Sunday, September 30, 2012

Playing Catch Up in a Major Way!

Whoa, it's been a week since I blogged!  I got re-sick this week (ugh) so I barely had energy for work, much less blogging.  In any case, I'm on the rise and I'm happy to be catching up on your blogs, at long last!

Given that I've spent more time at home than usual this week, I've done tons of cooking and nail painting and reading and homey stuff like that.  So here are some things from the past week that you should know about:

I painted my nails several times, and here are some of the results:

The nails are Deutsch You Want Me Baby? from the OPI Germany collection;
toes are Essie Sew Psyched (and they match my bath mat!)

I really, really love the Germany collection, and that bright, burnt orangey color is perfect for welcoming Fall.  Needless to say, nail polish peels (way faster than toes), so when the inevitable happened, I did this:

My darling Lindsay sent me these two Essie colors for my birthday (along with some amazing nail stamps that I'll blog about soon), and I couldn't resist pairing them for these two-toned nails.  Pretty, right?

Ah, the perks of being homebound.  Your nails look awesome as you lie in bed hacking and sneezing.

Speaking of lying in bed, I finished Gone Girl (um, WHOA.  If you're looking for a can't-put-it-down book, get this one immediately!) and have moved onto this one, recommended by my friend Diana who has impeccable taste in literature:

It's a pretty fascinating premise.  There are six autonomous stories within Cloud Atlas; the first half of each is told in the first half of the book.  At the halfway point, the second half of the stories commence, rendering story 6 as the only one told as one whole, unbroken story.  Does that make sense?  In any case, there is reasonable suspicion that the characters in each story are reincarnations of each other (the stories span centuries) . . . if you've read it, let me know so we can talk about it!

Also, I made these tonight, and they're so good that I seriously can't stop obsessing over them:

LET ME TELL YOU.  They are the best things I've eaten in recent memory and without a doubt, worth every calorie.  I followed this recipe but made the following modifications: 

1. I used Morningstar soy crumbles instead of beef/turkey, but I am certain it would be equally delicious with any of those options

2. I sauteed chopped onions (1/2 a large onion) before adding the soy meat, and used this combination (plus the cream cheese) to stuff into the shells

3. I used extra taco seasoning and extra cream cheese (I have finally learned what my sister has been proclaiming for ages: EVERYTHING is better with cream cheese)

4. I added a lil chili pepper to the browning "meat"/onion mixture to give it a little heat

5. I didn't measure the cheese, but sprinkled mozzarella on top of the shells before I baked them (under the foil), and then when I took off the foil after 25 minutes, I sprinkled sharp cheddar on top and let it broil

6. I used salsa instead of taco sauce

Okay, so if you've never followed a recipe I've posted here, NOW IS THE TIME.  I'm telling you--these are a game changer.  I cannot wait to make them again (this weekend when my beautiful cousins are here!!!).  

In other news, I may need therapy after this football season.  My beloved team is now 0-4, and after a brutal loss to the Packers today.  Did anyone else watch the game?  Losing by one point is a special kind of devastating.  Especially when you've made a field goal--for the win, mind you--and it's retracted thanks to a penalty.  

But a fairweather fan I AM NOT, so I'm currently coveting these babies for football Sundays:

You bet your behind I'd wear those--and proudly!!!

Happy Monday, everyone.  Glad to be back! 


GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Nice catch up. Looks like a busy week. Whoa! Nice nail polish. Love the way you tinted those tips.

Rainbow Gatherer said...

I love the nailpolishes, very cute :)
I'll be happy if u check out my blog too=)

Gracie said...

I hope you are better now. I'm starting to feel sick AGAIN as I go back to work. Of course that is the way. I want to read Gone Girl so I definitely will pick it up sometime.

Marz said...

OMG Claire I totally see you in those Who Dat pumps! So perfectly you ;) My Cowboys play tonight and I can't wait to be at the sports bar watching the game ;) I'm going to the sports bar only because my lover C.J. pitches tonight and I of course can't watch at home so this way I'll get to watch both! ;) Hope your boys get better soon! I knew it was going to be a rough season for them, but still!

Love your home manis and pedi! Deutsch you want me baby? is such an awesome name :)

Your week at home sounded so nice and relaxing (minus the illness of course!) I would have loved to have spent it with you :) So glad you're feeling better! love you! xoxo

Dancing Branflake said...

Those shells look amazing! Holy night!

Hope you get to feeling 100% better. PS... I really appreciated your comment on the blog today.

Faiza said...

Lol! Perhaps we can go out in hers and hers shoes when I wear these babies....

Leesh said...

I will say it again, I love your nails. I thought it was burgundy but it's purple right? Either way, it looks great. I still need to try to do it on myself.

I am going to add Gone Girl to my list. I have heard great things about it. I have been trying to read I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and I am getting no where with it.

20 York Street said...

I didn't hear anything you said, I was just staring at that deliciousness!!


Hope you feel so much better!

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meghan said...

I like the purple with the silver. That's fun. And I've heard so much about Gone Girl. I'm going to have to add it to my list.

Kim @ said...

hope you're feeling better!!!

omg and yes, gone girl, so good!! how did u feel about the ending? i know a lot of peole didn't like it and yeah it's definitely dsyfunctional, but i think i liked it. hahah.

also, thanks for the next book recommendation. i didn't even finish one book in september (ugh!!) so busy with the new school year, but i'm gonna read 'the perks of being a wallflower' and hopefully a few more!!

have a great night!

tara said...

so many pretty nail polish colors! and wasn't gone girl crazy!? loved it!

Jo said...

glad you're feeling better! cute nails, and yummy looking food! love the vegetarian twist! and, you NEED those shoes!! :)

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

holy geez woman, those shells look RIDIC!! i'm for sure adding them to my recipe hoard =)

and i've never heard of cloud atlas, but i wanna check it out now! the bottom left image on the cover reminds me of the cover of my copy of "the sound and the fury".

Miss Caitlin S. said...

love that nail polish! the germany collection sounds interesting- if only for the fun name! Those taco stuffed shells look and sound sooo yummy.

Sorry your team lost :(

Diana Mieczan said...

Hope you are feeling much better by today and that top nail polish colour is beautiful and so autumny:) Love.xoxo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Those shoes are SO awesome as are your nails (I did a two tone manicure too!) Feel better soon and go show off the nails!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Christina said...

I love the OPI color on your fingers! I really want to read Cloud Atlas before the movie comes out. I'm adding it to my list right now! Hope you're feeling better!

drollgirl said...

omfg that nail color is perfect! i need it!!!!

and that dish looks DELICIOUS!!!! i am on that whole 30 diet, so i can't try it now. but SOMEDAY!!!!! maybe someday. yum it looks so good!!!!

Shoshanah said...

I've been hearing a lot about Cloud Atlas lately. First I think previews for the movie look awesome. But I think it might be easier to take in as a book. Either way I definitely plan on both seeing and reading it.