You know those dinners that are so good that you are picking at it during the whole cooking process…. well Bacon crab stuffed mushrooms is that dish for me. This is a by taste recipe… Alex and our buddy Kellen made this happy creation and now it is a staple.
You can make this as low fat or low carb as you want.
-Crab legs- chop it up!
-Red pepper- thinly diced…. about one big one.
-Onion- thinly diced…. about the same amount as red pepper.
-Bacon– there is never enough… chop it up!
-Salt and pepper
-Cayenne or red pepper flakes- I like a little kick to it and I am not spicy eater.
-Moisture- We usually use some soft cream cheese and little sour cream- I know not the healthiest but it still is low carb 🙂 You can use mayo, yogurt or even an egg. The cream cheese mix can also be used for a delicious dip. 🙂
-Parmesan- to Alex it is very important that it is fresh Parm. quarter for in the bowl and the rest for the end.
**Mix all the above and then stuff it into your mushrooms.
We use big portabellas and bake them on a rack to avoid the mushroom getting soggy.
The last few minutes is when you add fresh parmesan on top and put it in the broiler for a few minutes…. it creates a perfect little crust.
Ta daaa…. you have a delicious low carb/low fat however you like dish!
Seems everyone has their go to favorite protein bar/shake to get them through the morning or a good mid day snack or lunch. What I have discovered is that a lot of protein/power bars are filled with carbs,sugar and tons of calories.
Then I found my love of Atkins bars and shakes, they are filled with protein and have very few carbs and calories. They don’t taste chalky or “dietiy” Like most protein bars. They are a little pricey. I try to purchase them at Target or Walmart since they seem to be almost a $1 cheaper there verse the grocery store. They do have good sales pretty often, so just stock up. I keep these bad boys with me all the time, so I avoid a “hangery” state lol.
Share with me your favorite way to eat healthy when in a rush and really hungry!
I read from Instyle.com that Taylor Swift just made Monday a lot more exciting. Below is a snippet about how she pulled off a huge surprise making fans go crazy.
From a lounge at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City, Swift began her “Live Stream Extravaganza Adventure-a-Thon” (as she called it), in which she revealed a trifecta of news: her new single is “Shake It Off;” the album—complete with Polaroid-style cover art—will be called 1989.
Taylor speaking of her new song ” Shake it off”—– “I have a new song I’m going to play you in 30 seconds,” she told the crowd. “The idea is that I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple of years: People can say anything they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that—the only thing we can control is our reaction to it. I figure we have two options: You can either let it get to you, let it change you, make you bitter. Option two, is you just shake it off.”
She did it once again…. caught me in her web of catchy music. 🙂 Enjoy 1989
Being a child of the 90’s I grew up with Robin Williams on my screen. I know many feel the same, he was like all of out uncles that made us uncontrollably laugh! He had an ability that few people have and that is to simply make people happy with just his presence. Mr. Williams was the first major celebrity I had ever seen. I grew up in a little town next to where Williams lived. I was at the local REI and I noticed a familiar face, he was in a puffy jacket and wearing reading glasses…. I stopped in my tracks….IT’S ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!! I didn’t want to bother him, so like a a total fan and a creep I just smiled at him and watched him leave the store. I was bummed that I didn’t say anything to him. I shortly after left the store and found myself right next to him at a stop light. He was driving a G5000 with tons of eco friendly bumper stickers, I turned and looked at him with a smile like I was 5 and waves. He smiled back and the light turned green. That was my Robin Williams moment and I know many people of his Northern California town loved there little moments with him also. He was remarkable and magical!
I read the article below and thought it was a great insight to Robin Williams as a neighbor and community member, not just the actor.
One of the locals who came by to pay their respects was Agne Correll, the owner of an art gallery in nearby Mill Valley, which Williams had frequented. She brought flowers and her 7-year-old son — whom she said she wanted to teach the tradition of paying respects after someone from your community dies. “I didn’t know [Williams] personally, but I felt like I did. We all feel like we’ve been in his life,” she said of those who lived nearby in the area, which is north of San Francisco.
“‘O Captain, my Captain.’ I will never forget,” Correll said.
Others who knew the comedian and actor, whether as an occasional customer or as a dear friend, describe a humble fixture in the community who didn’t want to be treated like a celebrity. He would pedal his bike around the surrounding neighborhoods and stop at little shops to flip through CDs, they report — the kind of casual shopping an A-list celebrity could easily do on a computer at home instead, if one wanted to avoid the public eye.
Residents also remember Williams as someone who would never bark at the fan who stared at him or asked for a picture. He was, by all accounts, an American icon who was willing to lend his famous name to any local cause he could help.
“He was so beloved by the community,” said Louise Satterfield, who works at Two Neat, a shop in Mill Valley that Williams patronized. Tears welled in her eyes as she recounted a time they were talking about a Southern rock band named Little Feat, and how appreciative he was when she remembered to tell him their CD had come in.
“I knew it was going to be sad to come in here and see that music section,” she said. “We’re going to miss out on so much. But we have what he left us, which is genius.” After news of his death, the store quickly sold out of all Williams’ comedy albums.
Williams moved to Marin County when he was 16, and was voted “funniest,” as well as “least likely to succeed” by his peers. He studied theater at Marin College and was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, sometimes rooting for them via a microphone in front of the crowd, riling them up by tweaking one of his most famous movie lines: “Gooooooood evening, San Francisco!” The team also issued a statement after news of his death spread on Monday, lamenting that they lost “one of our greatest fans.” It’s no accident that they expressed condolences both to his family and “the entire community.”
Some locals, like employees at a bike shop where the avid cyclist would shop, refused to speak to the press except to say that Williams was a quiet man who didn’t want publicity. While he may have been a star, he was, to many here, a patch in the town tapestry. One friend of the family referred to the media attention accompanying his passing as “disgusting” and “gross,” an exploitation not of a public happening but a dearly personal, tragic event that befell one of their own. To many, the news coverage looked uglier in Marin County than it does in Manhattan or Los Angeles.
Almost every Tuesday, Williams would cross Highway 101, traveling from his home in Tiburon to the neighboring suburb of Mill Valley, to attend the weekly comedy night at the Throckmorton Theatre. On Tuesday this week, the board that would otherwise have announced what was showing had been erased and read simply: “Robin Williams.” More often than not, the Oscar-winning actor was in the green room, rather than onstage, encouraging young comedians, says the theater’s marketing director Julian Kaelon.
On Tuesday this week, the venue owners canceled Throckmorton’s comedy night for the first time in 10 years. They would run a show on Christmas if it happened to fall on a Tuesday, Kaelon says — but not today.
Throckmorton’s doorstep was also lined with flowers on Tuesday. A staff member put on a record of Gregorian chants, as locals wrote notes to the actor on a piece of cardboard taped over a glass poster box. Michael Jeung brought yellow roses and water in a mason jar, which he poured into an antique bowl where he had placed a single gardenia.
“I wanted to bring something that lasted a while and that was a little sweet, because he was so sweet,” Jeung said, recalling a time he helped divert one of Williams’ more insistent fans — an act the comedian heartily thanked Jeung for the next time they met.
Pilgrims to Throckmorton would walk under a big, circular painting on the ceiling outside the theater, a skyscape showing stars that shine bright enough at night to turn the clouds light yellow. The painting is by Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, an artist who became his third wife in 2011 and who is also a respected resident of the town.
Caroline de Lone walked under the painting clutching a box she brought from the bakery where she works, Beth’s Community Kitchen. “He was like a ball of sunshine,” she said. Her mother, Lesley, agreed: “He was a local. Everyone loved him. He was completely unspoilt.”
The baked goods were not for the memorial but for the executive director of the theater, Williams’ close friend Lucy Mercer. In a statement, Mercer asked people to remember Williams this way:
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Robin, we have a simple request. Honor his appreciation of humor by laughing everyday. Honor his modesty by staying curious and willing to make mistakes. And please — hug someone today in honor of the greatest friend in the world Robin Williams.”
While some gave hugs in Marin County, many also turned to flowers. By Tuesday evening, the dozen bouquets outside Williams’ house had turned into nearly 100. Behind them, two statues of monkeys flanked the walkway leading to the front door, as they had before the tragedy but perhaps with new significance. The sentries’ small, stone faces were frozen in toothy, permanent smiles, and their hands held instruments just in front of their lips, forever almost ready to amuse the next passersby. They were playful and grotesque, fitting symbols for the day after the world had to face the loss of a sad man who made so many people happy.
Who knew there was a major difference of Dry vs Dehydrated skin?!!? I have always thought my skin was oily and that’s why my foundation never lasted. Years and years going to different makeup artist and just being told to use a primer… well I have and it still doesn’t work. Lately, I have noticed my foundation has become patchy after an hour or so. Which is not a cute look. I started looking into patchy foundation and the causes. I stumbled upon lumiashe’s Youtube Channel and she went over what she learned from her research and mostly from Caroline Hirons’ blog
Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!
Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !
“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.
Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition
caused by lack of oil in the skin
may be flaky
milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
skin looks dull
skin is not plump
doesn’t absorb products easily
easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
aggravated by poor skincare
Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY
caused by lack of water in the skin
pores can be large or small
skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
absorbs moisturizers really quickly
blackheads and spots are still visible
makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
skin looks ‘ashen’
aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches
Skin is made up of 70% water – around 20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.
The following can cause dehydration –
Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy
It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.
Do and Do Not:
Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
Do steer clear of foaming anything – keep the bubbles for your dishes
Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”
So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!! It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.
Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of Hydroluric Acid!
He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a moisture-binder. This keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!
Biology geekout: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.
As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help. While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a fresher, more supple look.
There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.
Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.
Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.
It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure your skin is kept fresh and hydrated.
For the past year or so, I have been seeing celebrities with big red rings on their back, from Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet to Lena Dunham posting her cupped back on instagram. Celebrities are flocking to this Ancient Chinese tradition and showing off their marks…so what is causing these marks?
So what is cupping? Well since I am not a doctor, I went to my friend WebMD, to get you well-rounded understanding.
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as : Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware.
Cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups can mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
There are various types of cupping therapy, like dry cupping which is suction only or Wet cupping which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.
As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.
A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.
During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.
After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.
Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.
Is this something you are rushing to go get?
According to WebMD ” In general, Western medical societies are skeptical of the health claims made by cupping therapy supporters. “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease,” states the American Cancer Society. “Reports of successful treatment with cupping are mainly anecdotal rather than from research studies.”
But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions.”
A little back tracking to this past Christmas.. who doesn’t want to feel a little Christmas cheer in May 😉 I went on a 3 week North East adventure with my boyfriend, Alex. My family and I wanted to have … Continue reading →
When I read this article, I had to share. Get the inside on the more exclusive Met Ball and this seasons theme.
Anna Wintour obviously wasn’t best pleased with the outcome of last year’s punk-themed Met Ball, because this year she wants it to be significantly more exclusive – hence the grand Charles James theme and White Tie dress code that was recently announced.
It’s little surprise that Wintour wants this year’s event to be grander – it will mark the reopening of The Met’s famous Costume Institution, which has undergone a renovation since last year’s event and been renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honour of the editor.
As such, Wintour has hiked the ticket prices for the gala up by $10,000 – from $15,000 (£9,000) to $25,000 (£15,000) – and given stricter guest list guidelines. Men must wear black tails and top hats, while women will be expected to don James-esque ball gowns.
So, who can we expect to make the cut? Lupita Nyong’o – current toast of Hollywood and the fashion world – will be in attendance to represent Prada, who dressed her for the Oscars. Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will also partner with the Italian brand (she and Nyong’o share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger ). Zoe Saldana will be dressed by Prabal Gurung, Amanda Seyfried by Givenchy, Taylor Swift by J. Mendel, and Margot Robbie by Diane von Furstenberg, while Lanvin will host a “mystery celeb”. Actresses Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams will also reportedly all be in attendance.
Despite the hefty ticket price, some stars could actually end up having a very lucrative night indeed. Rumour has it that some famous faces are being paid to represent lesser-known designers, and getting all of their travel, hotel and ticket costs covered.
Founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics will keep her role at makeup company while fulfilling new role as section editor-in-chief.
In a rare jump by a retail executive onto the masthead of a media outlet that covers her industry, Bobbi Brown, the makeup mogul, will take over Yahoo’s beauty section later this month, the company announced on Wednesday.
As editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty, Brown “will lead editorial direction, original content and the expansion and re-imagination” of the section, Yahoo said in a statement. Brown was quoted as saying that she would keep her role at her cosmetics company and that she was “confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other”.
Brown is the founder and leader of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, which is estimated to bring in more than 10% of the annual sales of parent company Estée Lauder. The average of estimates of annual sales at Estée Lauder through June 2014 is $10.7bn. Yahoo itself is less than half that size in terms of sales.
It was unclear whether any editorial restrictions would be put in place on Brown’s coverage, as Yahoo editor, of Bobbi Brown products – or on her coverage of competing cosmetic companies’ products.
“The thing that’s surprising about this is it creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” said Kelly McBride, co-author of The New Ethics of Journalism and senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute. “The reason that people would turn to Yahoo Beauty is for independent news and analysis on a specialty topic. If you have an editor who has a vested financial interest in a product line, news consumers are automatically going to assume that that product line gets preferential treatment. And so it doesn’t even matter if it actually does get preferential treatment, the perception alone will damage Yahoo’s credibility.”
Yahoo might try to address the situation by explaining its editorial process in a transparent way, McBride said, and by consistently delivering “what the audience needs when the audience needs it”.
Asked to comment on the matter, a Yahoo spokesman released this statement: “Yahoo has very strict editorial guidelines and Yahoo Beauty will adhere to these standards just like all of our sites.”
Brown’s career began in the 1980s, when she worked successfully as a makeup artist in New York City, but her brand began in the early 1990s, when she launched her eponymous makeup line and quickly established a range that catered for an ethnically diverse customer base.
At a time when mainstream makeup ranges were dominated by bright colours aimed at white women, Brown showed an awareness of black and Asian skin tones years before her competitors by basing her ranges of a wide range of understated neutral colours.
Brown’s ethos has always been about making the professional seem accessible for women everywhere. Years before YouTube tutorials became the norm, Brown appeared on TV showing women how to apply eyeliner and pick the perfect shade of foundation. The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual became something of bible for makeup lovers.
“As [editor-in-chief], I’ll work to curate smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best selves,” Brown said in a statement released by Yahoo. “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”
It is not unprecedented in the world of media for economic stakes to overlap uncomfortably with editorial interests. In a widely followed 2011 case, Michael Arrington, a founding editor of the influential technology site TechCrunch, came under fire for launching a $20m venture capital fund to invest in tech companies. Arrington was subsequently ousted from his editorial perch by parent company AOL. “It is very, very clear that they are distinct entities and Michael will have no influence on coverage,” AOL editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington told the New York Times’ David Carr at the time.
The announcement of Brown’s hiring came a week after reports that Yahoo would undertake a major overhaul of its women-focused lifestyle section, currently known as Shine.
Under CEO Marissa Mayer, who took over in July 2012, Yahoo has gone on something of a shopping spree for big-name talent to lead its various media sections. Last November the company hired Katie Couric, the ubiquitous television news personality, as “global anchor,” reportedly for a $6m salary. Yahoo also has hired David Pogue, formerly of the New York Times, as a technology columnist, and Josh Wolk, formerly of Vulture, as entertainment editor.
Kesha is looking amazingly fresh and happy after focusing on herself in rehab for a few months. I commend her for her strength for getting help and staying strong. Below is an article on her first appearance out of rehab.
ABC News’ Daisha Riley reports: Pop singer Kesha appeared healthy in her first red carpet appearance since finishing two month-stint in rehab to treat an eating disorder.
The “Timber” singer wore a sheer, backless black gown Saturday when she attended the Humane Society of the United States’ 60th anniversary gala.
Kesha recently dropped the signature dollar sign from her name and a friend of hers told People magazine that she’s also dropped then negative influences that used to surround her before she sought treatment in rehab.
“Since exiting rehab Kesha has been focusing on her inner strength and practicing self-love – really making sure she’s continuing to follow the rules and guidelines set for her while in rehab,” Patrick Gomez, a reporter for People magazine, told “Good Morning America.”
In January, Kesha’s mother said her daughter’s condition was so bad that doctors said she was lucky to be alive.
Earlier this month, the singer tweeted a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that read “IMA SURVIVOR.” She also tweeted: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me.”
Those fans couldn’t be happier to see her back. One fan tweeted: “Glad you’ve completed treatment. Love you can’t wait to hear what you have in store next.”
Howard Bragman, an image expert and ABC News consultant, said everybody is pulling for Kesha to succeed, adding: “She’s also a very powerful role model for a lot of young women who have these kinds of issues.”