Friday, June 29, 2012

PHOTO SESH, Part II

When I walked out the door to snap some photos for CBL, even when CHBoo said it was too sunny:

When I realized it was 99 degrees outside:

So then I immediately start sweating:

CHBoo saying "I told you so:"

Kathleen:
Images from whatshouldwecallme

Happy Friday y'all!! Thank you so much for the prayers and encouragement for Christian's test - he happily finished it and was very happy to celebrate being done!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chicken Spaghetti


I've been slowly learning to cook for a boy -- this means my usual dinners of vegetables, some turkey or baked chicken or whatever I have in my refrigerator isn't exactly rocking Christian's world.  You don't want Kraft Mac with some sugar snap peas for dinner?  Your loss.

Most recently I was trying to fill his belly with yummy food while he buried his head in the books studying for a huge national test he was scheduled to take for school (he is taking the test TODAY from 9am to 6pm -- any and all prayers are greatly appreciated!) -- so I knew The Pioneer Woman was the lady I needed to be working with.

Enter The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti.  I wanted a tasty and simple chicken spaghetti recipe that didn't involve velveeta or anything full of questionable yellow filler and this recipe was perfection.  As Ree would say, let me introduce "the cast of characters:"


Ingredients:
thin spaghetti noodles
3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
3 organic chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 onion
1 green bell pepper
1 can of pimentos (drained and diced)
1 tsp Lawry's seasoning salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)

**Be sure to put the chicken high enough where your dog can't eat it...since Bailey has been known to eat FOUR RAW hamburger patties off the counter...true story.  And don't you love all the wood laminate?  Gorge, right?  Gotta love that 70's brown kitchen.**

Give the dog a milkbone or any loose sedatives you can find so she will relax and get out from under your feet.  Just kidding about the sedatives (but I'm not kidding). 

Break the noodles into two-inch pieces and fill three cups.  Chop up the bell pepper, onion and pimentos.


Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch the Kardashians while the chicken is boiling (optional).


Boil the chicken and save two cups of the water.  Cook the noodles (but don't overcook -- remember they'll be going back in the oven for 30-45 minutes) and mix with the shredded chicken.  Add the cream of mushroom soup, vegetables and 1 cup of the water saved from the boiled chicken.  Add a little more to your liking - you don't want it soupy.  Add the seasonings and two cups of cheese and mix all together.  
Pour mixture into a baking dish and top with remainder of cheese.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and lightly brown.

**To those of you who have asked -- the baking dishes I have are Skyros Designs.**


Absolutely delicious.  The Pioneer Woman just does it right every time.  You can find the simple, easy and hearty recipe with legit directions here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leopard & Turquoise


**UPDATE 06/28:  I was wrong -- this tank IS still available!! You can find it here!**

Blazer - Silence + Noise (old - other colors here / turquoise versions here, here and here)
Leopard Shell - Forever21, no longer available but other cute leopard tops here, here and here 
Heels - Michael Antonio (available in silver/gold here)
Sunnies - Prada
Jewelry - Swatch Watch, Derng, Assorted David Yurman, Hermes, Cartier, Forever21 (old but other fun turquoise finds here and here)

This outfit combines two of my favorite things -- leopard and turquoise.  I'm convinced turquoise and leopard or snakeskin really look great with anything.  One element of color (my personal favorites being turquoise and red) is an easy way to add some fun to any outfit.  Plus you know I'm obsessed with all blazers - turquoise, cropped, black, red, tuxedo, linen, you name it.  On another note -- I'm glad I posted this...it reminded me that wearing my hair straight ain't great.  Don't you sometimes wish you could be like Kim Zolciak and alternate between 15 already styled wigs?  Or is that just me?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Estée Lauder BB Creme

I have been on the hunt for the perfect lightweight foundation for months.  For the longest time I would just mix my face lotion with a drop of Benefit foundation that was a shade too dark to mix my own lotion/foundation combo whenever I felt I needed a tad more coverage.

I went to Sephora on two different occasions and they sent me home with their tinted moisturizer (no bueno) and the second time I left with Laura Mercier tinted moisterizer.  The Laura Mercier was better but still not what I was looking for.  I felt like it was hardly any coverage at all and ended up not using it.



A bff and bridesmaid of mine is an account coordinator at Estée Lauder.  She gifted me these samples to try and I am obsessed with every single item.

The BB creme tops the charts -- it's a light and smooth foundation that is applied after your moisturizer.  With SPF35, it lasts all day long and provides the natural coverage I have been looking for.

The eye illuminator would be my second favorite.  Applied underneath your eyes before your under-eye concealer, this creme has a cooling effect on puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.  Being Lebanese, I have heard about "dark circles" since I was a child!!  The angled tip of this illuminator stays 10 degrees cooler than its surroundings and is so refreshing to massage under my eyes in the morning when I'm applying my makeup.  After it's applied my under-eye concealer blends so smoothly and naturally.


I love it.  It's exactly what I've been looking for and I'm hooked!!  I had to share with y'all in case any of you are on the hunt for the perfect coverage like I was.  If anything, stop by the counter and have them blend the BB creme with your skin tone.  You won't be disappointed.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blue Denim



Blue Denim - Old Navy
Black Top - Decree
Sunnies - Ray Ban
Necklaces - Forever21 (similar here), handmade "K" from NYC street vendor
Arm Party - Hermes enamel cuff, Derng, Swatch watch, Cartier, Assorted David Yurman, spike bracelet (similar here)
Sandals - Enzo Angiolini, similar here and here

I've fallen in love with the colored denim craze -- owning pink, blue, red, white and mint denim (I know it's ridiculous -- I only have two days of the week I can even wear jeans!).  This blue pair is comfortable, easy and inexpensive - some of my favorite qualities in a pair of trendy jeans!

Friday, June 22, 2012

PHOTO SESH

How I feel when I'm about to drag CHBoo to help me snap some pics for CBL:

How CHBoo feels:

How I feel when he's taking my picture:

How I feel when I actually see the photos he took:

What Lula LaShonda looks like when she's watching our "photo sesh" from the window:

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Red, White and Blue



Striped Top - NY&Co (old), similar here
Pants - Gap
Necklace - H&M, similar here - also, there are TONS of versions of this necklace on eBay!
Sunglasses - Prada
Bracelets - Assorted David Yurman, Cartier, Hermes enamel cuff, Derng, Swatch watch, consignment ring
Clutch - TJ Maxx
Heels - Zara

Summertime holiday colors!!  I love wearing red in any way and stripes are so fun to incorporate right now with almost any ensemble.  I'm thinking I should pull this outfit out again closer to 4th of July, with sparkler(s) in hand...chasing a niece or nephew with pop rocks. Watch out chirrens!! 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fiesta for Friends

I love any night spent with Cassie and Jeremy -- but it was extra fun being able to host!  I have to admit I had been looking forward to this since the moment we penciled it in the books.

I love any excuse to bring out fun drinks and treats.  I hope I can convince these two to come back SOON!
DIY tip:  A wooden cutting board painted with chalkboard paint is one of my favorite ways to display appetizers and sweets.  I used this tray to take cookies to a Super Bowl get together, seen here.
Salsa recipe here.
A lemon-lime punch is one of my favorite summer sips.
Love a reason to make use of the bar!!  The "15 months until honeymoon" is my hint of sarcasm...I'm being grumpy because we aren't yet sure when we'll be able to honeymoon.  I know, I know, it's not the end of the world...but I can put a little pressure on the groom, right?  The way things have been going, I'm going to need vino on drip after this wedding, Ramona Singer-style.  #RHNY
Jeremy* watching a little Chris Crocker, extra sass.
Hey Kat?  I have an idea.  You can put down the camera so we can eat in peace. - Cassie of Always a Blogsmaid

Note:  Miss Cassie is having a shoe sale on her blog today -- y'all check it out!

Mexican Lasagna

2 tb extra virgin olive oil
Ground Turkey
2 tb chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 red onion (chopped)
1 15oz. can black beans (drained)
1 can rotel
1 can corn
Spinach flour tortillas (cut in half)
3-4 cups of cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 425.  Warm olive oil in skillet and cook ground turkey, seasoning with chili powder, cumin and red onion.  Brown the meat and add rotel, drained black beans and corn.  Heat the mixture for a couple of minutes and season with salt (to taste).

Coat shallow baking dish with cooking spray and build lasagne in the order of meat/beans, tortillas, cheese and repeat.

Bake lasagna for 12-15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.

**Next time I'll be using chicken instead of ground turkey...Cassie agrees with this note.**

Key lime pie ice cream with cool whip and graham cracker crumbs.

**Jeremy requested it be noted that he's gay, as if it wasn't already obvious by this post here or here.