Archive | June, 2012

Purses by -tascha Giveaway!

28 Jun

The giveaway you have all been waiting for! This is the first ever Giveaway collaboration with Purses by -tascha well other than when we collaborate to polish off a bottle of wine.

That happens more often than you’d think.

I’m going to make it short and sweet and get to the point. My lovely friend Tascha started her own business a few months back and has been putting her creativity to work making these gorgeous clutches.

I asked nicely, after one of those bottles of wine, and she said she would be happy to make a clutch for me to giveaway! This is a custom made one of a kind bag that she has made specifically for one of you lucky peeps!

All you need to do to be entered is use the little Rafflectopter widget below and answer the question. There are also ways to get bonus entries and TRUST me you’re gonna want as many chances as possible to win this beaut of a bag!!

Here are some teaser shots!

It is a neon green vinyl with a neon yellow and gold zipper!

She even added some little pockets on the inside for your cell phone or other little items you don’t want rolling around inside your purse.

I wasn’t lying about it being a beauty!

US and Canadian Shipping addresses only please.

The giveaway is on until Friday, July 6th at midnight! I’ll announce the winner Monday, July 9th!

Good luck!
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June Glymm Box

27 Jun

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far, luckily it is Wednesday and hump day! We’re halfway to the weekend!

I bet all the Canadian readers out there are getting excited because this weekend is our long weekend for Canada Day! Typically this weekend is known for fun summer parties, blender drinks and hot weather, but unfortunately for us Vancouverites it doesn’t look like that will be happening this year, well at least not the hot weather part.

I will definitely need the blender drinks to keep me from remembering how brutal the weather is.

Anyways enough whining! Let’s get to some beauty products.

The fun-ness of Glymm showed up the other day and as usual, it didn’t disappoint.

First of all it came in a pretty royal blue bag! Which is fun because I figured we’d  be getting pink bags every time. Luckily they’re switching it up!

They also stopped putting so many cards and flyers in the box, which is nice for the environment! From now on they will have the summary with the info for each part on their website instead.

The June haul

Awesome as usual.

First up, Vitamine & Sea Perfect Skin Solution $68 for 45ml

I’ve never used a skin oil before but I know friends who swear by their oils. A really popular one is Bio Oil and this seems like it is along the same lines!

Next up, LA FRESH Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover Wipes $9.99 for 18 individual packets

These are an amazing idea. If you’ve ever had a bottle of nail polish remover spill all over inside your bag, you will see how awesome these would be for travel.

Now we have Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream $115.00 for 50 ml

This cream is darn expensive for the full sized version, so I will make sure to savor this cream. It has a really light scent and says it is meant to soften the look of fine lines and diminishes redness and inflammation. It also says it can be used on your face or the back of your hands, I felt like that was a really specific spot….

I’m a big fan of perfume samples when we get them in glymm boxes because I feel like they come in the most handy. They are great to throw in your purse or gym bag to freshen up when needed. So obviously I loved the Salvador Dali It Is Dream which I cannot find on the Glymm site

This smells fabulous! It is girly but not too floral and I will definitely be using this over the summer!

Last but definitely not least, Harmony by Belvada Duo Lipstick in intense red $20.00

This was super fun and such a nice surprise.

If you press on one of the ends, the other end pops out like this

And then ta da, it’s a lip balm!

And then do the same on the other side, and it’s a bright red lipstick.

So this would be an awesome item to keep in your purse to go from day to night! I actually used this lipstick the other night and the color is gorgeous, it has pinky undertones so I think it is the right shade of red for my lighter skin!

As usual the Glymm box didn’t disappoint! If you’re looking to nab one for yourself, check out Glymm and pick one up for $12 a month!

Ta ta for now! See you tomorrow with a giveaway eeeeeee!!

Coconut Green Curry Seafood Stew

25 Jun

Good morning everyone! Guess what? It’s Friday!

YAY we made it.

This weekend is going to be fairly relaxed, I am spending Saturday baking for an anniversary party we are going to that night. I am making my good ole chocolate chip cookies because there is 90 people coming to the party and I just don’t have energy to make anything more involved than that for 90 haha.

What is your favorite dessert recipe to make for a crowd?

I always like to make single serving things like cupcakes, cookies or tarts. That way everyone can enjoy them without having to sit down and eat. Plus it’s easy to figure out how much to make!

Today I am going to get right into the recipe because it really doesn’t need a long fancy introduction.

This stuff is just straight up tasty.

We have lots of fresh shellfish nearby and I really hope all of you can get access to fresh seafood, but if not you can always use frozen, I wouldn’t judge I promise!

I think shellfish can really freak some people out, especially clams and mussels because people are scared they will poison themselves and their guests by cooking them incorrectly. Luckily for us, they are their own self timers and they open when they are cooked so you know that they’re done. They also show us when they are dead by not opening, so really it is easier than it seems.

Although you shouldn’t be scared, you do need to be aware of a few things. Here are my tips for cooking with clams and mussels:

1. Make sure to store them in your refrigerate them until you are ready to clean and get them ready

2. A few hours before you want to cook them, take them out of their packaging and rinse them under cold water. Use a brush or clean cloth to scrub the outside of the shells to make sure they are clean. Pull of the beards (the little hair like strands that sometimes can be sticking out)

3. Tap them lighly on the side of the bowl or countertop, if they do not close up, throw them out as they are dead.

4. Mix some flour into enough water to cover the shellfish. You can also use cornmeal or oatmeal instead of flour. This lets the shellfish eat the starches and then they will let go of any sand that they are holding in. Let them sit for at least an hour like this and make sure to drain and rinse them off before cooking.

5. After cooking make sure to discard any shells that did not open.


Normally Seafood stew would be considered a winter dish but I think the freshness of the coconut and the green curry really make this a dish you could serve in the Spring and Summer too!

I like mine served over rice for a main course but you can also serve it as an appetizer with just some bread for dipping.

Gotta have something to soak up all that delicious broth.

An enjoy!

 

Coconut Green Curry Seafood Stew:

Serves 8

1 tbsp peanut oil

1 tbsp grated ginger

3 tbsp green curry paste

2 cans (approximately 14 ounces all together) coconut milk

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tbsp sugar

One lime

1 lb of each Mussels & Clams, cleaned and soaked as per the directions above

1 lb tail on shrimp/prawns

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Steamed Rice and extra lime for serving

 

Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, add peanut oil and heat Add the ginger and saute for about 1 minute. Add the curry paste and stir to combine and heat through. Add the coconut milk and stir until the curry is completely incorporated.

Add the fish sauce and sugar and then chop the lime in half, squeeze in all the juice and then drop the lime rinds right in as they will continue to add flavor as it cooks. Give the whole thing a good stir.

Bring to a simmer and then lower heat to medium low and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the mussels and clams and cover with a tight fitting lid, allow the shellfish to steam in the pot for about 5 minutes, by this time some of the shells should be starting to open up. Add in the prawns and stir them into the broth carefully. Cover again with a lid and cook for another 6-8 minutes until the prawns are pink and cooked through.

Stir in about half of the cilantro and serve over rice, sprinkle each dish with some of the remaining cilantro.

Enjoy!

Summer Vegetable Ragu

21 Jun

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a great Thursday so far, only one day left to the weekend!

What did you all get up to last night?

I had some bathing suits delivered to our PO box in the US (about 20 mins away) and Mr. Delish had a car part delivered there as well so we went down last night to grab them. We ended up being stuck in the border lineup coming back for 45 minutes….arg! Luckily the bathing suits I got ended up being SUPER cute so it was totally worth it.

I got two tops, this one

and this one

and then one pair of bottoms, these ones

I love Victoria’s Secret. Seriously this bikini mixer is bad news bears. I like mixing and matching bikini tops and bottoms and keeping things different!

Guess what? I finally got my *bleep* together enough to get a freakin’ recipe on this blog. I’m sure people were starting to wonder what kind of food blog this was, with the lack of recipes and all.

I think this is a great recipe for a weeknight dinner, because it’s quick and easy. I know a lot of people do a meatless Monday or another meatless day in the week and this would be perfect. You really don’t miss the meat here, the zucchini takes on all the flavor of the sauce and the whole thing is really substantial.

Simmer Simmer Simmer Simmer…

I love serving sauces like this on pappardelle or big fat linguine/fettuccine noodles.

Now all you need is a grating of Parmesan cheese and you’re good to go!

Yummy!

Make this for your next meatless meal and you won’t be disappointed!

Summer Vegetable Ragu

Serves 6

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced shallot shallot

1/4 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup diced sweet bell peppers (I used yellow and red mini bells)

1 cup chopped zucchini

1 tsp dried oregeno

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 cup chopped roma tomatoes, de-seeded

1/2 cup water

1 lb pappardelle or other egg noodles, cooked as per package directions and drained

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

 

In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and heat for a minute or so. When hot, add the minced shallot and stir continuously until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the carrot and cook for another 3 minutes or so until softened. Add the bell peppers and zucchini and again cook until the vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes this time.

Add the oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and tomato paste and give the whole thing a good stir. Add the tomatoes and water and stir again to combine. Bring to a simmer and then lower heat to medium low and allow to simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until the veggies are all cooked through to your liking.

Serve over hot cooked noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Fail Morning and a Trip to Oregon!

20 Jun

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous Wednesday so far. Actually, I just hope you are having a better morning than I am!

My blog has been feeling neglected because I have been so busy and barely had time to post. I was planning on posting a new recipe today and then I realized I don’t have my camera card with me, so I can’t upload the pictures of the recipe. Fail!

Sorry guys.

Anyways, instead I thought I would tell you about an exciting little trip I have been planning for this summer. My parents and Mr. Delish and I all had 10 days off in July and we decided to take a road trip through Washington and then spend most of our time in Oregon.

My parents took my sisters and I on a trip down the Oregon and California coast when we were young but I’m talking like 10 years ago. Actually I have a little treat for everyone, here are a couple pictures from our original road trip

My sister is going to kill me for this one.

My Dad who is super fit, decided to drag us on a hike up a mountain at Crater Lake, and when we got to the top there were all these little chipmunks who would come right up to you and eat out of your hand. The picture above is of my sister Jenna in her Elton John sunglasses, feeding one of them.

That was the view from the top of the mountain looking down over Crater Lake, very pretty!

And last but not least, my mom, myself and my sisters at the drive thru tree in the Redwood Forest.

If I could go back and give my 14 year old self some advice from my future self, I would say BURN those shorts.

Anyways.

Basically I haven’t been down this way in years and Mr. Delish has never been to Oregon before so I am thinking it will be fun all around!

We’re starting off our trip by driving down the coast of Washington and over the Astoria Bridge which separates Washington and Oregon

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Once we cross over the bridge, we will be in Astoria, Oregon and then it’s just a short drive to Fort Stevens State Park where we will be staying for two nights.

History tip of the day: Fort Stevens was an active military base for many years starting during the Civil War and continued until World War II.

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The old military base was obviously eventually turned into the State Park, but there are still a sunken shipwreck and some other areas that you can tour and see all the old military equipment. Mr. Delish is a huge World War II buff, so he will be into this.

Next we will drive down the coast of Oregon and end up just outside of Florence, Oregon at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park. This area is best known for the miles and miles of sand dunes that run along the coast. The park is separated from the ocean by the dunes so you can easily go stroll around the dunes from the park.

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While we are there we are going to go on a sand duning tour! Well some of us, my mom doesn’t like scary stuff so she will just watch. Mr. Delish plans on watching the professional driver on our tour and learning some things from him and then renting his own buggy to drive around, I am not going with him.

Last time I went on a sand duning tour with him, this happened.

And this

Ya it was a mess.

Anyways, after a 3 day stay near the dunes, we will be going into the interior for hopefully some hot and sunny weather!

First we are staying at Prineville State Park which has a gorgeous big resevoir lake that I am looking forward to swimming in.

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Then lastly we will be staying at Cove Palisades State Park which is on the Deschutes river and there is a beautiful canyon and lots of hiking and things to see.

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It’s going to be a really fun trip and I won’t be able to blog while I am there but I will definitely take lots of pictures and tell/show you all about it when I’m back, but this isn’t for a few weeks yet.

Tell me, what was your favorite childhood vacation?

What are you doing this summer?

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