Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday (4/30)

Short and sweet today. Opinions are like a**holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Treat Yourself Tuesday (4/29)

I'm going to share another tried and true recipe that my family loves. I originally found this recipe on Allrecipes like I have so many others and it has become a regular in my dinner rotation.

Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream


  • 1 (12 ounce) package bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage and pepper flakes until sausage is evenly brown. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, cream, and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir cooked pasta into sauce, and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Music Monday! (4/28)

This week is a little different. I'm a fan of big band music and I really like "retro" sounding music. One artist that I have enjoyed a few projects from is Kelis. The video is odd (which I love) and I really like the feel of the song. Here is Kelis with 'Rumble' from the album Food.

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It's the strangest thing
To have you back in my face
With all those years passed
I guess I just got used to my space

I don't know how to feel
This whole thing seems so surreal
So you keep one foot out the door
I know I said 'leave' but, baby, don't go

We got so much history
I hurt you, you hurt me
No, we don't need therapy
What I need is you to leave

And even though I know I'm right
Just like some lapse in my memory
You're back to me, hand on the door
I wanna yell "baby, don't go!"

I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
My keys

You got so many issues but I guess something's up with me too
I'm just fine by myself
But I don't know who's gonna help you
I'm not no secretary, I'm nobody's maƮtre d

But like a lapse in my memory
I wanna yell, "baby, don't go"
Baby, don't go, baby, don't go
Baby, don't leave, yeah
Stay the night, baby
Don't go, baby, oh, hey, baby, don't, baby, don't go

I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
My keys

I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
Oh, I'm so glad you give back my keys
My keys

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Funday! (4/25)

I'm so behind on posts! Let's do this!

This might be old news to most, but it was new to me this week or at least reminded me of a fun project I wanted to do. A fellow mommy/beauty blogger posted a picture from her Project 365. It involves taking one photo a day for a year and uploading it to make a compilation. Mine is focused around my youngest son, Jim. I just so happened to think of doing this the day after his 1 year birthday, so this will be very fun to visually document his growth over this next year. I'm uploading them to a photo album on Facebook as well as to the Project 365 site.

My Newest Hair Adventure!

The joys of lightening dark hair...

I'm naturally a brunette with gray/blue eyes and a fair complexion. Growing up I always wanted to have red or blonde hair. After all, I grew up in the 80's when blondes had more fun! Right? 

Later in life I realized that beauty comes in all forms and really embraced my features and coloring. It dawned on me that blue eyes and brown hair are very pretty and started fully appreciating my natural beauty. It is time for a change though! I'm still young and I want to do this before it looks silly. So yes. I am going blonde! I'm halfway there already. 

The product I am using is L'Oreal Super Blonde Creme Lightening Kit. The application is nice because its a foam and there is a ton in it. I won't really have a final opinion though until the process is totally done! I can hardly wait! 

I started this process a week ago and gave my hair some time to rest and recuperate so that I don't turn it into straw. I really should have used a color remover first since I had done a terrible red and then back to brown. This is why the first round did not get my hair very light. My roots got really super light so I know this stuff works great on hair with no color in it. I'll post some updated pics in the next few days. It should be interesting to see how light it gets!

Before After

Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Monday (4/21)

It has been tough this month to do any blogging, hence the lack of blog entries. Chronic pain and family events have kept me from being as productive on here as I want to be. I need to make myself get up and do this everyday though. It really does help me. Sooooo, here is another song.

This is one of my very favorite songs off of probably one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Pearl Jam, Black from Ten (1991). 

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Hey... oooh...
Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me, as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul, as the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn

Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands shake beneath the clouds
Of what was everything

All the pictures had
All been washed in black, tattooed everything
I take a walk outside, I'm surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear?

And twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I'm spinning, oh, I'm spinning
How quick the sun can, drop away
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything

All the pictures had
All been washed in black, tattooed everything
All the love gone bad, turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I'll be, yeah
Uh huh... uh huh... ooh...

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life
I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky
But why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine