Friday, August 31, 2012
I went to the city the other day, so here are some pics. I will come back to somewhat regular posting again in the near future, but no promises, because school is starting. However, after my running giveaway (enter here) ends, I will put up a 100 followers giveaway. Thanks so much for your following! After all of the scenes in the pics below, we had delicious Indian food for dinner (I may be Indian, but South Indian home food is very different from North Indian restaurant food). Saag Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese), Korma (a divine vegetable medley), and Malai Kofta (Balls of potato and veggies in a creamy sauce, not a personal favorite, but delicious nevertheless). I love the city. Walking around, complaining about how much your feet hurt, having a good time, eating great food. Looking forward to next year's excursion.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I am so sorry I have been gone for a while now. Yes, I posted a giveaway, which btw you should enter, but I have been so busy lately. School is starting next week, so I am cramming now (that is what procrastination gives you, stress in the last week). On another not, thank you sooooooo much for helping me reach 100 (and 2) followers. This is so exciting for me! Another giveaway will be coming up to thank you guys so much. Meanwhile, celebrate with me and enter my currently running giveaway.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I am so relived my first giveaway turned out to be a success. So here is another giveaway to celebrate, or at least ease the blow of, the start of school. A pair of earrings from Bindu Designs. The earrings you can win are th Saturn-inspired earrings pictured below. Very simple, but very cool. Almost futuristic. Perfect to jazz up any simple outfit.
This giveaway is listed at All Things Bloggy.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
here and here along with these shorts and this fig compote.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
this recipe here, and it was absolutely amazing. I added 1/8 tsp nutmeg, some freshly ground ginger, and 4 ground cloves. I only used 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3/4 tsp vanilla. I used a little less than 1/2 cup of sugar, and I used homemade fat free yogurt. I also did not use the almonds. The cake came out super moist and absolutely divine. While my cake was extremely apple-y, unlike the one in the picture on the website, I like how my cake has holes in it from the apple. It looks kind of cool and rustic, in my opinion. Do not fret about the fact that the cake is egg-less. It is still moist, it still rose, and it is still delicious. And I made it in a toaster oven. Energy efficient! Just remember to sift the flour. Sifting is key. I used a square pan, about 9-10 inches in length and width. The cake serves 16. The portions are small, but they are satisfying. And you cannot beat the calorie count. You can even afford to have it with a bit of vanilla ice cream. (Although I found out you can only have 25 g, or 5 tsp, of sugar a day, or you could poison your liver, so only 1 scoop). Here are the nutrition facts. here and here today. Check them out for other amazing recipes.
Monday, August 13, 2012
here is the link to this awesome song from The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, ie this year's school musical that I am too wimpy to try out for. The image is from here
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
I prefer to call this shirt cute. True, it is from Limited Too (not Justice!!!). True, it is a bit short. But it is comfortable and it is cute. I tried to make it a tad more grown up by adding a menswear inspired best and a simple skirt. And shoes that kill my feet. Did I succeed? Sort of. Just look into those big blue eyes (on my shirt) and agree with me. I look grown up and mature. Got it? Good. Also, I am linking up here today.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Easiest dessert ever. Just cut some strawberries in half, sprinkle with a tiny bit of black pepper (I swear, pepper makes everything better), a tiny bit of sugar, and a drop of balsamic vinegar per strawberry half. You can put herbs and whatnot for an amazing sweet savory experience, but this is even easier. And really good. And pretty. Like cute little, slightly caramel stained, bright red hearts. Awww. And also, I joined an awesome blog hop called Followers to Friends. Check it out here.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
So, I know I have posted a chili recipe before, but this one is different and delicious. Pair it with a whole-wheat tortilla and a bit of cheese and some mixed-green/cucumber salad on the side and you have an absolutely divine meal! This recipe serves two. So you chop 2 cloves of garlic and 2 scallions and saute them in 1/2 tsp of oil. Then you add ground cumin (1/4 tsp), dried oregano, dried parsley, 1/2 a red pepper, salt, and 1 dried red chili and cook closed until the pepper is just cooked. Then add 2 chopped tomatoes and 1 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro. Cook the tomatoes. Finally, add 1.5 cups of cooked kidney beans. They count as vegetables, which makes them healthier, and they are delicious. Then add a bit of fresh lemon/lime juice and voila! A nutritious, unfussy, and delicious dish.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
I got inspiration for this from Refinery 29. I like their version better, because I used lanyard, which is heavy and makes the earphones fall out, but I think mine turned out nicely as well. I used chinese staircase pattern and two colors (green and purple). The pattern is: 4 (purple 12-13 stitches, green 12-13 stitches, alternating purple green 3 times, 2 stitches per color) then 1 (purple 12-13 stitches) then 1 (green 12-13 stitches) then a lot of purple, a little green, a little purple and alternating. I did not cover the rest because it was already a bit heavy. I also messed up a bit at the end, as you can see, but I still really like them. They don't get tangled, and they are fun. And chinese staircase is so easy; it is essentially tying knots over and over again. See this tutorial to learn how to do it. This website is the best for lanyard stuff. I have made many things from this website, and everything came out nicely. To add string, all you have to do is plan ahead and place it on the wire and weave over it to hold it in place. Easy, awesome DIY.