Nail Mania

1 Sep

Once upon a time there was a beautiful waitress.  She dazzled in her pearly white long sleeve button-up shirt, pink tie, black Dickies work pants, and very sexy non-slip black soled shoes. She was great at what she did, gave her customers exceptional service and excelled at sweet talking.  One evening, the beautiful waitress was going about her regular shift when the table she was so kindly waiting on informed her that she had the slightest bit of dirt under her nails.  The waitress was completely caught off guard and couldn’t believe that A: That she had gone to work with un-manicured nails and B: That the table could actually see her dirty nails in the dimly lit restaurant.  This frazzled the beautiful waitress so much, that she fumbled up the rest of the evening and received horrible tips.  She vowed from then on, that she would only go to work with beautiful, polished, and fabulous nails…

And everyone lived happily ever after 🙂

Now, I am not going to say that this fairytale is true….because I don’t need anyone judging me….but let’s just say with every fairytale, there is a lesson learned….

If you haven’t heard me raving about Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Strips yet or tried them for yourself, literally stop reading right now, and get your toosh to the nearest RiteAid, Target, Walgreen’s ASAP…

 

The nail strips come in all colors and patterns to please every type of palette and they are SO easy to put on (if I can do it, so can you).  And the best part? They last for about 10 days…yes 10 days of intensive, grueling housework ;)! Sooo let’s just say the beautiful fairytale waitress is VERY happy with such a wonderful product 🙂

 

http://www.sallyhansen.com/products/nails/nail-color/salon-effects-real-nail-polish-strips

Re-commited….

1 Sep

Dear fellow reader,

I deeply apologize for neglecting you.  I promise on this blog (right hand on the computer, left hand in the air) that I will continue to post more regularly and keep you up-to-date on my daily journey of life.  Rather than focusing solely on becoming a domestic housewife, I would like to share fun things I come across, adventures I embark on, and random things that happen on a daily basis.  If I had to sit inside all day and night and cook, clean, and sew I would need to be put in a room with padded walls….So this is MY version of life, and MY version of being a domestic housewife…..

So sit back relax, make some buttered popcorn, a glass of wine and Enjoy 🙂

The runaway onion

14 Jan

Day 1

I woke up this morning knowing that today was going to be the first day of me embarking on my journey of becoming a domesticated housewife.  I laid in bed pondering what my first challenge would be when suddenly my tummy let out a huge ROAR.  I was hungry, verrry hungry, not just hungry for some burnt toast or some stale cereal…I wanted something hearty, homey, and absolutely delicious.

I decided to break out some cookbooks I have collected over the years (not sure why my family & friends thought I would actually use them – but I guess here I am FINALLY using them).  Covered in dust, I wiped them off and started turning the pages to see the most mouthwatering & decadent food that looked nearly impossible to re-create.  I saw an Italian cookbook in the pile and right when I opened it up to the first recipe; I knew that this was going to be my first challenge….one of my absolute most favorite meals in the whole wide world…LASAGNA!

Now in the past, anytime I even fathomed of the thought of making such an intricate dish, I looked at the directions and could barley get past line 1…I felt the same way this morning, but thought to myself “this is supposed to be a CHALLENGE right?” So, I broke the instructions down so that I could sort of understand them and told myself “I CAN DO THIS.”  I wrote down a grocery list and headed over to our newly remolded Ralph’s, collected all of my ingredients and came home ready to start.

That’s me and my assistant chef Paisley.  I decided that if I actually was going to do this whole “cooking” thing I at least had to look the part & wear a cute apron.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

32 ounces of ricotta cheese

3 cups shredded mozzarella

2 eggs

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons dried parsley

Salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

1 Onion diced

9 Lasagna noodles

½ cup water

So here goes nothing, first direction:

In a large skillet (had to google which one of my pots was a skillet – thankfully figured it out) over medium heat, brown the ground beef.  Sprinkle any seasonings onto the beef and add diced onions.

Drain the grease.  Add the spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

Next step:

In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, eggs (why are eggs so hard to crack without the shells getting into things?), half of the grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper.

To assemble:

Use a 9×13 baking dish.  Evenly spread ¾ cup sauce mixture at bottom of dish.  Cover with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles.

Then on top of the noodles add 1 ¾ cups of cheese mixture and ½ cup of sauce (remember to spread evenly).  Repeat this for 2 layers.

When finished with the layering, top with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles, the remaining sauce, and leftover mozzarella cheese, and the remainder of the parmesan cheese.

Add ½ cup of water to the edges of the pan (not sure what this meant so I just put water all around…could be a big mistake…we will soon find out).  Cover with aluminum foil.

Last step:

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven (forgot to pre-heat…whoops) for 45 minutes.  Then remove aluminum foil and cook for 10 more minutes.  When finished, let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

During the baking time, I decided to conquer the mountain of dirty dishes and put away the leftover ingredients….and….whoops look what I found hiding behind the lasagna noodle box…

You naughty little onion hiding from me! Don’t you worry; I will get you soon Mr. Onion….and your little dog too!!

Ok – so enough anticipation….here it is…my final product……

Voila

Although it looked somewhat similar to the picture, I would have to put it to the ultimate test…I would have to have my biggest critic, my wonderful husband, indulge into my lasagna.

I dished out a big piece to him…he took a big bite and…..he LIKED it! I can’t believe it! I actually got a THUMBS UP!

After he finished the piece, he admitted that although it was good, it definitely was a bit bland….guess that onion really could have come in handy.  He recommended adding garlic, onions, and more seasoning to the meat and some freshly diced tomatoes to the spaghetti sauce.  Of course after he said all that, he got up from the couch and cut himself another piece  🙂

So after finishing my first challenge, these were the lessons learned:

–          Don’t be afraid to add additional ingredients to the recipe, like spices, seasonings and fresh cut veggies.

–          Pre-heat the oven before you are ready to use it (hence the term PRE-heat).

–          Be aware of runaway onions

Well, I would say the lasagna was a success, not the best, but things could have gone VERY wrong (all body limbs are still attached and there were no stovetop fires).

Stay tuned for next entry where I teach myself how to sew a button…ouch!

And so the journey begins…

12 Jan

I am a newlywed embarking on a frightening, long and scary journey.  No, not what you think, I am not having a child (yet) but rather learning to become DOMESTICATED.  The words cook, bake, clean, sew, laundry, wash, scrub & iron do not run in my vocabulary but as a challenge to myself and a promise to my husband, I am going to do my best to learn the skills to become an amazing housewife.  Our apartment is stacked to the ceiling with all sorts of boxes that say “Kitchen-aid, All-Clad, Cuisinart & Breville” and inside these boxes are all sorts of gadgets and devices that I haven’t been introduced to and am very unfamiliar with (banging on pots & pans when your 3 doesn’t count).  What exactly do you need an industry size Kitchen-Aid mixer for?  Well the nice lady who helped me with my wedding registry at Macy’s said that I just had to have it – along with about 100 other kitchen tools that look like parts used to build a spaceship rather than to “zest a lime” (what does that mean anyways?).   Each week I am going to present myself with a series of challenges that I must complete and hopefully over time (in this decade?) will eventually lead me to my ultimate goal.

I am sure there will be a lot of ruined food, white clothes that have turned pink, and small fires starting on top of the stove, but this blog (and you reader) will be there right with me to document all of my trials & errors and hopefully one day I can call myself a DOMESTIC HOUSEWIFE 🙂