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Friday, April 26, 2013


This is just a quick, random post of something I read about this morning that I found humorous.

I read that your birthmarks are where you were killed in past lives.

I only have one.

It is a small, light, almost triangular-shaped spot on my right knee, so I guess in a past life I was an adventurer until I took an arrow to the knee!  -.-


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuna Boats

This is a fun, light, crisp, easy recipe that is just perfect for summer.  The success of this depends on how fresh and nice your cucumbers are, though.  While this was good, the cucumbers I'd bought were a tad on the bitter/tart side, so I'd imagine with a sweeter one this would be ten times better.  I got the idea for this recipe off of Pinterest, but as so often happens, it didn't link back to a source.

This starts out with the tuna recipe I use faithfully - my grandmother's recipe.  I've had a lot of tuna made by a lot of different people, but nowhere else have I ever seen anyone put apples into it and that is a shame because it is just stellar.

Starting off, you'll need 3 cans of tuna in water or oil, your choice.  Drain it well and put it in a large mixing bowl or container.  I knew there'd be leftovers so I mixed it straight into a Tupperware bowl with a lid to save on dishes.

You'll also need 1/2 of an apple - red is best, but green works in a pinch - and half an onion of any color.  The cucumbers are for the little boats.  I made 4 boats and had plenty of tuna left over and could have made about 4-6 more.  My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I couldn't even finish one boat, but the Wookie came to the rescue and ate all the rest!

Other stuff you'll need includes mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip), spicy or brown mustard, salt, pepper, dill pickles or dill relish, and garlic powder, the last two of which seem to have been camera shy on this day.  -.-

Hard boil 3 eggs or one egg per can of tuna and let them cool completely.

Finely dice up the 1/2 onion and 1/2 apple and add them to the tuna along with 1tbsp of the mustard, 1 tsp garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 tbsp of dill relish or finely chopped pickle.  The mayonnaise is up to you.  Some people like their tuna drier than others.  I add mayonnaise until it is to the consistency I like it at, then squeeze in a little more since I'll be adding the eggs in later.

Peel your cucumbers and remove the seeds so they are hollow.  I like to use a melon baller, it gets all the seeds out with one fell swoop.

Next, once they are completely cool, dice the eggs up and fold them into the tuna mixture.  I like to do this after everything else is all stirred up so that some of the chunks of boiled yolks stay intact.  If you mix them in as you mix everything else, they tend to break up and just sort of become one with everything.

Once your eggs are in, pop the whole thing into the fridge, covered, until it is nice and cold, then spoon the mixture into the cucumbers and sprinkle with some parsley.

That's all there is to it!

A close-up shot of the goodness.

Do you have a special tuna salad recipe that's been handed down?


Saturday, April 20, 2013

DIY Button Makeover

I tend re-purpose and/or re-vamp things.  A lot.  At any given time, I have boxes of small objects stashed all over just waiting for their turn in a project.

Recently, we sorted through a huge stash of buttons we had that we had no use for in their current state.  You know how it is:  You see one cool button you want, it is on a card of 6 for like 2 bucks, so you buy the card, pin the one button to a bag or coat, then the rest rot in a drawer somewhere.

Not anymore!

Here's the leftover, abandoned, and unloved buttons before.  Some buttons sort of clip together and have paper between them so you can pretty well easily replace whatever is in them, but these weren't like that.

I started out by putting 2 coats of white nail polish on them to cover the prints that were on there.

Then, I started layering on other colors.  Most of these had a base color before I put the glitter over them, but the one with the glitter you already see on it was a hot pink jelly with holo glitter, so I wanted to just put several layers of that over the white so it would have a cool depth to it.

Once I had the base colors on, I started adding the glitters over them.

Once they were painted to where I was happy with them, I let them sit until completely dry, then I applied some cute Hello Kitty stickers to the centers.  Well, roughly the centers.  Some are a little off!  >.<

Once that was done, I added a super thick clear coat.  I just used Hard as Nails clear coat and put it on in very thick drips, then just sort of spread it around so it formed sort of a glaze.  This worked better than I ever could have hoped!  The buttons came out smooth, slick, and shiny just like they'd been pre-painting, even over the glitter.

That's it!  Here's the rest:

Even though the sticker is a little off-center, the gold holo is my favorite.  Sort of hard to get its full brilliance in the picture, but this think sparkles like it's nobody's business!

Have you ever re-done buttons?  Any improvements or ideas you could add?


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash

Damn, do I love this stuff.

I mean just...damn.

Due to the black and silver design of the container, the pictures didn't come out too well, but you get the idea.

This, in case you hadn't noticed, is Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash in Blackest Black.  This, ladies, is the Holy-fucking-Grail of mascara.

I choked on my own tongue and may or may not have died for a minute or two when I saw on amazon this goes for about 40 bucks.  Then, I grew a brain and looked elsewhere and was able to find it at other websites for around half that.  While that is still about double what I pay for the cheap shit I normally use, it is worth it and this will most likely end up being one of those things I'll have to save up to get when I start running out because if I don't get more...I...I can't.  I don't even want to consider it.

This has the newer silicone-style wand, which I don't mind it as long as it is sturdy and shaped well.  My lashes are relatively thick, but they are fairly short and this made me look like I had fake lashes on after one coat.  I use Koji Spring Heart lashes in "natural cute" and this makes me look like I have those on.  I've never had a mascara do that.  If I apply two coats, it just looks crazy dramatic.  If you have naturally thick lashes that lack length and need an extra kick or two, this is for you.

<3 WW

**This was a gift from a friend, but the opinion is 100% my own.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chicken Tostadas with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Wooo, I'm back to typing-able for the least.  That one-handed typing shit is for the birds, man.  I'm still having to take it easy, so I apologize if the posts seem short or boring!

Lots more posts coming up.  I had so many planned then...yeah.  My accident-prone life.

So here's the recipe I was supposed to post over a week ago!  >.<  I originally found the idea here, but it is very heavily modified.

First, bust out the crock pot.  Put in 4 chicken thighs, defrosting optional, a half cup of water, about 1/4 cup of salsa, and a packet of taco or fajita seasoning or your own blend.  I usually just dump in salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic, basil, onion powder, cilantro, and a bit of cayenne until it tastes right, but I was feeling lazy, so I just used a packet this time.  Put the lid on, crank it up to high, and let it go for about 4-5 hours.

It should be about falling off of the bone.  Remove it to cool and turn the crock pot to warm.

While the chicken is cooling, you should make the salsa.  I put in 1 can of sweet corn, drained, 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed, 1/2 tbsp of cilantro (fresh is best but dried will do), 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 small purple onion, 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes.  Mix it all up, cover it, and pop it in the fridge.

Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, remove the bones, shred the meat, and spoon in some of the sauce left in the crock pot until all the meat is nicely coated.  Pour the left over sauce out of the crock pot and put the chicken back in to keep warm until it is ready to layer.

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Warm up a can of refried beans in a sauce pan and season with sea salt, black pepper, garlic, chili powder, onion powder, and paprika.  I used about 1/2 tsp of each.

Add enough oil to a skillet to cover about 1/4 inch or so and let it get nice and hot.  Fry up the flour tortillas until crispy.  I use the small taquito-sized ones and this recipe made 8 tostadas feeding 4 people.

Spread a layer of refried beans on a fried tortilla.  Add a layer of chicken, a layer of shredded cheese, and some of the salsa, and whatever other toppings you prefer.  I also had guacamole and salsa on mine and these were so delicious.  This is a recipe I'll be making again!