.:DIY YUMMIES -Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Hello lovelies!  I do hope that all of you are doing well.  Before I start this DIY deliciousness, I wanted to share the dedication and reason why I am using this particular one.

Deadpool.  There, I said it.  I freakin’ LOVE Deadpool.  And Deadpool LOVES chimichangas.  So without further ado, RECIPE TIME!

Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Yield: 6 servings Prep Time: 25 min Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients:

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
6 (8-inch) soft flour tortillas
1 3/4 cups sliced strawberries, divided
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Vegetable oil, for frying

Other stuffs needed: toothpicks; deep-fry thermometer, large deep sided saucepan OR deep fryer

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese with the sour cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in 3/4 cup of the sliced strawberries.

Divide the mixture evenly between the tortillas, slathering each portion in the lower third of each tortilla. Next, fold the two sides of each tortilla toward the center and then roll the tortilla up like a burrito and secure it with a toothpick. Repeat the rolling process with the remaining tortillas.

Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow bowl and set it aside. Line a large plate with paper towels.

Add 3 inches of oil to a large, deep saucepan, leaving a minimum of 2 inches from the top of the oil to the top of the saucepan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 360ºF on a deep-fry thermometer.

Working in batches, fry the chimichangas until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes, flipping them as needed. Transfer the chimichangas to the paper towel-lined plate to drain for 1 minute, and then roll them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Repeat the frying and rolling process with the remaining chimichangas, returning the oil to 360ºF between batches.

Remove all toothpicks from the chimichangas and transfer them to serving plates. Top each with a portion of the remaining 1 cup of sliced strawberries and serve immediately.

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.:Shop Review – DressLily.com:.

Hello lovelies!  I do hope that all of you are doing alright. 🙂  I am doing alright, but I have something I need to say.

Many of you have seen the advertisements for DressLily.com I’m sure.  They show amazing clothing at affordable prices.  Yeah, I thought you might. Well friends, after seeing the ads for ages, I finally took a look at the site.

HOLY SWEET JEEBERS, the clothes are amazing looking.  They have great styles, even for someone like me (nothing but black clothes baby!) and I was amazed to find the prices to be superb.

So after a lot of talking with the fam, I thought “Hell, why not try it out?” So through the site I scoured for just the perfect thing(s) to add to my wardrobe.  I wanted to buy something that would be worn, but something that was not outrageously priced.

I finally settled on a dress and a corset both at the lower spectrum in price.  I will start with the corset.

Stylish Solid Color Hollow Out Slimming Women's Waist Training Corset $7.57

This is the “Stylish Solid Color Hollow Out Slimming Women’s Waist Training Corset,” priced at $7.51 USD.   The look of it is quite gorgeous, and well put together (it seems.)  Which is hard not to do considering that you have the different hooks like a bra typically does.  It is stretchy, the fabric soft but the boning is not nearly as stiff as you would think a “waist trainer” would be.  The fit was snug the way it should be, and sturdy on the waist. I am quite happy with it, but we shall see how long it lasts.

Next is the “Trendy Black Hooded Finger Hollow Out Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress for Women”

Trendy Black Hooded FInger Hollow Oul Long Sleev Bodycon Dress for Women $11.81

And it is priced at 11.81 USD. And here is where the nightmare begins.

The fabric is soft and thin, with that slight amount of stretch that makes it “comfortable” to wear.  As with all China-based shops, you always buy one size larger than what you would normally wear.  So I picked the XL size.  I am fighting really hard not to call bullshit on that friends.  Truly I am.  But as I slipped that puppy over my head, my arms sliding into the armholes, I felt deceived.  I pulled downward, finally getting that thing around myself, only to realize that this… This was not a dress.  This was a shirt.  It doesn’t go over the butt, it doesn’t wrap around ya thighs.  It wraps around ya middle like some psycho crop top.

I could feel my boobs screaming in protest, and turned with agony in my eyes to look in the mirror.  I looked like the Michelin man wrapped in black saran wrap.  It was a nightmare.  I then started paying attention to my arms, which weren’t nearly in the sleeves the way they should have been.  Only my wrists were poking out of the armholes giving me the look of some disappointed T-Rex.  The muscles in my upper arms are pretty big, and boy did I realize it.  That was when I also realized, I couldn’t get out.

Thank heavens for Waya, let me just say that he saved the day.

So, my opinion:

About the corset, I love it.  Truly.  You do need to follow the guide on the page to make sure that you get the right one.  Measure people.  Measuring is needed and pretty simple.

The dress/bullshit I stare at with as much hatred as I possibly can give as it sits on my clothing rack mocking me. I hate you Trendy Black Hooded Finger Hollow Out Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress for Women.  I do feel that if you have any muscle at all, or even BOOBS for that matter, go 2 sizes bigger.  Heck, IF I try it again, my rear is probably going to head for 3 sizes.

Now, will I be ordering again?

Maybe.  They do have a lot more to offer than just evil demon dresses created in the bowels of hell.  And the corset is definitely worth it for only 7 something.

We shall see.

L.

*All photos within this blog post are property of the DressLily.com company.  They are in no way mine or connected to me in any way other than being what I purchased.

.:Recipe Time – Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast:.

Hello lovelies!  Any of you that know me, know how much I love pot roast.  It is the greatest most yummiest thing on the planet (not including corn on the cob!)  It makes my tongue happy and I enjoy gnawing.  So I share with you the recipe that I use for Pot Roast. (Now this is not an original recipe.  This was found on the net a long time ago and I have NO clue who created it, or what the site was!  SORRY! But I want to thank them.)  You all also know that I love me a slow cooker meal.  Easy peasy lemon squeezie!  Enjoy my lovelies.

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5lb) bone in beef pot roast
  • 2 1/2 tbs all purpose flour (set aside 1 tbs)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup baby carrots, or 3 medium carrots chunked
  • 2 stalks celery, chunked
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions:

  1. Generously season both sides of roast with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the top until well coated, and pat it into the meat. Shake off any excess.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the roast on both sides for 5-6 minutes each, until well browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in mushrooms and butter; cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in onion; cook for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add garlic, stir for about a minute.
  5. Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons flour; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, and cook for another minute.
  6. Slowly add chicken stock, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Remove skillet from the heat.
  7. Place carrots and celery in the slow cooker. Place roast over the vegetables and pour in any accumulated juices. Add rosemary and thyme.
  8. Pour onion and mushroom mixture over the top of the roast. Cover slow cooker, turn to high and cook the roast for 5-6 hours, until the meat is fork tender.
  9. Skim off any fat from the surface and remove the bones. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now, keep in mind that anything can be optional on this.  Don’t want mushrooms?  You don’t need to add them.  Don’t have fresh rosemary and thyme?  Dried will work, but it won’t taste quite as good (in my opinion anyway.)  Just know that you can fiddle with this until YOU are happy with what YOU have created.  This is more of a guideline than a rule alright.  Make any recipe YOURS.  Make it unique to you and it will be enjoyed!

Much Love,

L.

.:Review – Pocketbac Hand Gel:.

Hello my dears!  I hope that all is well with you and yours.

Today I am going to be doing a review on the Pocketbac Hand Sanitizers by Bath and Body Works.

I have been using them for just a small amount of time.  Considering how Bath and Body Works is planted within the mall a ways from my house, it kind of makes it hard for me to get my hands on them.  Not only due to location, but price as well.  But I will get to that.

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The size of the bottle is 1 fluid oz and is a perfect fit into many hand shapes.  The cap is easy to open and pretty much spill proof.

The bottle itself is clear with a white top.  The label is very eye catching, each showing the different “flavors” in creative ways.  As you can tell from the picture above, it is colorful makes a person take notice.

On the back label, it gives a full list of details about the product.  Drug facts, Uses, Warnings.  The whole schpeal.  (*laughs*  While this is unrelated, it is too funny not to share.  When I right clicked Schpeal, my words not recognized and google is trying to correct me, their suggested “fix” was scalpel.)  It is very detailed and very thorough.

The gel comes in many different “flavors” ranging from sweet to fruity, from female scents to male scents.  The gel itself is colored according to the scent.  Within the gel are these little pellet type thingies that add a level of scrubbing to the sanitizer.  But please, do understand that I have no idea what they really do.  This is just MY observation y’all.

They also have the little holders for them as well.  They too come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.   It will be easier just to shove a photo here:

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As you can see, they are all unique.

My opinion:

Pros:  This stuff is simply amazing.  The gel goes on smoothly, the scent is amazing and long-lasting.  I am just ashamed of myself for not knowing these things were this good. Each scent is unique and the amount of options that you are given makes it hard to pick just one.

 The holders themselves are simply adorable.  I would LOVE to have the little bat one.  It makes me happy.  It has held up against my abuse for nearly 6 months and shows no signs of wear and tear.  It has never failed to hold on, the gel has never fallen out or anything, which is a major pro in my book.

Cons: The price.  There, I said it.  They run $1.75 in my “local” B&BW, and I cannot for the life of me agree to that.  While the product is amazing, and is something that I use countless times a day, I just cannot see myself paying that much for so small of a product.  I pay attention to sales, get coupons and all that good stuff.  Most times, you can find them on sale for 5/$5 or 5/$6 which is great.  So I keep my eyes out, even though I still think that is a bit much.  I can go to the local Dollar Tree and buy sanitizer 20x’s bigger.  BUT it doesn’t have the same yummy factor.

So here is where I say, “Buy again, or walk away.”

I say I will definitely buy again.  I love the work that has been put into these little bottle of joy.  I will keep an eye out on whether or not they are on sale, but when they are, I will be on that.

If you get a chance to check them out, by all means DO IT.  You will find sales and it will be worth it in the long run.

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