July 30, 2011

10 Yummy Cheesecake Recipes:Happy National Cheesecake Day!

I couldn’t possibly pass up not celebrating one of my favorite desserts today. Just wanted to wish you all a Happy National Cheesecake Day! I'm not sure why this holiday is not celebrated everyday? Who do I need to write about this? In the mean time, indulge in this round-up of some fantastically yummy looking cheesecake recipes.
Pistachio Graham Cracker Crust Cheesecake via Project Foodie

Sopapilla Cheesecake from Smashed Peas and Carrots

Veggie Cheesecake via guardian.co.uk

Cheesecake in a Jar from I am Baker

Cheesecake Pancakes via Betty Crocker

Cheesecake Dip from Young and Crafty

Snicker's Cheesecake from My Baking Addiction


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Rainbow Cheesecake from Baker's Royale

Cheesecake Cookies from Heat Oven to 350


Strawberry Cheesecake Dip from Beyond Wonderful

                                                                                                                   

July 29, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.10} The Hubby's Picks

Well, I guess a week late is better than never! If you have no clue what I’m talking about no worries I’m use to blank stares, even virtual ones. To catch up on why I’m letting the hubby creep in on my territory today you can find out here and here. I'm not sure if it will explain why he keeps thinking he is guest posting for a made-up series called “Taste of Delight” but either way with out further ado here it is {Of course, you know I had to add my "two cents!" Commentary from yours truly.}
My Taste of Delight

Let me start by saying….VICTORIOUS!!! {explanation here}

Friday Night Lights (TV Series)

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Win-win situation here.  I get to post a picture of Minka Kelly {ahem.... I'll allow this honey only because I kind of have a "girl crush" on her} and talk about my favorite Friday night show ever (Sorry to all of my TGIF friends that I grew up with; Urkle, Balki Bartokomous, Code-man and of course the whole Tanner family)!

I’m sure you have heard it before, but Friday Night Lights was one of the most underrated series of all time. It was a great show to watch with my significant other, it was good drama, very good acting, and a football story that I think actually captivated the wifey {he's right, I wanted to curl into the fetal position on our kitchen floor and cry after the final episode}.

It was nothing like it’s namesake, goofy coming-of-age high school movie.  Originally I was turned off to the series because I thought it was based on the movie, so I missed the first two seasons (I caught up on them later).  If you haven’t had a chance to catch the series it is widely available on Netflix, Hulu, and even NBC.com; so you have no excuses.  Sit down with your man, dad, or dog and enjoy it from the beginning.

If you followed the series I highly recommend this article The author did a fantastic job explaining why the show was so good.  If you haven’t seen the series I still recommend checking out this article it just may convince you to dedicate many enjoyable hours to the series {Ahem. You said the word series like 5 times now}.





Three Bean Salad

{When I came home tonight and he told me he took pictures of his dish I jokingly told him "I don't put crappy pictures on my blog" but after flipping through his work I have to admit I was beaming like a proud mama! Not too shabby, and he even added the garnish to dress it up a bit}.
I stumbled upon this recipe because the wifey made a bean salad, it was okay {pu-leez, it was da bomb!} but being competitive I decided I needed to make a better one, and I did!  Now I had never made a bean salad before, in fact, I don’t even know if I like bean salad {no, but you sure do like singing the "Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit" song}, but after I made this and tweaked it to perfection it quickly became a go-to recipe. I’ve been making it about every other week to have on hand as a side dish. It’s alot healthier than a potato or pasta salad.

I love this salad.  It’s easy and the longer it sits in the fridge the better it gets (don’t get too carried away, I mean two or three days). I substitute a small diced red onion for the green onion, EVO instead of vegetable oil, and I usually use black beans instead of green beans. Also, toss in a skosh {what the hell is a skosh?? Oh, oh you mean smigden. Sorry, I read that wrong.} of thyme.

Recipe here.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Hope you enjoyed my "Taste of Delight" {argh....it is called Dose of Delight!}!
We wish you a safe and delightful weekend!

July 28, 2011

Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice

I consider curry an ethnic dish that is worth acquiring the taste for.This Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice recipe quickly became one of my favorites and definately a "repeater", a common term we use in this household when a dish is worth making again in the future. If your taste buds tends to lean more towards the cultural side of life then you’ll surely be delighted with it too!


Ingredients
·    5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
·    1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
·    3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
·    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
·    1 1/2 cups prechopped onion
·    1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
·    1 tablespoon mustard seeds
·    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·    1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
·    1 1/3 cups hot water
·    1 cup frozen peas and carrots {I used a frozen bag of mixed veggies and loved the blend of corn, green beans, peas, and carrots in the dish}
·    1 cup light coconut milk
·    1 cup uncooked instant rice
·    1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


Preparation
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan.

Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 3 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, curry powder, and next 3 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add hot water and peas and carrots; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 4 minutes. Return shrimp to pan; cook 1 minute.

While curry cooks, bring milk to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and rice. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Place a serving of rice in each bowl; top each serving with about 1 cup of shrimp mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 3/4 teaspoon cilantro and enjoy!

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.com courtesy of Cooking Light Magazine


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July 27, 2011

Cinemagraphs: So Bleepen Awesome



Stunning. Captivating. Spectacular.  Shall I go on? I don’t even know if I can put a sentence together to describe how bleepen awesome these pictures, called cinemagraphs are. Have you seen these things? Jaime Beck, a photographer, and web designer, Kevin Burg, are the brains behind these phenomenal beauties. It is hard to look at these animated images and not have your breath taken away.  These pictures are eery, in a beatiful way. I can't help but to feel  like I'm really there in these scenes intruding on these intimate moments. Imagine what this will do for the future of photography. The moment a groom kisses his bride or the first time a mother lays eyes on her newborn child; these moments will be captured and cherished in a whole different way then what we have been use to. If you are interested in how Jaime and Kevin created this work of art you can read more about here.


In the mean time, here are a few of favorites!









July 26, 2011

Three Years Ago

Three years ago I slipped into this dress......


curled my hair......


put on these shoes......


and walked down this aisle......


to marry this man.


What is life with out love? Happy Anniversary to my best friend from your best friend; the crazy one.

I bought you an all-inclusive golf trip around the world.  You just have to lay down and close your eyes to see it. You're welcome.

July 25, 2011

DIY Fashion:Chunky Bangle Bracelet

I’ve decided to take it upon myself to deem 2011 the “year of the bracelet” not the pie. Bracelets are less damaging on the hips than Granny’s good ol’ apple pie anyways. In case you’ve been living under a rock bracelets are every where; stacked, thin, chunky, colorful, they are e-v-e-r-y where! The other day I happen to be in a department store shopping for shoes and while zipping through the jewelry department some pretty aqua green and gold bangles caught my eye. As most “DIYourselvers” {has Mr. Merriam-Webster acknowledged that word yet?} do, I quickly analyzed the jewelry and instantly brainstormed how to make one of these bad boys myself.


Materials

Chunky bangle {I found mine at Michael’s}
2 different colored but complimentary embroidery threads {ya know the kind you used for your friendship bracelets!}
Gold 1mm elastic cord
Scissors
Glue Gun   


To get started, you’ll want to cut a few strands of your bangle’s primary colored embroidery thread. The length of the thread is not important as long as you cut all of them the same length and the amount you need to cut will vary depending on how chunky your bracelet is.  My thread measured out to about 24 inches each and it took me about 1 whole spool of thread {27 yards} to cover my whole bangle. Now take two pieces of thread and combine them by tying a knot at the end. Do this until you have paired off all of your thread. Take the knotted end of one these pairs and adhere it to the inside of your bangle with a little hot glue. Then start to firmly wrap the thread around the bangle. You’ll want the thread to lay tightly right next to each other. Continue until you have wrapped the whole bangle in thread; adhering with glue inside the bangle here and there {never glue on the outside of the bangle, this will ruin the appearance}. 



Now that the bangle is completely covered, it is time to add your second color of thread. I took the end of my light teal spool of thread adhered it to the inside of the bangle with my glue gun and then started to wrap. I wrapped the thread twice at each spot along the bracelet. This part is less time consuming cause you’ll want to space your secondary color out about an inch each twist as you wrap along the bangle. I also wrapped this thread at a diagonal as I went along to give it more flair. Once you have gone all around the bracelet with your second color you can cut the thread and adhere the end to the inside of the bracelet with a tiny amount of hot glue.


Time for your final step! Now take your gold elastic cord and repeat the steps you just completed with your second color wrapping the gold tightly next to it.  Remember just like in the previous step you’ll want to wrap twice, move over about an inch, and wrap twice again; continue until you have gone around the whole bracelet. Cut and adhere the end of the gold elastic to the inside of the bracelet once you have reached a full circle.


Isn’t she a beauty? She’s a spitting image of the bangles I saw at the department store and a lot less expensive.

{Thin Gold Bangles a real steal for $1.99 at Forever 21}

There are a ton of ways you can customize your own jewelry.  You can get fancy and crisscross the gold cord around the bracelet. Or why not fully wrap the bangle in multiple colors instead of just one?
I also like the idea of stacking your bangles with other bracelets like the gold ones pictured above. Either way, I think we can all agree bangles are an easy and fun way to dress up your summer look!






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July 22, 2011

What do Gerard Butler, Spider-Man, & My Hubby Have in Common?

Well, well, as “editor” of this blog I am deeply disappointed that one of my guests failed to provide his materials in time for this Friday’s Dose of Delight. Said guest being my hubby. If you weren’t around for last week’s Dose of Delight, first of all, shame on you and secondly, then you missed where the hubz {did I just make that word up?} announced he would be providing the picks for this week’s inspiration. Of course, now that I think about it he did declare his picks would be for this week’s “Little Taste of Delight”, in which I then stared at him long and hard for a good five minutes. I was trying to observe if he was presenting any early signs of amnesia. I’ve never had a series on this blog called “Little Taste of Delight”.

  What's his excuse? He's been sick all week. I quickly reminded him of an email he sent me on Monday in which he stated he was “coming down with something but not to worry because he was going to kick some germ butt and prove VICTORIOUS against this cold!” So I came home expecting to see this…..

{Image: Metblogs}


No, I didn’t expect to find Gerard Butler in my home. Although, finding a half-dressed Scottish man in my house wouldn’t be all that bad of a deal now that I think about it.  You see this is the type of image that comes to mind, or at least to my coo coo {Google says this can be spelled either coo coo or cuckoo and Google is pretty much a God so I'll believe anything they say}mind when someone says they are going to be “victorious!” And instead of coming home and seeing some germ butt kicken going on I came home to this for the past three days….


{Image: My camera! Okay, okay image via Spider-Man Fan A site created by my hubby's devoted fans }


Ha! And you thought Spider-Man married Mary Jane?


So, nonetheless, there is no Dose of Delight this week.  You can thank Mr “Victorious Germ Butt Kicker” for that {but I wouldn’t shake his hand}.


 

July 21, 2011

Good Housekeeping: Tips on How to be an Old School Hostess

I recently came across this 1953 Good Housekeeping Article called “New Years Resolutions of a Good Hostess”. I really got a kick out of some these retro tips. My-oh-my, how the times have changed! Here are a few of my favorites:

1953 Edition of Good Housekeeping
“New Years Resolution of a Good Hostess”
{Image via Creme de la Mode}

1.I'll look my prettiest when the doorbell rings by stopping
to change an hour before guest arrive and doing last minute
chores in a perky apron; suitable for greeting the earliest
guests if necessary.


2.I'll designate a place for my guests to put their wraps, even if
its on the bed in my bedroom. (In rainy weather I will cover
the bed with a clear plastic table cloth.)

3.I'll use imagination in my place settings and be daring when mixing
china and place mats.

4.I'll consider serving coffee in the living room.


5.I wont apologize for the food I serve or the way my house looks.


6.I'll never ever stuff my guests or ask them more than once if they'd like seconds.


7.I'll consider the dishwashing situation and decide whether: a) to use paper plates-
(there are wonderful plastic coated ones) and/or place mats; b) to have someone
come in and help me; c) to rinse and stack between courses and then wash the
next morning; d) to do a quick but complete wash between courses; e) to have my
guests help after dinner; or f) to have the ladies join me in the kitchen for a second
cup of coffee while I wash dishes and let them drain (or complete the drying and
putting away process)


8.I'll have plenty of ashtrays and plenty of coasters on hand, I'll even have a cloth
in a handy drawer in the living room in case a guest spills something. (once the
spillage is wiped up, we'll both forget it)


9.I will remember that others smoke even if I do not and make sure to have extra
cigarettes on hand.


10.When I do the inviting, I'll let my guests know how long the party is intended to
last. Once they start for the door, I'll let them continue leaving.


11.I'll have a wonderful time at my own party.



July 20, 2011

6 Crafty Ways to Organize Your Ribbon

Looking for crafty ways to organize your ribbon?


Multi tiered pant hanger via The Creating Keepsakes Blog


Hand towel rack via Better Homes and Gardens


Soda straw dispenser from All People Quilt


$5.00 Tupperware bin from Spunky Junky


Old hanger via Simply Stated


Wall mounted paper towel holder from yours truly.
This is inside my old tv cabinet turned craft armoire; a fun project I will have to share very soon!


July 19, 2011

DIY:How to Turn a Cabinet Door Into a Magnetic Memo Board

I have to say sometimes it pays to be a procrastinator. A little over a year ago we remodeled one of our guest bathrooms and the discarded vanity cabinet doors have been sitting in our garage ever since. Our plans were to drop them off at a local dumpster but I was excited to find them lying around last weekend when I had one of those light bulb moments. We’ve needed a space for quite some time to organize all those little reminders and coupons crowding up our kitchen countertops. I’ve never been a fan of covering my refrigerator with flyers, receipts, party invitations, etc… I’ve been meaning to purchase a memo board for quite some time and then I laid eyes on the cabinet door and knew exactly why its been hanging around!
  
Materials Needed For Memo Board
Wooden Cabinet Door
Paint
Paint Brush
Liquid Nails Adhesive
Fabric
Sheet Metal
Measuring Tape
Marker
Tin Snips
Heavy Gloves
Picture frame claw tooth hook
Hammer & Nails

DIY Magnets
Binder Clips
Heavy Duty Magnets
Spray paint
Glue Gun


First, take your paintbrush and starting painting the outside frame of the cabinet door. If your door has hardware you will want to remove that first. I painted mine black to coordinate with the rest of the frames we have in our living room/kitchen area. Let dry and then add a second coat.


While you are waiting for the paint to dry you can start working on the magnet portion.  Measure the width and length of the door in which you would like the magnet board to cover.  Mark the measurements on your sheet metal and then cut out the square shape with your tin snips. Make sure you are wearing heavy-duty gloves! The sheet metal is extremely sharp. 


Next, measure and cut your fabric to cover the magnet sheet. Leave a little extra fabric around the sides when you cut in order to have enough to wrap around to the back. Now with your gloves still on place the sheet on top of your fabric; cover and adhere the fabric to the sheet with Liquid Nails. Make sure to pull the fabric tightly when wrapping in order to avoid wrinkles.


Once your painted cabinet has dried, take and adhere your fabric wrapped metal sheet with some more Liquid Nails to the front of the cabinet door. You’ll want to place something heavy on top of the metal sheet in order to weigh it down and allow the Liquid Nails to dry properly. I used a large toolbox to weigh mine down.


 Now it’s time to make your magnets!  Spray paint your binder clips and let dry. I used a fun avocado green that picked up some of the color from the fabric I was using in the project. Once dried, take your glue gun and adhere a heavy-duty magnet to the back of each clip. Wallah! Now you have yourself some magnet clips.  Was that easy or what? If you already have fun and decorative magnets lying around those are perfect to use too!


Once the glue on your project has dried it is time for the final step! Take your hammer and attach the claw tooth picture hook to the back of your cabinet door. Add your magnet clips to the front and place the door on your wall. You now have yourself a terrific magnetic memo board!



I had the perfect wall space in the hallway from our kitchen to our garage to hang this puppy! That hallway has been looking pretty sad so this ought of spruce it up a bit.


This fabric from Jo-Ann’s, called Edyth Dragonfly, is one of my favorites! I fell in love with it a long time ago when we used it for the upholstery for our kitchen stools.

I don’t think anyone will catch on to the fact that this was once a door cabinet, do you? Unless, of course they read my blog! Muahahahahaa…. way to determine who will and won’t be on my Christmas shopping list this year.

PS. I would recommend not having three crazy doxies running around when working on this project.

Of course I did because apparently I am in the business of collecting daschunds and wouldn't you know it one of them ran over my project and stepped in Liquid Nails. She is still glued to the back deck as we
speak.





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