Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hair Update 5/15/2014

I have successfully completed my hair pact! I didn't cut my hair for 5 months! Didn't take me long to get it cut though. I guess it's like they say, old habits die hard.

I don't know if you guys remember but I had semi medium length hair and one night I chopped it off to even it out.

Mmm big mistake. While it looked good at the time, it grew out horribly. I don't recommend cutting your hair unless you know what you're doing.

This is my hair on the last day of the hair pact.


And this is my hair now


 I went back to my fringe. I couldn't resist, I've had a fringe my whole life. I know most people frown upon curly hair with fringes, but honestly it's the only hairstyle I feel comfortable with.

Baby Sarah's hair (fringe included):


I have to admit it's much easier for me to style especially if I want to wear it up which is great for me in the Summer.




As for my length I am letting that baby grow until there's no tomorrow. I realize that the best way to fix a bad curly haircut is to let it grow out. So that's what I'm going to do!

New Hair pact: No cutting (fringe not included) until September 2014.

Here's to another 5 months!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lost Passion: Reading

It's funny how you can open a book and be submerged into a whole new world. I have always felt like books were my close companion. Ever since I was little I was always at the library. The librarians were some my favorite people and I knew the Dewey Decimal system like the back of my hand.

Walking into a library was an adventure. Each book spine made me shudder in anticipation, each book cover illustrated a beautiful new world. I wanted to read everything. It was fun, it was something enjoyable. My life was turned upside down when I was introduced to The Harry Potter series. I dedicated half of my childhood/life to a boy with a lightning bolt scar.



Then it happened, I hit high school and reading stopped being fun. Reading became hours upon hours of material I was suppose to pound into my head. I was assigned 2-4 chapters per night from about 6 classes. It became unbearable.

College was no different, except this time I had to pay a lot of money for these books I had no interest in reading. It's sad how sometimes a course will require you to buy a text only to discover your professor was the author of said book. It felt like a scam sometimes. Other professors were more gracious and understood our student struggles.


I tried to squeeze in a book here and there. I mostly ended up listening to audiobooks so I could multi-task. The fire that had burned bright in me was now a dull flame. I no longer cared to read. I began to find my escape in other things such as TV and Movies. Not that there's nothing wrong with that. If you know me you know I love both equally, for without stories there are no movies/shows.

When I graduated I had a lot of time on my hands but I spent that time consumed by anxiety and pressures to become an adult: job, marriage, success.  I couldn't keep up. I clung to TV series and movies to be my escape.

It wasn't until recently that I decided to start reading for pleasure again. I recently lost interest in movie watching. I've watched a lot of movies this year and most of them feel so unoriginal. They're either book adaptations or remakes. It angers me how horrible my movie escape experience has become. TV Shows are still great, but they're not enough to satisfy my craving. So I decided to give books another try.

The other day I picked up a book and I just started reading. I read because I wanted to, not because I was forced to. At first it was hard for me to concentrate because I had become so accustomed to the millennial life, constantly multi-tasking. My mind was somewhere else, I couldn't concentrate. But I sat there and forced my self to concentrate.



Then it happened, it was like I had be reunited with a childhood friend. I became indulged in a new world. The words on the page turned into pictures. My mind became my own private cinema. I couldn't look away. I became plot hungry, craving each new sentence. I began feeling the emotions of the characters. My breathing picked up in tense situations. I felt for these characters.


It felt good. Scratch that, it felt great. To be reintroduced to something you enjoyed to do so much.  So I have decided to replace my incessant movie watching with reading. I find it satisfies my craving for original story telling.

I recently joined Goodreads (My Profile -- Add me!) and I've started building my book list. I made a goal to read 50 books for 2014.

My friend Andrea and I have started a type of virtual book club. Since she lives in New York and I live in Texas we decided it would be fun and it is! We are currently reading The Darkest Mind trilogy which is a great Dystopian series by Alexandra Bracken. I'm currently reading Never Fades which is book 2.

If you are like me and lost your passion to read because school has got you swamped, then I encourage you take sometime and re-discover your passion for reading. I promise you, you will not regret it.

I'll most likely start reviewing books on here since I'll be reading a lot more now. Also I am still going to watch movies, just not as much as I use to haha.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hair Update 3/22/14

Straightened my hair the other day so I figured I'd do a little hair update! I can actually see how long it has grown. I still have a long way to go!







Friday, March 7, 2014

Spaghetti aglio e olio!

Everytime I make spaghetti I have left over noodles that I don't know what to do with. So I decided to come up with a quick and delightful dish! It'd called Spaghetti Aglio e olio or Spaghetti with garlic and oil. 



Ingredients
Cooking Oil
Noodles
Any meat you want (I used Jalapeno Beef Sausage)  
Any Veggies you want ( I used tomatoes)
Onions (I ran out for this particular dish and used a TBSP of Onion powder)
3 Chopped garlic cloves

Preparation - 10-15 mins
 Step 1 
Dice all vegetables and meat and set aside (Fry/cook meat if not already precooked)

Step 2
Place a frying pan onto medium fire/heat and base the bottom of the pan 
with the oil of your choice.

Step 3
Once the oil has heated sprinkle your garlic and vegetables and let fry up 

Step 4
Once veggies/garlic have browned toss in your meat and spaghetti and mix up 
your ingredients. If you want to add
in any spices, do so now.

Step 5
Turn pasta and make sure it is heated to your satisfaction

There you have it! 
 A quick and easy meal where you've recycled the contents of your
fridge.

I hope you enjoy this meal, see you next time lovelies! 



Friday, February 28, 2014

Hair Update

February 27, 2014

I haven't cut it since December 4, 2013. The growth isn't too noticeable
however my bangs have gotten longer. I keep them twisted and to the side.
I'm looking forward to when my hair hits my shoulder so I can braid it. 
But yeah, gonna keep on going!
 





Hopefully I can get to this someday: My hair inspo and Hair goal haha 
Blake Anderson is awesome!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fresh Chocolate Covered Strawberries


(Skip down for the Recipe)

February is the month of love, which means lots of Chocolate covered strawberries to be consumed! Stores break out with pre-made chocolate covered strawberries and they look so yummy, but RESIST buying them. Instead make your own. 

Something I have noticed is that when I walk into stores and check out their strawberries on sale they're usually rotten or moldy. Then I look over to see so many people buying their chocolate covered strawberries. Here's the thing if the selection of strawberries are gross then they're probably using the same selection to make those chocolate covered strawberries. 

They're covered in chocolate so how would you even know if they're bad? It's like biting into a rancid surprise. Mmmm, I'll pass. 

Instead go to the produce isle and pick up some fresh strawberries yourself. That way you know what you're eating. Plus who doesn't want to get their hands dirty with some Chocolate! 


Here's how I make my chocolate covered strawberries (Supppper easy by the way, also left over chocolate to eat, Nom!)


Ingredients:

- Chocolate of your choice: In morsels or chocolate chips
- Fresh Strawberries (IMPORTANT: make sure strawberries are Room Temp or they will fall apart, trust me I've been there too many times)
- Toothpics
- Pot of Boiling Water and Heat safe dish
- Non stick Parchment paper


Step 1: Wash your berries! You don't want gross pesticides on your berries, so make those babies squeaky clean!


Step 2: Dry berries off and then stick toothpicks in them so you can easily grip to dip! for bigger strawberries I stuck two in for support.

Step 3: Heat your pot of boiling water, place heat safe bowl over the water, and then throw in your morsels (slow fire)


 Step 4: Once chocolate is melted, lay out some of the parchment paper


Step 5: Start Dipping! 



Step 6: Lay Strawberries out on the parchment paper, evenly spread out,
and let sit so they can harden. DO NOT Stick them in the fridge or they 
will sweat once you take them out and turn super gross. 



Step 7: They should take 10-15 mins to harden (depending on the thickness)
 once they are done
peel them off the paper, plate them, and serve!

Side Note: 
 You can also drizzle or sprinkle things on the strawberries for added yumminess!
Also don't just stick to strawberries, cover anything you'd like in chocolate.
Well....not anything, you get what I mean! 

Hope you enjoy and remember fresh is better! Doing it yourself means you know what's
going into your food and how fresh you food is!

Stay lovely my darlings! 


Gluten Free Social: Drinks!

Photo by: Kirti Poddar

As you know I went out the other night and panicked when I didn't know which drink to order. Instead having a good time I spent my entire time hovering over my phone looking up recipes. I don't want that to happen to you guys, so to save you the time and hassle I researched and came up with a list of drinks that are Gluten free.

Gluten Free Alcohols- Rum (except Bacardi Silver), Tequila, Wine, Tripple Sec, (Only) Potato Vodka

*There's some speculation with the distillation of Vodka, if I was Celiacs I'd stick to the above alcohols

Go to Bar/Party Guide:
 All of these drinks contain Gluten free products and should be familiar enough for bartenders and easy enough for you to whip up for parties.


Mixed Drinks:
(I'll be listing each drink with it's recipe below this list for reference)

Rum and Coke
Bahia Breeze
Tequila Sunrise
Tequila and Tonic
Mojito
Long Island Ice Tea (Ask for no Vodka)
Smith and Kearns
Slow Screw
Bay Spritzer
Mai Tai

(Champagne/Wine cocktail)
Kir Royale
Mimosa
Bellini
Spritzer
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Gluten Free Beer
Bard's Gluten Free Beer
Green's Dark, Amber, Blonde Ale
Dogfish Head Tweason'ale
New Planet
La Messagère & Messagere Red Ale
New Grist
 New Planet (Blonde, Belgian, Raspberry, Amber, Pale)
 O’Brien Premium Lage


Maragaritas (Some mixes contain Gluten you have to ask - Apparently select On the Border serves Gluten free margaritas -- always ask if you're not sure about the Gluten to be safe)


Jello Shots Recipe
1 package Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 cup Malibu® coconut rum


Mixed Drinks Recipe/Ingredients List

Rum and Coke
1.5-2oz Rum
4oz Coke

Bahia Breeze
1 1/2 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila
4 oz pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice

Tequila Sunrise
1 1/2 ounces white tequila, iced
4 ounces cold, fresh orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Slice of orange

Tequila Tonic
2 1/2 oz gold tequila
fill with tonic water
ice cubes
1 lime wedge

Mojito
2 tsp sugar
6-8 mint leaves
Club soda
1 lime, halved
2 ounces light rum
Mint sprig for garnish



Long Island Ice Tea (Ask for no Vodka/or make with no vodka)
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce light rum
1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce tequila
1 ounce sour mix
Cola
Lemon wedge for garnish

Smith and Kearns
2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
3 oz milk
1 splash club soda

Slow Screw
1 oz sloe gin
orange juice

Bay Spritzer
1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan® coconut rum
4 1/2 oz 7-Up® soda
1 splash grenadine syrup
1 splash lime juice

Mai Tai
1 oz light rum
1/2 oz creme de almond
1/2 oz triple sec
sweet and sour mix
pineapple juice
1/2 oz Myer's® dark rum

Kir Royale
1 part creme de cassis
5 parts Champagne

Mimosa
2 oz orange juice
Champagne

Bellini
1 medium ripe, peeled and pureed peach
4 - 6 oz Champagne

Spritzer
4 oz white wine
soda

I got most of these recipes off of this really great website: http://www.drinksmixer.com/  
You can look up any drink or shot and see the ingredients and similar drinks. Definitely recommend it because they even have shots! I think I might do a follow up shots list because hey, why not! 

Hope this is helpful, stay healthy, and drink responsibly my lovelies!