helps that this is pretty yummy. Greek yogurt with honey crisp apple pieces.
Speaking of yogurt this stuff is marvelous. Tangy and slightly sweet. This is the only brand I've found that is good though. I don't care what John Stamos says that Oikos stuff is nasty.

This is my new tv crush Christian Kane. I think he's just dreamy. Hehe. I'm not often a fan of long hair on men but he's also from Texas and has the whole rough and tough cowboy thing going for him. For right now he plays Eliot Spencer on Leverage which also happens to be one of my favorite shows. He's got this whole bad boy gone good thing on the show. In real life I'm pretty sure Christian is who Jasmine Rae was singin' bout in Hunky Country Boy.
These are my newest obsession. So neutral so cute. Unfortunately they are so out of my price range it's not even funny.
I think these might be a good compromise. Ghetto fabulous is their usual style but I have been really happy with all the pairs of Guess shoes I have. They are as comfortable as heels get and very stylish.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Change is in the air

There are some things you should know about me.

1. I am starving in the morning. Unfortunately for my waist line I am not one of those gals that can say..oh I'm not hungry...I'll just wait for my baby greens at lunch. When I wake up I have two thoughts COFFEE and FOOD!

This is my ideal breakfast. Coffee and sausage gravy with buttermilk biscuits.You can view the gravy recipe-with pictures- here. It's totally worth it I promise!

This is the view that greeted me when I looked out my front door. The only good thing I can say is that at least it's already been plowed.

The view out of the patio door when I let the old lady out to do her business was much better. Kinda looks like God is sending rays of happiness down right? You can see where the big dog frolicked last night.

I have about a billion things to do today. I have to work a double at the sushi restaurant.(can anyone tell me why I keep taking jobs at restaurants when they cause me so much mental pain???.....OH YEAH a constant paycheck. Blah blah.) I was hoping to get the Christmas tree decorated and maybe even some decorations on the front of the house since it's already the second. But it looks like it's going to take a few more days to get in the holiday spirit. I have to write out all my Christmas cards as well. Busy Busy!!

Wishes, Prayers, and Kisses!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Free isn't always a good thing

For example TG called me the other day and it went like this(and yes TG I blame you for will pay)

TG: Hey are you still looking for a sofa set for the basement?
SB: Umm yes I guess, not actively searching but if it's there maybe. Why?
TG: My neighbors are moving into an apartment and they are getting rid of a beige leather sofa/loveseat set.
SB: Really? Ok well is it in good shape, do they have pets?
TG: No I don't think they have pets, it's pretty nice there is a little tear on the back of the sofa but that's it.
SB: Ok great let me grab the truck and I will come take a look at it.

Let me break in to say that we are in the progress of finishing up some rooms in our basement and I was planning on having kind of a man/media room. (mostly I want a place for the beau to play army games while I watch my Mad Men and Pan-am in peace)

We are in desperate need of living room furniture, seriously our current living room set is 24 years old and from my parents first house. We are of the buy good the first time and use it until it falls apart mentality and we are almost at the collapsing point. The beau is 6 ft 3 and over 200 lbs so one good sit down and this stuff is just going to give up the ghost. My plan was to put this newish set in the basement then just worry about getting living room furniture.

So the lil sis and I run a few neighborhoods over to TG's house and take a look and sniff at the furniture. It looks good enough for a mostly man cave so we load it up (you can imagine how much fun it was for two gals less then 5'3 loading it into the suv) and make two trips hauling it home and into the garage. Where it sits for about three days.

Let me add that the previous owner asked us if we wanted help loading it, we said no since we were appreciative of them giving it to us and didn't want to put them out. This should have been a hint. People just aren't that nice anymore.

Next week: the beau goes into the garage for groceries and comes back in and says "it smells like cat tinkle out there"(no he didn't really say tinkle..use your imagination) Now since I asked about the pets and did an initial sniff of the furniture I'm assuming it's some of the paint mixed with the garbage can that's causing the smell so we don't even think of the furniture. The next day lil sis and I grab the steam cleaner and the Murphy Oil to detail the furniture before we move it in.

I cannot begin to describe the smell that happened when the steam hit the fabric beneath the cushions. I have smelled community dumps that weren't that bad. They could bottle this stuff and use it instead of mace because I'm sure it'd be just as effective.

At this point I called TG and said umm exsqueeze me I thought they had no pets. This is the classic and unforgettable reply.

TG: Well they just had cats not dogs, they only peed on it maybe a few times.

It makes it ok because they only tinkled on it a few times??? Come again you crazy person? Is this really coming from the person that won't stay in less then a 5 Diamond hotel because she's so high maintenance?

Then I flash back to the previous owners offer to load it up for us. Oh the laugh they must have had when we left. And to think we rushed over there to get it before someone else could. I never thought I would see the time when free was bad. Now I'm afraid to put it out to the curb. I don't want someone else to take it and find out the awful truth when they get home. I'm thinking I'm going to have to put a sign on it. "do not take...smells like cat pee when heated"

Oh TG I see many 2 diamond hotels in your future you stinker!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ambrosia Recipe that you won't be able to stop eating!

I do believe I'm feeling quite chatty this morning so this will more then likely be a whopper post. But there is a D-Vine recipe for Ambrosia down below so it will all be worth it. No worries!

If you keep up to date with my oh so interesting posts(ha ha right)then you know that I have basically made The Ebay my job. I mean really it's the next best thing to being a personal shopper only you get to take advantage of the merchandise first since it's usually pre-loved and then if you have your smart shopping down you make a profit off it. Perhaps it's just me but that sounds like a heck of a deal. This handbag below was one of my recent purchases and it's what we call "borderline" since I may have a bit more invested then what it needs to be *Minky*(our code word for a good money maker)

Now I really think this handbag is super cute but(there is always a but)it's....faux leather or the horror the horror PLEATHER! I have a thing about my handbags and ok honestly pretty much everything else. I am a staunch believer in *if you can't get the good stuff then just leave it be and walk away*(keeping in mind that since I also refuse to pay retail that it takes a good bit of looking for me to find the good stuff at a price I can swallow).

However it's a fairly decent designer and the price was nice and I think it's a great style with feminine details. The kicker is that is it's also NWOT or new with out tags. So I can't really test drive it with out decreasing the value by a good chunk. Opinions anyone...super cute or give it the boot?
As of yesterday I have started my newest and hopefully best diet. Now myself and just about every gal in my family has some kind of unhealthy eating *situation*. As do most of Americas women I would imagine. My mama will eat popcorn, pumpkin seeds, diet Pepsi and iced tea mon-fri to splurge on sat and sun. My gran is a fan of the no fat cottage cheese and tomato diet with the occasional citrus fruit thrown in and lots of coffee(wonder where I got that habit). I on the other hand just remove all carbs, cheese and get every thing low fat/ no fat that I can. I can say that my diet works great but I am the crankiest person ever when on it. As you can guess I tend toward the *prissy, difficult and demanding* way with out the hunger so it turns me into a monster. Being a monster is not bombshell fabulous it's hideous. This has brought about my new diet. Instead of cutting out everything on the planet that I enjoy I'm just going to cut out the processed stuff. Also canned veggies, fresh or frozen from now on. Whole grain breads and all that also.

Anyways this leads me to my last meal featured above. I call it my *spoiled girl lunch*. It's something my mama and I used to have when I was a bit younger and my daddy would be out of town. A nice piece of steak and some lobster with lemon and butter. It is possibly one of my very favorite foods, and hey not processed! I also feel the need to mention that that is so a salad plate not a dinner plate. Just saying.

This was also kind of a last meal treat but the others got to it right after I made it and I only got a measly small half a container of it hehe.

The D-Vine Ambrosia Salad aka the Mana from heaven
This stuff right here is what we are going to start with. I'm a big fan of the generics on most stuff. I figure corn syrup and red dye number 98237498374 is all pretty much the same.

1 1/2 c Whipped topping
1 c Sour Cream(full fat please)
1 c Mini Marshmallows(white or it looks like..........well lets not say what exactly but colors just don't mix well with the cherries and pineapples).
1/2 c Shredded coconut sweetened
Around 3/4 tsp of salt
1 c Canned mandarin oranges (you could segment clementines and it might be a bit better but who has the time)
1/2 c Maraschino Cherries feel free to add more but the more cherries the pinker your ambrosia.
1 c Pineapple chunks

First mix the sour cream and whipped cream until well blended
Add all the white stuff. Coconut, salt, and mini marshmallows then mix well.
Add all of your WELL DRAINED fruit. If it's liquidy then your ambrosia won't ever set just right.
Give it a good stir and see what you've got. For the most part the above measurements are a suggestion. If you like pineapples more then mandarin oranges then add more of one and less of the other. It should have a pretty thick layer of the whip/sour cream mix because this will set up and thicken a good bit while in the fridge. If it looks a bit dry then just add some more white stuff. Sour cream makes it tangier and the whip makes it more light and fluffy.

After it's all done throw it in the pyrex and chill it for at least an hour. After just sit back and enjoy.

I have heard tales about *others* doing crazy things like toasting their coconut and adding chopped walnuts and some even substitue canned fruit cocktail for the self mixed ingredients. The first two are pretty yummy I must admit but I draw the line at mushy fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. Yuck. Good luck and happy ambrosia eating!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I heart trip advisor!

I just wanted to say that I have found my new online home. Trip Advisor is the place for me. I just go and type in the restaurant, hotel, or what not and offer my very strong opinions. Then they send me an appreciative e-mail for reviewing. Which is something that I love to do anyway. guys should go and try it. It's a real power trip hehe