Monday, December 12, 2011

Chrissamus Nails

   The holiday season is really picking up which means lots of family, food, and of course, my favorite part, getting to wear adorable Christmas clothes. I decided to start small with some vintage nails with a very festive red. Last time I did my nails this way, I didn't have all that I needed and so I cut pieces of packing tape to make the "moon" part, but this time I was prepared. This manicure is easy, so cute and it looks like it was done professionally at and 1/8th of the cost it would take to get your nails done at a salon. So check it out and try it! This time I made the moons a bit smaller than I did last time - but it looks good just about any way you choose to do it :)
    Bad news: my camera is broken :( It broke my heart, so I'm sorry these are just instagram photos - it's the best I can do for now... hopefully my camera will be repaired and back in my hands soon!

Start with a base coat, your desired nail color, a top coat, and "perfect tips" used for french manicures.
I used OPI base and top coats and Essie's "Really Red"
After painting the base coat, place the stickers at the bottom of your nail to make the moon
and paint over them with your nail color
Remove the stickers after you've painted your two coats and then paint on your top coat on the whole nail
And voila! Adorable vintage, festive nails :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


 There is one very special part of my trips to Cinci. Every time I go and have the pleasure of staying with Javier and his family, I get to learn a little more Spanish and I get introduced to more Mexican Cuisine.  This time I had the pleasure of Javi making this wonderfully delicious meal. He was the master chef who put everything together; I was the assistant and photographer. Cooking is always a fun way for us to spend a little creative time together, and it was a lovely afternoon activity that produced one of my new favorite dishes. It is easy to make and easy to devour. 

Start with...

The Sauce
1 Can of refried beans
1 Tomato
A smidgen of cilantro
About a quarter of an onion
1/2 to 1 Serrano pepper
Salt & Pepper to Taste 
1/3 Cup water
Optional Seasonings
1 Tsp Chicken Bouillon 
A few dashes of Nature's Seasons
A few dashes of Maggie Sauce
A bit of Sambal sauce to taste

Put all of these ingredients together into a blender and run it until the mixture becomes very well blended. Then throw the sauce into a pot and heat it on the stove until it is to the consistency that you prefer. Tip: It should be a smooth enough consistency to be able to spoon over the tortillas. Keep the sauce warm until the rest of the meal is prepared. 

The Tortilla
4 Corn tortillas (2 per person)
Shredded chicken (lunchmeat turkey is a good substitute!)
Shredded colby-jack cheese
Olive oil

Begin heating up a frying pan with a small amount of olive oil. Tip: the pan has to be very hot before you put the tortilla on, or else the tortilla will rip. Fry the tortillas so they are slightly crunchy, but not cooked so much that they become hard. Tip: While frying the tortillas, put the meat off to the side to cook a bit. When your tortilla is ready, throw in the meat or cheese of your choice. We had the colby-jack in one, shredded chicken in another, and the last one was turkey lunch meat. After the tortilla is filled, dip it in the sauce, and top it. We topped ours with shredded colby-jack cheese, queso fresco, avocado, sour cream, and Javier's Mom's home-made poblano pepper salsa (wish I had the recipe!) Then enjoy a deliiiicious meal :) 

Fresh Cilantro 
Serrano Pepper

All of the ingredients for the sauce in the food processor 
Shredded colby-jack cheese
Shredded chicken and crumbled queso fresco
The sauce on the stove
Corn tortillas, sour cream, sambal sauce, queso fresco and an avacado
The cheese filled tortilla
Finished product: Enfrijoladas :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let's Go Back

   It's heartbreaking how little I have been able to spend taking pictures and posting on here. I hope once this busy season is over I will finally have some time! But here are a few snapshots of the rest of my time in cinci - I wish I could go back! I miss it, it's like my home away from home. Javi and I got to visit the little park where we spent time together over the summer, and of course we went to Yagoot! It's an amazing frozen yogurt place that is in Cinci and Columbus, so unfortunately I only get to indulge when I go down south! It's light and healthy and ohhh so good. Enjoy the pictures :)

Mr. President and I; he really wanted to pose for the picture
Javi and I doing the cat daddy at Milly V's. I'm wearing a Forever 21 sweater, Macy's Cami, Urban Outfitter Jeans, and my Steve Madden Shoes
We love eachother :)

My Steve Madden shoes that I am still obsessed with 

The HG club house - many days were spent there over the summer, enjoying the pool & tennis courts :)
The entrance to the HG 
Mr. President wearing his argyle sweater... we said he looks like a tall skinny person in this one

I got the original flavor Yagoot with mango and strawberries :) sooo good 

Pretty covered bridge in Landen