Thursday, July 10, 2014

From drab to fab

 Last week I went on a much needed vacation.  Grad school is officially finished and I have my life back! That means fun refurnishing sewing projects can commence.  Sadie girl and I took off to the beach then stopped by  Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown on the way back.

I love checking out thrift shops when I travel, so off I headed to the local DAV just minutes from my hotel in Williamsburg.  And I stumbled upon this adorable little side table with a price tag of a whopping $3.99!!!  In the back of my car it went.

Once I got home I rushed off to the paint store and found a taster jar of off white paint for only $0.50!!  Several sandings and coats of paint later...

That wire looks super weird in my photos I just realized.  It's my hanging lamp.  Too lazy to take more photos.  :)  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3 Day Juice Cleanse

I decided to partake in a 3 day juice cleanse.  I've been feeling a bit sluggish lately and my  skin is looking a hot mess.  I normally juice a couple of times a week, but I am kicking it up a huge notch and drinking 6 juices a day! I will also eat at least one meal - I'm going to try to make that a raw meal, but veggies fer sure.

There a ton of reasons to juice, including detox, increased energy and clearer skin.  I won't go through all the benefits, you can find a million websites with great info.  I also recommenced checking out the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Joe Cross looses over 100 pounds through juicing. He went extreme juicing, which I only recommend
under doctor supervision.

I'm adopting recipes from  She juices broccoli, which I'm not a fan of and I have a ton of carrots and grapefruits, so I'll add those to some of the juices.  Last night I make 3 days worth of juices for the first juice of the day.  Today I'll make the rest.  I just pop them in the freezer and will take them out each day that I need them.

I'm expecting major withdrawals the first and second day, I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The wonderful world of tea

I am a sort of tea enthusiast.  Not so much a fan of coffee, but I can throw down tea. i am more of a fan of black and green tea not so much a fan of fruity/floral teas. I am still trying to work out the exact difference between Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas. But they are all yummy! I can't justify buying tea from places like Starbucks, well I can't justify starbucks to begin with, but that's another story.

When I go out to eat with my parents I mortify my mom when I bring my tea and honey out of my bag.

There is one place here in Alexandria I will buy there tea.  It is this yummy blend of I am not even sure.  Lol!  But they never sell it loose, so I am on the hunt to find it elsewhere.

My friend lives in Pittsburgh and there's this really awesome tea shop.  When I visit it's a stop fer sure; when you walk in you are lost in a world of delish smells. They sell this yummy chocolate mata with actual pieces of chocolate!.

I recently discovered green tea with matcha and brown rice.  It has a medium nutty flavor.  I found it at a Korean grocery in the area.  And it's so fun to look at!

making tea at home is not only fun, but economically important. $1.95 for a cup of tea everyday starts to add up. I'll stick to my $0.35 per cup thank you very much. that

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Broccoli with brown sauce

I was craving broccoli with brown sauce tonight after work and almost stopped at the Chinese restaurant.  Then remembered I am broke and went to Shoppers instead to buy broccoli.

So glad I did because this meal is alot cheaper than the $6 or more I would have paid.

Did you know that brown sauce was so easy to make??

1 1/2 c. cooked. Jasmine rice $0.50
2 c. Steamed broccoli $0.98
3 garlic cloves. $0.10
1 Tbsp sesame oil $0.10
2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.10
4 Tbsp soy sauce $0.16
1 1/2 c water
1-2 Tbsp corn starch $0.10

Brown garlic in oil.  Add brown sugar, soy sauce, water.  Cook until sugar dissolves.

Add corn starch.  Cook until sauce thickens.  It will brown up some more as you cook it.

Ass broccoli.  Serve over rice. 


Total cost $2.04

I thought I was going to eat all of this, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach. So I have lunch for manana! Cost per serving. $1.02