Spring Fashion DIY-ish:
Daisy Statement Necklaces Using Daisies from Marc Jacob’s Daisy Perfume
Well, this is my very first DIY-ish Fashion post for this blog. Lately I am more obsessed with fashion and interior design than in food (which is kinda a good thing since I am trying to lose weight).
Besides my husband and family, I don’t think anyone knows that I am so into fashion and accessories. I make some of my own jewelry and also some jewelry I give as presents to my close friends. The other day, I made a handmade velvet clutch in front of my husband and it only took me like 1 hour and hubs was impressed.
I like making my own jewelry, I love twisting wires, I love beads and shiny pretty things, I love statement pieces. I also collect jewelry, I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a teenager. Anyway, because of this I developed a knack for designing my own jewelry pieces. The nice thing about it is I always have the most unique pieces and being a slight “fashionista” I always want to have one of a kind stuff to wear.
I love Daisy by Marc Jacobs, I not only love the smell of this perfume but I also love the rubber daisies with gold balls attached on the cap of this perfume. I have the cocktail ring and pendant (with solid perfume). When I had finished my 1st and 2nd bottles, I unscrewed the Daisies from the caps then I super glued the petals and gold balls together (when you unscrew each flower the gold ball or gold center comes off), I punched small holes in the flowers, with (jewelry) pliers I unlinked 6 gold chains/rings from the gold necklace and attached each ring to each hole and finally, I attached the daisies on a gold chain and pink faux pearl multi-strand (it was a scrunchy that I took apart) necklaces, and Voila… pretty statement necklaces!
Simple Home Cooked Meal:
Citrus and Spice Marinated Grilled Lamb Loin Chops and Butter Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon
Sunday dinner and my husband was solely responsible for these perfectly grilled chops, tender and buttery asparagus spears with (literally) bacon confetti… any excuse to incorporate bacon in a dish and we always go for it.
2.5 lbs Lamb loin chops (1 1/2 inch-thick chops)
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 2 oranges
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon powdered dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon (Mexican) Adobo Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
2 teaspoons sea salt (or according to taste and DO NOT USE TABLE SALT)
1 lb Asparagus spears
1 Tablespoon Butter
Crisp bacon bits (3 rashers)
- Put lamb loin chops in a large ziploc bag.
- In a bowl, combine all marinade ingredients and pour into the ziploc bag with the lamb chops. Securely seal bag and massage the marinade into the meat. Let meat marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling (much better to marinate overnight for the marinade to completely sip-through the meat).
- Grill (cook) loin chops according to your preferred doneness. It is very crucial to rest meat (at least 8 minutes) before serving and eating it so that meat evenly cooks and stay tender and moist.
- Put bacon bits in a cold non-stick skillet, fry until fat renders out and bacon bits are crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
- Saute asparagus spears in butter until tender.
- Assemble everything. Serve. Eat. Belly Happy.
Cook’s note: Juice of citrus fruits like lemon and orange in marinades help to tenderize meat. The acid in citrus breaks down the protein fibers of meat, therefore, making it tender. And these Lamb loin chops were very tender.
Putting oil (fat) like olive oil, garlic oil, etc. in marinades help the meat (specially when it will be grilled) stay moist and succulent as it cooks.
You can also serve these grilled chops with Chimichurri (a herbaceous Argentinean condiment made with chopped fresh parsley, oregano (or fresh cilantro), garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil and chili) as if you are in a Churrascaria.
My Mint Chimichurri
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
handful of fresh mint, chopped
handful of fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
5 cloves of garlic (from a large head), minced fine
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
red chili flakes (according to taste)
salt (to taste)
- Combine all ingredients together. Serve with grilled lamb chops.
(My recipe / Hub’s cooking and photos)
Hub’s sweet doodle while waiting for our barbecue. Then when the barbecue platter arrived, the Brisket instantly disappeared… Ahem!!!
"Mahal Kita" (English: I Love You)
These bears were given to me by the owner of my heart- my wonderful, kindest, most loving bestfriend, other half and mahal ko (English: my love).
"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding,
mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and
bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for
- Ann Landers
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Mini Chicken Tandoori Skewers with Coconut Rice and Hot Madras Curried Lentils, Corn and Carrots
Making Baking Happy and Sunny
Last Christmas, my husband gave me this kitchenAid Artisan Buttercup Yellow Stand Mixer. I just mentioned I want a kitchenAid mixer in this particular color once last year and then I dropped and forgot about it for sometime and so when I got this from him as a Christmas present, I was over the moon and couldn’t stop goofily grinning, until now seeing this mixer on our kitchen counter everyday makes me happy. My husband by now knows that cooking and baking appliances and gadgets make me super happy, and a super happy home cook makes super tasty meals.
Why I chose a buttercup yellow mixer amongst the more girly color options (watermelon, beautiful cranberry, boysenberry, empire red, gloss cinnamon)? Well, baking for me always puts me in a cheerful mood, makes me calm and even patient (which I lack so much of and will never ever be a strong virtue). Yellow is the color of happiness, I just know I can never be in gloomy mode using this bright yellow mixer to whip up cream, mix cake batter and knead bread dough, and plus this mixer goes so well with our light blue kitchen walls and cabinets… Well, these are the reasons I told my husband for wanting this mixer, I guess I won my case big time in flying colors!