Thursday, December 30, 2010

My website

So how many of you after reading my last blog went and checked out my website?

Anyone?

No One?

:(

Well... it's okay... But go check it out, just to make me happy. I've even added a blog section so you guys can get hair tips and techniques... ya know??? Check it out.

House of Style

Thanx.
~M~

Monday, December 27, 2010

You win some, You lose some.

EPIC FAIL - My 30 day challenge.


My Christmas Eve Fit

 Sweater: Express
Jeans: Express
Boots: Parisian
Scarf: Gifted


Christmas Day Fit

Shirt: Thrifted
Belt: Body Shop
Skirt: Express
White Tights: Walmart
Grey Fishnets: Forever 21

And that is the last you'll see of my "30 day" challenge. Yes... That was only 4 outfits. FAIL FAIL FAIL. I'm so disappointed in myself. It's not that I couldn't stick to 30 pieces of clothing. It's not that I couldn't come up with fabulous oufits. No... my dilemma is just a little different. For 21 out of the 30 days I'm officially on Christmas Break. That means, no school. And somehow, I haven't managed to leave the house more than 3 times in the past week and 1/2 except to work. And I'm a security guard so no fashion debut there. Just simple security guard uniform day in and day out. So, I regret to inform the masses that I am discontinuing my 30 for 30 wardrobe remix challenge. for now. :(

BUT...

For the win!!!

I finished creating my website for my business. YAY ME. Check it out y'all. House of Style. No.. It's not fashion. I'm a hairstylist by trade. (or so says the 1000's of dollars I paid for my education and licensing. lol) I have decided that there is no more sitting on skill and letting my hard earned dollars go to waste. So I'm marketing my services and stepping out on faith that my business will flourish. But for now, step one: Hurdle-off-your-behind is complete. So again... YAY ME!!!

Like I said. You win some, you lose some.

~M~



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lies and Deceit

Try it! Almost any pancake recipe you look at will tell you that the first pancake will be the "sacrificial lamb" of sorts. And anyone that has made pancakes knows that usually the first one doesn't come out right. According to the food experts, the first pancake just can't come out right.

BOLDERDASH!!!!

I made pancakes this morning that were DELISH! And guess what? No sacrificial lamb. The first pancake was just as fluffy, and perfectly cooked as the last. I even took a picture of it to show you how good it looked!

Anyone that would dare through that pancake away needs to be locked away and have the key thrown out. that's a good pancake right there!!!


Simple Pancakes
(adapted from Pancakes I at Allrecipes.com)

1 cup of flour
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

The ingredients aren't what's important to make these pancakes, the procedure is. So follow it! You can adjust the flavorings to your taste. If you like more or less sugar, that's fine. Omit extracts if you'd like or sub different flavored ones. But FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE!!!

Dry Ingredients

Step 1: Measuring flour.

Don't take your one cup measuring cup and scoop out a cup of flour. This makes for a heavy batter. Rather, get a small scoop and spoon the flour into your one cup measure, making sure not to tap the flour down. What you what is light and airy. Say it with me... LIGHT and AIRY... Level the flour off with a straight edge and pour it into your sifter.

Step 2: Measure out level spoons of following dry ingredients and pour all into your sifter.

Step 3: Sift Dry ingredients into medium sized mixing bowl and set aside

Wet Ingredients

Step 1: Measure your milk in a liquid measure measuring cup. Pour into large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Separate your eggs!!!! If you don't know how to: how to separate eggs. Put the whites into a small mixing bowl. Put the yolk in with the milk.

Step 3: Add the rest of the wet ingredients to milk mixture and mix until thouroughly encorporated.

Now Preheat your nonstick skillet on medium heat!!!

MAGIC STEP

This is what's going to make your pancakes fluffy. Whipped Egg Whites

If you have a hand mixer put it on high and beat your egg whites until they form soft stiff peaks.

Now to form the batter...

Slowly pour dry mix into wet mix while stirring. Mix only until the wet mix has completely combined with the dry mix. There will be lumps and that's okay. But don't overbeat, because you will have TOUGH pancakes.

Now fold your egg whites into the batter with a wooden on rubber spatula. FOLD IN, do not mix! you want to keep the air that you just whipped into the whites.

IMMEDIATELY
Take a measuring cup (size will depend on how large you want your pancakes, but i suggest between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup) Fill with batter. Pour batter Directly into center of pan and let it spread naturally. Let it cook on one side until the bubbles start drying out and edges set. Use a spatula that is almost the same diameter as the pancake and flip. It's gana be approx a 2-3 minute cook on each side.

VOILA!

Happy Eating

~M~

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 2 of 30

Yeah Yeah, i know. Yesterday was supposed to be day two, but I totally didn't go anywhere so...


Blazer: Gifted
Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Gifted
Fishnets: Walmart
Shoes: Gifted
Belt: New York and Company

And while I was at Earth Fare this GORGEOUS guy felt it neccessary to tell me how good I looked today. :) I think I did well.

~M~

Sunday, December 19, 2010

30 for 30 challenge: Better Late than Never

So Kendi Everyday started a great challenge...  30 for 30 remix challenge. And I have been supposedly starting it for over a month now... Well, wait no longer... I have begun my own personal 30 for 30 challenge.


So I'm working on remaking a skirt that was too long, too big and too boring.


I've taken it in and cut it shorter and I'm working on a hem and some ruffles for it. I'll blog it when I finish.

But I had to make a run to the fabric store, and so kicked off day one of my 30 day challenge...


 Sweater: New York and Company
Blazer: Thrifted
Jeans: Gifted
Tights: Walmart
Leg Warmers: Walmart
Boots: Parisian
Scarf: Gifted
I wear that scarf with EVERYTHING! For two reasons... 1) It's my only scarf. 2) It's special to me because my step dad's parents sent it all the way from Kenya, Africa (My step-dad is Kenyan) So I find new and inventive ways to wear it. It doesn't always match (like it did today) But it always looks Good!!

What about you? Any favorite article of clothing you'd like to share?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cooking Tips: #1

The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Vegetables
Recipe to follow


Soggy veggies are NASTY!!! Undercooked ones leave little to be desired also. There is a delicate balance when cooking vegetables to get them wonderful, flavorful, and perfectly textured.  True, it's in the seasoning, but THE (in my opinion) most pertinent aspect of cooking vegetables is...

Drum roll please...




Water Content.
When you have too much water, not only do the veggies get soggy, but they lose nutrients, which in turn causes them to lose flavor.

My Answer:

DON'T ADD WATER!!!

"Well how will they cook?", you may ask.
Simple. Vegetables are well endowed with their own water that is released when cooking. If you simply cook your veggies on medium heat with a fitted lid, your veggies will steam in their own water, they will cook perfectly EVERY time, and they will taste SOOOOO good.

10 minute Cabbage

Ingredients:
Thinly sliced or chopped onions
sliced carrots
chopped turkey bacon (pork is not good for you okay! lol)
thinly sliced or shredded cabbage
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
olive oil (optional)

Directions:

Preheat pan on medium heat

1: cook bacon
2: add onions and carrots
3: Saute until onions become translucent
4: add salt and peppers
5: add cabbage. Stir all ingredients together and cover pot.

Cook on Medium heat until cabbage is desired doneness, checking and stirring periodically.

NOTES!!!

I cooked it in a nonstick skillet so I used a very small amout of olive oil (an EXTREMELY SMALL AMOUNT) simply for flavor. If you don't have a nonstick pan, though, you may want to consider not making the oil optional.

Happy Eating

~M~



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Forgive Me

Man!!!! I've had soooo much stuff to blog about in the past couple weeks, but the computer at work has become so unreliable... It goes down for weeks at a time and I'm lost somewhere in blogosphere without a voice...

Since I've been gone:

I started a 30 for 30 wardrobe challenge...
I challenged someone to a cheesecake cookoff
etc and so forth

BUT ALAS...

no blogs, no pictures, nothing...

So forgive me. But I'm back (for now) and you'll definitely get a whiff of that cheesecake challenge cuz it's on an poppin soon and very soon.

~M~