Monday, February 16, 2015

50....what is that?

I want to share a recent discovery with you all. Those who have been with me for a while know that I developed a taste for (clears throat) smut. Yes, I admit that thanks to E.L. James and her creation of Christian Grey, I jumped on the mom porn books wagon and have read more than I care to admit.
Anyway, in my never ending quest to discover new smutty reads and find a good laugh I came across a Twitter account that had me chuckling at the clever spoof on the sexy novel. Good for a laugh, check out @FiftyShedsOfGrey.



I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. While on Twitter you may also want to check out @FiftyShadesOfGran and me of course @mammagoddess

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm on Twatter...I mean Twitter

Just reminding my loyal readers that I am in Twatter...I mean Twitter! Sheesh. I have no idea why I feel compelled to call it Twatter! It just seems right! Must say something about the twats that are twatting. I hope I don't come off as a twat...Oh Balls...I think I just did!
**Deep breath***
Now I have regained focus and would like to invite you to follow me on Twitter as well.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Humpday Motivation

It is the middle of the work/school week. For many, the weekend couldn't come soon enough. I know my husband and kids would agree with that sentiment.

So to those who need a little boost, encouraging and thoughtful motivation and maybe a little kick in the ass, I give you Humpday Motivations.

These wise words are just a gentle reminder to not put so much pressure on yourself. You can't be the best at everything nor can you fulfill everyone's wishes. Take a deep breath, grab a spoon and the Nutella jar...you deserve it!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get your nom on with this lemon garlic chicken!

Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am fanatical about my love for all things lemon. I love the vibrant yellow colour, the crisp clean scent, the tangy sour deliciousness that they yield. Recently I also discovered a love for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food thanks to a great restaraunt in Toronto, Ontario called Byblos. It was in that fine establishment that I developed a serious taste for the fresh, vibrant flavours of Egyptian and Lebanese cruise.
That single dining experience resulted in countless hours of scouring the Internet in search of as many recipes as I could find. One such recipe I came across for Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chicken. When I read the ingredient list I thought it would be a great recipe to have under my belt as most of the time I had the ingredients in the house.
So I whipped it up, quite easily I might add, and BAM! Instant hit. The dish is pungent with garlic, this is not date night food, so if you want to get lucky I suggest you hold off on this dish. The tang of the lemon brightened the dish and the addition of a middle eastern 7 spice mix topped it all off to perfection.
An easy to make one dish meal that is sure to please most guests, except for your vampire friends.





Lebanese Baked Garlic Chicken with Potatoes


Recipe: Baked Garlic Chicken and Potatoes – Djej w Batata Bil Sayniyyeh
Summary: A traditional garlic chicken dish from Lebanon.
Baked Garlic Chicken Ingredients (4 servings)

INGREDIENTS

4lbs of chicken legs/quarters/breasts (I prefer thighs)
5medium potatoes
20cloves of garlic (or 1.5 heads) (this is the amount the original recipe calls for. Too much for me so I use half the garlic...purely up to you)
1cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
4table spoons of olive oil
salt to taste
2 tsp Lebanese 7-spices

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
2.Make cuts in chicken in order to allow for the spices and garlic sauce to seep deep inside.
3.Rub chicken with a table spoon or two of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and 1 tsp Lebanese 7-spices. Quickly sear the chicken to add colour and flavour. About 5 minutes, then transfer to baking dish.
4.Peel potatoes then cut them in disks of about 1/2 inch, salt lightly.
5.Place chicken on bottom of baking tray (preferably metal), place potatoes on top, sprinkle with remaining spice blend and bake at 400F (medium heat) for about 30 minutes.
6.Meanwhile place the garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2-3 table spoons of olive oil in a blender/food processor and spin for 4-5 minutes, add the lemon juice and spin for another 4-5 minutes until you have a nice lemony-garlicky sauce.
7.Once the chicken has baked 30 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and very carefully drain any excess liquids/fat/water that you see on the bottom.
8.Pour the garlic sauce all over it while mixing it well with the potatoes, put back in the oven and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes until the potatoes turn start to brown.
9.Serve warm.
10.Note: You may need to consume an unusually large quantity of toothpaste afterwards.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sharpie mug follow up

Hey all! I did it! I took a sharpie to a clean white mug and defaced that bugger. Let me tell you, it was almost therapeutic. I scribbled down some slightly rude and colourful words and sayings, just for the hell of it.
Rather than bake the mug for 30 minutes I left it for a full hour.
In the end, it looked great...except my writing sucks. I hand washed it and the ink stayed put. I ran it through the dishwasher and I am happy to report that the ink remained. 
It has been about 3 weeks since I did this little project and the ink has started to fade and come off.
I read somewhere that Sharpies come in an oil base. I haven't bothered to look but if they do I would think that would be more permanent.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Sharpie Mugs


I recently discovered the Sharpie mug craze. I will admit, I am eager to jump on the band wagon. I love simple crafts like this that are cheap, easy and can say so much with little expense or effort. These mugs are great for kids who want their own personal mug for hot chocolate or need to give their favourite teacher a Christmas gift. 
So I have decided to give it a go. I read somewhere along the way that the usual suggested 30 minutes of baking wasn't enough, that doing so for an hour would ensure the permanency of the ink. I am first going to try the basic black sharpie and bake for an hour. Then I will wash it both by hand and dishwasher, microwave it, bleach it. See if it truly is permanent. 
I found other suggestions that might work better as well. Apparently Sharpie has oil based markers, and the ones in metallic work well. I am going to pick one up as well and write on the other side of my test mug to see which marker holds up.
Wish me luck! I am not a crafty lady but I think I can actually pull this off.

Here is a link to a great blog that offered good tips for the project.
http://thegoldjellybean.com/2013/01/testing-out-diy-sharpie-mugs.html

Ciao for now!
Lee-Ann




Friday, October 17, 2014

When S*#%! Hits The Fan

It's been a while. I've been caught up in life and the bumps in the road along the way. Some where small, while others where bottomless pits of angst and....well, you get the idea.
I won't go into all the gory details, but I will say this....the grass always looks greener on the other side because you don't have to mow it. 
Think about that.