Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Oh recipes, right.
It's fun to look through websites that have good recipes and try new things - I particularly like websites with pictures, because, let's face it, recipe websites/books without pictures are just no fun. How do you know what it's supposed to look like when it's done? As a grad student, I will be the first to admit that I'm no pro; I need reassurance!
So this is where Kraft Foods comes in. Or, more specifically Kraft Food & Family Magazine. This thing is a) a quarterly magazine, and more importantly, b) FREE!!! Additionally, you sometimes get free products and coupons. AND, the key to its greatness is THE PICTURES. Great pictures, easy recipes, and yummy food. What else do you need? Maybe a nice eating companion? Liiiike, me? Because I like to eat?
Whatever, guys. Let's just be honest. I like to stuff my face. It's cool, I've made my peace with it, so you should too.
Oh and if you don't want to subscribe for whatever reason (maybe you don't want to waste paper, because you love trees or something), their website is good for recipes too. Although, as much as I love trees, I recommend the magazine.
Kraft Food & Family Magazine.
Obviously, look for the card out there with the best returns; 1% cash return on every $1, may not be as good as accumulating points, etc. You can go onto general credit card sites that compare different cards according to your needs!
BUT, if you are NOT strapped for cash, and you're looking for great returns, this is by far the best card on the market. It has an annual fee of $75, but if you fly more than once a year, this works out for you! You get a companion plane ticket for EVERY round trip ticket you buy. PLUS you start off with a free ticket, and 2 points for every mile you fly.
This is the non-fee version of the card, but after much review, I think the $75 fee one is much better.
oh and also, some credit improving tips:
1) Call your credit card company and ask to increase your credit line. Even if you don't need it, it makes your credit look better b/c you are using less of your credit line. (e.g. you spend $500 but your limit is $8000, versus $500 with a limit of $2000; proportionally it's better)
2) Just b/c you have zero balance on your card and you haven't used it for years, doesn't mean your credit card is closed. And the more you have open, the worse it looks. So call all the cards you don't use, and make sure you cancel your cards. This includes Banana Republic and J. Crew cards!
3) Cancel your shopping cards; like the Banana Republic and J. Crew cards. The rewards from your new credit card with rewards is greater than having a lot of shopping cards and never using them.
New Beautiful carries unique, uplifting, and beautiful prints that come straight from the enlightened heart and soul of its designer. Each piece carries with it a personal token of wisdom from the designer's own experiences in life, not to mention, they're also BEAUTIFUL. And the best part? these prints are all up for sale here.
I would post up some of her prints, but I'll leave the surprise up to you. Go visit and buy some prints! They'll make great presents for friends and loved ones. I already have a list of people I want to buy them for!
Monday, October 29, 2007
They're even more difficult to find when there is a special drink out for a limited time that is so incredible you're kind of upset that they havent been offering it in the past and you've wasted so much money on inferior, less wonderful, boring drinks.
That special drink, dear friends, is the Toasted Marshmallow Mocha. (Or hot chocolate, if you have a sweeter palette.) Think of it as a S'more in a cup: made with bittersweet chocolate, topped with whipped cream, sprinkled with graham cracker bits, this thing THE BEST.
Oh, Lord, what have I done. Now I want, nay, NEED some immediately. I wish there was a Starbucks Fairy that went around granting your Starbucks desires. And I wish it would deliver.
(Not all Starbucks carry this magical drink, so you may need to ask around to find it. And you may want to ask for extra graham cracker bits. Just a suggestion.)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
But really, aren't people who carry around reusable bags to do their shopping kind of weird? Maybe sometimes, but you don't have to be that person.
Here are some options that you might want to look into (you know, for the earth's posterity, and let's face it, your own coolness):
This one is an ACME Bag. Ripstop nylon, fits over 25 lbs, folds into a tiny sack on the inside of the bag so that you can pack it away in your purse or pocket. They come in 3 colors: blue, orange, and red.
I agree, though, that this one is kind of plain. Plain...or...just not quite cool enough for you to pretend to be a hipster.
$7.95, which is a pretty good deal.
Find them at reusablebags.com.
This next one is called the ChicoBag and it comes in a lot more colors, for those of you who need variety in your life. Made of woven nylon, it holds up to 20lbs. It has a one year warranty, and they have their own recycling program for people who use ChicoBags, whatever that means.
They come in eleven colors, so you could buy one for every outfit. The one kind of blah part about these bags are the big "ChicoBags" label stamped on to the front of every bag.
$5 per bag, or $20 for 5. Look for them at Chicobag.com.
This next bag is by Envirosax. Made from waterproof material (which is kind of vague if you ask me, and you did), each bag holds the equivalent of 2 regular plastic bags.
They come in what seems like a million colors and graphic designs, these look fun and cute (just like we are!) and will definitely not make you look lame at the store.
Available as single items or as assortment of 5 bags.
$7.95 for one, $35 for a pouch of 5. Go to Envirosax.
Lastly, and my favorite (yes, we do discriminate here at heywelikethis), Baggus! Made with ripstop nylon, Baggus hold up to 25 lbs and as much as 2 to 3 plastic bags.
Made with a large gusset on the bottom, the bags will sit flat when set down. They fold into a 5in x 5in pouch that fits into your back pocket.
With 8 colors to choose from, there aren't too many choices to overwhelm you, but there are enough to keep you satisfied. (Fuschia, khaki, navy, black, grey, aqua, and red & olive - which is currently sold out, but will be restocked on November 10.) And it's not too feminine or earth-child-dress-made-of-wheat. Go to the website and you'll find pictures of very cool, non-girly guys carrying them.
$8 for one, $22 for three, or $38 for six. Yay for Baggus!
With a name reminiscent of a persona who was the inspiration of a Grease song (with such classic lines as "Keep your filthy paws - off my silky drawers!" and "Elvis! Elvis! Keep that pelvis far from me!"), you'd think Sandra Lee would be more along the lines of an Olivia Newton John circa John Travolta and the Pink Ladies rather than ONJ circa the spandex tights and roller skates of XANADU.
Basically, Ms. Lee is a trainwreck that you just can't turn away from. She has a strange, affected southern accent, even though she is apparently from Wisconsin. Now, I've never been to Wisconsin, and I'm sure it's a lovely place, but do people from the upper midwest speak with a drawl? Plus, she lives in California now. I don't know why that is relevant, but I thought I would just throw that in there.
The basis for her show? 70% store bought + 30% homemade. Now how did she get these percentages? When you buy caeser salad dressing and blend in some roasted garlic cloves, I don't really know if that splits into 70/30.
EVERY meal includes her favorite "Cocktail Time," where she teaches you how to make a cocktail that both goes with her theme of the day, and matches her second favorite part of the show, "Tablescape." Today's liquor is called the "Golden Cadillac" and the tablescape? "Denim and Diamonds," aka "Jeans and Jewels" - which I think is pretty self-explanatory. I think she stole the theme I was going to use for my wedding! I was thinking about having the reception in a barn, hay and all, and wearing a short jean skirt with some lace and tulle attached for a tail for my getaway outfit. I'll wear white patent cowboy boots and my veil will be ribboned and bejeweled to my white cowboy hat. We'll have diamonds (Plastic ones. I write a blog, and go to school. Do I sound like I'm made of money?) everywhere! Hanging from the rafters, glued to the backs of the chairs, maybe a couple dozen attached to my boots, to distract from my low cut, sweetheart neckline trimmed with lace, bedazzled jean camisole. (Bedazzler! Do they still sell that on tv? I need to investigate.) Sounds kind of brilliant, doesn't it? Oh yeeeeaaaahhh.
Oh, wait, y'all. I just spent so much time seriously contemplating what a "Denim and Diamonds" themed wedding would be like that now Paula Deen is on. I love her (No, seriously. She's the best. I want to be her when I'm older and have children to embarass.) because she her favorite ingredient is the main essential to life: butter.
Now if Sandra Lee would just pick a favorite ingredient, that didn't include alcohol, possibly something equally classy, like heavy cream or beef, maybe she could up her likeability rating just a tad. That's right, a tad.
This is what happens to the blog when ~S~ goes away for the weekend.
So this is my version of an elephant.
I know, I'm kind of amazing. It's a gift, or a curse, I haven't figured out which yet. The wiggly lines really make it look more realistic, don't you think?
Then I wanted to do something with our header's signature green.
And I found out that I am somewhat better at cartoon plant life than animals. That turtle is a DISASTER!
Thus conclues my afternoon with Microsoft Paint.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
WHAT IS THAT?! A heart-shaped egg cooked into the middle of a piece of bread? What kind of witchcraft is this? Alright, alright, calm down, y'all. This was my brunch today. Well, two pieces of this gloriousness + tabasco sauce, the ways that eggs should be eaten. Here's how you do it, just in case you ever get bored enough.
5) Crack an egg directly into the cutout. Let it sizzle for about 1-2 minutes.
6) Gently flip. Cook the other side till the egg is the way you like it. I like mine less runny, and I don't mind a little burnt bread, so I leave it in the skillet a bit longer than you might like.
And Voila! A disaster worth eating on a cold and wet Saturday morning.
Friday, October 26, 2007
BUT, after much research, smudges, and clumps, I think I've found it!
Benefits Bad Gal Lash~! I've read tons of reviews on this, and it seems about 75%-25%; 75% love it, 25% have had some complaints.
Pros: everything I just said earlier, and it comes in a huge tube, .3 oz so it'll last AND, after one coat, your lashes look thick, luscious, and definitely make your eyes, stand out.
Cons: bit pricey. it's $19 a tube, it has a huge brush (can be good or bad. Personally, I like the huge brush because it really helps with the volume, but some people have found it to be awkward), takes extra drying time, and hard to get off ( I actually thought it was pretty easy.)
Runner up is Imju Fiberwig Mascara, one of the top selling mascaras in Japan. It promises to legnthen your eyelashes while keeping it smudge proof and clean. The somewhat thin formula keeps your lashes clump free and natural looking, but doesn't make your lashes look luscious. Kinda gives your eyes the I-can't-believe-my-eyelashes-look-so-long-and-natural! look.
Pros: natural looking lashes, no clumps, no smudges, lengthening
Cons: $22, very thin film so you need to apply multiple times to get the voluminous look.
And finally, for a cheaper solution,
E.l.f. Cosmetic's Earth and Water Duo for...drumroll please....
$1~! Duo application for dry and wet occassions.
Pros: $1! Doesn't smudge at all and doesn't really clump if you apply it correctly. My sister and I liked this one because at the end of the night, you don't look like a raccoon!
Cons: for a $1, no complaints!
What are your favorite mascaras?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
What if there was somewhere that would match every pair purchased with a donated pair to a child in need? Kind of a sweet deal, right? So this guy, Tom, took people's love to shop and combined it with a philanthropic deed! This year, the official "shoe drop" location is South Africa, and there are only 8 more days left before they depart with the shoes.
Prices range from $38 - $68. Do your good deed for the month, and buy a pair of shoes so that a child can have one, too!
Rootote (Super Planning Co.) designs really cute ones with side zip pockets for you to put your keys so they are never misplaced. I bought mine at Urban Outfitters. (sorry,I can't find a pic of it for you)
Homegrown Skinny is another blogger who creates her own tote bags. She makes super cute ones and sells them online!
Orders arrive in 4 containers, regardless of how much you buy. 1/2 gallons (4 pints) is $49.99, full gallon (4 quarts) is $79.99, second flavors are $5.00, each mix-ins are $2.50 (limit two).
Some of MY favorite flavors include: almond, bananas foster, birthday cake, chocolate mousse, cinnamon, CREME DE MENTHE, green tea, key lime, mango, moka, nutmeg, PUMPKIN PIE, raspberry, spumoni, TIRAMISU. You know, just in case you're feeling generous and want to show your appreciation for us. Or whatever. You make the call.
Also, how cute is their website?
Sure, it's kind of ridiculous to spend 50 bucks on 1/2 a gallon of ice cream, but these are gifts FROM THE HEART. What's a little cash compared to making a friend or family member or adorable child or beloved blogger deliriously happy? Would you really deprive those people of happiness? Why would you do that to a child? Why? Why? Now go get your credit card and starting ordering those precious children some ice cream! And by "precious children," I, of course, mean me.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
There aren't alot left in the picture because, what can I say, they are kind of awesome and addicting the way that only party snacks can be. You know what I'm talking about. At the kind of boring party that your friend made you go to so she has a buffer, there's that table of lame and boring chips and cookies and brownies. And then there's that bowl. The tiny bowl of deliciousness that you can't seem to keep your hand out of until you realize it's only 45 minutes into the party and you've finished the whole bowl. It's like they did it on purpose, those bastards!
Anyways, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah. Follow the instructions on the side of Chex cereal with a bit of improvisation and then eat these babies right out of the oven. You won't regret it.