Football Designed Nails for Super Bowl

 

Getting into the spirit for this weekend…check out how to do this super easy Football Designed Nails for the Super Bowl this week here.

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RECIPE – Hot Crab Dip

Super Bowl is this Sunday and many of you will be posting parties – check out this recipe for an awesome dip to make. Hope you enjoy it!

Hot Crab Dip

Recipe by Our Best Bites
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese (light is fine)
1 c. mayonnaise (light is fine, but no Miracle Whip)
1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c. (about 6-8 oz.) shredded crab (or Krab)
Juice of 1 small lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
1 tablespoon of Creole or mild coarse-grain mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine shredded crab and lemon juice in a large bowl and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and spread in a 9″ pie plate or a medium baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Serve with slices of sourdough bread.

 

Spring 2013 Shoes

While most of us are shopping sample sales, and the winter sales, there’s the top 2% that’s already shopping the newest must haves for Spring 2013.  We’re totally OK about not doing this yet since the weather outside doesn’t seem to be able to make it’s mind up between being below freezing or kind of warm.

Nonetheless, it’s our jobs to know the fashion trends for this year, and what better way then shoes?

Classic styles are getting a makeover this season with some fresh prints, metallic straps, and other unique embellishments.

Here are some of the hottest designer shoe picks for spring 2013:

Gladiator Sandal Boots – These have been seen all over the fashion runways this year.  Sport a pair of gladiator boot-sandals when you’re wearing some shorter skirts and other leg-baring outfits this spring and summer. Gladiator boot-sandals with gold and silver embellishments can be a great addition to any warm-weather wardrobe and will be your ultimate statement shoe of the season.

These extreme gladiator sandals by John Altuzarra are already becoming one of the most talked about shoe trends for Spring 2013

Studded T-Straps – Designers like YSL, and Giuseppe Zanotti to name have a few have designed these sexy footwear with studs to match.  A pointed toe heel with T-straps and micro studs can be a great match for the season and a fun way to update your look for the warmer months ahead.

 

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Nian Goa – A Chinese New Year Recipe

Nian Gao is considered good luck during Chinese New Year, and therefore something every family usually buys to eat.  This year – we’re going to make our own.  Here is a simple recipe you can use.

Nian Gao, or Chinese New Year's Cake

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4-1/2 cups sweet rice flour (Available in Asian specialty markets)
  • 3 dried red dates (Available in Asian specialty markets

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, boil the water, add the sugar and the oil, and stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
  2. Mix the rice flour thoroughly with the cooled liquid and transfer the mixture into an 8-inch round aluminum pan. (The aluminum pans at supermarket salad bars work very well for this). Set the dates in the middle.
  3. Put an inch of water into a wok, a large pot, or a large flat pan and carefully set the pan of batter in the water. Cover lightly with aluminum foil and gently steam the mixture for about 50 minutes. Take care not to let the water boil over into the nian gao.

    Steaming can also be done in the oven: set a large pan of hot water on the middle shelf of a 375-degree oven and carefully place the nin gao, covered loosely with foil, in the hot-water bath. The water should be gently bubbling. Steam for about 50 minutes or until the mixture is firm in the middle. Cool thoroughly before cutting the nian gao into diamond shapes. Makes 12 servings.

Articles around the Web

We all read fashion blogs, celebrity gossips, and of course the news.  So we’ve decided to start our weekly edition of favorite articles around the web, put it all in one place so you can peruse in your free time.  We’re doing it so you don’t have to.

  • Closet of the Day goes to Mariah Carey – what is there not to love about 1,000 pair of shoes in your closet & racks of clothes that will make some shops on Madison avenue be shameful.
  • We’ve come a long way since the 80s but there is absolutely nothing wrong with casual sex.  Now there’s an app on Facebook that can help you track who’s “DTF“.  Let us know if you’ve checked this one out and let us know how it goes.
  • We love snack jewelry.  They’re gorgeous, sexy, ominous all in one package.  We usually find our jewelry in local shops, vintage markets, and randomly online.  But if you have $1.3mm laying around, Bulgari has this beautiful serpent’s necklace made of diamonds and emeralds.  It is after all the year of the snake.

That’s all we got for this week.  What are some of your favorite fashion gossip?

Apple Chips with Cinnamon Sugar

We saw this recipe from Foodlets.com and knew we had to borrow it for our blog.  I know my kiddies always ask me to buy chips whenever we’re at the grocery store (that’s why I avoid bringing them whenever I can).  While I sometimes give in – most of the time, I rather them not put a bunch of processed crap in their system.

These apple chips are easy to make, will make your house smell delicious and actually good for them.

BAKED APPLE CHIPS WITH CINNAMON SUGAR

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (golden delicious, gala or other fall baking apples are best)
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Wash and slice apples horizontally, using a mandolin if possible. Don’t bother coring, just remove any pieces of seeds.

On a baking sheet lined with a non-stick sheet such as Silpat, or parchment paper, sprinkle powdered sugar in a very thin, even layer. Line up apple slices, side by side as closely as they’ll fit in. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Place in the warm oven for at least 90 minutes, rotating once halfway through. For sweeter and chewier apples, remove at this point. For crispier apples with a more toasted flavor, cook for the full 2 hours.

Note: the “chips” may not be crispy to the touch when you first remove them from the oven. Remove them from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack or counter space. They’ll crisp up a bit here. Also, the thicker you slice the apples, the chewier the result.