Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day Dreaming of Dresses

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I have been looking at lots of dresses lately. I decided to have my bridesmaids choose their own dresses in whatever shade of green, which means I’m getting lots of links to awesome dresses in my inbox. It’s gotten me all day dreamy about Valentine’s Day. It’s only 3 weeks away and I really want to go out this year and go somewhere that I can wear a really amazing dress.

What’s even better is that ModCloth is having a sale! I’ve mentioned it before, but ModCloth is where I got my wedding dress. I’m kind of obsessed with them right now.

Use the code GOOGLY to get 15% off everything until Monday. Or get something from The Sweetheart Shop for 20% until monday.

Right now these are my top favorite dresses all from The Sweetheart Shop (hey I'm trying to save a buck). They are all super sexy, but still classy. I like that they are form fitting, and hit just above the knee. The blue one is bold with a provocative neckline. The purple one in the middle  shows off the hips with the way it pulls to the one side. While the third one in accentuates the waist and is a little shorter. I also really love it's pattern. How to choose????

 Lady Love Song Dress in SapphireReservation to Rendezvous DressTaupe In Your Tracks Dress

Also these shoes. OMG! these shoes.

Can't Stop Blushing Heel

Ok I’m going to head out since I have now passed on my dress obsession, and some good deals. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

What to Expect from your First Barre Class

I went to my first Barre class a few weeks ago. Let’s just say I was slightly under prepared for the awkwardness, and pain. I figured that I could not be the only one feeling this way so I thought that I’d share the bounty of my wisdom with you all.  
  1. You are going to be on your toes a lot. It’s a wakeup call for your calves!!
  2. All the moves are done in little tiny pulses. It seems silly but it hurts, during the workout and a few days later. So you know it’s doing something.
  3. Squats happen a lot so be ready to have trouble going up and down the stairs for the next few days.
  4. Get used to holding one arm in the air, because you’re trying to be a ballerina here after all.
  5.  Wear basic yoga wear. Formfitting, but breathable clothes are the thing.
  6. That awkward thigh master from the 90’s shows up in the form of a squishy ball, and it’s still totally awkward.
  7. You will feel silly picking up 2lb weights but after 100 tiny pulses you will wish it was ½lb weights instead.
  8. It is not an “easy” day workout, don’t try to fool yourself.

I definitely got a good workout from the class, I mean I was sore for a few days; however the awkwardness factor makes me think I’m going to stick with videos in my own home if I want to do it again. Much like zumba my gangly arms and legs are give me a crazed giraffe look that no one needs to see.

What classes have you taken that you liked? I’m looking for new experiences here. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Triple Cheese Hot Taco Dip

Taco dip.

The old classic.

Hands down one of my favorites.

AAaaand after a little experimenting I think I just brought it to a new level.

You guys, it was so good!

You see, we were invited to watch Sunday’s football games at a friend’s house and of course I had to bring something. I always do.  My first thought was wings, but pulled pork was already on the menu and I thought the group, and my own tummy could benefit from something that wasn’t meat based.

Chuck gave me a dirty look when I asked if I could make taco dip sans meat, then raised an eyebrow when I said I’d replace it with black beans. I decided to do it anyway, and I have never been happier with the result. He was in love with is. All of the other guests were happy with it as well. We were left with only a small scoop of leftovers, because you know no one wants to be that person and take the last scoop.

I think it was the two layers of cheese that did it. I mean really, cheese is the way to a man’s heart after all. Maybe it’s just food and I made that up, but I’m going with it because cheese is amazing.

Sorry for the terrible phone photos but it was night time, with apartment lighting and I didn’t expect it to be post worthy after the first attempt. Maybe someday I will make it again and take good photos, maybe

Triple Cheese Hot Taco Dip
1 (16 oz) can re-fried beans
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 cup sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
1 package taco season (3 tbsp homemade)
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz Monterrey jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup sliced black olives

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a 8x8 pan combine re-fried and black beans and spread out into a smooth layer. In a bowl combine sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning, stirring until well combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the beans. Next sprinkle 4 ounces of sharp cheddar and 4 ounces of Monterrey jack cheese. Spread the salsa on top next and again top with 4 ounces of sharp cheddar and 4 ounces of Monterrey jack cheese. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown and the edges bubble. Let stand 5 minutes and top with shredded lettuce and black olives. Serve warm.

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