Get drunk, not fat.

What is one of those easily forgotten about things that kills almost any diet?  Alcohol.  I’m not even talking about going to the bar for the night with friends, but just the evening glass of wine or beer with dinner.  I always overlook the amount of calories and carbs that are carried in alcoholic beverages.  When I came across this very clever website, I thought I’d share it with you (just in case you have the same problem as me)!

This site contains a chart showing alcoholic beverages sorted by calorie to alcohol ratio.  The lower the ratio, the better.  According to the chart, in general, hard alcohols are better then wine or beer.  Although, I was surprised to see that 12 oz of Kettle One Vodka is a whopping 768 calories!  And that isn’t even including the mixers!   I always thought I was avoiding the alcohol calories by ordering vodka and sodas!  Who knew that three of those are nearly 400 calories!  Find your favorite alcohol and see what you are consuming!  It might make you rethink your beverage of choice, I know I did.

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The good wife’s guide.

Thank you to my mom who sent me this in an email last week.  Can you believe how far we have come from this!?  I have read over this article quite a few times and I am still shocked that this was taken seriously not so long ago.  The following was actually published in the Ladies Home Journal in 1955.

The Good Wife’s Guide

* Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

* Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

* Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

* Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

* During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

* Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

* Be happy to see him.

* Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

* Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

* Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.

* Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.

* Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

* Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

* Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

* A good wife always knows her place.

That last point really gets my blood boiling.

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Very easy do it yourself wall art for any room of the house!

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am not really the do it yourself type.  But a few weeks ago I found the general outline for this project online and decided to give it a try for my boyfriends Valentine’s Day gift.  The whopping list of materials is as follows:

1. Piece of art- anything from a photograph, painting, print, poster will work well

2. white spray paint

3. vinyl lettering (can be found at a craft store- I got mine from JoAnne Fabrics)

That’s right, only three items.  If you would like to frame your piece then a mat and frame are needed as well.  My boyfriend loves the New England Patriots so for the basis of my project I found a very cool print of a Tom Brady painting in poster form.  The next step is to figure out what you want the lettering to say.  For mine, I chose a famous quote by the Patriots coach, “Do your job” along with “Patriots Football”.  I laid out the vinyl lettering on the poster.

Make sure the lettering you buy has sticky backing so that they do not move when spray painting.  Once the lettering is in place, spray with white spray paint in even strokes over the entire piece. Use your judgement as to how dark you want the paint to be.  I did approximately two coats.  I found that this amount gave the effect of  a watermark, yet dark enough that the lettering could be easily read.

Once the paint dries (give it about an hour or two), carefully peel off the vinyl lettering and voila, you have a beautiful piece of art for any room of the house.  I gave him his gift last weekend and it was a hit!  I may be making another one for myself sometime soon!

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Post-Super Bowl Recipes

Basically nothing more than an excuse to get together with family and friends to eat and drink (unless you are lucky enough to have your team playing in the game), another Super Bowl has come and gone.  I used the fact that I was heading to a party and obviously needed to bring one….I mean….four dishes to try a new recipe while also turning to some of my favorite staples.  I would have to say one of the bigger hits of the night was my pigs in a blanket with twist.  Thanks to a friend of mine, who happens to treat bacon as its own food group, I decided to include the greasy item into  my pigs in a blanket experiment.  Four simple ingredients and some time was all it took to create this absolutely delicious appetizer.

Bacon-Cheddar Pigs in a Blanket

What you need: 1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, shredded cheddar cheese, mini hot dogs, and bacon.

Roll out crescent rolls and cut each triangle in half (or more if you’d like).

Begin to cook about 6 slices of bacon.  Meanwhile, place around a tablespoon of shredded cheddar on each triangle.

Once the bacon is cooked and cooled.  Crumble the bacon and add a bit to each crescent roll triangle along with a mini hot dog.  Once all of the components are on each triangle, begin to roll from the base of the triangle.  Pinch the ends closed so that none of the hot dog is visible.

Cook the pigs in a blanket at 375 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 12-15.  Dip in  mustard and enjoy!

This appetizer is very easy to make…and you have to admit that there is some satisfaction in making it yourself versus buying the frozen kind!


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Must love chocolate.

Over the past couple of months, I have been helping put together a family recipe book.  Although this seemed to be an easy task at first, gathering and typing every hand written recipe is proving to be a process.  I am very happy to be taking part in this project because a compilation of generations of delicious recipes is absolutely priceless.  Along the way I have become reacquainted with some of my favorite recipes from over the years.  One such recipe is an absolutely delicious cookie that is perfect for any occasion.  Disclaimer: to like this cookie, you must love chocolate!  If you have some extra time this weekend or maybe need a dessert for a Super Bowl party, give it a try!  One bonus to this cookie is it is just as good (maybe even better) completely cool then they are right out of the oven…a rarity I believe.  By the way, they are addicting.

1 ¾ cup softened butter

2 ¼ cup confectioners sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

¼ cup sour cream

1 tbs vanilla

2 ¼ cup flour

2 cups semi-sweet chips

rainbow sprinkles

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa until fluffy.  Beat in sour cream and vanilla.  Add flour and mix.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Refrigerate 1 hour.  Shape in 1” balls.  Dip top in sprinkles.  Place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

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I’ve been slacking.

I admit it, I have been seriously slacking on my posts for the past…oh….three months.  I’ve decided recently that I really want to do this.  I have a lot on my mind, and I am constantly trying new things, so maybe someone out there might actually be interested in what I have to say, so here goes round 2.  My previous concept…women’s issues, problems, etc is going to be expanded significantly.  Although my target audience is women of all ages (that’s not to say that men are not welcome as well!), I want to also share recipes, projects, experiences so I guess this will be a mish mosh of everything.

Another confession…this blog might be my way of clearing my head of the thoughts that are constantly whirring around in there.  It hope it will help me to hold myself accountable for things that I begin…such as knitting.  Yes, just recently I have begun to teach myself to knit.  I was bored one day and figured this would be a nice life long hobbie.  Well if you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I am not the type to sit for hours on end and play with yarn.  But I am determined to stick with it.  By next Christmas I hope to be able to create a plethora of gifts for family and friends with my new skill.  If anyone has any tips for me, I would greatly appreciate it.  Maybe someone knows how to avoid making the stitches too tight?  That seems to be my biggest problem at the moment.

Confession number three…I have recently been reinspired by another female blogger that I came across.  Maybe you are also familiar with Iowa Girl Eats?  If not, check her out.  Anyway, I hope I can be forgiven for this three month hiatus and I promise that I will be coming through with updates multiple times per week!

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The correlation between appearance and success.

Imagine that you are in the doctor’s office waiting to see a physician that you have never met before.  Then, a pretty female doctor who looks like she isn’t a day older then thirty walks into the exam room.  What do you think?  Do you question how much knowledge this young doctor has and if they are qualified to make an accurate diagnosis?  Now switch that young doctor out for an older one, who appears to be in his or her fifties or sixties.  What is your impression?  Do you have a tendency to trust this more experienced looking doctor over the younger one?

I’ll admit that even as a future physician, I have to make a conscious effort not to make these assumptions about young physicians.  It is only natural to want the best and most experienced when it comes to our own health.  Are these assumptions fair or unfair?

Take another example.  Say you hire an interior designer to redecorate your house. Imagine that you have two interviewees but you could only choose your decorator based on their shoes.  Would you chose this designer….

or this designer…

I have a feeling that most of you chose the shoe on the right.  Is it because, purely based on her shoe choice, she seems more fashion forward?  How does this translate to interior design?  It probably doesn’t translate at all, but some may think that a woman who dresses fashionably will decorate in the same manner.

Since light travels faster than sound, you are seen before you are heard. This is why, before even uttering a word your visual image will say a multitude about you as an individual (your perceived level of intelligence, competence, confidence, power, beliefs and success).  Is this fair?  Certainly not.  Will this bias change?  Definitely not.

The importance of appearance in the professional world is no secret.  That being said, to what extent are women concerned about their appearance?  In representative surveys done by the New York School of Law, 90 percent of women consider looks important to their self-image, and over half of young women reported that they would prefer to be hit by a truck than be fat; two thirds would rather be mean or stupid. More than a third of obese individuals are willing to risk death in order to lose just 10 percent of their weight; three quarters will assume the risk for 20 percent.

These percentages are staggering to me, but this is the world we live in.  Please comment!  I would love to know what you think!

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