Friday, March 29, 2013

Highlighter

The weather seems as though its finally trying to break but to give it a little bit of encouragement I wore this bright outfit in the hopes that the sun would get the hint and come out. It didn't but I think that it was just too shy to compete with my radiance lol.
So I was never really a Tar-jay kinda gal, but Target has really stepped up (or maybe they were already up) their clothing game. I got this cute neon and grey skirt on clearance for $10. Can you believe that ? Remember the Prabal Gurung collection at Target I spoke about here? Well I was able to get an item from that collection as well but you'll have to wait until it gets a bit warmer, to see me wear that one. So the moral of the store is, that Target might be my new shopping place.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf Cupcakes


Everything is better as a cupcake. These delightful little morsels of happiness are no exception. I am actually shocked to say that these meatloaves are even better than my mom's recipe. I love my mom's meat loaf but these cute cupcake versions are just so tasty. One of the key ingredient is actually the pesto I made for my Scallops with Linguini in a Creamy Pesto. It add the most delightful flavor along with the jalapeƱos I added for some heat. They are also pretty figure friendly. By swapping ground turkey for the usually ground beef saves you a good 50 calories per serving. Now if that doesn't have you breaking out the cupcake pans I don't know what will.




Ingredients:
Meatloaf
1lb Ground Turkey
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/4 cup Parmesan Shredded Cheese
1/8 cup JalapeƱo (finely chopped and deseeded to lower spiciness)
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup Pesto
1/2 tbsp Cayenne Pepper 
1/2 tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 tbsp Salt

Topping
1 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
Chives for garnish

  • 1.Heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and place over low heat.

2.Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for about a minute. Set aside to cool.

3. In a small bowl, combine Panko and buttermilk and set aside for 5 minutes. Then in a large bowl, place turkey, pesto, cheese, salt and pepper, the onion mixture, cayenne pepper, and the panko mixture. Mix with your hands until just combined.
4. Fill cupcake wells to the top with meatloaf. Brush top with some glaze, then bake for about 30 minutes, removing the pan every 10 minutes or so to brush on more glaze. (At the end of baking, you will not have used all of the glaze mixture – just keep it in the saucepan on low and stir it every few minutes.)



5. Cool for 5 minutes. Put mashed potatoes into a pipping bag and pipe about 1/4 of the mashed potatoes on to the top of the meatloaves. Garnish with chives.




                                            

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shamrock Shake




First I want to apologize for my absence. As you all know I've been pretty ill for the past few months and because of that, I have a lot of things going on at work to making up for the time. I haven't been able to pay attention to the blog but that ends today. I have so many wonderful changes and special things that I can't wait to share with you all. Thank so much for reading this blog. I truly appreciate you all.

Ok, now to explain this delightful treat. If you aren't familiar with the shamrock shake, here's a little background. The shamrock shake is a drink from McDonalds that comes around once a year around St. Patrick's day. Their version is made of ice cream but this version was made slightly healthier by using frozen yogurt. I think this might even be better than the original because of the addition of the creamy super fruit, avocado. If you would  like to try out this festive treat, check out the recipe below.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Black and White and Print all over




Hello beautiful people. I know I have been slacking on my outfit post but I have been going through some body image issues since being sick. Not sure if you can tell but I've lost about 20lb while I was ill and I'm having a hard time adjusting to it. You probably think I'm crazy, any girl would be ecstatic to have lost a bunch of weight but I am not at all too happy at where I lost it. I have no curves and the ones seen in these picture are all an illusion lol. But I'm working out a little more at the gym now so hopefully I can regain my curvaceous figure in a healthier manner. I won't let my issues hinder my progress so expect to see regular outfit post again.

Any who, I've worn this skirt on the blog before, but the black and white combo to me makes it so 2013. The clutch has got to be one of my favorite DIY pieces to date. The fabric reminded me of Louis Vuitton's S/S 2013 collection and I just had to make something cool out of it. The idea to make a triangular clutch came from the 60's trend that's hot right now for spring. I'm so going to make another one but slightly bigger. Hope you all have a fabulous day and if you're in the DMV area stay safe in the snow. See you soon.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scallops with Linguini in a Pesto Cream Sauce


When I'm looking for cool new recipes for the blog, for some reason I always want to cook something that I can see myself getting at a fancy restaurant. I share these recipes for the fabulous fashionista that likes to cook, like myself and I always image her (and myself) wanting to eat such delicate and fabulous things. This meal could easily be served at your local fancy Italian restaurant. I promise you if you make it right, you will have all the praise of those you serve it to (its that good).