Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful! who doesn't want lips like candy?

I am loving these BEAUTIFUL Clarins Crystal Lip Balms!!
I have one in pink - but every color is amazing and I want them all.
They look like jell-o wrapped jolly ranchers and taste just as sweet.
Gorgeously neon in the tube, but sheer on the lip - a must have for summertime!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 for my DELICIOUS Spanish Clams with Chorizo recipe check out this awesome site FOOD52!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Childish fun... What's in the Bag???

Hello! I have a fun new project to share and I encourage you all to participate.
I think everyone can relate - especially moms... what's in your bag today?
I'm not talking about the normal stuff like wallet, keys, cell phone.
I'm talking loose candy, action figures, moldy oranges - whatever random things you happen to have on hand.
So I will start with today's 'find' under the "What's in the Bag" tab of this blog and please feel free to email photos of your 'find' to so I can add them as well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lettuce Cups - Light & Delicious!

Wow, it's been a LONG time!
The end of 2011 was such a whirlwind with all the holidays and flus it was kind of a blur, so back in the saddle again and ready to share this super light and easy recipe.

After all the gorging I did over Thanksgiving and Christmas I wanted to get on track with some healthier eating for the new year and this recipe is just that.
These DELICIOUS Lettuce Cups are so versatile - you can use chicken, turkey, pork or tofu.
You can use ground meat or  dice/shred/chop up some leftover meat, you can toss in whatever veggies you have on hand - really anything goes.
This dish is really light but full of flavor, and something both my husband and son love which is always a plus.

An outline of what you will need:
1 lb of ground meat
crushed red pepper flakes
soy sauce
hoisin sauce
rice wine or white vinegar
small can water chestnuts
carrots (plus any other veggies you like)
cilantro/green onion
lettuce leaves
dipping sauce of your choice

So here's how I do it...

In a large saute pan with about 2 T of oil (I like to use Grapeseed - it has the health benefits of Olive Oil, but with a very neutral flavor) I add 1 large shallot or small onion and a good pinch of red chili flakes for heat, once the onion/shallot is translucent I add 4 cloves of minced garlic and about 1 T fresh grated ginger.
To this I add 1 lb of ground meat (here I used pork, but I usually do chicken - tofu would also work great if you want to make this vegetarian), 3 T Hoisin Sauce, and a good splash of Soy Sauce or Tamari to taste, I cook this and medium/high heat until meat is opaque and slightly browned - about 5 minutes.
I then remove the meat from pan and set aside, add another 2 T of oil and throw in the veggies (here I cleaned out the crisper drawer and used carrots, cabbage, water chestnuts, mushrooms, bell pepper, and celery - but just carrots and water chestnuts would be fine), once those are cooked I add back in the meat and we're done.

I like to finish with fresh green onion and cilantro and a healthy dose of vinegar, personally I like a LOT of vinegar so I really pour it on!

I scoop a couple spoonfuls into each lettuce leaf and top with crushed peanuts for added texture and crunch.
As for dipping sauce - I like to drizzle each lettuce cup with sweet chili sauce, but soy sauce or vinegar with chili oil are also delicious.