Archive | January, 2012

DIY Day: Food and Fashions

25 Jan


Mini Biscuit Chick Pot Pies, jicama and berries in balsamic

Since I have been on mission get in shape, I just love making mini foods. First of all cause they’re so super cute and secondly because they keep me from overeating, cause they are just the right size.

This was dinner last night, mini chick pot pies, Jicama and berries in balsamic. This a great low calorie low fat recipe. These pies were amazing and your husband will be “WoWed” by what looks like a little gourmet meal. Yeah, thas right, I did It myself…applause;)

Also I must mention to you that if you have never eaten Jicama before, you are missin’ out. This low calorie sweet crispy root is the BOMB. This turnipy lookin’ thing is actually a legume. To me,  it looks like raw potato but taste like a raw sweet green bean. You have GOT to try them!


#1 Color Blocked Pants

Look at that pop of color! Easy peasy DIY for spring, color blocking. I am gonna paint some of my husbands ‘ole khaki’s pink on the bottom!  How fun is that…Here’s what ya do!

#2  Raffia Tribal Necklace

You can make this beautiful exotic necklace with two items and two minutes. Love this? Make it!

You know I can’t pass up a thrift store DIY. Get any old lady skirt from the thrift and with a little cut and sew you can have this hip fishtail creation.

A big Hoo Ha to those blogs that inspire me daily. If this inspires you, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button!!!




Excuse to Eat Pie…National Pie Day is TODAY!

23 Jan

I was watching one of my favorite shows yesterday, Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives Episode 11 Sweet N’ Savory and Guy was at the Meal Ticket a little joint in Cali where the owner whipped up this Apple Grape Pie, OMGoshi!!! Never heard of this before, but it looked so amazing.

Couldn’t find the copycat recipe for the Meal Tickets pie, but I did find a great little recipe from Sugar Rush that will serve as a substitute. These mini pies make a perfect portion size too, you don’t have to finish off a whole pie.

Apple Grape Mini Pie

For the Filling:
2-1/4 c. tart apples (such as Pink Lady or Gala), peeled and thinly sliced
2/3 c. seedless black grapes, halved
1/3 c. sugar

Combine ingredients in saucepan and heat over med-low heat until fruit is translucent, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep sugars from burning. Pour mixture into ramekin.

I am gonna top the mixture with a pre-made crust, cause that’s what I do.

and bake at 350 for 25-30 mins.

Did I mention that it is NATIONAL PIE DAY, for reals! The perfect piggy excuse for a little pie:)

Have Your Pizza and Eat it too! Low Cal Red Pepper + Fontina Balsamic Pizza

20 Jan

What do you get when you combine roasted red peppers, shallots, bacon, garlic,  and fontina cheese with a BALSAMIC GLAZE?


A Sweet and Savory delicious guilt free pizza, that’s what!

I’m on a major balsamic vinegar kick lately and I found this yummy recipe on How Sweet it is for Red Pepper Fontina pizza with a balsamic glaze and of course I had to whip this up “piggy style”!

So first thing I did was “De-Calorize” the original recipe substituting flat-out bread for the crust and turkey bacon.

Low Cal Flat out bread, Turkey Bacon, Roasted Red Peppers (jarred) Shallots, Balsamic Glaze, Fontina

Pizza (yields 2)

2 pieces flat-out bread

4 slices turkey bacon

2 shallots, thinly sliced

2 roasted red peppers, cut into strips (jar)

1 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

2 slices deli fontina (don’t go crazy with the fontina-not L Cal)

grated reduced fat parm

Gia Russa balsamic glaze

Cook turkey bacon in microwave, cut into bite size pieces. Heat some olive oil, add shallots till caramelized. While shallots are cooking, pat jarred red peppers dry and slice.

Turn oven on broil.

Brush olive oil on flat-out bread, sprinkle garlic, top with shallots, red peppers and bacon. Tear one slice of the fontina into pieces and evenly distribute on each flat-out bread, sprinkle a little reduced fat parm if ya like.

Broil until cheese is melted and flat-out edges are curled up.

And finally the best part… the balsamic glaze ( a balsamic glaze is the beautiful end result of reducing down balsamic vinegar).

Sprinkle the glaze on top of the pizza.

This pizza is completely yummy and makes a great “I don’t wanna feel deprived of pizza” kinda meal:)



Make Them Love You on Valentines Day

17 Jan

Ahhh.. l’ amour! 

Love day is just around the corner, check out (3) ways to make them love you…

#1 Get Romantic Hair

Hook yourself up with this romantic looking twisted little hair-do,  I found on A Beautiful Mess blog.

Romantic Twisted Hair

#2  Tempt Them with Sweets

Make these Popcorn M&M Confetti for all your lovies,  I found this recipe on Nest of Posies blog,  its beautiful and easy!

Valentine Popcorn and M&M Confetti

#3 Look Cute

LOVE these DIY heart jeans from A beautiful Mess. These hearts are painted on, but you could use some felt or some beautiful vintage fabric as well. They won’t be able to resist us in these! You could also do elbow patches on a sweater.

I love, Love. Hope you get and give lots of x’s and o’s on love day!



Tour My Mini Recording Studio

13 Jan

So I got some sweet recording equipment for Christmas and I hooked myself up with a mini recording studio. Come with me on a little tour… equipment is so fun!

Folding Screen Entrance


Foam squares to soak up some sound

My Guitars:) Black Acoustic Ibanez, Pink Bullet Strat, Aqua Danelectro

MXL 990 Condenser Mic

My Set up: Fostex studio monitors, Presonus Audiobox soundcard, AKG K44 Headphones,Studio One Software

Whoa now…don’t get too excited,  it’s gonna take about 10 years for me to learn how to use this software and anyhoo..I’m not that good.  I like to refer to my singing and guitar playing as “Passably Pleasant” which is wayyyy better than “Unacceptably Sucky”, so I’ll just fake it till I make it..or not;)

You can check out my passably pleasant singing and guitar playin’ skillz here !



Become A Skinny Pig…Not Too Skinny Though!

11 Jan

Wanna shed some poundage and still eat what you love?

Here’s my five cents worth:

1) When planning meals take what you would normally make and try to make it as low fat and calorie free as possible by substituting healthier ingredients.

2) Now take your normal portion and cut it in half.

3) Don’t skip meals

4) Use sugar sparingly and avoid soda ( if you like your morning coffee with sugar, HAVE IT, just don’t have 10 cups of it)

5) Make your portion of veggies, bigger than your portion of meat.

Exhibit A:  last nights dinner, Potato Pizza, sounds good don’t it. Well it was and it was guilt free!

Here’s the Skinny:

90 calorie Flat out bread

50 calorie sliced canned potato

25 calorie bacon pieces

13  calories reduced fat parm

extra virgin olive oil

Throw a little salad next to that and your golden;)

If you’re a sweets junkie like I am, don’t worry, you can still get your sweet tooth on!  I keep semi-sweet chocolate morsels around, pop a couple of these after dinner and it’s all good.  I also love Skinny Cow candy bars which are awesome and don’t have that nasty diet candy bar taste.

Take yourself a daily stroll and SPLURGE on the weekend.  I had pizza and a Krispy Kreme doughnut last weekend. Remember you’re not on a diet, your just being creative and healthier with your food choices.

Let me know what you come up with;)



I’m Not A Vegetarian, but I Could Play One On TV!

10 Jan

I hate meat!!!!

Not necessarily the way it tastes, cause I will chow down on a steak, some grilled chickee or a little  piglet,  but I DESPISE the way raw meat looks and smells. It really takes all I have to look at it, buy it, touch it and cook it without throwing up.  I totally could be a vegetarian, but I don’t like to be limited on my food choices.

I got turned onto Spicy Black Bean Burgers a couple of months ago and now I’m hooked.  All you carnivores out there, don’t be scared of the term “veggie burger”. These things are good for ya and they taste just like meat but without the bloody, sticky, smelly component..yuck!

Tasty, easy, low calorie, low fat, not gross and keep you full for a long time…my work here is done.

If you would like me to play a vegetarian on TV, please contact my agent.



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