Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Nope didn't forget Throwback Thursday.  Here is a vintage Christian Dior perfume ad I found when going through my vintage pictures. Enjoy!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Yes its another National something or other day.  This time its Cheeseburger day.  Well can't really be mad about that since I LOVE cheeseburgers.  So instead of going out and getting a run of the mill fast food cheeseburger why not make our own?  Here's a quick and easy recipe that I found at Food Republic. Enjoy!
Servings: 6


2 pounds freshly ground chuck, (at least 80% lean, a.k.a. 80/20)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 slices deli-counter American cheese
6 large burger buns, preferably homemade, toasted if desired
To garnish
thousand island dressing
sliced red onion
sliced tomatoes
sliced pickles
fresh lettuce leaves
  1. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, onion powder, salt and pepper until just combined. Do not overmix, or your patties will be tough. 
  2. Divide into six portions and form patties, without pressing too hard. They should be uniform in thickness. Smooth out any cracks using your fingers. Make these right before you grill them, so they stay at room temperature. 
  3. Preheat your grill, grill pan or cast-iron skillet to high heat and add burger patties. If using a grill, cover with the lid.
  4. Cook until the crust that forms on the bottom of the burger releases it from the pan or grate — about 2 minutes. Gently test, but don't flip it until it gets to this point. When burgers lift up easily, flip, add two slices of cheese to each, close lid if using a grill, and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes for medium to medium rare. 
  5. Remove burgers with a sturdy metal spatula and transfer to a plate. Allow to rest for
  6. several minutes, then transfer to buns.
  7. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Easy Monday Meal

Hello lovelies. Happy Monday! Another horribly hot California day. The last thing I want to do is cook ugh. Being broke like I am doesn't leave many options when you need to eat not to mention feed a child, but you really don't want to cook.  Then I remembered this easy spaghetti casserole recipe that my mom and I both used to make back in the day.  You can whip it up in the morning, refrigeate and throw it in the oven when you get home.  I hope you enjoy

What you need:
1 package of uncooked spaghetti
1 jar of marinara sauce
1 can of chicken or package of grilled chicken
1 package of frozen carrots and peas
2 cups of parmesan cheese seperated
2 cups of mozzarella cheese seperated

Cook spaghetti as directed on package.  In a large bowl combine spaghetti noodles, chicken, frozen vegetables, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, one cup of mozzarella cheese and sauce.  Put in baking pan and sprinkle remaining two cups of cheese on top.  Cook at 350 degrees for one hour or until all cheese is melted.  Serve with garlic or Italian bread. 
 Easiest recipe I've ever made and you really can add any vegetable you want or as many as you want.  If you try it let me know what you think. And if you know of any easy recipes please send them to me.  I'm always looking for easy and cheap ways to make dinner. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 Lies All Fashion Girls Tell

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Here in California we're in the middle of yet another heatwave, 104 today ugh.  Feeling pretty unmotivated.  Basically just sitting here playing on the internet with the a/c full blast.  As I was going through all my fashion websites I found this list on Harper's Bazaar's website.  I thought I'd share it with you.  It is so accurate lol.
1. These shoes are so comfortable. Your feet are covered in blisters but you’d rather go down in flames than admit that your gorgeous shoes are killing you slowly. Is there anywhere to sit down…?
2. I don't follow trends. *Googles 'How to get Cara Delevingne's eyebrows, then how to wear a crop top.'
3. I’m on a budget; I’m not going shopping for the next month! Going on a shopping cleanse sounded like a good idea until you found out about the Céline outlet—next month for sure.
4. It’s Altuzarra! Okay fine, it's Altuzarra for Target *bows head in shame*
5. A $5,000 bag is an investment. Well according to the fashion math equation, if I wear it every day for the next 3 years that would only be $4.56 per wear and that’s a steal…
6. I’m going to wear so much color this season. You vow to try bright colors and pastels for spring but somehow end up in an all black ensemble again (with an accent of a red lip—that counts as a color, right?)
7. Of course it’s sample size! Nobody can know you've cancelled your pilates sessions 3 times in a row.
8. I’m on my way. You haven’t even picked out your accessories yet, there’s no way you’ll be there on time. But being fashionably late is your thing anyway.
9. I’m not that high-maintenance. I just need life’s essentials like food, water and a Chanel boy bag. Oh, and those Alexander Wang booties.
10. I have nothing to wear! The classic, all-time favorite fashion girl lie.

Source:  Harper's Bazaar U.S.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday Mademoiselle Magazine..

Mademoiselle was a women's magazine first published in 1935 by Street and Smith and later acquired by Conde' Nast Publications.  Mademoiselle described itself as the ‘quality magazine for smart young women’, but it was much more than that.  By 1953 the circulation stood at more than 500,000 and Mademoiselle had developed a reputation for publishing the work of significant literary figures including Albert Camus, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Dylan Thomas. 
The August 1961 "college issue" of Mademoiselle included a photo of UCLA senior class president Willette Murphy, who did not realize she was making history as the first African-American model to appear in a mainstream fashion magazine. In the sixties, Mademoiselle magazine was geared “to the smart young woman”. They categorically stated in their editorials that despite their young, maidenly name they were not geared to young teenagers. The majority of their readers may have been in college, in a job, some may have been married. Mademoiselle was interested in reaching mature college freshmen and up, who were being exposed to the greatest literature, facing the greatest moral problems coping with all the complexities of the 1960s. Mademoiselle continued to be a top shelf magazine throughout the eighties and nineties featuring the top models on their covers and in the pages of their editorial sections.   On October 1, 2001 Conde' Nast announced that Mademoiselle was closing.  The November 2001 was the final issue and ended an era.

 Mademoislle Through The Years

And the Final Issue..

Information from The Chicago Tribune and Wikipedia
Pictures from Conde' Nast

September 11, Never Forget.....

In remembrance of all of those who lost their lives in the towers that day.  In remembrance of the Firefighters, EMTs and Policemen who risked everything and gave their lives to save others that day.  In remembrance of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fought, and are still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our freedoms.  Never Ever Forget......

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Inspirational Quotes For Your Wednesday

Happy Humpday everyone!  Midweek.  Wednesday.  Blah.  Wednesday is typically associated with a lack of ambition, creativity and motivation. What Wednesday really means is that the weekend is just two days away.  If you're feeling low this hump day, then here are some inspirational quotes to get you through the day:

 I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. –Norman Vincent Peale

 How much better to know that we have dared to live our dreams than to live our lives in a lethargy of regret.  –Gilbert Caplin

 Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. –Goethe

 If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.  –Maya Angelou

 Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.  –Goethe 

 To dream anything that you want to dream. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.  –Unknown 

 The more you can dream, the more you can do.   –Michael Korda