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How To Buy Expensive Flank Steak!

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

I hope that you are waking up this morning without a nasty hangover.

I woke up this morning at the butt crack of dawn to put my Ropa Vieja in the crockpot. Just a warning, chopping garlic, bell peppers and onions at 7am does have a tendency to make you want to hurl. Generally unpleasant.

I just had to share my story about this particular batch of Ropa Vieja with you this morning… let me set the scene.

It’s New Year’s Eve, my Husband, Daughter and I were out and about doing some returns and shopping. It started to get a little late and we were hungry, so we popped into Bonefish Grill for some apps and a drink. We still had to go to the grocery store afterwards to get the ingredients for our New Years feast of Ropa Vieja. Ugg.

Well, Whole Foods just so happens to be right next to Bonefish, how convenient, let’s just get our food goodies over there and head on to the house.

I like Whole Foods, you can walk around in that place forever, just scoping out the interesting food products. I like Whole Foods, however, I do not enjoy their prices.

So, my daughter is reading off the ingredients for the dish, when we come to the meat counter. I start gazing at the sea of dead animals laying behind the glass and notice that there is not one piece of flank steak to be had.

When it comes my turn to speak to the meat barista, I say, what cut of meat can I get that is similar to flank steak? He says, “OH”, I got some grass fed flank steak in the back.

What luck, I will take that, I say!

He comes out from the back and packs the meat of for me. I say to my husband, is he even gonna ask me how much flank steak I need??  He comes up, puts the meat on the scale and says, its 1.4 lbs, how’s that?

I respond, that is super great, thanks! He then says, $27.99. I turned immediately to my husband cracking a smile and say, “wha’d he just say”? He said, 27 dollars. I reach out and take my 27 dollar piece of flank steak and slap it in my cart. Luckily, I had a Winter white cosmo at Bonefish or else, it might not have been so comical.

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Needless to say this is the most expensive flank steak I have ever purchased and will probably ever purchase. I will say that it was a beautiful looking cut of meat that looked super fresh.

I paid roughly $100 bucks at the register for the ingredients to this New Years day Ropa Vieja that is currently percolating in my crockpot. I thought flank was an inexpensive cut of meat, apparently, Whole Foods categorizes it differently. It is grass-fed you know. Well then. Hopefully, I can’t taste the grass part when consuming it. I will let you know.

I hope your new year is filled with happiness and lower cost meat products, but if you would like to pay more for your meat, head on over to Whole Foods!

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

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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

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

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

What In The World Have I Been Doing?

14 Nov

Well, I will tell ya…

I have been extremely busy scoping out treasures for my Etsy shop lately, drove an hour and a half yesterday towards Atlanta for a huge estate sale, came back with some excellent stuff!

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I really haven’t been eating anything too tasty recently. I did however try some moonshine {only in the South} at a restaurant, which was weird, but enjoyable and…NO…I did not get drunk-fied and no I will not be constructing a homemade still on my property anytime soon, but I’d certainly drink it again if it becomes available.

I ran/walked my first Run or Dye 5K and didn’t “dye”! Thas good.

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I scored a Carol Bennett Liberty House Dress at the Goodwill…

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I got some cute jewelry at Rue 21 for 2 bucks a piece.

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And last but not least, I have been wearing this hat on my head every night while I sleep! What…its warm. My husband says I look like the guy from Fat Albert that says Obee Kaybee or a jelly fish. In fact, I am wearing this hat as we speak.photo-707

So that about sums it up. Hope you have been having as much fun as I am lately. If not, start now.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

I Desperately Need Hot Chocolate!

6 Nov

This is just pitiful. It’s not even Winter yet and I’m already freezing. I’m considering a move to Fiji.

 It’s once again time to pull out the “big guns” and by that I mean, HOT CHOCOLATE:)

Here’s some sweet and savory hot chocolate recipes that I scoped out, that I definitely wanna whip up this freezing ass cold season.

Whiteout Cocoa

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Hot Toffee Chocolate

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Maple Bacon Hot Chocolate

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Recipe {Courtesty of Coolhaus}

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

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Recipe {Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess}

Cake Batter White Hot Chocolate

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Recipe {Courtesy of The Smart Cookie Cook}

 You can get all fancy with the hot chocolates above or after five o’clock, just open up a pack of Swiss Miss, add some butterscotch schnapps and call it a day. If we stick together, we can all stay warm, my friends.

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DID YOU KNOW: Hot chocolate may keep you for going nutty, so says Cosmo Magazine, must be true.

Subscribe.Follow.shop….please and thank you.

xoxohotchocolatexoxo

-stylishpiggy

Eating Halloween.

27 Oct

 Eat Halloween, all day long!

 Breakfast

Ghost Cinnamon Toast

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Lunch

Candy Corn Tortilla Pizza

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Dinner

Stuffed Jack-O-Lanterns

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Dessert

Leftover Halloween Candy Bark

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As if the candy alone, doesn’t have enough sugar, lets wrap some white chocolate around it, shall we?

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{Happy Halloween}

xoxohalloweenxoxo

-stylishpiggy

And So It Begins….Halloween!

1 Oct

Halloween, my favorite time of the year is finally here…

Check out my yard haunt for 2013 “The Swine Sisters”

Also, here is some righteous and creepy things and Ideas for October!

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Skeleton Cameo Ring

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I am heavily into Vintage this year since I started my Etsy shop, so I want to do something like this for my Halloween Costume. Vintage Dress, some kinda of disturbing bag mask. You get the picture~

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If your child is having a Halloween party or some friends over, why not let them make creepy pizza cookies!

 For more fun Halloween costumes and decorating ideas, click here for the link to my Halloween post from last year.

Oh Halloween…i love u~

Don’t forget to subscribe,comment, and visit my Etsy shop for some vintage goodies!

xoxoHalloweenxoxo

-stylishpiggy

Eat Slow…Cause That’s All You’re Gittin’!

30 Jul

photo-346It’s Summer and I have been a fast foodin’, cake eatin’, vacation food bingin’, snack eatin’ fool!

Good Grief, I feel ill just thinking about all the greasy MacDonald’s hash browns I have consumed in the last couple of months.

So I got back from a mountain vacation last Monday and decided that I didn’t want to be in constant stomach misery any longer.

I start making out a food list, I get so tired of grocery shopping, are you with me ladies? I’m the kinda person who likes to eat something new and exciting everyday and that makes meal planning a real pain in my butt and diet meal planning is even worse cause you have to try to make the smallest portion size you can or you’ll just go crazy and go back in for THIRDS.

So back to the list, let me see, make it easy….Aha! frozen foods {already pre-portioned} Eureka!

The only problem with frozen foods is that they are generally disgusting, but hey, can’t have it all now can we.

I travel on over to the organic section to see whats cookin’. I grab up some Amy’s, a little Kashi, some Morning Star Bean Burgers.

Done!

Last night was our first eat less dinner night and my husband walks in the door and practically screams “Dinner”!  Apparently, that half a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and a gallon of water he had for lunch wasn’t very filling.

He picks out a frozen dinner, I pick out a frozen dinner, we fight over which one is putting it in the microwave first,  he won by the way,  what happened to ladies first, man. Little does he know, I took his out before the timer went off. Paybacks.

I make a salad and we sit down to eat our little miniature meals.

He finishes his in record time and I turn and say to him, Eat Slow, cause that’s all your gittin’!

Small portions might be similar to a death sentence, I’m not sure yet. LOL

Am I right, let me know!

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

What NOT To Get Wednesday!

17 Jul

Wanna know what not to buy today? Pier 33 Gourmet Lanostino Lobster Tails from Publix, that’s what.

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Langostinos are imported from Chile and look like little lobsters. They are commonly “referred”  to as squat lobsters.

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They in fact are not lobsters, not shrimp, not crayfish, they are just ugly little Crustaceans that people try an pass off as Lobster.

So I fell for the hype, when I saw these at Publix and they were on sale. I immediately see an image of a tasty lobster roll in my future.

I hooked those langostino’s up with a little mayo, little lemon, little green onion, salt and pepper. I toast my fresh rolls. I plate it up…..

I take a BIG bite.

Holy Cow, that is Fishy, with a capital F! Literally, I almost couldn’t swallow. Even my husband wouldn’t eat it and he doesn’t waste food. We ended up with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner and a nasty aftertaste for the evening.

Next time, I’ll spring for the real deal.

Just cause they say it’s lobster, don’t mean it is. I think they should change the name to hermit crab tails, that would be more like it;) ew.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

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