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Fall fab fit fun box 2015  — October 26, 2015

Fall fab fit fun box 2015 

I like the make up subscription boxes but I am loving the lifestyle boxes a lot more. You get some beauty but some other cool stuff too! This is my first fab fit box! I am definitely keeping this subscription!

It came with the cutest umbrella. Personally,  I never use umbrellas but yellow is my favorite color and if I ever do use one I want it to be cute.

The black box is some facial masks. I have never heard of this brand but the retail value is $65! I am gonna be beautiful after I use that ! Who would pay that much for some at home masks for real? I mean, I could go get a facial for that (I think). Not sure about how much one costs really.

The strength tubing comes with a DVD. I am one of those who always say I will work out at home but never do. I will definitely try it though.  It says the value is $35.
The green box is some  wrinkle cream valued at like $50. I don’t remember the exact amount though.

There is a cute purse charm that is really cute!  My problem is I have a red and white striped canvas purse which would look hideous with this charm.  What does that mean?  That I need a new fall purse so I can sport my cute purple tassel thing. I really like the meaning behind it though and it supports a good cause. It supports The Purple Purse which I have never heard of but anything to help stop Domestic Violence has my support.

The Bracelet is by Tribe alive. I really like the cause behind the jewelry. They give jobs to Artisan women. The bracelet itself is something I would wear if I could put bracelets on myself. I don’t know if it is that I have huge wrists, that I am ADHD and it takes too much concentration or what but I rarely even wear my James Avery Charms bracelets which is my prized possession.

The Manna Lip Stain is absolutely amazing!!! I love the color ! It doesn’t stay on as long as I wished but nothing stays on my face so that is nothing new. It is just really natural which is what I like.

My favorite is the portable charger. I have been wanting one of these. It’s value was 24.99. I have never heard of this brand but I haven’t heard of any other brand I came across while shopping for one either so I am fine with it.

It came with a $75 gift card to a canvas printing too which will be awesome for a Christmas gift. I will look like I spent all kinds of money and didn’t 🙂

According to the Pamphlet, it ends up being about $365 value. I love it for $50 every three months. I hate I won’t get as much mail but I will use everything in this box for sure!

If you want a more detailed description of each product or a coupon, you can go to http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/2015/04/fabfitfun-spring-2015-review.html . This woman is who got me addicted to so many dang subscription boxes.


  Me with the lipgloss on this am!

Caribbean Oxtails with Cauliflower/ Mashed Potatoes — October 20, 2015

Caribbean Oxtails with Cauliflower/ Mashed Potatoes

I love Oxtails. They taste just like roast but yet make me feel “fancy” inside. Maybe because I never tasted Oxtails much less even heard of them when I was younger.

About a year or so ago (maybe longer who knows) I had seen someone cooking these on a cooking show. They mentioned they were “extras” in the meat market, therefore, they were cheap. I googled a recipe and ran to the store. Well, they weren’t “cheap” as the TV show referred. Heck, I was at the “cheap” aka Nasty grocery store in Pearland and they were $8.00 per package of four. Since I usually double every recipe I make,  I was thinking this would be quite expensive. I decided since I had never tried these before I would buy three packages.

Anyway, came home and the Hubs and I enjoyed them tremendously. They were easy and surprisingly easy. I decided then since they were pricey and of course never on sale, when I saw them, (they’re actually hard to find here in Texas) that I would buy one package and freeze them. That way, when I decided to make them again, I would have plenty on hand and it wouldn’t hit my $150 a week budget for groceries so hard.

The In – Laws were coming a few months ago. She is very prideful of her cooking which makes me feel like the lowest piece of crap on the earth. Don’t get me wrong……. she is an awesome cook!!! Everywhere we go, even restaurants, she always says how much better hers tastes. My favorite thing is every time she makes a meal, she says, “Now there is no way we would’ve had a meal this good at a restaurant”. LOL! It is a little joke between the hubs and I actually…… Again, her cooking is good and sometimes she is right. We’ll just leave it at that.

Since they were coming, I was so stressed. I didn’t buy groceries three weeks prior to them coming so I could afford “fancy” food for them. I mean, they don’t eat ground beef, ground anything. Its’ all steaks and seafood. I was crying (yes crying) to the Hubs saying how stressed I was since they were going to be there for five days and she wouldn’t like what I cooked. He came up with a good idea……… He said for me to cook all my different recipes that his mom never cooks. That way, she can’t say hers is better. What a brilliant idea!!!!

Okay, I am way off track………. basically, I made Braised Oxtails when they came along with Creamed Parsnips. I had used the same recipe I did previously but I was so nervous I was obviously trying too hard and did get them a little too salty. We added some water to drowned it out but it still made you pucker. The thing about the whole situation is his mom never complained or mentioned the saltage issue. It was the elephant in the room. On one hand, I wish someone had but on another hand, I wasn’t going to allow anyone to opt out of eating them since I probably spent about $80 on that dish alone.

We would eat it and like it damnit!

This weekend, I decided to try a Caribbean version. I am usually not an Emeril fan but I figured his may be the best. Plus, I was needing a Pressure Cooker Version and he is the first one I saw.

I had three packets of meat which was exactly three pounds. If you have never ate these suckers before, there isn’t much meat just fyi. They are sssooo good though!!! I love them!!! Emeril did good to me this time. I will definitely make it again. Here is his recipe but I will also type it below.

No, I still haven’t perfected this entire insert link from excel bit yet. Since I always get on here while at work, I have to download the pictures from my phone and type from my work computer. Who wants to go home and do all that once they get home?

Oxtails are one of those things you can’t think about what they are or where they have been.  If you are not open to trying new things, perhaps a couple of glasses of wine need to be consumed while cooking.  By the time it is ready, you will not

care what part of the cow you are eating 🙂

Because of this, I rinsed all the oxtails then dried with paper towels.  I saw somewhere this helps with browning.

 

Brown small batches at a time.  This is in my pressure cooker.  I love this thing !!!

All the meat is done!  Just waiting on the veggies to sauté’ now!

This is way more veggies than the recipe calls for I know.  I just cut up all the veggies in advance since I was cooking several meals at one time.

Here goes the Veggies

I didn’t have fresh ginger so I used ground ginger

I didn’t realize til later but I was supposed to put the tomato paste before the spices .  But, since I didn’t have any tomato paste I just browned the spices and flour like I was making a roux

With the entire Bluebell Scandal this year, you can never have enough quality control in my opinion !

Yea, It is okay I guess

The recipe said to let simmer for five minutes

Since I didn’t have tomato paste, I mixed a small can of tomato sauce in with 1 1/2 cups of beef broth

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For some reason, I can never get the number sixty on my pressure cooker.

It is nearly impossible!  I think it goes from 55 to 65 I swear! I also did slow release, not really on purpose but because I had four meals going on at the same time.

Oops! This was supposed to be before the timer pic .  This computer is so freaking slow though it takes 45 seconds to type one sentence!  I am fixing to slit my wrist I swear!

There was quite a bit of grease so after letting it cool, I got a glass and skimmed the top.

Ingredients : Emiral’s recipe ( with my changes )

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pounds oxtails (This was 3 small packages)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I never measure salt and Pepper but I am sure I was heavier on the pepper)
1 cup small diced onion
1/2 cup small diced carrot ( I wish I had left them bigger. I like color in my food)
1/2 cup small diced celery
1/4 cup small diced leeks
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced green onion, white part only
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 tablespoons tomato paste ( I used a small can of tomato sauce)

 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (recommended: Guinness)
1 1/2 cups veal stock or low-sodium canned beef broth
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves (These were for our lunches so I just put them over mashed potatoes / mashed cauliflower and topped with the parsley in the Tupperware container)

Directions:
Add the olive oil to the One Pot (or any pressure cooker, or a Dutch oven) and heat over medium heat until hot. Season the oxtails with the salt and pepper. Add half of the oxtails to the One Pot and cook until well browned on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Set the seared oxtails on a platter once browned and repeat with the remaining oxtails.

Once all the oxtails are browned, add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan. Saute the vegetables until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the leeks, garlic, green onions and ginger to the pan and saute for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to combine. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the beer to the One Pot and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the beer to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the stock and allspice, stir, and return the oxtails to the pan. Return the pan to a boil and place the lid over the pan. Once a steady stream of steam is emitted from the pan, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook the oxtails until tender, about 1 hour in a pressure cooker or 2 hours in a Dutch oven. Remove the lid, and stir the chopped parsley into the pan. Serve immediately.

Mashed Potatoes / Cauliflower Recipe

Potatoes
5 Small Russett Potatoes Rinsed and Peeled
Boil like a normal person does. I am sure if you’re reading this blow, you know how to make mashed potatoes.

Drain into mixing bowl when done

Cauliflower
Cut the core out and roast all the florets. I put them in the oven for about 30 min. until lightly browned on some edges.

While they were both warm, I put half a stick of butter in with it all along with some salt and pepper and garlic powder.

By this time, I am tired. I have been cooking for six hours straight and The Hubs is pissing me off. He just walked through the kitchen. How dare him!!!! I have yelled at Lady for being under my feet and she is scared to come into the kitchen now. Jordan has left for work two hours early.

I mixed them all with the mixer and put it all in the lunch containers then topped with my Oxtails and parsley. Wah Lah!

I have made this with creamed parsnips before and I think I prefer it like that. I have also seen it made with polenta but with this having the Caribbean flavors, I don’t think they would go well with Polenta / aka Grits.

October 2015 Allure Subscription Box  — October 7, 2015

October 2015 Allure Subscription Box 

I love to get these boxes! In my video I try and be funny about everything but I do use most of the stuff . 
Well, I attempt to but anything beyond a beige really doesn’t work for me. I just feel weird with a lot of make up on. I have two teen daughters so that is the main reason I get these boxes. They love make up and we share everything so I may say it’s for me but we all know who will end up using it. Now if I ever find a fitness box I can afford that is worth it, there will be no sharing ! 
Here is my video of all my things in the Allure box this month. It’s my first month receiving this box. I chose it because it seems to have more brands I have heard of.  Well, more “teen” brands. 
   
 
Here is my YouTube video 

How to tell you were poor growing up !  — October 3, 2015

How to tell you were poor growing up ! 

My daughter works for Gringos in the To-Gos. This has been one reason for my weight gain I swear! I wake up on Saturday mornings to at least two Gringos meals she has brought home! 

Speaking of …. It is Saturday morning! I need to go look for some goodies. 
Last weekend, she brought home a fajita dinner with ribs, sausage and shrimp.  She said the chef made her bring it home. Customers call in orders and never go to pick them up. So all the “no shows” get split up. 

  LOL! $25 dollar gringos fajita meal now $50 for this plate !!! 

I didn’t do that on purpose I promise. Once I saw it, I thought it was humorous. I can’t tell you how many fancy restaurants I have left starving ! 

The other plate she brought home is flautas but in flour tortillas vs corn. Well, flautas are nasty heated up but I didn’t want to throw the meat away. I hate being so wasteful! 

I was making stuffed dates for dinner that night and remembered that chicken so I got me some jalapeños and stuffed them with the chicken from the flautas, cheese and wrapped in bacon. 

I don’t have an after picture. It wasn’t anything special…. Just me recycling 🙂 Jordan walked in while I was doing this and proceeded to make fun of how cheap I am.  

 

She may have a point 🙂  

Chocolate Tofu Popsicles  — October 2, 2015

Chocolate Tofu Popsicles 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love chocolate!  I have repeatedly said numerous times I would love to own a dessert truck and only run it at night.  Say you’re sitting watching TV and just start craving brownies.  You’re in your pajamas and of course you aren’t going to get up and make any.  Then kitchen is already clean for the night!  Just think…  you start craving chocolate, then you think about cookies, and you just wish they would pop up at your door!

I don’t keep sweets around for that reason!  I would eat five brownies if they were around.  I do keep ice cream around though. I feel like if I am going to snack, ice cream is probably healthier than cookies, cake, or brownies right?  And you don’t have to mess up your whole kitchen.

I have been buying cookbooks left and right of every diet there is.  I am not following one diet but I figure if I eat from all the healthy diets that somehow it will benefit me.  I mean, anything is better than eating fattening foods everyday.  I ordered http://www.amazon.com/Thug-Kitchen-Official-Cookbook-Like/dp/1623363586/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443822386&sr=8-1&keywords=The+thug+kitchen and immediately had to try these popsicles.

The curiosity killed me. I went and got all the stuff then realized I didn’t have popsicle sticks.

Rant:
Okay, yes I know everywhere else in the world it is considered Fall. But jeez people…. I live in Houston TX. It is still 95 Deg. here. I think the popsicle molds should stay out year around here, just sayen!

Anyway, after four stores I finally found some at Kroger.

Then I got to reading the recipe and saw the note at the bottom about the Tofu. He said it can’t be the refrigerated Tofu with the water in it. Great!!!! Another hurdle. The next day I went to find the Silken Tofu. He said it would be in the Asian section of the grocery store but it wasn’t. I found it in the healthy/organic/expensive section of Kroger. Yay!!! I bought three boxes just in case they were good. 🙂

Finally!!!

The next night, me and the hubs each had one. He never indulges in my chocolate with me but he said he would try it. The next night, he had two. They were really good. I don’t know the calorie content of them but I am thinking Tofu is protein right?? So…. can’t I just eat popsicles for supper and they’ll fill me up?

Here is the recipe: I won’t use all his wording I promise. He does get pretty crude sometimes but any man who learns to cook Vegan for his girlfriend and help in the kitchen is fine by me!

Chocolate Fudge Pops

1 cup vanilla almond or your favorite nondairy milk
1 1/4 Cup Semisweet chocolate chips
12 ounces firm silken tofu (remember, not the watery kind)
12 popsicle sticks (I only had six and did ice trays for the remainder)

Or as he says, you can use “12 small ass paper cups”.

Microwave or heat up the milk to be warm but not hot

melt your chocolate chips. I made my poor man’s double broiler over the stove. Of course you can microwave them also stirring in 15 second intervals.

Put it all in the blender and then pour into your molds.

Put in the freezer for about 40 minutes THEN put your sticks in.

Freeze them entirely.

I can’t wait to make more. In fact, I ordered star popsicle molds so I can pretend the ice cream truck just came by and my mom gave me money for a fudge bomb. I am sure I can find a Vanilla tofu popsicle recipe somewhere! Making popsicles may be my new obsession I swear!

  

Glossy Box -September  —

Glossy Box -September 

I am up to about four subscription boxes now.  Of course, I just love getting packages in the mail.  The hubs got a new job though so until we figure out how it is going to go and we know its’ a go, I had to cancel my Glossybox 😦  It is my favorite one but since I rarely even wear makeup, I thought it would be the one I have to let go.  To me, Glossybox is more geared towards people my age which is probably why it is my favorite. I think that is selfish of me though since the whole point of signing of for the beauty boxes is so the girls and I can share it all.  If it was all about me, I would subscribe to a baking box or a wine box.

Okay, here is the description….

The coffee is a rub.  It says you are supposed to moisten your skin and rub it in circles in areas where you have cellulite then let it sit for ten minutes.  My concern is how am I supposed to sit and wait ten minutes being perfectly still when my cellulite is on my Ass???  I mean, I guess I could lay on my stomach on a towel and let it sit?  I probably won’t use it. I can’t sit still for ten minutes naked.  That’s just weird to me!

The Julep Lips gloss is really pretty.  I always have lip gloss on.  Well, maybe not on all the time but I do put it on everyday.  Of course they all wear off really fast .  Its’ about the only girlie thing I do everyday.

The Biossance is a wrinkle gel.  I have used it a couple of times and of course you won’t tell a difference to know if it will make obvious changes but every month there is some sort of wrinkle cream. I figure if I use what I get everyday from all my boxes,  I will get rid of all my wrinkles soon!  It did honestly feel good on my face though I do have to admit that.  It comes with a little eyedropper.  Its more of a gel than a lotion so its’ pretty runny.

I am sure I will enjoy the blush and nail polish. Well, between me and my daughters, someone will.  I have never heard of any of these brands.  Well, I have heard of Julep because they have a box and I have received their nail polish before in another subscription box.