I'm just about to Prepare my Dinner today and I will be making my very first Sheppards Pie from scratch! Ive enjoyed sheppards pie before but it was something i picked up frozen from M&M's. I hope this one turns out good because im not the best cook out there but i do like to try new things from time to time and i was told this is a simple meal to prepare. Want to make your own? Heres a recipe for a Double Decker Sheppards Pie I snatched from Rachel Ray's Website.
2 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
One 8-ounce package white mushrooms, caps quartered and stems chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 bunch scallions, green portions thinly sliced, white portions finely chopped
1 large poblano chile, seeded and finely chopped
1.Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425°. In a saucepan, combine the potatoes with salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water; return the potatoes to the pot. Mash with the cream until smooth; season with salt.
2.In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Crumble the beef evenly across the pan and cook, undisturbed, until the liquid cooks off and the meat begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the finely chopped scallions, the poblano, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved mushrooms, 1/4 cup mashed potatoes and the reserved 1 cup cooking water. Lower the heat and simmer until the juices are thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3.Spread slightly more than half of the potatoes evenly in a greased 9-by-11-inch baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture evenly on top, then spoon the remaining mashed potatoes evenly across the filling to enclose. Bake until lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the sliced scallions; let stand for 10 minutes before serving
"It's woman's spirit and mood a man has to stimulate in order to make sex interesting. The real lover is the man who can thrill you by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."
"Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak. A woman can bring a new love to each man she loves, providing there are not too many"
They will be offering a mouth watering 3 course prix fixe menu showcasing their culinary accolades.
So arrange a dinner date for you and your loved one, family, or even just the girls! This just might satify your tastebuds and it's always cool to try something new. They also have a prix fixe menu offered strictly on Feb. 14th 2010 that you might want to check out if you are looking for a resteraunt to visit that weekend!
"Jeans, because my legs are skinny and my butt is big so it's hard to find some that fit both areas." Her brand of choice? bebe! While the star splurges on designer denim from JET, J Brand and 7 for All Mankind, she still can't get enough of bebe's affordable styles. "They fit me so good!"
Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am Boring most of the times when it comes to picking out what i consider the "Perfect Dress". I love anything BLACK because of course it slims me down, I dont play around with to much color and prints and I always "play it safe" because im just a Simple girl. This season I am on a Mission to add more color to my wardrobe and step out of my box a bit. What I love about this dress was most importantly the FIT, the Petal Puff Sleeves, and at $168.00 I thought it was a steal! If you are looking for the Perfect dress for the upcoming holiday i recommend FRENCH CONNECTION! it Never Lets me Down!
Theses Patent and Suede Sandals are by JIMMY CHOO and I must say I absolutely adore them and they do look comfortable! They are everything a girl could possibly want on her feet for this Spring/Summer. They are also featured in both Vogue and Elle Magazine issues this February . These JIMMY CHOOS are currently at the top of my "I WISH" List... One day soon i'm sure ill have 3 grand to blow on my Shoes!!!! HOPEFULLY SOONER THAN LATER!!!
Dealing with "that time of the month" is nothing we enjoy and some of the remedies I find most helpful are drinking ginger tea, taking warm baths to soothe the body, laying in a fetal position, and heating pads. It can be hard but always remember to eat! I was reading online that keeping food in our tummys helps the body to put more energy towards digesting rather than cramping. Caffeine, dairy products, salt, and sugar can increase the possibility and severity of cramps according to HealthMed.com. Of course every womans body is different, we all go through that trial and error process when testing out different rememdies, but its always great to excersise options other than swallowing all those pain killers...
PINEAPPLE JUICE also helps relieve menstrual Cramps due to the fact that it is a source of bromelain - an enzyme that relaxes muscles. THATS RIGHT LADIES! Try it, it may work for you.
YOGA is a Great way to relieve Stress and tone your body amongst many other great things. I actually just recently visited a Yoga Class for the first time at my gym and I must say i actually enjoyed it.
Here are 8 basic Yoga Moves I found online atBest Health Mag. Try them in the comfort of your own home or get out and join a Yoga Class in your area if that's what you prefer, you may find it beneficial to you.
WHERE WILL YOU AND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER BE THIS VALENTINES DAY? If you dont have the answer to that question because you are unsure of how to celebrate this valentines day I recommend visiting PANTAGES SPA AND HOTEL! Last year me and my Boyfriend visited and I have already made reservations for this year because we enjoyed the experience. The Hotel is nicely decorated with very clean and comfortable rooms and the staff were very friendly. Just a few blocks from Dundas Square, and around the corner from the Eaton Centre, Pantages is in the heart of Toronto's commercial and shopping district which is also great. We enjoyed our Spa visit and I would recommend Pantages for this Valentines day...
They haveROMANTIC GETAWAY PACKAGES that may interest some of you which include Chocolate dipped strawberries, Rose petals, Champagne, Couples massage, and more! starting at $439.00
The RASPBERRY BELLINI is one of my favorite Drinks and if you are having a Girls Night in they will Love this Champagne Cocktail! I went to Boston Pizza this past Friday and they serve Raspberry Bellinis.... I actually really enjoyed them! they use Appleton Rum which was even better.
YOU WILL NEED:
1 tablespoon raspberry puree
4–5 ounces chilled dry champagne
Fresh raspberries DIRECTIONS:
1. Chill the glass in the refrigerator, or fill it with ice for several minutes, then discard the ice.
2. Pour the raspberry puree into the glass. Add the champagne and stir gently.
3. Drop a fresh raspberry into the glass and serve immediately
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From your Cell phones you can text REDCROSS to 30333 and a one-time donation of $5 for the Haiti Earthquake fund will be added to their mobile phone bill. The charge will be posted once the donor responds to a confirmation text. Text messaging donations are available in $5 increments.
I still Love my French Manicure/Pedicure Nails. Once in a Blue moon ill try something different but i MAINLY stick to my classic nails. Maybe because of the fact that i am not in love with my hands, i have dark hands like my mother, i prefer to keep my nails simple and clean at all times. I remeber about 2 summers ago when i sported "Nail Designs" maybe 3 times but they were simple desings.... and now when i see these girls with what i consider "Ghetto Nails" I just SMH. NOW... when i say "Ghetto Nails" I mean 10 Fingers, sometimes 10 colours, and 10 different Patterns, and not to mention the Length. I dont no how some girls Cook and clean with their nails. I mean im not against Patterns and Funky colours but sometimes depending on the pattern itself and the amount of colours you put on ONE nail i think its a bit to crowded. I always think SIMPLE is best.
PEOPLE did a recent "Nailed it!" Edition on Celeb Mani-Pedi Snapshots that the stars recently tweeted...
CASSIE is Pretty in Pink
JORDIN SPARKS... Pac Man inspired Manicure.
KATTY PERRY .. Metalic nails with a custom design of her cat.
So what do you think???? I honestly feel JORDIN SPARKS and COURTNEY have way to much going on... Very interesting.
I received this Email Today and I thought i might Share.
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.
You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.
Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worth while.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with..
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most.
This Event will be taking place Jan 16th at the TORONTO CENTER OF ARTS. Tickets start from $25.00 and can be purchased through Ticket Master. A great night out with the girls to sit back relax and here some Spoken words!
WHO DOESNT <3 STACEY MCKENZIE?? Well I can say i absoulutely adore her and after meeting her at Loreal Fashion Week for the first time 2 years ago, I was blown away by how down to earth she was. Check out her Workshop "OWNING YOU AND YOUR CRAFT" also taking place Jan 16th, a great way to kick starting your new year. Tickets Start at $100
And if you're Considering to get out and PARTY for this friday with the girls this one might interest you. LEAP taking place on Friday Jan. 15th inside the DAZZLING LOUNGE (291 King St. W.) Ladies you are free before 11:30pm and the event will be hosted by Torontos Very Own KIM DAVIS.
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
This February 20-10 BEYONCE , Who I admire, gets FIERCE on the Cover of ALLURE MAGAZINE and will also be launching her Very own Signature Fragrance HEAT. I'm curious to no what this one will smell like and if it is my taste i will definitely be buying it. I dont mind supporting the Scent but NEVER will i support the clothing line, not my style.
Pucker up with the ROUGE G DE GUERLAIN LE BRILLANT LIPSTICK COMPACT.
Retails at $46
This is Currently my Favourite Mascara! It gives me the outstanding lashes which i love with no clumps! Its the DIORSHOW EXTASE MASCARA
Retails at $28
Another one of my Beauty Picks by GUERLAIN is the TERRACOTTA BRONZING POWDER. For me this Powder gives me a natural finish and blends nicely with my skin. I dont like bronzers that are over the top golden, i like the natural finish and this bronzer is definitely worth $46.