Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's not Easter...

... until my fingernails are dyed red, yellow and blue!

...and it's not Easter without a raisin Easter braid (and tiny Asian ginger-salmon cakes for some strange reason, and some savory feta/roasted red pepper/basil muffins - meh, I got bored...)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nutty Guys...

I love Nutty Guys' dried fruit, nuts and candy - thanks to recent Groupon offers, they're actually quite affordable. Milk chocolate covered cinnamon gummi bears, wasabi peanuts, ranch corn nuts, and my all-time favorite: Butter toffee cashews! Ooooh...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Beautiful necklace from Pangea! Got a great deal thanks to a Jasmere groupbuy coupon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Upward II by Brent Nelson

Just got this (my birthday present!) from eBay. Love it! And it goes so well with my blog colors!

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect

Ooh, I received all these awesome Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect samples to share! I love the light, summery, beachy scent and the shimmer (which will look a lot better once my skin isn't pasty white any more, sigh)! Thanks Crowdtap, who sent them to me for free to share and give feedback on!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweet Potato & Spinach Gnocchi

I stumbled upon this recipe on a yummy blog called "amybites", and since I had some time to kill & some sweet potatoes and spinach in the fridge, decided to spend a bit of time in the kitchen.

The recipe is insanely simple - just sweet potatoes, spinach, and flour. I had to use quite a bit more flour to get the dough to stick together (potentially due to poor spinach squeezing skills), but they turned out super yummy (if a little less good looking than the original blog photo, but that might also be b/c I fried the heck out of them).

Since by the time I was done microwaving/boiling/frying everything, it was about 90 degrees in the kitchen, I just enjoyed my gnocchi with a chopped up tomato - they were SO good!

Friday, April 15, 2011

SheSpeaks - New "Tostitos Artisan Recipes" tortilla chips

Yeah, the somewhat overused term "artisan" in combination with good ol' corn chips made me a little suspicious too, and I probably wouldn't have bothered to try them, had I not received a free coupon thanks to SheSpeaks. SheSpeaks is a great website for women to try out new products and give feedback (as opposed to SheYells, which is somewhat less popular among companies :D) .

So, we went and got the Fire-Roasted Chipotle chips (they also come in Roasted Garlic & Black Bean but I love Chipotle seasoning so I went straight for that one). These Tostitos contain 100% natural ingredients with a 9-grain blend: white corn, wheat, triticale, oats, rye, barley, millet, buckwheat, brown rice (I had to look up "triticale" - apparently it's a wheat/rye hybrid! Never heard of that!)

How I liked the Fired-Roasted Chipotle chips: Well, less than half of the bag is left after a day. They were too spicy for the hubster (hah!), but I thought they were JUST right. Mildly sweet with a little kick. Nice!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


It's springtime! Quick, hurry outside before all the blossoms are gone.. darn it, too late.

Smug bunny

Thursday, April 07, 2011

More cupcakes!

... followed by yummy Sangria with strawberry and orange pieces. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Brain slug #2

This one turned out a lot bigger than the first one I crocheted. I wonder whose brain it's been feeding on...

Friday, April 01, 2011

Homemade Kahlua!

After the Limoncello Incident, I was somewhat hesitant to use up the rest of the Everclear grain alcohol. Hesitant, that is, until I stumbled upon a link on for homemade Kahlua with lots of rave reviews.

I made about 1/4 of the recipe, using double strength hazelnut coffee and raw cane sugar, and it turned out super yummy. Adding Vodka to your White Russians isn't even necessary since the Kahlua is quite potent - just add ice cubes & milk, and enjoy!

Yep. - Just a warning that on April Fool's Day my natural distrust of others will be ratcheted up to a level bordering on psychosis