Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
I am so happy with this purchase - it is one of my absolute favorites on Etsy! Thank you, Rheea, for your stunning work and special touch that you add to your orders! I will most certainly be back again.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Last Thursday, I came to work to find a note on the fridge that said that the fridge would be cleaned the next day. The note also said to clearly mark anything you did not want thrown away with a sign "Do not discard".
I printed up a large "'Do not discard" sign and taped it up to the bottle of dressing I keep in the fridge.
The day after the fridge was cleaned, I found out that my dressing got thrown away. Should not have bothered with the note after all!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
They are so very pricey, which is why they will remain on my wish list for now. :) I do love them though!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Raspberries in the Snow Earrings - White Keshi Pearl, Small Faceted Garnet and Sterling Silver Earrings
Burgundy Elegance Necklace - Crystal Faceted Briolettes, Small Faceted Garnet and Sterling Silver Necklace
Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder*
4-6 tablespoons flour
Soybean or vegetable oil for frying
Chopped tomato, diced onion and diced green pepper for garnish
Fresh lemon juice (optional)
1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.
2. Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt, hot pepper, garlic, and cumin. Process until blended but not pureed.
3. Sprinkle in the baking powder* and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough bulgur or flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Place into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.
4. Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts, or use a falafel scoop, available in Middle-Eastern markets. (I made mine flat.)
5. Heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot or wok and fry 1 ball to test**. If it falls apart, add a little flour. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Stuff half a pita with falafel balls, chopped tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and pickled turnips. Drizzle with tahini thinned with water. For more flavor, add a little fresh lemon juice to tahini.
*I skipped baking powder.
**I formed falafel into flattened patties and did not need more than an inch of oil.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The first one is Bluejay Fatberd Cat Toy. It's just like my first yellow bird toy, only in blue. I play with it daily.
The second one is a Pickle Cat Toy, Kosher Dill Size. I had so much fun with it, but managed to lose it somehow last week. Maybe it is under the couch?
I hope it turns up soon! In fact, I am going to search for it right now...
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
You need just a tiny amount; use a synthetic brush to spread a very thin layer over your eye lid and apply eye shadow. Not only will your shadow stay on for most of the day - Paints will make it pop!
I use the shade called Bare Canvas. It has a natural look to it and a tiny bit of shimmer. Remember: a little bit goes a long way with Paints! The little tube lasts me forever and is well worth $16.50. Love it!
Monday, September 21, 2009
My favorite sausage is Apple-Sage Farmhouse Sausage. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, and in addition to sausage, the farm sells bacon, ribs, chops, cutlets and more! You can visit the farm's site at http://www.flyingpigsfarm.com/index.html.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Next time you're in NYC, try one of their cones! I promise, you will not be disappointed. ;)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Light Blue Sugar Starfish Coaster
Friday, September 18, 2009
Summer Clearance - 20 Percent Off - Autumn in New York Necklace - Fire Agate and Vermeil Necklace with Red Jasper Pendant
Summer Clearance - 20 Percent Off - Fun in the Sun - Beachy Sterling Silver and Crystal Earrings
Summer Clearance - 50 Percent off - Pearl, Swarovski Crystal and Rock Crystal Earrings
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We had several days of rain last week, and I took this opportunity to study various umbrella styles. My teeny Sharper Image umbrella has served me well for the last 5 years, but I have a feeling it won't last too much longer. The other day, it turned inside out in strong wind, which it has NEVER done before. I've noticed a few interesting umbrellas and Googled them.
Totes Elements Clear Bubble Umbrella, $16.99, Target
It looks neat and seems to protect a person better than a regular umbrella, but do you think it really does? What if the clear plastic fogs up, and you won't be able to see anything?!
GustBuster SunBLOK 58" Umbrella, $39.95, luggage.com
This one is 58" across! That is huge, and believe it or not, I've seen people carry these things around the streets of NYC. While it's probably OK for a 7-foot-tall person to carry it around, for someone as short as I it's already hard to fight the crowds; I can see myself hitting multiple people with this monstrosity, which would be bad for everyone involved. I'd never get anywhere.
Frog Umbrella, $11.95, bltimports.comI saw an adult carrying this adorable number the other day. While this design is clearly better suited for children, I thought it deserved a mention for being cute.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I thought today I'd tell you about where I like to play most. It's the bathroom. Why, you ask? Because I can get my paws on a lot of various little makeup items, and playing in the sink is a lot of fun for no particular reason. Before Momma catches on, here is what I do every day.
First, I hide in the tub until I can make sure the coast is clear. Let's see.
It's OK, I can still cause mischief in the sink.
Meow until next Wednesay!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
When I got out of college and got a little more serious about my facial skin care routine, I decided to try out Clinique. I have been using it ever since and love it! I started out with the 3-step care system (soap, toner and moisturizer) that are appropriate for my skin type. Over time, I added a facial scrub and eye makeup remover that I use when needed, and an eye cream that I use daily. I also use their City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector. I recently learned that it is best to keep the same brand for your skin care products as they are developed to complement each other. I am not a big fan of scented products, and Clinique products are fragrance-free, which is an added bonus for me.
My wedding makeup artist also uses Clinique products quite a bit in her work because they are hypoallergenic. While I am a MAC girl when it comes to makeup, I do love Clinique quickliners for eyes.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Last Friday afternoon, we were crossing the street in a relatively quiet area of the city. I saw a couple who looked familiar and recognized the girl as my friend's cousin. This friend lives nowhere near NYC, but I do know that her cousin and her husband lived in NYC. I assumed they still do. I e-mailed my friend to tell her that I saw her cousin, and it turns out that the cousin and her husband no longer live here - they happened to be visiting NYC that weekend!
Small world, isn't it?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sea Salt Scrub: Mix sea salt and a little lotion (for easier application).
Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub: Mix brown sugar, honey and a little lotion (again, adding lotion will make it easier to scrub your skin).
Both of these recipes are low tech, simple and effective! Feel free to share your favorite homemade scrubs.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Simplicity Collection Necklace - Sterling Silver Chain Necklace with White Coin Pearl and Vermeil Brushed Disks Pendant
Thursday, September 10, 2009
When I took them out of the box, they looked cute! If you are wondering, the toes are rounded (you can't tell from the picture). When I put them on, I thought I was wearing air! They are soft, and it felt like I was not wearing any shoes at all. I spent a good hour walking around in them last night, and it was heavenly.
If you are looking for comphy shoes, here is a pair of flats I highly recommend!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
On Saturday, I complained to Momma and Papa that they never take me outside. Every time I look out the window, I see miscellaneous dogs being walked. I am a person too. I also want to go outside!
So on Sunday, I made my debut at Central Park! Can you believe it? Momma and Papa put me in a carrier, and we went on the subway to Central Park. Once there, I got to walk around and explore! It was a little scary and stressful at first (it was my first time being out in the open like that), but overall I had a good time. Here I am, checking things out.
I was exhausted at the end, but was happy that I got to go to Central Park. Maybe Momma and Papa will take me again, if I am good!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Then, during our trip overseas this winter, I got caught in a rain storm wearing them, and they were ruined. I was so disappointed!
Now I've found a replacement: Shelby Bit! The cuteness factor is not as high, but it'll suffice. I've found these in black, and they are so comfortable! Just what I need to walk around the city in the fall.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I thought it was a NYC thing. Turns out it isn't. I think it's time to look for a new dentist. Do you agree?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Congratulations, Rheea! You get a $10 gift certificate to my shop. Contact me when you're ready to redeem it!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Something happened over the last few weeks. I keep going back and forth about getting a haircut or not. For reasons I do not understand, I am all of a sudden completely incapable of making a decision on this. When I first chopped my hair to a bob about a year ago, it was a longer bob. Over the year, it slowly became a very short bob. Now it's somewhere in between. My friend (who went to get the original haircut with me last summer) thinks I should wait, but I want to cut it to give it a refreshed look. Then I look at it and think that it doesn't look so bad, and think that maybe she's right.
I think I'm going to cut it tomorrow. Or maybe not.
What's a girl to do?
Friday, September 4, 2009
Glamorous Pearl Girl Earrings - Jumbo White Keshi Pearls and Sterling Silver Earrings
Glamorous Pearl Girl Necklace - Jumbo White Keshi Pearls, Bio Quartz Briolette and Sterling Silver Necklace
Happy long weekend! I am excited about my first day off since I started working. No big plans - we'll go to Central Park if it's as nice as it has been!