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Room Makeover, Vintage Score and A Sweet Summer Surprise

24 Jun

White Minimalist Beauty {Room re-do}

My daughter had been wanting a white room for some time, so this is what I came up with for her!

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I took the top off her old desk,  distressed the legs and up cycled an old wood palate that I had in the garage to make a new shabby chic top.

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Ravelo hanging chair from Amazon and Ikea Wall Mirror that I white washed and  then added lights


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Shag rug is actually (6) smaller rugs from Walmart that I just placed together, that way if something gets spilled on them, they can easily just be tossed in the wash individually!

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She loves to make movies, so this vintage movie screen that I thrifted was just the thing to complete the look.

This room is now a peaceful little white sanctuary. I may have to move in. {if she will let me}

{Vintage Score}

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Check out the vintage bombshell  high-waisted suit I scored at the Goodwill. So stinkin’ Fabulous!

{Foraged Wild Blackberries}

photo-77As we were taking our golf cart for a little stroll this weekend, we came upon a sea of wild blackberry bushes. OMG, free organic food  is so rad!

What a sweet  summer surprise:)

{News Flash}

My Etsy shop is now open, all kinds of vintage goodies to be had…check it out!  

MY SHOP

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Epic Fail While Becoming A Fudge Boss

10 Jun

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Growing up, my Dad would always make homemade fudge. I’d say when I grow up, I’m gonna make fudge too.

Well, when I grew up, I tried to make fudge and I tried to make fudge, and I tried to make fudge about 100 times and guess what, it never turned out. EVER.

I always ended up with too runny fudge, hard as a brick fudge, can’t even distinguish what this is fudge and  you almost did it but not quite fudge. Looking back, I guess I probably could have used a candy thermometer and had much better luck, but my Dad never used a fancy smancy thermometer. He just worked it out like a “BOSS”.

This last weekend, I finally tasted sweet victory. I made “THE” fudge and it was exactly as it was when I was a kid. OMG!!!!

So during this fudge making process, my fudge started boiling over. Well, hell would have frozen over before I was gonna stop stirring. Cause you know the number one golden rule of fudge making is never stop stirring!!!

I’m stirring like a mad man and all the while that 4000 degree  sugar concoction was burning onto my stove top. My house was so smokey that I should have been wearing a respirator, did I stop stirring. Absolutely not.

So after the fudge making was over I immediately called my Dad and proclaimed my triumph and told him I would personally deliver him a sample right away.

After the goods were delivered, I promptly came back to clean up the disaster area known as my kitchen.

Here’s where the epic fail comes in, are you ready?

The entire burner was covered in what looked like volcanic rock and after an hour of scrubbing and using every cleaning product in my cabinet,  I finally got it to where I could see the actual burner.

Ut Oh, this don’t look right, these indentions are definitely not supposed to be there.  I found out that these indentions are called “pitting” and it’s what happens when you ignore burning sugar on a ceramic stove top.

Alas, it cannot be repaired. Epic fail.

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If you too want to taste sweet victory and you feel an urgent need for fudge, follow the recipe below, but if you didn’t read the entire post and end up burning your stove top into an oblivion,  I never gave you this recipe and I don’t know you.

Dad’s Fudge

2 cups sugar

4 Tablespoons unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine your sugar, cocoa and milk in a saucepan {a very tall one, so your fudge can’t escape} on a medium to high heat start stirring the mixture until your reach a boil.

Stir, stir, stir, keep stirring until its VERY bubbly and when you can start to see the bottom of the pan while stirring and the mixture starts coating the back of the spoon, drop a few drops in a glass of cold water and see if balls up.

If it doesn’t ball up, keep stirring and testing.

When it finally balls up in the cold water, take your fudge off the heat,  stir in the vanilla and peanut butter and pour immediately onto a buttered plate.

You have to work fast now. You will know if it’s gonna turn out right, cause it starts to set up almost instantly when poured on the plate.

Cut into squares and enjoy your fudge. You are now a fudge Boss, congratulations!

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

I Want My Monkey, Cracker Jack!

5 Jun

photo-57So in the grocery store this week,  I came upon an end cap full of Cracker Jacks.  OoooH, there’s a prize inside! It says it right there on the box, it’s highlighted in fact inside a red and yellow star. “Well, I got to get some of those vintagy good foodie treats, I say to myself”! I picked up a three pack and went on my merry way.

Today, when my appetite was poking at me,  I head  on over to the pantry for a snack and there they are, Cracker Jacks, just screaming to be eaten and oh, there is a prize inside. Zipideedooda!

Well this prize can’t be too good, it’s flat.  Why look,  it’s a Louisville Slugger sticker and they want me to visit their website so I can enter my name in a drawing. Lucky me, an advertisement cleverly disguised as a prize.

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They also say that I can go to crackerjack app.com and download some games. Well, that’s all fine and good, but I didn’t sign up for a digital prize, I signed up for a little nostalgic Cracker Jacks and a two-cent chatchkee.  How bout a plastic monkey, a whistle or even a good joke. I’ll take any of those. C’mon Man!

Well, I also opened a second box of Jacks to see if my monkey was in there and of course he wasn’t. It was that same sticker/advertisement. Who can guess what the prize is in the third box?

I am however very happy to report that the caramel coated popcorn and peanuts were in fact delicious. Cracker Jack is owned by Frito Lay and I know they have more money than Oprah, so just throw in the monkey next time! Thank you and good day.

Have you been on a recent food rant? Let me know!

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xoxo

-stylishpiggy

The Good ‘Ole South: BBQ and Benne Wafers

16 Apr

Nothing Says The South, Like BBQ and Benne

Wafers!

Had some tasty food treats down in Charleston this weekend, here’s the scoop~

BBQ:

600x600_1298568961224-FlyingPigRGBJim ‘N Nicks BBQ Charleston SC

Cheese Biscuits

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I am not sure how to feel about these cheese biscuits, is this a cupcake or a biscuit… not exactly sure, but its sweet and savory good.

Brisket Sandwich, potato salad and fried green tomatoes
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I just love it when you have a meal and “everything” is just awesome. The brisket was smokey and tender, the potato salad had just the right amount of mustard and pickles and the fried green tomatoes were flavorful and grease-less.  My goodness, now I’m hungry.

Benne:

Benne Wafers, Charleston Market

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I’m eating these as I write this post.

Unique to Charleston since Colonial times, Benne (the Bantu word for sesame) was brought to America from East Africa in the 17th century during the slave trade era.

Sugary, nutty goodness in a bag. You can order these online from Market Street Munchies or make your own.

xoxobeingSouthernxoxo

-stylishpiggy

Vintage Wednesday

3 Apr

Vintage: originating from a previous era. I would like to originate from a previous era, except for the fact that I would be incredibly old right now. never mind.

Vintage Clothing Finds

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Vintage hat from Mema Had One. Love this vintage store.

photo-26Pink vintage number from Goodwill $5.50

photo-27This dress looks to be handmade. Love the beadwork!

photo-32Off White dress from Goodwill, handmade by the same person who did the pink one $5.50

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photo-2850’s dress made by R & K Originals from a church thrift $9.99

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High waisted Guess Swimsuit from TJMAX $24.99

Unique Vintage also has some fantastic vintage style high-waisted suits.

Vintage Food Find

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 I used to eat these all the time as a kid and grabbed some up the other day. This weird candy is made from a European wildflower that is part of the mint family. Its a strange flavor to say the least. Coated in sugar,  it has a sweet taste and then a bitter one. It’s one of those love it or hate it things. I like it.

It’s good for a sore throat and is known to have some medicinal qualities, although it is said to be an appetite stimulant (watch out now)and apparently you shouldn’t eat it if your preggers.

If you ever wanna try something unique…have some Horehound. Its also very fun to say fast 10 times.

Random Food word of the day: Bechamel

Had this tasty little french gravy on my croque-monsieur sandwich the other day at Manuel’s bread cafe. Fancy.

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Have a fantastical day!

xoxovintagexoxo

-stylishpiggy

Real Food and Weekend Haul!

22 Jan

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My scale finally says its time to lay off the fast food and cakes again and eat some real food. I’m ready! I am also starting a Zumba class this evening,  I hope they don’t wound me.

So as far as food goes, I’m gonna do the lose it app again, it’s very helpful in tracking your intake.  Also, I thought this time I would just post what my dinner menus look like in case you were dieting and you can’t think of anything for dinner.

This week:

T- Tomato, Cucumber and Onion sandwich on Ezekiel Bread w/fruit

W-Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps w/fruit

T-Stuffed Pepper w/salad

F– I dunno yet.

I also am trying Kefir, the “Champagne of Yogurts”! (Fancy)

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Kefir is a probiotic drink that is supposed to have an infinite number of powerful health benefits. Its tastes pretty good, it’s thick and a little tangy. I was a little nervous about trying it. I don’t really dig yogurt too much, but for some reason I wanted to keep drinking this stuff.  You can also pour it over fruit or cereal. Mmmmm…

 Now On to the Haul….

Flower phone cover from Charlotte Russe $5.99

I love this so much;)

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Flower top Forever 21 $17.99
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Charlotte Russe Sheer Beaded top $5.00
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Vertical Black and white Stripe legging Body Central $11.99

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 That is all, over and out.

xoxofood&fashion

-stylishpiggy

Mad Food Science: Crunchwraps and Chinese Pizza Pockets

15 Jan

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Taco Bell CrunchWrap

My newest obsession. I love them and I am disgusted by them all at the same time. Lets face it folks “Taco Meat Filler” just  isn’t that appealing. How bout we make our own crunchwrap at home, so we know what the hecks in them!

Here’s a recipe from Culinary Couture that shows you how it’s done!

Crunch away…..

Update: Yep, better than the real thing!

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Chinese Pizza Pocket

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I was also inspired recently by this Chinese pizza I saw on the food channel.  I went searching for a recipe  for  a Chinese pizza and found these jokers. They are making this crazy ass pizza, but they inspired me to come up with my own version of a Chinese Pizza pocket. Mine won’t be nearly as funny but it might be cool and tasty. We shall see.

The Plan:

I am gonna need Chinese food from a restaurant. I am gonna try sweet and sour chicken, vegetable low mein and  a couple of egg rolls and some box pizza crust.

What I’m gonna to attempt to do:

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Make my crust according to instructions. Take my Chinese food and put it on one side of the crust, fold the other side of the crust over the food and seal it up to make a pocket. Bake it, drizzle it with sweet and sour sauce. Eat it.

 

Update: thumbs down on the Chinese Pizza pocket. Looks cool, tastes bad.

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You may need a Tums after both of these experiments.

I swear and I am going to start eating healthier….maybe next week.

xoxo

stylishpiggy aka mad food scientist

Who Wants a Bread Bar? Raise Your Hand!

8 Jan

 

Bread and pastry

It’s the new year, 2013!  I’ve been piggin’ out since Thanksgiving and not feeling too awful bad about it and of course like most was planning on starting this new year with some healthier food choices and some serious working out.

Welp, it ain’t happenin’, not yet anyways. I go to the store with good intentions and come out with baguettes and chocolate bars.

This is just terrible to admit but I’m asking for a bread bar for my February birthday. This bread bar would consist of every kind of bread you can imagine with several different sauces, soups and condiments for me to dip the bread into.  Bread is just the most delicious thing on the planet and if I was stranded on a deserted island and could have one thing, bread it would be.

 Apparently, my pants aren’t tight enough just yet, cause this is crazy talk!

Do you want a bread bar for your birthday?

xoxo

stylishpiggy

I Have Committed A Crime…A Food Crime That Is!

20 Nov

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

 This dessert is so rich,  it’s just plain criminal!

TWO sticks of butter and ONE AND A HALF cups of sugar,  you’ll  need to  temporarily change your name to Paula Deen before whipppin’ this bad boy up.

I CONFESS, I made it, I ate it and I don’t care who knows it!

If you wanna live on the edge, you can throw this together for your family. Just don’t them in the kitchen when your making it..wink, wink and you’ll get away with your crime!

Ingredients :

I changed it a little from the Original recipe: Pumpkin Crunch Cake

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree  (this is a little soupy, you can use a little more pumpkin to make it thicker)

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar (reduce this to a cup, if you feel extremely guilty)

3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Pinch Salt

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup unsalted butter

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Mix well, and spread into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture, and pat down.

Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over the cake mix, then drizzle with melted butter.

Bake for 60 to 80 minutes, or until done. Top with whipped topping when ready to serve.

(May want to give a disclaimer to diabetics and heart patients before they gobble this up for Thanksgivin’…lol)

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

It’s Good, Trust me: Fried Shredded Wheat!

12 Nov

Get some wheat

Open some wheat

Wet your wheat (about 5 seconds worth of water)

Butter up a skillet and fry your wheat

Slather butter on top of your wheat

Flip it

Sugar it

Milk it and eat it!!!

Looks gross…tastes great. The pig has spoken.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

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