Icky Dessert

5 Jul

July 4th, good times, family and food.

Well, some good food…and some not so good.

Yesterday, I was laying in bed watching the Today show and making a list of food that I wanted to cook up for the day. I wanted something “different”.  Oh good here comes the food segment, wowee… Campfire bread pudding with hot dogs buns! How absolutely festive, just like banana’s fosters but with hot dog buns!

Fast forward to 10 o’clock at night which is the time that we actually got around to dessert. I don’t care if I am eatin’ this at midnight, I’m makin’ it. That may have been the alcohol talkin’ by the way. By this time the fire had long gone out and I decided I was going to make it in the oven, which the recipes says will work just fine.

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 I can’t wait! I can’t wait. I can’t wait!!

I put it in the oven and went in the bedroom to soak up some TV. I say to my husband, don’t let me go to sleep with that stuff in the oven.

30 mins later, I am suddenly awakened by my husband shouting, You got that stuff in the oven!! I jump out of bed and run to oven, smells delish! Lets do this!

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 As I was dishing it out, I noticed that it looked rather INTER-esting. It has a super weird and totally unapplealing  consistency, like syrupy mushy scrambledy eggs mixed with banana and bread lumps that were soft on the bottom and hard as rocks on the top. I think I saw it moving.

 Should we consume this?

 I handed the plate to my husband without prior warning and we both cleaned our plates. The taste was actually pretty good, don’t think about it just eat it.

When I got out of bed to take the plates back to the kitchen, my husband turned to me in all seriousness and said, “I hope this doesn’t kill me”. I say, “Yep, that was just icky”.

I’m happy to say that we made it through unharmed, but the thought of the pudding has scarred me for life.

Next July 4th I will be skipping the bread pudding and substituting plain ‘ole boring and predictably good and normal watermelon.

Hope you had a great 4th!

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

A New Friend Named Epsom Salt

16 May

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Two days ago, I fell down the stairs.

The next morning I was basically completely crippled, as I believe I injured just about every muscle in my entire body.

For those of you who don’t know me. I move fast. In fact, I hear people say that all the time.

As a result of my speediness, I get hurt ALOT, I am the only person in the world who can drop their dinner fork off their plate and get it embedded an inch deep into the top of my foot. True story.

So the fact that I almost get a leg chopped off or some type of cut on a daily basis has made me develop a pretty high pain tolerance, but this stair deal was really causing me some discomfort.

While rehashing the gory details of my epic fall to my wise Mother in Law, she suggested Epsom Salts. Well, zipp-pa-dee-doo-da, I just happen to have some of that.

I emptied the entire contents of the salt package in the tub and slinked in. I soaked until I could soak no more.

To my surprise, I got up out of the tub, without one shriek of pain. It’s a miracle…a miracle that lasted about an hour. The salts eventually wore off and I got stiff again.

According to the internet, the salt works by releasing magnesium, which is absorbed through your skin and acts as a pain reliever and reduces inflammation, very scientific stuff here, folks.

Today, I went out and invested in a butt load of epsom salt and I am pretty excited about it.

Anyway, in case you fall down the stairs any time soon or throw your back out moving a sofa for a friend, whatever, I just wanted you to know about the salts.

Epsom salts…yeah, we hang out.

 

xoxo

stylishpiggy

Lost and Found Smells… Le Couvent Des Minimes Honey and Shea!

1 May

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about a hand soap that I had a serious obsession with, San Diego Soap Companies, Honey and Blackberry soap.

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I kept a big stash of it in my house at all times, until “D-day” arrived. Discontinued!! Are you freaking kidding me!

I swear I have been combing Ebay on a daily basis since that time to try and find ANY and ALL remaining bottles of this stuff left on the planet earth. I have yet to find any, by the way.

I thought all hope was lost and I would frequently go around smelling every product that had the word “Honey” in it, hoping to catch even a glimpse of anything that smelled remotely close to my beloved soap.

Let me tell, my perseverance finally paid off my friends…

Allow me to introduce you to Le Couvent Des Minimes Nourishing Hand Cream Honey & Shea

This French hand cream is almost an EXACT smell match for my soap.

 

300Its hard to describe smells but it has a “very distinct” slightly sweet but not overpowering smell of real honey. Its not super greasy and makes your hands feel super smoothified. The only thing I don’t like about this cream is that I look like a weirdo when I wear it, cause I keep sniffing my hands. Oh well, why be normal.

For those of you who had been asking me if I knew where to get the Honey and Blackberry soap, try this and see if it jogs the ‘ole memory.  You can buy it at Ulta and online. Its a little on the pricey side for a small tube,  but your nose will thank you.

Honey= Happy

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

 

I’m A Million Dollar Mermaid, Ya’ll!

15 Apr

Feast your eyes upon my latest vintage treasure, this is a vintage Cole of California Gold Lame Swimsuit!

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 It was designed by Fred Cole as a promotional item for the movie Million Dollar Mermaid, featuring Esther Williams in the 1950s.

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I had been drooling over it since I first saw it and was searching high and low to get my hands on one. I finally found this exact one on Ebay in PERFECT and Brand New condition.

O-M-G!!!  {happy dance,happy dance}

If you happen to see a Million Dollar Mermaid bombshell vintage beauty, lounging at the beach this Summer, yeah, that would be little ‘ole me.

Here are some links to some similar vintage suits, if you wanna be a mermaid too!

Etsy Gold Vintage Suits

Ebay Gold Lame Suit

xoxo

~stylishpiggy

 

Industrial Chic Lighting, On The Cheap!

26 Feb

Six months ago, I purchased the Allen + Roth light fixtures below from Lowes for my island area.

Not such a groovy idea.

I tell you, there ain’t enough windex in the universe to keep these lights, {consisting mostly of just a big ass clear glass globe}, dust free. There should have been a disclaimer on the box, “lights will only remain clear for 2.5 seconds or until dust settles”.

Why no, my light globes aren’t frosted, that’s 10,000 particles of dust clinging to them. Now we can draw pictures in the dust with our fingers. That’s super attractive.

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After replacing the perfectly good lights that I had with the dust bowls, my husband declared that I was stuck with them.

Dang, now I’m gonna have to wait until the next major present receiving Holiday to even suggest new lighting and even then, I have to play my cards just right.

Well, some time has passed and I had been eyeballing these industrial orb lights that I originally saw in the Ballard Designs catalog and also on Etsy.

Inspiration:

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So I’m at TJMaxx the other day, browsing for things I didn’t need when I spotted 2 mid-sized metal orbs that you are supposed to use as table decor. Hello new light orbs. I scooped them up for the delightful price of $20.00.

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Left side the dust bowl                                            Right side cool metal orb

All I had to do was take off the existing globe and wire the metal orb to the existing base.

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 Cool new lights and no more dust bunnies. Yay. I’m happy now.

 I also had been wanting to do a Ghost Lamp shade since I first saw them.  A ghost shade is a vintage lamp shade without the fabric.

Inspiration:

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I picked up two vintage shades at the antique mall for 12 bucks. They were already shabby chic’ed for me, but you can pick up any shade at the thrift, a yard sale or estate sale and just take the fabric off and Tada…ghost shade! Sounds spooky, I like it.

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This is how they look in my room. Gives a cool little industrial vibe to this girly sitting area.

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If you can think it, you can do it on the cheap. Well, sometimes…LOL

Happy Wednesday~

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

2014: Interesting Already!

16 Feb

2014, we are two months in and you are interesting already~

I turned 40 and it feels just like 39…except for a couple of new gray hairs.

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I got a mini pony, his name is Tater. Every morning, when he sees me coming out of the house, he gallops across the pasture to say “Hi” and also to find out if I have a carrot in my pocket. He is a noble steed.

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I finally got a vintage sofa. It has pink and white stripes and carved roses. What else do I need to say.

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I made candy glass for a Frozen birthday cake for my daughter without a candy thermometer and it turned out PERFECT and I didn’t burn off any skin with the 300 degree sugar. Will never be able to repeat that victory.

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I  also made a Rodarte celestial hair clip, now I can pretend to be a supermodel! You can buy an original for $600.00 or make one for $10.00. Your choice.

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 Small and large stars, a hair clip or comb, gold wire, and some gold spray paint. There are some videos and tutorials out there, just Google DIY Rodarte Clip, but I kinda just winged it when I did mine.

Spray paint your stars , cut long pieces of wire, alternate wrapping the wire around large and small stars,attach to hair clip or comb in whatever way looks good to you. Easy peezy and super chic!
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Got some awesome gold Art Craft cat eyeglasses from the 50s. Just need to have my prescrip put in them and I will be able to see T.V. again.

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We just had a freakish ice storm, followed by days of power loss and then we had an earthquake. Which one of you slapped a curse on S.C. {fess up now and we’ll go easy on ya}. I almost burnt my house down trying to cook in my fireplace. I don’t like pioneering.

Besides my normal mama and wife duties, I’ve also been standing out in the freezing cold at Estate Sales treasure hunting for my Etsy shop. Fun Stuff. 

Things I’ve recently purchased:

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Bacon tee from Old Navy, bracelet from Dillards, fancy shirt from one of those stores at the mall that you never bothered to know the name of ???? and some root concealer from Sephora, you did see that I turned 40, this stuff works, sister.

Latest food addiction:

Candied bacon, I think I had a dream about it. Good thing I have associated guilt with my bacon consumption or I’d be a real porker. {haha} Yes, I went there.

I have yet to start the healthy eating phase of 2014.

Its gonna be a good year.

How’s it going for you?

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Two Cents Tuesday: Michael Kors Handbags

14 Jan

It was all over, I sat on the floor surrounded by a sea of open boxes and a blanket of torn wrapping paper, admiring my Christmas stash, when my husband suddenly appears around the corner holding a very large gold box, “we forgot one”, he said.

Say what! Get out of town….. the Michael Kors name could plainly be seen, wow-wasn’t expecting that. We just recently got a Michael Kors store at our mall and it was quite the talk of the town.

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I open up the box which contained a felt bag with a very large brown Hamilton bag in it. Impressive and beautiful.

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I am usually not the kind of girl who buys expensive bags, they are a “nice to have, but don’t need” in my book.

After the sticker shock wears off, I get super jazzed about my new bag.

A couple of days after Christmas, I load up the bag and we were off to mall.

The first thing I noticed about the bag was that after the paper was taken out, it was not keeping its nice shape and was dipping down in the middle. Hmmmm…is that supposed to happen?

While at the mall, I was using the shoulder strap, when you use the shoulder strap, the hand straps kinda fold down to the sides which resulted in it constantly poking me in my rib bone. Owee.

Gosh, I am not usually this picky about stuff, but I think when something is pricey, you tend to expect more out of it.

We walked around the mall for about an hour and I finally had to just stop and take this stinkin’ lead weight off my shoulder. I think there might have been an indention. Good lord, this bag is heavy!

Does this thing come with a warning?? I must have missed the fine print.

{ warning: carrying this bag may result in shoulder injury, rib breakage and general discomfort }

Who is this Michael Kors guy anyway, I googled him. He looks nice enough, but he did try to assault me with his purse. Ole Mikee might need to consider throwing in a coupon for free Orthopedic services with purchase from now on out.

I really wanted to love this purse, but sadly with it’s price tag, I just didn’t. The bag is now living back in the Micheals Kors store and waiting for its next victim. Beware~

Hey, it’s just my two cents.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Fooded Out…Man.

16 Dec

 

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While searching the interwebs today for ideas for appetizers for my Christmas Eve Party, nothing was looking particularly appetizing. Then to my horror, I realized it had happened, “I’m fooded out”!!!

Wow, this really sucks. I love food, how could this be and at Christmas no less, the most wonderful time of the year to pig out.

Eating large amounts holiday food on a daily basis, can really zap the life right out of your bones. I just had 3 large handfuls of chocolate coated cashews for breakfast for Gods sake. What in the world!

I am thankful though at this time of the year that I have food to eat and feel sad that some people don’t have the luxury of getting “fooded out”.  Note to self: give chocolate cashews to the needy, ASAP.

Since I’m currently “fooded out” at the moment and unable to make a sound food decision, why not let me know what appetizers your cooking up for your Holiday party?

I hope Santa bring me some Tums this year.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

The Secret to Decorating for Christmas

11 Dec

I am certainly not the best, by any means at Christmas decor, I am more of a Halloween gal, but after many years, I finally figured out the secret of Christmas decorating.

Ribbon.

 Start out by picking out some ribbon that suits your fancy, fill your cart up with it and then slap it on everything you own.

{Apparently, ribbon has some magical powers in the universe }

Coordinating ribbon can instantly transform your everyday items from BLAH to FA LA LA in a jiffy and make it seem like you really thought this thing out.

Here’s a quickie tour of my decorations for this year, I didn’t go all out this year, since I was sick and pretty busy, but it came together all the same. {ribbon} wink, wink.

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Rock-n-Roll ribbon meets lumber jack

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Filled with roses and vintage ornaments

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Love these vintage silk thread ornaments, I got from an estate sale, I bet you probably had some of these on your tree growing up.

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Thrifted candle holders

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Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby

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Plaid Moose Christmas card holder from Dollar General

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Big Lots plaid and fur tree skirt

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Big Lots plaid and fur stockings

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Mr. Christmas from Big Lots, voice activated musical light show for your tree. This is really fun!

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Vintage brass deer and dollar store silver tree

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Kitchen Chandelier

This light was a DIY project. I saw a beautiful wood beaded fixture online for 1,200.00 bucks, so I went to Hobby Lobby, bought some wood beads and wood finial, strung them on my Lowe’s fixture and this is how it turned out!

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Here are some links from Tator Tots & Jello for some DIY Wood Bead Chandeliers.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

The Evolution of Chicken Farming

10 Dec

Chicks, you know the yellow balls of fluffy goodness they sell at the tractor supply each Spring, the ones you can’t possibly resist and must bring home to live with you immediately. Those ones.

Well, 7 of those came to live with me last year, five yellow ones and two browns.  Hey, it wasn’t my idea, tractor supply makes you purchase 6 and the 7th was just an impulse buy.

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Awwww!!!

I brought them home, put them in a tub of shavings with some water and food and a warmer light. I carefully monitored the temperature every 10 minutes and could not sleep for fear that they might need me in the middle of the night.

Before long, they started plumping up, one chicken in particular was growing much larger than his siblings.  “Ah, what a Big Boy you are”, I would say, even though they were supposed to be all girl chicks. I have a weird tendency to call girls, boys.

I cleaned out the shavings religiously, but soon their home was way too smelly for my laundry room and that’s when they decided to live in my garage until they grew all their feathers.

I need an outdoor coop, stat!  I ordered some plans off ebay, took a trip to Lowe’s and before we knew it, we had ourselves a coop.

It was getting warmer now and the chicks had almost all their permanent feathers. Time to live outdoors!

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In the beginning, I pretty much changed out the straw bedding every time a chick laid a turd. The new coop looked so pretty and clean and I wanted to keep it all Martha Stewart. However, I was not aware that chickens poop every 2.5 seconds multiply that by 7=a shitload of nasty, {pardon my language}, but that does accurately describe the situation.

On cold nights, I would go out in the middle of the night and tack blankets to the outside of the coop, so they would stay warm. I couldn’t sleep for fear that something would happen to them. Goodness, being a chicken mother was hard.

So, back to the one chick that was growing much faster than all the others, “big boy”, this chick got so fat, that she could hardly walk by 6 months . After a consult with Google, I realized that my impulse buy was a meat chicken, which are normally slaughtered by 8 weeks, they are bred to get fat on the fly.

Poor, big boy, he never had a chance. He was at the bottom of the pecking order, due to his disabilities. I finally had to separate him, so he didn’t get pecked to death, but eventually he succumbed to his obesity and I found him lying feet up one day. I still cry every time I say his name. I have a thing for underdogs and I really liked that chicken.

RIP “Big Boy”

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I then decided that the chicken coop was on the small side for six chickens and that I would just let them roam free during the day. This made them very happy! I loved seeing them running around the yard, doing their thang. However, their freedom was cut short by the fact that they started to terrorize my shrubs, tear my plant beds to a shreddle and poop everywhere.

Back to coop, fellers.

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After I got tired of replacing the straw bedding everyday, I tried the cat litter approach. I put play sand down and scooped the poop balls out daily with my handy dandy scooper. “Hey, this is working pretty good”. Eventually, the poop mixed in with the sand and became concrete. Now, I’m back to just a dirt floor. I rake it… sometimes.

On a side note, did I mention that its very hard to give a chicken a bath. They don’t like it, not one bit. I eventually accepted the fact that outdoor animals just have to stay dirty.

Lets’s talk about chicken eggs, shall we?

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First Chicken Eggs

When they first laid their eggs, it was very exciting! It is amazing to me that these things just POP right out of their butts. Nature is cool.

At first we ate them and then we didn’t eat them, then we gave them away and then we ate them, then we fed them the eggs to the chickens and now I throw them in my compost pile. This may sound silly, but turns out that I can’t stomach an egg that I have to clean poop off of.

Then, there is the pecking. Chickens are freakin’ mean to one another. The strong will peck the weak until they bleed and pull all the feathers out of each others butts. I tried this stuff called “no peck” which didn’t work, I fed them extra protein, which also didn’t work. I made a homemade concoction of Vicks vapor rub and grape Koolaid and rubbed it on the chickens who were getting pecked, which worked for a couple of seconds.

Koolaid stained chickens are quite unattractive, however, they do look splendid in Christmas hats.

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Now we are just about caught up to the present time of my chicken journey.  I have 4 nappy white chickens with raw butts and 2 mean brown chickens. My once beautiful coop looks like something from the Beverly Hillbillies from all the trial and error updates I have done over the year and I am getting pretty tired of disposing of dookie eggs that I don’t won’t to eat or give away, because I feel like they are unsanitary and I don’t want to kill my neighbors.

Lets face it, I’ve lost my passion for chicken farming and it only took a little over a year to do it.

It was a very cool experience and I learned a lot along the way, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Is there such thing as an indoor chicken that doesn’t poop?? Maybe I should invent that.

There is always the boiling pot, I guess.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

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