Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy

So there is a little storm here in Jersey named Sandy, maybe you heard about it? Its been pretty nuts! We are just getting to the worst of it now, but here are some pics from around town today

7th and Simpson, Ocean City NJ

7th St Ocean City NJ

my old high school

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Music Pier in Ocean City

The red line is the path of the eye of the storm. The blue dot is my house

Brigantine...it looks real to me but I am known to be gulible

The winds are really coming and the rain has been nonstop. Work was closed. My mother in law is staying with us (and cooking, sweet!). News has been on all day. Bath tub is full of water. Halloween candy is disapearing. Power is still on. Lights and comcast is flickering. House is shaking. Phones and laptops are charging. All because Sandy is COMING

Monday, October 22, 2012

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

I try to have my family over for dinner the first Sunday of the month. And whenever I have them over, I like to try a new recipie. I found this one on pinterest and gave it a try. (My notes are in Italics)

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients:
3 to 4 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs (I did chicken breasts)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce (Pat made me get Kikkoman because he says its better than everything else)
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
Cooked rice (I did white rice and because it was for the family, I did real rice rather than my usual minute rice)

Directions:
Place chicken in the slow cooker. (I browned the chicken first, I was nervous the crockpot wouldn't cook it all the way through only on low for 4 hours)
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper.
Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is tender.
Remove chicken from the slow cooker.
Skim fat from cooking liquid.
Place liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Combine cornstarch and water until smooth, then gradually stir into liquid and stir until sauce is thickened. (I didn't read this step right and just put both the water and cornstarch right into the sauce without combining them first. My sauce never thickened. Next time I'll do it the right way)
To serve, top rice with chicken and cover with the Teriyaki Sauce

It was super yummy! Paul was a bit of a butt and refused to eat the chicken saying it was "dry" But mom and dad couldnt stop talking about how moist the chicken was and I think it was great! Pat ate it no complaints and I know he isn't a chicken fan.

I paired it with this recipe for cooked carrots. Its super easy.

Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes with some seasoning and a little olive oil (I poured way too much olive oil on accident)
Then drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of honey, and about 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Pop them back into the oven for about 5 more minutes.

I like them, but it wasn't like, "Oh my gosh these are amazing!" I probably wont be doing this one again. Its easier and just as good to boil them to me but you guys might like it!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tips to wearing High Heels

People ask me all the time, "How do you wear those?" refering to my high heels. So here are some of my tips to making high heels comfortable, because it is possible!

1. Inserts!!!!
I love me some inserts! They just add some extra padding to the shoe. Now I dont even wait to wear the shoe out to see how it feels before adding a comfy insert. I just try it on to see how it fits and then in goes the insert! I like these from Dr Scholls.

They are great because they are thin enough to fit in a shoe without crowding your foot but still adds comfort. They come in a pack of three which is awesome and have fun patterns. They adhere really well too so play around with the placement and trying the shoe on before taking the backing off the sticky part.
Right now they are on sale at CVS for $9.99 until October 27th. And in last sunday's paper there was a coupon for $3 off. Didn't clip it? Thats fine. Here is a link to the Dr Scholl's website where you can print a $2 off coupon!

Cvs also carries their own brand version of these which are just as great and a couple bucks cheaper. I have bought, used and loved both brands

2. Friction Block
I hate when shoes rub against you and cause blisters. I have even had some shoes rub off a chunk of skin. Yuck! I have tried putting on bandaids to try to protect my ankles, but they wouldn't stick right and bunch up. And it just wasn't very good looking even when they stayed where they were supposed to. Then I saw this and it changed my life!
Seriously this stuff is Awesome!!!!! It is like $8-9 but lasts forever! I have had mine for over a year and use it all the time. I did have to buy a new one, not because I ran out but because stupid me left it in my car mid summer and melted it.
I love it. It is so easy use. It looks like and goes on like a mini deodorant. Just rub it around the problem areas. It stays on for awhile, but I like to reapply every few hours. I don't like to wait and let it get to the point where I feel like i NEED to reapply. This stuff smells good too.

Dr. Scholls has a similar product but I have never tried it

3. Make sure your shoes fit
If your shoes are too big or too small, they will not be comfortable. I am a size 10 and shoedazzle doesn't make a size 10.5. So if a shoe is too big, I can go to a 9.5 but if its too small, I am sort of stuck because I know an 11 is too big. I have always sent my shoes back if they don't fit but in each one of those cases there was always something else I wasnt loving about the shoe. If there was a shoe that I totally in love with and it was just a little too tight I would try "The Ice Trick" I have never tried it but I have heard great things about it. Here is a link to a how-to.

4. Bring a pair of comfy shoes with you
I almost always bring a pair of flats or uggs with me when I wear high heels. Actually I wear my comfy shoes until I get to the place I will wear my heels and then switch and leave the other shoes in the car. I just dont like driving in heels and its nice to have a back up pair incase may feet are really killing me.

5. Start small, low and wide
The wider the base, the easier it will be to walk. So start with wedges or a chunky heel. And start with a low heel. The lower the pitch, the slope, the more comfortable you will be. And shoes with platforms are great because it lowers the pitch, but still gives you height if thats what you want.

6. Break them in
Take the time to break in a new pair of heels before wearing them out. To do this, I wear my shoes with a pair of socks around the house doing my regular everyday chores

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

One of my goals has been to really try and do the things I see on Pinterest. I am trying to do one thing a week. Last night it was a new recipie, Creamy Cheesy Potatoes. I wanted to make it Thursday night, but when I went grocery shopping, I forgot my list. And of course the one item on the list I forget is a main part of the recipie. It was already 6:30 by then. If I went back to the store, I get home probably around 7 and after prep and baking dinner wouldn't be ready until 8:30. So I said screw it and made some noodles. But Friday night Creamy Cheesy Potatoes was amazing!!!

The original link to the recipie is here
her picture:


Here you go, this is for a 9×13 glass baking dish, I didn't measure anything as I went. My notes are in italics



Ingredients:

About 5 – large potatoes (enough to fill dish)
1 pint whipping cream- 2 cups (Can substitute half and half to make a little healthier but I didn't)
Salt and Pepper I consider optional and skip most of the time I cook
2 tsp. Parsley flakes (I skipped)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
(I added some ham to make it more of a meal than a side dish. Cooked pork or chicken would be good too)

Directions:
Cut your potatoes into thin french fry strips, and lay the fries, in a 9×13″ glass pan. I meant to add my ham here before the cream and cheese, but I forgot until the end and just layered cheese ontop and bottom of ham

Pour the cream over the top of the fries. Salt and pepper.

Sprinkle Cheddar Cheese over the top. Sprinkle Parsley flakes on top of the cheese.

Cover with foil, and poke a fork through the top of the foil, 2 or 3 times to allow a little steam to escape. This way, your cream doesn’t boil over into your oven! I just followed her instructions next to the pictures and it never mentioned poking holes in the foil but luckily it didn't boil over. She also suggested to spray the inside of the foil so that the cheese on top wouldn't stick to foil when uncovering

Cook at 400 degrees for about 1 hour, 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Place your oven rack in the middle of the oven. During the last 15 or 20 minutes of baking lower your rack one more step. This makes the bottom of your potatoes, brown and crispy.

my pics never seem as pretty as the ones on Pinterest



Inconclusion: Super Yummy. Super Fattening. Super Easy. Overall its a win. Pat couldn't really eat it though which was a bummer. He LOVES ham and potatoes but his blood sugar was high and potatoes (high carbs) is the worst thing he could eat for a high. But luckily I left him some leftovers

Perfect meal for curling up in bed and reading





Saturday, October 6, 2012

Reeses Krispies

If you are like me, you have a lot of recipies and food ideas pinned on Pinterest. Well I decided to make this one. So freaking good!!!
Hers...
The itallics are my own notes

Reeses Krispies
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Corn Syrup
1 1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
4 1/4 Cup Rice Krispes
1 Pinch of Salt (It was in original but I skipped it)
4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (I did 6)
1 Handful Chocolate Chips

In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter until smooth and evenly combined. (Didn't take very long at all)

Remove from heat.
Quickly add the salt and cereal and stir to combine thoroughly. Add the chocolate chips and stir again. (I just dumped in a bit from the bag, probably 3/4 cup. It melts as you stir. Add more if it isn't chocolatey enough.)

Wait about 1 min and add the candy, quickly folding the mixture together so as to not smash up the candy.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop rounded tablespoons onto the sheet. Let cool and devour! I put it in a glass pan (smaller than a 9x13, probably 7x11 but I'm not sure) like I do with normal rice krispies rather then individual spoonfuls

YUM!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Showroom

I am sad to say that there isn't a lot of new shoes this month that I really like. Its mostly new boots and flats. I am not big on flats and I already have a lot of boots. But I did find myself drawn to some of their dresses. Usually the dresses are way too short, or way too tight or way to low cut ect. But this time they are cute!

Here's what I like as far as shoes go...

Carina-$39.95

Macyn-$44.95

Nashila-$39.95

And the dresses!

Janessa- $44.95



Milly-$44.95

Slim pickings this month...my wallet will be happy

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Coupon Win

I have blogged about couponing before (See post here) I love a good deal. And I do coupon. But I make sure to only clip coupons of products that I will really use. Then I use them when there is a good sale on the product. I don't go out of my way to get coupons or check sales. Some people spend hours and hours planning their trips, yea thats so not me. But I did ridiculously well last night and just had to share my deals!

I got everything pictured for all of $0.38!!! Yes it is true! How you might ask? It took me two transactions at CVS.

Transaction one
1. CVS has a deal this week where if you spend $30 of select P&G items, you get $10 in extra bucks. Earlier in the week, I bought 4 things of lipstick that was part of the deal. 2 for $12 but I had a $5 off when you buy two coupons so it was $3.50 each for 4 and then I had a $2 off coupon for one. So I got 4 lipsticks for $12. But the P&G sale doesn't count your coupons so even though I paid $12, it registered as $24 leaving me $6 away from getting my $10 coupon back. To complete my $6, I got Charmin Basic Toilet paper 12 count on sale for $5.88 (reg $9.49) and Dawn dish soap $0.96 (reg 1.99) and earned $10EB

2. Another sale is that if you buy $10 of Hersheys you get $3 extrabucks back. I had bought $7.50 worth earlier (paid less with coupons) so I only need $2.50 more. So I bought a 12 oz. bad of York peppermint patties on sale for $3 (regularly $4.69) and earned $3EB

3. One more sale to get extrabucks was buy two Nyquil/Robitussin products, get $3 EB. I had bought one earlier so only needed one more. The smallest size Robitussin was on sale for $4.99 (reg $6.99). I had a $3 off any Robitussin so I got it for $1.99 and earned $3 EB

4. I had $14 of quarterly EB. When you use your CVS card, it keeps track of how much you spend. At the end of each Quarter, you get back 2% of your spending as Extrabucks. Because I spend so much money there, I got $14 EB.

To get my total up to $14 so I could use my extra bucks, I added these deals.

5. All laundry detergent gell packs on sale for 2 for $7 ($3.50 each, regularly $7.99). and I had a $1.00 off coupon so it cost me $2.50 for one.

6. Centrum flavor burst multi-vitamins 60 ct. on sale for $6.99 (reg $8.99). I had a manufacturer coupon for $3 off and a cvs coupon for $3 off any vitamin. So they cost me $0.99.

7. If you shop at CVS often, invest in a green bag tag. It cost a dollar to buy it. Then scan it everytime you check out and bring your own bag, or dont take a bag. You can scan it once a day. Every four times you scan it, you get a $1 EB coupon. It pays for iteslef in four uses and earns you much more! I had $1 EB earned from this to use towards this transaction too.

So Transaction One with all the coupons, I paid $0.38 with $39.80 in savings and got $16 in EB which i used in the very next transaction

Transaction 2

1. Pringles (Pat's latest fav snack food) on sale 4 for $6. I had a $1 off coupon when you buy 4 so it was $1.25 each (reg $1.99).

2. All Laundry detergent (liquid) on sale 2 for $7. I had a $2 off when you buy 2 making it $2.50 each (reg $7.99)

3. Tresseme hair products on sale 2 for $7 ($3.50 each reg $5.79). I had a manufacturer coupon buy one shampoo or conditioner, get a styling product free and a store coupon for $2 off so I spent $1.50 for both a shampoo and styling product.

4. Poland Spring Water on sale for $3.88 (reg $5.99)

After my extrabucks and coupons this transaction was totally FREE!!!

So I win!!!! Best of all, it is all stuff I needed/use all the time!

Surprise

My brother Will has started his first year of college at Snow College in the middle of no where Ephriam UT. My mom was telling me about a few phone calls she had with him and let me know he is feeling a little homesick, naturally. I remembered a pin I pinned on Pinterest a while ago. Send a box filled with balloons with money inside.
I thought that idea might be perfect to cheer him up. I told my mom about it and she was all in. I brought home a big box from work and got balloons from the dollar store. Mom got the money, roughly $30 in small bills. Mom, dad, Paul and I wrote a bunch of funny little notes to put in each balloon with a bill.
It was a lot of fun to do
We weren't totally how sure the balloons would hold up going to Utah. If they were put on a plane, would the change in air pressure deflate them? Would they deflate regardless because they were blown up at sea level and Utah is way above sea level? Would they all pop? Should we tell the Post office its full of balloons incase they pop? I mean explosions in boxes is frowned upon. We decided to put a note in the box to let Will know that the balloons were full when it was shipped incase when he opened it and found 30 deflated/popped balloons and was like "what the heck?"
Mom took it to the Post Office. I thought that because it was basically just air, that it would be cheap to ship. Wrong! Because it was over sized it cost $27! Lame!! oh well, brightening my little brothers day was worth it! He got it on Monday and loved it. He said that some balloons were fuller then others. And he liked the notes more then the money.
I love you Will!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

50 shades of...

Nail polish! I knew I was a shoe hoarder, but I never realized how much nail polish I own! Its kind of ridiculous. I noticed my obsession while trying to pick out colors to bring to the nursing home. I have been painting my grandmother's nails for her every so often. I tend to play it safe/natural with my makeup but your nails are great to play with and have fun with colors. But it can get expensive! CVS has a great brand Spoiled. They have tons of colors! The bottle size is rather big for nail polish. The brush is super wide, which makes painting quick and easy. The names are hilarious. It lasts long. And best of all...its only $1.99!!! But there are so many new fun different types of polish that i just had to try. But because the are expensive, I try to hold off until they are on sale and I have a coupon so I don't feel too guilty.
Sally Hansen Nail Effects They are quick and easy. No drying time. Its like a sticker you put on your nail and it lasts as long as regular nail polish if not a little longer. But its expensive! About $10.50 and there are only enough strips to do both hands once. I put one strip on one finger on each hand and paint the other fingers a coinciding color. This stretches it out into five uses rather then just once.
Sally Hansen Crackle Coat This is a cool effect. You paint your nails one color. Once they dry, paint over with crackle. As it dries, it cracks and the base color shows though. I did red white and blue nails with the white crackle
Sally Hansen Magnetic This really worked! Its really cool. The pattern the magnet makes is just like the waves on the top. It sort of gives it a 3d effect. There aren't many colors to pick from and they all are rather dark.
Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers- Glow in the dark THis was my latest purchase. It was only $1.99. It goes on clear and really does glow in the dark but needs a few coats. Cool and Fun for Halloween! For two bucks, why not! What beauty product do you have a ton of?!