Monday, October 27, 2014


I attempted to make samosas for the first time the other night.  Correction, I successfully made samosas, however the shape looked more like empanadas - but that's okay, right?   

They were absolutely delish!  I could not eat them fast enough.  

I used the recipe over at Veg Recipes of India, I'm not going to repost it here, because there is already a fabulous step by step instruction on how to make them.  The cost for the samosas came out to less than $1 per samosa.  You can't beat that cost at any Indian restaurant - at least not in the  United States.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

From drab to fab

 Last week I went on a much needed vacation.  Grad school is officially finished and I have my life back! That means fun refurnishing sewing projects can commence.  Sadie girl and I took off to the beach then stopped by  Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown on the way back.

I love checking out thrift shops when I travel, so off I headed to the local DAV just minutes from my hotel in Williamsburg.  And I stumbled upon this adorable little side table with a price tag of a whopping $3.99!!!  In the back of my car it went.

Once I got home I rushed off to the paint store and found a taster jar of off white paint for only $0.50!!  Several sandings and coats of paint later...

That wire looks super weird in my photos I just realized.  It's my hanging lamp.  Too lazy to take more photos.  :)  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3 Day Juice Cleanse

I decided to partake in a 3 day juice cleanse.  I've been feeling a bit sluggish lately and my  skin is looking a hot mess.  I normally juice a couple of times a week, but I am kicking it up a huge notch and drinking 6 juices a day! I will also eat at least one meal - I'm going to try to make that a raw meal, but veggies fer sure.

There a ton of reasons to juice, including detox, increased energy and clearer skin.  I won't go through all the benefits, you can find a million websites with great info.  I also recommenced checking out the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Joe Cross looses over 100 pounds through juicing. He went extreme juicing, which I only recommend
under doctor supervision.

I'm adopting recipes from  She juices broccoli, which I'm not a fan of and I have a ton of carrots and grapefruits, so I'll add those to some of the juices.  Last night I make 3 days worth of juices for the first juice of the day.  Today I'll make the rest.  I just pop them in the freezer and will take them out each day that I need them.

I'm expecting major withdrawals the first and second day, I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The wonderful world of tea

I am a sort of tea enthusiast.  Not so much a fan of coffee, but I can throw down tea. i am more of a fan of black and green tea not so much a fan of fruity/floral teas. I am still trying to work out the exact difference between Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas. But they are all yummy! I can't justify buying tea from places like Starbucks, well I can't justify starbucks to begin with, but that's another story.

When I go out to eat with my parents I mortify my mom when I bring my tea and honey out of my bag.

There is one place here in Alexandria I will buy there tea.  It is this yummy blend of I am not even sure.  Lol!  But they never sell it loose, so I am on the hunt to find it elsewhere.

My friend lives in Pittsburgh and there's this really awesome tea shop.  When I visit it's a stop fer sure; when you walk in you are lost in a world of delish smells. They sell this yummy chocolate mata with actual pieces of chocolate!.

I recently discovered green tea with matcha and brown rice.  It has a medium nutty flavor.  I found it at a Korean grocery in the area.  And it's so fun to look at!

making tea at home is not only fun, but economically important. $1.95 for a cup of tea everyday starts to add up. I'll stick to my $0.35 per cup thank you very much. that