Easy Peasy Spring Into Summer Refresher

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Summer is fast approaching, and I am always looking for creative ways to keep me hydrated and make my drink look pretty!

I’ve seen pretty drinks with flowers or herbs, but I wanted something much simpler than that!

Cue: Colored Ice Cubes…

There are a ton of variations on this drink, but I stuck with just using Sprite or 7Up and some Kool Aid to make this Spring Into Summer Refresher.

What You Will Need

-1 Pink & 1 Yellow Kool Aid Packs

-Sprite or 7Up

-2 Ice Cube Trays

Directions: Pour Pink Kool Aid packet into some water, mix, and pour into ice cube tray, and freeze for about 1hr (repeat same process w/ yellow packet).  Once ice cubes are set, place 2 cubes of each color into glass and fill glass with Sprite or 7Up.  Put a dainty straw inside, sip, and get ready to feel refreshed!

Of course you can always add a splash of vodka for some cocktail fun if you’d like 🙂

Enjoy!

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Speed Up Your Grilled Cheese W/ An Unexpected Ingredient

When a comfort food craving hits, sometimes there’s just no time to waste, right? Last week my husband made a delicious grilled cheese sandwich! I know there is no real science to making it, but he said that what appealed to him about the recipe was that you grilled the sandwich with Mayo instead of butter!  So he decided to try this Food52 recipe out and find out if mayonnaise was better than butter.

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What You Will Need:

Sharp Cheddar Cheese (any brand could be used to get fancy, we just had the Costco house brand at that moment)

Mayo

-Sourdough or any rustic bread (we used sourdough)

Directions

The original recipe was intended to serve 10 people, so we modified it for just the two of us.  All you need is four slices of your chosen bread.  Shred about 4oz of the cheese or whatever stacks up well with the size of your bread.

Heat frying pan over medium to low heat.  Spread mayo on the outside of each slice of bread.  Sprinkle your desired amount of shredded cheese on the inside of one slice of bread, cover with second slice of bread and place in frying pan.

Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

When done, place it on a pate, add some chips or fruit, and lunch is served!

Easy peasy, right!!?

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It was super delicious and it was equally as good as grilling it with butter.  No waiting for the butter to soften or tearing up bread, and the whole thing was perfectly crispy and melty! This is definitely a great recipe to make when you are in a pinch and don’t have lot of time or simply want to try a new twist on an old favorite.

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The New Stalking Beauty

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Hello Beauties!

Clarity here, excited to let you know that Stalking Beauty went through a transformation! Yaay!

This blog has now turned into a one woman show!  We had originally started Stalking Beauty as a two sibling perspective, but since one of us decided to go in a different direction and pursue other endeavors, Stalking Beauty is strictly my own blog now.  That isn’t to say that I won’t have great guest bloggers every now and then and maybe a cameo appearance here and there from my brother Ellie.

My goal with this blog is to just bring you my take on life which includes: fashion, beauty, design, entertainment, and food, so in other words most of what I’ve been loving and sharing with you all along.  I hope that you like it and choose to stick around!

A little bit about me.  I am a graduate student who hopes to graduate by the end of this year with a Masters in Human Development and hopes to start her own Child Development Specialist Consultant business.  I have 20 years experience in trying to improve the needs of children and their families.  I started this blog with the purpose of getting my creative writing skills flowing again since I have loved to write since I can remember.  My passions are jewelry, reading, music, and my cute little Maltese named Cash.  I currently am an Independent Jewelry Consultant and hope to share some of my style tips and deals with you once a week.

Since I am currently working on my thesis, it doesn’t allow much time to do fun writing on the side, but my goal is to at least publish posts three times a week for now.  I hope that you will like and enjoy the new and updated version of this blog!

Have a Wonderful Day!

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I, Artichoke Chicken

Another week, another successful kitchen adventure!

Since I’ve already mastered the art of Crispy Cheddar Chicken, I decided to further my culinary skills by stuffing some chicken.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, although inserting toothpicks can be a little intimidating.  So fear not and prepare with ease.

Recipe was retrieved from Menu Musings via Pinterest

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Ingredients

  • skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • spinach artichoke dip
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil (to desired taste)
  • 1 can of medium artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and quartered
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 – 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • handful of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • handful of fresh basil, cut into ribbons

Prep Time:

45 to 60 minutes

(there is a lot of prepping for this recipe so if you are a woman/man on the go, we suggest to either prep the night before or make sure to start cooking early)

Bake Time:

~60 minutes @ 400° (This can vary, the original recipe calls for cook time by thermometer temperature, but use your best judgement for doneness)

Step 1:

Create a pocket in the chicken breast, stuff with a spoonful of artichoke dip, and close with toothpicks (we went through a couple of toothpicks, so it can be a little tricky)

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Step 2:

In a bowl, combine halved cherry tomatoes, quartered artichokes, minced garlic, dried basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, and flour. Mix it all together well.

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Step 3:

Place all the stuffed chicken breasts into a sprayed/greased baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, dried basil and garlic powder, according to your desired taste.

Step 4:

Pour artichoke and tomato mixture over top of  chicken.  Bake for about 45 minutes @ 400° or until internal temp is above 155°.

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Step 5:

Take chicken out, spread Parmesan and Mozzarella on top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until chicken temp is above 170°.

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Garnish with fresh basil and serve.  You can accompany this dish with a side of pasta. The remaining roasted veggies from the pan are also delicious.

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Enjoy!

The 7 Hour Shake

     It may only be February, but it’s never too early to start getting back in shape for bikini season.  I’ll be the first to admit that my beach body has been hibernating in deep slumber since November. Since I consider myself to be a good Samaritan, I’m going to share with you my first of five easy “quick-fix” weight loss recipes.  I like to call this one  “The 7 Hour Shake.”

First you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cored sliced apple (preferably Gala or Fuji)
  • 2 Tsp of  protein powder (pardon the shitty image according my resident art director)
  • 1 Tsp of ground cinnamon (for more flavor add an extra Tsp since that’s all you will be eating in the next 7 hrs)
  • 1 1/2 cup of plain soy milk (not to be snobby, but SILK works best)

Shake Ingredients

Step 1

Core and slice the apple

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Step 2

Measure 2 Tsp of protein powder

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Step 3

Measure 1 Tsp of  ground cinnamon (remember you can add an extra Tsp for flavor)

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Step 4

Measure 1 1/2 cups of plain soy milk

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Step 5

Blend all ingredients together on high

Blend

Now sit, relax, and enjoy your next 7 hrs because it’s gonna be a long one! 

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** My Tia’s TJ nutritionist recommended this to our family, so it’s 100% Tijuana certified

Snickers Cake Hit

I am obsessed with DIY on Pinterest! There is something new to pin everyday, but as I sit there pinning away, I start thinking,”Can I actually make this; afterall, I’m just an average gal not a super crafter?”  So I decided to put it to the test on a dateless Saturday night.  Since I’m a chocaholic, my first project I took on was the Snickers Cake which originally comes from a website called PinCookie.

I had to embark on a journey to my local grocery store (Ralph’s) because I didn’t have half the ingredients on the list.  I had a couple of blonde moments like, “Is chocolate and caramel sauce the same as syrup?” and “Can I just use the pre-packaged diced pecan/peanuts mix  instead of plain old peanuts?” and then I had a couple of soul searching moments like “I don’t want to go into a diabetic shock” and “Do I really want to wake up with another pimple on my chin?” but, in the end, I bought the syrups and nut mix and promised myself to do an extra facial mask before I went to bed.  It took me about 2 hours to complete it, but it was a total DIY Pinterest SUCCESS!

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My Masterpiece

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Tips for a  Successful Outcome:

  1. Get a headstart because prep includes chill time for frosting bowl and cake
  2. You can definitely use the chocolate and caramel syrups and the prepackaged pecan/peanut mix
  3. Invite loads of friends over so they can eat it all up or make it for a party the night before
  4. Just Have Fun!!!