Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Thoughts Women Have While Online Dating

Dating. It's hard right.  It's also fun and exciting but frustrating at the same time.  What do I talk about? What do I wear? Does this look ok? Blah blah blah... If you didn't read our 7 Types of Questions to Ask on a First Date or these conversation starters  check those out but more importantly, you know what goes through our head when dating.....

Where did this one come from? Match.com, Tinder, Bumble, Hinge (I'll just do a little digging before our date...)

Wait what's his name?

Why did I say yes to this?

Why am I going?   I'd rather be at home with my dog, netflix and a pizza.

Welp here goes nothing. Ok who is it?  What did he look like?(checks profile)  I hope he looks like his picture.  Is that him? Should I go say hi and ask or sit here?  (text date and sits down)

Is he going to order wine?

Yes ok whew good!  Well that went down fast.  I'll have another.

How many glasses of wine is too many?  I should have pre gamed harder for this.  Wait its a date.  Act cool.

Why am I sweating?

Should I order the salad? (read: thinking about pizza)

Why am I cold now?

He's staring at me.  Do I have something in my teeth or do I have blood mouth? (read: wine stains)

He's not asking me any questions.  Am I going to have to carry this entire conversation?  Why can't we just play never have I ever?

Tweet: "Instead of 20 questions why can't we just play never have I ever - @VerbalGoldBlog on dating "

Oh he touched my knee.  He must like me.

(Phone buzzes) Hummm is it rude to check that?  Should I go to the bathroom to check my phone?

Ok check is coming.  Ooo the waiter is cute. Should I do the reach?  No he asked me.  He's going to pay.  Just say thank you.

Alright.  Time to leave. Time for jammies and popcorn and Law and Order SVU and wine! Oh yay.

Awe he opened my door. Such a gentleman.  Is he going to kiss me?  Should I kiss him on the first date?

Just remember ladies that your someone does exist and you can have it all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

With the Holidays approaching (especially Thanksgiving) and your family and friends heading over to judge your house enjoy them with you it's time you start adulting.  Or as we like to say, fake it til you make it.  These easy peasy 5 minute place card settings in Carrera Marble will have your relatives impressed! 

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

1. Carrara White Italian Carrera Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tile 2 inch Polished    (Home Depot + Lowes do not have these in marble, porcelain only so if you want marble it's best to order on Amazon)

2. Gold or Silver 1-2  inch stickers: gold bold // gold script // black script // silver glitter 

3. Scissors 

1. Pull apart marble tiles and cut off any excess sticky tact.  

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

2. Add initial(s) in stickers to each piece

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards   The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards
coincidence my relatives initials spell BAR? Naaaa.... haha 

And voila! All done.  I told you it was easy right!  Thanks Sugar and Cloth for the inspiration.  This is my kind of DIY.  The kind that's not even really one.  But how amazing and classy do these look!  Not to mention expensive! Wow your guests this Holiday season with these place card settings!

Here's a few ways we styled it.

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

The $10 Five Minute Holiday DIY // Carrera Marble Place Cards

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Friday, November 20, 2015

What Can We Learn From Paris Hilton?

Famous women have been around since being 'famous' became a thing. However, it's arguable that Paris Hilton was the first socialite in the way that we think of them today! These days it's all about the Kardashians and the Jenners, but as Kim actually got her start as a friend of Ms. Hilton, there's NO WAY we should be writing her off. Here are just a few of the things you can learn from Paris Hilton!

paris hilton

How To Enjoy A Girls' Weekend

Paris Hilton is always surrounded by a ton of other women, some of those who are famous, and those who will be famous in time! It's no surprise that she's no stranger to the adult playground that is Vegas, which is probably why she's just been made the ambassador for bgo casino. She's spent a lot of her time hanging out in the casinos of Vegas with the other elite, and it's where she and Kim K used to hang out and get papped in all the hottest clubs. Why not let your hair down and head to Vegas with the girls? There are actually a ton of slots you can try out on bgo casino before you go to get the hang of it - with free spins galore - and for other games like blackjack you could practice at Blackjackballroom.

How To Not Take Yourself Too Seriously

Paris Hilton appeared in the 2005 horror hit 'House Of Wax' at the height of her fame. Spoiler alert: her character died! In all honesty, it showed that she was up for a laugh and it seems from this interview that she really went all out to make the scene just right for the film. Nice job, Paris!

How To Brand Yourself

As a hotel heiress, there's no denying that Paris was born into money, and, as every socialite knows, money equates to good looks, fame and lots of frivolous fun. However, she's actually pretty entrepreneurial and actually perfected the whole 'person as a brand' thing before many others. Appearing in fun TV shows to appeal to young girls, magazine appearances and club outings to appeal to the social climbers, she's a woman with a vast overall appeal and it's made her the success story off her own back that she is today. It is an impressive feat and one that should be given the full respect it deserves.

Paris Hilton is a lot of fun and she knows how to let her hair down in a way that many of us have forgotten. We may not have her money, and we may have more responsibilities, but from time to time, we can take a leaf out of her book. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mini-Cheesecake Bites (Gluten-Free)

gluten free mini cheesecake bites

Happy Cooking! In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we hope we can give you some tasty recipes to make your life easier when prepping for any Friendsgivings and then the big day! 

There's nothing like the savory richness of cheesecake, which makes it so hard to say no to! But making an entire cheesecake is a HUGE commitment, and a bit of a hassle when it comes to serving.

These mini cheesecake bites will help make the whole process a lot simpler for you to put together, bake, serve, and also eat.

gluten free mini cheesecake bites

The nut crust is amazing, with the almond giving a great flavor while also being gluten free. And pre-baking it prevents it from being soggy (which nut crusts tend to do if you do not bake them). If you don't want to use almond flour, you can use any nut flour or nut meal that you like. OR you can use a graham cracker crust here, which I've also provided below. 

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Chill Time: ~2 Hours
Total Time: ~3 Hours 

For the Almond Flour Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or raw sugar 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (slightly melted and cooled)

(If you prefer Graham Cracker Crust)
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar or raw sugar brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling
  • 1 pound (lb) of reduced fat cream cheese (16 oz - usually two square containers)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

For Decoration (Optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your mini muffin pan with 12 muffin liners. (If you end up having extra with your ingredients or filling, feel free to make more!)
  2. Prepare the crust. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together almond flour, sugar, pinch of salt, and lemon zest (which you can use a zester or grater). Then stir in the butter and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide the crust mixture into each liner (3 1/2 teaspoons of crust mixture per liner) and lightly press down with the bottom of a shot glass.
  4. Bake just the crust for 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 10 minutes while preparing the filling.
  5. Now filling preparation! Using an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer if you have either, beat together the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until light and creamy. (If you do not have one of these, use a whisk and do by hand.) Add the vanilla and pinch of salt, and beat until thoroughly combined. Beat the eggs in on low, one at a time. Be careful not to over mix.]
  6. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with the batter on top of the crust, and bake for 10 minutes, or until the centers of the cheesecakes do not jiggle when the pan is tapped.
  7. Open the oven door (at least 1 foot wide) and let the cheesecakes cool to room temperature - about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. (You can shut the oven off for this). For easiest removal of the cheesecakes, remove the paper liners now. They can also be removed after chilling, but the cheesecake and crust is more likely to stick then. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 
  8. Decorate with berries and dust with powdered sugar, if desired. You can refrigerate for up to 4 days, and these work well to freeze as well. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels

roasted butternut squash and brussels

Thanksgiving is next week and if you're still looking for some yummy side dishes, let me suggest roasted butternut squash and brussels. It's easy, healthy, and different than most other Thanksgiving side items. So if you want to put a spin on your sides, give this one a shot. If not, save it for another night because you will love them! 

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Butternut Squash 
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Feta Cheese (optional)

roasted butternut squash and brussels

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Sweat garlic in olive oil 

3. Cut brussel sprouts into quartered pieces

roasted butternut squash and brussels

4. Cut butternut squash into pieces

roasted butternut squash and brussels

5. Toss brussels and squash with garlic olive oil

roasted butternut squash and brussels

6. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil & evenly distribute brussels and squash on baking sheet

7. Cook for about 30-35 minutes (it may take longer, you're roasting so you'll want crispy brussel sprouts and the butternut squash soft)
roasted butternut squash and brussels

8. Top with feta cheese!

9. Eat up!

roasted butternut squash and brussels

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