Friday, May 27, 2011

Take a dip this weekend :)

like what you see? mmmm it indeed is very yummy.My first time trying my hand at Cannellini
been dip.I found these beans at Whole foods.This dip is addicting! I can see how movie nights can be extra fun from now on :)
Here is what you need for this simple yet delicious dip.Firts off you preheat the oven at 350'F.
Cannellini beans- boiled and drained (or you can use,Northern beans or Navy beans) about 3 cups.I boiled them in a big pot filled with water and added 1tsp of salt to that water.
Salt n pepper
Olive oil 1tablespoon
Jalapenos- YUM! you can skip these if you dont like it spicy
Garlic - 6 cloves.
fresh or dried parsley - 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Red onion- 1/4 medium sized
Fat free yogurt - 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoons
Roasted Red pepper OR Sundried tomatoes - 2- 3 tablespoons.
Bread Crumbs - 1/2 cup
Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 cup.
This is what Cannellini beans look like after you boil them,they are White Kidney beans.
So you take the beans,throw them in your food processor and add roasted red pepper /sun dried tomatoes,lemon juice,olive oil,salt and pepper,parsley and yogurt and grind it into a smooth paste.Take it out of the food processor.It should be looking like this.
Then add onions,jalapenos and garlic to your food processor and grind.
Mix these two mixtures together with a spatula.
Spray an oven safe pie or casserol dish spray some non stick cooking spray.Pour the thick bean mixture on the dish and spread evenly.
Sprinkly some Parmesan on it.Here I didn't cover the entire dip with Parm because I am not big on cheese.This little portion was for my munchkin.Sprinkle the bread crumbs on the entire surface.And let it bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
mmmmm nice and crunchy golden crust!
Enjoy it with carrot chips and pita chips,mmmm.The creaminess of the warm dip with the crunch of carrots and roasted breadcrumbs,ah!!! just a perfect combination.
I made some fresh hot salsa to go with this..and I do not regret it ;)
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend y'all!!! try this easy dip at your party or cook out.You will love it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday fun - freebies and wins.

...and the blessings and fun continues.
The week of my birthday I got a package from BzzAgent.It was a full size sample of Tresemme' shampoo and conditioner for me try out and share my opinion about it!Just in time when I was running out of my shampoo and was thinking of trying a different brand.Here it was...FREE,perfect timing,gotta love free stuff.
W and I had so much fun enjoying the free food offers I got for my birthday.We went to many neat restaurants and enjoyed free entree's,free breakfasts and free desserts! YUM.
what a neat place! I just loved how they represented the Bourbon Street atmosphere in this restaurant.
more yums
good stuff! this is just a tiny glimpse of all the yummy treats we enjoyed :)
Here we are,waiting for our dessert...
Then me and the boys celebrated some more yums and freebies at Olive Garden.I love their minestrone soup.mmmm
They brought me my birthday dessert and sang Happy Birthday,look at Waaiz singing for momma :)
see how cute and yes he ate it!
Then during the first week of May,I entered a picture of me and my momma for Bakers Shoes Mother's Day photo contest.They were going to pick 3 winners and each winner will get a $100 gift card to Bakers Shoes.AWESOME! I thought it will be fun to win free shoes anyway... but how much more fun it will be to win it just in time for my birthday!
Few days later,just the day after my birthday,I saw this on Bakers Shoes facebook page
and immediately got an email from Bakers,congratulating me on my winning entry and confirming my address.
"Congratulations! You are one of the winners of our "We ♥ Mom" event. You have won a $100 Bakers gift card! Please respond to this email "
WHAT!!! I WON,I WON!!! woohoooooooo...
O M G! I still cannot believe it... WOW.
Then on May 8Th,my sweet friend Cathy emailed me about a two ticket giveaway for the opening night of Mikado.I tried my luck and submitted my name for the lucky draw.
The day after my birthday I got this email in my inbox:
" Congratulations, you've won two tickets to opening night of the Opera Festival, and the production of "The Mikado,"Please reply and confirm that you got this and can go, and we'll sent further instruction."
I WON !!! WOW...
I had never been to an opera show this was awesome.Obviously Free makes it 10 times better :) I sat in the 6th or perhaps the 7th row.So these were VIP tickets,sweet! the view was awesome and show was fantastic! Here is a picture I took after the show ended.
I loved the little banner that ran at the bottom of Theater Jones webpage...saying I was their lucky winner.heehee

oh and I enjoyed my homegrown Strawberry :) ofcourse I shared with W.

and today I really enjoyed my trip to the mailbox...lots of fun things in my mailbox,see...
wooohooo,my newly renewed driver's liscence came in...with a better picture of me ;) With all that weight I lost...I wasn't matching my picture on the old DL.It was definitely time for a new picture.
Plus,I got some free bucks in my Angels Rewards,wooohoo!
And yayyy my Bakers giftcard arrived !!!
what a sweet hand written note
so much fun!!! and it continues...
guess what Maani brought me for my birthday!
The light in this room isn't doing justice to this gorgeous sandals...they are a very pretty shade of blushy peach.So cute!I just love the suede on them! so pretty and yes,they are very comfortable :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Birthday fun - friends.

Lets start this 3rd episode of my birthday fun with WHY in the world I am so happy this year and what makes me so proud of myself...
from 2008 to 2011.
and this
that was me (in red shirt) at my friend's birthday in 2008 and me in black,same friend's birthday in 2011 :) and yes I made that cake!
look at my handsome boys! my birthday trip in 2008 and my birthday week picture in 2011.
and thats me and my munchkin in 2008,and me and him in 2009. maintaining my healthy lifestyle.That picture of me in brown was from,I believe 2008,around my birthday.Sad and unhappy,hanging out at 186lbs or something...I knew I HAD to change I did.
I discovered an amazing place,the prayer mountain...ahhhh SO PEACEFUL!It is one of the highest elevations in DFW.Check out the view from here
I went there with the boys on my birthday and watched the sunset.It was mesmerizing.God is just so wonderful..look at all the wonderful blessings around us.
Then,I found my favorite style of sandals that I had been looking for! I just had to get myself a birthday present :) plus, read their name,Stephania. YUP! they have my name on them ;)
Ofcourse these are from Bakers and I love the fact that they cost me under $18 ;) SCORE!!!
Look at the happy and excited birthday girl!
W had a Homeschooler's Field competition day on the 12Th.So exciting!
There he is...
him and I during the little break time.
him and his little team mates won so many ribbons.awe..we are super proud of our munchkin.
My sweet friend Cheryl came to visit me a few days ago... She drove about 4 hours and visited us for a few hours.I just love her to pieces.
She brought me this sweet present.Don't you just love it!
and another sweet friend brought me this as my early birthday present...awe,stuff I <3
Maani brought me another bunch of flowers and a cute bracelet
My sweet friend T left me these goodies on my front porch when I wasn't home! that was another sweet awe moment ;) A fabulous card, a gorgeous Notebook,a cute notepad and a pretty pink and lavender butterfly windchime...all the stuff that I adore!!! I can never have enough note pads and planners :D
Check out this cute!
and when you open it,it says
haha! super cute.I it...Thanks T!
Last night my friends arranged a sorta surprise party for me.I had a great time!oh gosh! I am loaded with presents...
As I walked in my friend's house,Tina had me wear the Hawaiian cute! look at them on my head and the flower necklace..I love it!
Did you see all these presents...oh my! It will take me a month to finish writing Thank you notes :)
If you ever got an email from probably have noticed my signature message.I love that quote.And one of my friend made that quote into a birthday present for thoughtful! She is very creative and talented.
then ofcourse,some more cute sandals found their way into my collection.Thanks Monica! I love these ( excuse the Baker's bag in the picture...those are my other shoes that Maani got for me- heeheehee)
Sweet Tina got me a set of 4 cute plates...look how fun!!!
and a fit for me apron ;)
I even got a gorgeous outfit...I just love black and white :)
oh so many pretty girly things.
look at this happy guy....he held my birthday balloons :)
I am still opening my birthday presents...oh my! how blessed.Thanks God for all the friends who make my life so special.
My rose garden is so colorful ...I am loving all my flowers.
pretty bud..
look at this gorgeous rose
and hydrangeas...
and my pretty Callas
so many colors
well looky here
I can't get enough pictures of these...
I had to pick some and bring them in my home.They are so pretty and they make me happy.
The boys and I went to feed the crazy fish...they almost jumped up and ate our feet :)
hungry crazy fish...lots of them.
awe...I have so many more fun things to share about my birthday.till next time...tata.