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MAE Photo Shoot

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So my audition is on Monday, and this was taken during the shoot. I'll be uploading the photos later on into the Hair and Fashion section, but for now here's a little preview!

Valentine's Day Tri Tip Dinner, 2008

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Mmm, slow cooked tri-tip roast, red baby potatoes with beef gravy, and lime green beans. A nice and spicy J Lohr syrah. Candles, and a Dream Theater concert on video.

Sounds like a nice romantic meal to me :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Lucky Bamboo Valentine

Lucky Bamboo Valentine
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Here's the lovely Lucky Bamboo Mark brought me home for Valentine's Day. Isn't it pretty?

We had some from a while ago, but when we moved to Las Vegas my mom adopted it and decided she was keeping it for good. Not a worry, she managed to keep it alive all this time so it's ok!

The beautiful red doily under it was a bridal shower gift from my mom's friend Brenda. They went to school together, and we used to be neighbors when I was little. The parasol is from my wedding, I intended to take some photos with it but never got to it. Oh well, it fits in well here, and I'll have it to use in other shoots.

All in all, we had a pretty nice night after I was done being a lame girl. Valentine's day is weird for me because it's also the anniversary of when I graduated beauty school. This year was five years! I think I expected to see myself further along in my career by now, but we've done so much moving around. Mark put it best when he said I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and stay where I am. It's a challenge to grow a business, but I'm sure making an effort!

In Salon, then teaching a class, then back in salon

Today is a busy day! I just got back from the salon about an hour ago (and I smell like relaxer, bleah) and am about to grab some lunch.

In about two hours I have a Blonding class to teach at a salon in Santa Clara for the afternoon. We're going to be doing some mock highlighting, and doing a real toner on a mannequin that I highlighted yesterday in preparation. It'll be a pretty simple class, but I'm a little nervous because my boss is supposed to come by at some point along the process. It'll be fine, but it's always a little harder to present in front of people that actually know what you're supposed to be saying, instead of people that are just learning the information fresh for the first time. I'm sure I'll be fine though, and I'm in need of some feedback before my audition anyway. I'm really just hoping she isn't around during my product knowledge section, but if she is, that's ok too.

Then, after my class this evening, I get to head back to the salon at 6:45. I have a new client coming in for a highlight and an eyebrow wax. Let's just hope I'm not burned out by then, and I'm glad I have at least a little break in between. I definitely am glad to have a new client. :)

Granny Smith Beanie and Wrist Warmer Set

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I wear a lot of black, I really do. And I bet you do too. How do we bring a little splash of color into our lives in these dark, chilly days? Accessories, I tell you, accessories.

This Granny Smith green beanie and wrist warmer set are made of super soft and comfy cotton and modal mix. A bit of a sheen makes this set fancy, but still warm and cozy!

Check it out in the store :)

Papaya Salsa

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Yay, more salsa! This one is a little different, with a little bit of a sweetness to it.


6-8 medium sized tomatoes, diced
1 papaya, seeded, peeled, and cubed
1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 cup cilantro, stems removed
2 Serrano peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/2 cup golden brown sugar
salt to taste

Process everything in a food processor until most of the papaya and tomato is broken down, or until as fine as you like. Combine ingredients in a larger bowl if you're like me and have a small food processor.

Remember that pork roast? Pork Burrito

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Well, here's what I did with the left-overs:

I turned the brown rice into Spanish-style rice by adding a can of diced tomatoes, a quarter cup of chili powder, and salt and pepper. I let that simmer in a saute pan until the liquid had all been absorbed.

I cubed the left over pork roast, added a quarter cup of chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon powdered cayenne pepper, a few healthy shakes of crushed red pepper flakes, seasoned salt, and a half cup of water. I cooked this over medium heat until the meat was warmed up and the water had mostly evaporated, leaving a little for the chili sauce.

Then I steamed a tortilla (i sandwich them between two damp paper towels and microwave it for a minute) and built my burrito with colby jack cheese, the spanish rice, pork, some black beans, my papaya salsa, and a dab of sour cream. Ok, mine had two dabs. What can I say, I like sour cream.

Mmm, see? Left overs are yummy!

Pork Roast, Brown Rice, and Steamed Zucchini

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None of this meal was cooked on my stove. Rather, the pork roast was in the slow cooker from about 4pm to 8:30pm when we ate. Mark seasoned it with seasoned salt, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and red pepper flakes. Then we pretty much left it alone until we ate. I sliced it against the grain and arranged in the serving bowl.

The rest of the meal was cooked in my rice cooker/steamer. I cooked the brown rice first, then transferred it to the bowl and covered it loosely with a clean towel in order to keep the warmth. After that I added more water to the rice cooker, then sliced 3 zucchini directly into the steamer basket. I like this method because cooking rice creates a bit of a rice film on the bottom of the cooker, and heating the water to steam the vegetables softens this film. This makes it much easier to clean.

After moving the zucchini to its dish, I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter. We each had a nice cold Fat Tire with dinner. It was great!

I <3 Kitschy Heart Coasters

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Made a bunch of great little heart coaster sets for Valentine's Day. Had a blast making them, they're so addicting! One evening went by so quickly I didn't even realize it was after 11 when I finished! Mark had some fun making some Mario themed ones too.

These are great little additions to Valentine's Day gifts. 4 in a set for $4! Fun way to spread some love around!

Pretty Pink and Purple Heart Pendant

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I made a nice collection of polymer pendants to add to my store for Valentine's Day. I can't quite decide on my favorite, but the simplicity of this design is pretty high up there.

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