Thursday, June 30, 2011

Diet Might Mean FAT!

I swear not all of my posts are going to be via the Glamour website from now on but I had to do one more for you beauties because this scared the heck out of me! Whenever I go to the store, I am sure to purchase diet soda unless I am seriously craving a Pepsi. Who needs those extra calories with everything else we eat throughout the day?! BUT, according to a study I found posted on Glamour today, diet soda might be what is making us all fat!

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Straight from Glamour.com:
Experts have longed believed that diet soda could be bad for health, but wait until you hear this news: Two new studies (count them, two!), have found that diet soda drinks (with artificial sweeteners) may cause weight gain and an increase for diabetes.

"The researchers compared long-term change in waist circumference for diet soda users versus non-users in all follow-up periods. The results were adjusted for waist circumference, diabetes status, leisure-time physical activity level, neighborhood of residence, age and smoking status at the beginning of each interval, as well as sex, ethnicity and years of education.
Diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who said they consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.


YIKES! I feel like nothing in life makes sense anymore! So what do we do? Do we keep drinking our go-to diet coke or do we take our chances and begin to drink those regular drinks that we probably don't recognize the taste of? Do we even like those anymore? Hard to say. What are you girls going to do??

CHEERS!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shop, Celebrate, & Help

Glamour Magazine has announced a wonderful charity that is happening now until the 4th of July on Shoedazzle.com. Shoedazzle is offering to donate $5 from each purchase (each shoe is only $39.95 each!) to help military families in need. What a wonderful opportunity! You are able to buy some really fashionable and affordable shoes to wear on the 4th and help out the people that serve our country in the process. I can't think of a better way to spend the 4th of July! If you purchase the Adara pump, Anisa wedge, or Kimi sandal $5 will be donated to the National Military Family Association, a non-profit that runs numerous programs to help improve the lives of enlisted families. 0629shoe-dazzle1_fa.jpgAdara Pump

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Additionally, (and this is very important!) on Monday, July 4, $5 from every purchase made on Shoedazzle.com will be donated to the National Military Family Association. There are hundreds of shoes on the website to pick from so don't forget to order your 4th of July shoes now or wait and purchase any pair of shoes on July 4th and help those military families in need!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pooh Bear

Have you ladies seen the trailer for the new Winnie the Pooh movie? Oh my goodness.. I am totally calling dibs on my little nieces and going opening day! It looks so adorable. I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh with my mama. She was a big fan too (or at least she pretended she was). Nevertheless, I bought her Eeyore snow globes, t-shirts, and figurines every birthday, Mother's Day, and Christmas (Sorry, Mom!). Eeyore  was her favorite…Which made him my favorite. Who wouldn't love a sad greyish blue donkey with a cute pink bow around its tail? I was also partial to piglet though. What a cute little pig. Anyways, here is the first released movie poster for the big movie!


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Since I am ubber excited about the movie (did I really just use the word ubber?!) I decided to throw together some ideas I've spotted for a Winnie the Pooh themed birthday party. No, no, not for me, although I'd probably love it too, but for a darling miniature Winnie the Pooh lover! I'm not sure if kids even still like Winnie the Pooh, but when they are that age, they don't get to pick their theme, dang it.

Now, I am partial to the 'Classic' Winnie the Pooh but these ideas can be altered to suit the 'Traditional' Winnie the Pooh as well.


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I just love that table setting above! It's so 'homey' and 100 Acre Wood's looking! And Piglets in a blanket? Aww, too adorable. What's your favorite classic cartoon/movie?

P.S. Pretty Little Liars tonight! Wooohooo!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fried Chicken Y'all!

I've been trying out my cooking skills lately, mainly focusing on southern cooking (it's my favorite!). Most of the ideas for recipes I get that aren't from online websites come from none other than the country cookin' goddess herself, Mrs. Paula Deen! 


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Here is Mrs. Deen holding her famous 'Bert's Fried Chicken,' which not to brag but  I mastered this weekend! I used Paula's recipe but added a little Cajun seasoning to add a bit of a bite and vegetable oil instead of peanut oil. Here is her deliciously good fried chicken recipe and pictures from my go at it:

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) chicken, washed and cut into 8 serving pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose or self-rising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Peanut oil, for frying

Directions

Liberally sprinkle each piece of chicken with salt and pepper several hours before cooking. Place it in a dish, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator. 

Place the flour in a plastic kitchen storage bag. When ready to cook, beat the eggs with the milk. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture, then place each piece in the bag. Shake until chicken is coated. Set the floured chicken on a plate while you heat the oil. Pour enough oil into a cast iron skillet to come only about halfway up the sides of the pan. This is important, as the oil rises when each piece of chicken is added. 



Turn the heat to medium high; test by adding a drop of water to the oil. If it sizzles, the oil is ready; this takes about 4 to 5 minutes. Place about 4 pieces of chicken into the hot oil. Allow to cook on the first side about 8 minutes, and on the second about 6 minutes, until brown and crispy.


Pieces with large bones, the legs and thighs, may need an additional minute per side to get completely done. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain well on brown paper bags. Cook the second batch of chicken.


This is the finished product! The baked macaroni and cheese is also a recipe by Paula Deen but I will post that at a later time. Can you tell I'm obsessed with Paula Deen? I AM! She's so cute and her food is so delicious. And, yes, I realize I'm going to gain 20lbs quick if I don't get off this southern cooking kick.

Fried Chicken, Baked Mac n' Cheese, & Black Eyed Peas 
Yummmmy.

  Happy Cookin' Y'all :)