Monday, October 31, 2011

JUST IN: What Does an $18 Milly Wedding Bonus and a $2 Milly Rock Get You...


72 days of marriage.

WHAT IS HAPPENING!!?!?


What happens to the 20.5 carat ring?

How will this affect Kim & Kourtney Take NY?

Why was there no trial separation?

What pushed them over the edge?

What REALLY caused their divorce?

Were the doubts before the wedding real?

Is Khloe at home saying, "I told you so?!?"

According to Perez, "Divorces are like unicorns to Kris Humphries: he doesn't believe in either of them.  But sadly, unlike unicorns, divorces DO exist in real life and he's having a hard time coming to grips with his own — mostly because he was blindsided by Kim filing this morning. We hear he's been telling friends he wanted to save the marriage and that all of the cheating is just a bunch of lies.
Also, we're hearing he's pretty "bummed" about it now that he knows she went and filed.
Chin up, Kris! Who knows what the next 72 days has in store for you??
PS — We wish unicorns existed! So majestic!!"

This is getting out of hand.  I (clearly) need more answers.

I'm planning on treadmill-ing it while I watch E! News tonight at 6pm...the Kardashians sold their souls to Ryan Seacrest years ago so I know Ry Ry will deliver.

He better.

Tufted Bench

I went to Ross this weekend to pick up some new stemless vino glasses (which I found and bought) and unexpectedly fell in LOVE with this tufted bench that I absolutely did not need.


Color? Love.  Style? Love. Nailhead trim? Double love.  Tufted? TRIPLE love.  $99?  I like that price.  But where would I even put this bench?

I left Ross with the photos above and called my mom.  "Do I need this? No...probably not..."  An hour later I was still thinking about it.  The storage would really be great...

Lesson learned from my mom -- when you really really love something for your home AND it's a good price, just buy it.  You may not have somewhere for it right this moment, but you'll find a spot and you'll always be glad you snagged it (my dad might disagree with this theory).

Lesson proved true.  I'm creepily obsessed.  I've caught myself just standing at my door entry and admiring the bench.  I even got it for $89 by pointing out a tiny smudge stain flaw (that I totes got out with Vivid and warm water).


I love bench.

Friday, October 28, 2011

HG's Frozen S'mores Sandwich

133 Calories, 2.5g Fat, 99mg Sodium, 26g Carbs, 0.5G Fiber, 11.5g Sugars, 1g Protein per s'more


Ingredients:
-1 sheet (4 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers
-1/4 cup Cool Whip Free
-1 tsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
-8 mini marshmallows

Directions:
In a small bowl, lightly stir Cool Whip, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Break graham cracker sheets in two squares. Place cool whip mixture between the two crackers and freeze until solid (about 1 hour).

I clearly quadrupled this recipe. The perfect fall treat. 

DELICIOUS!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reader Request: Leather Shorts

I received an e mail from a reader (I love all of your e mails!! Please feel free to write to me for anything, anytime) requesting some more details on my "pick of the week," LC Lauren Conrad Faux Leather Shorts.          


Your wish is granted, R.

The shorts are the bomb.  They fit true to size and are the softest "faux" leather...I find it hard to believe my eyes that they are less than $40!!


To say that I'm obsessed is an understatement.  I've been looking for the right pair of leather shorts for a while and these are them. Perfect length, texture, fit, color -- LOVE.  I wish she had them in black too because they would be mandatory.

Don't judge because I'm not as skinny as LC.  Let it go.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Watching: American Horror Story


Oh. My. Gosh. THIS SHOW from the co-creators of Glee (love) and creator of Nip/Tuck (double love) is the scariest thing I've seen in years. Not to mention, when was the last time you saw a horror TV series?

"A family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a decrepit mansion, unaware that the once noble home is haunted," --from IMDB.

"You won’t leave. No matter how ridiculously scary and insane things get," -- The Hollywood Reporter.

I can't even talk about it. I had to yell to make sure my roommate was still awake so I wouldn't be afraid to get out of my bed to turn the fan off.

If you like scary movies/TV, it's a MUST!!!

All episodes thus far available on FX's website and Hulu.  

New episodes air Wednesdays (TONIGHT!) at 10/9C on FX.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RZ Bling Bling





I die.  I would have a baby for Rachel Zoe for this sparkler!!!

RZP tonight at 9/8C on Bravo.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloweeeeeeen

This is my FAVORITE time of year!!! The weather is slowly turning crisp, the leaves are (hopefully) going to start changing soon and there are pumpkins being sold everywhere I turn.

I LOVE FALL. Sweaters. Fireplaces. Hot Chocolate. Polar Fleece Socks. Flannel. Scarves. Boots. Cozy blankets. HALLOWEEN!


Hungry Girl's Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes

109 Calories, 2g Fat, 230mg Sodium, 21g Carbs, 0.75g Fiber, 12.5g Sugars, 2g Protein per cupcake

Ingredients:

Cupcake:
-2 cups moist-style chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge)
-One 25-calorie packet of diet cocoa mix
-1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
-1 TB no-calorie sweetener
-1/8 tsp salt

Glaze:
-1/4 cup Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
-1 tsp light vanilla soymilk

Topping:
-1 TB mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
-12 mini marshmallows

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.  In a glass, combine cocoa packet with 1/4 hot water and mix well.  Add 1 cup cold water and stir well.

In mixing bowl, combine cupcake ingredients and whisk until smooth.  Fill muffin tin with batter and bake for 15 minutes.

To prepare glaze, mix marshmallow creme and milk well and set aside.  Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, cover with glaze and top each cupcake with chocolate chips and marshmallow.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Alluvian

I must first thank all of you for your sweet comments, texts and e mails about my grandfather yesterday. It truly meant so much and I am so thankful for so many wonderful friends and relatives. I'm lucky lucky lucky.

Now onto today's post....

It's been many years since the entire family has been in Greenwood overnight -- including spouses -- so Grammy insisted that "the kids" stay at The Alluvian.


There were no arguments.

Again, gotta love a small town -- my Dad's younger brother's wife, my hilarious and always fun Aunt Beth, is the manager of The Alluvian! Between my siblings and myself, we've visited the spa and taken Viking cooking classes there but have never stayed at the hotel because we've always stayed with my grandparents. We were all excited to stay at the beautiful hotel, a small silver lining in the sad circumstance.



After checking in, the kids gathered in the bar downstairs and wrote notes to my grandmother that my Mom would later hide throughout her house, a fun tradition we have done for many many years. It's funny to get a phone call months later hearing Grammy laughing about some ridiculous note she found hidden between blankets in the closet!


A night spent in a fresh and fluffy bed with a delicious breakfast the next morning...aaaahhhhhhh.


The Alluvian was fabulous, as I expected.  Maybe the next time I have the privilege of staying there it will be for a happier occasion!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Grandy

I shared with some of my close friends recently that my dear grandfather, A.G. Abide Jr. or "Grandy" to me, passed away last week at 81.
Photo taken in August 2011

He was quite a character and someone who has forever impacted my life in many ways that I will never be able to express through words. He was born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi and you've got to love a small town...they ran a story about him as a businessman on the front page of the paper the day after he passed.

My favorite quote of the article was from my "Uncle" Alex Malouf, one of my grandfather's many nephews, "One of the best things A.G. ever did was marry Pat. It was a wonderful marriage for a long, long time,” Malouf said. If any of you have heard me talk/brag about my "Grammy," a former American Airlines flight attendent in the 1950's and probably my favorite person in the world, you know that I love this quote because I think she is the most fabulous!
Photo taken in August 2011 at Lusco's in Greenwood

The granddaughters dressed my beautiful grandmother for what would be an emotional day. I was surrounded by more priests in 36 hours than I've ever been in the 24 years of my life, as several priests who had at one time lived in Greenwood drove from out of town to see Grammy and offer their condolences. They all had Irish accents. It made me smile!
She needed "the brooch" for the final touch to her ensemble!

Seeing how much even the priests love my grandmother amazed me. At one point during the day she got teary and Father Bill leaned into her with a hand on her knee and said, "Pat, you were an amazing wife and you are a wonderful person." I mean...for THE PRIEST to be telling you that you're an amazing wife (of 57 years) and person?? Seriously?

I was amazed at how full the church was and how many people, even those in their 80s, drove from all over to come remember Grandy's memory with us.  My grandparents home was completely full of loving friends, family and ridiculously delicious Southern food.  It's amazing how people will come together in times of need.  When we returned from the cemetary, there were multiple coolers of drinks in the garage (plenty of Miller Lite, no lie...and this was mid-day on a Thursday! Love the Delta!) and the house was full of people and inviting.  Every table was full of food and women were busy working in the kitchen.  When I asked my mother (who is my grandparents only living child but is blessed to have 20+ cousins and loving family members) who all set up and did all of this while we were gone, and at first she wasn’t even sure!!  Times like this are such a great reminder of how I want to treat others because when so much love like that is poured out to you, it reminds you that you want to make others feel that loved too.

The day was perfect and I know that my grandfather was happily with his parents, sisters and son looking down on all of his family and friends celebrating his life on earth.  I think he'd be pleased.

And Grandy, if you're reading this up there, know that Patrick and I tried to convince Mom to bury you with a handful of candy in one hand and and a handful of Lifesaver Spearmint mints in the other.  She wasn't as into the idea as we were, but Grammy thought it was funny! :)
Some of us had changed clothes for the ride home

Grandy's obituary is still listed on the ClarionLedger.com and you can read it here.